Bunker Boy 23/01
Monday Jan 23,
Bangpra, Medal, (white tees)
A Flight (0-17)
1st Robbie Watts (9) 66 net
2nd Neil Carter (14) 73
3rd Tony Berry (14) 75
B Flight (17.1+)
1st Eddie Kelly (19) 72 oco
2nd Gerry Cooney (17) 72
3rd Les Hall (21) 80
Near pins: Eddie Kelly,Ray Johnson, Mike Brett, Neil Carter.
A good turnout of golfers assembled at the M Club for the first round of the week at this regular venue. It was a surprisingly good number as many of our members express their dislike of the “Medal” format and we also have a few regulars benched with various ailments or injuries. Clearly, the lure of the Bangpra course with their monkey troops was too much to resist, resulting in enough players for two flights. Play got underway on time and proceeded apace until the tenth hole where to everyone’s surprise the course marshal put out a group of five locals with four sets of clubs and one cart in front of our lead group with the expected result “SLOW PLAY”. This was most disappointing as the Bangpra course usually sets a higher standard than this and one would hope we don’t see this happen again.
The B flight was a very close race to the finish with the wily veterinarian from Ireland,Eddie Kelly, edging out the in form Gerry Cooney on count back, both finishing on a very respectable 72 net.
The A flight was a different story with the current club champion Robbie Watts blitzing the field with fabulous net 66. Robbie played with his brand new Mizuno irons for the first time, so clearly there was no need for any settling in period or getting used to new clubs. Neil Carter came second and the recently returned Tony Berry with just a few games under his belt came third. Tony is one to watch for higher honors in the coming weeks.
Wednesday, Jan. 25,
1st Raleigh Gosney (18) 31 pts oco
2nd Les Cobban (8) 31`
3rd Mike Brett (17) 30
B Flight (17.6+)
1st Tim Winder (22) 36
2nd P.J.Redman (27) 31
3rd Tore Eliassen (20) 30
Near pins: Trevor Priestly, Neil Jones, P.J.Redman, Colin Greig.
An affordable golf package of green fees, caddie, and cart was enough to lure twenty-two Bunker Boys to this course. The course was surprisingly quiet and play got underway immediately on arrival with the round completed within four hours. Play was from the white tees which in some cases were far back, which may in some way explain the low scores returned, however very few players covered themselves in glory so the less said about scores the better.
One notable event on the course was provided by Eddie Kelly who was rumoured to have hit a tree with every stroke tee to green on one particular hole. Another was provided by a caddie who decided jub jub was an insufficient reward for her player after sinking a crucial long put and much greater delights were suggested. Raleigh Gosney secured his first win since his arrival back from Japan and Tim Winder Finally won in the B Flight.
Back at the M Club Mrs Carter’s culinary expertise were on display with meatloaf the fare of the day followed by brownies or apple pie and ice cream.
Neil Cater declared that “Hell had frozen over” with the announcement that PJ Redmond in a surge of generosity had offered to buy a drink for everyone, well done PJ.
Later in the evening, John Hughes made a rare appearance at the club sporting some of the blackest hair ever seen with matching black scalp, it seems John has found a hairdresser with a sense of humor. One wag was heard to remark that next time he should go for the total package and include the eyebrows. With the addition of a black mustache, John is a readymade lead for the upcoming movie El Chappo.
Friday, Jan. 27,
Stableford (white tees)
A Flight (0-17.5)
1st Mike Brett (17) 34 pts
2nd Robbie Watts (7) 33
3rd Andy Brady (17) 31
B Flight (17.6+)
1st Eddie Kelly(19) 29
2nd Gerry Swan (20) 26
3rd P.J.Redman (27) 25
Near Pins: Mike Brett, Colin Greig, P.J.Redman.
Twenty golfers made their way to the beautiful Royal Lakeside Course for todays round. A delay of twenty minutes due to lack of caddies was the first problem encountered. Slow play followed with as many as four groups waiting on the third tee. The combination of slow play, a course playing long, and a very strong wind combined to keep scoring to the lowest possibly ever seen at the Bunker boys. In fact the less said about scores the better but of note was Mike Brett’s win in the A Flight together with his third place finish on wednesday bringing him into contention for G.O.M. as well as Eddie Kelly’s second win in this week in the B Flight.
A few incidents on the course were of note. A case of “is it or isn’t it” on occurred on a par three where a ball lay well within the collar of the green, but it was argued by some that it lay on the first cut. Unfortunately the “first cut” merged seamlessly with the green so it could be argued either way. The issue was resolved by sharing that pin with the other three winners. On the last par three, a player new to the bunker boys played a shot into the water only to see his ball jump backwards onto dry land. Many players have seen a ball skip forward on water, but backwards was a first. The player in question has volunteered to teach the shot to others once he works out how he did it.
P J Redmond continued his policy of “random acts of kindness” with an unscheduled tour of the back roads of Chon Buri for his passengers on his way back to the M Club only to discover that he was in fact lost. One is reminded of a similar occurrence with Rab McDonald some years age when he missed the Pattaya turn off and ended up half way to Cambodia.
Mondays round is a rainbow event at Silky Oak and we live in hope that scoring will return to some kind of normality.