PSC Golf Bunker Boys at The Ranch
Monday, August 10, Pattaya C.C. – Stableford
Our favorite Aussie with a perennial smile on his face – Les Burns – returned today and stuck two near pins right off the bat. “Smiley” didn’t waste any time getting back in the groove with the Bunker Boys at the definitely improving Pattaya C.C. He was a little rusty from his stay ‘downunder’ (claims he spent most of his time at the BBQ, and watching the kangaroos duke it out) but he was dead-eye today on the par-3’s.
Your scribe has always found Pattaya C.C. rather unappealing aesthetically but, I must say, things are looking up. The fairways and greens are greener than usual, and there are even some flowering bushes and trees. The bunkers were void of leaves and cigarette butts and had actually been raked. All in all, with low season rates and senior discount, it was a pleasurable day of golf at good value.
1st Jimmy Carr (18) 35pts
2nd P.J. Redmond (22s) 34pts
3rd Geoff Parker (14) 33pts
Near Pins: Les Burns (2), Tony Robbins, P.J. Redmond
Wednesday, August 12, Mt. Shadow – Stableford
On a blistering hot day with play at a snail’s pace, everyone was looking for the shadows at Mountain Shadow G.C. The reflection off the irons was enough to burn your eyeballs and it was definitely a day to be wearing shades and staying in the shadows.
The twelve Bunker Boys that braved the heat didn’t put on much of a show as the average stableford score was only 27 points. Mashi led the way with 35 followed by Gerry Cooney, beating Rab McDonald on count back, both with 32.
Considering the lack of rain, the inadequate watering system, and the constant flow of players at this popular course, the track was in its usual good condition.
1st Mashi Kaneta (15) 35pts
2nd Gerry Cooney (15) 32pts
3rd Rab McDonald (17) 32pts
Near Pins: Jerry Waselenkoff, Geoff Parker, P.J. Redmond, Mashi Kaneta
Friday, August 14, Bangpra – Stableford
It was a pleasure to see Thomas Nyborg pull up at The Ranch on a beautiful Friday morning in ‘Fun City’. Having just returned from a brief stay in his homeland, you could tell by the look on his face that he was roaring to play. The lay-off obviously didn’t have an effect on his game as he proceeded to score 37 points and hit two near pins.
The other fourteen players weren’t so fortunate as no one played to their handicap and the average stableford score was a mere 27 points.
John Daly and Peter Habgood live by the creed “Throw first and ask questions later”. After a beautiful tee-shot and then an errant hit with a fairway wood, Peter renounced this creed by slamming (rather than throwing) the fairway wood into the ground and breaking off the head. Ouch! Abandonment of an ingrained habit does have its consequences. Throw Peter throw!
1st Thomas Nyborg (14) 37pts
2nd Les Cobban (8) 35pts
3rd Tony Robbins (15) 32pts
Near Pins: Thomas Nyborg (2), Mashi Kaneta.
Note: The Bunker Boys play out of The Ranch bar on Pattaya 3rd Road (in front of the fire station, and almost opposite the Buffalo Bar). We play 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 or check website: www.bunkersociety.com.