Bunker Boys we 14/02

Monday 10th February 2014
Bangpakong Riverside G.C. (Stableford)

Only 19 players turned up for the visit to Bang Pakong which is just enough to make two Divisions. The numbers are a little disappointing as this is the best condition of all the courses we play, the new facilities are first class and at ThB900 green fee, excellent value for money. It is the longest distance we travel but it’s an easy run straight up 7 and then the motorway taking an hour door to door. The weather was excellent but temperatures were the highest we’ve encountered this year with very little breeze to cool the combatants. Lush fairways and very true medium paced greens saw a lot of very good scores. The big hitting guys really found it to their liking playing off the, just short of 6700 yard, white tees. Paul Smith shot the lights out with a 3 under par gross 69 for 43points, including 2 eagles, an OB and hitting the water, and only just beating Mark Stanley’s 42pts. Perennial winner Colin Greig had to settle for third with 40pts. In B section Mike Corner had back to back wins with a fine 41 pts closely followed by a resurgent Raleigh Gosney with 37pts, Neil Griffin sliding into 3rd with 35pts. Altogether a third of the field bettered 36 points. The par 3’s here are tough and all four near pins went to the A division.

Results :
A Flight
1st Paul Smith (hcp. 4) 43 points
2nd Mark Stanley (hcp. 9) 42 points
3rd Colin Greig (hcp. 8) 40 points

B Flight
1st Mike Corner (hcp. 21) 41 points
2nd Raleigh Gosney (hcp. 18) 37 points
3rd Neil Griffin (hcp. 26) 35 points
Near pins : Paul Smith, Phil Moore, Colin Greig and Clive Bruce.

Wednesday 12h February 2014
Greenwood G.C. (Stableford) sponsored by KPK foods

Twenty two golfers assembled for the 55 minute journey to the furthest course up the 331. Temperatures were on the high side with some cloud cover for respite and a strong wind at times aiding the body cooling process. We were allocated B and C courses playing off the 3599 yard white tees. Another society were ahead of us and play was slow for the first nine holes, taking 2 ½ hours, before speeding up on the back nine and a very good paced 2 hours. The course is in some serious need of rain with a lot of very dry patches on the fairways giving an enormous amount of run. Unfortunately this advantage was negated by the very tight lies and with greens hard and fast, players struggled to stop the ball on the dance floor. Players from B flight adapted better to the conditions with Neil Griffin scoring a creditable 38 points to record his first win since mid November. Jack Robertson was close on his heels with 37 points and Mike Corner, after a 2 shot handicap cut, a point further back. In A flight there were only 2 to shoot to handicap with Geoff Parker pipping Colin Greig on countback, both with 36 points. Back in the distance a 4 way countback on 31 points saw Dave Ashman take third spot. Same old faces for nearest the pin with the exception of PJ Redmond, who topped his ball off the tee and headed right. On reaching the green he had somehow trickled on and as every other golfer missed, a bemused PJ gratefully accepted the prize.

Results :
A Flight
1st Geoff Parker (hcp. 14) 36 pts
2nd Colin Greig (hcp. 7) 36 pts
3rd Dave Ashman (hcp. 14) 31 pts

B Flight
1st Neil Griffin (hcp. 26) 38 pts
2nd Jack Robertson (hcp. 26) 37 pts
3rd Mike Corner (hcp. 19) 36 pts
Near pins : Colin Greig, Geoff Parker, Paul Smith and PJ Redmond

Friday 14th February 2014
Crystal Bay G.C. ( Stableford C&A)

Well so endeth a confusing week for our Fixtures Organiser. We were double booked Monday not booked Wednesday and had Fridays booking cancelled on Thursday afternoon. Despite that he organised a round on each day. We arrived at Crystal Bay being warned it was heavily booked and would be slow but despite of several 5 balls in front of us we got round in 4hours 15 minutes, considerably better than most rounds of late. The weather was overcast and it finally produced our first rain of the year with some light showers late on the back nine. The course remained the same, bumpy greens because of the different grasses and no maintenance on the bunkers, a pity as this is a good layout with excellent staff and caddies. Keith Norman won comfortably with 38 pts with Bruce Gladden 35pts edging out Tony Robbins for second place.

Results :
A Flight
1st Keith Norman (hcp. 13) 38 pts
2nd Bruce Gladden (hcp. 12) 35 pts

Near pins : Barry Murnin, Mike Corner, Tony Robbins and Colin Greig

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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