The Bunker Boys 30/4
1st Neil Carter (12) Net 79
2nd Michael Brett (15) Net 83
3rd Geoff Parker (14 ) Net 84
Near Pins Jimmy Carr, Geoff Parker, Stuart Tinkler X 2.
The last game of the month was played at the Eastern Star course in mild pleasant conditions on a course in fine condition. Pattaya awoke to very heavy rain early morning and the prospect of play looked doubtful, however by golf time the rain had cleared and a fine day ensued. With the “Golfer of the Month” already decided there was nothing to play for except pride and as it turned out there was very little pride on display. To say scoring was poor is sugar coating it a bit, quite frankly scoring was abysmal and worse still there seemed to be no particular reason for it. As is often said “that golf”. The course was ok, the weather benign, so no real reason, it has to be put down to just one of those days.
First place went to Neil Carter with a net seventy-nine off a twelve handicap, second went to Michael Brett with eighty-three, and Geoff Parker took third from Stuart Tinkler on countback with eighty-four. Near pins to Neil Carter, Geoff Parker, and two to Stuart Tinkler. One has to look forward to better scoring on our next outing. I’m pleased to report that we have a new “Golfer of the Month”. After four in a row Colin Greig failed to make it five, although he was in the mix again. The trophy stays in the home of golf with another Scott, the man with the hat, the always late Les Cobban taking the honors. Les played more golf with the Bunker Boys this month than usual for him so the message to him is clear, “play more and win more”.
Wednesday, May 2nd
1st Kob Glover (36) 39 points
2nd Stuart Tinkler (16) 37 points
3rd Jimmy Carr (18) 35 points
4th Michael Brett (15) 34 points
Near Pins Takeshi Hakozaki, Geoff Parker, Dave Ashman, Michael Brett.
The first game of a new month was played at the Kings Naga course where a very strong low season field of fifteen took part. An excellent green fee of six hundred and fifty baht including caddie was enough to lure people out of the woodwork for this game. Some of our longest standing members remarked that the course was in the best condition they can remember, however, the greens were very slow and a visit by a mower would certainly make a huge difference. By the end of the round a very threatening sky appeared but fortunately, we remained dry to the end of play.
It is pleasing to report that scoring today was of a much higher standard than Monday. Also, it’s nice to see that we now have a new lady member who is also new to the game of golf. Playing off a handicap of thirty-six Kob Glover took the honors today with a magnificent thirty-nine points, look out guys the ladies are coming after us. Second place went to Stuart Tinkler who put himself in a great position to score forty points only to falter on the last two holes with only a one point return. Third went to the irrepressible Jimmy Carr with thirty-five points and Michael Brett rounded out the winner’s list with thirty-four points. Near pins went to Takeshi Hakozaki, Geoff Parker, Dave Ashman, and Michael Brett. Some very good venues are in this months schedule such as Burapha and Kabin Buri so plenty to look forward to in the coming weeks.
Friday, May 4th
1st Michael Brett (15) 35 points
2nd Steve Durey (21) 35 points
3rd Les Hall (25) 34 points
Near Pins Neil Carter, Les Hall, Les Humphries, Michael Brett
The term “Lucks a fortune” could very well be applied to today’s game. All day long we were surrounded by intense thunder and lightning storms yet somehow they managed to stay away and we completed the round dry and in good time. The course was its usual fine condition except for a few greens where the local dogs did a bit of gardening, curious how they always choose greens, not rough or fairways on which to dig holes. A good low season number of thirteen took part, even the superstitious amongst us were please to stay dry.
For a course where its difficult to accumulate a good score todays numbers were respectable. First place went to Michael Brett on thirty-five points beating Steve Durey on countback into second place. For most of the round it looked like Steve would take the honors but a couple of late blobs cost him, as they say “its not over till its over”. Third place went to Les Hall one stroke back on thirty-four.
Near pins went to Neil Carter as usual, Les Hall, Les Humphries, and Michael Brett
Kob Glover, first time winner at Kings Naga.