Sep 13 til Sep 17, 2021

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Sep 182021
 
Monday, September 13th
Greenvalley.
1st Michael Brett (16) 40 points
2nd Niall Glover (17) 36 points
3rd Geoff Cox (18) 34 points
Near pins Bob Innes & Jay Babin X 2.
We begin this week with a special vote of thanks to Steve Durey’s lady friend Khun Pook who put in a big shift to prepare and deliver fifty meals to the needy at Bali Hi pier last Saturday. This was following a whip-round we had at Greenwood last Monday where we raised some donations after the golf round. We intend to have another by the end of the month where we hope to double the number of handouts so all you generous people who would like to be part of this worthy cause please direct your donations to Tony Robbins. The need is still great and despite the duration of the pandemic people are not suffering charity fatigue and are still helping out where they can.
We had an expectation of bad weather heading our way from the Philippines since last week, fortunately, it seems to have stuck over Vietnam, and looks like it will fizzle out and not reach us. Today we had very pleasant conditions for our game at Greenvalley where we welcomed back one of our resident
Scotsmen Bob Innes after a long stint in the UK followed by a delightful stay in quarantine in Bangkok, he speaks very highly of his time locked up for two weeks.  We also had a rare visit by Gerry Cooney who now seems to spend most of his time up the country in Korat.
The course was in excellent condition after the lockdown break, we played pick, clean, and place but the course was so good it wasn’t necessary. A stiff breeze blew for most of the day which kept temperatures nice but added to the challenge of the course.
Following the Friday effort of forty-two points at Parichat, today’s winner Michael Brett had a two-shot cut in handicap, nevertheless, put together a respectable score of forty points to take first place. A further cut is in store for the rest of the week under Bunker Boys house rules, so the current run of good scores looks likely to end soon. Niall Glover had a solid round of thirty-six points to take second place whilst Geoff Cox took third with thirty-four points. Jay Babin who is the new whiz kid with near pins got two today with one going to Bob Innes and one to the delinquent fund which is now looking healthy after so long with the bars closed.
Wednesday, September 15th
Emerald.
1st Niall Glover (17) 31 points
2nd Steve Durey (20) 29 points
Near pins Kob Glover, & Niall Glover
Persistent rain through the night and into the morning meant that the limp wristed took the day off to avoid a bit of rain,  Seven hardy souls made the trip to Emerald and were rewarded with a dry day and a course that was in decent enough condition despite the rain. Some people don’t seem to understand that when it’s raining in Pattaya it is not necessarily raining elsewhere. The monsoon season should be over soon so numbers will get back to normal again.
Niall Glover set a cracking pace with nineteen points on the front nine only to fade away on the back and finish with thirty-one in first place. He still has his eyes firmly set on the golfer of the month prize and with eight games still to play he will be trying hard to chase down the leader. Second place went to Steve Durey with twenty-nine points. The near pins contest was a family affair today with Kob and Niall Glover taking one each, where was Jay Babin today? he has been killing it in the near pins in recent weeks.
All is in readiness for our first trip away for many months with a field of twelve signed up for the trip to Kabin Buri next week. Several partners are also making the trip to one of our favourite destinations Serenity Resort and Spa so a good time is expected by all. No doubt mine host Olivier Daniel will provide the usual high level of hospitality to which we have become accustomed over the years. In particular, the game at Lotus Valley on the return journey is much anticipated as it is regarded as a superior course always in great condition. This time it may be on the wet side as the water table in that area is quite high.
Friday, September 17th
Pattana Resort & Sports Club, A & C.
1st Les Cobban (8) 40 points
2nd Gerry Cooney (20) 35 points
3rd Steve Durey (20) 34 points
Near pins Gerry Cooney, Roger Awad, Les Cobban, & Michael Brett
A nice sunny day and a good course were enough to entice out fourteen golfers for the last game of the week at Pattana where we were allocated the A & C nines. Despite the amount of rain we have had recently the course was in good condition apart from the greens which were disappointing for a course of this standard, brown and bare in places and a little bumpy. A stiff breeze blew for most of the round keeping things cool but adding to the challenge of the course.
As he often does Les Cobban put on a show of precision golf today, his ball-striking was superb and as usual, his putting accurate allowing him to compile a score of forty points to take first place, he also managed to chip in on hole two for an eagle having just missed a birdie on one, so the signs were there from the start that he was going to produce something special. Gerry Cooney took second with thirty-five points whilst Steve Durey after a poor front nine recovered superbly to take third on countback, he had nineteen points after seven holes on the back nine. All the near pins were taken with one each going to Gerry Cooney, Roger Awad, Les Cobban, & Michael Brett
 
Charity Queen Khun Pook.
 
