The Bunker Boys 19/09
September 19th Crystal Bay
The weather was perfect as we arrived at Crystal Bay to surprised to find that the course had suffered a severe storm the previous day and there puddles in places on the fairways and a number of trees blown over. The Bunkers (which are never the best at Crystal Bay) had suffered but the rest of the course including the greens was in good condition. It was a battle all day for first place between Takeshi Hakozaki and Ross Schiffke with just one point in it all day. Takeshi took the front nine 19 to 18 and Ross the back 20 to 19 (thanks to double bogey by Takeshi on the last) and Ross took first place on count back. Les Cobban with 34pts took third.
1st Ross Schiffke (20) 38pts cb
2nd Takeshi Hakozaki (15) 38pts cb
3rd Les Cobban (8) 34pts
September 21st Greenwood
After an excellent hassle free run up 331 we arrived to find Greenwood in excellent condition despite the recent heavy rains. Playing A and B courses several players got off to a good start with Neil Carter scoring 21pts closely followed by Colin Grieg and Tony Robbins (finally) with 20pts. Takeshi Hakozaki and Lance Conway Jones who both had disappointing front nines turned it around with 20pts each on the back. However once again it was Colin Greig with a20pt back nine taking first place with 41pts.Tony Robbins took second with 38pts on count back from Neil Carter. Its the last week for Graeme Henry from Edinburgh here on holidays and sponsoring Colin Greig’s golf. Graeme has had an adventurous holiday and although his golf didn’t meet his expectations with the questionable clubs her borrowed he had the distinction of getting 6 near pins in 7 games. Safe travels Graeme.
1st Colin Greig (11) 41pts
2nd Tony Robbins (16) 38pts cb
3rd Neil Carter (15) 38pts
September 23rd Eastern Star
It’s been wet week in Pattaya and Friday was no exception, waking to dull overcast conditions and light rain. It continued the same as we made our way to Eastern Star and persisted through to the half way mark. After that it brightened and we enjoyed perfect weather for the rest of the round,not too hot and a light breeze. The overnight rain had left a few puddles on the course and in some of the bunkers but overall the course was very well presented with the greens the best we have known for some time. The wet ground gave no run and scores were low . Tony Robbins putting his previous woes behind him took first place with 33pts, Trevor Priestly 31pts took second and Takeshi Hakozaki 30pts beat Colin Greig on count back for third. Eastern Star is certainly worth a visit but it will be difficult in high season as they have elected to move to a two tee start with Tee times available from 6am to 9am and midday to 3pm. This means the popular tee times of 9am to 11am are not available. A strange move when experience tells us single tee starts put more golfers through in a day.
1st Tony Robbins (16) 33pts
2nd Trevor Priestly (22) 31pts
3rd Takeshi Hakozaki (15) 30pts cb