Bunker Boys 30/12

Monday 26 Dec Pattana Golf Club and Resort.

Stableford B & C (white tees)

1st Neil Carter (15)           36 pts

2nd Andy Grey (25)          33

3rd Andy Brady (18)         33

Near pins: Ken Elmore, Les Hall, Andy Grey, Colin Greig.

A smaller contingent of bleary-eyed post-Christmas revelers assembled at the M Club for the trip to the beautiful Pattana Club. Due to road works the turnoff from 331 looked very different to the past and was missed by a few cars resulting in a mad scramble for smart phones to determine where we were. This was complicated by the difficulty of google finding satellites in the area, however, everyone made it to the course eventually. After a delay of only 10 minutes play got underway on the B course and progressed steadily to the 9th.The course was a delight to play even if it was curiously wet in some places, The back nine was a different story, Two groups teed off before us with no apparent knowledge of golf etiquette and a total disregard to the many ” SAY NO TO SLOW PLAY” signs throughout the course, this  lead to many players losing interest in the game resulting in poor scores.

Honors for the day went to Neil Carter with a very respectable 36 followed by the two Andy’s with Grey winning the count out on the back nine. Watch out for the fast improving Ken Elmore to make an appearance in the winners circle soon. High green fees are a deterrent to playing this course in peak season coupled with the fact that like a few other courses the club does not adhere to the quoted green fee during the high season.The excuses are many the best being “you booked in low season and it is now high season” or “you spoke to the wrong person when booking”. Other golf bars have complained of the same problem with this club and it is unlikely that we will return in the low season.

 

Wed 28 Dec.Treasure Hill Golf and Country Club.

Stableford (yellow tees)

1st Ken Elmore (22)         40 pts

2nd Geoff Parker (13)      39

3rd Frank Quinlan (36)     38

Near pins: Ken Elmore,Tim Winder,Geoff Parker, Stuart Tinkler.

The big news of the day was that we had a HOLE IN ONE for the first time in a few years achieved by Ken Elmore on the 6th hole. Not only did Ken play his best golf of this tour, he also achieved a lifetime first “Hole in One” and as is customary rang the bell back at the M Club.

Treasure Hill Golf course continues to be the best value for money in the Pattaya golf circuit for the full package, coupled with a challenging layout in very good playing condition. However as is usually the case there is a price to pay, the downside being a crowded course, and slow play the order of the day. Bunker Boys played off the yellow tees and the good scores returned reflected how much easier the course is from the forward tees. After a layoff of a few weeks, Frank Quinlan returned to form with a very good score of 38 pts off his revised handicap of 36, Geoff played his best golf for some time with a fabulous score of 39 pts off his 13 handicap, however, the star of the day after being identified in Mondays report as  the one to watch was the” Lad from Lincolnshire” Ken Elmore with a 40 pt total. Ken’s wife was heard to remark that she hadn’t taken out hole in one insurance before their trip and was concerned Ken may become a financial liability with his new found A game. As is becoming a Wednesday tradition delicious food cooked by Neil Carter’s mom was served to the hungry hoards. A number of our regular residents seem to be still enjoying the festive season, however, we expect to see our numbers swell as more of our players return from celebrating the season overseas.

 

Fri Dec 30 Pleasant Valley Golf and Country Club.

Stableford (blue tees)

A Flight (0-16.8)

1st Colin Greig   (10)           36 pts

2nd Jimmy Carr (16)           35 (19 back)

3rd Stewart Tinkler (15)      35 (18 back)

B Flight (16.9+)

1st Gerry Cooney  (18)       37

2nd Neil Jones (20)            36 (20 back)

3rd Andy Brady (18)           36 (16 back)

Near pins: Stuart Tinkler, Jimmy Carr, Andy Grey, Michael Brett.

For the last game of the 2016 season, a good turn out of two divisions set out for the often maligned Pleasant Valley Course. Some players refuse to move on from their dislike of internal O.B. markers, while some of the higher handicap players have issues with a few holes where a long carry is required from the tee box ignoring the extra strokes they have in hand allowing them to layup and still achieve a good outcome. Overall this is a fine course to play, however, a few greens on the back nine would benefit greatly from a good dose of TLC. Despite the strong wind blowing across the course scoring was good. Gerry Cooney took the B flight with thirty-seven points from Neil Jones and Andy Brady, both with thirty-six points. The A flight was also a close finish with Colin Greig taking the honors with thirty-six points from Jimmy Carr and Stuart Tinkler both on thirty-five points. With this final win Colin also secured the “Golfer of the Month” trophy, beating that perennial second place finisher Geoff Parker by two points, and as is the custom treated all to a round back in the bar. We wish all our golfers the best for the new year and our thanks to Neil who has been the perfect host for all the work he does for the society.

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Golfer of the month Colin Greig.

Ken Elmore the “hole in one” achiever.

 

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