Mar 29 til Apr 2, 2021

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Apr 042021
Monday, March 29th
Kabin Buri, Ally Ellison Scholarship Fundraiser
Day 1 Texas Scramble
Eight Bunker Boys made the trip to Kabin Buri to participate in the Ally Ellison Scholarship Fundraiser organised by Dale Shier of the Golf Club Bar and hosted by Olivier Daniel of Serenity Resort and Spa. This has become an annual event to raise funds to pay for Steve Ellison’s daughter’s education, a very worthy cause. Over fifty golfers made the trip up from Pattaya
The Kabin Buri Country Club course was competition-ready and in pristine condition so there was no room for any complaints about the course or the weather. Surprisingly the game was played off the yellow tees which shortened the course considerably. The Bunker Boys A team of Jay Babin, Myles Knowlson, Steve Durey, and Lance Conway-Jones put in a respectable score of net sixty-four but they were well back from the winning group who were all low handicap golfers apparently and delivered a score of net fifty-seven, a round that contained five pars and thirteen birdies.
Day 2 Team Event, (best three stableford team scores) and best individual.
On the second day where the format was individual stableford, and the best three of four team score it was the turn of the B team to shine. The team of Jimmy Carr, Geoff Parker, Mark On, and Tony Robbins took out the team first place with a score of one hundred and twenty-two points. Jimmy Carr took the individual prize with a very hot round of forty-two points, a net sixty-six. Jimmy also snared a near pin while Tony Robbins with his short straight drive won the beer turret.
The evening culminated with a dinner at Serenity Resort and Spa where there was also a raffle of golf memorabilia to add to the scholarship fund. As always the service, food, and accommodation at Serenity were first class thanks to the overseeing eye of our host Olivier Daniel. Thanks go to both Olivier and Dale for the huge amount of effort that went into organising and running the event which as always ran like clockwork. Also, thanks go to all those who participated and made this worthy cause a success.
Wednesday, March 31st
Greenwood A & B.
1st Michael Brett (16) 40 points
2nd Jay Babin (23) 38 points
Near pins Jay Babin & Steve Durey.
A very unpleasant day for the last game of March at Greenwood where we were allocated the A & B nines. With the C nines closed the course was busy as there were two other societies playing. As always the course was in very fine shape, however, the same could not be said of the weather. Thunder rumbled all around for most of the day, lightning strikes were regular, some way too close for comfort. Rain began to fall early in the round and by the finish of the fourth hole, it was lashing down coming almost horizontal at times in the wind so that a break of at least one hour was required. Thereafter it continued to rain lightly till the end of the A nine. Some had enough by then and decided to quit, however, the real golfers continued on and were rewarded as conditions improved markedly on the B nine. By the end of the round conditions were almost pleasant again.
Despite the difficulties, a couple of good scores were returned with Michael Brett taking first place with forty points. Jay Babin was also in fine touch today chipping in from about forty meters for a birdie, and also putting in from off the green to amass thirty-eight points. Only two near pins were taken going to Jay Babin and Steve Durey.
Friday, April 2nd
Crystal Bay C & A.
1st Roger Awad (20) 38 points
2nd Tony Robbins(17) 37 points
3rd Michael Brett (14) 35 points
Near pins Tim Ray, Lance Conway-Jones, Steve Durey, & Roger Awad.
The first game of a new month was played at Crystal Bay where we were allocated the C & A nines. While we were there we noted that the B nine was being prepared for play after a long layoff, it is to be hoped that they take better care of the tee-boxes and the bunkers on that nine than the two that are in use. In particular, the tee boxes are uneven and generally shabby and the bunkers are in dire need of some TLC. The fairways were nice on both nines but the greens were too slow for most people’s liking.
Crystal Bay is a course where high scores are the norm and for a couple, it looked like that might be the case again today but in the end, a couple of respectable scores were returned. Today, first-time winner Roger Awad was on fire with a succession of easy pars, however, he struck a rock in the middle holes but recovered well to post a score of thirty-eight points. Second-placed Tony Robbins whose handicap is now close to what it should be was one shot behind. Michael Brett, cut two on handicap from Wednesday  endured a horror stretch mid-round before recovering somewhat took third place with thirty-five. All the near pins were taken with one each going to Tim Ray, Lance Conway-Jones, Steve Durey, and Roger Awad.
The March golfer of the month was Steve Durey who as expected won with distance to second place, his handicap is now approaching somewhere more appropriate to his ability and form.
Golfer of the Month Steve Durey
Jimmy Carr big winner at Kabin Buri.

Mar 22 til Mar 26, 2021

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Apr 042021
Monday, March 22nd
1st Barry Murnin (20) 38 points
2nd Myles Knowlson (10) 36 points
3rd Kevin LeBar (12) 35 points
Near pins Geoff Atwell, Michael Brett, & Geoff Cox X 2.
We begin a new week on a sad note with news over the weekend of the passing of Peter Hapgood. Peter was a long-time resident of Thailand, first in Phuket before settling in Pattaya to become one of the longer-serving members of the Bunker Boys. Peter spoke Thai fluently and possessed a little black book which was coveted by many.
In his hey-day, Peter was a very decent golfer playing off a single figure handicap, but with advancing years and deteriorating health he became frustrated with the game as he could no longer do some of the things he used to do. This lead him to develop a propensity for throwing clubs, sometimes further than he hit the golf ball. One of his major expenses was in bribing either caddies or ground staff to wade into water hazards to retrieve thrown clubs. He was one of the very few golfers to carry a one-iron in his bag, a club that also saw its fair share of time sailing through the air.  In recent years Peter had to abandon golf following a serious elbow injury.
