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PSC golf Bunker Boys @ The Ranch

Monday, Dec. 24, Green Valley – Stableford

A slightly later start than usual today and we arrived on the first tee to find that we’d been scheduled out behind another large group of local golfers, but after a delay of around half an hour we managed to get the first group away – just before midday.  

The first four holes were painfully slow, and as we sat waiting on the fourth tee, more than an hour and a half had elapsed and we contemplated the possibility of not being able to finish before dark!  Thankfully the pace of play did pick up a little and the final group completed the round in the gathering dusk in around five and a half hours – easily the longest round we’ve endured so far this high season.

There’s no stopping Paul Smith, as he cruises towards another Golfer of the Month title.There’s no stopping Paul Smith, as he cruises towards another Golfer of the Month title.

Nothing much disturbs Paul Smith’s concentration these days, and the newly crowned Bunker Champion continued his good run of form to win the overall competition, ahead of Roger Mitchell, who took second place on a count back over Jack Robertson.

1st Paul Smith (4) 36pts

2nd Roger Mitchell (23) 34pts

3rd Jack Robertson (26) 34pts

4th Tony Robbins (12) 32pts

Near Pins:  Roger Mitchell, Tony Robbins, Michael Brett and Paul Smith.

Wednesday, Dec. 26, Mt. Shadow – Stableford

A very pleasant change from the previous game on Monday as we arrived at Mountain Shadow to find the course quiet, and we were able to tee off on schedule.  The course is in great shape, but is just beginning to dry out a little, and the greens were as slick and treacherous as ever.

The weather was superb with a cooling breeze, so everything was perfect for a great day’s golf on this challenging course.  We set off from the 10th hole, playing off the blue tees, and the round progressed smoothly with all groups finishing in a little over four hours.

Paul Smith is almost unbeatable these days and won the honours with 38 points (including two near pin prizes) ahead of four players all tied on 36 points.  Mashi Kaneta was awarded second place on the count back ahead of Roger Mitchell and Tony Scambler with Mike Brett being the unlucky golfer that missed out on the prizes.

1st Paul Smith (4) 38pts

2nd Mashi Kaneta (13) 36pts

3rd Roger Mitchell (23) 36pts

4th Tont Scambler (8) 36pts

Near Pins:  Ken Ellmore, Tony Scambler, and Paul Smith (2).

Friday, Dec. 28, The Emerald – Stableford

25 golfers today for our trip to this popular course at Ban Chang, and there was some discussion over breakfast as to whether the course would have recovered from the severe water damage it suffered a couple of months ago.

We tee’d off on our scheduled tee time in very pleasant conditions, and the course was not overly busy, so the round progressed smoothly.  On the day we were all pleasantly surprised to find that the course is now in reasonable shape with only one or two areas still remaining as GUR, and the greens were fair and true.

Top performer on the day was Dave Ashman, finishing one point ahead of Colin Greig who is showing the first signs of recovering his previous good form following the purchase of new clubs.  Lars Strom made his first appearance on the podium since joining the Bunker Boys taking first place in the B flight.

With only one game remaining, the contest for the December Golfer of the Month title became a one horse race, following Paul Smith’s brace of wins this week.

A Flight

1st Dave Ashman (14) 39pts

2nd Colin Greig (12) 38pts

3rd Mark Stanley (11) 36pts

B Flight

1st Lars Strom (23) 37pts

2nd Mike Corner (19) 33pts

3rd Les Burns (29) 33pts

Near Pins: Colin Greig, Les Burns and Mark Shotton (2).

Note:  The Bunker Boys area a PSC affiliated golf society, who now play out of The Ranch bar on Pattaya 3rd Road (in front of the fire station, and almost opposite the Buffalo Bar).  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 not come and join us.

We meet at The Ranch at 9 a.m. for breakfast and transportation, and new players are always welcome. Contact Buff on 086 046 5091 or 080 605 5663 for all enquiries.  You can find all the news, schedules and results on our website at www.bunker