Although the course was quiet, we had the misfortune to tee-off behind a group of South African tourists playing in a five-ball, so we were destined for a slow day. The pace of play, coupled with the heat, took its toll on the players, and the scores on the day were not great.
Geoff Cox modeling the latest line of golf shirts.
Only the recently arrived (and perennial tourist) Stuart Tinkler, managed to keep his round together and win the honours on the day, with a modest score of 35 points. Reg Smart made a welcome return to the fairways after recent health problems, and must have been pleasantly surprised to take 3rd place, with a very modest score of 29 points.
1st Stuart Tinkler (16) 35pts
2nd Neil Griffin (28) 32pts
3rd Reg Smart (25) 29pts
Near Pins: Colin Greig and Stuart Tinkler
Wednesday, April 25, Phoenix – Stableford
After a 4 month break (due to the management’s high season pricing policy) we made our return to play at Phoenix. This course used to be one of the more popular courses on our schedule, but many (like me) have become negative due to the management’s attitudes, and the fact that the course is after all, one of the less challenging local venues.
We were back to more respectable low season numbers today, but unfortunately once again we were sent out behind slow players, and once again faced blisteringly hot conditions. Even the normally consistent Mashi, after scoring 20 points on the front nine, wilted in the heat on the inward nine.
It was left to PSC charity chairman, William to card the best score of the day, and collect donations from the losing players. Pre-competition favourite, Tony Robbins, who always seems to play well here (and has had some great sores here in the past), had a decidedly off day, and went home with the wooden spoon – better luck next time Tony!
1st William Macey (17) 38pts
2nd Stuart Tinkler (16) 36pts
3rd Lee Butler (16) 34pts
Near Pins: Dave Ashman, Reg Smart, and Stuart Tinkler
Friday, April 27, Mountain Shadow - Stableford
We arrived at Mountain Shadow to find the course pleasantly quiet, and were able to tee off without delay, and with no one in front of us, for the first time this week. The temperatures this week have been incredibly high, but at least today there was a gentle breeze, which made the conditions somewhat more bearable than earlier in the week.
Colin Greig (playing off his lowest ever handicap of 7) was the only player to better his handicap on the day, carding a gross score of 77, on what all local golfers know to be one of the most challenging courses.
Colin win was enough to tie up sufficient points for yet another Golfer of the Month title. Fortunately Colin heads off back to Scotland next week, so May should bring the opportunity for a new face to take over, after what has so far been a dominating year for Colin. During the course of the first four months of the year, Colin’s handicap has been cut from 13 down to 7, pretty remarkable by any standards - and with true Scottish reserve, he refuses to tell anyone his secret!
1st Colin Greig (7) 38pts
2nd Geoff Cox (15) 32pts
3rd Mark Stanley (12) 32pts
Near Pins: Alan Murray, Mike Johns and Stuart Tinkler
Note: The Bunker Boys are a PSC affiliated golf society who now play out of the Bowling Green on Soi X-Zyte between Pattaya 3rd Road and Soi Buakhaow. 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.