Bunker Boys 23/9
Monday, September 23rd
Pattana B & C
1st Robby Watts (8) 39 points
2nd Michael Bret (14) 33 points
3rd Jimmy Carr (15) 32 points
Near pins Jimmy Carr, Michael Brett, & Robby Watts X 2
Torrential overnight and early morning rain meant the Pattana course was very soggy so from the outset we choose to use the pick, clean, and place rule. Skies were grey and overcast and as expected we were visited by rain several times throughout the round, not heavy enough to stop play just make life uncomfortable.
The temperature was mild and only a slight wind blew. Under the conditions, Robby Watts produced a remarkable round to shoot thirty-nine and take first place, after nine holes Robby was one under the card. A case of what might have been for second-placed Michael Brett who only managed to nail one of six birdie chances to finish in second place with thirty-three. Jimmy Carr brought up the rear with thirty-two. Jimmy Carr and Michael Brett got a near pin each with Robby taking two.
Wednesday, September 25th
1st Michael Brett (14) 39 points
2nd Les Cobban (7) 36 points
3rd Niall Glover (20) 35 points
Near pins Kob Glover, & Craig Dows X 2.
After a few weeks of rain-interrupted golf on sodden courses it made a nice change to play in bright breezy weather on a dry track. The Greenvalley course was in remarkably good condition given recent weather so everything was in place for a good days golf. We were pleased to welcome a newcomer to our group with Nico Johannsen from Norway making his first appearance at the Bunker Boys.
With the use of a borrowed Scotty Cameron putter, Michael Brett managed to find some form on the greens and take first place with thirty-nine points. A steady round from the always late Les Cobban saw him take second with thirty-six and Niall Glover rounded out the winner’s circle with thirty-five. Robby Watts battled manfully for about fourteen holes until he succumbed to illness and had to retire. Low handicapper Craig Dows who plays off four in his native Melbourne, but so far has struggled to get to grips with Thai conditions showed glimpses of what is possible with two near pins today, we may be about to see Craig in the winners circle any day now. Returning from an injury Kob Glover took a very good near pin also, with the remaining pin unclaimed.
Friday, September 27th
1st Craig Dows (7) 37 points
2nd Robby Watts (7) 30 points
3rd Geoff Parker (17) 30 points
Near pins Robby Watts & Michael Brett.
As is always the case the Royal Lakeside course was in superb condition, even as we played maintenance and grooming were being carried out throughout the course. Another common feature of Lakeside is the wind which today was strong and for some peculiar reason seemed to be in our faces much more than in our backs. Last games for Niall Glover and Geoff Parker, both returning to work.
Despite a horror day on the greens Craig Dows as predicted on Wednesday broke through for his first win with the Bunker Boys with a score of thirty-seven, one can only imagine what he will score when he gets the putter working, and how good the rest of his game was to compile that score. Second place went to Robby Watts with thirty points edging out Geoff Parker on countback. Only two near pins were taken, one each to Robby Watts and Michael Brett.
Craig Dows winner at Royal Lakeside
Robby Watts winner at Pattana