Bunker Boys 23/7
Monday, July 23rd
1st Robbie Watts (36) points
2nd Geoff Cox (19) 34 points
3rd Michael Brett (15) 30 points
Near Pins Les Hall, Robbie Watts, Michael Brett
Throughout the ages, the game of golf has thrown up many mysteries and curiosities and today we had another to add to the list. In an age with so much focus on speed of play and talk of shot clocks and penalties for slow play, it is hard to understand how four players in carts could fall more than one hour behind the group ahead of them. Even more surprising when asked about it they didn’t think they played slowly. Luckily they were our last group otherwise some terse words may have been exchanged.
As always Treasure Hill served up a stern test of golf for the fourteen Bunker Boys who attended and its fair to say that most didn’t step up to meet the challenge with scores disappointingly low. No one could blame the course which was in its usual good condition. More than most this is a course that requires you to play always with the next shot in mind, being in the wrong place on the fairway usually means you are punished with no clear look at the green for your next.
Robbie Watts mastered the conditions best taking first place with thirty-six points, a good score on this course. Second, went to Geoff Cox on thirty-three points whilst third went to Michael Brett on countback from a couple of others with a superior back nine. Near pins were taken by Les Hall, Robbie Watts, and Michael Brett.
Wednesday, July 25th
Wangjuntr Golf Park
1st Chris Dela-Mare (4) 32 points
2nd Tony Robbins (24) 31 points
3rd Michael Brett 31 points
Near pins Robbie Watts, Rab McDonald, Chris Dela-Mare, Michael Brett.
A good field of eleven Bunker Boys made a rare visit to Wangjuntr today to play the spectacular Mountain course. On the drive into the clubhouse, we passed the Valley Course which looked in beautiful condition and must surely be on our list in the future. The Mountain course was in very nice condition and continues to improve with every visit, but still doesn’t get any easier to play, a fact reflected in the low scores. On some holes, it is still difficult to see where you are supposed to aim, whilst elevated greens make distance judgment particularly tough. Rain threatened for most of the day and we endured about a ten-minute delay on the back nine. Playing his last game before returning to Oz Chris Dela-Mare took first place with a modest thirty-two points whilst Tony Robbins and Michael Brett took second and third respectively on countback. Near pins went to Robbie Watts, Rab McDonald, Chris Dela-Mare, and Michael Brett. By normal standards to drive to the course is quite long but still worth the effort and many first-timers had phone cameras busy on one of the most spectacular layouts on which to play golf. Many expressed the desire to play the other two layouts on future visits.
Friday, July 27th
1st Jimmy Carr (16) 36 points
2nd Geoff Cox (19) 35 points
3rd (19) Raleigh Gosney (19) 34 points
Near pins Raleigh Gosney X 2, Neil Carter X 2.
Today’s round was played at the Mountain Shadow course where a good field of thirteen took part. Play commenced on time and continued without delay to completion within three and a half hours for all but our last group. It’s becoming a regular thing to find our last group for some unknown reason losing several holes on the rest of the field. A recent phenomenon (a lost ball on the fairway) continued again this week with two instances of balls disappearing on the fairway, something strange is going on.
A sparkling back nine of twenty-two points saw Jimmy Carr take first place today with thirty-six points. Second, went to Geoff Cox one stroke adrift whilst the recently returned Raleigh Gosney brought up the rear with thirty-four. Not on did Raleigh get in the winner’s circle on his first outing he also managed two near pins whilst Neil Carter took the other two.