Bunker Boys 17/11

Monday13th November

Silky Oaks

1st Michael Brett (17) 39 points

2nd Neil Carter (12) 31 points

3rd Keith Norman (13) 31 points

4th Colin Greig(7) 31 points

Near Pins

Tony Messenger, Colin Greig, Dave Gow, Keith Norman

Due to a variety of factors e.g an away trip this week, cost, and the fact some golfers are not in love with Silky Oaks our numbers were down on what might be expected for this time of year. The weather was cool, with an overcast sky and the threat of rain as we left for the course. On arrival, the threat of rain remained and throughout the course of the round very light drizzle fell occasionally but not heavy enough to make any difference. The course was in excellent condition except for two or three tee boxes that had been heavily sanded.

For the most part, scoring was on the low side with three players tied on thirty-one points having to be separated on countback. The winner on the day despite a big stumble on the front nine with three one pointers and a wipe was Michael Brett who got it together on the back nine take the honors with thirty-nine points. Near pins went to Keith Norman Colin Greig Tony Messenger and Dave Gow.

 

Tuedsay14th November

Kabin Buri

Team winners Paul Hack and Dave Stockman 48 points

Individual winner Paul Hack 43 points

Longest drive (high handicap) Brett Gale

(low handicap) Olivier Daniel

Near pins Dave Gow, Olivier Daniel, Tom Kreiger, Franjo Blazevic

The combination of top-class food and accommodation, an  A grade golf course, and an unbelievable price was sufficient to lure forty-six golfers from The Bunker Boys, The Golf Club, and an assortment of golfers from the Dark Side to Kabin Buri for a two day two ball better ball competition. The drive to Kabin Buri was uneventful for most and all participants arrived at the course on time for their appointed tee off time. Rumours that the course was wet proved unfounded, as always it was in superb condition, nevertheless just to be sure the pick, clean, and place rule was implemented from the start and was used over the two days. Play was at a good pace for the leading groups, but for some reason, there were gaps between the later groups with the final groups finishing in very poor light After close of play all retired to the Serenity Spa and Resort where the host Olivier Daniel laid on a wonderful barbeque for all to enjoy after which the prize ceremony was completed. There were some amazing scores achieved on the day both from individuals and teams and some of the near pins were very close. The team winners on the day were Paul Hack and Dave Stockman with an unbelievable score of forty-eight points. Individual winner Paul Hack with forty-three points. Longest drives to Olivier Daniel (low handicap) and Brett Gale (high).

 

Wednesday 15th November

Kabin Buri (Day 2)

Team Overall winners Paul Hack & Dave Stockman total 92 points

Team winners today Jimmy Carr & Les Cobban 44 points

Individual winner today Michael Brett (16) 40 points

Longest drive (high handicap) Yeow Gale

(low handicap) Franjo Blazevic

Near Pins Brad Sproxton, Olivier Daniel, Dave Stockman, Gordon Melia.

The second day of competition required an early start in order to have play completed and players back to Pattaya for 7.00pm prize presentation. Early breakfast and be at the course by 8.30 was the order of the day. The weather was superb if a little on the hot side so carts were appreciated by most if not all. Rain did fall in the surrounding districts but thankfully stayed away from the course.The course was again in perfect condition but the green speed tripped up a few people.A mixed bag of scores was recorded with many golfers in the high twenties to low thirties. The winner on the day had a purple patch and recorded a high score of forty points, good on this long tricky course, Jimmy Carr was not far behind with thirty-eight points The overall team prize for the two days went to Paul Hack and Dave Stockman with a fabulous score of ninety-two points. Long drives went to Franjo Blazevic and Yeow Gale, with near pins to Gordon Melia, Olivier Daniel Dave Stockman, and Brad Sproxton

The two-day event was organised by Neil Carter and Olivier Daniel who put in a tremendous amount of work to make the event run like clockwork. Favourable comments could be heard about all aspects of the event from the standard of accommodation and food at Serenity Hotel and Spa to the golf course who were very accommodating and helpful.The course was excellent as always and the caddies, for the most part, were professional and helpful. It is hoped that this event will be held again next year and be even bigger and better.

Friday 17th

Crystal Bay.

A Flight

1st Takeshi Hakozaki (13) 37 points

2nd Dave Gow (17) 36 points

3rd Geoff Parker (15) 35 points

B Flight

1st Jimmy Carr (18) 37 points

2nd Eddie Kelly (20) 35 points

3rd Tony Messenger ((19) 32 points

Near Pins

Neil Carter< Eddie Kelly, Phill Moore, Takeshi Hakozaki.

A field of twenty fronted up for the last game of a busy week for the Bunker Boys. The venue as Crystal Bay, a course considered by many to be one of the easier courses we play with a score in excess of forty points required to win. Today was somewhat different with Takeshi Hakozaki enjoying home course advantage taking the honors with thirty-seven points. Two back Dave Gow continued his recent good form with thirty-six points, and Geoff Parker brought up the rear in the A Flight with thirty-five points. In the B Flight, Jimmy Carr took the honors with thirty-seven points off an eighteen handicap, a cut may be overdue. Second, went to Eddie Kelly with thirty-five points and Tony Messenger brought up the rear with thirty-two. Near pins went to Neil Carter, as usual, Eddie Kelly, Phill Moore, and Takeshi. Throughout the round the heat was oppressive and some weary golfers enjoyed a refreshing beer at the presentation.

Michael Brett, individual winner day 2 Kabin Buri

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