Niall Glover & Kob Glover
 
Les Cobban, winner at Pattana

Sep 6 til Sep 10, 2021

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Sep 122021
 
Monday, September 6th
Greenwood A & B
1st Nick Evans (13) 37 points
2nd Michael Brett (18) 37 points
3rd Jimmy Carr (17)  37 points
Near pins Kevin LeBar, Geoff Cox, Steve Durey, & Michael Brett
Despite being smack in the middle of monsoon season and having endured some weather of biblical proportions recently we somehow have managed to get through three consecutive games without rain interruptions, how much longer can we be so lucky?.
The first game of a new week was played at Greenwood A & B nines in hot sunny conditions. The course was very wet as expected, so plugged balls were common, luckily the pick, clean, and place rule was implemented from the off. The rough was brutal, deep, and thick, and anybody that strayed in there was severely punished if they were lucky enough to find their ball. Parts of the course were so wet the ground staff had to use whippers snippers to trim the grass, as mowers would simply have damaged the course.
Despite the difficulty of the course condition and some rust still lingering post lockdown, overall scores were generally on the improve. Countback was used to separate the top three, all finishing locked together on thirty-seven points, decent scores under the conditions. Nick Evans made his breakthrough win at the Bunker Boys with the best back nine, Michael Brett took second and Jimmy Carr third. All the near pins were taken going to Kevin LeBar, Geoff Cox, Steve Durey as usual, and Michael Brett.
Since our return to golf, we have adopted the new handicap system which it has to be said has confused everybody. At present handicaps are all over the place with some people playing poorly and still, their handicaps come down whilst others are going in the opposite direction. Perhaps it’s just teething problems but at present, it makes little sense.
 
Wednesday, September 8th
Pattaya Country Club
1st Steve Durey (21) 36 points
2nd Michael Brett (18) 36 points
3rd Nick Evans (12) 36 points
Near pins Nick Evans, Jimmy Carr  Kevin LeBar, & Michael Brett.
As if COVID wasn’t enough for Pattaya to deal with last night it got hit with a storm even bigger than last week’s record flood. To make matters worse it came in the middle of the night when everyone was sleeping and many businesses couldn’t sandbag their properties, consequently in several shops product was spoiled on the lower shelves and had to be thrown away. Canterbury Tales book store had to throw out thousands of books. Even our bar got flooded and some of the lockers were in water when we arrived to play. A busy weekend ahead for locals to assess the situation and remediate any damage, we can assure those with lockers that every effort will be made to minimise any impact on their bags and clubs. Throughout all this adversity Thai people have shown themselves to be remarkably resilient, they simply shrug their shoulders, clean up and carry on until the next time.
Our regular and even irregular visitors will be pleased to know that the Bunker Boys both collectively and individually are playing their part in the food relief effort in Pattaya with several donations. Welfare is virtually non-existent in Thailand so anybody wishing to contribute to a worthy cause should direct their donations to Tony Robbins who will use them to good effect. These are indeed dark days for Pattaya so all contributions are assured to go to where they are needed most and will be most welcome by the recipients.
On the small matter of golf, with the city flooded at departure time and the outlook not too bright a few hardy souls decided to take a chance and brave the elements. Of course, the girlie men stayed away, a little rain was too much for them. It was still raining slightly when we got to the course but after a coffee break, we were off to the first tee and played a full round without any further rain in what were very pleasant conditions for golf under the circumstances.
The fairways were sodden in places and ok in others, the greens were absolutely fine.
In a curious turn of events we had a three-way tie at the top for the second game in a row with Steve Durey, Michael Brett, and Nick Evans all on thirty-six points and placed in the same order. All the near pins were taken with one each to Nick Evans, Jimmy Carr, Kevin LeBar, and Michael Brett. With another tropical storm currently over the Phillippines heading our way and expected to hit by the weekend, we may encounter even more difficulty for Friday’s game.
Friday, September 10th
Parichat, Rainbow.
1st Michael Brett(18) 42 points
2nd Steve Durey (21) 37 points
3rd Geoff Atwell (25) 36 points
Near pins Niall Glover, Steve Durey, Geoff Atwell, & Alan Sullivan.
The storm hitting The Philippines on Wednesday has moved slower than expected and is currently over central Vietnam and into Cambodia so by tomorrow we should feel its wrath. In the meantime, we enjoyed yet another day of rain-free golf at Parichat where as usual we played our monthly rainbow round. The course was wet as expected but not overly so and the greens were remarkably dry playing fast and true.
The rust following the five-week break is now well and truly gone and better scores are being returned. Geoff Atwell put together a nice round of thirty-six points to take third place. The ever consistent Steve Durey went one better than his Wednesday score with a fine thirty-seven points whilst the winner Michael Brett off a handicap that is hard to fathom made it to the top today with a score of forty-two points. Again all the near pins were taken with one each going to Niall Glover, Steve Durey, Geoff Atwell, and Alan Sullivan.
 
Nick Evans debut win at Greenwood.
 
Steve Durey winner at Pattaya Country Club.
 
Michael Brett, winner at Parichat
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sep 1 til Sep 3, 2021

