PSC Golf from the Bunker Boys
Tuesday, April 16, Forest Hills G.C. – Stableford
1st Richard Fearby (2) 36pts
2nd Les Cobban (7) 34pts
3rd Barry Wellings (4) 33pts
One of the great joys of golf is away trips and the opportunity to play different courses and on the first day of our SongkranTrip to Khao Yai, we hit a beauty. Forest Hills, also known as Sir James, was a terrific layout with a different challenge on every hole. For the most part, the course was in fine condition but the greens which had recently been cored but not sanded were a real challenge. The bunkers were also in need of attention but despite that the course presented an enjoyable experience for everybody.
The one to handle the challenge best was a newbie to the Bunker Boys Richard Fearby who took the honors with thirty-six points. Second went to Les Cobban who always seems to be in the frame and another newbie Barry Wellings took third with thirty-three points.
Near pins also went to the newbies with Ross Schiffte and Michael Brett taking the other two.
Wednesday, April 17, Khao Yai C.C. – Stableford
1st Gerry Cooney (19) 40pts
2nd Jimmy Carr (18) 38pts
3rd Geoff Parker (15) 38pts
Today this course was on another level, with fairways well grassed and lush and greens with even roll and good speed. Everywhere you looked around the course the scenery was breathtaking. With a green and caddie fee of six hundred and fifty baht, it was remarkable value for a course of this quality.
Our ranks were swelled with the late arrival of Gerry Cooney and Stuart Brown so the competition for places was keener than ever and this was reflected in the scoring. Michael Brett on thirty-seven and Stuart Brown with thirty-eight didn’t even make it into the winner’s circle. After a couple of warm-up games with indifferent scores, Gerry Cooner stormed back to his best taking first place with a fine round of forty points. Jimmy Carr and Geoff Parker had to be separated on countback finishing second and third respectively on thirty-eight points.
Near pins went to Barry Wellings and Geoff Parker with Michael Brett taking a pair.
Richard Fearby off a two handicap looked like taking the course apart with twenty-two points on the front nine only to unravel on the back with a couple of visits to the water.
Thursday, April 18, Kirimaya G.C. – Stableford
1st Barry Wellings (4) 38pts
2nd Jimmy Carr (18) 36pts
3rd Les Cobban (7) 32pts
Following the relatively wide open fairways of Khao Yai Country Club, today we had to contend with one of the most intimidating courses on our trip so far. There were a number of challenging carries, and anywhere off the fairway was big trouble, correct club selection was required at all times as well as being straight.
Despite the difficulty of the course, some relished the challenge and none more than our winner Barry Wellings with a great score of thirty-eight points. Barry also nailed three near pins, all of which he converted into birdies. Jimmy Carr took second place with thirty-six points with Les Cobban in third on thirty-two. Ross Schiffte took the fourth near pin.
Richard Fearby gave an exhibition of magnificent driving, extremely long and straight and was on just about every green in regulation or less, but was once again was let down by some indifferent putting.
Friday, April 19, Bonanza G.C. – Stableford
1st Les Cobban (7) 40pts
2nd Stuart Brown (10) 37pts
3rd Barry Wellings (4) 36pts
Bonanza was in fine condition except for the greens which were surprisingly slow even though they didn’t look that way. We had the course to ourselves so there was no pressure despite our lead group being particularly slow.
Les Cobban, who had a good week, finished it in fine style taking first place with forty points and also generously rang the bell back at the hotel, it’s not true what they say about Scotsmen, at least some of them. Stuart Brown in only his second game of the trip took second place with a solid thirty-seven points and Barry Wellings who also had a good week finished third with thirty-six.
Near pins went to Ross Schiffte, Barry Wellings, Richard Fearby, and Les Cobban.