Bunker Boy 16/01

Monday Jan,16,

Pattavia Century Golf Club

(white tees) Stableford

A Flight (0-17.3)

1st Stuart Tinkler      14           34 pts

2nd Neil Carter         14           32 oco

3rd Mashi Kaneta     16           32

B Flight (17.4+)

1st Gerry Cooney     18           40

2nd John Hughes     20           32

3rd Richard Baldatto22           29

Near pins: Andy Brady, Tony Scrambler, Les Hall, Gerry Cooney.

Following the travails of last week, the Bunker Boys were hoping the “Golfing Gods” would look more kindly on them this week. Twenty-three golfers made their way to the Pattavia Course and arrived to be greeted by clear blue skies, light wind, and a course in excellent condition. Play got underway on time and proceeded to the finish without any of the types of delays experienced last week. Despite the good conditions, many players found the going tough, particularly the testing greens which most players found beyond their ability and was reflected in the very average scores returned.

One player soared above the rest, Gerry Cooney continued on from his fine thirty-seven at Emerald last Friday to record the best score of the day with a very well compiled forty points in the B flight and will no doubt receive a serious haircut from the handicapper and find himself back in A flight where he belongs.Richard Baldotto who was identified as one to watch last week did find himself in the winners’ circle today in third place with a very modest twenty-nine points. In the A flight, Stuart Tinkler licking his wounds from losing two near pins was able to console himself by taking first place with modest thirty-four points.

Of note today was the number of trainee caddies on the course who did their best with the limited knowledge they had. Whilst being very polite and pleasant on the course they were unable to be of much assistance on the greens which goes to emphasise the value of a good caddie, particularly on a course such as Pattavia with such testing greens.


Wednesday, Jan. 18,

Pleasant Valley (blue tees)


1st Jim Payne           35          38

2nd Michael Brett     17           36

3rd Andy Brady         17          34

Near Pins: Michael Brett, Tony Berry, Neil Carter.

Today sixteen players made the trip up Highway 7 to a course bathed in bright sunlight with a light breeze blowing. Play commenced ahead of time and proceeded to conclusion without any delays or hold ups.The course was in fine condition, but the greens were found to be very slow compared to courses we have played recently and many players just couldn’t handle the greens. Shot of the day was courtesy of Eddie Kelly who through some divine intervention managed to skip his drive off the water and onto the fringe of the island green, seems it pays to be a good catholic.

Honours for the day went to the seldom seen Jim Payne with a well compiled thirty-eight points, two back was Michael Brett and a further two back on thirty-four the mercurial Andy Brady.

Its good to see both Jim Payne and Tony Berry back on the course again after recent medical challenges.

Just a note to management that the very slippery tiles in the mens change room shower area need attention before someone gets hurt.

As usual on Wednesdays delicious home-cooked food was a feature back at the M Club.


Friday,Jan. 20,

Khao Kheow

(yellow tees) Stableford

A Flight (0-17.3)

1st Colin Greig            9             35 oco

2nd Andy Brady          17           35 oco

3rd Stuart Tinkler        14           35

B Flight (17.4+)

1st Jimmy Carr            18           35 oco

2nd Les Hall                 21          35

3rd P J Redman           27          33

Near Pins: Stuart Tinkler, Andy Brady, Ken Davidson, Mashi Kaneta.

Twenty-three players made the trip to Khao Kheow for today’s round. As always the course was in very good condition, however, a very stiff breeze made an already challenging course even more difficult. Play got under way ahead of our scheduled tee off time and the round was completed without any holdups within four hours, a very welcome change from the previous Friday.

Having teased a few players with the of a “Golfer of the Month” award, Colin Greig decided to increase his lead at the head of the pack and won the A flight with 35 pts beating fellow Scott, Andy Brady into second place on countback. The departing Stuart Tinkler had to satisfy himself with third place also on countback and also bagged his customary near pin.

In the B flight, Jimmy Carr made a long-awaited return to form with yet another 35 pts, followed by Les Hall on you guessed it 35 pts. PJ Redmond playing his first game of the year was third on 33 pts. It must be some kind of club record to have five of the six winners and place getters all on 35 pts Richard Baldotto who was identified as one to watch last week did find himself in the winners’ circle today with a third place in B flight with a very modest twenty-nine points.

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