May 16 til May 20, 2022

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May 212022
 
Monday, May 16th
1st Roger Tuohy (13) 38 points
2nd Michael Brett (15) 33 points
3rd Craig Dows (5) 33 points
Near pins Jay Babin, Bengt Engstrom, & Roger Tuohy X 2.
A really miserable day for the first game of the week at Emerald. As we teed off there was rain in the distance, but we felt we would not be affected as the wind was blowing in the direction of the rain. What we didn’t know was there was more rain coming our way from a different direction and by the third hole it was bucketing down necessitating a run for cover and a delay of about forty minutes. After the resumption of play, light drizzle remained with us for a couple more holes before the wind stopped as well as the rain and an eerie stillness descended on us. By the close of play, we were in bright sunshine.
The Emerald course was in as good condition as we have seen it this year but it was not to everyone’s taste. A good drive from the tee deserves a good lie on the fairway, unfortunately, that is rarely the case at Emerald. Faldo’s design means lots of moguls with up and downhill lies as well as the ball above or below the feet, his philosophy being that people should be able to play every type of stroke.
Only Roger Tuohy mastered the course taking first place with thirty-eight points as well as two near pins. He also won the prize for the best-dressed golfer both on and off the course, Keith Hemmings is going to have to pull his socks up. Michael Brett edged out Craig Dows for second place on countback. The remaining near pins went to Bengt Engstrom and the wily Jay Babin. Today we had a surprise visit from Steve Durey who has been missing for some months, let’s hope we see him more often in the future.
 
Wednesday, May 18th
St Andrews
1st Les Cobban (7) 37 points
2nd Bill Richardson (12) 36 points
3rd Robbie Watts (8) 36 points
4th Craig Dows (5) 35 points
Near pins Paul Smith, Les Cobban, Robbie Watts, & Michael Brett.
A decent field of eighteen for today’s game at St Andrew’s. On our present schedule, we play all three Barcelona Valley courses every month while current prices remain. St Andrews was in very nice condition apart from the bunkers which were well below what we expect. Some had washout tracks in them while most if not all had copious amounts of grass growing in them.
The weather looked threatening all day and a few drops did fall so the caddies had rain covers on bags early in the round, luckily we got finished without any interruptions. The pace of play was good so no excuses for poor play on that front. After nine holes both Les Cobban and Jimmy Carr shared the lead, both with twenty-one points, however, Jimmy faded badly on the back nine while Les went on with the job to take first place with thirty-seven points. A lot more was on offer for Les but his putter went cold. Bill Richardson took second place with thirty-six points edging out Robbie Watts on countback. After weeks of low scores, Robbie was back in business today evidenced by the wide smile on his face, could just be a relief to get out of the twenties. Craig Dows rounded out the winner’s circle on thirty-five beating Niall Glover and Geoff Atwell on countback. All the near pins were taken with one each to Paul Smith, Les Cobban, Niall Glover, and Michael Brett. Today was the last game for Roger Tuohy and Keith Hemmings, we don’t expect to see Roger again till February next year, I believe Keith will be back before then.
 
Friday, May 20th
Royal Lakeside
1st Robbie Watts (8) 38 points
2nd Niall Glover (13) 36 points
3rd Paul Smith (1) 36 points
Near pins Arthur Kimo, & Robbie Watts.
The Bunker Boys paid a visit to Royal Lakeside for the last game of the week after an absence of over two and a half years. Nothing much had changed in that time with the course in as good condition as before.  As with many courses of late, the bunkers seem to miss out on maintenance, not sure why as they are the cheapest to maintain. The wind was up as usual at this course, in fact, today it was very strong and made for difficult conditions, anyone with a hook or a slice found it particularly trying.
 Despite the difficult conditions, some good scores were returned none better than Robbie Watts who is now finding his feet after a prolonged lean spell, today his thirty-eight points were enough to take first place. Perhaps now after consecutive rounds of thirty-six and thirty-eight points, he will stop whining about his handicap.  Niall Glover and Paul Smith were tied on thirty-six and placed on countback in that order. Remarkably only two of the four near pins were taken going to Arthur Kimo and Robbie Watts, just an indication of how hard the wind was blowing.
 
 
 
The sartorially splendid Roger Tuohy, winner at Emerald.
 
Les Cobban, winner at St Andrew’s
 
Robbie Watts, winner at Royal Lakeside.

