Bunker Boys we14/03

 Monday 10th March 2014

Bangpakong Riverside G.C. (Stableford)

19 golfers embarked from the Ranch to tackle one of the courses furthest afield in the area,  taking just over an hour unless you happened to be in Colin Greig’s car. Arriving at the clubhouse to ongoing minor renovations to the locker area, all seemed fairly quiet but looks can be deceptive. This is a popular course with Pattayaites and Thais alike, but respect for bookings means that we normally tee off on time. Unfortunately the first few holes tend to be very slow as a look around revealed groups on every fairway. The first par 3, hole number 4 is a particuler bottleneck as 4 out of our 5 groups were in attendance and the drinks stop did a brisk trade. Thereafter proceedings slightly quickened and on a beautifully manicured track the protagonists were hoping to take full advantage Weather was overcast but still very warm and a strong breeze was blowing which stiffened during the course of the round creating a few problems. Fairways were in great shape as were the greens, although they were on the slow side but shouldn’t have caused too many sleepless nights. As expected scores were generally good, with only 2 players failing to reach the 30 point mark, and then not by much. “A” flight in the form of Rab McDonald produced the best card of the day with 39 points followed by mr consistent Paul smith on 37 points and Mark Stanley with 35 points. Raleigh Gosney scooped B flight with 37 points. Neil Griffin, with the help of a 20 yard hole out from the bunker for  par, on number 11,  left John Hughes  a beaten man on a 35 point countback. Back at the Ranch there were more than a few raised eyebrows when it was discovered that the 4 near pins had gone to the 4 players in the final group, what money would you put on that!


Results :

A Flight

1st  Rab McDonald      (hcp. 12) 39 pts  

2nd Paul Smith            (hcp.   3) 37 pts

3rd  Mark Stanley         (hcp.   7) 35 pts

 B Flight

1st  Raleigh Gosney     (hcp. 18) 37 pts

2nd Neil Griffin            (hcp. 25) 35 pts

3rd  John Hughes          (hcp. 18) 35 pts

 Near pins : Colin Greig, Paul Smith, Gordon Melia and Raleigh Gosney

 Wednesday 12th March 2014

 Pattavia G.C. (Stableford) Sponsored by KPK foods


30 players turned out for the game at the newly renovated
Pattavia course. We arrived at the course to find the new clubhouse was
finally open, and very impressive – to say it’s a massive improvement on
the previous one would be the understatement of the year. Although the
course didn’t appear to be busy, we were requested to start off the 10th
tee, and the first group got away on schedule. The greens on the first
half dozen holes had been recently cored and sanded but were still
running quickly, if a little bumpy. From the 7th hole onwards the greens
were cut to their quickest and presented major problems to everyone. In
particular, the par five 9th hole (normally the 18th) had been cut on a
steep slope and any putt which missed the hole (from any direction –
including uphill!) went down the slope and ended up on the front edge of
the green almost 30 feet from the pin. Chris Cox suffered more than
most, when having a 10 foot birdie putt  across the slope (which
actually narrowly missed the hole) finally walked off the green with a
triple bogey. Kenny Chung was the only player to come close to mastering
the greens and managed to amass 36 points to win the KPK voucher for the
overall win.

Results :

A Flight

1st Mike Lloyd                        (hcp.  14) 35 pts

2nd John Graham         (hcp.  11) 34 pts

3rd  Roger Touhey       (hcp.  10) 34 pts

B Flight

1st Kenny Chung         (hcp. 24) 36 pts

2nd Tore Eliassen         (hcp. 18) 34 pts

3rd Tom McDowell      (hcp. 21) 31 pts

Near pins : John Graham, Raleigh Gosney, Keith Hemmings and Paul Smith

Friday 14th March 2014

Emerald G.C. ( Medal )


Arriving at Emerald the 22 players were met with a busy car park but nobody on the first tee so off we went to do battle with one of the shorter, but by no means easier courses on our regular circuit. On the front nine the white tees had been moved forward for a lot of the holes and this was reversed on the back nine with a mystery tee box appearing for the uphill par 5  14th. Greens were in good condition holding the ball and running true but not overly quick. Fairways were not so good with their assortment of grass and in need of some rain to counter the hard lies. A few of the leaking sprinkler heads also need attention giving rise to GUR’s. On the flip side the ball was getting some good run for those managing to stay on the fairway and the par 5 4th hole presented a few eagle chances with only Mike Lloyd able to convert. Despite its short length this varied and testing course rarely gives up good scores with today definitely not bucking the trend. Only the winner of A  flight, Mashi Kaneta and B flight, Tore Eliasen shot better than their handicaps with the rest of the field strung out in their wake. The onset of the low season and hopefully low(er) green fees is nearly upon us but disappointingly Emerald seem to be holding their prices.

Results :

A Flight

1st Mashi Kaneta         (hcp.  13) net 69

2nd John Batty             (hcp.    9) net 74

3rd  Mike Lloyd           (hcp.  14) net 74

B Flight

1st Tore Eliasen            (hcp. 18) net 71

2nd Geoff Parker          (hcp. 15) net 75

3rd Bruce Ogilvie         (hcp. 15) net 77

Near pins : Tore Eliasen, Bruce Ogilvie, Keith Hemmings and Mike Lloyd

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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Raleigh Gosney elegantly turned out in his new Bunkerboys golf shirt

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