Bunker Boys 20/1

Monday, January 20th

Pleasant Valley

1st Tony Berry (14) 34 points

2nd Tony Robbins (19) 34 points

3rd Stuart Tinkler (17) 34 points

4th Les Cobban (8) 34 points

5th Derek Stephenson (17) 33 points

Near pins Phil Mashiter, Patrick Kelly, Peter Kelly, & Michael Brett.

A smaller than expected field of twenty-one turned out for the first game of the week at Pleasant Valley. Its a pity this course still suffers from its history when some years ago it was disparagingly referred to as Unpleasant Valley, today it is in great shape, lush, well grassed and very well maintained. Sure it has some challenging carries for shorter hitters, other than that it’s hard to find fault. A stiff breeze blew on the front nine which made scoring difficult as was reflected in the scorecards returned.

Remarkably four golfers as listed finished on thirty-four points and had to be separated on countback, with Derek Stephenson in his last game of this tour taking fifth place one point adrift. Another in his last game Phil Mashiter snagged a near pin with the Kellys, Peter, and Patrick taking one each, where was Eddie? The final pin went to Michael Brett.

Wednesday, January 22nd

Eastern Star (White Tees)

1st Tony Robbins (19) 34 points

2nd Jimmy Carr (17) 30 points

3rd Colin Greig (12) 29 points

4th Keith Norman (12) 28 points

Near pins Colin Greig, Eddie Kelly, & Michael Brett.

A very frustrating day for the Bunker Boys at Eastern Star today. The course was very crowded, probably overbooked so we had to endure a forty-minute delay before tee-off time and then on the back nine. There were holdups on just about every hole with sometimes groups of three or more congregating at various tees. Very quickly frustration levels grew, concentration slipped and most golfers lost their appetite for the game and just about went through the motions. This was reflected in the scoring which was amongst the worst seen for a long time. If there was a consolation it was that we were able to use PSC vouchers on the day which made the green fees a little more reasonable. Darkness had fallen by the time we made it back to Woody’s Bar.

A number of players had good front nines but the frustration simply put paid to any hope of a good back nine. The only one to put together any type of score was Tony Robbins who took first place with a lowly thirty-four. Jimmy Carr who has a very low tolerance for holdups took second with thirty points. Colin Greig had nineteen on the front nine but again succumb to the frustration of repeated delays and faded away to twenty-nine with Keith Norman bringing up the rear. Curiously despite all that, there were a couple of very close near pins and one green remained vacant. Eddie Kelly who missed out on Monday got one today with Colin Greig and Michael Brett getting the other two.

For all practical purposes, we are very close to the end of the high season even though it doesn’t occur officially till the end of March so with a bit of luck we won’t encounter another day like today for a long time.

Friday, January 24th

Khao Kheow A & B

1st Robby Watts (9) Net 70

2nd Ken Elmore (19) Net 71

3rd Kob Glover (26) Net 72

4th Alan Sullivan (12) Net 73

5th Les Cobban (8) Net 73

Neat pins Robby Watts, Roland Davison, Neil Jones, Les Cobban

What a pleasant change to have a drama-free Friday game of golf, no delays, no cancellations, and no mad scramble to try and find a game somewhere. Today our medal round at Khao Kheow went smoothly, we checked in ahead of time and the marshal generously put us out on A 1 ahead of a big group so we enjoyed a hassle-free round on a course that pleased everyone with its condition. A field of twenty-two played at a good pace and finished in good time. If there was a hassle it was on the motorway where an accident slowed traffick right down for a couple of kilometers on the way back to Pattaya.

After a few games off Robby Watts came back today and brought his best game with him taking first place with a net seventy. As always Ken Elmore beavered away quietly with a steady game plan and took second place with seventy-one. After a long layoff, Kob Glover returned today and put in a solid performance in third place with net seventy-two, nice to see a lady back in our ranks again. Another rare visitor Alan Sullivan took fourth on countback from Les Cobban, Les took one near pin with the others going to Robby, Roland Davison, and Neil Jones.

On the sixteenth fairway, one of our members who shall remain nameless was seen to put sixty-degree lob wedge shot into the lake left of the green quickly followed by the club, golf sometimes does that to you. A moment of joy for all Jimmy Carrs playing partners when Jimmy lost all his sixes.

Tony Berry, winner at Pleasant Valley

A ruefull Jimmy Carr.

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