Bunker Boys 6/7
Monday, July 6th
Pattaya Country Club
1st Daryl Vernon & Geoff Atwell 42 points
2nd Jimmy Carr & Dave Ashman 42 points
Near pins Jimmy Carr, Michael Brett, & Geoff Parker X 2.
As we had an even number of players today our illustrious leader Jimmy Carr decided we should by way of a change play a two-ball better-ball competition. In order to make it as fair as possible teams were randomly picked prior to leaving the bar. As it turned out there was little or nothing between all the groups and the winners were decided on by countback. Daryl Vernon & Geoff Atwell finished on equal points with Jimmy Carr and Dave Ashman but with a superior back nine were declared winners. Curiously the team with the highest combined Stableford score came last as they didn’t dovetail very well. All the near pins were taken with the ever-improving Geoff Parker taking two and one each to Jimmy Carr and Michael Brett.
Last week at Greenwood we saw some very long driving from Les Cobban and Jimmy Carr, today Daryl left them both in his wake pounding out some monsters, Daryl denies taking any special protein shakes, or doing any unorthodox gym exercises to assist, must be power built up over the years at Fylde Rugby Club.
The Pattaya Country Club was heavily booked at the time we made our booking but in the interval, most of the bookings canceled for some reason leaving us with the course virtually to ourselves apart from a couple of groups out ahead of us. We were able to hit off ahead of schedule and finish in a respectable time. The course was in as good condition as we have seen it and so it was decided to immediately schedule another round on next month’s roster.
Wednesday, July 8th
Pattana Country Club
1st Les Cobban (9) 40 points
2nd Geoff Cox (15) 36 points
3rd Michael Brett (16) 35 points
Near pins Geoff Cox, Les Cobban, & Michael Brett
The mother of all rain depressions descended on Pattaya and surrounds for hours on Tuesday causing widespread flooding and traffic chaos. As a result, some were a bit skeptical about the possibility of golf today, however, as always the drainage worked well and the Pattana course was fine for play. It was still necessary to implement the pick, clean, and place rule, although by the back nine the course had dried out sufficiently to make it no longer necessary. Yet another occasion where we had the course to ourselves. One of the drawbacks of playing at Pattana is that the clubhouse still remains closed so it is impossible to purchase any refreshments after the game, Pattana is the only course that has this policy.
In recent weeks scoring has been poor, today all that changed with the winner Les Cobban putting together a superb round of forty points off a nine handicap, a round that included four birdies, needless to say, Les had all parts of his game working today. Another solid round from Geoff Cox saw him finish on thirty-six points in second place with Michael Brett rounding out the scoring with thirty-five. Near pins went to Les Cobban, Geoff Cox, and Michael Brett. Jimmy had a bad day today not finishing in the top group and losing all three sixes
Friday, July 10th
1st Michael Brett (16) 33 points
2nd Jimmy Carr (17) 32 points
3rd Dave Ashman (23) 31 points
Near pins Dave Ashman, Jimmy Carr, & Kevin LeBar X 2.
A very unpleasant day for golf at Pattavia for the last game of the week. Grey overcast conditions lead to rain, sometimes heavy enough to stop play. Thunder rumbled all around us and lightning strikes were close enough to be of major concern. By the closing holes, all the bad weather had blown away and conditions were nice, which begs the question why didn’t we wait for it to pass in the first place. As always the course was in nice condition although the greens were a little slower than we have come to expect.
Scores were again back to the lower end of the scale. Michael Brett took first place with thirty-three points in a round that included a couple of forgettable holes. Jimmy Carr took second, a stroke back and Dave Ashman rounded out the scoring with thirty-one. Kevin Le Bar played well but because of a couple of lapses finished out of the winner’s circle, he did, however, manage to bag a couple of near pins with Jimmy taking one and a very fortuitous bounce off a tree saw Dave Ashman take the final pin.
Next week we have a nice schedule which includes Laem Chabang, and Royal Lakeside before we head off on our first away trip of the year to Khao Yai to play Sir James, Khao Yai Golf Club, Rancho Charnvee, and Mountain Creek.
Geoff Atwell & Daryl Vernon team winners at Pattaya Country Club.