PSC golf Bunker Boys @ The Ranch
Monday, August 26, Green Valley – Medal
The Green Valley course was once again in excellent condition and the weather was almost perfect for our second medal competition of the month. The course was relatively quiet but the starter allowed a farang five-ball to tee off ahead of our first group (something which I haven’t seen here before), so the pace of play was slow throughout the day.
Green Valley is always a happy hunting ground for our resident medal competition expert Peter Habgood, and there was plenty of banter before the round about his chances of winning again. In the event Peter performed true to form, coming home with a great score of net 69, three shots clear of John Graham in second place.
The boss presents the KPK voucher to Mike Johns.
Geoff Parker took third place on a count back over Raleigh Gosney, after Raleigh managed to take four putts to card an eight on the par five 14th hole.
We’ve now played thirteen medal competitions so far this year, and Peter Habgood has four wins and a second place to his name, whilst no other player has managed to record more than a single victory – not a bad performance for one of the most vocal anti-medal critics!
1st Peter Habgood (20) net 69
2nd John Graham (9) net 72
3rd Geoff Parker (14) net 74
Only two near pins were claimed today, the first by PJ Redmond and the second was shared between Mashi Kaneta and Colin Greig, with the balls being too close to separate by measurement.
Wednesday, August 28, Greenwood C & A – Stableford
Another bright and breezy day and we arrived at the Greenwood course to find it almost deserted. We were able to tee off a few minutes early and the leading group completed the round in under four hours, without encountering any other golfers on the course.
The course was in excellent condition and even Colin Greig (who’s the course’s biggest critic) was forced to concede that the surrounds of the greens have now been cut to a reasonable length, allowing him to use his normal tactic of putting from off the green.
Mike Johns was the outstanding player on the day, coming home with 40 points to win the coveted KPK voucher. Geoff Parker scored an impressive 22 points on the outward nine, but faded on the back nine and had to be content with second place, finishing two points ahead of Gerry Cooney.
1st Mike Johns (18) 40pts
2nd Geoff Parker (14) 37pts
3rd Gerry Cooney (13) 35pts
Only three near pins were claimed, by Geoff Parker and Gerry Cooney (2).
Friday, August 30, Pattana A & C – Stableford
After some confusion over the agreed green fee, we were eventually able to complete registration (including the reinstatement of the procedure of photocopying PSC cards) and the first group got away on schedule.
The course was quiet and the weather almost perfect once again, and at least on this occasion we were starting on the A nine, thereby avoiding the intimidating first hole on the B course. We played off the white tees, which with a course distance of over 6,700 yards, is a little too long for some of our more senior members, but the fairways and greens were in good condition.
Mike Johns recorded his second win in successive games, finishing two points clear of Geoff Cox, with Colin Greig taking third place on a count back ahead of Gerry Cooney.
Special mention is due to Terry Hamilton who was playing his final game at the end of his brief holiday, and was hoping to emulate his success two weeks ago when he won the first game of his tour. Terry had a great outward nine, carding 21 points, and then collapsed on the back nine with an almost record low total of three (3!!) points. Terry couldn’t offer any explanation for the disaster, except to say he was worried about the thought of returning to work!
Over refreshments back at The Ranch we said our goodbyes to Terry, and Colin Greig was confirmed as the Golfer of the Month for August despite the late charge from Mike Johns, who finished in second place.
1st Mike Johns (18) 35pts
2nd Geoff Cox (15) 33pts
3rd Colin Greig (9) 32pts
Near pins went to Geoff Cox, Geoff Parker and Mike Johns(2).
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.