Whilst we mourn his passing we take solace in the knowledge that he enjoyed life to the full and experienced all the delights this wonderful country has to offer, May he Rest in Peace.
Pattaya had torrential rain overnight and it looked likely to rain again today at Pattavia, luckily it stayed dry for the entire round. The course benefited greatly from the rain and greened up remarkably quickly, the bunkers however had wet compacted sand in them as a result of being machine raked and proved quite difficult, as always the greens were quick.
Once again some very good scores were returned, none better than the thirty-eight points by Barry Murnin who played out of his skin. Myles Knowlson as always was in the mix and took second place with thirty-six. Resident member Kevin LeBar took third on countback from Tony Robbins and Steve Durey. All the near pins were taken with one each to Geoff Atwell and Michael Brett with Geoff Cox taking two. The very generous winner Barry rang the bell.
Golfer of Month is very hotly contested with any one of five golfers in a position the take it with a strong finish to the month, who will it be?.
Wednesday, March 24th
Treasure Hill
1st Geoff Atwell (23) 34 points
2nd Steve Durey (22) 30 points
Near pins Jay Babin, & Geoff Atwell X 2.
A perennial problem for all golf societies locally is the fact that courses refuse to confirm booking details or fees and several times each year golfers are faced with either paying fees in excess of what was agreed to at the time of booking or canceling and making alternate arrangements. This happened today, we had a booking at Vintage at an acceptable all-in fee, but when we confirmed the day prior we found a significant hike in the prices quoted, particularly for those requiring a cart, so left us with no alternative but to cancel and book Treasure Hill instead. The whole sorry episode left a very sour taste with many refusing to play at all resulting in one of our lowest numbers this year, suffice to say we won’t be booking Vintage again any time soon.
As always Treasure Hill challenges the best with scores usually low as they were today. Geoff Atwell took the honors with thirty-four points, not too bad on this course. Steve Durey, always in the frame of late took second with thirty points.
Jay Babin got a near-pin with Geoff Atwell taking two.
Friday, March 26th
Khao Kheow A & B
1st Steve Durey (22) 38 points
2nd Geoff Cox (18) 33 points
3rd Michael Brett (15) 32 points
Near pins  Jimmy Carr, Tony Robbins, & Roger Awad X 2
With many away or otherwise occupied we had a low number again today with a field of only ten. The course was nice as always but the round was very slow as there were a couple of groups in front of us who were in what appeared to be a very lethargic mood. As is usually the case some manage slow play better than others and don’t let frustration get the better of them.
Steve Durey who has been in sparkling form lately took first place with thirty-eight points, he should have all but wrapped up golfer of the month by now. Geoff Cox got second place with thirty-three and Michael Brett brought up the rear with thirty-two. Roger Awad got two near pins, Jimmy Carr and Tony Robbins got one each.
Two groups head up to Kabin Buri next week to participate in the Ally Ellison scholarship fundraiser, we look forward to seeing our groups perform to the best of their ability.
Vale Peter Hapgood.
Barry Murnin big winner at Pattavia.
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Mar 15 til mar 19,2021

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Mar 232021
Monday, March 15th
Pattana A & B
1st Michael Brett (15) 38 points
2nd Geoff Atwell (24) 37 points
3rd Geoff Parker (18) 37 points
Near pins Myles Knowlson, Barry Murnin, & Michael Brett X 2.
A bright sunny but very hot day for our monthly visit to Pattana. The course was in superb condition, and with very few players around no delays. Many expressed delight at the new scorecards, for years this course has had the worst scorecards of any course anywhere. There is one issue that irritates many players, the drinks station at the back of the clubhouse closes at 3.00 pm or so it’s supposed to, many times it’s earlier. On a hot day like today, most are gasping for a drink but cannot get any service. This is a major issue for a course that does so much right.
Back to low numbers with several locals delinquent today, so a field of only eleven. Scoring was decent off the yellow tees with most acquitting themselves well. After two weeks of low scores, Michael Brett took top spot today with thirty-eight points. The two Geoffs, Parker and Atwell had to be separated by countback with Atwell taking it. Several others were not much further back. All the near pins were taken with Myles Knowlson and Barry Murnin taking one each, Michael Brett got two.
Wednesday, March 17th
Burapha C & D.
1st Paul Smith (4) 40 points
2nd Mark On (10) 38 points
3rd Jimmy Carr (17) 36 points
4th Geoff Atwell (24) 34 points
Near pins Geoff Atwell, Tony Robbins, & Steve Durey X 2.
As the twelve hundred baht all-in fee continues The Bunker Boys made another visit to Burapha this time playing the C & D nines. A decent field of sixteen was good given several of our residents are traveling in different parts of the country. What a difference between both nines, the C course was surprisingly wet underfoot with no run whatsoever on the fairways. The greens were deceptively slow and in need of mowing. By contrast, the D nine was bone dry and the greens much quicker.
