PSC Golf from The Bunker Bar
Monday, Oct. 22, Pleasant Valley – Stableford
1st Neil Carter (11) 38pts
2nd Geoff Parker (15) 36pts
3rd Michael Brett (13) 34pts
October is one of the longest months for golf with fourteen rounds played. Today’s round was at the always improving Pleasant Valley course. As expected with recent heavy rain the course was damp so the ‘pick, clean, and place’ rule was applied. Shortly after we started the back nine we got a serious drenching for a few holes, fortunately it passed quickly and we could resume play, one group however did get caught out in it with nowhere to shelter and just had to suck it up.
As the front nine was crowded we set off on the back nine and this change for some unknown reason seems to disconcert some people who took time to adjust. This course is very difficult for those who are short off the tee, with at least three holes proving almost impossible to make the carry to the fairway.
Neil Carter continues to enjoy good form and took first place with thirty-eight points. Two back, Geoff Parker took second whilst Michael Brett brought up the rear with thirty-four.
Near pins went to Neil and Geoff with Michael taking two.
Wednesday, Oct. 24, King Naga – Stableford
1st Keith Norman (15) 33pts
2nd Michael Brett (13) 32pts
3rd Chris Middleton (24) 32pts
4th Geoff Parker (15) 32pts
Today’s round was played at the lush green King Naga course, possibly the greenest we have ever seen it. Understandably, due to lots of recent rain the course was a little wet so the ‘pick, clean and place’ rule was adopted once again, although in retrospect it was hardly necessary.
The weather was hot and humid before the rain came on the back nine, not enough to stop play but just a refreshing shower. Luckily after we had finished the rain came down in bucket loads.
Once again the greens were a real challenge, most of the time it felt like putting on velcro, really slow and bumpy. To be fair the weather prevented much of the necessary mowing, as a result scores were very negatively affected.
Keith Norman, in the first game of his winter sojurn to Siam, took first place with thirty-three points. Three golfers scored thirty-two points and had to be separated on count back with Michael Brett second, Chris Middleton third, and Geoff Parker fourth.
Another winter visitor, Gez Williams, got a near pin along with Chris Middleton, David Day, and John Hoddy.
Friday, Oct. 26, Burapha A & B – 2-Ball Multiplier
The Bunker Boys entered a team in the second round of the Travellers Rest inter club competition held on the last Friday of each month at the Burapha course. The course was in excellent condition despite lots of recent heavy rain. The pick, clean, and place rule was applied although in retrospect it was not necessary. The greens were so different from King Naga it took some time to get a grip on the speed. Luckily once again we avoided the rain which was all around us.
The team format for the game was two-ball multiplier which is a bit of a vicious game in which friendships can be tested if one partner fails to perform. The team of Geoff Parker and Neil Carter easily won their match over the Players Lounge while the team of Keith Norman and Michael Brett had a ding dong battle with Traveller’s Rest before going down on the seventeenth hole. There was no near pin competition.