Bunker Boys 26/10

Monday, October 22nd

Pleasant Valley

1st Neil Carter (11) 38 points

2nd Geoff Parker (15) 36 points

3rd Michael Brett (13) 34 points

Near pins Neil Carter, Geoff Parker, Michael Brett X 2.

October is one of the longest Months for golf with fourteen rounds played in the month. Today,s round was at the always improving Pleasant Valley course. As expected with recent heavy rain  the course was damp so the pick, clean, and place rule was applied. Shortly after we started the back nine we got a serious drenching for a few holes, fortunately it passed quickly and we could resume play, one group however did get caught out in it with nowhere to shelter and just had to suck it up.

As the front nine was crowded we set off on the back nine and this change for some unknown reason seems to disconcert some people who took time to adjust. The course is very difficult for those who are short off the tee with at least three holes proving almost impossible to make the carry to the fairway.

Neil Carter continues to enjoy good form and took first place with thirty-eight points. Two back Geoff Parker took second whilst Michael Brett brought up the rear with thirty-four. Near pins went to Neil and Geoff with Michael taking two. The Bunker Boys second annual golf challenge at Kabin Buri is now fully booked which is a tremendous response, we however have the capacity to take ten more golfers who will enjoy all that is on offer except they will have to stay at a four star hotel about one kilometer from Serenity Hotel and Spa so anyone wishing to avail should get in quickly.

Wednesday, October 24th

King Naga

1st Keith Norman (15) 33 points

2nd Michael Brett (13) 32 points

3rd Chris Middleton (24) 32 points

4th Geoff Parker (15) 32 points

Near Pins Chris Middleton, David Day, John Hoddy, Gez Williams.

Today’s round was played at the lush green King  Naga course, possibly the greenest we have ever seen it. Understandably due to lots of recent rain the course was a little wet so the pick, clean and place rule was adopted although in retrospect it was hardly necessary. The weather was hot and humid before the rain came on the back nine, not enough to stop play but just a refreshing shower. Luckily after we had finished the rain came down in bucket loads. Once again the greens were a real challenge, most of the time it felt like putting on velcro, really slow and bumpy. To be fair the weather prevented much of the necessary mowing, as a result scores were very negatively affected. A very good field of fifteen enjoyed one of the last low season rounds before green fee revert to high season levels.

Keith Norman in the first game of his Winter sojurn to Siam took first place with thirty-three points. Three golfers scored thirty-two points and had to be separated on count back with Michael Brett second, Chris Middleton third, and Geoff Parker fourth. Another Winter visitor Gez Williams got a near pin with Chris Middleton, David Day, and John Hoddy taking the remaining three.

Friday October 26th

Burapha A & B

1st Geoff Parker

2nd Neil Carter

3rd Keith Norman

The Bunker Boys entered a team in the second round of the Travellers Rest inter club competition held on the last Friday of each month at the Burapha course. The course was in excellent condition despite lots of recent heavy rain. The pick, clean, and place rule was applied although in retrospect it was not necessary. The greens were so different from King Naga it took some time to get a grip on the speed. Luckily once again we avoided the rain which was all around us.

The team format for the game was two ball multiplier which is a bit of a vicious game in which friendships can be tested if one partner fails to perform. The team of Geoff Parker  and Neil Carter easily won their match over the Players Lounge while the team of Keith Norman and Michael Brett had a ding dong battle with Traveller’s Rest before going down on the seventeenth hole. There was no near pin competition. The presentations were made after the game at the M Club, unfortunately there was a disappointing turnout with a number of groups failing to show, its important that players support the days host venue which changes every month.

Winner at King Naga Keith Norman



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