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PSC Golf Bunker Boys at The Ranch

Monday, Dec. 21, Pleasant Valley (Blue Tees) – Stableford

The nineteen players that made the trip up the motorway were pleasantly surprised to find Pleasant Valley in excellent condition: fairways close to perfect, bunkers with plenty of the soft white stuff, greens running fast and true.  There was a comment that “this is the nicest course I’ve played in Pattaya”.  Well, it was a new guy, but what the heck.  For those of you who have dubbed it ‘Unpleasant Valley’, you may want to think about taking another look.

Les Hall – Mr. Second or Third place – finally, finally made it into the winner’s circle.  In fact, posting forty stableford points and taking first place puts him in contention, along with three or four other players, for Golfer of the Month.

Les Hall

A Flight

1st Jimmy Carr (19) 38pts

2nd Steve Durey (19) 34pts

3rd Tony Scambler (11) 32pts

B Flight

1st Les Hall (24) 40pts

2nd Frank Quinlan (30) 38pts

3rd Tom McDowell (21) 36pts

Near Pins: Les Hall, Mike Johns, Frank Quinlan, Steve Wellman

Wednesday, Dec. 23, Plutaluang N & W – Stableford

Some would argue these two nines are among the top tier of challenging courses we play in this area.  Considering the normal conditions: fairways not clearly delineated with a lot of hardpan, rough as rough as it gets, bunkers made of clay, and greens as slow as a turtle’s gait, posting a good score here doesn’t come easily.  This was born out again today as only one player managed to play to his handicap.

In addition to the challenging layout, tough conditions, and beautiful scenery, Navy is a great place to experience the camaraderie that occurs between two men sharing a cart whilst chasing down that little white ball.  Some do / some don’t like sharing a cart.  It would be nice if it were an option at every track we play.

1st Geoff Parker (14) 36pts

2nd Mike Brett (20) 33pts

3rd Jimmy Carr (19) 32pts

Near Pins: Tony Scambler (2), Ken Davidson, Mike Johns

Friday, December 25, Silky Oak – Rainbow Stableford

Playing on four hours sleep in a Singha haze, Barry proceeded to put it to the few brave souls that showed up at The Ranch on Christmas morning to play the beautiful Silky Oak G.C.  Posting forty stableford points was quite commendable and puts him a leg up in the race for Golfer of the Month.

The real treat of the day was the spread put on by our gracious host – Buff at The Ranch.  Yummy!  A big thanks to The Ranch.

1st Barry Murnin (17) 40pts

2nd Mike Johns (15) 39pts

3rd Geoff Parker (14) 38pts

Near Pins: Barry Murnin (2), Mike Johns (2), Steve Durey

Note:  The Bunker Boys, a PSC affiliated golf society, plays out of The Ranch Bar on Pattaya 3rd road (in front of the fire station, and almost opposite the Buffalo Bar).  We play on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays and meet at The Ranch at 9am for breakfast and transport.  Contact Buff on 086 0465091 or 0806055663 for all enquiries or check website: www.bunkersociety.com.