Murphy still on a roll

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Sean Murphy & Takeshi Hakozaki.
Sean Murphy & Takeshi Hakozaki.

PSC Golf from the Bunker Boys

Monday, June 3, Treasure Hill – Stableford

1st Michael Brett (15) 32pts

2nd Jimmy Carr (16) 31pts

3rd Chris Dellamare (1) 28pts

Treasure Hill was in good condition until the start of the back nine when the rain came tumbling down, requiring us to shelter for about forty minutes. Thereafter we had to play ‘pick, clean, and place’ as the course was waterlogged in places.

Conditions made scoring difficult as was reflected in the cards returned. Michael Brett scraped in, in first place with a modest thirty-two points and this score should have been at least three or four better but for a series of lip-outs and near misses on the greens. Jimmy Carr came second with thirty-one and Chris Dellamare rounded out the winner’s circle with a score of twenty-eight, a good score under the conditions off a handicap of one.

Chris looked like taking all the near pins but ended up with two, Jimmy and Michael got the other two. Jimmy’s near pin was so far from the hole he needed to put all his weight into the putt just to get near the pin.

Wednesday, June 5, Bangpra – Stableford

1st Takeshi Hakozaki I(13) 33pts

2nd Sam Gershon (24) 32pts

3rd Gerry Cooney (21) 29pts

Mist covered the mountains at the back of the course as we teed off, so we expected we might have a little rain. How wrong can you be? By the completion of the sixth hole, it was torrential and with a strong wind blowing it was difficult to find a dry area to shelter in the drinks station.

The wet coupled with a preponderance of thick coarse grass on the course made play very difficult, a fact that was reflected in the scoring. Another factor was a wait of fifty minutes to resume play meant several players had lost any rhythm they had before the rain.

Takeshi Hakozaki was cruising till the back nine when he fell away somewhat, nevertheless, he did enough to take first place with thirty-three. Sam Gershon showed glimpses of a much better player than a handicap of twenty-four would suggest and took second with thirty-two, and Gerry Cooney rounded out the scoring with twenty-nine in third.

Near pins went to Jimmy as always, Takeshi and a super shot from Sean on the last par three which he converted into a birdie.

Friday, June 7, Pattaya C.C. – Stableford

1st Sean Murphy (18) 34pts

2nd Sam Gershon (24) 33pts

3rd Tony Plummer (18) 32pts

Pattaya awoke to grey overcast skies with the threat of rain in the air and that’s exactly what happened. Persistent drizzle and light rain meant a day for umbrellas, not enough to require a break in play for shelter but just enough to make conditions uncomfortable, although the temperature was pleasant. The course was in good condition, in particular, the greens were to everybody’s liking.

Sean Murphy is playing some of the best golf we have seen from him and took first place with thirty-four points. Back at the bar, there was a chorus of requests for him to replay his near pin shot. Sam Gershon is clearly consistent and for the second day in a row took second place with an almost identical score of thirty-three points. Tony Plummer completed the winner’s circle in third place on thirty-two, also nailing a near pin with Sean taking the only other.