Bunker Boys 16/1
Monday, January 14th
1st Jimmy Carr (15) 39 points
2nd Tony Scambler (18) 36 points
3rd Kob Glover (27) 34 points
4th Neil Carter (11) 33 points
5th John Jack (21) 32 points
6th Raleigh Gosney (22) 32 points
Near pins Tony Scambler, Bob Cowell, Ken Elmore, Kob Glover.
The biggest field this high season so far (twenty-five) for our game at the difficult Mountain Shadow course. We also welcome back today Eddie Kelly, Bob Cowell, and Gordon Melia so our numbers should be even bigger over the coming weeks. A very hot day and a slow round with a few holdups along the way. For a change today we didn’t see the names of Ken Elmore or Keith Norman in the winner’s list, maybe they are keeping their powder dry for the final week of golfer of the month.
Today Jimmy Carr found his best form again to take first place with a fine score of thirty-nine points. Tony Scambler despite his medical certificate for all his ailments put together a good score of thirty-six. Kob Glover took third with thirty-four with Neil Carter one point adrift in fourth. John Jack made his debut in the winner’s circle in fifth on thirty-two edging out Raleigh Gosney into sixth place. Near pins went to Tony Scambler, Bob Cowell, Ken Elmore, and Kob Glover.
Wednesday, January 16th
1st Robby Watts (9) 39 points
2nd Les Cobban (8) 36 points
3rd Phil Mashiter (6) 35 points
4th Kob Glover (27) 34 points
5th Kevin Labar (13) 33 points
Near pins Barry Gosson, Kob Glover, Robby Watts, Kevin Labar.
Despite the higher than average green fees and the travel distance to the course, we managed to attract a good field of twenty-three for the game at Royal Lakeside. Imagine our delight when we went to check in to be told our green fees had been paid and we should go straight to the starter on the first tee. Our joy was short lived when we found another group with a similar sounding name “The Banger Boys” were all ready to go with caddies etc. After some clarification, we had to return to check in and pay for our round, then return and take the caddies that were ready to depart with the other group and take our rightful tee time. It was unfortunate for the other group who had already waited an hour but not our mistake so off we went into the heat. Another slow round but not as bad as recent games so all in all not too bad. The course was in very nice condition as always with a slight wind blowing so no excuses for poor scores.
Robby Watts blitzed the field with an excellent round of thirty-nine and will receive a cut in his handicap for his next round of one stroke. Les Cobban is again back on track and took second place with thirty-six. Phil Mashiter in his last week with us took third with thirty-five points. Kob Glover continues to build her game and took fourth place with thirty-four points, Kob is now the most improved player in the Bunker Boys against handicap. Kevin Labar rounded out the winner’s circle with a round of thirty-three. He also snared a near pin as did Kob with Robby Watts and Barry Gosson taking the other two, none of the regular suspects for near pins i.e. Neil Carter, Geoff Parker or Jimmy Carr got a near pin today. On the way back Colin Greig was so engrossed in conversation he missed the turn to the highway and had to come back through Chon Buri.
Friday, January 18th
1st Tony Scambler (18) 40 points
2nd Ken Davidson (23) 40 points
3rd Peter Allen (29) 37 points
4th Andy Gray (29) 36 points
5th Jim Payne (33) 36 points
Near pins Daryl Vernon, Neil Carter, Michael Brett.
Despite the course being very crowded today’s game was played at a good pace with the lead group finished in three and a half hours. The course was in reasonable condition given that it is heavily used, but once again the greens had a few people scratching their heads, wicked slopes and fast greens make for much frustration for ordinary and even good putters. A good field of twenty-four rolled up for todays round. Today was the last game of this tour for Andy Gray and Phil Mashiter who return to the sunny UK weather.
For the second time in a month, Tony Scambler blitzed the field with forty points. Given all his ailments this was a remarkable feat as he could barely mount the stairs back to the clubhouse at the finish. Former club champion Ken Davidson is hitting good form just in time for the memorial and carded a round of forty also beaten on countback. The diminutive Peter Allen appeared at the presentation so it was clear he had a good score of thirty-seven points to take third place. Andy Gray signed off with a round of thirty-six for fourth place and generously rang the bell. In a rare visit to the Bunker Boys, Jim Payne rounded out the winner’s circle with thirty-six points.
Golfers are reminded that the annual memorial competition is scheduled for Wednesday, February 6th at the Khao Kheow course with the A & B nines reserved for the competition. Any societies wishing to enter are welcome and should register at the M Club.