Parker edges absent Cooney for golfer of the month title

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PSC Golf Bunker Boys at The Ranch

Monday, March 30, Bangpakong — Stableford

Heading into the final round of the month with only a couple of points separating the contenders for the golfer of the month award, the leader, Gerry Cooney, failed to show up resulting in Geoff Parker posting a measly four points to claim the trophy.  Oh well, a W is a W even if it is by default.  Congrats Geoff!

Bangpakong is usually a fun track to play, but not on this particular Monday.  The greens were as slow as a koala climbing a tree, and leaving it short was the order of the day.  A most difficult task with the flat stick — on in two and three/four putts, Ouch!  Speaking of slow, putting a Thai lady 5-ball out in front of us didn’t help the pace of play.

Geoff Parker.Geoff Parker.

The slow greens and slow play didn’t dishearten our favorite bibulous mate Neil Griffin as he made a most welcome appearance on the podium, scoring 37 points to take second place.  Takeshi took  the win, with Thomas Nyborg and Tom McDowell placing third and fourth respectively.

1st Takeshi Hakozaki (14) 39pts

2nd Neil Griffin (24) 37pts

3rd Thomas Nyborg (16) 34pts

4th Thomas McDowell (21) 32pts

Near Pins: Sandy Bennie, Colin Greig, Gerry Swan (2)

Wednesday, April 1, Bangpra — Stableford

Bangpra is head and shoulders above most of the courses in the Pattaya area.  The course is always in good nick and it’s a real pleasure to play here.  Too bad our 13 players could only garner an average of 29 stableford points.  No worries, the Bougainvillea were in full bloom, especially on the par-three 8th hole, and it was a lovely place to spend the afternoon.

1st Colin Greig (10) 36pts

2nd Steve Drury (20) 35pts

3rd Les Cobban (8) 34pts

4th Tore Ellision (20) 32pts

Near Pins: Ken Hopkins, Gerry Swan, Les Cobban (2)

Friday, April 3, Khao Kheow C & A — Stableford

It remains a mystery why the yellow tees are positioned behind the white tees here but, be that as it may, today, as usual, we were off the yellow.  Four of the crew would most undoubtedly have preferred the white tees or even the red as their cards seemed to go missing on return to The Ranch.  You guys, self-denial is not a praiseworthy quality.

The course was in good condition and fun was had by all, well, all but four.  Henry Loh led the way with 39 points, with Colin not far behind at 37.  Neil was in the money again with 35 points to take third place and Jimmy “anchored putter” Carr placed fourth with 34.

1st Henry Loh (18) 39pts

2nd Colin Greig (10) 37pts

3rd Neil Griffin (24) 35pts

4th Jimmy Carr (18) 34pts

Near Pins: Colin Greig (2), Gerry Cooney (2)

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.