Scrambler shines at Crystal Bay

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PSC Golf from The Bunker Boys at The Ranch

Monday, Feb. 9, Khao Kheow – Stableford

A Flight

1st Peter Kelly (12) 35pts

2nd Mashi Kaneta (15) 34pts

3rd Ian Milne (13) 33pts

4th Tony Robbins (16) 33pts

B Flight

1st P.J. Redmond (27s) 36pts

2nd Steve Durey (20) 36pts

3rd Andy Brady (17) 33pts

4th Gordon Melia (17) 31pts

Near Pins: Patrick Kelly, Mashi Kaneta, Gez Williams, Colin Greig

Blue skies and green fairways (much greener than many of the other courses) greeted the Bunker Boys on their arrival at this world class championship course, and playing from the yellow tees at 6,300 yards made for an enjoyable day of golf.

Gordon Melia leads the race to the February Golfer of the Month title at the halfway stage.Gordon Melia leads the race to the February Golfer of the Month title at the halfway stage.

The fairways were in good condition, as were the greens, but running a tad slow.  All was good until we made the turn where upon we discovered two groups had just teed-off in front of us.  There was also a bit of an issue with the caddies, i.e. not enough of them, and some of our guys didn’t get off until 1pm.  The delay didn’t seem to affect the late starters as some of the better scores came from those groups.

Wednesday, Feb. 11, Crystal Bay A & C – Stableford

Thirty-two players made the trek up the motorway for another day in golf paradise.  Playing from the white tees at 6,400 yards we were off on schedule.

Considering the conditions – windy, many dry/deadpan areas in the fairways, slow play etc. – the scores were amazingly good.  The consensus among the Bunker Boys is that Crystal Bay is a good track to be kept as a mainstay course.  We are just hoping for a little resodding of some of the dry patches and a couple truck loads of dirt in the cart ruts.

Many of the crew are wondering if they will still be alive when they finally open the B course again.

A Flight

1st Tony Scrambler (11) 39pts

2nd Colin Greig (9) 39pts

3rd Gordon Melia (17) 37pts

4th Tony Robbins (16) 36pts

B Flight

1st Dave Ashman (17) 37pts

2nd Richard Baldotto (21) 37pts

3rd P.J. Redmond (27s) 34pts

4th Tom McDowell (21) 33pts

Near Pins: Geoff Hart, Colin Greig, Ian Milne, Les Cobban

Friday, Feb. 13, Bangpra – Stableford

A Flight

1st Mark Stanley (9) 34pts

2nd Colin Greig (9) 33pts

3rd Peter Kelly (12) 32pts

B Flight

1st Peter Habgood (20) 35pts

2nd Gerry Keys (28) 35pts

3rd Gordon Melia (17) 33pts

Near Pins: Colin Greig (2), Mashi Kaneta, Tom McDowell

Heading into the final two holes with the same ball, Tom McDowell teed-off on the 17th and a monkey promptly made off with his ball, resulting in a disgusted Tom walking straight off to the tee box on No. 18.

Bangpra is a favorite of the Bunker Boys and a real challenge for many of our crew.  Today was no exception and the best score of 35 came from B Flight with Peter Habgood edging out Gerry Keys to win on count back.  The big hitters in A Flight could only manage a best of 34.

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.