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PSC Golf Bunker Boys at The Ranch

Monday, Dec. 14, Pattana C & A – Stableford

He hires a taxi to the airport and pays in advance.  The route has been traversed many times and the fare is set.  The driver picks him up at his front door and drives to the end of the driveway whereupon she demands he exit the vehicle and walk to a pick-up point.  He complains and points out he paid full fare and expects full service – she smiles.  Okay, so he meets her at the pick-up point and off they go. 

The drive is going smoothly until, again, a few blocks before rest stop 9, she requires him to exit the vehicle and walk to a pick-up point.  Again, he protests to no avail.  This strange occurrence happens again and by the time he has reached his destination, terminal 18, he has walked twenty percent of the route.  He paid 100% of the fare for 80% service.  For those of you not paying attention, this is what happens when you hire a buggie at the beautiful Pattana G.C.  Go figure!

The course was in excellent condition today, the weather was blisteringly hot and the buggie rental a rip-off.

Tony Robbins.Tony Robbins.

A Flight

1st Ben Denham (1) 34pts

2nd Jimmy Carr (18) 34pts

3rd Gary Austin (18) 34pts

B Flight

1st Neil Carlton (19) 34pts

2nd Frank Quinlan (30) 33pts

3rd Tom McDonald (21) 32pts

Near Pins: Peter Allen, Ben Denham, Stan Stokes, Ken Elmore

Wednesday, Dec. 16, Mt. Shadow (blue tees) – Stableford

It was another bright, sunny day – read boiling hot – for the twenty-two Bunker Boys that made the trek up the motorway to play the always challenging Mountain Shadow G.C.  The course was in good nick and there for the taking but the heat was just too much to overcome.  The best the boys could do was post a twenty-nine stableford average.

The star under-performer was Barry Murnin; failing to return his card and fading quickly from his leading position for Golfer of the Month.  The slack was immediately taken up by the two Tony’s, Robbins and Scambler, each posting a win in their respective flights with thirty-seven points and also being the only two players to play to or better their handicaps.  It was ugly out there, especially for Barry.

Lee Butler, and his side-kick Mike Grasser, made a special guest appearance – they don’t usually get out of bed before noon – to clinch a second place finish and a near pin respectively.  Fortunately for us, these guys haven’t been showing up on a regular basis or they’d be glued to the podium, raking in all the cake.

A Flight

1st Tony Scambler (11) 37pts

2nd Gerry Cooney (16) 35pts

3rd Dave Ashman (17) 34pts

B Flight

1st Tony Robbins (18) 37pts

2nd Lee Butler (19) 35pts

3rd P.J. Redmond (28s) 32pts

Near Pins: Mike Grasser, Tom McDowell, Tony Scambler, Gerry Cooney.

Friday, Dec. 18, Pattavia (blue tees) – Stableford

It was another tough day for the BB’s at your scribe’s favorite track; again a stableford average of a mere twenty-nine points.  The temperature had fallen a few notches from the previous outing so it must have been the fast greens and tricky pin placements that resulted in not a single player playing to his handicap.

Barry got back in the saddle with a third place finish in A-flight, but Tony Robbins’ win in B-flight moved him a few points ahead in the race for Golfer of the Month.  Barry could have most likely gained a few more points if his ball hadn’t disappeared after hitting a tree on the 14th hole.  Initially it looked as though the wayward shot wasn’t going to be an issue as a ball fell to the ground and, viewed from a distance, was thought to be Barry’s ball.  Well, lo and behold, Barry’s ball had disappeared; and the ball lying at the foot of the tree had been abruptly dislodged from its resting position, apparently exchanging places with Barry’s ball.

Les Hall is having the most difficult of times getting over the hump – 2nd or 3rd place – and moving into the winners’ circle.  Looking back over the past few months, Les has had more second and third place finishes than any other BB.  Come on Les, get moving!

A Flight

1st Gerry Cooney (16) 35pts

2nd Gary Austin (18) 35pts

3rd Barry Murnin (18) 33pts

B Flight

1st Tony Robbins (18) 34pts

2nd Les Hall (23) 34pts

3rd Tom McDowell (21) 33pts

Near Pins: Frank Quinlan, Mike Corner, JR Ulriksen.

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 086 0465091 or 0806055663 for all enquiries or check website: www.bunkersociety.com.