Norman on song at Pattana

Keith Norman.
Keith Norman.

PSC Golf from The Bunker Boys

Monday, Dec. 24, The Emerald – Stableford

1st Jimmy Carr (15) 37pts

2nd Daryl Vernon (24) 36pts

3rd Les Humphrey (28) 36pts

4th Geoff Parker (15) 36pts

5th Neil Jones (22) 32pts

The Bunker Boys Christmas Eve game was played on very hot conditions at the Emerald Club. The course was unusually clear so a very speedy round was had by all twenty-one golfers.

Emerald is a typical Faldo course with barely a flat piece of ground anywhere; the fairways were like moguls with every conceivable type of lie to be had, uphill and downhill lies and the ball above and below the feet, so one had to play every type of shot in the book. The greens were also a test with some of the toughest pin placements ever – the greenkeeper must have a wicked sense of humor.

In the race for golfer of the month, Jimmy Carr made his intentions clear with his second win in a row, taking first place with thirty-seven. Daryl Vernon again appeared in the winners’ circle, this time in second place with thirty-six points. Les Humphrey returned to form, also with a thirty-six, taking third place on countback, while Geoff Parker also with thirty-six placed fourth. Rounding out the winners wasNeil Jones who had a chalk and cheese round (nine on the front and twenty-three on the back) for thirty-two overall.

Near pins went to Kob Glover, Gary Smith, Phil Mashiter, and Keith Norman.

Wednesday, Dec. 26,
King Naga – Stableford

1st Tony Scambler (17) 38pts

2nd Akira Sekiya (12) 37pts

3rd JimmyCarr (15) 35pts

4th Geoff Parker (15) 34pts

A small field of fourteen for today’s round at King Naga, it just seems some people will not play this course despite an improvement in its condition. Today the course was not at its best due to overzealous ground staff who it seems left the watering system on overnight so casual water could be found in many areas. Nevertheless, it was well grassed and green on the fairways. The round was played at a good pace as the course was deserted.

Tony Scambler continues to play excellent golf and took the honors today with a fine thirty-eight points. Newly arrived from Japan, Akira Sekiya jumped straight into the groove with a solid round of thirty-seven to take second place. Jimmy Carrs is continuing on his good run of form and took third with thirty-five. Geoff Parker rounded out the top order with a round of thirty-four.

Despite being on three of the near pins, Dave Ashman managed to snare only one, the others going to Phil Mashiter, Neil Jones, and Keith Norman.

Friday, Dec. 28,
Pattana B & C – Stableford

1st Keith Norman (14) 37pts

2nd Jimmy Carr (15) 35pts

3rd Mark Stanley (9) 24pts

4th Gary Smith (7) 33pts

5th Phil Mashiter (6) 32pts

The curse of Pattana’s B1 struck straight away with all three in the first group putting their drives in the water on the right, one actually put two in having dropped at the point of entry, no names or pack drill.

The pace of play was good with the round finished in three and a half hours, only on the sixteenth par-three was there any delay.

Keith Norman put himself right in the frame for golfer of the month with a solid thirty-seven points. Jimmy Carr continues in sparkling form with thirty-five points and is now leading the field. Reigning Club Champion Mark Stanley took third place with thirty-four, while Gary Smith and Phil Mashiter took fourth and fifth respectively with thirty-three and thirty-two.

Near pins went to Keith Norman, Stuart Browne, Daryl Vernon, and of course Neil Carter.