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Bunker Boys Golf report for week commencing Monday September 20th

 

Monday, September 20th

 

KBSC Yellow.

 

1st Jimmy Carr (18) 39 points

2nd Steve Durey (20) 37 points

3rd Niall Glover (17) 37 points

 

Near pins Alan Sullivan, Niall Glover, Jay Babin, & Michael Brett.

 

It seems like the Bunker Boys have recently been struck with a severe dose of senility. One member tripped over his own feet, fell on his ass, and hurt himself so he couldn't make the trip to Kabin Buri today, another forgot the golden rule, " wake up before you get up", drove two hours to the wrong course only to find himself alone and had to go home again. One wonders what is going to happen next.

 

A dreary damp day for our first game at Kabin Buri where we endured drizzle for most of the front nine, a little on the back nine also but never enough to stop play. The course was in remarkably good condition despite all the rain, still wet enough to apply the pick, clean, and place rule but otherwise, in great condition. The greens were slower than they looked and considerably slower than the practice green. Because there was no run whatsoever we played off the yellow tees which were about six thousand three hundred yards, shorter than our preferred distance.

 

Scoring was very good under the circumstances with Jimmy Carr bouncing back to top form with an excellent score of thirty-nine points to take first place. A tie for second with Steve Durey edging out Niall Glover on countback. All the near pins were taken with Jay Babin almost scoring a hole in one, the other three went to  Alan Sullivan, Niall Glover, and Michael Brett. Alan had his name on three but only managed to hang on to one.

 

Tuesday, September 21st

 

KBSC Yellow.

 

1st Michael Brett (15) 39 points

2nd Jay Babin (23) 36 points

3rd Olivier Daniels (7) 35 points

 

Near pins Tony Robbins, Steve Durey, Roger Awad, & Michael Brett.

 

Having endured rain on our first day in Kabin Buri it was nice to enjoy some sunshine today. The course had dried out remarkably overnight despite more rain and was in excellent condition again, the forecast rain didn't come till about half an hour after we finished play. With nobody in front of us, we were able to set our own pace and finished in good time.

 

Our host at Serenity Resort and Spa, Olivier Daniels playing some excellent golf despite the yips with the putter did enough to take third place with thirty-five points. Jay Babin who was in the frame up until the closing holes yesterday finished stronger today to take second place with thirty-six points. Despite a three-stroke cut in handicap from last week, Michael Brett did enough to take first place with thirty-nine points. He also got as close as a couple of inches from a hole in one on the last par three for a tap-in birdie, the second almost "hole in one" in two days. Tony Robbins, Steve Durey, and Roger Awad got the remaining near pins.

 

A big tournament is scheduled for KBSC next month with the Bunker Boys allocated two four-ball slots so we will be back in Kabin Buri much sooner than previously expected.

 

Wednesday, September 22nd

Lotus Valley Blue tees.

 

1st Michael Brett (15) 35 points

2nd Alan Sullivan (11) 34points

3rd Jay Babin (23) 33 points

 

Near pins Michael Brett, & Alan Sullivan X 2.

 

Sometimes great expectations can lead to great disappointment as they did today at Lotus Valley. The course was not in the pristine condition we have come to expect, quite the contrary, the fairways were sodden with several balls plugged and difficult to find, the rough was difficult with casual water in many places. Several greens have been lost due to possibly some root disease and may need to be returfed, they were certainly not the excellent greens we have come to expect. Overall the course looked like it had suffered from a lack of maintenance and patronage during the pandemic and was not helped by recent heavy rain.

 

To compound our problems someone decided we should play from the blue tees and with absolutely no run whatsoever the course proved too difficult for most with low scores the order of the day. One thing in our favour was the weather which for the most part remained rain-free. Jay Babin was one of the more consistent players on tour and made a second appearance in the winners circle taking third place with thirty-three points. Despite a poor day with the putter Alan Sullivan managed a score of thirty-four points to take second place whilst Michael Brett made it back-to-back wins with thirty points. He also managed to snag a near pin for the third day in a row with Alan taking two. Despite being on three greens again Jay missed out on all three.

 

Friday, September 24th

 

Plutaluang North & West White tees.

 

1st Geoff Atwell (25) 30 points

2nd Michael Brett (15) 29 points

3rd Tony Robbins (20) 27 points

 

Near pins Jay Babin, Dave Ashman, & Michael Brett X 2.

