Bunker Boys we13/12

Monday 9th December 2013
Royal Lakeside G.C. (Stableford)

This was our second visit to the Royal Lakeside course in recent weeks, and the chat over breakfast at The Ranch was as to whether someone would manage to better their handicap this time, something which hasn’t happened on our previous four visits since July. The trip down the 7 motorway and the Chonburi bypass was smooth and we arrived at the course just under an hour after leaving The Ranch, to find the weather conditions almost perfect once again. The first group tee’d off on the blue tees without delay and although the course was fairly busy, the round was completed without any serious holdups. The breeze was tricky at times and the bunkers here can be treacherous, so perhaps it was no real surprise that the course came out the winner once again. The best score of the day was recorded by Richard Baldotto (35 points), but he once again failed to return his card on time, and conceded first position in the B Flight to Ken Young. There was a three-way tie on 31 points in the A Flight with Tony Robbins being awarded first place on the count back ahead of the Scottish duo of Colin Greig and Rab McDonald. There was some discussion after the presentation as to whether we should play from the shorter white tees on our next visit, but the general consensus was that, although there are couple of holes that play exceptionally long from the blue tees (especially into the breeze), it’s well worth facing the challenge.

Results :
1st Tony Robbins (hcp. 15) 31 points
2nd Colin Greig (hcp. 9) 31 points
3rd Rab McDonald (hcp. 14) 31 points

B Flight

1st Ken Young (hcp. 28) 33 points
2nd Geoff Cox (hcp. 16) 32 points
3rd Mike Corner (hcp. 20) 31 points

Near pins : Ken Young, Geoff Cox, Colin Greig and Rab McDonald.

Wednesday 11th December 2013
Green Valley G.C. (Medal)

A disappointing turnout of only seventeen golfers today, maybe because it was the annual PSC party in the evening, or maybe because some higher handicap golfers don’t like to play medal competitions, so we were down to a single flight for the first time in quite a few weeks. When we arrived at the course the car park was busy but we were able to tee off without delay, and after a slowish start, the round progressed smoothly. Once again the weather was almost ideal and the course was in good shape, although the greens weren’t at their best having been treated with presumably some kind of granular fertilizer. Tony Robbins produced the best round of the day by far, on what is rapidly becoming his favourite course now that we’re no longer playing (paying?) at Phoenix where he’s still a member. There was a three way tie on nett 71, but Geoff Parker secured second place on the countback with a gross score of 38 (nett 31) on the inward nine after a near disastrous front nine. Colin Greig gained some revenge for losing out on the countback, by snatching Geoff’s near pin (two feet from the hole) on the short par three 12th hole by two inches. Tony Robbins completed a successful day’s golf by taking two near pin prizes, the remaining two going to Colin Greig and Neil Jones, who also picked up the wooden spoon!

Results :
1st Tony Robbins (hcp. 15) nett 66
2nd Geoff Parker (hcp. 14) nett 71
3rd Colin Greig (hcp. 9) nett 71
4th Gordon Melia (hcp. 19) nett 71

Near pins : Colin Greig, Neil Jones, and Tony Robbins (2).

Friday 13th December 2013
Mountain Shadow G.C. (Stableford)

Back to our normal high season complement of six groups of golfers for our second game at the popular Mountain Shadow course in recent weeks. Despite the inauspicious date of Friday 13th, the weather gods were once again shining on us and we tee’d off on schedule, although the course appeared busy. The round progressed slowly but there were no major stoppages and everyone was back in the clubhouse in a little over four and a half hours. The only unlucky part of the day was that we appeared to be allocated the B team caddies, many of whom had never apparently been on a golf course before. The most amusing incident of the day (for everyone except the victim) was when Geoff Parker, playing in the second group, put his tee shot to within three feet of the pin on the par three 8th hole, sank the putt, signed the near pin marker and placed it on the green, but unseen by any of the group, the caddy picked it up again and put it in his golf bag – thinking he’d left it by accident! Rab McDonald recorded the best score of the day in only his sixth game back after a prolonged sabbatical in Scotland, winning the honours in the A Flight. Geoff Hart made a welcome return to the podium after a prolonged spell of indifferent form to take first place in the B Flight.

Results :
A Flight
1st Rab McDonald (hcp. 14) 37 pts.
2nd Geoff Parker (hcp. 14) 35 pts.
3rd Mark Stanley (hcp. 10) 34 pts.

B Flight

1st Geoff Hart (hcp. 26) 31 pts.
2nd Gordon Melia (hcp. 19) 31 pts.
3rd Jack Robertson (hcp. 26) 29 pts.

Only three near pins were claimed : Alan Sullivan, Rab McDonald and Geoff Parker.

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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