Bunker Boys 20/7
Monday, July 16th
Plutaluang, East, and South.
1st Alan Sullivan (14)38 points
2nd Michael Brett (15) 37 points
3rd Chris Della- Mare (5) 37 points
Near pins Alan Sullivan, Geoff Parker, Robbie Watts, Chris Della-Mare.
A group of thirteen golfers made their way to the Thai Navy course in a rare visit. This is a course that is not favored by some for a variety of reasons, however today the course was in fine condition with the exception of the bunkers. Some had big channels due to rain washout and most had deep holes due to the number of dogs on the course, attention to this would greatly improve the course. Playing conditions were pleasant with overcast skies but no rain, moderate temperatures, and no wind.
Alan Sullivan continues to play well taking first place with a well-compiled thirty-eight points, Michael Brett took second one stroke adrift on thirty-seven edging out Chris Della-Mare on countback. Near pins went to Alan Sullivan, Geoff Parker, Robbie Watts, and Chris Della- Mare. Sometimes strange things happen on the golf course, today Geoff Parker suffered an identity crisis writing Geoff Cox’s name on his own card, may have been a coded message to Mr. Cox, whilst Les Hall mysteriously lost a ball in the middle of the sixteenth fairway.
Wednesday, July 18th
1st Peter Allen (31) 39 points
2nd Chris Della-Mare (5) 38 points
3rd Alan Sullivan (14) 35 points
Near pins Geoff Parker, Jimmy Carr, Robbie Watts X 2
Early morning rain and threatening skies meant that fine weather golfers stayed at home today so our number was reduced to ten as we made our way up highway seven for our monthly round at Bagnpra monkey course. On arrival, we discovered that our booking had been canceled without notice but the good news was that we could be accommodated if we paid an additional two hundred baht above our regular booking price on production of a PSC card or four hundred baht without a card. This generous non-negotiable offer was rejected out of hand so after a quick phone call we bade farewell to Bangpra and made the short trip to Khao Kheow where we were made to feel very welcome with smiling caddies and courteous office staff. Needless to say, we won’t be returning to Bangpra any time soon.
Conditions for golf could not have been better as the rain held off and the temperature was most pleasant for golf. The course B and C nines were in the expected good condition, and the pace of play was ok. The winner on the day was Peter Allen with thirty-nine points, a sensational twenty-four on the front nine. Second, went to the very consistent Chris Della-Mare one stroke adrift whilst Alan Sullivan rounded out the scoring on thirty-five points. The usual suspects once again figured in the near pins with Jimmy Carr and Geoff Parker taking one each and Robbie Watts taking two.
Friday, July 20th
1st Les Cobban (9) 35 points
2nd Jimmy Carr (16) 35 points
3rd Geoff Parker (13) 34 points
Near pins. Robbie Watts and Neil Carter two each.
Bright sunny skies but a stiff breeze were the order of the day for today’s round at Greenwood. The course was in perfect condition and very few players out so one of the fastest game ever rounds finished within three and a half hours. The greens were particularly nice having recovered from recent coring and sanding. Despite the fine conditions and the quality of the course scoring was lower than we might expect. Les Cobban took first place with thirty-five points on countback from Jimmy Carr. Geoff Parker was back in form again to take third place with thirty-four points but missed a few opportunities to post a much better score. Robbie Watts and Neil Carter shared the near pins with two each and very little competition from the rest of the field. The mysterious lost ball on the fairway saga continues, today it was Michael Brett’s turn to loose one on the third fairway, who knows where they go.
Alan Sullivan in a fine vein of form.