Bunker Boys 30/9

Monday, September 30th

Treasure Hill

1st Craig Dows (7) 32 points

2nd Robby Watts (8) 31 points

3rd Geoff Cox (15) 30 points

Near pins Jimmy Carr, Craig Dows, Robby Watts, Michael Brett.

A bright sunny day for the last game of September at the Treasure Hill course. We virtually had the course to ourselves so the first group was back in the clubhouse in just three hours and fifteen minutes. It had been a while since we last played the course but nothing much had changed, it was still in good condition and still as difficult as ever with trees in all sorts of inappropriate places.

Having finally registered his first win with the Bunker Boys last Friday, Craig Dows seems to be getting the hang of golf in Thailand and registered his second win in a row, the win was all the more meritorious for Craig as it was his first time playing this tricky course. Second place went to Robby Watts a stroke back with Geoff Cox rounding out the scoring. Near pins went to Jimmy Carr, Robby Watts, Craig Dows, and Michael Brett.

As it was the last game of the month it was time to find golfer of the month and we didn’t have to look too far with Robby Watts making it three in a row. Last month Robby won by the biggest margin ever, this month won by the lowest total ever, a poor reflection on the rest of the group. Robby returns to Melbourne soon so surely we will have a new winner next time around.

Wednesday, October 2nd

Subhapruek Golf Course

1st Robby Watts (8) 34 points

2nd Craig Dows (7) 32 points

3rd Les Cobban (7) 26 points

Near pins Jimmy Carr, Les Cobban, Craig Dows X 2.

For the first game of a new month, the Bunker Boys decided to go off script and cancel our scheduled game at Pleasant Valley. Instead, we decided to venture forth a bit further than normal to South Bangkok to play the Subhapruek course which turned out to be a good choice. Despite being a high-quality course Suhapruek was virtually empty, we only saw two other groups all day.

As it was damp underfoot we decided from the outset to play pick, clean, and place which was a wise decision as there were plenty of mudballs. The course played particularly long with no run, many second shots on par fours required a three wood or long iron to reach the green, even the par fives were difficult to hit with the third shot.

Having won golfer of the month three times in a row Robby Watts was always going to be in contention and took first place with thirty-four points. Craig Dows now seems to have come to grips with local conditions and took second place with thirty-two. Les Cobban was a distant third with twenty-six. Near pins went to Les and Jimmy, with Craig taking two.

With the success of this venture, it was suggested that in order to break up the routine a bit we leave one day vacant on our schedule each month to play a course not normally included on our local roster. Courses like Thanna City, Lotus Valley, and Wangjuntr are possibilities, a bit more driving required but add more variety and interest to our roster.

Friday, October 2nd

Khao Kheow A & B.

1st Michael Brett (14) 38 points

2nd Robby Watts (8) 34 points

3rd Jimmy Carr (16) 33 points

Near pins Myke Thomas, Craig Dows, & Robby Watts

Khao Kheow was the venue for the last game of the week. A package deal of thirteen hundred baht all in meant that everybody took a cart today, other courses would do well to take note and offer carts at a more reasonable rate instead of leaving them parked and not generating any income.  We teed off under grey skies with the occasional rattle of thunder in the distance. By the time we had completed the sixth hole the siren sounded so we retreated to the shelter just as it was about to bucket down. A real cracker of a storm with thunder,  lightning, and torrential rain meant a delay of about one hour. Despite the rain, the course held up remarkably well, but it was still necessary to use the pick, clean, and place rule. Because of the rain, all the groups on the course bunched up so the remainder of the play was slow.

Having had a horror day on Wednesday at Subhapruek with an embarrassingly low score, today Michael Brett found some kind of game to register a win with thirty-eight points. Robby Watts took second with thirty-four, and Jimmy Carr closed out the winner’s circle with thirty-three. Near pins went to Robby Watts, Craig Dows, and visitor for a day Myke Thomas.


A group of Bunker Boys at Subhapruek


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