Carter comes through at Bangpra

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PSC Golf Bunker Boys at The Ranch

Monday, March 21, Bangpra – Stableford

A Division

(0–18.6)

1st Neil Carter (18) 37pts

2nd Gerry Cooney (16) 36pts

3rd Keith Hemmings (18) 34pts

B Division

(18.7–36)

1st Tom McDowell (20) 33pts

2nd Peter Habgood (23) 32pts

3rd Richard Snellin (23) 32pts

Near Pins: Geoff Parker, Dave Stadon, Gerry Keys.

We had 21 players for the trip to Bangpra.  This is a great venue but it has been hard hit by the drought and they only have enough water to maintain the greens.  The fairways were very dry and hard, enabling most players to achieve greater distances off the tee but it made the second shots much harder off the hard and sometimes bare lies.

A Division recorded the better scores with Neil Carter (37pts) beating Gerry Cooney by one and Keith Hemmings coming third with 34.  In B Division Tom McDowell won with 33 points and in a three-way count back for the minor places, Peter Habgood emerged with second place and Richard Snelling third while the unfortunate Ken Young missed out.

Wednesday, March 23, Mt. Shadow – Stableford

A Flight

1st Gerry Cooney (16) 36pts

2nd Colin Greig (10) 35pts

3rd Tony Robbins (14) 34pts

B Flight

1st Keith Hemmings (19) 34pts

2nd Les Hall (24) 33pts

3rd Tore Eliessen (20) 31pts

Near Pins: Colin Greig, Keith Hemmings, Peter Allen, Tom McDowell.

Another good turnout of 21 golfers signed up for our fixture at this popular course.  It is a great pity that the lack of rain is having such a detrimental effect on courses in this area as we are finding large areas of thinning brown grass coverage that makes playing out of bunkers seem like the norm.  In fairness the greens here at Mountain Shadow were in good shape, putting was smooth and not too fast.

We must also bring to attention of the management the lack of control by the starter in permitting groups of five Korean golfers to head out en masse on their buggies and occupy all the vacant holes in front of golfers already on the course, thereby slowing the rate of play considerably.

Gerry Cooney was the winner in the A Flight today and despite the adverse affect the Koreans pushing in had on Keith Hemmings he was still able to win the B Flight.

Special mention must be made of Ken Davidson who managed 9 stableford points on the first two par fives with a birdie and a par in his last game before returning home.

Friday, March 25, Emerald – Medal

1st Colin Greig (10) net 72

2nd Keith Hemmings (19) net 73

3rd Les Hall (24) net 73

Near Pins: Tony Robbins, John Hughes, Keith Hemmings, Sandy Bennie.

We had a reduced field of 14 players for our trip to Emerald; some don’t like medal and a few players were put off as last time we played here the greens were lightening fast but today they were quite normal and overall the course was in good shape.  With the special price for green fee, caddy and golf cart at THB 1,200 it was excellent value.  Members continue to leave for northern shores but we welcomed back John Hughes making a cameo appearance after a succession of injuries.

Colin Greig took the honours with a net 72 and also took the lead in the golfer of the month comp with two games to go.  Keith Hemmings came storming home after a poor front nine to record a net 30 on the back nine, beating Les Hall for second place on count back after both finished with net 73s.

Note: The Bunker Boys play on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Contact Buff on 086 046 5091 or 080 605 5663 for more information and scheduling.