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Sep 062021
 
Wednesday, September 1st
Pattavia
1st Tony Robbins (19) 36 points
2nd Geoff Cox (17) 35 points
3rd Michael Brett (16) 34 points
Near pins Jay Babin, Steve Durey, & Kob Glover.
After several weeks of solitary confinement, it was a delight to get back on the golf course again today and recover a bit of sanity and normality. For a period it looked like our return might be spoiled by the weather today as it rained all night and into the morning, luckily the weather gods smiled on us and it remained dry throughout the game. After we had finished the rain did eventually come as we drove back from the course to Pattaya, those that finished after us got a good soaking.
As expected, following a long layoff scoring was modest with plenty of rusty shots on display. Despite a scratchy round with four wipes Michael Brett managed to cobble together a score of thirty-four to take third place. Geoff Cox in one of his rare appearances went one better to take second with thirty-five points whilst Tony Robbins won the day with thirty-six points. Three near pins were taken by Steve Durey, Jay Babin, and Kob Glover.
With only one game played in August, Roger Awad was declared golfer of the month with a magnificent score of forty-two points at Greenvalley, (twenty-six) on the front nine, that alone was worth something. That had to be the easiest win ever in the race for the golfer of the month.
Having wasted so much time recently in hibernation the Bunker Boys decided to jump straight back into tour mode with a trip organised to Kabin Buri later this month, as usual staying at our favorite accommodation, Serenity Resort, and Spa for two nights with two games at Kabin Buri Country Club. On the return journey, we play a game at the beautiful Lotus Valley Course, another rare treat. Yet another trip to Kanchanaburi is in the planning stages, possibly late October or early November.
With the Thai government vaccination program proceeding at pace and a possible opening up of Thailand to tourism in October being mooted, now may be an opportune time for our regular Winter visitors from the UK and other parts to start planning a visit to the “City of Fun”. We would love to be able to welcome back many old faces and renew old acquaintances. The golf will be as enjoyable as ever, the weather nice and warm, and the beer icy cold, everything else is as they say in Thailand “up to you”.
Friday, September 3rd
Khao Kheow A & B
1st Kob Glover (21) 35 points
2nd Michael Brett (17) 32 points
3rd Geoff Parker (18) 30 points
Near pins Geoff Parker & Kob Glover X 2.
A bright sunny day for our second game back, this time at Khao Kheow where we were allocated the A & B nines. An all-in deal of nine hundred and fifty baht meant everyone had a cart, Khao Kheow is a course that seems keen to maximise the utility of carts, consequently, the course was very busy, clearly, a strategy that works and one other courses might do well to copy.
Unfortunately, we had a couple of very slow five balls out ahead of us that made our round tediously slow bordering on five hours, otherwise, a pleasant day was had by all.
The combination of slow play and a bit of rust still hanging about made for poor scoring again. Only Kob Glover mastered the conditions compiling a tidy thirty-five points. Once again a bunch of wipes cruelled what might otherwise been a decent score for Michael Brett who took second with a lowly thirty-two. In his first game for about six weeks Geoff Parker made a welcome return to golf sporting a very spiffy new haircut, barely recognisable taking third place with thirty points. Geoff also managed to snag a near pin with Kob Glover taking two. It has to be said the lady’s tees were significantly further forward than the yellows, nevertheless you still have to get the ball close to take one.
 
 
 
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Jul 19 til Jul 21, 2021

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Jul 232021
 
Monday, July 19th
Treasure Hill
1st Geoff Atwell (22) 31 points
2nd Kob Glover (21) 27 points
3rd Jimmy Carr (16) 26 points
Near pins Kob Glover, Peter Kelly, & Kevin LeBar X 2
A mild overcast day for the first game of the week at Treasure Hill. Once again everyone availed of the all-in deal of eleven hundred and fifty baht so the speed of play was good. An added bonus was a voucher to the value of one hundred baht was included. Very few other golfers could be seen on the course.
As always the course was difficult made more so by a stiff breeze so scoring was even more disappointing than normal. A very modest score of thirty-one points was the best that anyone could muster with Geoff Atwell being the winner. Kob Glover was back in the winner’s circle again in second place with twenty-seven points while Jimmy Carr took third, one of several on a lowly twenty-six points. All the near pins were taken with one each to Peter Kelly and Kob Glover with Kevin LeBar taking two.
We are not sure how much longer golf will be allowed as COVID numbers stay stubbornly high and increasing restrictions are being put in place, it’s a day-to-day prospect at present.
Wednesday, July 21st
Plutaluang E & S
1st Tony Robbins (18) 33 points
2nd Geoff Cox (17) 30 points
3rd Niall Glover (16) 30 points
Near pins Niall Glover, Geoff Cox, & Michael Brett.
After some months away the Bunker Boys made a return to Plutaluang where we choose to play the East & South nines, arguably the tougher of the two courses available. The day was nice and sunny and not too hot so pleasant conditions for play. The course was just about as one expects, fairways and greens ok but the rough and bunkers a different proposition particularly the bunkers where the course dogs spend much of their time. A stiff breeze kept everyone on their toes with several players ending up in places they would rather not be when the wind was across the fairways.
Scoring was again disappointing with nobody grasping the nettle and overpowering the course. Best score of the day was thirty-three points from Tony Robbins. Two were tied on thirty and separated on countback with Geoff Cox edging out Niall Glover. Geoff Atwell looked like might make a dash for the line with consecutive four and three-point holes but fell away over the back nine. Three near pins went to Niall Glover, Geoff Cox, and Michael Brett.
Despite being in varying levels of lockdown for the past ten weeks COVID numbers remain stubbornly high so the Governor of Chon Buri has decided to extend measure to curtail its spread, measures that include closure of golf courses, so for the foreseeable future the city of fun remains the city of very little or no fun.
With no more golf likely for the rest of the month and Jimmy Carr holding an unassailable lead its inevitable that in the fullness of time Jimmy will be crowned July golfer of the month.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Jul 12 til Jul 16, 2021

