Bunker Boys 10/8
Monday, August 6th
1st Les Hall (25) 35 points
2nd Geoff Parker (14) 35 points
3rd Peter Allen (28) 33 points
Near pins Tony Robbins, Alan Sullivan, Robbie Watts.
Another good low season number of thirteen golfers for the first game of the week at Pattavia. Play got underway on time and in some of the most pleasant conditions for golf with no wind, very mild temperatures, and most importantly at this course no fruit flies. We had a couple of light showers throughout the round but not heavy enough to stop play. In what is becoming too regular an occurrence our last group lost touch with the rest of the field and finished at least a half hour after everyone else. This would be an intolerable situation in high season, but today didn’t inconvenience anyone. One of our members who shall remain nameless received a severe censure for uncharacteristic and unbecoming behavior on the last green, no more to be said.
Today’s winner was Les Hall who returned a card of thirty-five points. Second place went to Geoff Parker on countback. Despite losing four points off his handicap recently Peter Allen still figures in the winners circle taking third place on thirty-three points. Only three of the four near pins were taken, one each to Tony Robbins, Alan Sullivan, and Robbie Watts.
Wednesday, August 8th
1st Robbie Watts (9) 40 points
2nd Michael Brett (14) 37 points
3rd Alan Sullivan (12) 34 points
Near pins Jimmy Carr, Raleigh Gosney, and Michael Brett X 2.
Pleasant Valley was the venue for a pleasant round of golf for the Bunker Boys today. The course was uncrowded so play proceeded at a good pace. As this is a wet course with poor drainage it was decided to apply the pick, clean, and place rule, however as it turned out it wasn’t necessary except in a very few areas. There wasn’t much run on the fairways and with the blue tees set well back, the course played longer than normal. As there are a few holes with long carries off the tees a few of our shorter hitters sat out today’s round.
Robbie Watts put in a sizzling round of forty-points which included five birdies to take first place. Second, went to Michael Brett who could have outdone Robbie except for two big mistakes resulting in wipes and some indifferent putting. Third place went to Alan Sullivan who despite an additional handicap today returned a score of thirty-four points. Near pins went to Raleigh Gosney, Jimmy Carr and two to Michael Brett. Robbie claimed one of the near pins but forgot to put his name on the flag, tough luck.
Friday, August 10th
1st Geoff Cox (19) Net 70
2nd Michael Brett (14) Net 76
3rd Les Hall (25) Net 77
Near pins Robbie Watts X 2, Michael Brett X 2.
The golfing week ended on a sad note with the untimely passing of thirty-six-year-old Australian Jarrod Lyle who succumb to a third attack of an aggressive cancer. During his short life, Jarrod displayed a pleasant nature, a ready smile and an indomitable fighting spirit, coupled with solid golfing ability. His passing may give cause for reflection to many of Pattaya’s older golfers who winge and complain for the slightest reason when they should be celebrating the fact that they have reached a mature age and can still play this wonderful if sometimes frustrating game.
Crystal Bay was the venue for the last game of the week, a course on which scoring is usually high. Today this was not the case and even though a strong wing made play tricky it still doesn’t explain the low scores. Geoff Cox was the only one to register a decent score with a net seventy. Michael Brett took second with seventy-six and Les Hall rounded out the scoring with a net seventy-seven. Only two near pins were taken so two each to Robbie Watts and Michael Brett. As the round was medal format there are usually one or two high numbers on cards, today the highest recorded was a ten from Robbie Watts, one feels a serious lapse in concentration.
Winner at Crystal Bay, Geoff Cox.