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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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Bunker Boys Golf Report for week commencing Monday November 29th

 

Monday, November 29th

 

Parichat

 

1st Michael Brett (15) 36 points

2nd Jimmy Carr (17) 33 points

3rd Geoff Parker (20) 33 points.

 

Near pins Paul Smith, Steve Durey, & Michael Brett.

 

The last game of November was played in very difficult conditions at the Parichat course where once again we played Stableford instead of the regular monthly rainbow competition. A most unpleasant day for golf, the sky was grey and overcast, with an everpresent threat of rain, the wind was howling particularly on the front nine, the greens were lightning-quick, all of which contributed to a very trying day. As the course is so open and treeless the wind had a much greater effect than it might have had at another course. Speed of play was excellent with most of the groups finishing in good time,  the lead three-ball was back in the clubhouse by two o'clock.

 

Despite a poor finish with two one-pointers, Michael Brett managed to secure top position with thirty-six points. Jimmy Carr and Geoff Parker both finished on thirty-three in second and third respectively. Three near pins went to Paul Smith, Steve Durey, and Michael Brett with one delinquent.

 

As expected Jimmy Carr who showed consistently good form all month took out the golfer of the month trophy with some distance to second place. This was Jimmy's second golfer of the month win this year, can he make it three?. Given his current run of good form, it would be foolhardy to bet against it.

 

Wednesday, December 1st

 

Pattaya Country Club

 

1st Nik Evans (12) 38 points

2nd Jimmy Carr (17) 36 points

3rd Bob Innes (30) 36 points

4th Steve Durey (20) 35 points

 

Near pins Danny Evans, Steve Durey, & Paul Smith X 2.

 

The biggest turnout for about eighteen months for our first game of December at Pattaya Country Club including Mike Lloyd playing his second game and Daryl Vernon his first. It seems like the rainy season has been replaced with a windy season, it was blowing again today, sometimes quite strongly, and rarely seemed to be in an advantageous direction.

 

Those familiar with this country know it's often referred to as "Amazing Thailand" and today we got a first-hand example of why. We were assured yesterday that we could purchase seniors cards on the day for five hundred baht which guaranteed us an all-in fee of twelve hundred and fifty baht till the end of October next year. In the intervening twenty-four hours, the cost of senior cards doubled in price, needless to say, this news went down like a lead balloon. After much argument and the threat of a walkout of nineteen players common sense finally prevailed. Thereafter it was much like getting a certificate of entry to the country with passport or driver's license required, paperwork to be filled out, and photos to be taken before we could proceed to play, not the kind of start that puts one in the correct frame of mind for golf.

 

The pace of play was slow such that a group of locals was able to jump in between our first three-ball and the second group. Slow play is a curse on golf and something that needs to be eradicated. Some would argue that golf is not a race, neither is it a game of chess. Slow play upsets many people's rhythm and concentration and results in low scoring. Today's winner Nik Evans was unaffected and produced a display of controlled disciplined golf to amass a score of thirty-eight points, an excellent score in the conditions. Jimmy Carr is still continuing in a rich vein of form and took second place with thirty-six points, surely now we will see his handicap come down to a level more befitting his ability. Bob Innes took third place also on thirty-six and Steve Durey took fourth place one stroke adrift. A total of seven players were locked together on thirty-four points. All the near pins were taken with Steve Durey and Danny Evans taking one each with Paul Smith taking two.

 

Friday, December 3rd

 

Pleasant Valley.

 

1st Steve Durey (20) 43 points

2nd Alan Sullivan (12) 35 points

3rd Colin Greig (14) 34 points

4th Geoff Parker (20) 34 points

5th Paul Smith (2) 34 points

 

Near pins Greg Berry, Dave Ashman, Mike Lloyd,  & Mark On.

 

Another new arrival today, John Hughes, and a couple more expected next week making for what looks like a more normal high season. Pleasant Valley was the venue where again a field of nineteen showed up to play. This is a course that polarises opinions, most like the ambiance and friendliness of the place with superior caddies, others detest the course and would be happy to never play there again. It's hard to satisfy all the people all the time, so sometimes concessions have to be made.

 

Another slow round today as we had another society out directly in front of us, still it was better than Wednesday's extremely slow game. The course was surprisingly dry and is starting to go brown in some areas, something we haven't seen for a long time. A couple of greens were particularly shabby and had some remedial work done which still shows, the bunkers for the most part were disappointing, nothing a good raking wouldn't fix.

 

Today's winner Steve Durey produced an exceptional round with a score of forty-

three points, surely his handicap must now come down to a more respectable level. Another Westham United supporter Alan Sullivan in a rare visit to the Bunker shot a steady round of thirty-five to take second place. Colin Greig, Geoff Parker, and Paul Smith finished in that order on countback with thirty-four points. Bob Innes and Mike Lloyd both had strong front nines, only to fade out of contention on the back.  All the near pins were taken today with Dave Ashman taking one particularly good one, Mark On, Greg Berry, and Mike Lloyd taking the other three. The week ended on a high note with the news that as of today restaurants are allowed to serve alcohol, no doubt many will be slaking their thirst into the night, a long time coming.

 

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November Golfer of the Month Jimmy Carr

 

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Winner at Pattaya Country Club Nik Evans.

 

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Big winner Steve Durey.

 

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Bunker Boys Golf Report for week commencing Monday December 6th

 

Monday, December 6th

 

Greenvalley

 

1st Tony Robbins (24) 37 points

2nd Greg Berry (15) 36 points

3rd Geoff Atwell (22) 35 points

4th Jimmy Carr (17) 34 points

5th Steve Durey (19) 34 points

 

Near pins Greg Berry, Mashi Kaneta, Jimmy Carr, & Steve Durey.

 

Despite several locals missing today (at least six)  a big influx of regular seasonal visitors swelled out numbers to twenty, the new arrivals were Neil Jones, Ken Davidson, and Tony Scambler. Could it be that many have their eyes on the club championship to be held next Wednesday and Friday?. Since restaurants were allowed to serve alcohol last Friday, Pattaya feels much more like the "city of fun" that we have all come to know and love.

 

A beautiful day for golf at Greenvalley where the weather was just about perfect and the course was in tip-top condition. Despite a big group out before us, the speed of play was fine today and there were no reasons for low scores other than the vagaries of the game.

 

We are considering sending around the hat collecting for a mask, not a covid mask but a Ned Kelly one for today's winner Tony Robbins on his twenty-four handicap with a score of thirty-seven. Greg Berry had a super round going on the front nine but faded on the back to record a score of thirty-six, enough to take second place. Another in need of a mask, this time a Robin Hood mask was Geoff Atwell who took third on thirty-five off a generous twenty-two handicap

Jimmy Carr, solid as ever came in with thirty-four points edging out Steve Durey on countback. The near pins were shared between Greg Berry, Mashi Kaneta, Jimmy Carr, and Steve Durey.

 

Wednesday, December 8th

 

Bangpra

 

1st Colin Greig (15) 36 points

2nd Paul Smith (2) 33 points

3rd Greg Berry (15) 33 points

4th Michael Brett (15) 32 points

 

Near pins Kob Glover, Paul Smith, & Michael Brett.

 

A spectacular day for golf at Bangpra, cloudless blue sky, balmy temperature, and a slight breeze, as good as it gets. The course was in nice condition, the bunkers were remarkable, perfectly raked, remarkable as we have seen courses lately with bunkers in very poor condition. Having endured months where there was no run on the fairways today was the opposite with both fairways and greens very quick. Speed of play was good until our lead group ran up against a six-ball, thereafter it became painfully slow.

 

Someone we are used to seeing play off a single figure handicap Colin Greig now off fifteen took the honours today with thirty-six points, could the advancing years be manifesting themselves or is he just sandbagging for the upcoming club championship next week?. Paul Smith took second place with thirty-three points with Greg Berry third also on thirty-three. All three played in the last group, the only one to miss out was Les Cobban who had a rare off day. Geoff Parker set a blistering pace on the front nine with twenty-one faded on the back nine and lost fourth place on countback to Michael Brett. Three near pins went to Paul Smith, Kob Glover, and Michael Brett. A remarkable coincidence occurred on the Gordon Melia twelfth hole where Niall Glover, Kob Glover, and Geoff Parker all put two balls in the water

 

Friday, December 10th

 

Treasure Hill

 

1st Geoff Atwell (22) 36 points

2nd John Hughes (22) 35 points

3rd Mashi Kaneta (17) 34 points

4th Ken Davidson (24) 31 points

 

Near pins Kob Glover, Greg Berry, Mashi Kaneta, & Geoff Atwell

 

The joy of low season already seems a distant memory with yet another diabolically slow round. As is often the case the cause of the problem was a local six-ball, why this is allowed is anybody's guess, something we simply have to learn to live with. By the closing holes, many had lost interest and simply wanted to get it over with and get off the course. One thing from the low season that remained to everybody's delight was the all-in fee of one thousand and fifty baht.

 

Sometimes this course feels like it has more trees than Sherwood forest and it was common to hear the sound of golfballs clattering into said trees. The fairways were in good order with lots of run and the greens were firm and consistent.

