Bunker Boys 24/11
Monday, November 20th
1st Stuart Tinkler 36 points
2nd Keith Norman 35 points
3rd Colin Greig 34 points
1st Phil Moore 35 points
2nd Ken Davidson 33 points
3rd Dave Gow
Geoff Parker, Gez Williams, Keith Norman, Michael Brett
Over the weekend Pattaya suffered from torrential late monsoonal weather and Monday morning dawned grey and overcast which may have accounted for some of our members giving golf a miss. Nevertheless, a good field of twenty-one made the trip to Emerald for the first game of the week. Light rain fell as we departed for the course and the outlook was not good, however, the round was relatively rain-free with only the slightest shower falling. The course was in good shape despite the rain but a little soft so the pick, clean and place rule was applied at the outset just in case of plugged balls. The rough had not been cut for a while and had grown up quite a bit so play from there was a challenge. There were no holdups on the course and the lead group was back in the clubhouse within four hours.
The winner of the A flight with thirty-six points was Stuart Tinkler with thirty-six points followed by Keith Norman on thirty-five and Colin Greig with thirty-four. In the B flight, Phil Moore prevailed with thirty-five points followed by Ken Davidson in second on countback from Dave Gow both on thirty-three points. Near pins went to Geoff Parker, Gez Williams, Keith Norman and Michael Brett. Gez failed to show at the presentation so the delinquent’s fund grew a little more.
Wednesday 22nd November
1st Phill Moore (17.5) 39 Points
2nd Ken Davidson((24) 35 points
3rdStuart Tinkler (34) points
4th Richard Baldotto (22) 31 points
Near Pins Stuart Tinkler, Phil Moore, Michael Brett.
A smaller than expected group of seventeen golfers participated in the mid-week game at the difficult Mountain Shadow course. Conditions for golf were perfect with temperatures moderate, no wind, and a course for the most part in excellent condition with the exception of a few bunkers in need of a bit of T.L.C., grass growing on some and all in need of a good raking. The course was relatively empty so play was at a good pace until the closing holes where a group of five Northern Europeans held up play as you might expect from a five ball.
Phil Moore continuing his recent run of good form took the honors with a score of thirty-nine points off a generous handicap of eighteen, an excellent score on this course. One feels a cut coming his way. Second was Ken Davidson also in good form and putting like a demon with a score of thirty-five, another who may feel the lash of the handicapper’s scalpel.Stuart Tinkler took third with thirty-four and Richard Baldotto brought up the rear with thirty-one. Near pins went to Phil Moore, Stuart Tinkler, and Michael Brett.
Friday, November 24th
1st Stuart Tinkler (17) 42 points
2nd Geoff Parker (15) 41 points
3rd Gerry Cooney (18) 38 points
4th Dave Gow (18) 36 points
Near Pins Alan Sullivan, Stuart Tinkler, Geoff Parker, Gerry Cooney
A good field of nineteen made the trip to Pleasant Valley for the last game of the week. The course was in good order except for two o three greens which were showing signs of wear. Play got underway on time but over the course of the front nine one of our groups was guilty of very slow play and by the ninth had lost a full three holes on the group in front of them. Unless some players can keep up a reasonable pace of play they risk being put out last every time they play, it is simply unacceptable to lose so much ground on the preceding group.
Today scoring was of a very high standard with the winner Stuart Tinkler in sparkling form recording a score of forty-two points. Geoff Parker returned to form with forty-one to take second place, Gerry Cooney was third with thirty-eight points and at least three players were locked together on thirty-six, the honors going to Dave Gow on countback. Alan Sullivan was the only one not in the winner’s circle to bag a near pin with the other three going to Gerry, Geoff, and Stuart.