Cox gets the medal

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Geoff Cox.
Geoff Cox.

PSC Golf from The Bunker Boys

Monday, August 6, Pattavia – Stableford

1st Les Hall (25) 35pts

2nd Geoff Parker (14) 35pts

3rd Peter Allen (28) 33pts

Another good low season number of thirteen golfers for the first game of the week at Pattavia. Play got underway on time and in some of the most pleasant conditions for golf with no wind, very mild temperatures, and most importantly at this course no fruit flies.

In what is becoming too regular an occurrence our last group lost touch with the rest of the field and finished at least a half hour after everyone else. This would be an intolerable situation in high season, but today didn’t inconvenience anyone. One of our members who shall remain nameless received a severe censure for uncharacteristic and unbecoming behavior on the last green, no more to be said.

Today’s winner was Les Hall who returned a card of thirty-five points, beating Geoff Parker on count-back. Despite losing four points off his handicap recently Peter Allen still figured in the winners’ circle, taking third place on thirty-three points.

Only three of the four near pins were taken, one each to Tony Robbins, Alan Sullivan, and Robbie Watts.

Wednesday, August 8, Pleasant Valley – Stableford

1st Robbie Watts (9) 40pts

2nd Michael Brett (14) 37pts

3rd Alan Sullivan (12) 34pts

Pleasant Valley was the venue for a pleasant round of golf for the Bunker Boys today. The course was uncrowded so play proceeded at a good pace. As this is a wet course with poor drainage it was decided to apply the ‘pick, clean, and place’ rule, however as it turned out it wasn’t necessary except in a very few areas.

There wasn’t much run on the fairways and with the blue tees set well back, the course played longer than normal. As there are a few holes with long carries off the tees, a few of our shorter hitters sat out today’s round.

Robbie Watts put in a sizzling round of forty-points which included five birdies to take first place. Second, went to Michael Brett who could have outdone Robbie except for two big mistakes resulting in wipes and some indifferent putting. Third place went to Alan Sullivan who despite an additional handicap today returned a score of thirty-four points.

Near pins went to Raleigh Gosney, Jimmy Carr and two to Michael Brett. Robbie claimed one of the near pins but forgot to put his name on the flag, tough luck.

Friday, August 10, Crystal Bay – Medal

1st Geoff Cox (19) net 70

2nd Michael Brett (14) net 76

3rd Les Hall (25) net 77

The golfing week ended on a sad note with the untimely passing of thirty-six-year-old Australian Jarrod Lyle who succumb to a third attack of an aggressive cancer. During his short life, Jarrod displayed a pleasant nature, a ready smile and an indomitable fighting spirit, coupled with solid golfing ability. His passing may give cause for reflection to many of Pattaya’s older golfers who winge and complain for the slightest reason when they should be celebrating the fact that they have reached a mature age and can still play this wonderful if sometimes frustrating game.

Crystal Bay was the venue for the last game of the week, a course on which scoring is usually high. Today this was not the case and even though a strong wing made play tricky it still doesn’t explain the low scores. Geoff Cox was the only one to register a decent score with a net seventy. Michael Brett took second with seventy-six and Les Hall rounded out the scoring with a net seventy-seven.

Only two near pins were taken so two each to Robbie Watts and Michael Brett.