May 9 til May 13, 2022

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May 152022
 
Monday, May 9th
Greenwood, Medal A & B.
1st Michael Brett (15) Net 73
2nd Kob Glover (21) Net 73
3rd Geoff Parker (19) Net 74
Near pins Jay Babin, Roger Tuohy, & Craig Dows.
A warm but blustery day for the first game of the week at Greenwood where we were allocated the A & B nines. Whilst looking in good shape the course was very damp underfoot with lots of plugged balls and even more mud balls. This was one of those days when we should have played pick, clean, and place. Once again the medal format proved unpopular with only a dozen turning up to play, we expect bigger numbers for the rest of the week with two superior courses, Greenvalley and Laem Chabang on the schedule.
Scoring was mediocre with a net seventy-three enough to take first place going to Michael Brett on countback from Kob Glover. Geoff Parker took third place a stroke back. Three of the four near pins were taken going to Craig Dows, Roger Tuohy, and Jay Babin. After over two years of absence, today was the first game back by Tom McMurray.
Wednesday, May 11th
Greenvalley
1st Les Cobban (😎 41 points
2nd Niall Glover (13) 35 points
3rd Paul Smith (1) 34 points
4th Michael Brett (15) 31 points
Near pins Les Cobban, Geoff Parker, Craig Dows, & Geoff Cox
A rather unpleasant day weatherwise for our midweek game at Greenvalley. A shower on the front nine and a much heavier and longer rain period on the back nine made conditions challenging. With the wind blowing, the air heavy, and the ground soft scoring was disappointingly low with the best score of the first three groups being a meager thirty-one points, fortunately, the last two groups put up a better showing.
Les Cobban had a day to remember with a superb round of forty-one points, rolling in puts from every distance. Second place went to Niall Glover on thirty-five points with Paul Smith a creditable third with thirty-four points off one handicap. Michael Brett got the last spot in the winner’s circle beating Kob Glover on countback with thirty-one points. All the near pins were taken with one each going to Les Cobban, Geoff Parker, Craig Dows, and Geoff Cox.
Friday, May 13th
Laem Chabang A & C.
1st Paul Smith (1) 34 points
2nd Niall Glover (13) 33 points
3rd Bill Richardson ( 12) 32 points
Near pins Niall Glover, Bill Richardson, Kevin LeBar, & Craig Dows.
A very hot day for the last game of the week at Laem Chabang where we were allocated the A & C nines. As ever the course was in pristine condition so no excuses for poor scoring. Nevertheless, that’s what we got with nobody conquering the course unlike our last visit when forty-two points won the day. Playing off the white tees may have had an influence.
Today Paul Smith took the honours with a modest score of thirty-four points followed in second place a stroke back by Niall Glover. Bill Richardson took third as well as a near pin, with Kevin LeBar, Craig Dows, and Niall Glover taking the other three, surprisingly Paul Smith missed out on this occasion. We have a number of members missing at present either through injury, or overseas travel. We hope to return to bigger numbers in the coming weeks.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

May 2 til May 6, 2022

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May 082022
 
Monday, May 2nd
Treasure Hill
1st Craig Dows (4) 39 points
2nd Keith Hemmings (26) 35 points
3rd Niall Glover (14) 35 points
Near pins Michael Brett, & Craig Dows X 2.
A curious situation today at Treasure Hill where the cost to walk was the same as the all-in fee so naturally, everybody had carts. The course looked very busy with the car park full when we arrived, so so started on the back nine. Luckily we had no holdups and finished a very quick round, at least the lead group did, the last group was about an hour later in finishing.
As usual Treasure Hill played tough with only Craig Dows mastering the course with an exceptional round of thirty-nine points, a round littered with birdies. Keith Hemmings edged out Niall Glover for second place despite playing in a painfully slow group. Craig Dows is the current master of the near-pin competition taking two with one other going to Michael Brett.
Wednesday, May 4th
Pattaya Country Club, White tees.
1st Jay Babin (23) 41 points
2nd Perry Seehoo (1) 40 points
3rd Bill Richardson (13) 40 points
4th Niall Glover (14) 38 points
Near pins Niall Glover, Bill Richardson, Roger Tuohy, & Paul Smith.
Yet another Thai public holiday meant a crowded course, a slow round, and naturally an increase in the green fees. Groups of six and more could be seen all over the course so naturally a late finish. No complaints about the quality of the course which was in excellent condition as it has been since the fairways were returfed.
A good field of twenty meant competition for places was keen with several excellent scores returned. Top of the heap was Jay Babin who seems to have a penchant for good scores at this course, today his second forty-one points in recent outings. Making his second appearance with the Bunker Boys Perry Seehoo took second place on countback from debutant Bill Richardson, both with a very solid forty points. Niall Glover took fourth on thirty-eight, perhaps playing off the white tees made the course a bit too easy for many, with several other scores on or over thirty-six. Near pins went to Bill Richardson, Roger Tuohy, Niall Glover, and of course Paul Smith.
Friday, May 6th
Pattavia
1st Les Cobban (9) 38 points
2nd Roger Tuohy (12) 37 points
3rd Keith Hemmings (25) 37 points
Near pins Kob Glover, Roger Tuohy, & Jimmy Carr.
We were confronted with a major obstacle today even before play started, i.e. getting to the course. There was no access from the highway to either of the two roads leading to the course, eventually, we had to go to the u-turn past Greenwood before we could find ourselves on the southbound lane to get to the access roads. On arrival, we found the course completely empty with nobody to be seen in any direction, as a result, we had a clear run with the lead group back in the clubhouse in three hours and fifteen minutes despite two of the group walking.
The course was in decent condition with the greens yet again not as fast as we have come to expect. For the most part, scoring was fairly good with Les Cobban taking first place with a fine round of thirty-eight points. The dynamic duo of Roger Tuohy and Keith Hemmings were second and third in that order having been separated on countback. Kob Glover was back on the near pin trail taking one today with Jimmy Carr and Roger Tuohy taking one each. But for some very indifferent putting, Roger should have won the day and scored over forty points, which goes to show how vital putting is to the overall game.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Apr 25 til Apr 29, 2022

