The Bunker Boys 16/11


Monday, November 16, Plutaluang Navy G.C. North & West — Stableford —
Today had to be one of the all-around worst outings ever for that friendly group of golfers known as the Bunker Boys. It wouldn’t be much of a stretch to substitute hackers for golfers as out of thirty-one players not a single member played to his handicap: and the average stableford score was an incredibly low twenty-five! In fact, it has been a struggle the entire week to keep our heads above water: twenty-five stableford average at Navy, twenty-nine at Royal Lakeside, and thirty at Mountain Shadow. Fifty-four holes of golf; eighty-seven players; an average stableford score of a mere twenty-eight. Go figure.
A myriad of issues were referred to: the downpour at Navy, the hot, sweaty conditions at Royal Lakeside, the slow greens at Mountain Shadow. I, for one, have decided to spend less time at the bar and more time on the range.
The course was in really good nick ( for Navy ) and there for the taking. For the most part, the fairways were discernible, and the greens were much quicker than usual. Forget the bunkers — they haven’t been sanded or raked in years. The hand-wedge is your best play out of a Navy bunker.
1st Alan Harris (8) 35 pts
2nd Tony Robbins (16) 32 pts
3rd Tony Scambler (13) 30 pts
1st Mike Corner (21) 33 pts
2nd Les Hall (23) 29 pts cb
3rd Jimmy Carr (17) 29 pts
Near Pins: Mark Bainbridge, Tony Robbins, Colin Greig, Geoff Cox

Wednesday, November 18, Royal Lakeside G.C. — Stableford —
Many of us are thinking about moving up north so we can play this lovely course on a daily basis. All we need are some of those balls that float on water and we’ll have it made.
It was a long, but smooth drive up the motorway and a beautiful day for golf; well, it was way too hot and humid and there wasn’t a breeze anywhere. The course was playing tough or, rather, we were playing poorly and only two out of twenty-three players managed to equal or better their handicaps. Stuart Tinkler was the man of the day coming home with thirty-seven points just a nose in front of Keith Norman at thirty-six. Stuart’s win put him in a tie with Tony Scambler for Golfer of the Month; and it will be an uphill battle for anyone else to make the grade. Good luck to you both.
1st Stuart Tinkler (16) 37 pts
2nd Keith Norman (12) 36 pts
3rd Tony Robbins (16) 32 pts
1st Andy Brady (17) 35 pts
2nd Peter Allen (30) 33 pts cb
3rd Paul Garvey (24) 33 pts
Near Pins: Ben Denham (2), P.J. Redmond, Keith Hemmings

Friday, November 20, Mountain Shadow G.C. — Stableford —
The starter was obviously oblivious to the thirty-three Bunker Boys that were ready to go as he put two four-balls right out in front of us. This resulted in a long day on the golf course and some players barely making it back to The Ranch in time for the presentation at 7:00 P.M..
The course was in good shape except the greens from its sister course — Crystal Bay — seem to be creeping over the mountain. No one could ever remember the greens being so slow. Slow play, slow greens, a long day.
Gordon is still in disbelief for failing to collect the near pin prize on the par-3 5th hole. After hitting the pin; dropping within a few feet; and posting a deuce; he felt assured of a return on his entry fee. Wasn’t to be as Mr. Near Pin — Alan Harris — got closer. It was just the first of Alan’s two pins on the day.
Oh yeah, did I mention, it was just another beautiful, sunny day in golf paradise.
1st Geoff Cox (14) 38 pts
2nd Tony Scambler (13) 36 pts
3rd Mashi Kaneta (13) 35 pts
1st Barry Murnin (21) 34 pts cb
2nd Andy Brady (17) 34 pts cb
3rd Jimmy Carr (17) 34 pts
Near Pins: Alan Harris (2), Barry Murnin, Niall Glover

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