Bunker Boys 01-05/05
Monday May 1,
Mountain Shadow(Blue tees)
1st Les Cobban (9) 36 pts
2nd Jim Payne(33) 33
3rd Keith Allen(12) 32
Near pins: Keith Allen, Ross Schiffke, Les Hall, Jim Payne.
What a difference a few days make, Friday we endured torrential rain, strong wind, thunder and lightening, today was about as different as it comes. No wind, extreme temperatures and high humidity were the order of the day. Some complained of extreme fatigue or heat exhaustion after the round. A message to all in those conditions is to stay hydrated, take shade wherever possible and if necessary take a cart, it is clear that the mental game is the first to go in those conditions
A good turnout of fourteen for the first game of the month. We were treated to an empty course in very good condition, clearly benefiting from recent rain. This is a challenging course by any measure where many players fail to register a decent score and today was no different with most scores in the vicinity of thirty points. As is usually the case one player stands out and today it was Les Cobban who soared above the rest with a very well compiled thirty-six points.Nice to have Jim Payne make an appearance.
Wednesday, May 3,
Pleasant Valley(Blue tees).
1st Geoff Parker(16 38 pts
2nd Alan Sullivan (12) 35
3rd Neil Carter(12) 33
Near pins: Geoff Parker(2), Alan Sullivan, Geoff Cox.
Our second round of the month at a course that always generates heated debate and controversy. Today as before it started with check-in where we discovered that there was only 100 baht difference between walking and having a cart, a curious pricing structure indeed and one that seems designed to force players to use a cart. On the course, there was a total absence of red or yellow hazard markers, surely something that could be easily and cheaply remedied. Another issue was that some of the bunkers needed mowing and the grass replaced with sand. There is always the perennial issue of internal OB. The rationale behind it is to prevent people on the 11th fairway from being hit by a ball teed off from the tenth and hit deliberately onto the eleventh fairway cutting the corner. In reality, this is unlikely to happen as a second shot from the eleventh fairway to the tenth green would be far more difficult than one played from the correct fairway. Furthermore, it doesn’t prevent balls from players with a slice from entering the eleventh fairway from the tenth tee.
Despite all of the above, the course was in overall very good condition, greens were a bit slow due to recent rain, and occasionally balls plugged in wet fairways.Scoring was a bit of a mixed bag, Geoff Parker was the only player to beat par with a fine thirty eight points There were a number of curious rounds with people starting well only to fade away and others doing the exact opposite. Once again rain played a part with a short downpour on the closing holes drenching everybody, otherwise, an enjoyable days golf was had by all.
Friday, May 5,
Stableford (White tees).
!st Ross Schiffke 37 pts
2nd Les Cobban 35 oco
3rd Mike Brett 35
Near pins: Colin Greg(2), Mike Brett, Mashi Keneta.
Thunder and lightning throughout the night followed by early morning rain were bad omens for a pleasant rain free day of golf. Dark ominous clouds hovered above as we arrived at the course and the caddies added to the gloom by suggesting rain covers be put on prior to loading bags onto golf carts. Despite all of this the weather gods smiled benevolently on us and we enjoyed some of the most pleasant conditions we could experience in Thailand. Very mild temperatures, no wind or glaring sun were the order of the day.
The course was in fine condition except for the bunkers, many of which were still full of water from the overnight rain. Scoring varied from excellent to very poor, with a few players submitting uncharacteristically low scores. Best round of the day went to Ross Schiffke who seems to have very quickly found his winning way with a score of thirty-seven points. Michael Brett had a personal best twenty-three on the front nine which was followed by the collapse of the century with only twelve on the back.Welcome back to Colin Greig who looks to still be finding his game, however, two near pins suggests its not far away.
Ross Schiffke and his caddy.