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May 032022
 
Monday, April 25th
Khao Kheow C & A.
1st Gerry Cooney (18) 36 points
2nd Niall Glover (14) 34 points
3rd Kob Glover (21) 34 points
4th Michael Brett (16) 32 points
Near pins Niall Glover, Travis Kim, & Michael Brett.
A good rollup for the first game of the week at Khao Kheow where we were allocated the C and A nines. The day was particularly hot so luckily most had carts. Today we were able to welcome back Keith Hemmings after about six weeks’ absence and Roger Tuohy making his first trip back since pre-covid days. We also had two new people join in, from Holland louk Kuyten, and Travis Kim from Korea via the USA.
Scoring, for the most part, was modest with none of the big guns, Robbie Watts, Craig Dows, or Les Cobban offering much, perhaps all were saving their best for Laem Chabang on Wednesday. It was left to the old fox Gerry Cooney to record the best score of the day with thirty-six points. A family affair for second and third with Niall Glover taking it on countback from Kob. Michael Brett took fourth with thirty-two points. After thirty-seven years playing golf, Travis Kim on his debut with the Bunker Boys scored his first-ever ace on C8, what a way to announce yourself. Playing off a handicap of eighteen Travis looked a much better golfer than his handicap would indicate. Niall Glover and Michael Brett got the other two near pins.
Wednesday, April 27th
Laem Chabang A & B
1st Michael Brett (16) 42 points
2nd Geoff Atwell (24) 39 points
3rd Jimmy Carr (17) 38 points
Near pins Craig Dows, Geoff Atwell, & Gerry Cooney X 2.
As usual, the Laem Chabang course was in lovely condition, however, a few other issues took the shine off what would have otherwise been a very enjoyable day. There was a preponderance of trainee caddies, some with not even a basic understanding of golf or what was expected of them. When people book an A-grade course and pay a higher price they expect the whole package to be up to standard. A few complaints were registered with management post-round as some suffered more than others. The combination of carts not being allowed on the fairways and the caddies not knowing what they were doing all conspired to make it a very slow round. Had we been able to play at a reasonable pace we would have finished before the rain hit.
Despite all the above scoring was good playing off the white tees. Michael Brett finally found something after a long stretch of mediocre scores to record the best of the day with forty-two points. The bandit from Sherwood Forest Geoff Atwell took second place with thirty-nine points and Jimmy Carr took third one further back. Craig Dows got back on the near pin trail taking one along with Geoff Atwell while Gerry Cooney got two.
Friday, April 29th
Bangpra
1st Robbie Watts (😎 35 points
2nd Craig Dows (3) 31 points
3rd Jimmy Carr (17) 31 points
4th Niall Glover (14) 31 points
Near pins Robbie Watts, Travis Kim, Jimmy Carr, & Niall Glover.
A dull overcast day for the last game of the month Bangpra. The course was very quiet when we started play, but by the time the ninth hole the hoards of locals availing of late tee time pricing flooded the course so pandemonium took over with groups cutting in at will and others in big groups jumping ahead a couple of holes. Despite that, we managed to finish in a reasonable time. Remarkably we saw only three monkeys all day.
Scoring was low as is often the case at Bangpra with only Robbie Watts putting in a decent effort to take first place with thirty-five points. Countback was used to separate the other placing as listed above. In his last game with us for now Travis Kim took a near pin to go with his hole-in-one on Monday. Niall Glover, Robbie Watts, and Jimmy Carr got the remaining near pins.
In one of the most hotly contested golfer of the month races, any one of at least six people could have won going in to the last week. Paul Smith held a slender lead but due to a back injury was unable to compete for the whole week, so unable to add to his score. Eventually, the trophy went to Jimmy Carr by the narrowest of margins edging out Robbie Watts by one point.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Apr 18 til Apr 21, 2022

