Bunker Boys we 24/05

Monday 20th 2013
Phoenix G.C. (Ocean & Mountain courses) Stableford

The Phoenix course has recently been acquired by new owners and it was immediately apparent when driving up to the clubhouse that refurbishments are already underway. With a newly painted roof (presumably to deter the resident pigeon population) and lots of newly planted palm trees and shrubs, the clubhouse has a fresher look, but it will be interesting to see how they tackle the interior, which has always had the appearance (and appeal) of an empty aircraft hanger. The course was relatively quiet so we were able to tee off a few minutes early, with no groups in sight ahead of us. The weather was bright and sunny and the course was in good condition, so conditions were near perfect for another great round of golf. We completed the outward nine in double quick time, but unfortunately our leading group caught up to a particularly slow four ball on the twelfth hole and our progress came to a grinding halt. In the event the scores were a little disappointing with only Mashi Kaneta playing to his (somewhat higher than normal) handicap to take the honours ahead of Tony Robbins.

Results :
1st Mashi Kaneta (hcp. 15) 36 points
2nd Tony Robbins (hcp. 14) 35 points
3rd Colin Jones (hcp. 23) 34 points

Only two near pins were hit : Steve Durey and Tony Robbins.

Wednesday 22nd May 2013
Burapha G.C. (A & B courses) Stableford

The higher handicap golfers got their way today, as we elected to play off the white tees, which with a course length of 6,200 yards is somewhat shorter than we normally play. The weather was superb again and the course was also in great condition, so it was no surprise that the scores were much better than on our last visit here. The use of the compulsory buggies, and the fact that the course was quiet, meant that everyone was back in the clubhouse in well under four hours – left pondering what to do for the rest of the day. John Graham had a great back nine, scoring 23 points (2 over par gross) to record the best score of the day ahead of Steve Durey, who claimed second place on a countback over Neil Griffin. It looked for most of the round that Neil was going to walk away with the honours but three blobs on the last four holes wrecked his card (or has he been attending the JH school of handicap management?).

Results:
1st John Graham (hcp. 11) 39 points
2nd Steve Durey (hcp. 17) 38 points
3rd Neil Griffin (hcp. 23) 38 points

Only three near pins were hit : Steve Durey, John Graham and Geoff Parker.

Friday 24th May 2013
Emerald G.C. (Stableford)

We’ve been plagued by public holidays on our golf days so far this year, and today was yet another (Visaka Bucha day) which being a bar closing day, meant that the normal après-golf excursion to nearby Bang Chang had to be abandoned. We’ve already had three holidays on golf days this month, so maybe this, the lack of après golf activities, and the increased green fees contributed to the fact that only three die hard golfers turned up at The Ranch. Yours truly would have been there but was stranded at home on the dark side with a flat battery, and was left twiddling his thumbs all day! The die hards, however did manage to get their game, ending up with John Graham and Neil Griffin tied on 37 points.

Results:
1st John Graham (hcp. 11) 37 points
2nd Neil Griffin (hcp. 23) 37 points

No near pins competition today.

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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