Bunker Boys 16/11
Monday, November 12th
Bangpakong Riverside Country Club
1st Pat Ryan (12) Net 71
2nd Keith Smithson (3) Net 71
3rd Geoff Parker (16) Net 72
4th Neil Carter (11) Net 74
Near Pins Keith Smithson, Keith Norman, and Neil Carter X 2
Bangpakong Riverside Country Club was the venue for the monthly medal round where a field of sixteen took part. Many of our regular locals stayed away, partly due to the fact medal is not many people’s favorite format, and partly because the course is also not to everyone’s liking. Our numbers were boosted by the return of a couple of regulars in Mike Lloyd and Keith Smithson, and a new golfer from Turkey Attilla Panir, our first Turkish member. The course looked in excellent condition well manicured and grassed but was slightly damp underfoot. The new alterations to the course had many scratching their collective heads, why you would remove healthy mature trees and replace well-grassed areas of the course with “waste areas” is a concept that is hard to fathom.
The standard of golf today was quite good, none better than that of Pat Ryan who took the honors with a net seventy-one, Pat is becoming a very consistent golfer always appearing somewhere on the winner’s sheet and today he gave an exhibition of accurate putting, sinking putts from all distances. Keith Smithson took second place beaten on countback also with seventy-one. Geoff Parker on seventy-two took third with Neil Carter two further back in fourth place. Near pins went to Keith Norman, Keith Smithson and two to Neil Carter.
Wednesday, November 14th
Pattana Country Club B & C
1st Pat Ryan (12) 38 points
2nd Julian Pressinger (4) 38 points
3rd Keith Smithson (3) 37 points
Near pins Geoff Williams, Keith Smithson, Jimmy Carr, Neil Carter.
Yet again many of our regulars stayed away for today’s round at the beautiful Pattana course so a smaller field than expected of sixteen took park. The course was in good condition as usual but the weather was oppressively hot at times. There were no hold ups so speed of play was ok. As with our last visit we started on B1 an intimidating hole with water on both sides of the fairway which normally catches out a few players. Today it was the water in front of the green that caught out all three golfers in our first group. The course is clearly preparing for the high season as many of the caddies today were novices and of little assistance.
For the second game in a row, Pat Ryan took first place on countback with thirty-eight points from Julian Pressinger. Some might say it was the “Luck of the Irish” but Pat is a bit too consistent for luck to play that much of a part in his current run of form. The ever consistent Keith Smithson took third place with thirty-seven points. Newly arrived from Oz Geoff Williams got straight down to business taking a near pin with Keith Smithson, Jimmy Carr, and Neil Carter taking the remaining three. We expect to see a much larger turnout for the last game of the week at Crystal Bay.
Friday, November 16th
Crystal Bay B & C
1st Neil Carter (11) 40 points
2nd Julian Pressinger (4) 40 points
3rd Jimmy Carr (16) 38 points
4th Geoff Wiliams (10) 37 points
5th Gordon Melia (20) 37 points
Near pins Keith Norman, Gordon Melia, & Julian Pressinger X 2
As predicted on Wednesday we had our biggest turnout of the year so far with twenty-two golfers choosing to play Crystal Bay. The day was unseasonably hot and humid and the pace of play was slower than we have been accustomed to in recent times, however only one hold-up on the first parr three. Crystal Bay is considered to be one of the easier courses on our playing roster as it proved today with some very good scores returned, that takes nothing away from the overall high standard of golf played. Both Julian Pressinger in his last game with us for a while and Neil carter put in superb rounds of forty points and had to be separated on countback with Neil taking the honors. A good return to form saw Jimmy Carr take third with a very creditable thirty-eight points. Geoff Willams and the wiley old fox Gordon Melia took fourth and fifth places again separated on countback. Good to see Gordon return to good form having played very little golf in recent times. Near pins went to Gordon Melia, Keith Norman, and two to Julian Pressinger.