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May 032022
 
Monday, April 18th
Songkran Trip Day 1
Cascata
1st Michael Brett(17) 32 points
2nd Robbie Watts (7) 32 points
3rd Niall Glover (16) 32 points.
Near pins Robbie Watts & Craig Dows x 2
A new adventure for the Bunker Boys today on the first day of the Songkran trip with a game at Cascata, a course that none had played previously, and what a treat it turned out to be. The course was in superb condition although there were a few plugged and mudballs, the greens were very slick. The weather however didn’t favour us with a short heavy shower mid-round and another on the eighteenth.
Playing off the blue tees over six thousand six hundred yards the course played much longer with no run and the air heavy, also a stiff breeze blew adding to the difficulty.
Scores were low unsurprisingly with nobody really staking a claim to first place, as it happened three players were tied on thirty-two points and separated on countback. Only three of the long par threes yielded a near pin with Craig Dows in his first game back at the Bunker in over two years taking two and Robbie Watts taking the remaining pin.
Day 2
Tuesday, April 19th
Royal Hills
1st Robbie Watts (7) 36 points
2nd Kob Glover (21) 34 points
3rd Paul Smith (1) 33 points
Near pins Robbie Watts, Niall Glover, & Craig Dows X 2
In readiness for the Singha Classic beginning on next week the Royal Hills Course was competition ready and in great condition, it was also a step up in difficulty from Monday’s game at Cascata. Again playing off the blue tees at six thousand – six hundred yards the course offered a real challenge, there are many no-go areas on the course and if you deign to go there you are dead.
A very solid all-round game from Robbie Watts saw him take first place with thirty-six points. Kob Glover had a good day taking second place with thirty-four points, with Paul Smith one adrift in third place. For the second day in a row, Craig Dows took two near pins with the other two going to Robbie Watts and Niall Glover.
Day 3
Wednesday, April 20th
Royal Hills
1st Craig Dows (3) 32 points
2nd, Paul Smith (1) 31 points
3rd Michael Brett (17) 30 points
Near pins Craig Dows, Michael Brett, & Craig Dows X 2.
Due to a warmup competition beginning on Thursday we were unable to break up our rounds at Royal Hills so we played on consecutive days. The course proved to be no easier the second time around, in fact, scoring was no better than on the first day, in fact, a bit worse. With many playing practice rounds prior to tomorrow’s competition the course was quite busy, still, we managed to get around without delay which was fortunate as shortly after we finished it started raining heavily.
Having bagged two near pins on each of the first two days Craig Dows took one more again today, not only that he took first place with a modest thirty-two points. Paul Smith was one adrift in second whilst Michael Brett brought up the rear with thirty points. The remaining near pins went to Michael Brett and as usual Paul Smith got two.
Day 4
Thursday, April 21st
Watermill
1st Niall Glover (16) 39 points
2nd Herbert Felder (11) 37 points
3rd Paul Smith (1) 35 points
Near pins Paul Smith, Craig Dows, & Niall Glover X 2.
Watermill is a course that most would not have heard of before let alone played and what a treat it turned out t be. It is a typical Pete Dye design whose obsession for water on every hole and the signature island green was in evidence. A very nice course indeed apart from one thing, the greens were recently cored and sanded which made putting a bit of a lottery, nevertheless, everyone enjoyed the course and expressed the view that they would be happy to return again.
Today’s scoring was the best of the tour with Niall Glover having the top score of the trip with thirty-nine points to take first place. Herbert Felder also had a good day taking second place with thirty-six points and Paul Smith was one stroke adrift in third place. Paul Smith and Craig Dows got a near pin each with Niall Glover taking two.
The Tour Champion was Robbie Watts with an accumulated score over the four days of one hundred and thirty points, one ahead of Paul Smith with Craig Dows in third on one hundred and twenty-four points. Craig easily won the near pin competition with six over the four days with three each to Paul Smith and Niall Glover
Today was the last game for Herbert Felder and Hubert Steifenhofer who after today’s round went directly to the airport to fly back to Germany, both endeared themselves to the Bunker Boys during their stay and we look forward to seeing them back again later in the year.
 
 
 
 
 

Apr 11 til Apr 15, 2022

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Apr 162022
 
Monday, April 11th
Greenwood B &C. Medal
1st Jimmy Carr (19) Net 72
2nd Geoff Atwell (25) Net 72
3rd Kob Glover (23) Net 73
4th Michael Brett (16) Net 73
5th Niall Glover (16) Net 73
6th Les Cobban (9) Net 73
Near pins Les Cobban, Robbie Watts, Paul Smith, & GeoffParker.
The Greenwood course was immaculate for today’s game, probably the best condition of any course we have played lately. The fairways and greens were just about perfect, the bunkers flawless although one did complain that there was too much sand in them, made a pleasant change from unattended, unraked bunkers full of holes left by dogs.
After a couple of weeks of very nice weather today it looked like at any moment we would get a drenching, luckily the rain stayed away, although a few drops did fall at different times.
In one of the most evenly contested games for a long time scoring whilst not spectacular was very close with two finishing on net seventy-two and four on seventy-three and placed as above. Jimmy Carr should have had a sub seventy score but a ten on the sixteenth cruelled his chances, perhaps the expectation of what might happen after golf got in his head. One on seventy-two played of a one-stroke lower handicap than he should have which would have altered third place. All the near pins were taken with one each going to Les Cobban, Robbie Watts, Paul Smith, & Geoff Parker.
The closing two holes on the C nine were made even more difficult than normal as the ground staff started fires to clean up rubbish just off the course, this resulted in thick acrid smoke blowing across the eight and ninth farways.
 
Wednesday, April 13th
Mountain Shadow
1st Les Cobban (9) 35 points
2nd Robbie Watts (8) 33 points
3rd Michael Brett (17) 31 points
Near pins Hubert Stiefenhofer, Robbie Watts, Kob Glover, & Les Cobban.
The combination of extremely high temperatures, a course in shabby condition, and play at snail’s pace was not the ideal cocktail of conditions for enjoyable golf. We had a caddie collapse on the eighth tee which held up play for about twenty minutes until she could be removed to the clubhouse, despite that it took no time till we were again back behind slow players and waiting on every shot. Many commented that they should not have gotten out of bed which in retrospect would have been a better option.
As expected, under the conditions scores were low to very low with only Les Cobban managing a respectable score of thirty-five points to take first place. Robbie Watts was two adrift in second place with Michael Brett a further two back in third.  All the near pins were taken with one each as listed above.
 