 

Talking of Sherwood forest our resident Robin Hood Geoff Atwell seemed at home on the course today and took first place with thirty-six points to go with his thirty-five on Monday. Another bandit on a high handicap John Hughes came second with thirty-five points one ahead of Mashi Kaneta in third place Ken Davidson rounded out the scoring on thirty-one points. There were many with scores in the mid to high twenties. All the near pins were taken by Greg Berry, Kob Glover, (again) Mashi Kaneta, and Geoff Atwell. Geoff's effort was particularly noteworthy in that he completely mi<deleted> his drive, landed halfway down the fairway, and ran all the way up to the green for a near pin, naturally with that kind of luck he would go on to sink the put for a birdie.

 

With so many Brits back in Thailand the question was raised today, where are the Aussies? probably back home watching boring cricket some would say.

 

With the Club Championship next week and many struggling to find their best it remains a wide-open contest, many are looking for a complete reversal in form At this stage, Steve Durey is in the best and most consistent form and looks like a clear frontrunner, who will it be?.

 

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Winner at Greenvalley Tony Robbins.

 

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Winner at Bangpra Colin Greig.

 

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Winner at Treasure Hill Geoff Atwell.

 

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Bunker Boys Golf Report for week commencing Monday December 13th

 

Monday, December 13th

 

Khao Kheow A & B

 

1st Kob Glover (25) 34 points

2nd Niall Glover (17) 34 points

3rd Paul Smith (4) 34 points

4th Tony Robbins (24) 33 points

 

Near pins Daryl Vernon & Greg Berry X 2.

 

Today's game at Khao Kheow was at best an exercise in futility. At times the wind was almost galeforce in intensity, certainly the strongest wind that anybody remembers in which to play in Pattaya, and rendered the course virtually unplayable. The course itself was in the worst shape we have seen for a long time, the fairways were largely brown and with very little grass, the greens were substandard, rough and bumpy, and variable in speed. Leaf litter was strewn across the course and in places so dense that at least one player lost a ball somewhere within this litter. If there was a positive it was the bunkers which were well raked and in good order.

 

Coupled with a number of players having trainee caddies the all-in fee of fifteen-hundred baht was very poor value and would not encourage greater patronage. As it was we seemed to be the only people on the course so unless there is a major rethink in applying high season pricing to a course in very poor condition it will remain poorly supported.

 

Under the circumstances, scoring was acceptable with the Glover family at the top of the table with Kob beating husband Niall on countback. Paul Smith also had the same score in third place, almost a failure on his part as he had twenty on the front nine. Tony Robbins rounded out the scoring on thirty-three points. A dusty Daryl Vernon who may have been overenjoying himself since his return to Pattaya managed to snag a near pin whilst the very consistent Greg Berry managed two, he seems to be dominating the near pins lately.

 

It was a particularly difficult day for our regular visitor from the Isle of Man, Tony Scambler. He was one of the unlucky ones with a trainee caddie who spoke no English, wouldn't drive the cart onto the fairways despite them being bone dry and rock hard, and was no help whatsoever, in fairness somebody playing as long as Tony has shouldn't need help from a trainee caddie to read puts. Ending on a positive note the Glovers were kind enough to ring the bell, a sound we haven't heard in a long time and a very welcome as well indeed.

 

Wednesday, December 15th.

 

Pattavia

 

Club Championship 1st round.

 

1st Niall Glover (17) Net 68

2nd Kob Glover (25) Net 73

3rd John Hughes (22) Net 74

4th Colin Greig (15) Net 75

5th Bob Innes (30) Net 75

6th Kevin LeBar (14) Net 76

 

Near pins Paul Smith, Kob Glover, Niall Glover, & Jimmy Carr.

 

A record number for about two years with twenty-six participants in the annual Club Championship first round held at Pattavia. Conditions were perfect for golf with clear blue skies, warm but not too hot temperatures, and a course in good condition. As is mostly the case at Pattavia the greens were quick and difficult with anything above the pin a real challenge of line and speed.

 

Another society was out in front of us but didn't impact the speed of play with the round completed in an acceptable time. In the interest of fairness, a random draw was used to establish the groupings which threw up some curious combinations. Prior to leaving the bar, Ken Davidson organised a sweepstake which threw up some curious choices.

 

For the second day in a row, the Glover family finished in the top two positions with Niall this time taking the honours with an exceptional score of net sixty-eight a full five strokes ahead of wife Kob on seventy-three. Third place went to

the wily John Hughes on net seventy-four. Colin Greig came in fourth beating out fellow Scotsman  Bob Innes who had a couple of shocker holes after a blistering start but managed to gather it up and finish strongly with a respectable seventy-five in fifth place. Rounding out the top six Kevin LeBar who is probably the most regular player of the group at this course finishing in sixth place with seventy-six points. A number of our more established players such as Paul Smith, Les Cobban, Greg Berry, and Nic Evans threatened at times but eventually fell back in the field so with a five-stroke lead Niall Glover is the hot favorite to get his name on the honour board, but stroke play can change the scoreboard in a trice, so who is it going to be?. All the near pins were taken with one each to Niall & Kob Glover,  Jimmy Carr, & Paul Smith.

 

Friday, December 17th

 

Round 2 Club Championship

Pattaya Country Club

 

1st Colin Greig (15) 47 points

2nd Jay Babin (21) 44 points

3rd Bob Innes (30) 43 points

4th Tony Robbins (24) 41 points

5th Kevin LeBar (14) 40 points

6th Geoff Parker (20) 39 points

 

Near pins Kevin LeBar, Bengt Engstrom, Colin Greig, & Daryl Vernon.

 

Club Champion 2021 Colin Greig

 

As is the custom the players out of the running teed off first with those deemed in the running out last. A field of twenty-six was a good number under the circumstances and as can be seen from the results competition was fierce with some of the best scores that anyone can remember. From the results, it looks like the high handicap players had a serious advantage, coupled with playing off the shorter white tees. Throughout the presentation, back at the bar, there was much discussion particularly in relation to handicaps and the S word was used more than once.

 

The day was bright and sunny with a light breeze, the course was in good condition so no excuses from anybody. It's remarkable how quickly courses start to deteriorate due to lack of rain and while today's course was fine one could see how quickly it will go brown and bare without rain soon.

 

In what can only be described as a remarkable performance Colin Greig came from seven strokes back to win by a margin of three, apparently, he didn't miss a put all-day. No doubt the handicappers will take the scalpel to his ridiculous fifteen handicap for next week.  In another remarkable performance, Jay Babin returned a score of forty-four to take second place, who would have believed that a score of forty-four wouldn't be good enough to win?. Another high handicapper who seems to improve with every game he plays Bob Innes came third with forty-three points. Tony Robbins also in the plus forty range took fourth with forty-one points, one ahead of Kevin LeBar in fifth with Geoff Parker rounding out the scoring with thirty-nine points. Of all those on the winner's list Kevin LeBar seemed to be the only one playing off an appropriate handicap. Near pins were taken by Daryl Vernon, Colin Greig, Bengt Engstrom, and Kevin LeBar.

 

Back at the bar, there was much revelry with the sound of the bell ringing out all night albeit a silent bell. 

 

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Kob Glover, winner at Khao Kheow.

 

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Winner at Pattavia Niall Glover

 

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Club Champion 2021 Colin Greig accepting the trophy from Niall G.lover

 

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Bunker Boys Golf Report for week commencing Monday December 20th

 

Monday, December 20th

 

Crystal Bay C & A

 

1st Greg Berry (15) 36 points

2nd Geoff Atwell (22) 36 points

3rd Jimmy Carr (17) 34 points

4th Colin Greig (14) 34 points

 

Near pins Jimmy Carr, Danny Evans, & Bob Innes X 2

 

Another split day of golf for the Bunker Boys with the bulk of the group playing at Crystal Bay while a team of four made the trip to Kabin Buri to play in the Serenity Resort Christmas scramble. The Kabin Buri course was in pristine condition, competition ready to host the Thailand Seniors Open competition later in the week. In particular, the greens were as good as greens can be, a nice speed without being ridiculously fast and smooth as a billiards table. The day was bright and sunny but not too hot so perfect for golf.

 

The Bunker Boys team comprising Tony Robbins, John Hughes, Daryl Vernon, and Michael Brett played as a team, and at different stages, someone always came to the rescue and everyone contributed. A score of forty-seven points, net sixty-one was a fair reflection of how the team played and was good enough to equal the best score of the day, unfortunate to lose first place on countback but satisfying nevertheless. After golf, everyone retired to the Serenity Resort & Spa where our host Olivier laid on a magnificent feast of Christmas fare followed by prizegiving. Wine and beer flowed freely and the revelry went on into the small hours.

 

At Crystal Bay, the group played the C & A nines, as always the course was ok but the tee boxes and bunkers were a shambles. The rough was also up so anybody that strayed in there was lucky to be able to play their ball if it could be found.

