Bunker Boys 20/02

Monday Feb.20,

Bangpakon Riverside(blue tees),

Stableford .

A Flight (0-18)

1st Keith Norman              (14)               42 pts

2nd Alan Freeman             (5)                41

3rd Geoff Parker               (14)               38

B Flight (18.1+)

1st Richard Baldotto         (22)               36

2nd Les Burns                  (31)               35

3rd Neil Jones                  (22)               33 oco

Near Pins: Keith Norman, Raleigh Gosney, Peter Allen, Dave Gow.

A good turnout for a course that is normally not well supported as it is perceived a being too far but with no holdups on the seven this was not the case today. The course in a beautiful setting alongside a river was in pristine condition with fast smooth greens that were true. The course played on the long side favoring the A flight players who returned scores that made it appear easy.An interesting feature was using the cart path on many holes to demarcate out of bounds to prevent players from taking short cuts across nearby fairways. The final hole, par five, this eliminated the opportunity to cut off the dog leg. Keith Norman repeating last mondays exceptional score again,without losing a full point on handicap will no doubt get a handicapper haircut this week.Alan Freeman continues to play well shooting a level par round. In the B flight Richard Baldotto recorded his first win of this trip and Les Burns featuring again just before his trip home at the end of the week. One very disappointed player was Raleigh Gosney our Memorial winner who shot 36 pts but because of the cut was relegated to A flight depriving him of a win in the B flight.

 

Wednesday Feb. 22,

Pattaya Country Club(blue tees).

Stableford.

A Flight (0-17)

1st Gerry Cooney      (16)                     37 pts

2nd Tony Robbins     (15)                     36 oco

3rd Neil Carter           (14)                     36

B Flight(17.1+)

1st Richard Baldotto  (22)                     38

2nd Peter Allen          (31)                     37

3rd Frank Quinlan      (32)                     35

Near Pins: Neil Jones, Peter Allen.

A good turnout for a venue not played for a while where we received our customary warm welcome. Vouchers from PSC were the order of the day but this still meant paying a 900 B premier course green fee for a course that was not up to the standard of competing alternatives.There were numerous bare and hard patches on the fairways with no attempt to mark them as GUR. Numerous complaints of damage to golf clubs from having to play from these lies. On a positive note the greens were in good condition with consistent pace and mainly fair pin positions. An analysis of the results showed that of the six leading scores five were recorded from the first three groups indicating the advantage of an early tee off. Gerry Cooney despite graduating from B Flight is now winning in the A Flight. Richard Baldotto in fine form winning his second game in a row shortly before his return home. Neil’s Mum cooked her last meal for the group and is returning to Canada shortly with the good wishes of all the Bunker Boys.

 

Friday Feb.23,

Plutaluang Navy Course South & East(white tees), Stableford.

1st Keith Norman             (12)                   35 pts

2nd Raleigh Gosney        (18)                   34

3rd Jack Swan                 (22)                   33

Near Pins: Tony Messenger, Ronnie Melvin (2), Mike Brett.

With many of our members making their way home a smaller field than normal returned to last weeks venue some possibly giving it a miss because of the lack of caddies. Surprise,surprise a repeat of the problem with us having to wait for caddies to return to base after going out earlier that morning.The course staff were trying their best and gave all waiting golfers a cup of coffee as a peace offering.Today we played the S&E courses which we have not had the pleasure of playing in quite a while and lack of knowledge and distances meant that there were numerous instances of golf balls ending up in fairway water hazards.One pond even had two diver retrieving balls as stock for resale.The course was in good condition with good grass coverage and the greens were good but inconsistent resulting in three putts. Keith Norman despite a two shot handicap cut also manage his second win of the week and Raleigh Gosney, finally lived up to his claim of this being his home track, coming in second. With one game left in golfer of the month there is no clear leader and quite a few of our regulars are in with a chance.

 

 

 

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