Bunker Boys 12/1

Monday January 8th

Mountain Shadow

A Flight

1st Phil Mashiter (6) 33 points

2nd Keith Norman (15) 32 points

3rd Stuart Brown (10) 32 points

B Flight

1st Richard Baldotto (15) 33 points

2nd Gerry Cooney ((18) 32 points

3rd Neil Jones (20) 31 points

Near Pins Les Hall, Stuart Brown, Richard Baldotto, and Neil Carter

It seems like a recurring theme but once again slow play was the order of the day in today’s round at Mountain Shadow. Even worse there didn’t seem to be any particular reason for it. A good field of twenty-three meant two flights with the cut fixed at 15.9.Scoring overall was on the low side with many failing to break thirty points. In the A flight the big hitting Phil Mashiter followed up last Fridays second placing with a win today in thirty-three points. Keith Norman took second a stroke back beating Stuart Brown into third on count back. In the B flight Richard Baldotto took first place again with thirty-three points beating Gerry Cooney into second place on thirty-two, and in third place with thirty-one points was the burly Neil Jones.

Near pins went to Les Hall, Stuart Brown, Richard Baldotto and as usual Neil Carter, in fact Neil once again almost got an ace. It seems just a matter of time before he bags one.

Preparations are well underway to host the annual “Memorial Golf Day” which is scheduled for February seventh at the Khao Kheow club to honor the memory of all golfer no longer with us.Those wishing to participate should enter a team and sign up at the M Club. A great day of golf followed by a night of fun at the Robin Hood is assured.

Wednesday 10th January


1st Richard Baldotto (25) Net 68

2nd Michael Brett (16) Net 69

3rd Neil Jones (20) Net 70

4th Ken Davidson (22) Net 72

Near Pins Bob Cowell, Neil Carter X 3

Pattaya awoke to thunder and heavy rain which persisted into the morning and was most likely the reason why only seventeen presented at the M Club for play, other reasons may be that some people don’t like medal format, and some others don’t like the Bangkapong course and consider it too open and not challenging enough. As we drove up highway seven to the course the prospect of any play looked very dim indeed as the skies darkened and the rain intensified. When we arrived at the course rain was still falling necessitating a coffee break of over half an hour, great for business in the pro shop and coffee bar. The clouds broke and the rain was reduced to a light mist so play commenced at noon and the mist cleared after one hole so a full round in dry condition. The course was sodden so the lift, clean, and place rule was applied. There was a lot of casual water on the fairways with no run but the greens were excellent. The first nine was a breeze and completed quickly, however the back nine was completely different. Two groups of five and six players were put out on the tenth ahead of our first group with the inevitable result, extremely slow play.

The winner on the day was Richard Baldotto with a net sixty-eight going back to back having won on Monday. Second was Michael Brett with a net sixty-nine, third was Neil Jones on seventy and Ken Davidson brought up the rear with seventy-two. Near pins went to Bob Cowell and three to Neil Carter. One might reasonably ask where was Neil on the fourth parr three?, well to everyone’s surprise he ran up a score of nine on that hole.

Friday12th January

Treasure Hill

A Flight

1st Colin Greig  33 points

2nd  Peter Kelly 33 points

3rd Eddie Kelly 32 points

B Flight

1st Ken Davidson 33

2nd Peter Allen 30

3rd Mike Mills 27

Near Pins Geoff Cox, Colin Greig, Les Cobban, Neil Jones.

Despite four of our members away representing the Bunker Boys in inter club competition we still had a good field of twenty two for the last game of the week at Treasure Hill. The course was in excellent condition but a strong wind made for difficult playing conditions. Worse was the speed of play which was ultra slow so frustration was everywhere and a late finish was the result as well as low scores. Richard Baldotto going for three in a row was favorite to take the honors, however in this instance he came crashing back to earth and finished last. In A flight Colin Greig took first place with thirty-three points from Peter Kelly on count back  with brother Eddie Kelly in third with  thirty-two. In B flight club champion Ken Davidson took first again with thirty-three points followed by Peter Allen on thirty and Mike Mills on twenty-seven. The cut was set at nineteen point nine, the highest we have seen in a long time. As Neil Carter was absent the near pin contest was more open and honors went to Geoff Cox,Colin Greig,Les Cobban, and Neil Jones.

The Annual General Meeting of the club was held on Saturday afternoon at the M Club with a smaller than expected turnout of only fourteen members attending. The following issues were addressed, (1) slow play is a major issue and all were encouraged to speed up the pace of play. (2) Travel costs will be adjusted upwards once toll costs are established. (3) Overseas players with a significantly lower home handicap to their  PSC handicap will be required to play off their lowest plus ten percent for ten games, thereafter the PSC handicap will apply. (4) In future only one flight with more places paid out. (5) A two ball better ball competition will be held monthly starting from next week. (6) The delinquent fund will stay and if funds allow will offer a free drink to all once per month. A suggestion to start a two’s competition was rejected.

Two time winner Richard Baldotto

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