 

The very consistent Greg Berry took out first place beating Geoff Atwell on countback. It seems like a day of countbacks with third and fourth also decided in that manner with Jimmy Carr edging out Colin Greig who could count himself very lucky to be cut only one stroke after last Friday's heroics. Danny Evans and Jimmy Carr got near pins while the new "dead eye Dick" Bob Innes took two.

 

Wednesday, December 22nd

 

Pattana Golf & Sports Resort A & C.

 

!st Niall Glover (15) 40 points

2nd Tony Robbins (23) 38 points

3rd Michael Brett (16) 38 points

4th Gerry Cooney (19) 38 points

 

Near pins Gerry Cooney, Kevin LeBar, Paul Smith, & Michael Brett.

 

Another beautiful sunny day for golf at Pattana where despite several delinquents we managed a field of eighteen. We were allocated the A & C nines both of which were in very fine condition. An all-in fee of eleven hundred baht was excellent value for a course of this quality.

 

Scoring was very good and it was tight at the top with Niall Glover taking the chocolates with an excellent forty points. Tony Robbins, Michael Brett, and Gerry Cooney all finished with thirty-eight points and were placed in that order. All the near pins were taken  with one each going to Gerry Cooney, Kevin Lebar, Paul Smith, and Michael Brett.

 

We were hopeful of another big influx of seasonal visitors in the coming weeks but with paranoia about the latest Covid variant rampant, it looks at this stage that there may be doubts about any further international tourism until a clearer picture emerges, we live in hope.

 

Friday, December 24th

 

Emerald

 

1st Geoff Atwell (22) 38 points

2nd Gez Williams (13) 36 points

3rd Colin Greig (14) 34 points

4th Dave Ashman (26) 34 points

 

Near pins Niall Glover, Gez Williams, & Paul Smith X 2.

 

A curious day for golf at Emerald, we started under grey skies, shortly after we had a sprinkling of rain, and finished in bright sunshine. The course was ok by Emerald standards, the greens were good, fairways were decent and the bunkers were also fine, so no complaints on that score. Despite several regulars missing presumably doing some late Christmas shopping, a field of eighteen was a reasonable group under the circumstances. Other members were doing a bit of travel to different resorts and some went upcountry.

 

There are many curiosities in the game of golf but one, in particular, seems to remain a constant at the Bunker Boys, I refer of course to our resident Robin Hood, Geoff Atwell who regularly throws up a very good score and yet maintain his handicap in the low twenties. Today he did it again with an excellent thirty-eight points to take first place. Fresh from Blighty, Gez Williams in his first game for months went straight down to business and took second place with a solid thirty-six points. Colin Greig continues to motor along in the winner's circle and took third place beating Dave Ashman into fourth place on countback. All the near pins were taken with one each to Niall Glover and Gez Williams with two going to Paul Smith.

 

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Niall Glover, Winner at Pattana

 

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Geoff Atwell aka Robin Hood winner at Emerald

 

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Bunker Boys Golf Report for week commencing Monday January 3rd 2022

 

Monday, January 3rd

 

Crystal Bay C & A.

 

1st Colin Greig (14) 37 points

2nd Niall Glover (16) 36 points

3rd Paul Smith (5) 36 points

4th Neil Jones (23) 36 points

 

Near pins Paul Smith, Colin Greig, Niall Glover, & Michael Brett

 

As a new year begins we look forward more in hope than optimism that things will be better in the year ahead. Already we see it hasn't started well with a new raft of restrictions governing the sale of food and alcohol at restaurants. It is to be hoped that these will be short-lived and we can again return to normality. To add to the misery one of our members has been confirmed to have contracted the virus and one more suspected of the same.

 

Our new year of golf got underway with a game at Crystal Bay, not the most auspicious of beginnings but nevertheless, we are up and running. Not much to say about Crystal Bay that hasn't already been said, a shabby course in need of much T.L.C. A bright sunny day with quite a stiff breeze which proved difficult at times and kept scores moderate by Crystal Bay standards. For the most part, the course was very brown and dry, but in the areas where the watering system had broken down and water flowed onto the course, it was verdant green.

 

Colin Greig got the New Year off to a good start with thirty-seven points to take first place. Three players were tied on thirty-six points and separated on countback with Niall Glover taking second from Paul Smith with Neil Jones rounding out the leader board, although Neil Jones believes he should have been second as we played the C nine first. All the near pins were taken, one each going to Niall Glover, Colin Greig, Paul Smith, & Michael Brett. Niall Glover had a brain fade on one hole putting two balls in the water, not to be outdone wife Kob also decided the water looked fine and decided to join him in the drink.

 

Wednesday, January 5th

 

Burapha A & B

 

1st Gez Williams (14) 37 points

2nd Les Cobban (11) 36 points

3rd Geoff Atwell (22) 35 points

4th Niall Glover (16) 35 points

 

Near pins Dave Galvin, Colin Greig, Kob Glover, & Michael Brett

 

More bad news to start the New Year with at least three more cases of the dreaded lurgi, we believe none are serious at this stage and hopefully, all will return hale and hearty in due course.

 

A change of venue for today's game where we were due to play Pattaya Country Club but deferred till Friday and instead played Burapha at a sports day rate of eleven hundred baht all in which was excellent value, with this type of deal we plan to make it a regular fixture. We were allocated the A & B nines, most people's preferred choice. Under the current circumstances, we had a smaller field than we might otherwise expect, we were, however, able to welcome one more of our regular seasonal visitors from the Emerald Isle, Dave Galvin to the fold.

 

The day started badly when John Hughes turned up at the bar early, not in the loop with his communications, threw his toys out of the cot, and went home, missing out on a good day's golf. Two more cried off at the last minute leaving only eleven to enjoy the day. Gez Williams who can't stop winning enjoyed the day most taking first place with thirty-seven points. Les Cobban missing for weeks returned today to take second place with thirty-six points, with Geoff Atwell aka Robin Hood edging out Niall Glover for third place. All the near pins were taken with one each going to Dave Galvin, Kob Glover, Colin Greig, & Michael Brett, Dave's near pin was a one hundred and eighty-yard effort with a nine iron, could it have been an upside-down nine?. In the sixes, Jimmy Carr was so distraught at losing that he paid out the wrong person which was a shame as taking smackers from Jimmy is one of the great joys of golf.

 

Friday, January 7th

 

Pattaya Country Club. Medal

1st Kob Glover (23) Net 68

2nd Jimmy Carr (18) Net 71

3rd Dave Ashman (26) Net 72

 

Near pins Bengt Engstrom, Jimmy Carr & Kob Glover X 2.

 

We are pleased to report that all five members missing due to the moronic virus appear to be fine and hopefully will be back on deck very soon. It seems inevitable that in time everybody will get it and have to take some downtime.

 

Our monthly medal was played today at Pattaya Country Club in bright sunshine with a good breeze blowing most of the day. As ever the course was in good shape so no excuses on that front.

 

The fairer sex came to the fore today with Kob Glover taking first place with an excellent score of net sixty-eight. Jimmy Carr might have thought seventy-one would be enough to take it out, unfortunately for him, it was only good enough for second place. After a long absence from the winner's circle, Dave Ashman got there today with a very good net seventy-two. Dave's recent outlay in a couple of new/used clubs is now paying dividends. All the near pins were taken with Jimmy and Bengt taking one each and Kob taking two making it three for the week, is the mantle of near pin specialist about to change hands? it is a heavy burden to carry!!!.

 

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Colin Greig Winner at Crystal Bay

 

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The Welsh wizard Gez Williams winner at Burapha

 

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Kob Glover winner at Pattaya Country Club

 

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Bunker Boys Golf Report for week commencing Monday January 10th

 

Monday, January 10th

 

Greenvalley

 

1st Mashe Kaneta (18) 39 points

2nd Raleigh Gosney (20) 38 points

3rd Les Cobban (11) 37 points

4th Paul Smith (5) 36 points

5th Bengt Engstrom (10) 36 points

 

Near pins Jay Babin, Kob Glover, & Paul Smith X 2.

 

The week got off to a good start with a number of our diseased members being cleared of illness and ready to play. A couple whilst not ill still remain in isolation so we await their return shortly. A big influx of UK visitors over the weekend swelled our number to twenty-four for a game at Greenvalley where we found a course in excellent condition at an agreeable price. Three other societies plus a large group of visitors from the colder climes out before us meant a slow round, so some frustration at the pace of play.

 

International travel at present remains a challenge with people testing negative prior to boarding flights but testing positive on arrival. The current situation has significantly curtailed our numbers with many eager to make their regular visit to Thailand but unwilling to submit to the uncertainty, stress, and expense associated with international travel, some such as the Aussies don't even consider the trip much as they would like to due to local conditions of entry and associated costs.

 

Today's game was played in bright sunshine with little or no wind so excellent conditions for golf which was reflected in scoring which was of a high standard.

 

One of our infrequent visitors Mashi Kaneta did a smash and grab today again taking first place with a fine score of thirty-nine points. A kindred spirit in many ways Raleigh Gosney who resides in Japan joined fellow Japanese mate in second place a stroke back. Back in the winner's circle again Les Cobban took third place a further stroke back. As always Paul Smith is somewhere in the mix and today took fourth place on thirty-six to go with his two near pins. Bengt Engstrom rounded out the winner's circle losing on countback from Paul.

