Grieg seals golfer of the month award for December

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Monday, Dec. 23, Green Valley – Stableford

Colin Greig claimed his second win in successive games with (for him) a modest score of 34 points, ahead of Rab McDonald and Mashi Kaneta who needed a count back to separate them.  Geoff Parker claimed fourth place and produced the shot of the day, sinking a putt in excess of 50 feet, uphill with a 3 foot break, on the par-four 5th green.

1st Colin Greig (8) 34pts

2nd Rab McDonald (13) 33pts

3rd Mashi Kaneta (14) 33pts

4th Geoff Parker (14) 32pts

Near Pins:  Colin Greig, John Graham and Mike Corner.

Wednesday, Dec. 25, Pattavia – 2-man scramble

We arrived at the clubhouse to find the course was almost deserted and were able to tee off at our leisure on another bright and breezy day.  It was immediately obvious that the new owners have done some good work, with new grass on the fairways and the greens running slick and true.

Colin Greig - December ‘Golfer of the Month’.Colin Greig – December ‘Golfer of the Month’.

The winners on the day were the pairing of Gerry Cooney and Duncan Lee with a six under par score of net 66.  Everyone celebrated back at The Ranch, devouring the massive Christmas dinner provided by Buff and his staff, to conclude what had been a satisfying and enjoyable Christmas Day for everyone involved.

1st Gerry Cooney & Duncan Lee (6.6) net 66

2nd Geoff Williams & Mike Brett (7.38) net 67

3rd Mark Stanley & Skinny Newton (9.8) net 68

Friday, Dec. 27, The Emerald – Medal

The course has improved significantly over the past few weeks, with most of the previous GUR now playable, but today there was a problem with the sprinkler system so that several fairways had rivers of water running down them.  The greens however were at their best, significantly faster than they’ve been in recent memory, producing many complaints when seemingly reasonable putts rolled completely off the putting surface.

Mark Stanley and Tony Scambler were playing in the same group and produced the best scores on the day, with Tony’s score of gross 37 on the inward nine, being sufficient to win the day on the count back.

Geoff Cox continued to dominate the B flight (he’s now had two wins and a second place in his last three appearances) ahead of Ken Young and the newly arrived Ken Ellmore.

A special mention is due for Ian Masterson who secured a near pin prize on the par three 15th hole, which was his first after many appearances over the years with the Bunker Boys.

Today was the last opportunity for the remaining couple of contenders to challenge Colin Greig’s lead in the Golfer of the Month competition, but even though Colin didn’t add to his points tally today, neither did any of the contenders, so he wrapped up his fifth title of the year, with one game still to play.

A Flight

1st Tony Scambler (9) net 68

2nd Mark Stanley (11) net 68

3rd Geoff Williams (12) net 74

B Flight

1st Geoff Cox (16) net 74

2nd Ken Young (28) net 76

3rd Ken Ellmore (18) net 77

Near Pins:  Ian Masterson, Mashi Kaneta, Neil Jones, and Geoff Williams.

Monday, Dec. 30, Greenwood A & B – Stableford

Thirty one golfers today for the final game of 2013 and we arrived in good time and were able to tee off on schedule and although the course was busy, the pace of play was reasonable.  The course was in good condition although the greens were a little on the slow side.

The Christmas escapees assemble at Pattavia Century.The Christmas escapees assemble at Pattavia Century.

Mike Corner rediscovered some good form to record the best score of the day, beating Roger Mitchell on a count back to win the B Flight.  Geoff Williams continued his good form to win the A Flight one point clear of December Golfer of the Month, Colin Greig.

A Flight

1st Geoff Williams (11) 37pts

2nd Colin Greig (8) 36pts

3rd Tony Scambler (8) 34pts

4th Peter Kelly (11) 34pts

B Flight

1st Mike Corner (21) 38pts

2nd Roger Mitchell (26) 38pts

3rd Geoff Hart (27) 37pts

4th Ian Masterson (36) 34pts

Near Pins: Colin Greig, John Hughes, Daryl Whyte and Ian Masterson.

Wednesday, Jan. 1, Pattavia Century – Stableford

Just twelve golfers managed to surface after the New Year’s Eve celebrations, and some of those appeared to be in less than peak condition over breakfast at The Ranch.  We arrived at the course to find it remarkably quiet and were able to tee off at our leisure, a few minutes ahead of schedule.

Most of us had played this course a week earlier when the greens were slick and fast, but today the grass had been allowed to grow and they were running much slower.  The round progressed smoothly without any holdups and the leading group were back in the clubhouse in a few minutes over four hours.

Geoff Parker started the new year in good form winning the honours on the day, one point ahead of Daryl Whyte who claimed his first podium position since his arrival.

Since the re-opening of the course the staff here seem to be going out of their way to make golfers welcome, and a very nice touch today was a complimentary glass of Chang beer after the round, to welcome in the New Year.

1st Geoff Parker (14) 38pts

2nd Daryl Whyte (25) 37pts

3rd Tony Robbins (13) 34pts

Near Pins: Jack Robertson and Geoff Parker (2)

Friday, Jan. 3, Khao Kheow A & B – Stableford

A full complement of thirty two golfers turned out today for what was for many, a final practice round before the PSC annual tournament, which will be held here next week.

The course was extremely busy but we managed to get the first group away just a few minutes after our scheduled tee time.  The pace of play over the first few holes was slow, but speeded up a little as the round progressed and most golfers returned to the clubhouse in around four and a half hours.  The course was in good condition and the weather conditions were once again nearly ideal, so the stage was set for some good scores.

Stuart Tinkler was playing his first game since his arrival in Pattaya and the conditions obviously suited him, as he came home with a great score of 40 points, one point clear of the ever consistent Colin Greig, winning the A Flight in the process.

A metric tonne of rice is delivered to the Pattaya Orphanage.A metric tonne of rice is delivered to the Pattaya Orphanage.

Henry Wong took the honours in the B Flight ahead of Marion Melia, who was playing her first game for seven months, after recovering from a broken ankle sustained whilst playing golf in the U.K.

Geoff Williams almost scored the first ace of the year when his tee shot on the par three 5th hole on the A course, pitched on the edge of the hole (damaging the hole in the process) and rolled twelve inches away.

A Flight

1st Stuart Tinkler (16) 40pts

2nd Colin Greig (8) 39pts

3rd Geoff Parker (14) 37pts

4th Tony Berry (11) 34pts

B Flight

1st Henry Wong (22) 36pts

2nd Marion Melia (23) 34pts

3rd Raleigh Gosney (17) 32pts

4th Mike Brett (18) 31pts

Near Pins: Colin Greig, Jan Ulrikson, Tony Berry and Geoff Williams.

Bunker Boys deliver 1-tonne of rice to Pattaya Orphanage

The 8th John Preddy Memorial Charity Golf Tournament was held at the end of November 2013 and raised 23,000 baht for charity.  It was decided to use these funds to respond to a recent appeal for rice issued by the Pattaya Orphanage.  The Orphanage takes care of 850 underprivileged children and students with disabilities, and each year 75,000 kilos of rice are needed to feed the hungry mouths.

On Saturday 4th January, representatives from the Bunker Boy’s golf society delivered 1,000 kilos of rice to the Orphanage, which was gratefully received by the staff and children.  Special thanks go to the tournament sponsors, Indophil Resources, DHL, KPK Foods, The Ranch, Jim and Donald Preddy and individual sponsors.

Note:  The Bunker Boys is a PSC affiliated golf society that now plays 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, and meet at The Ranch at 9 a.m.  Contact “Buff” on 086 046 5091 or 080 605 5663 for all enquiries or got to www.bunkersociety.com.