Bunker Boys 29/7
Monday, July 29th
Greenwood C & B
1st Robby Watts (8) 39 points
2nd Tony Robbins (23) 38 points
3rd Chris Delamare (1) 31 points
Near pins Jimmy Carr & Robby Watts.
Despite some tense discussion regarding pricing quoted for the King’s Birthday Holiday, we were able to resolve the matter amicably and teed off at our scheduled time on the C nine. It has only been a matter of about ten days since we last played Greenwood and in that time the C course deteriorated markedly with lots of withered grass areas in desperate need of soaking rain, in contrast, the B nine was in fine condition. The weather was nice but a strong breeze blew again, storm clouds and an ominous sky were on the horizon but luckily the wind direction kept any inclement weather away. We managed to avoid all the other groups on the course and complete the round within three and a half hours which is excellent.
In his last round with us until possibly next year Chris Delamare finished in third place with a score of thirty-one, low by his standards, looks like he is already missing Pattaya even before he has left. Tony Robbins on far too generous a handicap of twenty-three took second place with thirty-eight points, nobody with a short game like his should be on such a high handicap. Robby Watts took first place again with an excellent round of thirty-nine despite an off day with the putter. Only two near pins were claimed going to Robby and Jimmy Carr.
Wednesday, July 31st
Plutaluang South & East
1st Michael Brett (15) 40 points
2nd Peter Allen (30) 37 points
3rd Robby Watts (8) 35 points
Near pins, Peter Allen, Takeshi Hakozaki, & Robby Watts.
For our last game of July, we made a rare visit to Plutaluang where we were allocated the South & East nines. On the drive into the course, we found the lakes virtually empty which was not a good sign of how the course might be, as it turned out the course was in ok condition although desperate for some good soaking rain, the greens were excellent, obviously well-watered and maintained. Today we had a short surprise visit from Keith Hemmings.
Most choose to walk the course, it is not one of the easiest walking courses with plenty of climbing to do and some long walks between a few greens and the next tee. A nice quick round in about three and a half hours. None of the usual complaints about caddies at this course, today, they were excellent.
Despite an indifferent round with the putter, some good, some terrible, Michael Brett put together a score of forty points to take first place. Peter Allen came second with thirty-seven points and Robby Watts rounded out the scoring with thirty-five, Robby also suffered from the putting yips. Near pins went to Peter Allen (with the driver naturally), Takeshi Hakozaki, and Robby Watts.
As it was the last day of the month it was again time to find the golfer of the month. Jimmy Carr started the month with a score of forty-seven and followed it up with some good scores and looked the likely winner, however Robby Watts despite a lot on his mind stormed home in the second half of the month to take the honors by an incredible margin of fifteen points, high-quality consistent golf, well done Robby.
Friday, August 2nd
1st Tony Robbins (23) 37 points
2nd Daryl Vernon (21) 32 points
3rd Michael Brett (14) 29 points.
Near pins Keith Hemmings, Michael Brett, and Jimmy Carr X 2.
The Treasure Hill course was the venue for the first game of a new month of golf. Another course suffering from a lack of rain with some areas having been remediated and still not ready for play not marked as G U R. The greens were good, consistent and true. The round was made more difficult by a very strong swirling wind that within the space of a minute could blow from every point on the compass and with varying degrees of strength.
Despite our lead group being out behind a local four-ball we were never held up and completed the round in around three and a half hours which is excellent. On what seems to be his favorite course Robby Watts set out on fire playing by his words “the best he can play” scored twenty-two on the front nine, however, a phone call on the tenth tee upset his equilibrium and he faded away completely on the back, a message for all those who take their phone onto the course. Tony Robbins took first place with thirty-seven and demonstrated the value of keeping the ball low in windy conditions. Daryl Vernon came second with thirty-two and Michael Brett third with twenty-nine. Keith Hemmings displayed the value of invention on the par-five seventh by playing his second across the water bouncing from one lilypad to the next all the way across and onto the fairway beyond, trick shots like that are hard to replicate. Near pins went to Keith Hemmings, Michael Brett, and two to Jimmy Carr.
Jimmy Carr presents golfer of the month trophy to Robby Watts.