PSC Golf Bunker Boys at The Ranch
Monday, August 24, Silky Oak – Stableford
It was a rough day for the Bunker Boys at the ever so lovely Silky Oak Country Club. This is a track, unlike another in the area that won’t be mentioned, where the C.C. surely applies. T-boxes, fairways, bunkers, greens are all beautifully manicured, with flowering shrubs and trees on nearly every hole. The only thing missing to bring it up American standards as a C.C. would be valet parking.
The course is quite a challenge with numerous hazard carries of more than 180 yards and with no relief in sight. It’s the old proverbial “sink or swim” issue. Unfortunately, a lot of our guys had a hard time treading water and could only muster an average stableford score of 26 points.
Jimmy Carr and Mike Johns weren’t at all intimidated by the beautiful vistas over the hazards, posting 39 and 36 points respectively. Geoff Parker wasn’t far off the pace with 34 points in third.
1st Jimmy Carr (18) 39pts
2nd Mike Johns (16) 36pts
3rd Geoff Parker (13) 34pts
Near Pins: Raleigh Gosney, Colin Greig, Geoff Parker (2).
Wednesday, August 26, Treasure Hill (yellow tees) – Stableford
Geoff Parker racked up 40 points to demolish the opposition at the always in great shape Treasure Hill on Wednesday. Playing from the yellow tees at 6,400 yards, Geoff bettered the average stableford score of 31 by nine points and finished six points in front of the second place contender. Throw-in a near pin and it was a great day in golf paradise for Mr. Parker.
Colin Greig took second place, and there was a four-way count back for third with Peter “throw first and ask questions later” Habgood edging out Les Burns, Gerry Cooney and P.J.
Just one additional comment about Treasure Hill; great course and great value! Thank you TH for accommodating the Bunker Boys on a regular basis.
1st Geoff Parker (13) 40pts
2nd Colin Greig (8) 34pts
3rd Peter Habgood (21) 32pts
Near Pins: Geoff Parker, Jerry Waselenkoff, Philip Moore
Friday, August 28, Parichat (white tees 1 & 2) – Stableford
For most of us, this was our first experience to play a course with two sets of white tees. As there was no starter on hand, nor caddie that seemed to sufficiently understand the Queen’s English, nor any notation of 1 or 2 on the white markers, we were a bit befuddled, at first. Actually, we were even more befuddled when we made the turn, because now it seemed we were playing off a different set of white tees – presumably white 2.
So, we began our day thinking we were playing white 1 at 5,800 yards (wanting to accommodate our more challenged distance hitters as we always try to play close to 6,500 yards) only to end up playing 5,600 yards because we had the grand opportunity of playing both sets of whites in one round. Not cool! As we are a fun, playful, but somewhat serious golf society, we would prefer to stick to one set of tees in our competitions. What’s it going to be Howie – 1 or 2? Mark it off clearly and let’s get on with it.
For a new/immature track, the course was in pretty good condition even considering the excruciatingly slow greens. You need to pick your target carefully as there are hazards here, there and everywhere. All in all it was a fun/challenging day of golf.
1st Colin Greig (8) 32pts
2nd Les Hall (24) 31pts
3rd Raleigh Gosney (16) 31pts
Near Pins: Jimmy Carr (2), Geoff Parker, Les Cobban.
Note: The Bunker Boys, a PSC affiliated golf society, plays 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 and meet at The Ranch at 9am for breakfast and transport. Contact Buff on 0860465091 or 0806055663 for all enquiries or check website: www. bunkersociety.com.