BUNKER BOYS W/E 31/01

Monday 27th January 2014
Bangpakong Riverside G.C. (Stableford)

Another journey along highway 7 and the motorway saw twenty golfers arrive an hour later at the clubhouse which is undergoing minor renovations. The changing room we used looked brand new and was looking perfect compared to the usual broken lockers/doors/ceilings/showers etc we generally find on our travels. Venturing outside we found the course in lovely condition with lush fairways and greens covered in grass, which made them a lot slower than on the drier courses around the Pattaya area. Only slight criticism was too much overnight watering resulting in quite a few patches of very wet fairway. The course was busy with the first few holes and par 3’s slow going, but with the sun shining and a slight breeze to cool you down, it’s still better than working. In the A flight Ian Milne took advantage of the conditions and although his driving was not 100% he more than made up for it with his chipping and putting to amass a terrific 42 points. A chip in from over 100 yards for a 2 on the par 4 15th, aided his total. Geoff Parker and John Graham both bettered handicap but could not match him. In B flight a really consistent round from “Skinny” Newton bagged him 39 points. This could have been more but he decided rather than take his medecine he attempted to play a shot half standing in water. Richard Baldotto took second place a shot behind, with the newly arrived Phil Moore third, a further 3 shots behind.

Results :
A Flight
1st Ian Milne (hcp. 13) 42 points
2nd Geoff Parker (hcp. 14) 40 points
3rd John Graham (hcp. 11) 37 points

B Flight
1st Blair Newton (hcp. 27) 39 points
2nd Richard Baldotto (hcp. 24) 38 points
3rd Phil Moore (hcp. ) 35 points

Near pins : Stuart Tinkler, Rab McDonald, Paul Smith and Tony Robbins.

Wednesday 27th January 2014
Green Valley G.C. (Stableford)

Excellent day to play on one of the more popular courses in the area which was reflected in numbers on the course. Teed off on time but proceeded slowly before the pace picked up for our twenty four golfers. Conditions good but greens slower than usual with 8.5 stimpmeter readings. A lot of the white tees were further forward than normal which resulted in some excellent scores on the day, particularly in A flight. Four players bettered handicap with Mark Stanley regaining some form and hitting 41 points. No player in B flight bettered par with Mike Corner trumping Geoff Hart on countback, both with 36 points.
Results :
A Flight
1st Mark Stanley (hcp. 10) 41 pts
2nd Peter Kelly (hcp. 12) 40 pts
3rd Tony Robbins (hcp. 13) 39 pts

B Flight
1st Mike Corner (hcp. 21) 36 pts
2nd Geoff Hart (hcp. 25) 36 pts
3rd Stuart Tinkler (hcp. 16) 35 pts

Near pins : Barry Murnin, Peter Kelly, Tony Robbins and Keith Norman

Friday 31st January 2014
Pattaya Country Club G.C. ( Stapleford ) replacing Plutaluang (Navy)

The Bunkerboys are not regular visitors to our booked course, Plutaluang, due to lack of caddies and buggies on previous visits. Today was to be no exception as approaching the course the mobiles started ringing and sure enough no caddies or buggies available until approximately 1.5 hours after our 11am booked tee time. Not wishing to take up this offer, we rang around and Pattaya Country Club could accommodate our 26 golfers at short notice. Arriving at the alternate course the scene was very busy but somehow the starter managed to squeeze us all in, despite no obvious tee times available on his sheet. Groups went out as caddies became available from their first round of the day and eventually the final group teed off at 1.20pm. Volume of players on the course ensured a slowish round and the last of our field just made it back in without needing night vision goggles, a touch under 5 hours later. A lot of us had not played this course for over 2 years since it started its renovation programme, so were interested in what had been happening. Your scribe’s memory is not what it was but no major course changes had occurred with the majority of the work seeming to have taken place on improving the greens. A couple of the drinks holes had been rebuilt or moved. I think the club is missing a trick by not having one on the first tee where a lot of golfers are usually milling about, with the first stop not until after hole number 4. Fairways were reasonable, with soft new sand in the bunkers, but a lot of the golfers struggled with the slow greens. This resulted in only 7 of the field shooting above 30 points and only 2 golfers below handicap. These were Keith Norman with 39 points in A flight and Ken (steady eddy) Young with 37 points in B flight, Ken nearly bagging an eagle on the par 5 18th, hitting the pin with his third shot. Golfer of the Month went to Geoff Parker who couldn’t be caught today, finishing 9 points ahead of Colin Greig and Keith Norman.

Results :

A Flight
1st Keith Norman (hcp. 14) 39 pts

2nd Tony Robbins (hcp. 13) 33 pts

3rd Geoff Parker (hcp. 14) 32 pts

B Flight
1st Ken Young (hcp. 28) 37 pts

2nd Tore Eliassen (hcp. 17) 33 pts

3rd Neil Griffin (hcp. 26) 31 pts

Near pins : Colin Greig x 2, Tony Robbins and Keith Norman

The Bunker Boys are a PSC affiliated golf society, who now play out of The Ranch bar on Pattaya 3rd Road (in front of the fire station, and almost opposite the Buffalo Bar). We play three times per week on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, so if you enjoy a fun day out, and a friendly but competitive golf competition why not come and join us. We meet at The Ranch at 9 a.m. for breakfast and transportation, and new players are always welcome. Contact “Buff” on 086 046 5091 or 080 605 5663 for all enquiries. You can find all the news, schedules and results on our website at http://www.bunkersociety.com.
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Geoff Parker January 2014 Golfer of the Month

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