Sullivan shines at Emerald

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Jimmy Carr - golfer of the month.
Jimmy Carr – golfer of the month.

PSC Golf from The Bunker Boys

Monday, Sept. 24, The Emerald – Stableford

1st Alan Sullivan (12) 37pts

2nd Neil Carter (11) 36pts

3rd Les Hall (25) 29pts

After the delights of Hua Hin the previous week it was back to normal today with a round at Emerald. The course was in reasonable condition except for the greens; some were a bit shabby and all were extremely slow. Making the transition from the fast smooth greens of Black Mountain to today’s offerings was a bit too much for some, with most of the scoring on the low side.

Fresh from a forgettable round on Friday, Alan Sullivan bounced back to top form with a score of thirty-seven to take first place. Neil Carter looked likely to light up the course starting with five straight pars only to fade thereafter, but nevertheless he was good enough to take second place with thirty-six. A whole seven points back in third place was Les Hall.

Near pins went to Alan Sullivan, Geoff Parker, Jimmy Carr, and Michael Brett.

Wednesday, Sept. 26, Pattana A & C – Stableford

1st Neil Carter (11) 36pts

2nd Geoff Parker (14) 33pts

3rd Alan Sullivan (12) 26pts

A hot steamy day lay in store for the Bunker Boys at the seldom visited Pattana course for the rainbow round of the month. The course was a little damp but otherwise in very good condition. The pick, clean, and place rule was applied and necessary as often balls plugged and sometimes difficult to find even on the fairways. The humidity was extreme and with no breeze, it was uncomfortable for most of the day. Despite a large competition running at the same time as our game, slow play was not an issue.

Neil Carter took first place with a good thirty-six, with Geoff Parker three back and Alan Sullivan in third a full ten back.

Near pins went to Geoff Parker, Michael Brett and two to Neil Carter.

One of our group suffered the indignity of hitting a caddie with his wayward drive on an adjoining tee and suffered a financial penalty as a result, best to keep it straight off the tee.

Friday, Sept. 28, Burapha – Stableford

The TRGC have instigated a monthly competition to be held on the last Friday of every month for several months to come at the Burapha course. Six golf societies will compete each month in a variety of formats with points accumulating monthly until the last round when a winner will be crowned and presented with a prestigious and valuable trophy. Four golfers from each society will represent their club.

Today’s format was a four-ball better-ball competition with two golfers from one venue paired with two from another society. The Bunker Boys drew the Players Lounge for the first round and Neil Carter with Geoff Parker were cruising to victory when a huge thunderstorm struck requiring a forty-minute delay in play. On resumption, the boys could not recapture the form that had them leading so easily and crashed out on the final holes.

The other pairing of Jimmy Carr and Michael Brett looked to have won their match but some dubious accounting errors saw them defeated, it is not yet clear who was mathematically challenged.

A bad start to the competition for the Bunker Boys with no points from the round but spirits are high that the situation can be turned around just as Europe did in the afternoon session of the Ryder Cup, and more fruitful days lie ahead. Next month’s format will be the very vicious multiplier format where partner players scores will be multiplied on each hole before being totaled up to provide their final score.

Almost as an aside Jimmy Carr won his second Golfer of the Month trophy in three months with Geoff Parker Neil Carter or Michael Brett failing to rein him in during the last week.