 

After a few months away we returned to Plutaluang today, this time to play the North & West nines. The course was in decent condition despite recent rain, the greens were a real challenge, variable in speed, and on the whole much slower than the practice green. The biggest challenge as always was the number of trees scattered all over the course, some in not the most appropriate places.

 

A major frustration today contributing to the low scores was the speed of play which was unacceptably slow. Several groups of six and more were out ahead of us which slowed down the whole field. Some players cope with this much better than others and those that don't find it difficult to continue playing.

 

Four games in a week began to show on many with scoring disappointingly low. Geoff Atwell took the honours with a score of thirty points, in part due to a generous handicap of twenty-five. A good week for second-placed Michael Brett with a very modest twenty-nine. Tony Robbins took third with twenty-seven points. Jay Babin got back in the groove today with another near pin, Dave Ashman took another and Michael Brett got two, making it five for the week.

 

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Jimmy Carr, 1st-day winner.

 

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Mr consistency Jay Babin

 

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Geoff Atwell winner at Plutaluang.

 

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Bunker Boys Golf Report for week commencing Monday September 27th

 

Monday, September 27th

 

Bangpra

 

1st Les Cobban (8) 32 points

2nd Steve Durey (19) 30 points

3rd Jimmy Carr (18) 29 points

 

Near pins Jimmy Carr & Les Cobban

 

Twenty twenty-one has been a particularly difficult year for the Bunker Boys when at times our golf report looked far more like an obituary column than a sports report.  Sadly we start a new week by adding yet another name to the growing list of members who have departed our ranks this year, with the passing of Andy Brady in his native Scotland. Andy, always a delightful gentleman was possessed of a very thick Scottish brogue and had an ability to make people wet themselves with laughter when he regaled them with some of his jokes and tall tales even if they didn't always understand what he was saying. He had a very colourful dress sense, in particular, his golf socks were legendary. Because of COVID, Andy hadn't visited us for a couple of years and his passing came as a shock to all of us. Our condolences go to his family and friends at this difficult time, May he rest in peace.

 

After a weekend of rain, Monday morning dawned bright and sunny in Pattaya but unfortunately, it was not to last. The day turned out to be quite unpleasant for golf with a couple of stoppages for rain so despite nobody in front of us it took a long time to complete the round. Overall despite the rain, the course was in quite a good condition, with only the occasional plugged ball. As expected the course played long and difficult and as a result, scoring was on the disappointingly low side.

 

Apart from a few costly hiccups along the way, Les Cobban played a steady round to take first place with thirty-two points. Steve Durey took second with thirty points despite a wipe on the last and Jimmy Carr took third on countback. Jimmy and Les were the only ones to take a near pin with two unclaimed.

 

Despite very few on the golf course, the club intends to raise their rates to high season prices from next month, under current conditions, one has to question the wisdom of such a decision. With so many courses already offering better deals now and not increasing their fees in what is normally considered high season the logic is hard to fathom. An example of the different attitude of courses can be seen by Phoenix charging a special rate of seventeen hundred baht all in on Wednesday resulting in us canceling our booking and rescheduling to St Andrew's instead at eleven hundred baht all in, not rocket science.

 

Wednesday, September 29th.

 

St Andrews Yellow tees.

 

1st Jay Babin (23) 45 points

2nd Gerry Cooney (20) 41 points

3rd Geoff Atwell (24) 41 points

 

Near pins Niall Glover, Gerry Cooney, Kevin LeBar X 2

 

We were scheduled to play St Andrews on the day the last lockdown started so we missed out and were pleased to return today to take up that booking on the same terms as before, eleven hundred baht all-in which is excellent value for a course of this quality. We were lead to believe the course was very wet so elected to play off the yellow tees to appease the shorter hitters. As it turned out the course was in superb condition with only a few plugged balls throughout the round and no reason to play pick, clean, and place as we did.

 

Some were a little tardy getting to the first tee so a five-ball got out before us and slowed play for the whole round. Unlike Monday when we had a couple of heavy showers there was no problem with rain today, only heat and humidity with which to contend.

