Once again on the inward nine a particularly violent storm moved in and although the first four groups were able to complete their round, the last two groups were stranded on the course, and eventually had to abandon the game. Fortunately Greenwood is one of the few local courses that still maintains a policy of providing rain-checks, so at least the eight unlucky golfers who missed out on the competition were able to obtain a voucher for nine holes on their next visit.
Paul Smith (center) celebrates as captain of the winning team in the John Preddy tournament and Golfer of the Month for November.
Gordon Melia finally got his putter working and produced the best round of the day to comfortably win the B flight, whilst Geoff Parker re-discovered some form to take the honours in the A flight.
1st Geoff Parker (13) net 71
2nd Neil Hurst (13) net 74
3rd Paul Smith (5) net 75
1st Gordon Melia (16) net 68
2nd Thomas Nyborg (26) net 72
3rd Tim Winder (13) net 77
Near Pins: Neil Hurst, Mike Lloyd, Tony Scambler and Keith Smithson.
Wednesday, Nov. 28, Treasure Hill – Stableford
A bright sunny morning as we set off to Treasure Hill, and when we arrived at the course it was surprisingly quiet. We were able to tee off without delay, but as the first group reached the first green, a large dark cloud appeared and the rain rumbled in. The downpour continued for about twenty minutes before we were able to continue and then the monsoon returned again as we started on the inward nine. This second storm was torrential, but once again only lasted thirty minutes and we were able to continue again and complete the round, albeit in very wet and soggy conditions.
Despite the dreadful conditions, Thomas Nyborg was able to produce the best score of the day to win the B flight ahead of Reg Smart, and Dave Ashman made a welcome return to the podium, winning the A flight on a count back ahead of Keith Smithson.
Although the course was under water it was obvious that the recent maintenance works around the greens are settling in rapidly and the course will be in excellent condition in a few weeks – if it ever stops raining!
1st Dave Ashman (14) 34pts
2nd Keith Smithson (2) 34pts
3rd Neil Hurst (13) 32pts
1st Thomas Nyborg (26) 38pts
2nd Reg Smart (32) 36pts
3rd Jack Robertson (31) 30pts
Near Pins: Mike Lloyd, Neil Hurst and Gordon Melia(2).
Friday, Nov. 30, Pattana B & C – Stableford
The final game of the month saw Neil Hurst and Paul Smith as the only two players still in contention for the Golfer of the Month title, so they were paired together for the final shoot out. There was a disappointing turnout for one of our rare visits to Pattana, and one can only assume it was down to the recent wet weather, and the fact that the course has a reputation for playing long and not surviving wet weather too well.
Those that did turn out were richly rewarded because the course was in great condition and the greens were without doubt some of the best we’ve played on in recent weeks. The weather gods also smiled on us at last, and with no rain and near perfect conditions a great day was had by all the players.
The reduced field meant that we were down to a single flight and Thomas Nyborg eclipsed both championship contenders, to romp home with 46 points. Although Neil Hurst managed to beat Paul Smith on the day by a single point, it wasn’t enough to overtake him in the contest for the Golfer of the Month title – so congratulations to Paul for a successful month.
Near pins went to Geoff Parker, Tony Robbins and Thomas Nyborg (2).
Note: 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 www.bunkersociety.com.