Smith stays the course at Treasure Hill

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PSC golf Bunker Boys @ The Ranch

Monday, March 31, Treasure Hill – Stableford

Thirteen players turned up to be greeted with an empty course.  It was a fine day that turned out very hot and humid and the course was in excellent condition and extremely good value at THB800.

They are really working hard on this course and it is turning into a real championship venue.  It played like it today and the decision to play off the white tees, which were well back, added to the difficulty.  Only Paul Smith handled it well with an excellent gross 75 (net 73) for 35 points, aided by birdies on the final three holes.  The next best score on the day was just 29 points.

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1st Paul Smith (2) 35pts

2ndMark Stanley (8) 29pts

3rd Gordon Melia (17) 29pts

Near Pins:  Paul Smith, Dave Ashman and Gerry Cooney

Wednesday, April 2, Khao Kheow B & A – Stableford

Everybody’s favourite course (well almost) attracted a field of 19 to form 2 flights of good and aspiring to be good golfers.  Continuing the recent trend, we encountered no holdups on arrival and our first 3-ball teed off on time, not catching up with another group until the final hole.

Temperatures and humidity are creeping up into the seriously leaking bracket and with very little breeze for respite today there were a few participants running out of puff towards the end.  Course conditions were good with the greens slower than usual and the fairways still quite hard and in need of some rain.  A couple of very light showers passed overhead but not enough to make any difference.

The weather definitely took its toll on the field, with only Tony Robbins (37pts) in A flight and Neil Griffin with 36 in B flight posting par or better scores.  Struggling on the back nine, it was lucky for Neil that he amassed 23 points on the front although unfair calls of applying the brakes could be heard from one of his victim’s in the sixes.

A negative mark for the golf club at this time of year is the wheeling out of “trainee” caddies during the school holidays for the same price of experienced personnel.

A Flight

1st Tony Robbins (12) 37pts

2nd Paul Smith (2) 33pts

3rd Gerry Cooney (14) 32pts

B Flight

1st Neil Griffin (24) 36pts

2nd Kenny Chung (25) 34pts

3rd Tom McDowell (21) 30pts

Near Pins:  Paul Smith, Geoff Hart (2) and Geoff Parker

Friday, April 4, Bangpra – Stableford

The Bangpra course is currently in excellent condition (pity people at Mountain Shadow and Crystal Bay don’t drop in and see how to maintain bunkers).  Heavy shower on first two holes then hot and humid with thunder rolling around hills provided some challenging weather conditions.  The first two groups got round in well under 4 hours but there were big delays to next group as they got caught by another heavy shower.

A Flight

1st Gerry Cooney (14) 35pts

2nd Colin Greig (6) 33pts

3rd Geoff Parker (15) 31pts

B Flight

1st Geoff Cox (16) 32pts

2nd Tom McDowell (21) 31pts

3rd Kenny Chung (25) 30pts

Near Pins:  Keith Allen, Gerry Cooney (2) and Kenny Chung.

Note:  The Bunker Boys are 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 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 or go to website: www.bunkersociety.com.