Bunker Boys 7/12

Monday, December 3rd

Khao Kheow Country Club A & C

Club championship round 1.

1st Mark Stanley (11) Net 68

2nd Michael Brett (14) Net 74

3rd Keith Norman (14) Net 74

4th Darryl Vernon (25) Net 74

5th Neil Carter (10) Net 74

Near pins Mark Stanley, Keith Norman, Neil Carter X 2

The first round of the Bunker Boys Annual Club Championship was held at The Khao Kheow Country Club under blue skies in extremely hot conditions. A total of twenty-two golfers participated on a course that was in its usual excellent condition. The day was full of highs and lows, unfortunately, more lows than highs. Among the lows were nines from Darryl Vernon and Geoff Parker, a ten from Les Cobban, but the Bradman prize went to outgoing champion Ken Davidson who lost seven balls on C 1 to run up a score of seventeen and end his chances of defending his title, golf can be a cruel game at times. Among the highs were two near pins to Neil Carter, one being an ace, in the past, Neil has come very close to a hole in one on several occasions and today he finally did the business on A 5. The other highlight was a sparkling net sixty-eight from Mark Stanley which puts him firmly in control of the competition, and it’s his to lose from here.  A full six strokes back were a group of four all on net seventy-four who had to be separated on countback, in order they were Michael Brett, Keith Norman, Daryl Vernon, and Neil Carter. This group all have their hands full on Friday to chase down Mark for the converted Lotus Glass trophy. A stroke further back Jimmy Carr is also in with a shout so let us see if someone can excel on Friday and snatch the goodies at the difficult Treasure Hill Course.

 

Wednesday, December 5th

Mountain Shadow

1st Kob Glover (30) 41 points

2nd Michael Brett (14) 36 points

3rd Keith Norman (14) 34 points

Near pins Keith Hemmings, & Neil Carter.

What an interesting and unusual week we are having at the Bunker Boys, on Monday we had our first “hole in one” in a year, today our only lady member Kob Glover blew away all-comers with a sensational round of forty-one points, to take first place, who knows what’s in store for the rest of the week ?. A smaller than expected field of only fourteen, (very low for this time of year) took part in blazing sunshine. Once again the high temperature took its toll on all, in particular, Keith Hemmings who became a bit ill but struggled manfully to the finish and also Tony Scambler even with a cart struggled to the eighteenth, a very good effort from Tony who has arthritis problems. Apart from Kob scores were modest with Michael Brett taking second on thirty-six, and Keith Norman a further two back in third. Despite there being fourteen golfers only two near pins were claimed, one each to Keith Hemming and Neil Carter. As our last group went from the ninth green to the tenth tee two large groups of Japanese golfers assembled on the first and tenth tees, fortunately, good golf etiquette prevailed and they kindly allowed us to play through, good to see the niceities of golf observed.

 

Friday, December 7th

Treasure Hill

Club Championship Round 2

1st Mark Stanley 139 combined total

2nd Neil Carter 148 combined

3rd Keith Norman 149 combined.

With a brilliant display of consistent controlled golf over two days, Mark Stanley is our new club champion. Having set a cracking pace on Monday Mark went into today’s round at Treasure Hill with a lead of six strokes. Showing great all-around golf skill, composure, and good course management Mark built on his lead to end up winning by a margin of nine strokes, the biggest winning margin for some time. In particular, his course management skill was a lesson for all others, any time he got in trouble during his round he managed to get back out of trouble with minimum damage to his score, and thereby compile two very consistently good rounds. In a distant second, Neil Carter battled hard but lost ground to Mark while Keith Norman  took third place a stroke further back. Back at the M Club golfers enjoyed pig on a spit washed down with some cleansing ale some of which was free, as is the custom Mark rang the bell. Prior to the commencement of play on Monday we ran a sweepstake to pick the winner and would you believe Mark picked himself to win thereby having double cause for celebration, some would say confidence well founded.

 

Kob Glover

 

Hole in One winner Neil Carter

 

Mark Stanley Club Champion

 

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