We teed off on schedule and with a smaller field of only 16 golfers the four groups were able to set their own pace of play. The course was in fine condition and the weather was mostly overcast with a moderate breeze keeping the temperature down.
February Golfer of the Month - Gez Williams.
A thoroughly enjoyable day was had by all except Colin Greig, who hates this course with a passion due to the long grass around the fringes of greens which forces him to chip rather than using his favourite weapon – the puff from off the green.
Mark West discovered some good form to win the single flight ahead of Peter Platt and Mashi Kaneta, with newcomer Mike Mills, playing his first game under his newly acquired handicap, taking the fourth podium position.
1st Mark West (14) 38pts
2nd Peter Platt (13) 36pts
3rd Mashi Kaneta (15) 34pts
4th Mike Mills (25) 34pts
Near Pins: Peter Platt, Mashi Kaneta, and Neil Hurst.
Wednesday, Feb. 27, The Emerald – Medal
24 golfers today for our visit to the popular Bang Chang course, on a bright and breezy day. Once again the course was surprisingly quiet and we got away on schedule for our second medal round of the month generously sponsored by KPK Foods.
The course is generally in good shape, although the cabbage grass which has now overtaken all the fairways, doesn’t suit everyone. There were no holdups throughout the round and our progress should have been quicker than it actually was which can only be down to the leading groups holding up the rest of the field.
Steve Durey, playing his first game for quite some time with the Bunker Boys, was the best performer on the day, taking the honours in the A Flight. Gordon Melia rediscovered his putting form to win the B Flight, with Reg Smart taking the runners’ up spot ahead of Mike Corner on a count back. Gez Williams took second place overall, comfortably securing the points he needed to win the February Golfer of the Month title.
1st Steve Durey (17) net 71
2nd Gez Williams (15) net 73
3rd Tore Eliassen (15) net 74
1st Gordon Melia (19) net 74
2nd Reg Smart (31) net 75
3rd Mike Corner (19) net 75
Near Pins: Raleigh Gosney, Mark West Tony Robbins and Jerry Waselenkoff.
Friday, March 1, Mountain Shadow – Stableford
A few new faces today, and we welcomed back John Graham after a prolonged work absence in Gabon – not much golf there.
We’ve played at Mountain Shadow quite a lot recently, mainly because the course is in good condition, offers good value, and always provides a tough test of golf. One thing that is noticeable here is that a number of drain covers around the course have rusted away and are now dangerous hazards, which also gobble up golf balls as Mike Corner found out on the twelfth hole.
The greens are always testing here, but today it was apparent that the green keeper was displaying his sense of humour, by putting the pin positions in some very precarious places. Your scribe was one of those to suffer, missing a two foot birdie putt, and walking off with a bogey on a particularly treacherous par three green.
Colin Greig was the only golfer to play to his handicap to win the A Flight, and Neil Griffin (Pattaya’s only resident Derby County supporter) took the honours in the B Flight.
Raleigh Gosney introduced a new least putts competition which was won jointly by Mike Grasser and Tony Robbins both taking only 31 putts – a fine performance since most other players were complaining of numerous three putts.
1st Colin Greig (10) 36pts
2nd Mike Grasser (11) 34pts
3rd Mashi Kaneta (15) 31pts
1st Neil Griffin (26) 33pts
2nd Andy Brady (24) 33pts
3rd Jerry Waselenkoff (21) 31pts
Near Pins: Gerry Cooney, Geoff Parker, Mike Grasser and William Macey.
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.