Bunker Boys 22/4
Monday, April 22nd
Laem Chabang C & A
1st Jimmy Carr (18) 38 points
2nd Geoff Parker (15) 34 points
3rd Terry Hamilton (19) 33 points
Near pins Geoff Parker and Michael Brett
Because of competitive low season green and caddie fees, we made a rare visit to Laem Chabang today and what a treat it turned out to be. The course was in pristine condition and the overall ambiance of the course and the clubhouse was special. We had a most unusual occurrence on the second fairway when we encountered a thirty-second downpour, it looked ominous but as quickly as it came it went again leaving the rest of the round rain free. There was no wind to speak of so it was extremely hot again. Because we followed another society our round was slower than we would have liked and we encountered a couple of waiting periods particularly on the par threes.
Jimmy Carr was at his best today with every part of his game working nicely which was needed to shoot thirty-eight points on this testing layout. Second place went to Geoff Parker on thirty-four and both are locked together in a battle for golfer of the month, who will prevail?. Third place went to Terry Hamilton on thirty-three, Terry had a relatively poor start to his game but came alive on the back nine to register twenty points. Only two near pins were won with one each going to Geoff Parker and Michael Brett.
Wednesday, April 24th
1st Michael Brett (15) 33 points
2nd Geoff Cox (17) 33 points
3rd Dave Ashman (20) 32 points
Near pins Niall Glover, Michael Brett X 2
Our mid-week game was played at the Emerald where we found an empty course, we didn’t see any other golfers on the course throughout our round. The course was in nice condition, as difficult as ever, made more so by the temperature which was extreme. Fatigue and dehydration were major issues and probably contributed to the low scores recorded with nobody above thirty-three points. The winner was Michael Brett who edged out Geoff Cox on countback with Dave Ashman a stroke further back. Three of the four near pins were taken with Dave Ashman taking one and Michael Brett two. Having lost all three sixes on Monday, Michael reversed the result today winning all three. Back at Woody’s Bar, we celebrated the sixty-fifth birthday of Geoff Cox who got tennis elbow ringing the bell. It was also the last week Dave Ashman is with us for this tour of duty so more bell ringing for that.
Friday, April 26th
1st Jimmy Carr (18) 36 points
2nd Michael Brett (15) 33 points
3rd Peter Allen (27) 31 points
Near pins Michael Brett X 2
In the space of a week, we went from the penthouse to the outhouse, on Monday we enjoyed pristine golfing conditions at Laem Chabang, today we came back down to earth at King Naga. The course was in the worst condition we have seen it for about a year. The fairways were brown and bare, the greens were very slow and bunkers had grass in them. If the course doesn’t get significant rain soon it will only deteriorate further. Jimmy Carr on thirty-six points showed that he can cope with all types of conditions with his second win of the week. Michael Brett took second with thirty-three points. After birdies on the second and third holes, he looked like compiling a good score only to crash and burn with wipes on fourth and fifth holes. Peter Allen took third place with thirty-one. Mark Stanley played well tee to green but the slowness of the greens was something he is not used to and with a low handicap made scoring difficult
Only two of the near pins were won both going to Michael Brett.