Friday, April 15th
Emerald
1st Kob Glover (23) 41 points
2nd Jimmy Carr, (19) 36 points
3rd Michael Brett (17) 35 points
Near pins Michael Brett & Paul Smith X 3.
Another stinking hot day in Siam for our last game of the week at Emerald. There was no wind and at times the heat was oppressive, it affected some more than others. One who struggled massively had only one point after seven holes before declaring he had enough and walked off the course. Just about everyone had carts luckily as it was not a day for walking.
The red tees are over one thousand yards shorter than the whites at Emerald and our only lady, Kob Glover took full advantage of the shorter distance to post the best score of the day, forty-one points to take first place by a margin of five points. Jimmy Carr took second with a solid thirty-six, twenty-three on the back nine one ahead of Michael Brett in third place. Paul Smith was back to his sharpshooting best again today taking three near pins although one was a fair distance from the pin, still good enough to beat everyone else. Michael Brett got the remaining near pin.
One of our regular visitors from the UK John Hughes and known handicap bandit took first place in a competition at his local North Oxford course
 
Jimmy Carr winner at Greenwood.
 
Les Cobban winner at Mountain Shadow.
 
Kob Glover winner at Emerald
 
John Hughes winner at North Oxford.

Apr 4 til Apr 8, 2022

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Apr 092022
 
Monday, April 4th
Greenvalley
1st Robbie Watts (10) 42 points
2nd Jay Babin (24) 37 points
3rd Kob Glover (22) 37 points
4th Geoff Atwell (24) 35 points
5th Mike Lloyd (14) 35 points
Near pins Mike Lloyd, Kob Glover, Paul Smith, & Robbie Watts.
Finally, we had a really nice day for golf after the recent prolonged wet spell. The Greenvalley course was in excellent condition, but the greens were very slick indeed and proved a real challenge for most in holding approach shots on them, also downhill puts were treacherous, even the best putters were challenged. Some said the greens were faster than either Bangpra or Pattavia at their fastest, so only the best putters prevailed.
Playing his last game of this trip Mike Lloyd signaled his intention to sign off in style with a remarkable twenty-four points on the front nine which included an eagle on the first, however, he was overcome with pressure on the back nine only to end up in fifth place on thirty-five points, clearly, Mike’s game is in great shape, he just needs to control his emotions a bit better to become a real force in the game. It was remarkable to watch someone going from cruise mode to struggle street. Geoff Atwell took fourth place on countback from Mike. After an absence from the winner’s circle for some time, Kob Glover made a return today with a score of thirty-seven losing second place on countback to Jay Babin. In his first game back after more than two years due to COVID Robbie Watts got straight down to business to take first place with a well compiled forty-two points, no problems putting there for Robbie. He also managed to snag a near pin, Paul Smith as usual got one, whilst Mike Lloyd and Kob Glover got the remaining two. Today was also the last game for Neil Griffin who returns to the UK this week and generously signed off by ringing the bell back at the bar.
We had an unusual incident today when a dog took a shine to Jimmy Carr and rode around in his cart for several holes until an irate marshal came along with a slingshot and spent a couple of hours chasing it around the course, one had to ask why? it was one of the nicest and friendliest dogs one could see on a golf course.
 
Wednesday, April 6th
Pattaya Country Club
1st Herbert Felder (11) 40 points
2nd Perry Seehoo (2) 38 points
3rd Bobbie Watts (7)  37 points
4th Niall Glover (16) 35 points
Near pins Perry Seehoo, Paul Smith, & Hubert Stiefenhoffhl
Thankfully normal Pattaya weather has returned with another bright sunny day although very hot at times for today’s game at Pattaya Country Club. Despite all the recent rain within a matter of days, the course was again firm underfoot and starting to look less green than a week ago.
A decent rollup of sixteen, not bad for the time of year and with several locals missing. Herbert Felder who plays with a bit of an up and down game put it all together today with a very good score of forty points to take first place. We had the pleasure to welcome a new member today Peter Seehoo, who announced his arrival with a very stylish thirty-eight points of a handicap of two taking second place. Once again Robbie Watts was in the frame taking third place with thirty-seven points whilst Niall Glover rounded out the winner’s list with thirty-five points in fourth place. Three near pins were taken by Peter Seehoo, Paul Smith of course, and Hubert Stiefenhoffhl. Today’s bell ringers were Peter Seehoo and Herbert Felder, well-done guys.
With only one dog on the course today and nobody chasing it, we had none of the drama of Monday at Greenvalley.
 