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Jul 172021
 
Monday, July 12th
Pattavia
1st Niall Glover (17) 38 points
2nd Tony Robbins (17) 34 points
3rd Steve Durey (20) 33 points
Near pins Michael Brett, & Tony Robbins X 2.
Pattaya awoke to rain on Monday morning but by the time golf departure time came around it was dry. We did get a couple of showers on the front nine necessitating a short delay for shelter, however, the back nine stayed dry. The course was empty and for much of the round, we were the only ones playing.
The fairways were not up to their usual standard with bare patches on some and a lot of brown withered grass, the greens were superb very quick, and tricky. We were down in number due to the lateness of the European Cup Final when a few optimists decided to forego sleep with the expectation of seeing an English victory, many years in the making, alas it was not to be, sleep and golf may have been a better option.
In a rich vein of form lately, Niall Glover took first place with a very nice round scoring thirty-eight points. Tony Robbins took second on thirty-four with Steve Durey a stroke back in third. A small addition to the delinquent fund today by way of a vacant par three green, Michael Brett finally got one and Tony Robbins got the two other near pins.
Today was one of those rare occasions when Jimmy lost all three sixes, as a result, he made a small donation to Kevin LeBar, Geoff Cox, and Michael Brett
Wednesday, July 14th.
St Andrews
1st Kevin LeBar (12) 32 points
2nd Roger Awad (20) 32 points
3rd Jimmy Carr (17) 32 points
Near pins Steve Durey X 2 & Kevin LeBar X 2.
Some days you can just be lucky and today the Bunker Boys enjoyed a double dose, first, the all-in fee had been reduced from seventeen hundred baht to eleven fifty, a very nice surprise indeed. Second, the torrential rain that fell a short distance away managed to stay away till the closing holes when we just got a light shower. That same heavy rain flooded Pattaya once again, a very good time to be out of town.
The course was in excellent condition again and the rough which was a bit overgrown on our last visit had been trimmed back nicely,  The greens were excellent but difficult, a few pin placements were particularly testing.
Scores were low today, this is a course that tests every facet of your game and good course management is essential in order to compile a decent score. Three players, Kevin, Roger, and Jimmy were all locked together on thirty-two points and placed in that order on countback. Steve Durey took two near pins with Kevin taking the other two. 
Friday, July 16th
Greenwood B & C. White tees
1st Jay Babin (22) 39 points
2nd Jimmy Carr (16) 33 points
3rd Les Cobban (8) 32 points
Near pins Tony Robbins, Steve Durey, & Michael Brett.
It was nice to see Greenwood, one of most peoples favorite courses busy
today and generating some income. Most courses are struggling to stay afloat while we are in the current situation with just about everything closed except golf.  Despite having a few big groups on the course as well as another society playing we were never held up.
The weather looked threatening a few times but managed to dry, enough rain had already fallen on the course recently with absolutely no run today. Course management needs to take care of some areas where “crabgrass” is invading the course, if not handled quickly it will develop into a major problem.
We were embarrassed by the Apple Bar golf society today, they had five players with forty points and over, to be fair they did play off the yellow tees. The only Bunker Boy to keep his end up was Jay Babin who came in with a fine thirty-nine points. Jimmy Carr took second a full six strokes back whilst Les Cobban, not at his best today took third with thirty-two. As always Tony Robbins got a near pin with Steve Durey and Michael Brett taking one each.
 
Jay Babin winner at Greenwood
 
Tony Robbins, near pin master.

Jul 5 til Jul 9, 2021

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Jul 092021
 
Monday, July 5th
Mountain Shadow
1st Jimmy Carr (18) 37 points
2nd Kob Glover (18) 32 points
3rd Steve Durey (19) 30 points
4th Geoff Parker (18) 30 points
Near pins Roger Awad, Steve Durey, & Gerry Cooney.
We were shocked to find the Mountain Shadow Course so brown and dry today, particularly the fairways which clearly had not seen water for some time. Despite the color, there were only a few bare areas while the greens were well watered and in good shape. The whole course would benefit greatly from some soaking rain to fill up the water catchments and improve the fairways. There was more run today than we had seen for a long time.
It was particularly hot today and those without carts suffered, even with a reasonable breeze blowing fatigue was a factor.
As always the course was a challenge for most with scores very poor. The exception was Jimmy Carr with a thirty-seven in first place, it’s now official, Jimmy is back in form again, with his third over thirty-six score in the last four games. Second place went to Kob Glover with thirty-two points whilst Steve Durey took third on countback from Geoff Parker, both on thirty points. After quite a while one near pin went to the delinquent fund with Roger Awad, Steve Durey, and Gerry Cooney taking the other three.
It was curious to see lots of monkeys on the course today, no doubt they are in the area all the time as we sometimes see them on the roads but seldon on the golf course. Given that they are always in Bangpra just down the road we should not be too surprised.
Wednesday, July 7th
Pattaya Country Club
1st Jimmy Carr (18) 40 points
2nd Kevin LeBar (13) 39 points
3rd Tony Robbins (17) 38 points
Near pins Roger Awad, Jimmy Carr, Kevin LeBar, & Niall Glover
Chalk and Cheese adequately describes the difference between the course on Monday and today. Fairways were lush green and nicely mowed, tee boxes were in good shape and the greens were excellent. Clearly, a lot of work is being put into the Pattaya CC  course and is paying dividends as it was very busy all day. Despite a crowded course, the speed of play was very good with no holdups anywhere.
Not as hot as Monday but still on the upper side of comfortable with bright sunshine and no sign of rain. Just about everybody took the all-in deal today and had a cart, a very good lesson for all other courses, charge a reasonable rate for carts and people will use them as opposed to having them sitting there not earning any revenue.
Some excellent scores again today with Jimmy Carr top of the heap with forty points to take first place, that’s now three in a row from Jimmy, all thirty-seven or over. Jimmy’s days off an eighteen handicap are well gone by now and not before time. Kevin LeBar took second with thirty-nine and played excellent golf. Tony Robbins rounded out the top three with thirty-eight. Niall Glover was unlucky to miss out on a place with thirty-seven, another respectable score.
Roger Awad is the new ace with near pins taking one just about every time he plays with another today, Jimmy, Kevin, and Niall took the other three.
Friday, July 9th
Burapha A & C White tees. Medal
1st Niall Glover (17) Net 74
2nd Jimmy Carr (17) Net 74
3rd Roger Awad (20) Net 75
Near pins Les Cobban, & Jimmy Carr X 2.
Heavy rain fell through the night into Friday morning and the prospects of golf didn’t look promising. Most people checked their weather app which indicated the rain would blow away by mid-morning so a decent field of fourteen rocked up to play. As it turned out the sky looked menacing all day with very dark clouds not too far from the course, luckily the wind was blowing towards where the rain was and kept it away, so we managed to finish dry
 As one might expect the course was very wet with casual water in places so from the off the pick, clean, and place rule was implemented, needless to say, there was no run. Often it was difficult to find plugged balls even on the fairway with several deep below the surface. The course whilst ok was not up to its previous standard with the bunkers in particular substandard. The greens were deceptively slow and may have accounted for the less than spectacular scores.
A very tight contest at the top of the leader board with only one point separating the top five players. Niall Glover edged out Jimmy Carr for first place on countback denying him a clean sweep for the week. Roger Awad again edged out Mitch Squire and Les Cobbaan for third, with both Les and Mitch picking up two-shot penalties on the last hole by both playing the incorrect ball, not the first time that has happened, easily done as both were playing a yellow ball. Some compensation for Les who got a near pin with Jimmy taking two, both from Michael Brett.
 
