Bunker Boys we 07/02

Monday 3rd February 2014
Royal Lakeside G.C. (Stableford)

This course has the reputation of being a long distance from Pattaya and thus avoided, but in reality only takes around 50 minutes and is well worth the small extra travelling time. The clubhouse is very imposing as you arrive, and with reasonable green fees this should be on your to play list. The course itself is very well maintained and looks neat and tidy with nice views wherever you look. Fairways were in very good condition, and the greens, although lightly sanded, were running true and fast. Lots of lateral water and bunkers were waiting for the unwary, and with a stiff breeze blowing, claimed many victims. The tricky conditions, and course length off the blues of 6653 yards definitely accounted for low scoring from the nineteen golfers. Nobody managed to play to par, Stuart Tinkler and Paul Smith in A flight coming the closest with 34 points separated by a countback. B flight also produced a tie with John Hughes edging out Thomas McDowell also on countback. Only 3 nearest to the pins were claimed without a single golfer able to hit a fairly straightforward 165 yard wind assisted hole number 3.

Results :
A Flight
1st Stuart Tinkler (hcp. 16) 34 points
2nd Paul Smith (hcp. 4) 34 points
3rd Colin Greig (hcp. 8) 33 points

B Flight
1st John Hughes (hcp. 18) 33 points
2nd Thomas McDowell (hcp. 20) 33 points
3rd Neil Griffin (hcp. 25) 31 points

Near pins : Paul Smith, Barry Murnin and Keith Norman

Wednesday 5th February 2014
Khao Kheow G.C. (Stableford)

This lovely setting is always popular with the punters and thirty five golfers severely tested our limited tee times. Shortage of caddies didn’t improve the situation but eventually everybody teed off over an hour period to challenge C & B nines. The course was in excellent shape with the new fairways on the B course settling in well, but the greens were very slow providing the days main complaint. Colin Greig (73putts in a 33pts round) and Paul Smith took on Peter and Patrick Kelly (Patrick +3 handicap, playing off the Blacks) and the Kellys cleaned them up, Patricks 4 Birdies in the last 5 holes helping. Round of the day was Raleigh Gosney with 39pts, 25 (gross 39) on the back 9. Tony Berry, after putting himself out to grass for a spell, came back strongly to take A flight. Lots of count backs with Laughing Les Burns pushing out not so laughing John Hughes for the last spot in B flight. It was pleasing to see Khao Kheow recognise the sartorial elegance of Colin Greig’s orange and Paul Smith’s lilac by supplying them with push carts in matching wheel colours.

Results :
A Flight
1st Tony Berry (hcp. 12) 38 pts
2nd John Graham (hcp. 11) 37 pts
3rd Tony Robbins (hcp. 12) 37 pts
4th Peter Kelly (hcp. 12) 35 pts

B Flight
1st Raleigh Gosney (hcp. 19) 39 pts
2nd Geoff Hart (hcp. 25) 37 pts
3rd Roger Mitchell (hcp. 24) 35 pts
4th Les Burns (hcp. 30) 34 pts
Near pins : Colin Greig, Ian Milne, Raleigh Gosney and Geoff Hart

Friday 7th February 2014
Crystal Bay G.C. ( Medal)

Twenty five golfers assembled at the Ranch for our monthly trip to this course, where the management take good care of us in terms of bookings and price. On arrival a lot of bags and bodies were in evidence but we sailed through and made our way to A course for our tee off time. This would be the quickest part of the day as C course was closed with the remaining 2 nines very busy resulting in a 5 hour plus round. This is a great layout but unfortunately some aspects of the course and clubhouse have seen some serious neglect. Fairways and tees are fine but the greens are not consistent as they have up to 7 different types of grass mixed in which gives variable grain and speed. The bunkers are also a problem with ragged edges, invading grass and sand worn through to gravel. These latter issues could easily be remedied quickly by the attention of a few people for a week. The locker room needs urgent renovation before somebody contracts legionnaires disease. On the golfing front a strong breeze and slow greens thwarted some golfers but not Mike Corner in B flight with an impressive net 68 followed by Gordon Melia on net 71. The other golfer to better handicap was the recently returned Bruce Gladden in A flight also with a net 71. Back at the Ranch the departing Stuart Tinkler was given a wonderful rendering of “leaving on a jet plane”

Results :
A Flight

1st Bruce Gladden (hcp. 14) net 71

2nd Colin Greig (hcp . 8) net 73

3rd John Graham (hcp. 11) net 75

B Flight
1st Mike Corner (hcp. 21) net 68

2nd Gordon Melia (hcp. 17) net 71

3rd Dave Keats (hcp. 34) net 74

Near pins : Stuart Tinkler, Mike Corner, Tony Robbins and Keith Norman

The Bunker Boys are a PSC affiliated golf society, who now play out of The Ranch bar on Pattaya 3rd Road (in front of the fire station, and almost opposite the Buffalo Bar). We play three times per week on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, so if you enjoy a fun day out, and a friendly but competitive golf competition why not come and join us. We meet at The Ranch at 9 a.m. for breakfast and transportation, and new players are always welcome. Contact “Buff” on 086 046 5091 or 080 605 5663 for all enquiries. You can find all the news, schedules and results on our website at http://www.bunkersociety.com.

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