Friday, April 8th
Pattavia
1st Paul Smith (2) 37 points
2nd Robbie Watts (7) 36 points
3rd Herbert Felder (11) 35 points
4th Tony Robbins (26) 35 points
Near pins Kevin LeBar, Robbie Watts, & Paul Smith X 2.
Another nice day for golf at Pattavia with no prospect of rain. The wind was up on the front nine but abated on the back. The consequence of this was the fruit flies from the local pineapple plantations were out in force to the extent that they became a major distraction, it’s very hard to play golf with plagues of tiny flies massing around your face, in your eyes and ears and even up your nose. Today the greens were not as fast as we have come to expect, certainly nothing like Greenvalley on Monday.
Even at this early stage of the month, the race for golfer of the month is developing into a two-horse race between Paul Smith and Robbie Watts, both going toe to toe on every outing. Today Paul Smith prevailed by one stroke to win with thirty-seven points one ahead of Robbie in second place. Another who has his game in good shape is Herbert Felder who took third with thirty-five beating Tony Robbins into fourth place on countback, Tony departs to Australia this weekend for a long-awaited holiday and family reunion so will be missing for the next couple of weeks. Near pins went to Kevin LeBar, & Robbie Watts with Paul Smith getting his usual two.
One week to go before our away Songkran trip to Nakon Nayok playing Cascata on the way, Watermill on the way back, and two games in between at Royal Hills, a much-anticipated trip to some new venues we haven’t played previously.
 
 
Robbie Watts, winner at Greenvalley.
 
Herbert Felder, winner at Pattaya Country Club.
 
Psaul Smith, winner at Pattavia.

Mar 28 til Apr 1, 2022

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Apr 022022
 
Monday, March 28th
Emerald.
1st Paul Smith (3) 38 points
2nd Geoff Parker (19) 34 points
3rd Tony Robbins (26) 34 points
4th Geoff Atwell (25) 34 points
Near pins Niall Glover, & Paul Smith X 3
For a welcome change, we had no rain for today’s game at Emerald although it threatened many times during the round. Dark skies lay in the distance and thunder rumbled all day long but fortunately for a change, it remained dry. When we got back to Pattaya we could clearly see where it had been raining heavily, the weather gods smiled on us today.
The Emerald course was pretty much as expected and was the quietest we have seen for some time, perhaps the “high season” has passed. An all-in fee of eleven hundred and fifty baht which included a voucher to the value of one hundred baht was decent value. It has often been suggested that the course doesn’t mow the greens on a Monday and as it happens that was the case today, most greens were particularly slow.
Continuing on from where he has been all month Paul Smith took first place again today with thirty-eight points, is this current run of form ever going to end?. So far this month he has posted only one card under thirty-six points. In a three-way countback, Geoff Parker took second place from Tony Robbins in third and Geoff Atwell in fourth. All the near pins were taken again with the greedy Paul Smith taking three this time and Niall Glover taking the remaining flag.
 
Wednesday, March 30th
Silky Oak
1st Michael Brett (16) 35 points
2nd Niall Glover (15) 34 points
3rd Jay Babin (23) 31 points
Near pins. Dave Stockman, Jimmy Carr, Niall Glover, & Michael Brett
One of the most trying if not the most destructive days of golf in many years at Silky Oak today, The round started out pretty much as normal but there were some scattered dark clouds hanging around. By the ninth hole, the sky went completely black and the rain came lashing down for over an hour accompanied
 by almost simultaneous thunderclaps and lightning strikes meaning, we were directly in the eye of the storm.
 After about one and a quarter hours play resumed with reduced numbers as the sissies decided to call it a day and only the dedicated trojans were left, enough to constitute a match. On our return to play, we were confronted with a scene of devastation with at least twenty trees flattened on the eleventh and adjacent fairways. We were unaware of any strong wind during our stay in the shelter so it must have been a very localised freak wind that did the damage. Thereafter the weather moderated and by the finish, we were in relatively nice conditions again.
The course had been in nice condition prior to the rain and was still quite playable after although relief had to be taken from casual water in places. As a result of the rain plus the delay in play, scoring was on the low side. The top score of the day came from Michael Brett with thirty-five points in a round that contained two birdies, one of which was the most unlikely birdie anyone is likely to see, playing out of the rough from one hundred and fifty yards out to within four feet of the pin just as he was about to declare a lost ball. Niall Glover took second place a stroke back. After an indifferent front nine Niall put it together on the back with a series of pars to end up in second place with thirty-four points whilst Jay Babin rounded out the scoring with thirty-one points in third place. Four out of the five near pins available were taken going to Dave Stockman, Jimmy Carr, Niall Glover, & Michael Brett. Curiously missing from the near pin list were Kob Glover and Paul Smith
Shot of the day went to Mike Lloyd who managed to skip his ball several times across water and end up on the fringe of the green, he missed the put by the smallest of margins which would have given him a remarkable par as he previously had a ball in the same water.
A mere formality in the race for the golfer of the month with Paul Smith so far in the lead that nobody even with a miracle round would have been able to catch him.
It is with great sadness that we have to report the passing of Colin Davis who died this week after a long illness. Colin was a pillar of the Expat golfing community in Pattaya and well-liked by all who came in contact with him. For many years Colin remained a giant figure in golfing circles, both in his role as organiser of Lewinski Golf and later at his own bar in Soi Buakhao. His passing will leave a big void in the Pattaya golfing scene. May he rest in peace.
 
