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Members' News

This week the PLGS welcomes

 

to his debut PLGS round

We also welcome back old friends

Masayuki Okada (Japan)

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

 

Pete’s Green Jacket in Absentia

Can a golf course be described as being in perfect condition? According to many of our twenty-six players who teed off at Laem Chabang today, it was very near just that. The first two greens seemed to have had a sprinkling of sand recently, which resulted in them not being as smooth as the other sixteen which were perfect. The fairways are immaculate and easy to hit from, and the rough was not too much bother.  As always check-in staff and starters are efficient and the special Monday price of 2059 bht all in made a great day for all.

Scores today were much lower than at our last visit here. Maybe this had something to do with starting on the difficult, watery, C nine?

The “A” flight provided the top scores with Pete Seil having an excellent round off his new handicap of 5 making 37 points to take the win and the “Green Jacket” for best score of the day. George Mueller is never very far away from the placings and he, off his new handicap of 14, had an even round of 36 points, one ahead of Kevin LaBar who is becoming quite consistent of late.

The “B” flight saw the successful return to Links of Masa Okada, whose 35 points held out another consistent player in Mike Tottenham on 34 points. Regular, and always welcome visitor to Links is the much-travelled Walter Baechli, who took out third place with a handy 33 points.

Near Pins: Nigel Harrison (C5), John Harrison (C8), Tip Briney (A2), Pete Seil (A7).
Best Front Nine (non winners) – Derek Phillips – 17 pts
Best Back Nine (non winners) - Maurice Roberts – 19 pts c/back
Maurice asked to mention the weather on this day. It was hot, damn hot, as it has been in Thailand for a couple of weeks now. All we ask is for some relief from this energy sapping heat.
It was a race for the bottom, or the lowest scores, and good ol’ Tip Briney managed 4 points on the C nine enabling him to keep his favourite “silly hat”.  Tip was beaten for “wig” for the overall lowest score by Stan Stewart, but it was close.
Pete Seil didn’t make it back to the Bar for the presentation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sign-Up Sheets

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Important Notice

Golfers are reminded that a confirmed handicap needs to be shown before competition entry is accepted.

PLGS and Handicaps

As we are a competition based golf group the access to accurate current handicap details is essential to preserve the integrity of our competitions. Unfortunately for a few weeks now this access has been severely restricted with the PSC's ongoing problems with its online facility. Therefore PLGS has decided to encourage all golfers to join Birdie (Thailand) and use its handicapping system. It is the same USGA system as currently used by PSC and the introduction of the new unified system in 2020 will offer no challenges to the professionally maintained system. Access is available 24/7 and all PLGS competition scores are now being sent to Birdie as well as PSC. Adjustments are iimmediate and a confirmatory email is sent whenever a member's score has been added.

Birdie membership is free and an app is available for download on its website at https://birdie.in.th/

All PLGS golfers are therefore asked to join Birdie.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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