 

The other near pins were taken by Jay Babin and the new master of the near pin Kob Glover.

 

Wednesday, January 12th

 

Pattana Sports Resort and Country Club. C & A. White tees.

 

1st Paul Smith (5) 34 points

2nd Alan Harris (9) 34 points

3rd Colin Greig (13) 31 points

4th Kob Glover (22) 31 points

5th Michael Brett (16) 31 points

 

Near pins, Colin Greig, Geoff Cox, Niall Glover, & Michael Brett.

 

An overcast day that turned bright, sunny, and very hot for today's game at Pattana where we were allocated the C & A nines. As per Bunker Boys rules, we played off the nearest tees to six thousand five hundred yards which turned out to be over six thousand six hundred. As it happens this was a  big mistake as the fairways had been overwatered and there was absolutely no run whatsoever. with plugged balls aplenty. This was not known to anybody before the start of play and resulted in very low scores and much grisling back in the bar for the presentation, sometimes things happen that are outside everybody's control.

 

Normally on this course, we expect a score of thirty-eight or over to win, today thirty-four was enough for Paul Smith to take first place from Alan Harris on countback. Three players, Colin Greig, Kob Glover, and Michael Brett finished on thirty-one points and placed in that order on countback. All the near pins were taken with one each to Colin Greig, Geoff Cox, Michael Brett, and this time Niall Glover instead of wife Kob.

 

At the bar, there was much discussion about the enjoyment of golf and the reasons to play. As an aging society, it may be an opportune time to consider reducing the distance we play allowing the shorter hitters more enjoyment of the game which after all is the object of the exercise. It's impossible to satisfy all the people all the time but after a time the better player's handicaps should come down thereby equalising out the situation. The counter-argument is that the longer hitters don't particularly want their handicaps to come down by playing shorter courses, Solomon come and sort this one for us.

 

Friday, January 14th

 

Pattavia

 

1st Kevin LeBar (15) 41 points

2nd Geoff Parker (19) 40 points

3rd Raleigh Gosney (20) 36 points

4th Niall Glover (16) 35 points

5th Jimmy Carr (17) 35 points

 

Near pins Geoff Parker, Colin Greig, Raleigh Gosney, & Kob Glover.

 

We heard a rumour during the week that the greens at Pattavia were very quick and as it turns out the rumour was true. The pace of the greens however was not matched by the speed of play which was ridiculously slow, one group losing four holes over the group in front of them.  A problem with most slow players is that they either don't recognise that they are slow or worse still don't care, either way, an unacceptable situation that could easily be remedied with a bit of mindfulness and consideration for others. A sure-fire solution is to put slow players out together at the back of the field where they can play at their own pace.

 

Even with the last few of our infected players still out twenty was a good number even with a couple also giving the course a miss due to the greens. As ever on his home course and with his most excellent caddie, Kevin LeBar took the honours today with a brilliant forty-one points. The handicap holiday Geoff Parker is enjoying must now finally be over as he took second place with forty points. Enjoying an excellent run of form Raleigh Gosney took third spot with thirty-six points to go with his thirty-eight from Monday. Niall Glover edged out Jimmy Carr for fourth spot on countback. All the near pins were taken with the queen of near pins Kob Glover, as usual, taking one, Colin Greig, Geoff Parker & Raleigh taking the other three.

 

A couple of noteworthy events from the round, in putting for par on the third green Colin Greig missed the hole, his ball continued on until it came to rest off the green about thirty feet from the hole, wouldn't you know it he sank the return put. Dave Galvin played a chip and run onto a green only to hit a rake and rebound back into a bunker, where was the "luck of the Irish"?.

 

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Big week for Raleigh Gosney

 

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Alan Harris took second in his second outing

 

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Kevin LeBar winner at Pattavia.

 

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Monday, January 17th

 

Silky Oak.

 

1st Dave Galvin (24) 44 points

2nd Neil Jones (24) 38 points

3rd Paul Smith (5) 37 points

4th Les Cobban (11) 35 points

5th Alan Harris (9) 35 points

 

Near pins Gez Williams, Dave Galvin, Les Cobban, & Alan Harris X 2.

 

After an absence of over three years, the Bunker Boys made a return visit to Silky Oak, part of the Barcelona Valley Golf complex. for the first game of the week. The course had been changed around since our last visit with the back nine now becoming the front nine and a couple of other changes, with the removal of one par three to be replaced with another on a different part of the course. Overall the course was in nice condition with very few complaints other than the greens were a bit variable in speed. Considered a bit of a quirky course in many ways one unusual aspect of the course was the inclusion of five par threes.

 

From the outset, we were confronted with a problem where it was felt that some people may not have been able to make the carry over the water on a couple of holes from the white tees so it was decided to play off the yellow tees on three holes. As it turned out this may not have been a problem after all as most people had little problem with the suspect holes.

 

A curious day weatherwise with at least three seasons in one day. First, we set out in pleasant conditions if a bit overcast, then the wind got up and blew quite strongly for a couple of holes making life difficult, followed unexpectedly by rain, something we hadn't seen for quite some time and eventually finished in fine conditions again.

 

We have had a few Aussies masquerading as Ned Kelly in the past, today it seems that Ned returned to his native Nenagh, County Tipperary where the local Ned aka Dave Galvin took first place with a remarkable forty-four points to make his breakthrough win at the Bunker Boys after years of trying, what a way to take your first win?, needless to say, Dave rang the bell back at the bar. We have had a Welsh wizard in the past few weeks, i.e. Gez Williams, today another emerged in the burly shape of Neil Jones to take second place on thirty-eight points complete with a dodgy back., imagine what he could have done if fully fit?. Goes without saying Paul Smith was in the mix again this time with thirty-seven points in third place. Les Cobban took fourth place with a respectable thirty-five points, beating out Alan Harris on countback. Again all the near pins were taken with Les Cobban, Dave Galvin, and Gez Williams taking one each and Alan Harris taking two.

 

Golf isn't always fair and for a variety of reasons people don't always get the luck they deserve and end up having a bad day, today was such a day for Daryl Vernon who got the rough end of the pineapple being put out at the back of the field in a three-ball with two very slow players, no doubt, Daryl will be hoping for and expecting better luck on his next outing, In a society such as the Bunker Boys where people can roll up to play ten minutes prior to departure time it puts real pressure on the organiser to arrange groups and transport. Despite best efforts to satisfy everybody occasionally, somebody gets a raw deal.

 

At the halfway stage in the race for the golfer of the month, it's a family affair with Niall Glover taking a slight lead over wife Kob, is Niall going to go on and make it two in three months or are we going to see our first lady golfer of the month? it's all to play for at this stage.

 

Wednesday, January 19th

 

St Andrews

 

1st Michael Brett (17) 38 points

2nd Gez Williams (13) 37 points

3rd Paul Smith (5) 37 points

4th Kevin LeBar (14) 36 points

5th Neil Griffin (24) 34 points

 

Near pins Mark Ferrar, StuartTinkler, Colin Greig & Michael Brett.

 

In the space of two days, the Bunker Boys were back in Barcelona Valley again, this time to play the St Andrews Course which was in prime condition and excellent value at fourteen hundred baht all in, This fee also included a voucher to the value of one hundred baht to be spent in the restaurant which made for even better value.

 

Quite a warm day with little or no wind so great conditions for golf. Even with a few regulars out a field of twenty-four was a very good number. Apart from one hole where a couple of players went well over the allowable three minutes to search for a lost ball, there were no other hold-ups. As it happens the lost ball was eventually found inside a cart parked at the back of the par-three third green, quite an unusual occurrence.

 

A total of five players fought it out for fifth place with Neil Griffin taking it on countback with thirty-four points. Kevin LeBar took fourth place with thirty-six points. Third place went to Paul Smith losing second on countback to the Welsh wizard Gez William, both on thirty-seven points. After months of indifferent form and his handicap dropping like a stone, today's winner Michael Brett cruised effortlessly through the front nine with twenty-six points only to crash and burn on the back nine with only twelve points, still enough to take first place, a round that defies explanation. Perhaps there is an eighteen-hole round in there somewhere trying to break out. All the near pins were taken with one each going to Colin Greig, Mark Ferrar, Stuart Tinkler, & Michael Brett.

 

We had a slight accident on the eighteenth tee when a caddie ran over a small snake on the cart part, just goes to show, we are surrounded by snakes all the time on golf courses but only rarely see them.

 

Friday, January 21st

 

Treasure Hill

 

1st Paul Smith (5) 38 points

2nd Les Cobban (11) 35 points

3rd Steve Durey (19) 34 points

4th Kob Glover (22) 31 points

 

Near pins Raleigh Gosney, Colin Greig, & Tony Robbins.

