Parker & Stanley duel down the stretch

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Stuart Tinkler.
Stuart Tinkler.

PSC Golf from The Bunker Bar

Monday, May 7, Khao Kheow – Stableford

1st Mark Stanley (11) 41pts

2nd Geoff Parker (15) 39pts

3rd Les Humphrey (28) 34pts

Once again the weather gods smiled benevolently on the Bunker Boys for today’s round at the Khao Kheow course.  Despite threatening skies all around and thunder in the air, the round was completed dry.  The course was generally in very good condition with only a few soft spots on some fairways due to recent rain, and the greens were superb, probably the best we have seen recently.

The round did throw a bit of a conundrum though. Mark Stanley who has recently decided to forgo the curse of the working class (drink) and take up yoga shot a superb forty-one points with a gross minus one on the back nine to take first place.  In doing so made a very good case for a healthy lifestyle.  On the other hand, Geoff Parker who enjoys the occasional tipple, has a bunger every five minutes and does not practice yoga also had an excellent round of thirty-nine points, so the debate over lifestyle choices rages on.

Les Humphrey came third with a score of thirty-four edging out Stuart Tinkler on count-back.  Stuart had the consolation of winning three near pins.

Wednesday, May 9, Burapha – Stableford

1st Steve Durey (21) 44pts

2nd Stuart Tinkler (16) 37pts

3rd Geoff Parker (14) 37pts

Yet another day where rain threatened but didn’t eventuate, the Bunker Boys took advantage of sports day pricing to play a course we never play in high season i.e. Burapha.

We were allocated the A and B nines and elected to play off the white tees as the fairways were soft with no run. The greens were excellent but the bunkers were a different matter with wet sand and many balls plugged and difficult to play

Today was Steve Dureys time to shine with an unbelievable score of forty-four points off a twenty-one handicap, no doubt an adjustment is forthcoming. A three-way tie for second, third and fourth was decided on count-back with Stuart Tinkler second, Geoff Parker third and Les Hall the unlucky one to miss out. After some very poor scores last week it was nice to see the standard raised considerably this week.

Near pins went to Stuart Tinkler, Stuart Brown, Peter Allen, and Mark Stanley.

Friday, May 11, The Emerald – Stableford

1st Geoff Parker (14) 42pts

2nd Les Hall (25) 40pts

3rd Mark Stanley (10) 40pts

4th Geoff Cox (37) 37pts

Third time lucky for the Bunker Boys as another day where weather threatened to intervene, fortunately, the rain stayed away and the round was completed dry.  Due to so much recent rain course maintenance is beginning to suffer as mowers have to stay off the course so fairways were in need of a cut and greens were super slow for the same reason.  Despite this, the quality of scoring didn’t suffer with once again some super scores being returned.

This time Geoff Parker turned the tables on Mark Stanley so the lifestyle choice conundrum is still unresolved, Geoff returned a superb forty-two points to take first place. Les Hall on forty points took second edging out Mark Stanley on count-back, whilst Geoff Cox took fourth with a very respectable thirty-seven points.

Near Pins went to Dave Ashman, Jimmy Carr, Steve Durey and Bruno Facenda.