The Bunker Boys 17/08
Khao Kheow G.C. C & A — Stableford —
Compared to many of the courses at this time of year ( dry & brown ), Khao Kheow was in excellent condition with beautiful green fairways and greens only a tad slower than normal. A lovely track that takes its maintenance seriously.
15 Bunker Boys made the trek up the motorway on a beautiful Monday morning with high hopes of standing at the forefront of the podium later in the evening. The overall performance was fairly good with an average stableford score of 30. Mashi and Les Cobban led the way with 35 points, Mashi edging out Les on count back. Les Hall took third with 33 points, and Raleigh Gosney fourth with 32 points.
1st Mashi Kaneta (15) 35 pts cb
2nd Les Cobban (8) 35 pts
3rd Les Hall (24) 33 pts
4th Raleigh Gosney (16) 32 pts
Near Pins: Jerry Waselenkoff, Mashi Kaneta, Raleigh Gosney
Wednesday, August 19, Emerald G.C. — Medal —
Today’s round was the tale of the tortoise and the hare, but not in Aesop’s sense of the moral ambiguity of “haste makes waste”, or “slow and steady” wins the race but, rather, as the marriage of opposites wherein the first group completes the round in three hours, and the second group completes the round in five hours. The very slow play of the second group results in the third and final group self-destructing with not a single player turning in a card (NR ) upon completetion of the round. OUCH !! Sorry guys ! The moral of this story is very clear ” Try Very Very Hard To Keep Up With The Group In Front Of You “.
Peter Habgood was back in form, throwing a club rather than slamming it into the ground, after an errant shot but, unfortunately, the wedge found a nearby pond rather than the numerous brown / hardpan areas. Oops ! It’s looking like he’ll be down to 12 clubs for his next round.
The seven players that did manage to keep their cool and turn in their cards ( including some of the tortoises in group two ) finished with an average net score of 78.
1st Tony Robbins (15) 72 net
2nd Peter Allen (28) 74 net
3rd Raleigh Gosney (16) 76 net
Near Pins: Geoff Parker, Colin Greig, Jerry Waselenkoff
Friday, August 21, Eastern Star G.C. — Stableford —
It’s not difficult to understand why only eight players showed up at The Ranch for the drive over to BangChan. The ” Star ” is getting dimmer and dimmer with rough / sandy / hardpan areas throughout many of the fairways. Lack of rain a contributing factor, of course, but the fact is that many of these areas are dead and will only be brought back to life by reseeding or resodding. Sad, but true. That being said, the greens were in pretty good shape, and at 1,300 baht with buggy not a bad place to practice hitting off of cement, or sand, or dead crabgrass.
Your scribe would suggest that management work overtime to get the track in shape for high season, or leave the 1,300 baht with buggy in place throughout the year.
1st Geoff Parker (15) 36 pts cb
2nd Colin Greig (8) 36 pts
3rd Raleigh Gosney (16) 30 pts
Near Pins: Colin Greig (2), Gerry Cooney