 

After consecutive rounds at above-average courses today it was back to normality again with a game at Sherwood Forest aka Treasure Hill. This is a course that very few would consider their favourite course let alone enjoy playing at all, trees in all the wrong places ensure that good course management is vital with an eye for the next shot essential. More often than not a score of under thirty-six is sufficient to win, the one exception to that rule is Robbie Watts who only once shot less than thirty-six, the other exception to the rule is Dave Ashman who considers it his favourite course.

 

The course itself was in good shape with no complaints about the condition of the fairways, greens, or bunkers, even the tee boxes were better than most courses. A very disrupted round with groups jumping from the front nine to the back after only three holes, skipping some holes to avoid slow six balls, etc., and generally messing around to get the eighteen completed, not an ideal way to play golf.

 

Paul Smith took the honours today with a well-compiled thirty despite struggling with a new set of irons and only hitting two greens in regulation, obviously, his short game was spot on, in particular, the putter was red hot. It's hard to get your head around Les Cobban playing off an eleven handicap, must be his highest handicap for years, today he took second place with thirty-five points. Following a bout of the dreaded lurgi, Steve Durey was back in the frame again today in third place with thirty-four points. Kob Glover rounded out the scoring in fourth place with thirty-one points but somehow missed out on her regular near pin, although she was only narrowly beaten for one. Raleigh Gosney, Tony Robbins, and Colin Greig in his last game of this visit got near pins with one going to the most worthy of causes, the delinquent fund.

 

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Huge day for Dave Galvin with a breakthrough win with forty-four points

 

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Michael Brett winner at St Andrew's

 

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A big week for Paul Smith this week with three visits to the winner's circle

 

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Bunker Boys Golf Report for week commencing Monday January 24th

 

Monday, January 24th

 

Khao Kheow

 

1st Kob Glover (22) 39 points

2nd Paul Smith (4) 38 points

3rd Gerry Cooney (19) 38 points

4th Kevin LeBar (14) 35 points

5th Steve Durey (19) 35 points

 

Near pins Kevin LeBar X 2, Les Cobban, & Kob Glover

 

A & B were the assigned nines for today's game at Khao Kheow where we had a decent rollup of twenty-three. For some strange reason, the course was sodden in a couple of areas, but overall it was in good condition, the greens were a bit quicker than we are used to at this course.

 

It may be that people are finally getting the message about slow play as we had a very pleasant game today with no holdups due to this plague, long may this trend continue.

 

Today's winner Kob Glover is becoming a real force at the Bunker Boys, we may have to adopt a more gender-neutral name for our society in the near future to reflect the more inclusive nature of the group. Not only did Kob win today with thirty-nine points, but she also got her usual near pin and leads that competition as well as being amongst the contenders for golfer of the month. Following up on last week's good form Paul Smith was in the frame again today taking second place with thirty-eight points beating Gerry Cooney into third on countback. A countback was also required for fourth and fifth places with Kevin LeBar edging out Steve Durey. Kevin also managed to get a very close near pin on the island green which naturally he birdied and Les Cobban took the remaining near pin.

 

 Shot of the day went to Ken Davidson who managed to snag one of the rare birds, an eagle while his playing partners were not paying attention and missed the deed, some wags were asking did he really get it or was it just a figment of his imagination? as a former club champion Ken is very capable on his day.

 

Wednesday, January 26th

 

Plutaluang N & W.

 

1st Niall Glover (16) 30 points

2nd Neil Jones (24) 30 points

3rd Stuart Tinkler (16) 30 points

4th Paul Smith (4) 29 points

 

Near pins Paul Smith, Gerry Cooney, Jay Babin, & John Hughes.

 

It seemed like an eternity since we last played the Navy course and given the reaction of many today it may be a long time before we return again. It just felt like everybody got beaten up and nobody managed to master the course or accumulate a decent score. As with Treasure Hill, there were trees to negotiate all over the course, many in completely inappropriate places which just added to the difficulty of playing off the very coarse grass on the fairways. A few masochists did comment that despite all that they enjoyed the day.

 

Plutaluang is always a bit of a surprise and you just never know what you are going to get, be it a gardener for a caddie or a cart that dies after only a few holes. Today something new when on the ninth tee a rather aggressive big monkey made a couple of charges at a female caddie, luckily she had a rake in her hands and was able to fend it off, all a bit scary. It's common to see monkeys bare their teeth, but rare to see them aggressively charge at somebody.

 

Another disrupted round with the first group running up against a very slow five-ball on the second tee, so they went cross country to the fourth tee and continued on from there. It feels like the Glovers are dominating proceedings at the Bunker Boys lately, Monday, Kob took the honours with an excellent thirty-nine points, today it was husband Nialls' turn to take first place albeit with a modest thirty points. Neil Jones and Stuart Tinkler also had thirty points and finished in that order on countback with Paul Smith a stroke further back. All the near pins were taken with one each going to Paul Smith, Gerry Cooney, Jay Babin, and the wily John Hughes.

 

Friday, January 28th

 

Emerald

 

1st Dave Ashman (26) 38 points

2nd Michael Brett (16) 36 points

3rd Kob Glover (21) 34 points

4th Paul Smith (4) 34 points

5th Neil Jones (24) 33 points

 

Near pins Gerry Cooney, Bengt Engstrom, Gez Williams, & Michael Brett

 

A less than pleasant greeting at Emerald when we found out that the green fee was three hundred baht more than the agreed price at the time of booking, it fair to say that many might not have played had they known. In light of what deals are on offer at other better courses, this was not value for money today, and could see Emerald off our roster for the foreseeable future. There may be big plans ahead for this course but right now it was not up to scratch, in particular, the greens were very substandard.

 

One of the more pleasing aspects of today's game was the speed of play which once again was very good with no holdups, could be that everybody in carts is a big help. Curiously this week Google ran an article on slow play back in the seventies by Lee Trevino, clearly, a problem that has afflicted golf for many years and one that should be easy to fix with a change of attitude.

 

Like a bolt out of the blue Dave Ashman took the honours today with an excellent thirty-eight points, it's been a while for Dave so it' was nice to see him back in the groove again. Michael Brett took second with thirty-six two ahead of Kob Glover and Paul Smith, third and fourth respectively on countback whilst Neil Jones brought up the rear thirty-three in fifth place. All the near pins were taken with one each going to Gerry Cooney, Bengt Engstrom, Gez Williams, and Michael Brett.

 

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Kob Glover, winner at Khao Kheow

 

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Niall Glover, winner at Plutaluang

 

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Dave Ashman, winner at Emerald

 

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Bunker Boys Golf Report for week commencing Monday January 31st

 

Monday, January 31st

 

Silky Oak, White tees

 

1st Kob Glover (21) 39 points

2nd Paul Smith (4) 39 points

3rd Neil Jones (25) 39 points

4th Gez Williams (12) 35 points

5th Michael Brett (16) 34 points

 

Near pins Gez Williams, Tony Scambler,  & Kob Glover.

 

The last game of the month was scheduled to be played at Mountain Shadow but due to overwhelming demand that booking was canceled and Silky Oak was instead chosen as the new venue following positive reports from our last visit. Some find Silky Oak a bit quirky but nonetheless enjoyable to play. Five par threes, five par fives, and a couple of blind landing areas from the tee make for an unusual layout. As with most other courses good course management is necessary and thoughtful play is usually rewarded.

 

 An all-in deal of twelve hundred baht represented good high season value and carts were appreciated as there are places on the course where it's some distance from green to next tee. Carts also were helpful with the speed of play and also reduced fatigue on a hot sunny day. A measure of how well people liked the course can be gauged by the fact seventy percent of the group scored thirty points or better.

 

Once again at the top of the tree, Kob Glover is becoming a real force at the Bunker Boys and may well see her handicap in the teens very soon, today she had thirty-nine points and beat Paul Smith on countback for first place. Off a four handicap, Paul had an excellent round which include four birdies, and just missed an eagle having driven the green on the sixteenth. The Taffies occupied third and fourth with Neil Jones also on thirty-nine and Gez Williams in fourth on

thirty-five points. Michael Brett rounded out the winner's circle on thirty-four. Only three of the five near pins were taken going to Gez Williams, Tony Scambler,  and as usual Kob Glover.

 

As expected Paul Smith took out the first of the year golfer of the month trophies having played high-quality consistent golf all month, although he was challenged by Kob Glover in the closing rounds, are we about to see the emergence of a new golfer of the month in Kob? and our first ever lady golfer of the month, only time will tell.

 

Wednesday, February 2nd

 

Pattaya Country Club, Medal, White tees

 

1st Dave Ashman (26) Net 68 points

2nd Steve Durey (18) Net 70 points

3rd Kevin LeBar (13) Net 70 points

4th Jay Babin (22) Net 71 points

 

Near pins Jay Babin, Alan Harris, & Michael Brett X 2.

 

The first game of February was played at Pattaya Country Club in warm sunny conditions. As always since the renovations, the course was in excellent condition, and with an all-in fee of twelve hundred and eighty baht for senior cardholders, it was good value.