Some very good scores registered today, none better than the forty points returned by Paul Smith in a round littered with birdies and one eagle, super golf by any standard. Not far behind Mark On took second place with a well-compiled thirty-eight points. Jimmy Carr made a welcome return to the winners circle today with thirty-six points, his first decent round for some time, will he now continue as usual with a run of good scores?. Geoff Atwell rounded out the winner’s list in fourth place with thirty-four points. All the near pins were taken with one each to Tony Robbins and Geoff Atwell with Steve Durey taking two. Shot of the day went to Tony Robbins who hit the pin with his tee shot on a par-three with the ball finishing hovering on the edge of the hole, it could not be any closer and not go in.
Friday, March 19th
Pattaya Country Club
1st Steve Durey (23) 39 points
2nd Tony Robbins (18 ) 34 points
3rd Michael Brett (15) 34 points
Near pins, Myles Knowlson, Bob Innes, Geoff Cox, & Steve Durey.
Today we were scheduled to play Royal Lakeside but we had so few willing to travel the distance or pay the rates, particularly those requiring carts that we canceled and booked Pattaya Country Club instead where we were able to secure an all-in deal of one thousand and eighty baht. This course is in just about as good condition as any other we play, the returfed fairways have now bedded in and are superb. As the course is playing host to a tournament this weekend it was competition-ready and at its best.
We had one exceptional score today where Steve Durey amassed thirty-nine points, twenty-four on the front nine. The day is fast approaching when Steve will have to play off a handicap more befitting his ability. Michael Brett was in a good position to take the lead after sixteen holes but faltered on the last two and lost second place to Tony Robbins on countback. All the near pins were taken going to Steve Durey, Bob Innes, Geoff Cox, and Myles Knowlson.
Paul Smith, winner at Burapha
Michael Brett winner at Pattana.

Mar 8 til Mar 12, 2021

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Mar 232021
Monday, March 8th
Parichat, Medal
1st Gerry Cooney (19) 35 points
2nd Roger Awad (20) 33 points
3rd Mark On (10) 30 points
Near pins Roger Awad, Mark On,& Gerry Cooney X 2.
A warm but overcast day for our monthly rainbow event at Parichat. Over the course of the round, a few drops of rain fell but we got through dry even though we could see a massive storm in the near distance from where the wind was blowing. It seems like the rainy season is not too far away which will be great for the courses as some are starting to go brown. The wind was quite strong at times but overall conditions were good. Speed of play was excellent with the lead group finished by 2.15 pm.
Modest scoring was again the order of the day with only Gerry Cooney having a decent score with thirty-five points to take first place. In only his second week with the Bunker Boys Roger Awad took second place with thirty-three points whilst Mark On came third with thirty points. All the near pins were taken, Mark On and Roger Awad had one each with Gerry Cooney taking two. Curiously all the near-pin winners came from the top three players.
We have struck a rock with our away trip preparations for Songkran, as it stands Pattaya is holding the festivity two days later than everyone else, so it seems we will be back in Pattaya for the peek of it which defeats the purpose of the trip. This presents a real challenge to find the best option, the pressure is on as hotels are filling up so we have to act quickly.
Wednesday, March 10th
1st Steve Durey (24) 40 points
2nd Les Cobban (8) 40 points
3rd Geoff Cox (18) 35 points
4th Mark On (10) 34 points
Near pins Geoff Cox, Paul Smith, & Les Cobban X 2
A blustery cloudy day for the mid-week game at the monkey course. Even though there was no cloud on the weather radar, mid-way through the round we had quite a heavy shower, luckily it only lasted a few minutes and caused very little disruption to play.
As has happened several times in the past the Bangpra curse struck again. The price we were quoted (one thousand baht all-in) and had to pay in advance was not the fee we were required to pay, two-hundred baht more was required. In an age where courses are desperate for players, this was undoubtedly the worst bit of customer relations we have experienced in ages and one that would not entice us to return. We know of no other course that requires prepayment of green/caddie fee, furthermore, vouchers to qualify for this fee can only be had in blocks of ten which is totally unsatisfactory About two years ago this course adopted a similar belligerent way of treating customers resulting in a boycott by most Pattaya golf societies, if this policy is not changed quickly we can see another boycott brewing, a voucher offering twenty percent discount on food in the clubhouse is very small compensation.
A new COVID record attendance (nineteen) lured under false pretenses will be hard to top until borders open up again. Scores were decent except for Steve Durey and Les Cobban both of whom excelled with forty points each, Steve taking first on countback. Geoff Cox in one of his rare monthly appearances took third with thirty-five points, whilst Mark On rounded out the scoring a stroke back. All the near pins were taken with one each to Paul Smith and Geoff Cox with Les Cobban taking two. It’s hard to know what to say about Les at present, his game is in great shape, will he ever fall off his perch?, normally people have a good run but eventually fall down, Les just keeps powering along with great consistency.
Friday, March 12th
Greenwood A & C
1st Steve Durey (23) 36 points
2nd Bob Innes (30) 35 points
3rd Jimmy Carr (18) 34 points
Near pins, Bob Paine, & Michael Brett X 2
An overcast but stinking hot day with extreme humidity for the last game of the week at Greenwood. A couple of other societies were also at Greenwood today but we managed to avoid each other and complete the round without any delays. Surprisingly after a record field for the year on Wednesday, we had a poor turnout today with only nine players, surprising given the quality of the course and the fees charged.
The course was in very nice condition as always and the playing fees were amongst the cheapest in Pattaya with a green fee plus a caddie fee of seven hundred and fifty baht. This has to be the best value golf in Pattaya, long may it stay the same at this most popular course.
