PSC golf from the Bunker Boys @ The Ranch
Monday, Sept. 2, Crystal Bay A & B – KPK Stableford
It was a beautiful bright, sunny morning as we travelled to Sri Racha and arrived at the course to find that we were the only players there. Our three groups set off a few minutes ahead of our scheduled tee time, and the first group were back in the clubhouse three and a half hours later – certainly a perfect example of the joys of low season golf.
The course was in good condition and the greens were running true, so conditions were perfect for someone to produce a good score. It was no surprise to anyone that the in-form Colin Grieg was the player to produce the best round of the day, returning a gross score of three over par, giving him an unbeatable 42 points.
Colin Greig (seated center) receives the August Golfer of the Month trophy, with the Edinburgh contingent in support.
Three players were tied on 38 points, with John Graham taking second place on the count back ahead of Peter Habgood, and course specialist Takeshi Hakozaki being the unlucky player to miss out on the prizes.
Colin Greig was playing in the first group and had his name on all four near pin markers, but Raleigh Gosney took two away from him to prevent the clean sweep.
Over refreshments back at The Ranch, Colin was presented with the first KPK voucher of the month, and hopefully the bacon sandwiches will soon be forthcoming for all his fellow competitors!
1st Colin Greig (9) 42pts
2nd John Graham (9) 38pts
3rd Peter Habgood (19) 38pts
Near Pins: Colin Greig (2), Raleigh Gosney (2)
Wednesday, Sept. 4, Treasure Hill – Stableford
Another bright breezy morning as we travelled up the 331 to Treasure Hill. Once again the clubhouse was deserted and our first group headed off without delay.
There are still extensive works being carried out on the course, and two or three holes were almost a lottery, with extensive GUR around the greens. However, the course generally was in good shape, so there was no reasonable explanation for the low scores on the day. Midway through the round a large storm appeared to be heading towards us, but it passed us by, and the round was completed without a drop of rain being felt.
Geoff Cox took first place with a modest 30 points, and was heard to say he almost gave up, when after scoring 19 points on the outward nine, the wheels began to fall off on the back nine, but he managed to scramble 9 points including a par on the final hole. John Graham took second place, beating Colin Greig on the count back.
Following the presentation, Colin was presented with the Golfer of the Month trophy for August, with his son Murray and friends from Edinburgh providing plenty of support.
1st Geoff Cox (15) 30pts
2nd John Graham (9) 29pts
3rd Colin Greig (9) 29pts
Near Pins: John Graham, Steve Durey.
Friday, Sept. 6, Eastern Star – Stableford
The Eastern Star course isn’t one of the most popular venues on our schedule, and just two groups turned out today. Whilst the layout is always tricky, the course is currently in good condition and offers great value for money. The management have had many problems with the greens over recent years, but they are currently in good condition and their previous reputation for being painfully slow is now undeserved.
The weather was once again almost perfect, but for the second game running the scores were generally disappointing. It was a good day though for Ken Young, who recorded his second win of the year, finishing two points clear of perennial winner Colin Greig.
Raleigh Gosney was playing his final game before returning to work in Japan, but he failed to break his sixteen game streak without a win, and will no doubt be spending a few months on the Japanese driving ranges, before returning at the end of the year.
1st Ken Young (28) 33pts
2nd Colin Greig (9) 31pts
3rd Gerry Cooney (13) 29pts
Near Pins: Geoff Parker, Colin Greig.
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.