Big week for Jimmy with two 1st & one 2nd place.
 
Niall Glover, winner at Burapha.

Jun 28 til Jul 2, 2021

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Jul 032021
 
Monday, June 28th
Parichat. Rainbow
1st Gerry Cooney (20) 40 points
2nd Jimmy Carr (18) 38 points
3rd Dave Ashman (25) 34 points
Near pins Alan Sullivan, Geoff Parker, Peter Kelly, & Michael Brett.
The monthly rainbow round as usual was played at Parichat where we had an all-in deal of twelve hundred baht. The course was in fine condition, a few fairways were cut a bit tight making for difficult three and five wood play. A constant breeze blew all day at varying levels of intensity which added to the difficulty of what was already a difficult enough course. At least four of the greens at Parichat would have to be amongst the most tricky of any course in the area,  with elevated surfaces and several severe undulations.
Overall scoring was very poor, however, a couple of golfers excelled, most notably Gerry Cooney taking first place with forty points. After a long absence from the winner’s circle Jimmy Carr made a welcome return to form to take second place with a nice score of thirty-eight points, whilst Dave Ashman reaped the benefit of a recent investment in some new clubs to take third with thirty-four points. Tony Robbins who trails in the golfer of the month race didn’t make up any ground today but with one game remaining on what is probably the easiest course on our roster, Crystal Bay, the pressure will be on in earnest to wrest the trophy from Paul Smith, he is close enough if good enough. All the near pins were taken with one each going to Alan Sullivan, Geoff Parker, Peter Kelly, & Michael Brett.
Wednesday, June 30th
Crystal Bay C & A.
1st Roger Awad (21) 36 points
2nd Myles Knowlson (10) 35 points
3rd Steve Durey (19) 31 points
Near pins Jimmy Carr, Roger Awad, Tony Robbins, & Michael Brett.
Hard to believe we are already halfway through the year and to mark the occasion we had a game at Crystal Bay on the C & A nines. The course was in decent condition but the greens were slower than most would have liked. The bunkers were to be avoided, totally devoid of any maintenance, needless to say, they were very poor indeed.
The day was nice and sunny although dark clouds hovered in the distance but never looked threatening. Again a variable breeze helped keep conditions from getting too hot.
A field of only ten for today’s game, we have lost several members lately, and are set to lose a few more shortly either through illness or travel for an extended period, hopefully, some more will wander in to take their place.
Roger Awad topped the scoresheet today with thirty-six, a modest score on this course, usually takes forty or over to win at Crystal Bay. Myles Knowlson made a return today after several weeks away to take second place a stroke adrift with third going to Steve Durey with thirty on countback from Jimmy Carr and Peter Kelly. Another lean day for the delinquent fund with all the near pins taken by Roger, Jimmy, Tony Robbins, and Michael Brett.
The exciting finish to the golfer of the month race didn’t eventuate with Tony Robbins failing to make any progress again today so in his absence, Paul Smith was declared winner, deservedly so as he played some superb golf throughout the month. That was two in a row where Tony Robbins was runner up, will he finally make it next month?.
A birthday at most of our ages is a cause celebration and today the sharpest dressed man at the Bunker Boys, Peter Kelly celebrated in grand style showering all present with golf-related gifts, a most generous gesture by any measure. We wish Peter good health and happiness for many more birthdays to come
Friday, July 2nd
Pattana Resort and Country Club B & C.
1st Jimmy Carr (18) 38 points
2nd Michael Brett (15) 37 points
3rd Niall Glover (18) 36 points
4th Tony Robbins (18) 36 points
Near pins Tony Robbins, Steve Durey, Roger Awad, & Kevin LeBar.
A baker’s dozen for the first game of a new month at Pattana Country Club where we were allocated the B & C nines. The course was in good condition and we were pleased to see a big improvement in the greens since our last visit, much smoother and also nicely cut.
The day was oppressively hot and humid, luckily everyone availed of the eleven hundred baht all-in deal so fatigue didn’t become a problem. In the distance looking down the fairway on C 1, there was thunder and lightning in the distance most of the day as is often the case, luckily it stayed away despite looking threatening a few times.
Some decent scores today with Jimmy Carr topping the list with a fine thirty-eight points, is this the beginning of a run from the big man? with two top-three finishes this week. Michael Brett made an appearance in the winner’s circle after an extended absence with thirty-seven points to take second whilst Niall Glover edged out Tony Robbins for third on countback, both on thirty-six. Near pins went to Roger Awad, Kevin LeBar, Steve Durey, and Tony Robbins.
Yet another sad week for the Bunker Boys with the passing of longtime member Geoff Hart. Geoff retired from golf at least five years ago and since then lost touch with most of the members. Seen recently at Peter Allen’s cremation he appeared in fine form but succumb to renal failure after a very short illness.
May he rest in peace.
 