 

Following Monday's very modest scoring we had quite the opposite today with some exceptional scores returned. A couple of thirty-nines which any other day would figure on the score sheet didn't even rate an honorable mention today. A big cut in handicap is in store for Jay Babin, today's winner with an extraordinary score of forty-five points. Second place and third went to Gerry Cooney and Geoff Atwell in that order on countback. Niall Glover and Gerry Cooney took one near pin each with Kevin LeBar taking two.

 

Normally the race for the golfer of the month is a closely fought contest but not this month. After a slow start following lockdown, Michael Brett put together a run of good scores to put daylight between himself and the rest of the field and in the end created a new monthly record eclipsing the previous mark set by Robby Watts a couple of years ago.

 

Friday, October 1st.

 

Pleasant Valley.

 

1st Michael Brett (14) 37 points

2nd Kevin LeBar (13) 34 points

3rd Tony Robbins (22) 33 points

 

Near pins Jimmy Carr, Niall Glover, Jay Babin, & Michael Brett

 

The first Game of a new month was played at Pleasant Valley off the blue tees, probably the longest distance we have played at this course. Normally a damp course today the fairways were sodden with big pools of casual water in places and big ruts made by mowers when they would have been better served staying in the sheds. The greens were also not up to their usual standard, a bit brown in places and a bit bumpy. Under the circumstances, it was not the best option to play from the blues.

 

For some reason, our first group finished way ahead of the second group, possibly because there were two pedestrians in the second group, they also managed to hold up the third group who were all in carts.

 

Steve Durey looked like carving up the field with twenty-two on the front nine only to hit the wall and fade out of contention completely. Having got two strokes back on his handicap Tony Robbins took third place with thirty-three points on what is possibly his least favourite course. Kevin LeBar went one better to take second whilst Michael Brett got the new month off to a good start with thirty-seven points in first place. All the near pins were taken with Jay Babin, Niall Glover, Jimmy Carr, and Michael Brett taking one each.

 

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Vale Andy Brady.

 

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September golfer of the month and winner at Pleasant Valley Michael Brett.

 

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Big winner at St Andrew's with forty-five points Jay Babin.

 

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Bunker Boys Golf Report for week commencing Monday October 4th

 

Monday, October 4th

 

Greenvalley

 

1st Niall Glover (18) 43 points

2nd Geoff Atwell (24) 39 points

3rd Michael Brett (13) 35 points

Near pins Geoff Atwell, & Geoff Parker X 2.

 

A hot humid day for the first game of the week at Greenvalley where we had four groups. Could it be that we are coming to the end of the monsoon season when we can enjoy rain-free golf on dry courses?. Today Greenvalley was in excellent condition so no excuses due to conditions, even the wind was absent today. A measure of how good the course was can be gauged by the fact carts were permitted on the fairways, something very few courses currently allow. Nobody to hold us up today so a nice quick round. It was surprising just how quiet the course was, we virtually had it to ourselves.

 

For the past couple of months Niall Glover has been threatening to take out golfer of the month and today he made a bold statement posting a score of forty-three points to say to everyone else "catch me if you can". By any measure that was a very fine score. Geoff Atwell must be paying someone at the PSC as his handicap never seems to move off twenty-four, every week he seems to post a good score without his handicap being adversely affected nevertheless thirty-nine points is a very decent score. We have to go all the way back to thirty-five points to find third place where Michael Brett edged out Les Cobban on thirty-four, Les missed a very makeable put by his standards on the last and would have taken third place with a superior back nine. Three near pins were taken, one going to Geoff Atwell and two to Geoff Parker. The cries grow louder to play Greenvalley more often at current rates, much better value, and playing conditions than many inferior courses at higher rates.

 

Wednesday, October 6th

 

Pattaya Country Club. White tees.

 

1st Gerry Cooney (20) 41 points

2nd Jimmy Carr (19) 40 points

3rd Les Cobban (8) 39 points

Near pins Kevin LeBar, Jay Babin, & Les Cobban X 2.

 

Any notion we had that we were through monsoon season was quickly dispelled on Tuesday night when heavy widespread rain fell over Pattaya and environs through the night and into the morning. Even as we assembled at the first tee at Pattaya Country Club the skies looked dark and menacing and we felt sure we would be rained upon at some stage, however as the round wore on the skies became clearer and the temperature rose, and with it the humidity.

 

Despite all the rain, the course was in decent condition with only a few wet spots to contend with here and there. The biggest problem was the greens which were inconsistent in speed and some on the back nine were being sanded as we played. At just under eleven hundred baht all-in the course was very good value.

