Consistency pays off for Watts

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Jimmy Carr presents the golfer of the month trophy to Robby Watts.

PSC Golf from The Bunker Boys

Monday, Feb. 25, Khao Kheow A & B – Stableford

1st Colin Greig (11) 37pts
2nd Robby Watts (9) 37pts
3rd Roger Touhy (11) 37pts
4th Keith Hemmings (22) 37pts
5th Kob Glover (27) 36pts

Rain, which threatened on the front-nine, tumbled down on the back but after it had cleared the sun came out and the humidity went through the roof, making for uncomfortable conditions for those already saturated. Despite that, the standard of golf was good and very competitive with four finishing with thirty-seven points separated on countback.

Colin Greig had the best back-nine and took first place, followed in by Robby Watts. Roger Touhy and Keith Hemmings, both playing their last game of this tour, also finished on thirty-seven and were placed third and fourth respectively, with Kob Glover one back in fifth place.

Gordon Melia made his first appearance in the winners’ circle by snaring a near pin, with Robby Watts, Tom McMurray, and Jimmy Carr taking the remaining three.

Wednesday, Feb. 27, Bangpakong Riverside – Medal

1st Neil Carter (12) net 64
2nd Robby Watts ((9) net 66
3rd Les Cobban (8) net 68
4th Geoff Parker (18) net 69
5th Raleigh Gosney (20) net 69

The last game of the month and our second medal round was played the Bangpakong Riverside course with a field of sixteen participating. The course was in its usual nice condition and the caddies were of a high standard.

Neil Carter, unencumbered by the hassle of organising groups and transport, went into the game with a clear head and shot the lights out with a fantastic net sixty-four. From the start, he had a ding dong battle with Les Cobban who also finished on the same gross score but due to his lower handicap had a lesser net score and had to settle for third, with Robby Watts slotting in between in second place with a net sixty-six.

Having spent months in the wilderness and seen his handicap balloon out to eighteen, Geoff Parker returned to form today with a very tidy net sixty-nine in fourth place, edging out Raleigh Gosney into fifth.

Only two of the four difficult near pins were won today, going to Bobby Watts and Michael Brett. This is a course where the par threes are particularly long and with a stiff breeze blowing made them all the more difficult resulting in only two being taken.

As it was the last game of the month it was time to find golfer of the month. Four were in with a show however today’s performance sealed it for Robby Watts over John Hughes, Tony Robbins and Colin Greig.

Friday, March 1, King Naga – Stableford

1st Keith Norman (13) 39pts
2nd Tony Robbins ((20) 37pts
3rd Geoff Parker (18) 35pts
4th Michael Brett (15) 35pts

Sixteen players was a decent number for a course that is not universally popular, even with an attractive green and caddie fee. The course was pretty much as we expected – tees and fairways ok, greens lumpy, slow, and in need of mowing and the rough was appropriately named. Even though a group went out directly in front of us they quickly disappeared so the pace of play was excellent.

January golfer of the month Keith Norman seems to have developed a liking for glass trophies and it looks like he wants to bag another this month before returning to the UK. He had an excellent score of thirty-nine points to take first place. Tony Robbins is also in good consistent form lately and took second with thirty-seven points. Carrying on from where he left off on Wednesday, Geoff Parker took third place on countback from Michael Brett, both on thirty-five.

Near pins went to Robby Watts, Craig Dows, John Hughes, and Les Cobban.