Bunker Boys 13-17/02
Monday 13 Feb.
Plutaluang Navy Course,
Stableford (white tees)
A Flight (0-16.7)
1st Keith Norman (14) 42 pts
2nd Colin Greig (10) 35
3rd Mike Brett (16) 34
B Flight (16.8+)
1st Gerry Cooney (17) 39
2nd Richard Baldotto (23) 34 oco
3rd Mike Corner (20) 34
Near pins:Phil Moore, Richard Baldotto,Mike Brett, Keith Norman.
When is a booking, not a booking?, apparently at Crystal Bay Golf Course it can be anytime. Despite our booking being on their system for over six weeks, it was cancelled at short notice due to overbooking. A hasty phone call found us an alternate venue at the Navy Course. When this was announced one of our members Raleigh Gosney declared “this is my de facto home course and I will win today”. Raleigh would later regret this declaration after returning the lowest score of the day which included six consecutive wipes and in the process leaving his sixes partner to fend for himself.
On arrival at the course, we found we found it to be very busy, and at check in we were confronted with an assortment of school kids, maintenance staff etc, all masquerading as caddies.
Tee off was delayed for a short time and the first three holes were a bit of a grind, however after the lighthouse hole play sped up to a normal pace and no further delays were encountered. Greens were particularly slow, but the rest of the course was fine.
One golfer stood head and shoulders above the rest, Keith returned to sparkling form with the remarkable tally of forty-two points, a full seven points clear of second place. In B flight Gerry took the honors with Richard (13) beating Mike on the count back. (11) Keith again writing his name on most near pin flags nailing the last with six inch put for birdie.
Wednesday 15 Feb.
Two ball Stableford scramble (yellow tees)
1st Alan Freeman(5) & Peter Habgood (23) Combined 5 47 pts
2nd Jimmy Carr (18) & Neil Carter (14) 8 43
3rd Colin Greig (10) & Geoff Parker (14) 6 42
Near pins: John Hughes, Keith Norman, Tony Robbins, Geoff Parker.
A new era dawned at the Bunker Boys today with the introduction of a Two Ball Scramble. This venue which is itself a big draw card but the combination with the two’s format was enough to lure out twenty-eight players to participate. Overall scoring was of a high standard, with each pair playing off 25% of their combined handicaps, with the pairing of Alan and Peter returning a score of forty-seven Stableford points which included six birdies even though their combined handicap was limited to Alan’s handicap of 5. Peter rediscovered his putting touch sinking everything after Alan had given him the line with the first putt.Despite some initial worries that the format would result in slow play this was not the case and after the par three second hole play continued at a good pace no doubt helped by the ability to use the buggies to recover the ball not selected for the second shot.
Back at the M Club most dined on a diet of Lasagna and blueberry pie.
Friday 17 Feb.
Bangpra Golf Course,
Stableford (white tees)
A Flight (0-17)
1st Neil Carter (14) 38 pts.
2nd Alan Freeman (5) 35
3rd Keith Norman (13) 34
B Flight (17+)
1st John Hughes (20) 35
2nd Ken Davidson (23) 33 oco (19)
3rd Trevor Preistly (22) 33 (14)
Near Pins: Alan Freeman, Neil Carter, John Hughes, Les Cobban.
A very good turnout of thirty-four players for a course that is in dire need of some soaking rain or at least a good watering. Bare patches abound on the fairways and the greens, normally very tricky, are now extremely fast and putts from above the hole usually result in three putts. Despite the difficulty, Neil brought his A game and returned a very good score after scoring 23 on the back nine. John the winner in the B flight was rumored to have lost a family heirloom as he was seen gazing into the water on the eleventh fairway for an extended period. It appeared that John held the forlorn hope that his ball would magically defy the laws of physics and float accommodatingly to the surface. Despite this tragedy John extended his lead in the “Golfer of the Month” competition.
Members are reminded that the cut off time for registration is 9.30am as is has been for some time. Adherence to this rule would be appreciated particularly by Neil Carter who has the difficult job of allocating playing groups and transport in order to leave for the venue at 10am.