Friday, April 1st
Pattana A & B
1st Paul Smith (3) 42 points
2nd Jimmy Carr (19) 37 points
3rd Kevin Lebar (11) 35 points
4th Michael Brett (16) 35 points
Near pins Niall Glover, Gez Williams, & Paul Smith X 2.
The second game this week without a rain interruption, perhaps we may finally be over the recent rainy spell. Additionally, we had a quality course to ourselves, at least for the front nine, when we got to the back nine we saw a few latecomers availing of lower-priced green fees after two pm.
The course was in nice condition, no need for pick, clean, and place today, the greens were particularly good. As a result, scores were on the high side again. Showing remarkable consistency once again Paul Smith swept all before him taking first place with a remarkable forty-two points. Coming off two golfer of the month wins in the first three he looks set to continue on his merry way, perhaps the newly arrived Robby Watts will offer him some challenge, nobody else seems capable of doing so at present. Jimmy Carr returned to his winning ways taking second place with thirty-seven points whilst Kevin LeBar was two strokes back in third place. All the near pins were taken with one each to Niall Glover and Gez Williams, Paul Smith got his usual two.
 
Winner Monday & Friday and March Golfer of the month Paul Smith.
 
The Brummies l to r Mick Fawkes, Joe Richardson, & Keith Peplow.
 
Winner at Silky Oak Michael Brett

Mar 21 til Mar 25, 2022

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Monday, March 21st
Greenwood C & B.
1st Paul Smith (3) 39 points
2nd Mike Fawke (16) 38 points
3rd The Phantom (23) 36 points
4th Geoff Atwell (26) 36 points
5th Masao Ishikawa (19) 35 points
Near pins Raleigh Gosney, Mike Lloyd & Paul Smith X 2.
At this time of year, Pattaya golf courses are brown, hard, and with lots of run, not so this year, they are lush green, soft, and with no run. Rain breaks are an everyday event as was the case again today at Greenwood, although it was only for a few minutes as we managed to miss most of the threatening rain which passed by in the distance. The pick, clean, and place rule was in operation from the start. With several locals absent we still managed to assemble a field of twenty-one, not bad under the circumstances.
Enjoying a remarkable run of good form Paul Smith swept all before him again today with a round of thirty-nine points off a three handicap, very solid golf indeed. Newcomer Mike Fawke announced himself with a very solid thirty-eight points to take second place. Good coaching paid dividends today for the Phantom who took third place on countback from Geoff Atwell, both on thirty-six points whilst the oldest player in the field seventy-nine-year-old Masao Ishikawa showed there was life in the old dog still rounding out the winner’s list in fifth place with thirty-five points, just goes to show what clean living can do for you. All the near pins were taken with one each to Raleigh Gosney and Mike Lloyd and of course, Paul Smith got his usual two.
This year’s away trip to avoid Songkran in Pattaya is to a new venue for us, Nakon Nayok where we are scheduled to play Cascata on the way to our destination at Royal Hills. We have two games booked on consecutive days at Royal Hills due to scheduling difficulties and a game at Watermill on the return to Pattaya, all new courses for most if not all those attending.
 
Wednesday, March 23rd
Plutaluand East & South
1st Bengt Engstrom (9) 36 points
2nd Michael Brett (16) 33 points
3rd Mike Lloyd (15) 33 points
Near pins Niall Glover, Herbert Felder, & Michael Brett
A most unusual day today when we had a rain break of about thirty minutes before the start of play and finished the round in bright sunshine. Since we played North and West on our last visit it was decided that we would play the East and South nines today. Following recent rain, the course was in the best condition we have seen in years apart from the bunkers which were a
shambles, full of holes made by dogs, and none appeared to have been raked for months. Despite that much work was being done to improve the course. A nine hundred and fifty baht all-in fee was very agreeable.
Scoring was on the low side with only Bengt Engstrom posting a decent thirty-six points to take first place. Michael Brett and Mike Lloyd both finished on thirty-three and were placed in that order on countback. Due to the reputation of the course and the prospect of rain our numbers were down considerably compared to recent turnouts. Only three near pins were taken going to Niall Glover, Herbert Felder, and Michael Brett.
 
Friday, March 25th
Khao Kheow A & B, Medal.
Play abandoned
A very difficult day for golf with at least two rain breaks on the front nine, one lasting about an hour before several decided they had had enough and called it a day. Apparently under club rules, if less than fifty percent of players finish a round then the game is null and void. Les Cobban was having such a good day that his group decided it would be unfair to deny him the chance to post a very good score which he did with a net seventy-one. Remarkably that group finished the round in bright sunshine so it seems a bit unfair that those that finished the round were not awarded the top three positions, some rules make no sense. If there is no option but to abandon play then it’s ok to call a halt to play, however, if there is an option to play on then those that do ought to be able to win the day.
The rain we are experiencing lately is more akin to what we see during monsoon season. Whilst it’s great for golf courses it’s very difficult to maintain form and concentration with constant rain interruptions, hopefully, we are at the end of it and soon we will return to more normal conditions.
 
 
Paul Smith winner at Greenwood.
 