 

Numbers were down a little today as medal is not everybody's favourite format, we also have a couple sidelined with injuries., who could have known golf was such a hazardous game?. One who clearly likes medal format was today's winner Dave Ashman who followed up last Friday's top score with another excellent performance of net sixty-eight. Two strokes back on seventy Steve Durey edged out Kevin LeBar on seventy points. Kevin was sporting a new driver which gave him up to thirty yards extra distance so we can expect big things from him in the coming months. He also had his favourite caddie on the bag today who proved to be a major distraction to his playing partners, the lengths some people will go to, to win. Jay Babin took fourth place with a net score of seventy-one all very respectable scores off the white tees. All the near pins were taken with one each to Alan Harris and Jay Babin with Michael Brett taking two.

 

Friday, February 4th

 

Pleasant Valley Blue tees

1st Jimmy  Carr (18) 34 points

2nd Alan Harris (9) 33 points

3rd Kob Glover (20) 32 points

 

Near pins. Gerry Cooney, Alan Harris, & Michael Brett

 

Pleasant Valley was the venue for the last game of the week where we found a course surprisingly damp in places. For some reason, this course is always busy as it was once again today. Luckily for us, we got away ahead of a six-ball and didn't encounter any delays or holdups throughout the round. For some reason, big groups are allowed to play together at Pleasant Valley, the most we have seen was a ten-ball, imagine being stuck behind them.

 

The weather gods smiled down on us today as no sooner had we finished than a torrential downpour hit sending those still on the course running for shelter, luckily for us, we were in the clubhouse enjoying a cold beer or an iced coffee. The rain lasted all the way back to Pattaya when it fined up again.

 

Scoring was very modest today with Jimmy Carr taking first place with only thirty-four points. The big-hitting Alan Harris took second place with thirty-three, Alan hits his drives about thirty yards past everyone else with seemingly no effort whatsoever, a message there for the shorter hitters. Once again Kob Glover was in the frame taking third place with thirty-two points. Three near pins were won going to Alan Harris, Gerry Cooney, & Michael Brett.

 

All is in readiness for our annual pilgrimage to Soi Dao where we have a field of sixteen booked to play. For the second year in a row, we will be without our regular trip organiser Keith Norman whom we would like to see back at the Bunker in the near future. As we will have even numbers we expect to have a daily individual winner as well as the best team.

A new range of Bunker Boys golf t-shirts will be available from Monday next week and with only forty available it's a case of first in best dressed.

 

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Kob Glover, winner at Silky Oak

 

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Dave Ashman, winner at Pattaya Country Club.

 

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Jimmy Carr, winner at Pleasant Valley.

 

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Golfer of the Month for January Paul Smith.

 

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"The first game of February was played at Pattaya Country Club in warm sunny conditions. As always since the renovations, the course was in excellent condition, and with an all-in fee of twelve hundred and eighty baht for senior cardholders"

 

What are the rules regarding senior cardholders ??

Do you just show id to prove your age, or do you need to have some kind of special card ??

And what is the rate if you don't qualify as "senior" ?

 

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Bunker Boys Golf Report for week commencing Monday, February 7th

 

Wednesday, February 9th

 

Burapha A & B

 

1st Gez Williams (12) 40 points

2nd DaveGalvin (23) 39 points

3rd Daryl Vernon (22) 36 points

4th Geoff Parker (19) 35 points

 

Near pins Gerry Cooney & Paul Smith X 2.

 

A field of sixteen took part in today's game at Burapha where we were allocated the A & B nines, The all-in fee of twelve hundred baht was good value for money, amongst the best deals going at present when other lesser courses are overpricing themselves. The course was in good condition apart from the greens which looked a bit shabby. For most of the round, we could dark skies all around with thunder rumbling in the distance. Several times it looked inevitable we would get a drenching however all but the last group got off the course before it hit and they looked a sorry sight coming in looking like drowned rats.

 

Scoring was of a high standard today with all in the winner's circle posting good scores. Top of the pile was Gez Williams with an excellent forty points. Gez had a golden day today, everything he touched turned to gold.  Following his recent forty-four points at Silky Oak,  Dave Galvin had been very quiet, today he roared back into form with a very fine thirty-nine points to take second place, could he be managing his handicap on the sly? Daryl Vernon took third with a solid thirty-six points while Geoff Parker brought up the rear with thirty-five points. Gerry Cooney took one near pin and as usual Paul Smith took two.

 

Friday, February 11th

 

Pattavia.

 

1st Ken Davidson (27) 37 points

2nd Paul Smith (3) 33 points

3rd Kevin LeBar (13) 32 points

4th Niall Glover (16) 32 points

 

Near pins Paul Smith, Raleigh Gosney, & Alan Harris

 

On recent visits to Pattavia, we found the course dry, hard, and greens that were very quick indeed, after a couple of days with heavy rain the course was much more benign today and putting a lot easier if one can ever say putting is easy at Pattavia. A decent field of eighteen made the trip but only about half made it back to the bar for the presentation with several absentees making a significant contribution to the delinquent fund.

 

A very fine round today from Ken Davidson saw him take first place with thirty-seven points, this was a particularly good score as Ken had a modest start to his round. A full four strokes back Paul Smith took second place on thirty-three points. Kevin LeBar had a modest score by his standards at his home course, still enough to take third place and edge out Niall Glover into fourth place. Three near pins went to Paul Smith, Raleigh Gosney, and Alan Harris playing his last game of this trip.

 

All our US members are in serious training readying themselves for a big day on Monday when the Super Bowl starts in the early morning so we don't expect to see any of them for Monday's game. There seems to be a bit of tension in the air at the Bunker lately with a few people taking themselves a bit too seriously, we may have to consider laying on some Valium sandwiches to calm a few down.

 

After an absence of two years, we are expecting a group of Aussies to break out of isolation, shake off the shackles of confinement, and make the trip to Pattaya in the coming weeks so we will have to dust off the welcome mat for their arrival

 

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Bunker Boys Golf Report for the week commencing Monday February 14th

 

Monday, February 14th

 

Greenvalley

 

1st The Phantom (24) 40 points

2nd Michael Brett (16) 39 points

3rd Neil Jones (24) 37 points

4th Keith Hemmings (23) 36 points

 

Near pins Paul Smith, Tony Robbins,& Niall Glover.

 

A particularly unpleasant day for the first game of the week at Greenvalley where we had to take three rain breaks and play much of the time in light drizzle. The course was already damp from rain over the last three days but today's rain meant it was waterlogged for a time. Fortunately, the drainage was excellent, and apart from a few plugged balls, the course was playable. Thunder rumbled around all day and there were a few lightning strikes that were a bit too close for comfort, all in all not a nice day for golf.

 

Despite the difficulties posed by the weather and the wetness of the course scoring was good with those in the winner's circle posting very acceptable scores. Having been away for a few months The Phantom made a triumphant return to the Bunker Boys today and took first place with a very fine forty points.

 

Clearly, he likes Greenvalley, on his last visit he also won with a magnificent twenty-six points on the front nine. Cruising along for most of the round second-placed Michael Brett collapsed on the closing holes with only one point each on the last three holes to finish on thirty-nine, a case of what might have been. A regular in the winner's circle of late Neil Jones took third place with thirty-seven points whilst Keith Hemmings made his presence felt with a fourth placing of thirty-six. Despite the par threes being some of the easiest of any course we play only three were taken going to Tony Robbins, Niall Glover, and as usual Paul Smith.

 

Wednesday, February 16th

 

Mountain Shadow

 

1st Michael Brett (15) 36 points

2nd Ken Davidson (26) 32 points

3rd Daryl Vernon (22) 29 points

 

Near pins Dave Galvin, Kevin LeBar, & Tony Scambler.

 

The unseasonal wet weather in Pattaya continued today and it looked like we might have to endure an unpleasant day on the course. Even as we teed off light rain was falling but it quickly faded away and although it remained overcast conditions were good for golf. Having had so much rain recently it was obvious from the outset that we needed to implement the pick, clean, and place rule which fortunately we did as mud and plugged balls were common.

 

Never an easy course today Mountain Shadow bared its teeth with only two golfers bettering thirty points. Daryl Vernon came out best on countback with twenty-nine points to take third place over a bunch of players all on the same score. Ken Davidson came second with thirty-two points. For the second game in a row Michael Brett started out well with twenty-two points on the front nine only to fade badly on the back, still, thirty-six was enough to take first place. As was the case on Monday one near pin remained unclaimed with the other three going to Tony Scambler, Dave Galvin, and Kevin LeBar.

 

Friday, February 18th

 

Pattana C & A.

1st Neil Jones (24) 34 points

2nd Niall Glover (16) 33 points

3rd The Phantom (23) 32 points

 

Near pins Niall Glover, Daryl Vernon, & Michael Brett X 2.

 

Yet another day when it looked like we would get a drenching, however after a very light shower at the start of play the day remained fine. The course was in remarkably good shape despite all the recent rain, however, mudballs were common and there was no run so the lift, clean, and place rule was applied.

 

The course was very busy with all three nines in play, nevertheless, the speed of play was good with no holdups.