Following on from his forty points on Wednesday, Steve Durey took first place with a very decent score of thirty-six points, despite having a bout of the putting yips. Bob Innes has had a couple of near-pins in the past but hasn’t figured on the leader board until today, playing off a thirty handicap, two below his PSC handicap Bob should actually have been today’s winner, but was happy with his first appearance on the leader board. Jimmy Carr made a rare appearance in the winners circle today with a third-place thirty-four points. Three near pins with one to Bob Paine and two to Michael Brett.
Steve Durey, two-time winner
First time in the winner’s circle for Bob Innes
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Feb 22 til Feb 26, 2021

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Feb 282021
Monday, February 22nd
Soi Dao Highlands Resort Course
1st Day Team event, best three scores count.
1st Team 1, Paul Smith, Geoff Parker, Gerry Cooney & Dave Ashman
1st Individual Les Cobban beat Steve Durey on countback
Near pins Jimmy Carr, Mark On, Dave Ashman, & Michael Brett
Tuesday, February 23rd
2nd Day Texas Scramble
1st Team Les Cobban, Jimmy Carr, Geoff Atwell, & Jay Babin
Near pins Jay Babin, Les Cobban, Gerry Cooney, & Paul Smith
The first away trip of the year was a special one to the beautiful Soi Dao Resort. A field of twelve though well down on last year was still good under the circumstances, and an enjoyable trip was had by all. Some drove up a day early and some made a side trip to Ko Chang for a few days on the way back.
The golf course was extremely difficult with long par fours and some of the trickiest greens imaginable, to add to the difficulty some of the pin placements were wicked and only Steve Durey and Jay Babin were able to master them. Scores were modest all-round, none of the heroics of last year when Robby Watts shot forty-six points.
On day one the Paul Smith team took the honours where the best three scores counted to the team score on every hole. Despite the difficulty, all the near pins were taken with one each going to Jimmy Carr, Mark On, Dave Ashman & Michael Brett. Les Cobban took the first placed individual title beating Steve Durey on countback.
Because the course was so difficult and the team event was so enjoyable it was decided to deviate from the original plan and play another team event on the second day with the same teams but this time using the Texas Scramble format, a decision that was not universally favoured, however, democracy won the day.
Les Cobban was one of the few that brought his A-game and led his team to victory, we are lead to believe all team members contributed to the win but apart from Les, a special mention had to go to Jay Babin, not a noted putter, but on the day sank everything. Another to shine with his short game was Steve Durey who chipped and puted like a man possessed in a losing team.
Despite being a very enjoyable trip it was also an expensive one and some expressed the view that it was not value for money. A B&B fee of eighteen hundred baht plus a seventeen hundred baht all-in fee for golf was on the high side of what was expected in the current circumstances, those rates would not entice too many to make the trip. Any other groups considering this trip should be prepared to do some hard negotiation as the resort was virtually empty and better rates should be possible.
Friday, February 26th
Mountain Shadow.
1st Geoff Atwell (23) 31 points
2nd Myles Knowlson (10) 29 points
3rd Gordon Clegg (25) 25 points
Near pins Barry Murnin, Myles Knowlson, & Michael Brett
Due to several members still away in Ko Chang and others suffering golf fatigue Wednesday’s game at Plutaluang was canceled and given some of the scores returned at Mountain Shadow today there was a distinct lack of focus. Some unbelievably low scores by any standard were turned in with several requesting a no return which were declined by our M.C Jimmy.
The day was hot and draining so fatigue played some part but the course was too difficult for just about everyone, it seemed to be one of those days when everyone failed miserably.
A very modest thirty-one points by Geoff Atwell was enough to take the prize. Myles Knowlson who seldom fails took second with possibly his lowest score since joining the Buner Boys. Gordon Clegg rounded out the scoring with twenty-five points. Three near pins were taken going to Bary Murnin, Myles Knowlson, and Michael Brett.
The Allison fundraising events canceled due to the last lockdown has been rescheduled for March 29th & 30th at Kabin Buri, all interested should contact Tony Robbins asap.
Bunker Boys in Soi Dao.
Geoff Atwell winner at Mountain Shadow
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Feb 15 til Feb 19, 2021

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Feb 222021
Monday, February 15th
1st Tony Robbins (19) 36 points
2nd Dave Ashman (24) 35 points
3rd Peter Kelly (15) 34 points
Near pins Jimmy Carr, Mark On, Geoff Atwell, & Les Cobban.
A field of fourteen for today’s game at Pattavia played under bright sunshine with a slight breeze blowing. Once again a quiet course so no delay teeing off or holdups during the round. Some of the greens were wicked today, extremely fast and with breaks in all directions very hard to read, most were scratching their heads at how so many puts missed the cup and then ran off the green further away than where they started.
In a rich vein of form, Tony Robbins took the honours today with a solid thirty-six points. Second, went to Dave Ashman a stroke adrift whilst Peter Kelly brought up the rear with thirty-four points. All the near pins were taken with one each going to Jimmy Carr, Mark On, Geoff Atwell, and Les Cobban.
On our last visit to this course, we found a digger had got itself bogged trying to clean up a water catchment area, in the interval it had been rescued and was working a different part of the course today with no ill effects.
