Hughes finds the winning key

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Neil and Yaya Carter.
Neil and Yaya Carter.

PSC Golf from The Bunker Boys

Monday, Feb. 11, Soi Dao G.C. – Stableford

1st Alan Sullivan 40pts

2nd Richard Mohns 37pts

3rd Neil Carter 36pts

With the cancellation of the Kabin Buri trip a small group organised by Keith Norman grew into a much bigger event with a total of twenty-four golfers plus some partners making the trip to the beautiful Soi Dao course for two rounds of golf. As always the course was in pristine condition, the weather was beautiful.

The lowest six handicapped players were selected as captains and they, in turn, picked three playing partners in a draw. Prizes were on offer for the best three individual scores plus the winning team. On what is his favorite course Alan Sullivan produced the round of the day with a well compiled forty points, not surprisingly Alan was also on the winning team. Second place went to Richard Mohns with thirty-seven points with Neil Carter third on thirty-six points. The winning team was the Paul Smith team which was comprised of Alan Sullivan, Daryl Vernon and Geoff Cox.

Tuesday, Feb. 12, Soi Dao G.C. – Stableford

1st Roger Touhy 35pts

2nd Colin Greig 33pts

3rd Paul Smith 32pts

4th Les Cobban 31pts

5th Tony Robbins 30pts

After Robby Watts suffered an overnight gastric upset we abandoned the team competition today and instead played individual. Misfortune befell Kate Oatway during the round as she fell into a trench but luckily she suffered no injury, just embarrassment and a bit of mud and water.

Today scoring was more modest with Roger Touhy carrying the day on thirty-five points. Second, went to Colin Greig on thirty-three, a further point back Paul Smith took third with Les Cobban in fourth and Tony Robbins rounding out the scoring in fifth place with thirty points. Near pins went to Tony Robbins, Neil Carter, Jimmy Carr, and Michael Brett.

Wednesday, Feb. 13, Bangpra – Stableford

1st Eddie Bielby (18) 37pts

2nd Tony Robbins (21) 36pts

3rd Dave Maw (19) 35pts

4th Jim Bracket (7) 32pts

John Hughes.
John Hughes.

With several staying on in Chantaburi to climb Khao Khitchakut numbers were down to sixteen for today’s round at Bangpra. The course was in poor condition, the temperature was high and the pace of play was ok. The course has deteriorated markedly compared to last time we played it and would definitely benefit from some ground staff attention and some rain.

Uncharacteristic poor putting from Tony Robbins (three putts on sixteen and seventeen) allowed Eddie Bielby to sneak through to first place on thirty-seven points with Tony finishing on thirty-six. Dave Maw was third on thirty-five points and Jim Bracket rounded out the winner’s list on thirty-two.

Near pins went to Colin Greig, Neil Carter, and two to Tom McMurray.

Friday, Feb. 15, Treasure Hill – Stableford

1st John Hughes (20) 40pts

2nd Robbie Watts (9) 36pts

3rd Kob Glover (27) 33pts

4th Nial Glover (17) 32pts

5th Raleigh Gosney (22) 32pts

6th Colin Greig (10) 32pts

The last game ever for the Bunker Boys from the M Club was sufficient to lure the biggest field of the year (thirty), out to play Treasure Hill. Even PJ Redmond made his long-awaited return to the game. This is one of the few courses that is staying in good condition despite high season traffic and lack of rain, a credit to the ground staff and caddies.

Confidence is an essential element of good sporting performance and this was on display today when John Hughes declared “when I want to win I can” and duly went on to shoot forty points and take first place. Robbie Watts returned to form and took second place with a solid thirty-six points while Kob beat husband Nial for third place. Nial, Raleigh Gosney, and Colin Greig all finished with thirty-two and were placed accordingly on countback.

Near pins went to Neil Carter, Jimmy Carr, Robbie Watts, and Colin Greig.

To mark our last game from the M Club a party was held after the presentations and a small presentation of crystal was made to Neil and Yaya before they leave for Canada shortly with young Jack and hopefully some fond memories of their time with the Bunker Boys.