Scores were on the modest side with nobody really excelling, Neil Jones who regularly seems to be in the winner's circle took the honours today with thirty-four points. Niall Glover was a stroke back in second place with the Phantom another stroke back in third place. All the near pins were taken with one each going to Daryl Vernon and Niall Glover with Michael Brett taking two.

 

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Keith Hemmings, back in the Bunker after a two year absence

 

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A long time favourite Ken Elmore experiencing some medical isdues, we wish him well

 

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The Phantom, winner at Greenvalley.

 

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16 hours ago, ASEAN NOW Golf said:

Bunker Boys Golf Report for the week commencing Monday February 14th

 

Monday, February 14th

 

Greenvalley

 

1st The Phantom (24) 40 points

2nd Michael Brett (16) 39 points

3rd Neil Jones (24) 37 points

4th Keith Hemmings (23) 36 points

 

Near pins Paul Smith, Tony Robbins,& Niall Glover.

 

A particularly unpleasant day for the first game of the week at Greenvalley where we had to take three rain breaks and play much of the time in light drizzle. The course was already damp from rain over the last three days but today's rain meant it was waterlogged for a time. Fortunately, the drainage was excellent, and apart from a few plugged balls, the course was playable. Thunder rumbled around all day and there were a few lightning strikes that were a bit too close for comfort, all in all not a nice day for golf.

 

Despite the difficulties posed by the weather and the wetness of the course scoring was good with those in the winner's circle posting very acceptable scores. Having been away for a few months The Phantom made a triumphant return to the Bunker Boys today and took first place with a very fine forty points.

 

Clearly, he likes Greenvalley, on his last visit he also won with a magnificent twenty-six points on the front nine. Cruising along for most of the round second-placed Michael Brett collapsed on the closing holes with only one point each on the last three holes to finish on thirty-nine, a case of what might have been. A regular in the winner's circle of late Neil Jones took third place with thirty-seven points whilst Keith Hemmings made his presence felt with a fourth placing of thirty-six. Despite the par threes being some of the easiest of any course we play only three were taken going to Tony Robbins, Niall Glover, and as usual Paul Smith.

 

Wednesday, February 16th

 

Mountain Shadow

 

1st Michael Brett (15) 36 points

2nd Ken Davidson (26) 32 points

3rd Daryl Vernon (22) 29 points

 

Near pins Dave Galvin, Kevin LeBar, & Tony Scambler.

 

The unseasonal wet weather in Pattaya continued today and it looked like we might have to endure an unpleasant day on the course. Even as we teed off light rain was falling but it quickly faded away and although it remained overcast conditions were good for golf. Having had so much rain recently it was obvious from the outset that we needed to implement the pick, clean, and place rule which fortunately we did as mud and plugged balls were common.

 

Never an easy course today Mountain Shadow bared its teeth with only two golfers bettering thirty points. Daryl Vernon came out best on countback with twenty-nine points to take third place over a bunch of players all on the same score. Ken Davidson came second with thirty-two points. For the second game in a row Michael Brett started out well with twenty-two points on the front nine only to fade badly on the back, still, thirty-six was enough to take first place. As was the case on Monday one near pin remained unclaimed with the other three going to Tony Scambler, Dave Galvin, and Kevin LeBar.

 

Friday, February 18th

 

Pattana C & A.

1st Neil Jones (24) 34 points

2nd Niall Glover (16) 33 points

3rd The Phantom (23) 32 points

 

Near pins Niall Glover, Daryl Vernon, & Michael Brett X 2.

 

Yet another day when it looked like we would get a drenching, however after a very light shower at the start of play the day remained fine. The course was in remarkably good shape despite all the recent rain, however, mudballs were common and there was no run so the lift, clean, and place rule was applied.

 

The course was very busy with all three nines in play, nevertheless, the speed of play was good with no holdups.

Scores were on the modest side with nobody really excelling, Neil Jones who regularly seems to be in the winner's circle took the honours today with thirty-four points. Niall Glover was a stroke back in second place with the Phantom another stroke back in third place. All the near pins were taken with one each going to Daryl Vernon and Niall Glover with Michael Brett taking two.

 

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Keith Hemmings, back in the Bunker after a two year absence

 

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A long time favourite Ken Elmore experiencing some medical isdues, we wish him well

 

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The Phantom, winner at Greenvalley.

 

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Please advise the all-in rates paid.

Did you manage to get the Thai-only rate at GV ??

 

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On 1/31/2022 at 8:27 PM, keithsimmonds said:

As a heads for everyone...is there any chance that you could quote the All in or Walking rate (where applicable) that you Pay for each course......Thanks.

 

On 2/8/2022 at 3:55 PM, keithsimmonds said:

Many thanks for posting the Fees you paid.

 

On 2/9/2022 at 12:31 PM, fulhamster said:

"The first game of February was played at Pattaya Country Club in warm sunny conditions. As always since the renovations, the course was in excellent condition, and with an all-in fee of twelve hundred and eighty baht for senior cardholders"

 

What are the rules regarding senior cardholders ??

Do you just show id to prove your age, or do you need to have some kind of special card ??

And what is the rate if you don't qualify as "senior" ?

 

Thanks

 

6 hours ago, fulhamster said:

Please advise the all-in rates paid.

Did you manage to get the Thai-only rate at GV ??

 

Thanks

Guys you realise you are replying back to, I imagine, some functionary at AseanNow, who simply takes the reports and posts them on here - I doubt they have anything to do with the Bunker Boys?

 

1280 baht at PCC is the sportday price on Mondays for sure. I know that as I have rung and booked for March. Why don't you just ring up the course and ask?

 

My 2 cents but if a golf group gets a better deal than the psc price do you think they are going to blab it all over the forums? They want people to play with them.

 

Some groups are very public with the rates - https://witherspoonsgolf.com/#calendar as an example.

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Guys you realise you are replying back to, I imagine, some functionary at AseanNow, who simply takes the reports and posts them on here - I doubt they have anything to do with the Bunker Boys?

 

1280 baht at PCC is the sportday price on Mondays for sure. I know that as I have rung and booked for March. Why don't you just ring up the course and ask?

 

My 2 cents but if a golf group gets a better deal than the psc price do you think they are going to blab it all over the forums? They want people to play with them.

 

Some groups are very public with the rates - https://witherspoonsgolf.com/#calendar as an example.

Fwiw they did quote the prices paid for 2 out of the 3 courses they played at after i had asked (hence my thanks emoji) but as this is Thailand LOS the Land Of Shortcuts nothing lasts.

Another reason why we as Expats will never repeat never get anywhere here as there is no solidarity, hence groups playing at Green Valley for 300 baht more than 2 months ago...because? The grass is greener the holes are bigger...no it,s "High Treason"..sorry "High Season."

No one imo should ever have played at Phoenix after the way they treated there members...but again no solidarity and groups can get a reasonable price then "I,m alright Jack" sod the members.

Pattaya CC at 1280 baht all in is not a promotion or vfm imho....Burapha at 110baht all in on Wed/Thurs is.

Bottom line, some Ex-Pats have more money than others and dont mind what they pay for a round of golf....what they do mind is when they join a golf club for all the "Benefits" that entails then they rightly get proper pissssed off when there club then offers discounts to get more passing traffic in.

 

 

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Bunker Boys Golf Report for week commencing Monday February 21st

 

Monday, February 21st

 

Greenwood A & B.

 

1st Les Cobban (12) 39 points

2nd Neil Jones (24) 36 points

3rd Raleigh Gosney (18) 36 points

4th Niall Glover (16) 34 points

 

Near pins Les Cobban, & Herbert Felder X 3.

 

Today the Bunker Boys drove past five courses offering significantly better deals than Greenwood which at fifteen hundred and fifty baht all-in is clearly not good value. Greenwood is a favourite course of many but unless we see a return to more reasonable pricing we may be forced to give it a miss. For much of the day, we seemed to be the only ones on the course and with an empty car park surely there is a message there for course management. As always the course was in decent condition although the fairways on the A nine were in need of a good mowing.

 

All-day long it seemed just a matter of time before we got drenched. Heavy dark clouds filled the skies, thunder rumbled constantly, and not too far away we could see it raining, however by some miracle we managed to avoid it and stay dry, one of those days when we just got lucky.

 

On the whole, scoring was on the low side, however, a couple did manage respectable scores. Top of the heap was Les Cobban who returned a card of thirty-nine points of a twelve handicap, very high by his standards and we expect to see him return to his more regular handicap shortly. The ever consistent Neil Jones came second with thirty-six points and made a huge leap forward in his quest for his first golfer of the month trophy. With just three rounds to play and some low scores to come off, he is well set to make a strong finish to the month. After a week off, Raleigh Gosney returned today to take third place losing second on countback, with Niall Glover rounding out the winner's circle on thirty-four points. Making a remarkable debut at the Bunker Boys, Herbert Felder showed great accuracy to take three near pins with the remaining flag going to Les Cobban.

 

Back at the bar, there was pig on a spit plus a variety of other culinary delights to mark the birthday of our leader Niall Glover, it would be indiscrete to put a number on it, suffice to say he is no longer a teen. Partying went on long into the night with the ladies in particularly enjoying themselves fueled by some red wine courtesy of Paul Smith.

