Carr on the birdie trail

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Tony Robbins.
Tony Robbins.

PSC Golf from The Bunker Boys

Monday, Nov. 5, Mt. Shadow – Stableford

1st Jimmy Carr (17) 43pts

2nd Brendan Harnett (13) 38pts

3rd Pat Ryan (13) 37pts

4th Keith Norman (15) 36pts

Another beautiful day in paradise for sixteen Bunker Boys who made their way to Mountain Shadow for the first game of the week. The course was in very good condition with plenty of run on the fairways but the greens proved a handful for some as they dry out and quicken up.

This is a course on which it is normally hard to compile a good score. Nobody bothered to inform Jimmy Carr who ripped it apart with an unbelievable forty-three points, a score that included three birdies of which two were mere tap-ins, a great display of controlled golf. Jimmy is a bit of a recidivist, incurring a two-stroke penalty on the ninth having played the wrong ball, the third time he has done that this year.

Second place went to Brendan Harnett with a not too shabby thirty-eight points. Pat Ryan, who doesn’t play a lot at the Bunker Boys, started slowly but quickly found his A game to return a card of thirty-seven to take third place, with Keith Norman a stroke further back in fourth.

In a curious circumstance, Colin Simpson and Steve Plant couldn’t be separated so they shared a near pin with the remaining three going to Tony Robbins, Geoff Parker as usual and Michael Brett.

Wednesday, Nov. 7, Khao Kheow – Stableford

1st Tony Robbins (21) 39pts

2nd Keith Norman (15) 39pts

3rd Geoff Parker (15) 37pts

4th Les Cobban (8) 37pts

Amongst those swelling our ranks today were the newly arrived regulars, Gordon Melia, John Hughes, and Tony Scambler. The weather was hot with no wind to cool things down and for some reason play was slower than desirable, taking over four and a half hours to complete the round.

Tony Robbins continued his good recent form taking first place on countback from Keith Norman, both on thirty-nine points. Geoff Parker with a run of eight consecutive pars took third place on countback from Les Cobban.

Near pins went to Paul Smith, making a rare appearance at the Bunker Boys, Jimmy Carr and the big-hitting Julian Preissinger taking two.

Friday, Nov. 9, Greenwood – Stableford

1st Dean McEwan (11) 37pts

2nd Les Cobban (8) 37pts

3rd Anthony Plummer (24) 35pts

4th Neil Carter (11) 34pts

Just when we thought we had put the rainy season behind us it returned today with intermittent showers, not heavy enough to stop play but just enough to make it a bit uncomfortable. The Greenwood course was the dampest we have seen in weeks with lots of plugged balls and occasional water on some fairways.

As expected, there was no run on the fairways so the course played long today. Another good field of seventeen were on hand to enjoy this well-maintained course where in particular the greens were in excellent condition.

Today’s winner Dean McEwan failed to show at the presentation and so made a generous contribution to the delinquent fund. Second place went to another Scot, Les Cobban, also with thirty-seven points but with a lesser back nine. Anthony Plummer took third place with thirty-five points and Neil Carter brought up the rear with thirty-four, again beating Keith Norman on countback.

Surprisingly for a field of seventeen, only three near pins were won with the honors going to JimmyCarr, Keith Norman, and Peter Suh.