‘Old hands’ to the fore at Bangpra


PSC golf from the Bunker Boys

Monday, January 2, Treasure Hill – Stableford

A field of 16 golfers set off to Treasure Hill to blow away the cobwebs following the New Year celebrations.  The course has undergone extensive renovations over the past few months, most of which are now completed and only one temporary tee was still in operation.

There was a stiff breeze blowing as we teed off which only added to the difficulty of what is always one of the harder courses we play.  No one managed to better their handicap on the day, and most agreed that once again the course came out the winner.

Jack Robertson made a return to the winner’s rostrum following a recent run of bad form. Jack Robertson made a return to the winner’s rostrum following a recent run of bad form.

The best performance of the day came from newcomer Stephen Roche who showed the old hands how to do it.  William Macey scored a creditable 21 points on the back nine (but what happened on the front nine William?) to take 3rd place on a count back from the unlucky Reg Smart.

1st Stephen Roche (12) 35pts

2nd Mike Grasser (10) 34pts

3rd William Macey (17) 31pts

Near Pins:  Daryl White, Mike Grasser and Colin Greig (2)

Wednesday, January 4, The Emerald – Stableford

Twenty-four golfers today for the visit to this ever popular Bang Chang course, which is excellent value for money following the recent introduction of the group discount.  The course was in fine condition and relatively quiet for the time of year, the first group finishing their round comfortably in 4 hours.

There were no outstanding scores on the day with both flights being won on 36 points.  Ex-Bunker champion, John Hughes, had the best score of the day on his first game since arriving back in Pattaya – we wonder if he’ll be still on form for next month’s championship, to try and regain his crown from defending champion Tony Berry.

A Flight

1st John Hughes (16) 36pts

2nd Rab McDonald (12) 34pts

3rd Ken Ellmore (16) 34pts

B Flight

1st Mike Corner (20) 35pts

2nd Tom Jones (25) 34pts

3rd Neil Griffin (28) 33pts

Near Pins:  Geoff Hart, Paul Smith, Tom Jones, and Ken Ellmore

Friday, January 6, Bangpra – Stableford

The largest field of the week turned out to play at Bangphra, and the first group headed off 20 minutes earlier than our allotted tee-time.  The course was in excellent condition, but just beginning to show signs of drying up in places.

Mashi and William shared the best score of the day on 38 points to win the A and B flights respectively.  A monitor lizard made an appearance on the 12th hole, but the star attraction of the day was William scoring 21 points on the front nine (with 2 “blobs”), and sinking two outrageously long putts on the treacherous greens.

Mashi continued his run of good form (winning 4 of his last 5 games) to take the honours in the A flight.

A Flight

1st Mashi Kaneta (12) 38pts

2nd Paul Smith (2) 37pts

3rd Barry Murnin (12) 34pts

B Flight

1st William Macey (17) 38pts

2nd Mike Corner (20) 31pts

3rd Jack Robertson (27) 31pts

Near Pins:  Neal Bramley, William Macey, Reg Smart, and Geoff Parker

Following the recent demise of the Bunker Bar, the Bunker Boys now play out of the Bowling Green on Soi X-Zyte between Pattaya 3rd Road and Soi Buakhaow.  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 come and join us.

We meet at the Bowling Green at 9 a.m. for breakfast and transportation, and new players with valid handicaps are always welcome.  For more information call Dave on 087 1469978 or email [email protected].