The Bunker Boys 25/01

Colin plans to spend the weekend shopping for a new trophy cabinet as there is no space for this latest addition. Actually, he is considering having a trophy room built-on to his house. Must be nice.

Monday, January 25, Khao Kheow C.C. Yellow Tees — Stableford —
On a day like today — 19 degrees at t-time — the shivers could of easily been mistaken for the yips: and there certainly was a lot of shivering going on. Many of our crew, with their tropically thinned blood, were feeling seriously cold and wondering if they had been transplanted back to their native boreal lands. The temperature wasn’t the only challenge: gale force winds added to the misery. Well, maybe unpleasant is a better word but, in any case, very unusual conditions for golf in Fun City.
How does the saying go ” when the going gets tough, the tough get going “? Well, you couldn’t get much tougher than our gimpy bandit, Tony Scambler, or our newly crowned silver bird, Alex Kilcoyne. Playing through the cold, blustery conditions both men managed to better their handicaps by five and four strokes respectively. A really fine performance in spite of the conditions.
A-Flight
1st Tony Scambler (12) 41 pts
2nd Dave Ashman (17) 34 pts
3rd Gordon Melia (17) 33 pts
B-Flight
1st Alex Kilcoyne (27s) 40 pts
2nd P.J. Redmond (28s) 37 pts
3rd Tom McDowell (20) 36 pts
Near Pins: Peter Mace (2), Keith Norman, Neil Jones

Wednesday, January 27, Treasure Hill G.C. Yellow Tees — Stableford —
Does a proper golf course mark its water hazards with red and yellow stakes, Mr. TH groundskeeper? If you answered no, you are obviously benighted, if yes, a very smart fellow. Taking time to identify / discuss / decide if the ball is in a hazard or not is, well, a waste of time and can result in issues among playing partners. It’s a simple case of red or yellow or, more specifically, of black or white — either you are a proper golf course or you aren’t. What’s it going to be, Mr. groundskeeper?
Our favorite Bunker Lady — Marion Melia — showed up with her handsome husband today to challenge the unmarked hazards at the ever popular Treasure Hill G.C.. Not wanting to be outdone by her significant other half, who managed a second place finish in A-flight, she nails a near pin on the 107 yard par-3 6th hole. Way to go and welcome back, Marion.
The higher handicapers in B-flight put it to the the A-flight guys today wherein the third place finisher in B-flight posted more points than the first place finisher in A-flight. The magnificently dressed with bath towel for a sweat wipe, Lee Butler, led the way with 41 points. It’s always a pleasure to see Lee make an appearance.
A-Flight
1st Alan Freeman (5) 35 pts
2nd Gordon Melia (17) 32 pts
3rd Tony Robbins (15) 30 pts
B-Flight
1st Lee Butler (19) 41 pts
2nd P.J. Redmond (28s) 38 pts
3rd Peter Allen (28) 36 pts
Near Pins: Marion Melia, Sammy Telfer, P.J. Redmond, Tony Robbins

Friday, January 29, Bangpakong Riverside C.C. — Stableford —
The Bunker Boys, unlike most golf societies in Fun City, chauffeur their players to courses in private cars but, in rare cases, a van is hired to provide transport: Today was one such case. Upon entering Highway 7 and heading north it was discovered that none of the happy golfers nor the driver knew the way. No worries as Ray Crosthwaite had a GPS app on his smart phone, so everyone relaxed and was looking forward to arriving at the beautiful Bangpakong Riverside Country Club. Well, as fate would have it, the guys arrived at the Bangpakong Golf Course only to discover they were some 20 kilometers via local roads from Bangpakong ” Riverside ” Country Club. Ouch! Wrong course! Frantic telephone calls ensued, directions obtained, and the van players were finally able to tee at 1:00 P.M.: 1:10 P.M. to be exact!! What a difference a word makes. Sorry for the mix-up, guys; and we’ll be sure the next ” professional ” van driver knows exactly his destination route.
Making only his second appearance with the BB’s, Andy Cotrall demolishes the regulars with an outstanding 41 stableford points. Playing off of 10, Alan betters his handicap by five strokes, shooting a gross 77 — beautiful !
BPK Riverside undoubtedly deserves the denotation Country Club ( unlike some of the other tracks in the area ) : a beautiful club house, a well-presented pro shop, fashionable, well-kept locker room, a great layout, good t-boxes, excellent fairways, challenging greens, raked bunkers, and caddies that know what they’re doing. A true pleasure to play this lovely course.
A-Flight
1st Andy Cotrall (10) 41 pts
2nd Tony Robbins (15) 36 pts cb
3rd Geoff Parker (13) 36 pts
B-Flight
1st Jimmy Carr (18) 36 pts
2nd Ray Crosthwaite (18) 34 pts cb
3rd Sandy Bennie (17) 34 pts
Near Pins: Keith Norman, Paul Carey, Peter Mannion, Gerry Swan

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