Bunker Boys we 8/11

Monday 4th November 2013
Mountain Shadow G.C. (Stableford)

Another beautiful bright sunny morning, and the high season has obviously arrived as 29 golfers turned up at The Ranch, for our second visit to Mountain Shadow in recent weeks. Fortunately the course was quiet, enabling us to fit in the extra groups without any problems, and we were able to tee off on schedule. The sudden increase in numbers meant that we would have two flights for the first time since the end of March, and the organizers quickly came to the realization that their workload would now be significantly increased for the next five months. The course is currently in good condition but always provides a stern test, as any wayward drives are invariably punished by difficult lies in the copious coconut and mango trees which line the fairways. Tony Scambler got off to a flying start by carding an eagle on the par 4 first hole, and continued in a similar vein to take the honours in the A Flight by five clear points ahead of Dave Ashman and Neil Hurst, who had to be separated on a count back. This course is clearly designed for lower handicappers, so it was no surprise that the scores in the B Flight were significantly lower than those in the A Flight, but it was still an extremely tight contest. With the cut set at 16 and over, three golfers were tied on 30 points, but PJ Redmond took first place on the countback ahead of Drake Mooser and John Hughes, who were both playing their first game since returning to Pattaya.

Results :
A Flight

1st Tony Scambler (hcp. 10) 39 points
2nd Dave Ashman (hcp. 14) 34 points
3rd Neil Hurst (hcp. 11) 34 points

B Flight

1st PJ Redmond (hcp. 27) 30 points
2nd Drake Mooser (hcp. 20) 30 points
3rd John Hughes (hcp. 17) 30 points

Near pins : Eddie Kelly, Bernie Ruschmeyer, Keith Norman, and Tony Scambler.

Wednesday 6th October 2013
Crystal Bay G.C. ( C and A courses) Stableford

Twenty five golfers today for our visit to the Crystal Bay course, which was in effect a practice round for the upcoming John Preddy Memorial Charity tournament to be held here on the 22nd November. The first group tee’d off without delay in bright, breezy conditions and the course was in good shape, apart from the bumpy greens which are still recovering from the recent monsoons. Crystal Bay is one of those courses where someone usually manages to card a good score, but no one was expecting the winner to come home with an amazing score of 44 points (off a handicap of 10). This is what Chris Cox achieved, which is even more amazing since he carded a modest score of 24 points in the first game of his visit on Monday! The cut was set at 17 and Derek Stephenson took second place in the A flight with another great score of 41 points, with Mike Lloyd taking third with 38 points. Our popular veteran, Reg Smart won the B Flight with 38 points which included a birdie on the par four 5th hole (for 5 points!) – such are the joys of getting two shots on a hole! Ken Davidson produced his best round so far to take second place in the B Flight on a count back ahead of Peter Habgood.

Results :
A Flight

1st Chris Cox (hcp. 10) 44 points
2nd Derek Stephenson (hcp. 14) 41 points
3rd Mike Lloyd (hcp. 16) 38 points

B Flight

1st Reg Smart (hcp. 26) 38 points
2nd Ken Davidson (hcp. 25) 35 points
3rd Peter Habgood (hcp. 17) 35 points

Near pins : Chris Cox, Derek Stephenson, Steve Durey and Neil Hurst.

Friday 8th November 2013
Emerald G.C. (Stableford)

Following heavy overnight rain, the morning was dark and grey with persistent drizzle, so it was no surprise that only 14 golfers turned up at The Ranch. There was no sign of the rain abating, but this hardy group decided to make the trip to Ban Chang on the off-chance that the weather would clear up in an hour or two. The rain persisted throughout the drive to the course, and we arrived to find only a handful of determined golfers in the clubhouse waiting for the weather to improve. After an hour or so the rain appeared to be stopping, but as we were prevaricating as to whether to pay the green fee, another storm front moved in with accompanying thunder and lightning, so the decision was made easy as the greens and fairways quickly turned into lakes and rivers. The disappointed group decided to head off to the hostelries in nearby Ban Chang, and spent an enjoyable couple of hours discussing the vagaries of the weather in Thailand, so the journey wasn’t entirely wasted!

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.

The 8th Annual John Preddy Memorial Charity Golf Tournament will be held on the 22nd November 2013 at Crystal Bay Golf Club. Entry fee 1,700 Baht (includes green fee, caddy fee, free buffet and lucky draw ticket) individual and team Stableford prizes. Interested players and sponsors may contact Buff on the telephone numbers above.

Geoff & Geoff2
October Golfer of the Month Geoff Parker with Geoff 2.

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