 

It seems of late it takes forty points or more to win at the Bunker Boys, today's winner Gerry Cooney returned a card of forty-one points of a twenty handicap with which went a big question mark. Also, a question mark over second-placed Jimmy Carr who played off nineteen, many were asking how Jimmy managed to get such a generous handicap. The real winner today was Les Cobban who played a superb round off an eight handicap to record a score of thirty-nine, all facets of his game were on show today, he also managed to bag a  brace of near pins with Jay Babin and Kevin LeBar taking one each. Jay had his name on three but managed to hold on to only one when Les took pity on him, said he was trying to foster good Scottish/Canadian relations, not sure anyone believed him.

 

Friday, October 8th

 

Pattavia

 

1st Bob Innes (32) 42 points

2nd Niall Glover (16) 41 points

3rd Geoff Parker (19) 31 points

Near pins Tony Robbins, Niall Glover, Steve Durey, & Michael Brett.

 

A dull overcast day for our game at Pattavia where we found a very empty course. The weather looked ominous for most of the round but on the fifteenth, it came bucketing down. Fairways and greens were temporarily flooded and a twenty-minute break in play was required. On the resumption with just three holes to play we set off in slight rain and by the end, it was sunshine for the first time in the day.

 

Making a breakthrough win with the Bunker Boys Bob Innes not only topped the score sheet but in the process tore up the course with forty-two points. There have been days when Bob struggled to make twenty points but all that was a distant memory today. Continuing his good form of recent times Niall Glover took second with a very tidy forty-one points, his second  forty plus points for the week, although it's early days he is certainly staking his claim for golfer of the month in an emphatic way. A full ten strokes back we find Geoff Parker in third place with thirty- one points. There were a couple, Kevin LeBar and Gerry Cooney who flew out of the blocks with two birdies each in the first three holes but that's where the challenge ended for both. Given thirty-one took third one can see how poorly everyone else played, even Les Cobban who has been flying lately didn't make an impression.

 

All the near pins were taken with one each going to Steve Durey, Niall Glover, Tony Robbins, and Michael Brett. Steve Dureys shot on the third par three could not have been any closer without going in the hole, what a shame to miss an ace by such a slender margin.

 

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Winner at Greenvalley with 43 points, Niall Glover.

 

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Gerry Cooney winner at Pattaya Country Club.

 

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First time winner at Pattavia Bob Innes

 

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Bunker Boys Golf Report for week commencing Monday October 11th

 

Monday, October 11th

 

Emerald, Medal, White tees.

 

1st Niall Glover (16) Net 70

2nd Les Cobban (8) Net 73

3rd Gerry Cooney (19) Net 74

Near pins Jay Babin, Geoff Parker, Geoff Cox, & Gerry Cooney

 

An overcast and slightly windy day for our game at Emerald. The course was in excellent condition and continues to improve with every visit. A lot of work is continually being done to make sure the playing surfaces are well trimmed and maintained. Moreover, an all-in fee of nine-hundred and fifty baht represents excellent value. It seems like many of the local courses are now getting the message that good value will bring players to their courses whilst those that live in the Disneyland of high season pricing are not well patronised.

 

Continuing on his merry way from last week Niall Glover took the chocolates today with a net seventy, it seems like he is not quitting in his quest for the golfer of the month albeit early days. Another in a rich vein of form is Les Cobban who took second place with a net seventy-three whilst Gerry Cooney brought up the rear with a seventy-four. All the near pins were taken with one each going to Gerry Cooney, Geoff Cox, Geoff Parker, and Jay Babin. Jay distinguished himself by taking five putts to get his near pin in the hole, perhaps it's a Canadian thing.

 

We had one of the more unusual occurrences of this pandemic period after golf when we returned to the locker rooms to find we could shower but there were no towels available, is this what is meant by new normal?,  perhaps the new way forward is to drip dry.

 

Wednesday, October 13th

 

Greenwood C & A White tees.

 

1st Geoff Cox (18) 36 points

2nd Geoff Parker (20) 35 points

3rd Steve Durey (19) 33 points

Near pins Steve Durey & Michael Brett.