Wednesday, February 17th
Pattana B & C
1st Glen Elsworthy (16) 42 points
2nd Peter Kelly (15) 40 points
3rd Paul Smith (4) 37 points
Near pins Tony Robbins, Mark On, Paul Smith, & Peter Kelly
A midweek game at Pattana where once again we found an empty course, even the all-in fee of eleven hundred baht wasn’t enough to lure people out to play. We had a decent field of fourteen, not bad under the circumstances. The B nine was sodden in some parts and bone dry in others which was hard to fathom. Once again the greens were much slower than the practice green which threw people a bit on the early holes. Despite all that some remarkable scores were returned.
The weather was overcast and grey with the prospect of rain ever-present, but we managed to stay dry until the last hole when a few drops fell. The lead group was finished in three hours without rushing which was very nice. On return to Pattaya, the heavens opened, most unexpected for this time of year, and as is usually the case roads were flooded everywhere making it a challenge to get back to the bar.
Toping the scoring with a fabulous forty-two points was first-timer Glen Elsworthy playing off a sixteen handicap. Second place went to Peter Kelly with a very creditable forty points, whilst Paul Smith brought up the rear with thirty-seven. Both Glen and Paul didn’t attend the presentation back at the bar so a significant boost for the delinquent fund, hopefully, we can return their generosity soon. All the near pins were taken going to Tony Robbins, Mark On, Paul Smith, & Peter Kelly.
The Ally Ellison Scholarship Fundraiser canceled in January due to lockdown has been rescheduled for March 29th to 31st, the Bunker Boys already have two teams confirmed and are hoping to have a third. All members wishing to participate in this worthy cause should contact Tony Robbins asap, a good time is always guaranteed at the Serenity Resort and Spa who are hosting the event and no doubt a bit of extra trade would be welcome by both the resort and golf course in the present circumstances.
Friday, February 19th
Crystal Bay C & A.
1st Dave Ashman (24) 40 points
2nd Tony Robbins (19) 39 points
3rd Michael Brett (15) 36 points
Near pins Jimmy Carr, Dave Ashman, Bob Innes, & Geoff Parker
Another course where we seemed to be the only people playing so once again a quick round with the lead group finished well before 3.00 pm. The day was bright and sunny with very little wind. The course was again in decent condition so no complaints on the score. A small field of only ten was on hand with some very good scoring again, some of the Bunker Boys are in sparkling form at present, and all week scores were above average.
With a remarkable twenty-four points on the front nine, Dave Ashman set a cracking and took the honours with a total of forty points. to be fair his handicap seems a bit generous. One stroke back Tony Robbins took second place and would seem to already have sewn up the golfer of the month, it’s going to take a remarkable change in fortune for someone to overtake him. Michael Brett took third with thirty-six.. All the near pins were taken with one each going to Jimmy Carr, Dave Ashman, who was very close to a hole in one, Bob Innes again, and Geoff Parker.
Next week is our first away trip of the year to the Chatrium Resort, to play the beautiful Soi Dao course, a favourite of many. Some of the group are making a detour to Koh Chang on the way back so all in all a nice little trip to get this year’s traveling underway.
Tony Robbins & Dave Ashman both in sparkling form this week.
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Feb 8 til Feb 12, 2021

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Feb 192021
Monday, February 8th
1st Barry Murnin (20) 41 points
2nd Paul Smith (4) 39 points
3rd Geoff Parker (18) 37 points
Near pins Les Cobban, & Paul Smith X 2.
An unlucky number (thirteen) for today’s game at Bangpra where on arrival we found a very quiet course. Later in the day, it started to fill up but by that time we were finished so no slow play problems. We have now gotten so used to quick games this high season so that if ever we get back to a proper high season we will certainly not enjoy slow play that goes with big crowds.
The practice green was lightning fast and we expected the course to be the same but unfortunately not the case, the greens were unusually slow by Bangpra standards. No wind on the front nine but it got up quite a bit on the back nine. Overall the course was in decent condition, the monkeys were out in force again but much more passive than previous visits.
To coincide with Superbowl Day Barry Murnin decided it was America’s day and put together a very fine round of forty-one points to take first place. One of his compatriots in the group Mark On declared on the first tee that it was going to be his day, alas he was nowhere to be seen, that’s the problem with making bold predictions, as often as not they bite you in the ass. Paul Smith might have thought his thirty-nine was enough to take first but not so, only good enough for second. The days of Geoff Parker playing off eighteen are coming to a close, after a long spell in the doldrums Geoff is now back close to his best and can forget about a shot on every hole, another good score of thirty-seven was enough to take third place and repeated good scores of late should see his handicap drop to a more respectable level. To be fair he did have plenty of good luck today but was good enough to make it count. Three near pins were taken with Les Cobban taking one and Paul Smith two. Back at the bar, Barry rang the bell, the first for the year, long may it continue, well done Barry.
Wednesday, February 10th
Parichat Rainbow
1st Geoff Parker (18) 36 points
2nd Tony Robbins (20) 36 points
3rd Mark On (11) 34 points
Near pins Geoff Parker, Barry Murnin, & Michael Brett.
Our regular monthly rainbow round was again played at Parichat. It seems like several of our members are tired of this format as we only had ten participants today. Rainbow adds an extra dimension to course management and strategy that some cope with better than others. Despite the course having been revised some time ago, there are still a couple of holes that are in the lap of the gods, in particular, the second par-five fifth with an elevated green that is almost impossible to hit and stay on with runoff in three directions, even off the forward tees it’s still a real challenge, the seventeenth green is also difficult.