Golfer of the Month Paul Smith
 
Birthday boy Peter Kelly
 
Vale Geoff Hart.

Jun 21 til Jun 25, 2021

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Jun 272021
 
Monday, June 21st
Khao Kheow C & B.
1st Les Cobban (7) 37 points
2nd Geoff Cox (17) 35 points
3rd Lance Conway-Jones (10) 35 points
4th Paul Smith (2) 34 points
5th Steve Durey (19) 33 points
Near pins Myles Knowlson, Dave Ashman, Moe Holmes & Steve Durey.
Today the twenty-first of June the Bunker Boys had twenty-one players for the game at Khao Kheow on the C & B nines. This is the biggest low-season number that anyone can remember going back years, even in some recent past high seasons that would be a very acceptable number.
After one of the most intense storms for some time overnight, the day was
beautiful, warm, and sunny with just a slight breeze to moderate the heat. The weather forecast was for storms in the afternoon but the sky remained clear and blue all day.
Overall, the course was in decent condition, a few tee boxes were a bit shabby and a couple of greens could do with some remediation, still, with an all-in fee of eleven hundred baht, there were very few complaints.
Maintaining his high standard of recent months Les Cobban took first place today with a very decent score of thirty-seven points, not a bad number on this course. The seldom-seen Geoff Cox took second place with thirty-five points which included an unlikely very long birdie put on the island green for four points. Lance Conway-Jones also had the same score losing out on countback. Paul Smith who had twenty points on the front nine uncharacteristically fell away on the back nine to register a score of thirty-four in fourth place, he did manage to birdie the first and last holes, a birdie on B9 is something to cherish. Five golfers were locked together on thirty-three points with Steve Durey having the best back nine nominated fifth. Myles Knowlson, Dave Ashman, Moe Holmes, and Steve Durey all took near pins.
Wednesday, June 23rd
Emerald
1st Les Cobban (7) 36 points
2nd Peter Kelly (14) 35 points
3rd Roger Awad (21) 34 points
4th Bob Paine (21) 32 points
Near pins Niall Glover, Peter Kelly & Michael Brett.
Yet another good field of nineteen for the midweek game at Emerald, with an all-in fee of one thousand and fifty baht representing good value. The course was in reasonable shape, a couple of greens had been patched up but not watered in so the newly laid grass on them just withered away and may require a second effort to bring them back.
The day was hot and humid but there was no threat of rain, a nice change. A gentle breeze kept things cooler than they might have been.
After about three weeks where it took over forty points to win today saw a return to more moderate scores. Les Cobban continues to bound along with a winning score of thirty-six points. Peter Kelly was hard on his heels a stroke back in second place. Roger Awad took third with thirty-four points. At least five finished with thirty-two points, Bob Paine had the best back nine to claim fourth place. Three near pins went to Niall Glover, Peter Kelly, & Michael Brett.
The golfer of the month is hotly contested with four of five in with a shout. Leader by two, Paul Smith has one last shot at improving his score on Friday before he returns to Blighty at the weekend.  That leaves the other contenders with two more games to see if they can pass him, who will it be?. Will Bob Paine, Niall Glover, or Tony Robbins take it,or will Les Cobban leapfrog the lot? stay tuned for an exciting finish.
Friday, June 25th
Pleasant Valley
1st Tony Robbins (18) 37 points
2nd Kob Glover (18) 37 points
3rd Paul Smith (2) 37 points
4th Niall Glover (18) 37 points
Near pins Les Cobban, Kob Glover, & Paul Smith X 2.
Fourteen golfers registered for today’s game at Pleasant  Valley, unfortunately for C J he had a senior moment and went to Treasure Hill instead so we ended up with a baker’s dozen. The course was as busy as any we have seen for the past eighteen months with big groups of six and over, seen all over the course, despite that speed of play was acceptable with no real holdups.
The course was in good shape so no complaints on that front. The greens were a bit quicker than we have come to expect. Everyone was excited at the prospect of playing for seven hundred and fifty baht until they realised it was only covering caddie and cart fees and they still needed to pay five hundred and fifty to Tony for green fee vouchers The weather was pleasant with no sign of rain
Quite a remarkable situation at the top of the leaderboard with four players locked together on thirty-seven points and placed as listed. It seems like Tony Robbins hasn’t given up on golfer of the month yet although it will be a challenge as leader Paul Smith in his last game added to his tally and extended his lead.  Party time at the Glovers tonight with both Niall and Kob both in the winner’s circle. Consistent as ever Les Cobban had thirty-six, a good score again but just one short of the chocolates. Near pins went to Kob, Les Cobban, and two to Paul Smith.
 
