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This week the PLGS welcomes


to their debut PLGS rounds

We also welcome back old friends

Alan Walker (Australia)

Goodbye and best wishes for a safe return for





The True Spirit of Golf
(With grateful acknowlegements to John Mason)

The Golfer’s Prayer

O Lord, I would a golfer be!
Where par is 4, I seek a 3;
Where par is 3, my goal is 2;
But, failing that, an ace will do.

On all par 5s, I aim for 4
A 3 would make me praise thee more.
Alas though, Lord, such scores it seems
Are nothing more than wishful dreams.

So, when I shake on the 1st tee,
One straight shot I ask of thee.
Let me not slice it out of bounds
3 off the tee destroys my rounds.

Let me not hook and trouble find,
For such disasters blow my mind.
Nor let me top it thirty yards
And run big scores up on my cards.

Preserve me too from fiercest rough;
This game's already hard enough!
Nor let me stray into a burn
And find I have not lost my turn.

Do not let me bunkered be,
As sand will be the ruin of me.
And, if I hit a little thin,
Stop my ball right by the pin.

O let my nerve be hard as steel;
Let my hands be blessed with feel;
Let my putts be firm and true;
Down in one – at worst, in two.

And, if my prayers shall all be met,
Then I will act with etiquette:
All my divots I'll replace
Pitch marks? I shall leave no trace!

So, one more favour, Lord, I seek –
Can I play this way each week?


The 19th Hole Beckons

From the first to the last, golf should be a blast;
As we hasten our way to the bar.
Where tales may be told, by the young or the old,
Past, current or ne’er to be star.

In a euphoric state, it’s the place to relate
How we played better than we just scored.
How we gave it a clout, how we saw it lip out,
On a course all but put to the sword.

Of a draw – not a hook – it’s a tale of bad luck
Of balls resting in divots be damned;
Or in rough much too deep; or in bunkers too steep,
With too much or not enough sand.

You’ll hear more than twice, that it wasn’t a slice;
It was simply another power fade.
While that chip that was thin, but that somehow fell in,
Was the best shot that ever was played.

With so much to relate and so much to debate,
How could we ever get bored?
As we tell of our duels and argue the rules
In the hope of some reasoned accord.

I’m sure you’ll agree, it’s the best place to be,
This abode of the golfing go-getter.
So, by my reckoning, with all of this beckoning,
The quicker we get here the better.

And amid all this banter, you’ll find just one ranter -
It’s me – with a message – OK?
With a 19th like ours, golf shouldn’t take five hours,
So, let’s all put an end to slow play.




Tournament News


Greg Smith Wins His First Green Jacket

It was a warm Monday morning when our twenty-one golfers arrived at the beautiful Laem Chabang Golf Club, and it stayed quite warm to hot most of the round. The course, as always here, was in excellent condition. The main point made was that the C nine greens were a little slower than the B nine. The C course is scheduled for closure and renovation in the next couple of weeks, so maybe the sanding of these greens is the first step.

Perhaps due to the weather and sanding, or just one of those days, scoring was not into the 40 points area as has been the case recently here. Nevertheless it was a close run race at the top with a countback needed to decide first place. Greg Smith and Kevin LaBar both had 36 points, but it was Greg who prevailed to take the win and wear the Green Jacket for his first time. Then another countback was needed to separate Nils-Peter Kristensen and Maurice Roberts who had each scored 34 points. It was Nils-Peter once again in the top finishers beating Maurice who was playing his second round since a month away in Australia.

Near Pins: Kevin Rogers, Chris Barker, Paul Smith x 2 ( Yes, someone forgot to number them).  Best Front Nine ( non winners) – John Pierrel – 20 pts.  Best Back Nine ( non winners) -  Bill Copeland – 18 pts c/back.
I know golf can be frustrating, as per my form, but spare a thought for Derek Phillips. Seventeen days ago he was basking in the glory of scoring 43 points at Pattana. Today he didn’t quite manage 20 points. Wearing the “wig” will no doubt inspire a return to the top. Toby Glass had a rare off day to score just 8 points on one of the nines to get the “silly hat”.
The forward planning of Management and Greenkeeper keeps this course in immaculate condition and a pleasure to play here. We still have some more visits while our special pricing is in effect.

Johnno Rises from The Ashes

John Anderson’s golf game was, to borrow a phrase from a former Australian Prime Minister, “dead, buried and cremated”. A regular caddie suggested he take a couple of months off to re-group. It hasn’t been that long yet, but what was needed was a confidence booster, and what better place than Royal Lakeside Golf Course with it’s lush fairways, where the ball sits up, begging to be hit, greens that are first class and run exactly as they should, and weather that provided some breeze to make conditions quite comfortable.

It was just what the doctor ordered, a small step but an impressive one of 44 stableford points, his best ever points score. Confidence somewhat restored, a win and a long awaited next Green Jacket. But enough about me, there were another twenty golfers out there and some very good scores were turned in, as we would expect at this course.

Bill Copeland has been showing good form recently and made a credible 38 points to take a clear second spot. Then, on 37 points, a countback was needed, once again, to decide third and fourth places. John Pierrel, who is always near the leaders somewhere, got the decision by a whisker over Chris Barker. Excellent scores from both.
Then followed three players with 36 points, very handy on another day and another course, but, unfortunately, missing out here.

Near Pins: Paul Smith (3) + (15), Takeshi Hakozaki (6), Dave Hewson (12),
Best Front Nine (non winners) – Nils-Peter Kristensen – 19 pts c/back. Best Back Nine (non winners) - George Mueller – 20 pts.
It’s a bit rough when 11 points on a nine wins the “silly hat” for lowest nine-hole score, and there were two contenders. After a countback it was Greg Smith going from Green Jacket two days ago to a Green Hat today. Tony Manners watched as the scores came in so was already prepared to receive the “wig” as the lowest overall score.
Not a big group today, but everyone had an enjoyable day out, and why wouldn’t you at this very fine Royal Lakeside Golf Course?



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