High handicappers lead the way at Bangpra

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PSC golf from The Bunker Bar

Monday, Jan. 24, Bangpra – Medal

Bangpra is probably the best value for money course in the area at the moment, and is popular with the Bunker Boys, and apparently everyone else.  32 golfers arrived at the course to find it almost bursting at the seams with players, and following a lengthy wait (due mainly to the fact that we had booked a later tee time and we’d arrived early), the round eventually got under way.

Patience was the order of the day, and dusk was creeping in as the final group finished their round, but an enjoyable day was had by most (well, at least those that didn’t record an N/R).

Several of the higher handicap golfers are often reluctant to play medal rounds, but the best scores today were recorded in the B Flight, with Tom Jones taking the overall winner’s place with a fine score of net 73.

A Flight

1st Gerry Cooney (11) net 74

2nd John Hughes (16) net 75

3rd Patrick Kelly (3) net 76

B Flight

1st Tom Jones (22) net 73

2nd Eddie Kelly (17) net 75

3rd Jack Robertson (24) net 76

Near Pins: Alan Harris, Kenny Davey, Peter Habgood, and Patrick Kelly.

Wednesday, Jan. 26, Green Valley – Stableford

A very pleasant surprise greeted us at Green Valley after the hassle over our booking last month.  The course was amazingly quiet, we teed off on time, and there was no one in front of the leading group until they reached the 8th hole and caught up with a four-ball of Korean ladies.  Just to make the day perfect, the ladies politely allowed them through on the par three 13th hole, and they completed their round in under four hours – not bad for high season.

The course however, was beginning to look very dry in many places, and it’s to be hoped that the staff sort out the apparent problems with the sprinklers soon, or the damage will be beyond repair.

Best round of the day was recorded by newcomer Keichi Kasemi, whilst Geoff Parker rediscovered some semblance of form to win the B Flight.

A Flight

1st Keichi Kasami (8) 38pts

2nd Paul Edgar (14) 37pts

3rd Peter Kelly (8) 35pts

B Flight

1st Geoff Parker (18) 36pts

2nd Tom Jones (22) 35pts

3rd Jack Robertson (24) 35pts

Near Pins: Mike Corner, Geoff Parker, Paul Edgar and Peter Kelly

Friday, Jan. 28, Century Chonburi – Stableford

We arrived at our scheduled venue, Treasure Hill, to find the place in confusion and chaos.  Although the car park was half empty, there were no caddies and no golf buggies available, and the only explanation from the manager was that everyone had gone home for Chinese New Year!

Eventually the decision was made to try our luck at nearby Century Chonburi G.C., a course we haven’t played for over 4 years.  On arrival at Century we were able to tee off immediately, and the round progressed smoothly.  It’s fair to say that although the course was dry and tatty in places, (what can anyone expect for a 200 baht green fee) the general condition was better than most people anticipated, and there was even the suggestion made that we should play here on a more regular basis!

The best rounds of the day were recorded by Tore Eliason and Tom Jones, both with 38 points, to win the A and B Flights respectively.  At the end of a very successful week, Tom has now moved into the lead for the ‘Golfer of the Month’ title, with one game remaining.

A Flight

1st Tore Eliason (14) 38pts

2nd Rab McDonald (14) 37pts

3rd Peter Kelly (8) 35pts

B Flight

1st Tom Jones (22) 38pts

2nd Barry Murnin (16) 35pts

3rd John Hughes (16) 33pts

Near Pins: Tom Jones, Rab McDonald, Per Forsburg, and Tony Robbins