Smith stars on Kanchanaburi tour

Geoff Parker & Paul Smith.
Geoff Parker & Paul Smith.

PSC Golf from The Bunker Boys

Monday, April 16, Royal Ratchaburi – Stableford

1st Geoff Parker (13) 35pts

2nd Michael Brett (16) 34pts

3rd Lee Butler (21) 33pts

In order to avoid the madness that is Pattaya during Songkran the Bunker Boys undertook a road trip to Kanchanaburi for some relaxation and hopefully some good golf.  The first stop along the way was the beautiful Royal Ratchaburi course which was in pristine condition, as usual.  The greens were a lot slower than they looked and it took a while to get used to the speed.

The weather was very hot and humid and while a slight breeze blew it did little to help and those that walked the course were quite fatigued by the end of play.  The pace of play was fine for the lead group as they were allowed to play through a local group on the tenth, however, those following groups were not so lucky and it was a slow round for them particularly the back nine.

Scoring was average on this difficult course with Geoff Parker mastering the conditions best to take first place with a well compiled thirty-five.  Second place went to Michael Brett while struggling with the putter on the back nine returned a score of thirty-four.  Lee Butler took the final place a point further back on thirty-three.

Near pins went to Les Cobban, Neil Hirst, Paul Smith, and Michael Brett.

Tuesday, April 17, Grand Prix G.C. – Stableford

1st Colin Greig (8) 32pts

2nd Les Cobban (8) 31pts

3rd John Pegrum (14) 31pts

Second day of our Kanchanaburi trip had us play the magnificent Grand Prix course and as always it was beautifully presented.

As we teed off, thunder and lightning could be heard and seen in the distance and with the wind direction we thought it would blow away from us but this was an optimistic view and by the time we reached the sixth hole we were in the middle of a storm requiring us to take shelter for about twenty minutes.  When the rain stopped the wind continued to blow and increase in intensity making play very difficult for a few holes before it blew itself out.

Scoring reflected the difficult conditions with one of our members (who shall remain nameless) having the rare distinction or not scoring a single point on any hole.

Colin Greig came first with a lowly thirty-two points while Les Cobban took second place on thirty-one, ousting out one of our guests John Pegrum on count-back.

Paul Smith and Les Cobban had a near pin each whilst Geoff Parker had two.

Thursday, April 19, Blue Sapphire G.C. – Medal

1st Les Cobban net 72

2nd Paul Smith net 72

3rd Jim Carr net 73

Due to a unique set of circumstances which should never again be repeated, our numbers for today’s round at Blue Sapphire were down on what was expected.  A tough course with medal format made for a challenging round.

The course would benefit greatly from some TLC. and plenty water.  Warm humid conditions were once again the order of the day.  The winner was Les Cobban with a stylish net seventy-two, beating Paul Smith into second place on count-back.

Friday, April 20, Evergreen Hills – Stableford

1st Paul Smith 40pts

2nd Alan Sullivan 38pts

3rd Les Cobban 36pts

A very nice course at reasonable rates, Evergreen Hills was the venue for Friday’s round.  Similar weather today, hot and humid but it had little effect on those at the top as the winners scored well.  First on the day was the ever-consistent Paul Smith who returned a card of forty points off a very low handicap, a very creditable round.  Second place went to Alan Sullivan who also scored well with a round of thirty-eight.  Third spot was claimed by Les Cobban with thirty-six.  The most consistent players of the tour were Paul Smith and Les Cobban.