Speed of play was excellent and we had one of the earliest finishes ever, some were back in Pattaya by three-thirty. Geoff Parker took first place on countback from Tony Robbins, both had thirty-six points. Mark On took third with thirty-four points. Three near pins were taken, although its stretching things a bit to call Geoff Parkers a near pin, his ball was as far from the hole as it could possibly be without being off the green, Barry Murnin and Michael Brett got the other two. Shot of the day went to Geoff Parker who on the short par four fifteenth put his second shot in the hole for a rare eagle from about fifty yards out. Naturally, he declined requests to repeat the shot to prove it wasn’t a fluke.
Friday,12th February
Greenwood C & A.
1st Tony Robbins (20) 40 points
2nd Steve Durey (24) 38 points
3rd Mark On (11) 38 points
Near pins Jimmy Carr & Michael Brett.
Once again we had a course to ourselves for most of the round, later some local groups showed up. It’s sad to see such a nice course underutilised to this extent. All the drinks stations were closed so instead a lady with a cart drove around with ice and cold drinks, even beer.
The weather was hot as expected and will only get hotter in the coming months, with very little breeze to cool things down.
Having missed out on a first-place on Wednesday in a countback Tony Robbins decided to do it all on his own today taking first place with forty points in a round that had eight to nine single put greens. Steve Durey had a golden day with thirty-eight points to take second place, Steve has been on an upward trend for the past few weeks and finally made it today. Imagine Mark On’s surprise when he found out his thirty-eight was only good enough for third place. Only two near pins were taken going to Jimmy Carr and Michael Brett.
On a lighter note, a recent study found that the average golfer walks about nine-hundred miles a year. Another study found that golfers on average drink twenty-two gallons of alcohol a year, which means, on average golfers get about forty-one miles to the gallon. Barry Murnin disputes these figures and suggests some golfers have a much higher alcohol consumption.
Barry Murnin 41 points at Bangpra
Tony Robbins 40 points at Greenwood

Feb 1 til Feb 5, 2021

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Feb 082021
Monday, February 1st
Report by Mike Brett
Treasure Hill
1st Paul Smith (3) 34 points
2nd Peter Kelly (15) 31 points
3rd Bob Paine (21) 31 points
4th Steve Durey (23) 31 points
Near pins Mark On, Geoff Atwell, Barry Murnin, & Michael Brett.
Our first game of February was played at Treasure Hill in comfortable conditions. The course was difficult as always and made even more so by greens that were lightning fast coupled with some very difficult pin placements, consequently scoring was very poor compared with recent results. The greens here are now faster than Pattavia or Bangpra used to be. Once again we had the course to ourselves so no holdups and the round was completed within four hours, which is acceptable. Showers were open again which was very welcome so no more uncomfortable trips back to Pattaya after golf. An eleven hundred baht all-in fee was very good value.
Playing off a three handicap Paul Smith took first place with thirty-four points, a very good score given his handicap and the difficulty of the course. Three players ended with thirty-one points and were placed as listed. All the near pins were taken with one each to Mark On, Geoff Atwell, Barry Murnin, and Michael Brett. A field of fourteen was not bad under the circumstances.
As Pattaya lockdown is over and bars are open again things are more normal we are now looking to make a visit to Soi Dao at the end of the month, so all those interested should contact Tony Robbins as soon as possible. No doubt all our normal overseas visitors will be as jealous as hell to miss out on this trip as it’s a favorite of most. Some may even recall our last visit when Robby Watts scored forty-six points off an eight handicap, can anyone better that score this year?, no doubt Robby would love to be here to try again but has to be content with competing in the Keyesborough Club Championship in Melbourne. We are still waiting for Keith Norman to send us some strange playing format.
Wednesday, February 3rd
Pattaya Country Club, Stroke Play.
1st Geoff Cox (19) Net 67
2nd Michael Brett (15) Net 68
3rd Mark On (11) 71
4th Alan Sullivan (13) 71
Near pins. Mark On, Alan Sullivan, & Dave Ashman.
A short trip to the ever-improving Pattaya Country Club for the Medal round of the month. With the short distance to travel, and an improving course, and very favorable green/caddie fees this is now a desirable course to play. In the past, the course was noted for being dry, with hard compacted soil, and very little grass, how things have changed. Another large group arrived at the same time as us and went off the back nine so no hold-ups.
The day was nice and sunny with a light breeze which strengthened considerably by the closing holes.
In one of his now rare appearances and playing his favourite format Geoff (nobody should get two strokes on a hole) Cox took the honours with an excellent score of net seventy-one, Geoff had all parts of his game working today and showed no embarrassment playing off nineteen. Second place went to Michael Brett, a stroke back whilst Mark On edged out Alan Sullivan on countback for third, both on net seventy-one, a very good score for Alan after his recent layoff with medical issues, welcome back Alan. Three near pins were taken with one each to Dave Ashman, Mark On & Alan Sullivan.
Our much-anticipated trip to Soi Dao is now locked in for the 22nd & 23rd of the month, Options to go early and stay after are available, with room rates of 1800 baht per night. green fees are 800 baht with a caddie fee of 350 baht. It is hoped that by the time we arrive the elephants will have settled down and there will be no more fatal battles on the course.
Friday, February 5th
Khao Kheow A & B. Two ball better ball & Individual Stableford.
1st team Geoff Parker & Bob Paine 42 points
2nd Mark On & Dave Ashman 42 points
1st individual Stableford Geoff Parker 32 points.
Near pins Geoff Parker, Bob Paine, & Jimmy Carr.
