Bunker Boys we21/03

Golf Report W/E Friday 21st March 2014


Monday 17th March 2014

Mountain Shadow G.C. (Stableford)

Overcast, windy and very humid which seemed to sap everybody except John Graham with an excellent 37pts. Back nine punished everybody except John  who had 20 pts on the back nine with the next best on 16, the rest were worse. Mashie the winner in each of his last 3 outings started off par birdie par bogie par, 13 pts after 5 holes but he faded on the back, but still managed 2nd to be leading the golfer of the month competition. The course was in good shape except for perennial complaint about the bunkers. Difficult to understand both here and Crystal Bay have put endless hours into mowing all the rough but cannot seem to put effort into the bunkers, pity as this is an excellent test of golf.


Results :

1st  John Graham         (hcp. 11) 37 pts  

2nd Mashi Kaneta        (hcp. 13) 33 pts

3rd  Keith Smithson     (hcp.   2) 31 pts

4th Dave Ashman        (hcp. 15) 31 pts

 Near pins : Tony Robbins, Tony Berry and Keith Smithson



Wednesday 19th March 2014

Silky Oaks G.C. (Stableford Rainbow)


Our first visit to this course as a society was selected to become a rainbow competition  where the golfer must take 6 tee shots off the red, white (yellow today) and blues in any order they choose. The format was chosen as golfers needed to clear 200 yards on a couple of the holes off  the yellows which is enough to deter a great portion of our regulars. In addition to these carries there were another 12, mostly over water and with many elevated greens the golfers were in for a tough day. Carts are compulsory and the 10 minute ride to the first tee showed the necessity. Word of warning to future golfers, there is only one drinks hole after the 4th and you come round again after the 13th so stock up. Another quirk of this course is that 2 fairways are shared and if your caddy doesn’t speak English too well it can be a bit confusing. Mine host Buff was having a good day until the  4th fairway  where a beautiful bunker shot landed 2ft from the pin, unfortunately it was the wrong one! A lot of the greens are not visible from the tee so having to play blind and not knowing any potential problems wasn’t what I would call fun, a subsequent visit should be easier. The course itself is very scenic, well manicured with good fairways and greens, although the latter erred on the slow side. The combination of carries, and lack of course knowledge inevitably contributed to low scoring from the 14 golfers. Only Colin Greig in first place on 38 points and Peter Hapgood in second, a point behind managed to master the problems. Even our tame golf pro, Keith Smithson could only muster 30 points partially due to water sneakily placed down a steep bank behind a green. A fourth course is under construction next to Silky Oaks but the majority of our fraternity are still struggling with numbers 2 and 3.

Results :

1st Colin Greig            (hcp.   7) 38 pts

2nd Peter Hapgood      (hcp.  20) 37 pts

3rd  Geoff Hart                        (hcp.  23) 31 pts

4th Keith Smithson      (hcp.    2) 30 pts

Near pins : Colin Greig, Peter Hapgood and Geoff Parker

Friday 21st March 2014

Pleasant Valley G.C. ( Stableford )


An unpleasant surprise awaited us on arrival at Pleasant Valley as we
discovered that our booking had been mysteriously “lost”, but after a
short discussion the management agreed to accommodate our five groups,
teeing off from the 10th tee. The course was generally in good shape,
but the slow greens took some getting used to, particularly  on uphill
putts against the grain which required the use of a driver! The round
progressed without any holdups, although a thunder storm passed close
by, sprinkling us with a few drops of rain, which was the first
precipitation we’ve experienced on a golf course since early November.
There was no doubt who was the star performer today as Paul Smith
returned to the clubhouse with an impressive score of 41 points,
equating to a gross score of 70, off his handicap of 3 (soon surely to
be reduced to 2!). Only a single flight today with Keith Smithson (37
points) taking second place ahead of Geoff Parker on a countback, and
Mike Lloyd (36 points) taking the final podium position. Although Gordon
Melia professes not to be a fan of this course, he’s making something of
a speciality of the par three 8th hole, taking his second near pin prize
in successive games there, with yet another of his now infamous skimmer

Results :

1st Paul Smith              (hcp.   3) 41 pts

2nd Keith Smithson      (hcp.   2) 37 pts

3rd  Geoff Parker         (hcp. 15) 37 pts

4th Mike Lloyd            (hcp. 14) 36 pts

Near pins : Gordon Melia, Geoff Parker, Keith Smithson and Paul Smith

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.

Photo : Geoff Parker unaware of his team’s imminent 5-0 thrashing by the mighty Derby

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