 

Early morning rain and heavy skies didn't bode well for a dry day of golf, however, our resident weather guru Geoff Parker assured us that all would be ok and as it turned out he was spot on. Despite the course allowing carts on the fairways, it turned out that the fairways  were much wetter than it appeared so no pick, clean, and place under PSC rules. This was one occasion when the rule should have been ignored as mud balls and plugged balls were very common, perhaps a bit of discretion should have been applied.

 

The course was surprisingly busy, partly due to the excellent green/caddie fee of seven hundred and fifty baht. A very slow round as we followed a very slow five-ball so frustration grew as the round progressed. One player, overcome with frustration, decided to throw everything but the kitchen sink at the ball and in the process completely duffed the shot. One of his playing partners, in an unsolicited critique of that swing, proffered the opinion that everything was moving except his bowels, an interesting observation!!!.

 

With only ten points on the front nine, Steve Durey made a remarkable recovery to take third place with thirty-three points edging out Mashi Kaneta on countback. Off a never-before-seen handicap of twenty from Geoff Parker, thirty-five points was good enough to take second place. Playing in the same group Geoff  Cox was the winner with thirty-six points in his second game in a row, perhaps with a taste of victory, he may decide to play more often. Surprisingly only two near pins were taken with one each to Steve Durey and Michael Brett.

 

Friday, October 15th

 

Parichat White tees

1st Steve Durey (19) 37 points

2nd Geoff Atwell (23) 36 points

3rd Jimmy Carr (18) 31 points

Near pins Kevin LeBar, & Niall Glover

 

For a change at Parichat we played normal stableford off the white tees instead of our usual rainbow. Once again quite a strong breeze blew all day making an already difficult course even more so, the greens at Parichat have to be the most difficult of any course we play even more so today when they were very slippery. We started on the back nine today, a move that found favour with many, it seems people are warmed up and ready to play by the time they reach the more difficult front nine.

 

Some very modest scores today, only two golfers managed to acquit themselves with any glory. First place went to Steve Durey who took the honours with thirty-seven points with Geoff Atwell one point adrift in second. Jimmy Carr managed to come out on top in a bunch of very average scores with thirty-one points in third place. He also managed to bag all three sixes, so all in all a good day for Jimmy. Only two near pins were won going to Niall Glover and Kevin LeBar.

 

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Niall Glover, winner at Emerald

 

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Geoff Cox, winner at Greenwood

 

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Steve Durey, winner at his favourite course, Parichat.

 

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Bunker Boys Golf Report for week commencing Monday October 18th

 

Monday, October 18th

 

Khao Kheow A & C.

 

1st Niall Glover (15) 32 points

2nd Kevin LeBar (14) 32 points

3rd Kob Glover (24) 31 points

4th Geoff Atwell (23) 31 points

 

Near pins Steve Durey, Geoff Atwell, & Kevin LeBar.

 

Pattaya enjoyed/endured a complete weekend of rain from Friday evening to early Monday morning. Even as we travelled to Khao Kheow the sky was heavy and overcast. Once again our weather guru Geoff Parker came to the rescue with a bold prediction of no rain and as it turned out he was right again. At one stage it became hot and sunny before clouding over again, nevertheless we stayed dry. We were allocated the A & C nines which we had to ourselves with no other golfers seen all day, doesn't bode well for a course that intends to implement high season pricing from next month, today's all in price of nine hundred and fifty baht was good value.

 

The course was remarkably dry given how much rain fell, nevertheless we have to implement the pick, clean, and place rule, there was absolutely no run on the fairways today. Khao Kheow was not up to the standard we have come to expect, tee boxes were shabby, and the greens were disappointing to say the least, many were bumpy and in need of remediation if they hope to have any players when the prices rise.

 

A countback was required to settle all the placing with Niall Glover edging out Kevin LeBar for first and second, whilst Kob Glover also took third from Geoff Atwell. None of the scores were particularly remarkable as was the expectation at the start of play. Shot of the day went to Jay Babin who on the eight par five came within a whisker of an eagle which would have given him a three for six, as it was four for five was an excellent result, could be his handicap needs some scrutiny. Three near pins going to Steve Durey, Geoff Atwell, and Kevin LeBar. The Bunker Boys split up for the rest of the week with one group going to Kabin Buri and those that stayed at home playing Chee Chan on Wednesday, and Rolling Hills on Thursday, a first for most of the Bunker Boys.

 

Wednesday, October 20th

 

Chee Chan White tees.