An unusual day for the Bunker Boys today playing a two-ball team event plus an individual Stableford game. It’s a bit unusual to have an even number of players so once we had twelve Jimmy decided that the time was right to play a two-ball. Teams were arranged by grouping the top six handicap players with the six lowest as opposed to a random draw.
On the opening holes, the wind was howling and made conditions very difficult. The greens were the fastest that anyone can remember at Khao Kheow so the combination of greens and wind made scoring difficult, some were tearing out their hair in frustration, at least those with hair. Speed of play was also very slow which added to the frustration. A curiosity of the day was that the all-in or walking fees were the same, naturally, everyone took a cart.
The team of Geoff Parker and Bob Paine took the honours with a score of forty-two, modest for this format but enough to edge out Dave Ashman & Mark On on countback. Unsurprisingly both the winners got near pins and Geoff also got the top score of a lowly thirty-two. The remaining near pin went to Jimmy Carr.
Paul Smith winner at Treasure Hill
Geoff Cox Net sixty-seven at Pattaya Country Club
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Jan 25 til Jan 29, 2021

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Monday, January 25th
1st Mark On (12) 39 points
2nd Jay Babin (23) 38 points
3rd Myles Knowlson (12) 38 points
4th Peter Kelly (16) 37 points
Near pins Myles Knowlson, Peter Kelly, Geoff Parker, & Tony Robbins.
On one of the hottest days for months, today was a day we missed showers after the game, at least we got a game. Even with a breeze, it was still uncomfortably hot at times.
The course was in decent condition but the rough is now starting to get very brown and withered and a good shower of rain would do wonders. As always the greens were very slippery and only the best putters were able to cope with them, we obviously have a few good putters in the group as scores were very good.
One such player was Mark On who with twenty-three points on the back nine took first place with thirty-nine, an excellent round under the conditions. He did state on the first tee that he was ready for a good round today and certainly delivered in spades. Jay Babin who rarely visits the winner’s circle had an outstanding round of thirty-eight given his difficulty with the flat stick, he edged Myles Knowlson into third place on countback. Myles rarely returns a card with less than a mid-thirties score and is making a late charge for the golfer of the month. Peter Kelly completed the winner’s circle with a steady thirty-seven points, enough to win most days. All the near pins were taken with one each to Myles, Peter, Geoff Parker, & a slightly grumpy Tony Robbins, possibly a Prozac sandwich for breakfast prior to our next game could help.
Occasionally we come across some curious things on the golf course, today we saw one that most people thought only existed on youtube. On the left side of the par-three fourth fairway, a digger was cleaning up a water catchment area and sank deep into the mud and bottomed out covering its caterpillar tracks. The rescue job will no doubt provide some unexpected enjoyment for passing groups of players in the near future.
Wednesday, January 27th
Burapha. A & B.
1st Les Cobban (9) 38 points
2nd Myles Knowlson (11) 37 points
3rd Geoff Parker (18) 36 points
Near pins Dave Ashman, Les Cobban, & Geoff Parker.
A field of twelve for today’s game at Burapha although we were lucky to have that many, for some reason only known to themselves Steve Durey and Barry Murnin went to Bangpra and had to come all the way back, late as expected for their tee time. Luckily the course was not busy and they finally caught up on the closing holes.
The course was in average condition, the rough not as punishing as previously, but the greens were abysmally slow, certainly not up to the standard one would expect from this course. The day was overcast and muggy as there was no wind.
As is usually the case the cream rises to the top with Les Cobban taking first place with thirty-eight points. The ever consistent Myles Knowlson took second a stroke back with Geoff Parker closing out the winner’s circle with thirty-six points, all very good scores under the conditions. Three near pins were won by Dave Ashman, Les Cobban, and Geoff Parker.
With the last game of January on Friday, a fierce battle is in store for the golfer of the month with at least five players all very close and in with a show. Only a few points separate Myles Knowlson, Mark On, Geoff, Parker, Les Cobban, and Michael Brett, anyone who shoots a good score wins, who will claim the prize?, a betting man would put their money on either Les Cobban or Myles both of whom show greater consistency than the others.
Friday, January 29th
Crystal Bay C & A
1st Tony Plummer (18) 41 points
2nd Myles Knowlson (11) 39 points
3rd Michael Brett (15) 34 points
4th Geoff Parker (18) 34 points
Near pins Myles Knowlson & Tony Plummer X 2.
Our last game of January was played at the Crystal Bay Course. The place was virtually deserted when we arrived and we struggled to find enough caddies for the fourteen of us.
The course was in its usual condition, not great but reasonably ok. The wind blew all day but didn’t affect play too much. We had a curious situation today where our third group who were abysmally slow lost several holes on the group in front of them, obviously, they held up the group behind them also. They finished an hour after the first group to the great displeasure of both.
In recent times some very good scores are being returned as was the case again today. Tony Plummer was in superb form and took first place with forty-one points, he also managed to bag two near pins and just missed out on a third. After a very shaky start, Myles Knowlson managed to get into gear and compile a score of thirty-nine, good enough to take second place, a round that contained a couple of birdies. Four players ended up with thirty-four points with Geoff Atwell and Steve Durey the unlucky ones to miss out on countback. Looks like Steve Durey is now running into some form after his long absence, Geoff Parker is also maintaining good form after a prolonged spell in the doldrums where he threatened to give up golf. It’s now Jimmy Carrs turn to endure how golf can drag you down.