Mr Consistency, les Cobban
 
Tony Robbins, winner at Pleasant Valley.
 
Kob Glover, back in the winners circle.
 
 
 

Jun 14 til Jun 20, 2021

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Monday, June 14th
Greenvalley
1st Steve Durey (20) 42 points
2nd Kevin LeBar (14) 39 points
3rd Jay Babin (22) 39 points
4th Nial Glover (19) 35 points
5th Bob Paine (22) 35 points
Near pins Kob Glover, Jay Babin, Gerry Cooney, & Kevin LeBar.
A very good field of eighteen for the first game of the week at Greenvalley, recently we have had the best low season numbers for a long time. The Greenvalley Course was not at its best but was still fairly good, the greens were quick compared to courses we have played recently.
Weatherwise it was relatively mild with a blustery wind blowing, sometimes quite strongly. It tried to rain a couple of times, in fact, a few drops fell but quickly blew away and there were no holdups. The first group was finished at least an hour before the last group made an appearance for the presentation.
Very good scoring yet again with Steve Durey taking first place with forty-two points despite a wipe on the seventeenth. Kevin LeBar put in a strong effort to finish second with thirty-nine points edging out Jay Babin into third on countback. All the near pins were taken with one each to Kob Glover, Jay Babin, Gerry Cooney, and Kevin LeBar.
 
Wednesday, June 16th
Pattavia
1st Niall Glover (19) 41 points
2nd Lance Conway-Jones (12) 38 points
3rd Geoff Parker (18) 37 points
4th Kevin Lebar (13) 36 points
Near pins John Early, Lance Conway-Jones, Roger Awad, & Paul Smith
For those whose Alzheimers didn’t kick in today and remembered to bring either their driving license or passport the reward was an all-in fee of eight hundred baht, surely the best value golf in Thailand. An equal biggest field of the year (nineteen) took advantage of this exceptional offer. The course was again in excellent condition, the greens were back to their slippery best and with some evil pin placements, the course bared its teeth today.
Weatherwise we were lucky to have only a short rain break mid-round, despite looking like it might hang around for longer, the temperature was ok as a cool breeze kept things comfortable.
The difficulty of the course and the wind made for low scores overall, however, Niall Glover was totally unaffected by these challenges and returned an excellent score of forty-one points, his second good score this week. Lance Conway-Jones took second with thirty-eight, his best score for some time. Geoff Parker now back to his consistent best took third with thirty-seven points, while Kevin LeBar brought up the rear with thirty-six points at his home course and with his favorite caddie. Paul Smith, Roger Awad, Lance Conway-Jones, and John  Early on debut with the Bunker Boys all took a near pin.
Friday, June 20th
Greenwood  B & C (Medal)
1st Kevin LeBar (13) Net 73
2nd Gerry Cooney (20) Net 73
3rd Bob Paine (22) Net 74
4th Les Cobban (7) Net 74
Near pins Peter Kelly, Gerry Cooney, Bob Paine, & Michael Brett
A rather unpleasant day weatherwise for today’s round at Greenwood where we were allocated the B & C nines. Some dark clouds were in the sky above Greenwood and rain was seen tumbling down in the distance. As the wind was blowing from the direction of the rain we knew that sooner or later it would hit us and sure enough by the seventh hole it was pelting down. After a delay of thirty minutes play resumed in very light rain which eventually abated.
Before the rain the course was a little damp but ok after the rain it became necessary to implement the pick, clean, and place rule as both plugged and mudballs were common. The greens were perhaps the best we have seen for some time.
A new experience for Kevin LeBar taking first place at the Bunker Boys with a net seventy-three edging out Gerry Cooney on countback. Bob Paine and Les Cobban were also separated on countback in third and fourth respectively. Near pins went to Peter Kelly, Bob Paine, Gerry Cooney, and Michael Brett.
Today we had an issue with the scourge of golf, i.e. slow play, the first group finished a full hour and a half before the fourth group, a totally unacceptable situation. It seems some players need a rocket under them, all golfers should be ready to play when it’s their turn,  when it’s a group of four it’s hard to know who is dragging the chain although most have a fair idea. It’s impossible to penalise a whole group if just one person is the source of the problem.
Travelling Bunker Boys
Most of the Bunker Boys in the UK who haven’t been able to join us in “The City of Fun” for so long had a get-together at Silverdale in the Lake District recently for some golf and a few social drinks. It was nice to see all the happy smiling faces together with partners after such a long lockdown We understand our Aussie mates from Melbourne are on tour shortly to Queensland for more golf and recreation. It seems the only Bunker Boys not traveling are the ones in Pattaya who are in a form of lockdown, although from Monday 14th there has been a lifting of some restrictions, but no bars open,  maybe there is light at the end of the tunnel as many are chomping at the bit to get away somewhere.
 
UK Bunker Boys at Silverdale.
 
Niall Glover winner at Pattavia.
 
Kevin LeBar three very good scores this week.