 

1st Mark On (7) 35 points

2nd Geoff Atwell (23) 34 points

3rd Les Cobban (8) 33 points

 

Near pins Les Cobban, Tony Plummer, & Michael Brett X 2.

 

Eight Bunker Boys enjoyed a real treat with a game at Chee Chan, a first for most of the group. A curious day weatherwise with a dull haze persisting all day but with no rain. The course was remarkably dry given recent rain, so much so that carts were allowed on the fairways. An all-in fee of two thousand eight hundred baht was the price to pay today, a rate that's about to rise next month so it may be some time before we return, nevertheless everyone in attendance enjoyed the course.

 

Given it was the first visit for most, scores were acceptable, although most found the four hundred yard plus par fours a handful. Best of the day went to  Mark On with thirty-five points, Geoff Atwell was one adrift in second place whilst Les Cobban brought up the rear with thirty-three. All the near pins were taken with Tony Plummer and Les Cobban getting one each and Michael Brett taking two.

 

In Kabin Buri most of the Bunker Boys returned modest scores with only Jay Babin in form with thirty-eight points. Tony Robbins second with thirty-three whilst Bob Innes and Niall Glover both had thirty-one points.

 

Thursday, October 21st

 

Rolling Hills

 

For the second day in a row the Bunker Boys that didn't go to Kabin Buri enjoyed another treat with a game at Rolling Hills with favourable all-in fees courtesy of Mark On. This is a course that needs to have been played a few times before the enjoyment sets in. More than most courses it is important to get your drive into the right area on the fairway otherwise the second shot becomes very difficult. In addition the greens are very tricky with subtle slopes and gradients that are hard to read, curiouslt some down hill puts were remarkably slow. Being the host Mark knew the course best and took the honours albeit with a modest score. Jimmy Carr took second and Michael Brett third, Les Cobban had a day best forgotten, most unusual for him, but that's the challenge of golf.

 

In Kabin Buri Steve Durey was the best of the bunch with thirty-five points ahead of Tony Robbins on thirty-three and Niall Glover on thirty-two

 

Friday, October 22nd

 

Burapha C & D.

 

1st Geoff Parker (20) 39 points

2nd JimmyCarr (18) 33 points

3rd Michael Brett (13) 32 points

 

Near pins Geoff Parker, & Michael Brett

 

A very busy week of golf for the Bunker Boys culminated with a round at  Burapha. The course played host to the All Thailand Open tournament featuring some of Thailand's best professionals which was being played on the A & B nines so naturally we were allocated the C & D. Due to the work put into the A & B nines to prepare for the tournament the C& D nines had been neglected. Apart from that heavy overnight rain in the area made the course damp underfoot, but the biggest problem was the bunkers, some were flooded and others had all the sand washed down to the bottom leaving ruts and unplayable areas.

 

Despite sleepless nights with embarrassment  as a result of his twenty handicap Geoff Parker put all that aside today to produce an excellent round of thirty-nine points to take first place, could we now see him return to a more sensible handicap?.  A full six strokes back Jimmy Carr took second with Michael Brett rounding out the top three with thirty-two. Only two near pins were taken by Geoff & Michael. Next week we return to more mundane courses except for Wednesday when we make a return to St Andrews.

 

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Geoff Parker, winner at Burapa

 

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Mark On, winner at Chee Chan & Rolling Hills

 

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Jay Babin had a good few days at KBSC.

 

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Bunker Boys Golf Report for week commencing Monday October 25th

 

Monday, October 25th

 

Crystal Bay C & A, White tees

1st Niall Glover (15) 38 points

2nd Michael Brett (13) 36 points

3rd Jimmy Carr (18) 35 points

 

Near pins Geoff Cox, Michael Brett, & Bob Innes X 2.

 

Despite the amount of rain recently the Crystal Bay course was in good condition, with only a few areas sodden. Luckily the rough had been cut yesterday, otherwise, it would have been unplayable. As it was there were heavy swarths of grass clippings in just about all of the rough which fortunately didn't pose too much of a problem, other than trying to find a ball lodged underneath. There was a marked difference in the speed of the second nine greens over the first nine which took a little getting used to, and caught out a few players.

