Bunker Boys 9/11

Monday, November 5th

Mountain Shadow

1st Jimmy Carr (17) 43 points

2nd Brendan Harnett (13) 38 points

3rd Pat Ryan (13) 37 points

4th Keith Norman (15) 36 points

Near pins Tony Robbins, Geoff Parker, Michael Brett, Colin Simpson/Steve Plant

Another beautiful day in paradise for sixteen Bunker Boys who made their way to Mountain Shadow for the first game of the week. Clear blue skies and high temperatures made for a fatiguing day with no wind to cool things down. The course was in very good condition with plenty of run on the fairways but the greens proved a handful for some as they dry out and quicken up.

This is a course on which it is normally hard to compile a good score. Nobody bothered to inform Jimmy Carr who ripped it apart with an unbelievable score of forty-three points, a score that included three birdies of which two were mere tap-ins, a great display of controlled golf. Jimmy is a bit of a recidivist incurring a two-stroke penalty on the ninth having played the wrong ball, the third time he has done that this year.  Second place went to Brendan Harnett with a not too shabby thirty-eight points. Pat Ryan who doesn’t play a lot at the Bunker Boys started slowly but quickly found his A game to return a card of thirty-seven to take third place with Keith Norman a stroke further back in fourth place. In a curious circumstance, Colin Simpson and Steve Plant couldn’t be separated so they shared a near pin with the remaining three going to Tony Robbins, Geoff Parker as usual and Michael Brett. One of our members who shall remain nameless had such a difficult day that he ran out of golf balls and had to be bailed out by a generous partner to finish his round. Members are advised that a supply of beautiful stylish Bunker Boys golf T-shirts will soon be available in the M Club so get in early and grab a bargain and a bit of style also.

Wednesday, November 7th

Khao Kheow

1st Tony Robbins (21) 39 points

2nd Keith Norman (15) 39 points

3rd Geoff Parker (15) 37 points

4th Les Cobban (8) 37 points

Near pins Paul Smith, Jimmy Carr, and Julian Preissinger X 2.

Almost imperceptibly high season is upon us with drier faster courses, increased green fees, and bigger playing numbers. Amongst those swelling our ranks today were the newly arrived regulars, Gordon Melia, John Hughes, and Tony Scambler. The weather was hot with no wind to cool things down and for some reason, play was slower than desirable taking over four and a half hours to complete the round. Standard of play was quite high with some very good scores returned and a few places decided on countback.

Tony Robbins continued his good recent form taking first place on countback from Keith Norman both on thirty-nine points. Geoff Parker with a run of eight consecutive parrs took third place on countback from Les Cobban. Near pins went to Paul Smith making a rare appearance at the Bunker Boys, Jimmy Carr and the big-hitting Julian Preissinger taking two. We are still missing a few of our regulars such as P J Redmond who is battling with some health issues and Gerry Cooney who is attending to a shoulder problem, a complaint that is becoming increasingly common among senior golfers, whilst Steve Durey is discretely honing his game away from the course we look forward to seeing

them all back on the course soon.

Friday, November 9th

Greenwood

1st Dean McEwan (11) 37 points

2nd Les Cobban (8) 37 points

3rd Anthony Plummer (24) 35 points

4th Neil Carter (11) 34 points

Near Pins Jimmy Carr, Keith Norman, and Peter Suh

Just when we thought we had put the rainy season behind us it returned today with intermittent showers, not heavy enough to stop play but just enough to make it a bit uncomfortable. The Greenwood course was the dampest we have seen in weeks with lots of plugged balls and occasional water on some fairways. As expected there was no run on the fairways so the course played long today. Another good field of seventeen were on hand to enjoy this well-maintained course where in particular the greens were in excellent condition.

Today’s winner Dean McEwan with a fine round of thirty-seven failed to show at the presentation and so made a generous contribution to the delinquent fund so a beverage was enjoyed by all thanks to Dean. Second place went to another Scott, Les Cobban also with thirty-seven but with a lesser back nine. Anthony Plummer took third place with thirty-five points and Neil Carter brought up the rear with thirty-four again beating Keith Norman on countback. Surprisingly for a field of seventeen, only three near pins were won with the honors going to JimmyCarr, Keith Norman, and Peter Suh.

Members are reminded that the AGM will be held next month on a date yet to be decided. Any issues or changes they might wish to see considered should be communicated to Neil Carter who will compile the agenda and chair the meeting. The Bunker Boys is a friendly society and we are always looking at ways we can make things better for members so any worthwhile suggestions are welcome.

Tony Robbins winner at Khao Kheow.

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