The Bunker Boys 24-28/07
Monday July 24, Greenwood(white tees) B&C,
1st Robbie Watts(8) 35
2nd Geoff Parker (15) 33
3rd Les Hall(25) 31
Near pins: Robbie Watts, Jimmy Carr, Geoff Parker.
Pattaya was bathed in bright sunshine all weekend but wouldn’t you know it by early Monday morning dark clouds rolled in, thunder rattled in the air and the rain tumbled down. Fortunately, by departure time the rain had abated, the skies started to clear and the prospect of a good days golf looked promising. By the time we reached Greenwood, the skies were blue and the temperature soared to the mid-thirties and the humidity was oppressive.
Despite the recent rain, the course was in remarkably good condition with only the occasional plugged ball. We were allocated B and C nines and both were virtually deserted, we only encountered one other group on the course.
Robbie Watts took up where he left off on Friday taking first place off his eight handicap. Luckily Robbie is returning to Oz early next week so someone else will get a shot at golfer of next month. Could that person be Geoff Parker who is showing a resurgence in form taking second place. Thirds place went to Les Hall who not only had the benefit of a lesson over the weekend but also some sage advice from his mate Trevor, almost an unfair advantage some would say.
Thursday July 27 St Andrews,(white tees),Ambrose.
Everybody would have heard the advertisement “Amazing Thailand”, well it certainly was amazing on Thursday this week. First Green Valley Golf promotion of a four ball Ambrose competition at the St Andrews 2000 Course for One Thousand Two Hundred Baht, second approximately forty groups of four players participated, and finally that a group with a collective handicap of eleven were able to shoot a net fifty-two which included eleven birdies on a difficult course where other players had difficulty getting near that score, certainly it had more than a few people scratching their heads and wondering how such a thing could happen. Despite the result, most if not all enjoyed the day and a rare opportunity to play on such a quality course in ideal golfing conditions.
The Bunker Boys were represented by two teams and whilst not getting into the winner’s circle played to the best of their ability on the day. Because of the opportunity to play St Andrews, the previous day’s golf scheduled for Parichat was cancelled. It is believed that a similar competition will be played again at St Andrew’s within the next six weeks and it is hoped that next time there will be a better showing from the Bunker Boys.
The surprise of the week was the unexpected return to Pattaya of Raleigh Gosney resplendent in a new colourful loose fitting shirt just for the occasion. On the medical front Jimmy jarred his back and hopefully won’t spend too much time on the sideline, Tony is still having treatment on his shoulder injury and is not expected to play again till after his upcoming holiday, Colin is on the mend after surgery and should be back on the course in Scotland shortly and Frank emerged from a short stay in hospital considerably lighter in his wallet.
Friday July 28 Emerald(white tees)
1st Geoff parker(15) 75 nett
2nd Robbie Watts(8) 76
3rd Frank Quinlan(32) 84
Near Pins: Raleigh Gosney(2), Geoff Parker.
Today’s round was on the challenging if somewhat frustrating Emerald Course where the car park was full but no-one in front of us off the first tee. However by the fifth hole we had caught up with two groups in front of us who were kind enough to let us play through.Then it was clear until the half way tenth hole where two groups of four balls had slotted in front of our three balls. This resulted in frustration and is not normal for the low season.
On the playing front, Geoff Parker laid down a marker straight away with an easy parr on the first and continued in the same vein for the rest of the round to take first place.Robbie Watts, on the other hand, had an uncharacteristic bad start but recovered well to take second place and cement his place as the golfer of the month.Raleigh Gosney was a bit rusty with his general play but came good on the parr threes snaring two of the three won. After a long absence, it was good to see Peter Allen back on the course again. We look forward to having the big cheese Neil Carter back in our numbers next week
Raleigh Gosney in sartorial splendor wearing his latest Hawaiian shirt.