Bengt Engstrom winner at Plutaluang.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Mar 14 til Mar 18, 2022

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Monday, March 14th
Laem Chabang A & B.
1st Bob Innes (26) 41 points
2nd Jimmy Carr (20) 40 points
3rd Mike Lloyd (15) 40 points
4th Kevin LeBar (11) 38 points
5th Les Cobban (9) 37 points
Near pins Joe Richards, John Hughes, & Paul Smith X 2.
A good field of twenty-one for today’s game at Laem Chabang. It just goes to show that a good course will draw in a good crowd. Today Laem Chabang was at its sparkling best as we have come to expect and at a sports day rate of nineteen hundred baht was also great value for a course of this standard. Despite recent rain, there was no need to implement the pick, clean, and place rule, and very few if any experienced a plugged ball. We were allocated the A & B nines and played off the white tees which were a bit shorter than our regular distance and probably accounted for the very high standard of scoring. In retrospect, the blue tees would have been a better choice.
The handicap bandits were out at the head of the pack with the top two places going to golfers with twenty-plus handicaps. Bob Innes is now becoming a regular in the winner’s circle and today he made all the way to the top for the first time with forty-one points, what a way to make a breakthrough win, a big cut is in store for him. Likewise, Jimmy Carr who should never be off twenty took second place one stroke adrift, another who will feel the slash of the handicapper’s scalpel. Out of the blue and totally unexpected Mike Lloyd made a return to the Bunker today and announced his retirement from the workforce with a splendid round of forty points, beaten by Jimmy on countback, hopefully, Mike will be spending much more than fleeting visits to Pattaya now that he is a man of leisure. As always Kevin LeBar was in the frame with a very respectable thirty-eight points in fourth place. Rounding out the winner’s circle Les Cobban took fifth place with thirty-seven points having threatened to tear the course apart with fourteen points on the first four holes. An honourable mention has to go to Marcus Avery who also had thirty-seven points off a one handicap, wonderful golf indeed. All the near pins were taken with one each to John Hughes, and first-timer Joe Richards, needless to say, Paul Smith got his usual two.
Wednesday, March 16th
St Andrews
1st Paul Smith (4) 40 points
2nd Tony Robbins (26) 38 points
3rd Niall Glover (16) 35 points
4th Bengt Engstrom (10) 35 points
5th The Phantom (23) 34 points
Near pins Jay Babin, Geoff Parker, The Phantom, & Paul Smith.
A very good field of twenty-three for today’s game at St Andrew’s. Once again a good deal on pricing with an all-in fee of thirteen hundred baht which included a one hundred baht voucher to be spent on the course or in the clubhouse was excellent value. As usual, the course was in fine condition and several visitors who had not played there previously delighted with the quality of the course which offers a different challenge on every hole.
It looked early in the round that we might get a drenching, and caddies started applying rain covers to bags, however despite a few drops it stayed fine for the whole round. There was a bit of wind which took effect on a few holes but overall not too disruptive.
Most found the course a real challenge, however, those at the top of the winner’s list didn’t seem to have too many problems. Top of the tree was Paul Smith who is playing some exceptional golf and took first place with forty points, already he looks to be heading for his second golfer of the month win even though we are only halfway through March. For a change today he took only one near pin. Out of nowhere having had a succession of scores in the twenties Tony Robbins found some form and took second place with thirty-eight points on a course that one would have thought would present him with a greater challenge. Niall Glover had a steady round to take third place with thirty-five points beating Bengt Engstrom into fourth on countback. Bringing up the rear The Phantom rounded out the winner’s circle with thirty-four points. The remaining near pins went to Jay Babin, Geoff Parker, & the elusive Phantom.
Friday, March 18th
Pattana B & A
1st Niall Glover (16) 41 points
2nd Paul Smith (4) 39 points
3rd Jay Babin (22) 36 points
4th Keith Perlow (13) 35 points
5th Dave Stockman (7) 34 points
Near pins Paul Smith, Dave Stockman, Herbert Felder, & Geoff Cox.
A very unpleasant day for the last game of the week at Pattana. Black clouds hung in the air and it looked just a matter of time before we got wet. Eventually, by about the seventh hole it started pouring, and the siren sounded signaling a rush for shelter. As is often the case at Pattana the rain was accompanied by regular lightning strikes and loud thunderclaps. After over an hour the rain eased off and play resumed in light drizzle. At this late stage in the round, there was no option but to implement the pick, clean, and place rule as the course was sodden.
Despite the adverse conditions scoring was of a high standard due in part to the fact we played off the yellow tees. Niall Glover was head and shoulders above everyone else with a winning score of forty-one points. As usual Paul Smith was in the mix taking second place with thirty-nine points off a four handicap, very solid golf indeed. Jay Babin had another good day taking third place with thirty-six points. Newcomer from the UK Keith Perlow took fourth place with thirty-five points whilst an irregular visitor to the Bunker Dave Stockman rounded out the scoring with thirty-four. In a field of twenty-two, one expects all the near pins to be taken which they were going to Mr. Delinquent himself Geoff Cox, Herbert Felder, Dave Stockman, and of course Paul Smith. Back at the bar, there was much bell ringing with the winner Niall Glover and birthday boy Mike Lloyd among others getting in on the act so a good night was had by all.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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