 

Wednesday, February 23rd

 

Bangpakong Riverside Country Club

1st Herbert Felder (11) 37 points

2nd Michael Brett (15) 36 points

3rd Paul Smith (4) 35 points

 

Near pins Gez Williams, Paul Smith, & Graeme Mullins.

 

The Bunker Boys made a longer than usual trip north today with a visit to Bangpakong Riverside. Not since pre-COVID days had we made this trip so it was nice to get back there and renew some old acquaintances. A wide-open course that on the face of it looks easier than it actually is, presents its own challenges, not least the par threes which are some of the longest of any course we play. Since our last visit, the waste areas have been removed and replaced with grass, coupled with a few other alterations making for a much better course. Overall the course was in excellent condition with well-mown fairways and quite slick greens that ran fast and true.

 

As usual Paul Smith was in the reckoning taking third place with thirty-five points. Second place went to Michael Brett with thirty-six points whilst newcomer Herbert Felder with some massive drives and good course management took first place with thirty-seven points, but no near pins unlike Monday when he had three. Near pins went to Gez Williams,  as usual, Paul Smith, and the newly arrived from Oz Graeme Mullins.

 

 Back at the bar, we had a ringing of the bell in absentia courtesy of the departing Dave Galvin who generously did the deed as he was unable to attend flying back to the Emerald Isle in the evening, we look forward to his return later in the year. when he may once again reprise the heroics of his forty-four points at Silky Oak.

 

Friday, February 25th

 

Khao Kheow  B & C

 

1st Gez Williams (12) 34 points

2nd Niall Glover (16) 33 points

3rd Paul Smith (4) 33 points

 

Near pins Neil Jones, Ken Davidson, & Kob Glover X 2.

 

The last game of the week was played at Khao Kheow B & C in very blustery conditions. This is the second time this year that Khao Kheow was almost unplayable due to very strong wind, even putting was a challenge as it was difficult to stay balanced over the ball with the buffeting wind.

 

As usual, the course was in nice condition so no problems on that score. The difficulty posed by the wind was reflected in the scoring which was on the very modest side. Gez Williams took first place with thirty-four points, whilst Niall Glover edged out Paul Smith on countback for second place. A good day for the Glover household with Kob back on the near pin trail taking two with one each going to Neil Jones and Ken Davidson.

 

The winds of change are blowing through the Bunker Boys lately. Some time ago Jimmy Carr relinquished his role as daily organiser so Niall Glover stepped in to take that role. Subsequently, Tony Robbins decided it was time for him to pass on the job of booking courses so once again Niall was the man for the job, so Niall has his hands full.

 

One of the first jobs Niall did was to survey the members on which courses they prefer to play and which they would wish to avoid, taking into account the quality of the course, cost, and distance to travel. Now that the results are in we will see a different roster every month with one signature course included. There are some other changes in the wind that will be announced at the appropriate juncture, stay tuned.

 

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Winner at Greenwood Les Cobban

 

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Winner at Bangpakong Herbert Felder.

 

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Keith Hemmings, the best-dressed golfer in Pattaya.

 

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1530 baht for Greenwood is well overpriced. Our group were playing there every week until high season, now we play Burapha (1100 bt all-in) and Pattavia.

Until November, rates at most courses were around 1000 bt all-in, but then "high season" cane along and rates have spiralled.

Empty car parks should tell courses that we will vote with our feet and find better value.

I am told that Emerald have now reduced their rate from 1450 to 1150 as they were empty most days. Still not the 950 we were paying until November, but a step in the right direction.

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Don,t understand that at all...driving past 5 golf courses to pay a higher price for a round of Golf.

Why would you do that?

Greenwood so i heard yesterday is now 1000baht all in.

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Bunker Boys Golf Report for week commencing Monday February 28th

 

Monday, February 28th

 

Emerald.

 

1st Dave Ashman (27) 39 points

2nd Paul Smith (4) 37 points

3rd John Hughes (22) 36 points

4th Jimmy Carr (19) 35 points

 

Near pins Dave Ashman & Paul Smith X 2.

 

The winds of change that had been blowing through the Bunker recently turned into a tornado this weekend. The Bunker Boys have a history of changing their home at regular intervals and after three years at our current location, it was once again time for a change although not of our choosing. Our new home is now "The Sports Lounge" on Soi Buakhao, previously the Chunky Monkey. Our new home offers a full-service restaurant with quality Thai and Farang food at reasonable prices, all manner of sports on various screens, and local beers at standard rates. In a central location and with fully renovated premises it provides probably the best home the Bunker Boys have ever had. The change took place over the weekend so we are now fully established in our new home with all lockers located in an upstairs room free from any possible damage from monsoon storms as was the case in our previous home.

 

The last game of February was played at the Emerald course which was in average condition. the greens, in particular, were in less than desirable

 

condition, and several had areas that were in very poor shape. Despite that, some very good scores were returned, none better than Dave Ashman who had a very respectable thirty-nine points in first place. As always Paul Smith was in the frame taking second place with thirty-seven. The wily John Hughes off a dodgy twenty-two handicap took third place with thirty-six points, ( I feel a lawsuit coming on, may require the services of Dave Galvin). Jimmy Carr brought up the rear with thirty-five beating out Niall Glover and Tony Robbins on countback. Three of the four near pins were taken by Dave Ashman and two by Paul Smith.

 

In the chase for the golfer of the month Paul Smith and Alan Harris fought out the early rounds but with Alan returning to the UK and Paul falling off the pace Michael Brett strung together a couple of good scores mid-month and set up a lead that was the chasers couldn't run down and was duly crowned February golfer of the month.

 

Back at the bar, there was much bellringing with the imminent departure of Keith Hemmings and Ken Davidson, Dave Ashman also got in the mood and rang the bell. We expect Keith to be back in a month accompanied by Roger Tuohy so he will have some serious competition in the dress stakes, we are assured Keith is up to the challenge with some ensembles not yet seen.

 

Wednesday, March 2nd

 

Pattaya Country Club

 

1st Kevin LeBar(13) 36 points

2nd Kob Glover (21) 35 points

3rd Neil Jones (24) 35 points

4th Bob Innes (28) 34 points

 

Near pins Kevin LeBar, Dave Ashman, Gez Williams, & Kob Glover.

 

The first game of a new month was played at Pattaya Country Club in less than ideal conditions. Just when it looked like we may have been lucky and escaped the threatening rain which had been with us all round, in the final holes it came down in buckets forcing a rain break on the sixteenth tee.

 

Playing off the Blue tees most found the course a bit of a struggle, however, a few did manage to return respectable scores. Top of the heap was Kevin LeBar who with the assistance of an exceptional caddie took pride of place with thirty-six points. Kob Glover had another of her regular solid rounds taking second place a stroke back. As ever the consistent Mr. Jones took third beating Bob Innes on countback. Near pins went to Kevin LeBar, Dave Ashman, Gez Wiliams, and as usual Kob Glover who on the last par three almost got a hole-in-one for the second game in a row at the same hole, remarkable consistency.

 

Further afield in Australia two Bunker Boys, Robby Watts and Peter Botswell took out the pairs team prize at their local Keysborough Club in Melbourne in their Annual Club Competition, well done boys, keep the Bunker Boys flag flying.

 

Friday, March 4th

 

Bangpra

 

1st Gez Williams (12) 41 points

2nd Paul Smith (4) 38 points

3rd Bob Innes (28) 36 points

4th John Hughes (23) 33 points

 

Near pins Neil Griffin, Jimmy Carr, Paul Smith & Michael Brett.

 

Twelve hundred and fifty baht using PSC vouchers was a reasonable rate for today's game at Bangpra. The course was one of the most crowded of any course we have experienced for a long time, yet surprisingly we got away on time and had no delays anywhere. No complaints about the quality of the course either which as usual was in nice condition. A field of seventeen was a reasonable turnout with a couple of locals taking the day off.

 

Many people find Bangpra a difficult course, however, those at the top of the leaderboard didn't seem to have any problems. An outstanding round of forty-one off a twelve handicap saw Gez Williams take first place. With three scores this week all thirty-seven or over Paul Smith is in sparkling form lately and took second place with thirty-eight points, one feels another golfer of the month already trophy heading his way. Bob Innes continues to improve with every round and lower his handicap, today he took third place with a fine round of thirty-six whilst John Hughes brought up the tail with thirty-three. It has to be noted his handicap is going in the wrong direction again. All the near pins were taken with one each going to Neil Griffin, Jimmy Carr, Paul Smith, and Michael Brett.

 

Today we bade farewell to yet another visitor with Neil Jones returning to the UK on a late-night flight, not before he rung out every last minute of his time in Pattaya before departing, we expect to see him back again around October.

 

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Dave Ashman winner at Emerald

 

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Robby Watts & Peter Botswell, wining pair at Keysborough

 

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Gez Williams winner at Bangpra

 

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Three big scores this week for Paul Smith

 

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