PSC golf from the Bunker Boys @ The Ranch
Monday, Sept. 9, Bangpra – Medal
A late, enforced change of venue saw us managing to squeeze our two groups onto the popular Bangpra course for our first medal competition of the month. The mix up was due to a major blunder by our schedule manager, who fortunately for him was absent on holiday.
The weather was bright and sunny and the course was in it’s usual excellent condition, with the greens as slick and tricky as ever. There’s one outstanding favourite whenever we play medal format, and once again Peter Habgood produced the best score of the day, finishing eight shots clear of second placed Geoff Parker.
Duncan Lee romped home at the Navy course.
We experienced one of those strange phenomena of Thai weather on the inward nine, when we had a brief two minute shower of rain, and there wasn’t a cloud to be seen in the sky!
All in all a great day despite the late change of venue, and our booking scheduler is in for some serious stick when he returns to Pattaya next week.
1st Peter Habgood (19) net 70
2nd Geoff Parker (14) net 78
3rd P.J. Redmond (26) net 79
Near Pins: Geoff Cox and Geoff Parker
Wednesday, Sept. 11, Burapha – Stableford
On previous visits to Burapha, taking advantage of the summer Sports Day promotion, the course has been busy, but today it was relatively quiet and we were able to tee off a few minutes before our scheduled tee time.
Once again the weather was bright and sunny and we elected to play off the shorter white tees on the more difficult C and D nines. The course was in great condition, but it appears there must be a tournament planned soon because the rough is being allowed to grow to professional standard, and presents some real difficulty for the amateur golfer.
Today was a perfect example of the joys of low season golf, playing a top quality course in near perfect conditions, and the round was completed in three and a half hours. Ken Young managed to stay out of most of the trouble and recorded his second successive victory in his last two starts, finishing one point ahead of Geoff Parker.
Ken also managed to claim his first near pin prize of the year to date, so was in jubilant mood at the presentation back at The Ranch
1st Ken Young (28) 38pts
2nd Geoff Parker (14) 37pts
3rd Mashi Kaneta (14) 36pts
Near Pins: Geoff Hart, Geoff Parker and Ken Young.
Friday, Sept. 13, Plutuluang East & South – Stableford
It was a grey, cloudy morning as we set off for the trip to Sattahip, and the prospects of a rain-free round didn’t look good. Our four groups tee’d off on schedule with a very light drizzle falling for the first three holes, but then the clouds cleared away and the rest of the round was completed in dry, cool conditions. The course was generally in good shape, although the fairways were soggy in places from overnight rain.
We were welcoming back Duncan Lee after a prolonged stay in U.K., and he promptly abused his welcome by romping home with 40 points! John Graham took second place on a count back ahead of Roger Privett, who faded on the back nine after scoring an impressive 22 points on the front nine.
We also had the pleasure of the company of the boss of The Ranch, khun Buff (who was playing only his third game of the year) yet he managed to secure a near pin prize, which earned the biggest cheer of the evening at the presentation
1st Duncan Lee (15) 40pts
2ndJohn Graham (9) 36pts
3rd Roger Privett (17) 36ps
Near Pins: Dave Keats, Geoff Parker, John Graham and Buff Stuart.
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.