Today was the first visit by a very pallid Gerry Cooney after a long balmy winter
in Liverpool, He spent much of the day under an umbrella sheltering his porcelain white skin from the hot Thai sun, welcome back Gerry.
Once again it was time to find the first golfer of the month for this New Year. Les Cobban lead by two going into the final round but for some reason decided not to participate, he could have still won without playing depending on the chasers scores. Myles Knowlson was the closest but still had to produce in order to win, which he did. The other chasers, Mark On, Geoff Parker, and Michael Brett all had chances but failed to take them leaving Myles with his name on the first wine glass of the year, goes to show how sophisticated the Bunker Boys have become, going from beer mugs to wine glasses.
Golfer of the month, Myles Knowlson
Mark, On winner at Pattavia.
Les Cobban, winner at Burapha.
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Jan 18 til Jan 22, 2021

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Monday, January 18th
Plutaluang, East & South
1st Geoff Parker (18) 35 points
2nd Geoff Cox (18) 34 points
3rd Jimmy Carr (15) 33 points
Near pins Tony Robbins, Myles Knowlson, & Dave Ashan.
A virtually deserted course greeted the Bunker Boys for today’s round at Plutaluang. We had the choice of nines to play and selected. East & South. A warm sunny day as opposed to the cooler windy weather we have endured lately. A five hundred baht green/caddie was a virtual steal and some did take it, however, most took the all-in deal of one thousand baht.
Speed of play was leisurely, to begin with, but as the game progressed so to did the tempo and the round was completed in good time. No showers after the game and people are finally getting used to going home to shower.
Geoff Parker had another steady round taking first place with thirty-five points, he also managed to win all three sixes. Geoff is now back to his former best form and looking good for golfer of the month. Geoff Cox took second with thirty-four, the remaining Geoff (Atwell) this time was down the field after looking good early in his round. Jimmy Carr beat Bob Paine on countback to take third. One near pin each to Tony Robbins, Myles Knowlson, and Dave Ashman.
A measure of how decent and generous Thai people are was seen on the course with one caddie finding some food for every dog she encountered, a real angel of mercy. She even had a pill for one injured dog with a lame leg, so nice to see someone taking care of man’s best friend. You are unlikely to see such a display of kindness on many farang courses, then again you probably wouldn’t see the dogs either.
Wednesday, January 20th
Parichat, Rainbow
1st Myles Knowlson (11) 36 points
2nd Tony Robbins (18) 33 points
3rd Michael Brett (16) 33 points
Near pins Jimmy Carr, Geoff Atwell, & Donald McGuigan X 2
Our monthly rainbow as always was played at the Parichat Course where an all-in fee of twelve hundred baht represents decent value. This is a course that has always been noted as being in excellent condition, of late is not quite as good as it used to be. A number of tee boxes are not flat, several fairways had unfilled divots, and the greens today were simply impossible. Recently shaved almost bare of grass they were very firm and had been sanded within the last few days. This had the effect of exaggerating the curves and slopes and any approach shot that was not perfect ran off and down a steep slope. To add further to the difficulty some of the pin placements were simply unfair and too difficult for the average golfer.
We set out with a clear course ahead of us but very quickly ran up against a local six-ball who held us up for several holes before allowing our lead group to play through. our second group decided to jump ahead a couple of holes and go back at the end to play the skipped holes. Our last group had to wait till the closing holes to play through and finished much later than the first two groups who were into their second coffee before the third group made it back to the clubhouse.
Only one player managed to master the conditions and the course, the very consistent Myles Knowlson took first place with thirty-six points, twenty-two on the back. Tony Robbins and Michael Brett finished tied on thirty-three with Tony edging it on countback. One near pin each to Jimmy Carr ad Geoff Atwell with newcomer Donald McGuigan in only his second game with us taking two, one had to be particularly close as there was already a ball on the green within six feet. Bob Innes had a particularly difficult front nine and had to be convinced to play on, a good decision as he had a much better back nine.
Friday, January 22nd
Pattana Golf & Country Club C & A.
1st Michael Brett (16) 39 points
2nd Jimmy Carr (15) 39 points
3rd Paul Smith (3) 37 points
4th Tony Plummer (18) 36 points
Near pins Myles Knowlson, Geoff Cox, Bob Innes, & Michael Brett
The biggest field of the season so far (seventeen) was on hand for today’s game at Pattana where we were allocated the C & A nines. The C nine where we started had been closed for some time and on today’s evidence should still be closed. The greens were simply not up to standard, slow, rough, and very difficult to read, most overestimated the borrow, and since the greens didn’t take break as normal, putting was difficult in the extreme. The greens on the A nine were ok and this was reflected in the scores.
In another rare appearance with us, Tony Plummer turned in a very respectable thirty-six points to take fourth place. In a remarkable turn around in form Paul Smith who had thirteen on the front nine,  shot a score of twenty-four on the back to take third place with thirty-seven, a run of birdies ( five in six holes) certainly changed the complexion of his card. With twenty-two on the back Michael Brett edged out Jimmy Carr on countback for first place. All the near pins were taken with one each to Bob Innes (again), Myles Knowlson, Geoff Cox, and Michael Brett.
When we checked in we were given more vouchers for another game at eleven hundred baht all-in price, several expressed the view that they would not play the course again if they had to play the C nine, a poor reflection of a course that normally sets such a high standard.
Jimmy Carr, good week.
Geoff Parker looking good to make another addition to the trophy cabinet.