 

Yet another solid round from Niall Glover with thirty-eight points, he has all but wrapped up golfer of the month by now. After a couple of weeks in the doldrums, Michael Brett made something of a recovery today with thirty-six points in second place, a round that contained seven pars on the front nine before fading on the back. Jimmy Carr took third with thirty-five points. All the near pins were taken with one each going to Geoff Cox and Michael Brett with Bob Innes taking two.

 

Wednesday, October 27th

 

St Andrews White tees

 

1st Geoff Parker (20) 37 points

2nd Geoff Atwell (22) 34 points

3rd Michael Brett (13) 33 points

 

Near pins Jimmy Carr, Michael Brett, and  Niall Glover X 2.

 

A nice sunny day for what could be our last game at St Andrew's for some time with a rumour that fees are about to rise, although we have a tentative booking for next month at current rates. There seems to be an expectation amongst golf courses that with Thailand opening to tourism next month there will be hoards of visitors flocking to golf courses so an opportune time to raise prices. They may find that their expectations are not met and they will in fact drive away the few golfers playing at the currently reduced rates. One never knows but perhaps common sense will prevail. One feels that travel impediments by way of excessive regulation may prove too much for many, and only those desperate to escape another northern winter  will come.

 

St Andrews was in excellent condition today and well worth the eleven hundred and fifty all-in fees. Dry enough to allow carts on the fairways although caddies for the most part stayed on the cart paths. There are still some areas of rough remaining which would benefit from a good trim, otherwise, the course was faultless.

 

Geoff Parker is currently enjoying some good form as well as his generous twenty handicap and took first place today with thirty-seven points. Another high handicapper Geoff Atwell took second place with thirty-four whilst Michael Brett rounded out the scoring with thirty-three in third place. All the near pins were taken again with Niall Glover taking two, Jimmy Carr and Michael Brett got one each.

 

Friday, October 29th

 

Pattana C & B Yellow tees

1st Les Cobban (8) 37 points

2nd Geoff Cox (17) 35 points

3rd Michael Brett (13) 35 points

4th Steve Durey (21) 35 points

 

Near pins Geoff Cox, Bob Innes, & Les Cobban.

 

The Pattana course was in excellent condition for today's round where we played the C & A nines. After so much recent rain it was amazing how well the course held up, even the greens which were a bit substandard on our last visit were very good today.

 

The day was bright and sunny but a stiff breeze kept conditions mild, however playing into the wind on the long par fours was challenging for most. The course was quite busy with two other societies out at the same time as us, nevertheless there were no holdups and speed of play was good.

 

Todays winner Les Cobban made his intentions clear from the outset opening up with a pair of birdies, he would go on to set a personal best of five birdies for the round ending with thirty-seven points. Between the heroics there were some loose holes, otherwise he could easily have topped forty points. The interaction between Les and his caddie is something to behold, it seems he makes his caddie feel like she is responsible for all his good strokes, which is in marked contrast to some others who blame their caddie for their own bad play. A three-way tie for second, third and fourth with Geoff Cox, Michael Brett, and Steve Durey placed in that order. Only three near pins were taken, going to Geoff Cox, Bob Innes, and Les Cobban.

 

Since his return from Chile and having a couple of months of golf behind him Niall Glover developed a very steady vein of good form. He started the month at a cracking pace and put daylight between himself and the rest of the group in the race for golfer of the month. A chasing group of about five players challenged for second but nobody could catch Niall so he ended up winning by a comfortable margin  and was duly declared October golfer of the month. In his current form there seems no reason why he won't go back to back next month.

 

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Golfer of the Month Niall Glover.

 

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Geoff Parker, winner at St Andrews

 

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Birdie man Les Cobban with five at Pattana.

 

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Bunker Boys Golf Report for week commencing Monday November 1st

 

Monday, November 1st

 

Mountain Shadow

 

1st Mashi Kaneta (19) 33 points

2nd Niall Glover (15) 33 points

3rd Jimmy Carr (18) 33 points

 

Near pins Niall Glover, Geoff Parker, Les Cobban, & Mashi Kaneta.

 

It had been some time since the Bunker Boys' last visit to Mountain Shadow so we were not quite sure what to expect. As it turned out the fairways and greens were in excellent condition, the tee boxes were ok but the bunkers were very poor, unraked, with washouts, and with hard-packed sand. Anybody going in them faced a serious challenge to get out.