Jun 7 til Jun 11, 2021

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Monday, June 7th
Burapha B & C
1st Dave Ashman (26) 38 points
2nd Roger Awad (20) 36 points
3rd Kevin LeBar (13) 36 points
4th Tony Robbins (19) 36 points
5th Bob Paine (23) 36 points
Near pins Bob Paine, Kevin LeBar, & Tony Robbins X 2.
Once again we had the unusual pairing of the B & C nines for today’s game at Burapha. Despite overnight torrential rain, the course was in excellent condition apart from the bunkers, some had been washed out a bit whilst others still had significant amounts of water in them. There was no need for the pick, clean, and place rule to be applied.
A very pleasant day weatherwise with no sign of rain and a comfortable temperature. As everybody was in carts courtesy of the twelve hundred and fifty baht all-in deal, speed of play was excellent with the lead fourball finished in three hours and fifteen minutes, we didn’t see any other groups on the course till almost the end of play when we saw an eightball teeing off on B 1. 
After the exceptional scoring of the last two weeks, it was back to more normal numbers today when it was again tight at the top of the leaderboard. Hours of practice at the driving range are starting to pay dividends for Dave Ashman with his second score of thirty-eight points in the last three games, Dave was the clear winner by two points. He didn’t reveal who’s coaching from youtube he was following clearly, it has worked for the past two games. A logjam behind him with four locked together on thirty-six points and separated as listed by countback. All the near pins were taken with one each to Kevin LeBar and Bob Paine and two to Tony Robbins.
As Wednesday’s game is at TreasureHill, Dave Ashman’s favorite course it will be interesting to see if he can maintain his recent high standard.
Wednesday, June 9th
Treasure Hill.
1st Moe Holmes (26) 39 points
2nd Paul Smith (2) 37points
3rd Bob Paine (23) 36 points
4th Tony Robbins (19) 35 points
Near pins Jay Babin, Les Cobban, Roger Awad, & Bob Paine.
An excellent field of eighteen for today’s game at Treasure Hill, the second biggest field of the year so far. This was surprising as the course doesn’t seem to be overly popular with the members and most people find it possibly the most difficult course on our roster. Perhaps some will have a change of mind after today’s game as the course was in great shape and scoring was very respectable.
A very pleasant day weatherwise, it did threaten to rain a couple of times but luckily stayed away. The all-in deal of one thousand and fifty baht meant that just about everyone took a cart so the speed of play was excellent again, with the lead group back in the clubhouse in just over three hours.
Despite a cut of ten on his handicap Moe Holmes once again took first place with thirty-nine points, clearly, he wasn’t cut enough as thirty-nine is an excellent score on this difficult course, all the more creditable as Moe plays with only half a set of clubs. One wonders what his real handicap should be. In top form lately, Paul Smith took second place with thirty-seven points, he also won two sixes from Les Cobban, it’s hard to watch a grown man cry on the course parting with his hard-earned. Bob Paine took third with a fine thirty-six despite a few hiccups along the way. Finally, in fourth place, Tony Robbins found himself in the winner’s circle for the sixth time in a row, real consistency.
Dave Ashman must have been following a different coach today as he was nowhere in the frame. Near pins went to Bob Paine, Jay Babin, Roger Awad, and Les Cobban.
Friday, June 11th
Bangpra.
1st Geoff Parker (19) 38 points
2nd Neil Harvey (9) 38 points
3rd Paul Smith (2) 37 points
Near pins Les Cobban, Jimmy Carr, Steve Durey, & Neil Harvey.
A field of fourteen for the last game of the week at Bangpra where we got an all-in fee of twelve hundred baht with vouchers, that was two hundred less than the price at the time of booking. It seems like the course management have seen the light and reduced their fees and as a result, the course was very busy in the afternoon.
Rain threatened a couple of times with a few drops falling, luckily it stayed away, its been a few weeks now since we were rain-affected, even the temperature today was pleasant.
Very decent scoring again today with Geoff Parker returning a winning card of thirty-eight points, beating Neil Harvey on countback. As ever Paul Smith was in the mix with thirty-six points in third place. Just for a change Tony Robbins didn’t appear in the winners circle. All the near pins were taken, again a couple of them were very close, as usual, Les Cobban took one, with the others going to Jimmy Carr, Steve Durey, and Neil Harvey.
We end the week on a sad note with news of the passing of one of our longstanding members Peter Allen. At Pattaya Country Club Peter was recently seen and looked just the same as always with no obvious illness. Apparently, he succumb to a severe lung infection, coupled with diabetes he was unable to shake it off. In keeping with his British heritage, Peter could reasonably be described as somewhat eccentric. Peter decided to play his golf from another venue in recent years where the arrangements better suited his needs so he lost touch with the Bunker Boys.  A mid-twenties handicap player Peter had a knack for finding himself in the winner’s circle regularly and also winning near pins using the driver from the tee.
He had a penchant for travel and visited many countries in Asia and Oceana. In order to achieve the distinction of having visited one hundred countries in his lifetime he undertook an arduous task a few years ago of visiting twenty-two countries in Europe in nineteen days, many were left scratching their collective heads asking why?.
Peter adds to the list of recently deceased Bunker Boys together with Peter Hapgood and Frank Quinlan who passed some time ago
May he rest in peace.
 
Vale Peter Allen.
 
Moe Holmes, winner at Treasure Hill.
 
Geoff Parker, winner at Bangpra.