 

The day was bright and sunny but not too hot. By the end of the round, the skies looked threatening, and on the trip back to Pattaya it came down heavy, so a lucky escape. For just about the whole round we saw no other golfers on the course, but before we left the clubhouse one supersize group was seen on the ninth green.

 

Scoring was modest as usual at this course, most find it one of the more difficult courses on our roster. In another rare visit, Mashi Kaneta took first place on countback from Niall Glover and Jimmy Carr, all on thirty-three points. Niall and Mashi also bagged near pins with the two others going to Geoff Parker and Les Cobban.

 

Wednesday, November 3rd

 

Pattaya Country Club

1st Jay Babin (22) 41 points

2nd Bob Innes (31) 39 points

3rd Tony Robbins (24) 38 points

 

Near pins Geoff Parker, Kevin LeBar, Bob Innes, & Michael Brett.

 

Yesterday marked the official end of the monsoon season and right on cue we got a bright sunny day with no threat of rain for our game at Pattaya Country Club. One more time when we had a course virtually to ourselves, there were other groups out ahead and behind us but well spaced out so there were no delays in play and a speedy round was had.

 

As has been the case since being returfed the Pattaya Country Club course was in prime condition, with no complaints about any aspect of the course.

 

A nice breeze blew all day keeping things cool without affecting play too much. A most curious situation came to light after the game when it was revealed that it was cheaper to play at the all-in fee using a PSC voucher rather than walk, just another one of the curiosities that crop up from time to time in Thailand.

 

In contrast with Monday when scores were low today we had the reverse with a lot of very good scores returned. It is noteworthy that all today's winners were twenty-plus handicappers, could it be that the new handicap system is not working as well as one might expect?, certainly the low handicappers felt they were carrying a heavy load today.

 

Top of the heap was Jay Babin with forty-one points of a twenty-two handicap, Jay's scores have a habit of fluctuating wildly over the course of the month. For some time now Jay has had his eyes firmly fixed on the golfer of the month trophy, could this be the month he breaks through?. In addition to almost grabbing a hole in one, Bob Innes took second place with a very decent thirty-nine points of his thirty-one handicap, we should see that receive a serious haircut from here on. Tony Robbins, unbelievably on a twenty-four handicap took third place with thirty-eight points. All the near pins were taken with one each going to Geoff Parker, Kevin LeBar, Bob Innes, and Michael Brett, this is a course where one expects all the near pins to be taken.

 

All our overseas regular visitors should note that the Club Championship is scheduled for the third week of next month and those traveling should bear this in mind when making their travel arrangements. We would love to see a big group visiting when next month we are promised that the bars will finally be open.

 

Friday, November 5th

 

Pattavia

 

1st Jimmy Carr (18) 40 points

2nd Bob Innes (30) 37 points

3rd Geoff Cox (17) 37 points

 

Team event, best pair Jimmy Carr & Kevin LeBar 47 points

 

Near pins Alan Sullivan, Geoff Parker, Les Cobban, & Jimmy Carr

 

The Pattavia course was very quiet for the last game of the week where had a very good roll-up. Conditions were perfect for golf, bright and sunny without being too hot. The course was in excellent condition, in particular, the greens were back to their treacherous speed and it was very difficult to hold any puts that missed close to the hole.

 

A mixed game today where we played a two-ball better ball competition as well as the regular individual event. Scoring was again on the very good side for the second game in a row. Jimmy Carr ripped up the course today with a score of forty points. There was a strong rumour that a bit of handicap protection took place and he scored very poorly on the last three holes, who knows what he would have scored had he kept it going to the end. Following on from his excellent score of Wednesday and with a one-stroke cut in handicap Bob Innes again claimed second place with thirty-seven points to edge out Geoff Cox on countback into third place. No heroics today from Jay Babin who had a Barry Crocker, yo-yo golf as he so often does.

 

Despite throwing out the anchor on the closing holes by Jimmy his partner Kevin LeBar came to the rescue to take out the team event with forty-seven points. All the near pins were taken going to Alan Sullivan, Geoff Parker, Les Cobban, and Jimmy Carr.

 

The first proper away trip for some time next week when we pay a visit to Kanchanaburi where we have good numbers so we are hoping for some excellent golf and a good time

 

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Jimmy Carr, winner at Pattavia.

 

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Big week for Bob Innes

 

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Jay Babin, 41 points at Pattaya C C.

 

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