Nov 29 til Dec 3, 2021

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Monday, November 29th
Parichat
1st Michael Brett (15) 36 points
2nd Jimmy Carr (17) 33 points
3rd Geoff Parker (20) 33 points.
Near pins Paul Smith, Steve Durey, & Michael Brett.
The last game of November was played in very difficult conditions at the Parichat course where once again we played Stableford instead of the regular monthly rainbow competition. A most unpleasant day for golf, the sky was grey and overcast, with an everpresent threat of rain, the wind was howling particularly on the front nine, the greens were lightning-quick, all of which contributed to a very trying day. As the course is so open and treeless the wind had a much greater effect than it might have had at another course. Speed of play was excellent with most of the groups finishing in good time, the lead three-ball was back in the clubhouse by two o’clock.
Despite a poor finish with two one-pointers, Michael Brett managed to secure top position with thirty-six points. Jimmy Carr and Geoff Parker both finished on thirty-three in second and third respectively. Three near pins went to Paul Smith, Steve Durey, and Michael Brett with one delinquent.
As expected Jimmy Carr who showed consistently good form all month took out the golfer of the month trophy with some distance to second place. This was Jimmy’s second golfer of the month win this year, can he make it three?. Given his current run of good form, it would be foolhardy to bet against it.

Wednesday, December 1st
Pattaya Country Club
1st Nik Evans (12) 38 points
2nd Jimmy Carr (17) 36 points
3rd Bob Innes (30) 36 points
4th Steve Durey (20) 35 points
Near pins Danny Evans, Steve Durey, & Paul Smith X 2.
The biggest turnout for about eighteen months for our first game of December at Pattaya Country Club including Mike Lloyd playing his second game and Daryl Vernon his first. It seems like the rainy season has been replaced with a windy season, it was blowing again today, sometimes quite strongly, and rarely seemed to be in an advantageous direction.
Those familiar with this country know it’s often referred to as “Amazing Thailand” and today we got a first-hand example of why. We were assured yesterday that we could purchase seniors cards on the day for five hundred baht which guaranteed us an all-in fee of twelve hundred and fifty baht till the end of October next year. In the intervening twenty-four hours, the cost of senior cards doubled in price, needless to say, this news went down like a lead balloon. After much argument and the threat of a walkout of nineteen players common sense finally prevailed. Thereafter it was much like getting a certificate of entry to the country with passport or driver’s license required, paperwork to be filled out, and photos to be taken before we could proceed to play, not the kind of start that puts one in the correct frame of mind for golf.
The pace of play was slow such that a group of locals was able to jump in between our first three-ball and the second group. Slow play is a curse on golf and something that needs to be eradicated. Some would argue that golf is not a race, neither is it a game of chess. Slow play upsets many people’s rhythm and concentration and results in low scoring. Today’s winner Nik Evans was unaffected and produced a display of controlled disciplined golf to amass a score of thirty-eight points, an excellent score in the conditions. Jimmy Carr is still continuing in a rich vein of form and took second place with thirty-six points, surely now we will see his handicap come down to a level more befitting his ability. Bob Innes took third place also on thirty-six and Steve Durey took fourth place one stroke adrift. A total of seven players were locked together on thirty-four points. All the near pins were taken with Steve Durey and Danny Evans taking one each with Paul Smith taking two.

Friday, December 3rd
Pleasant Valley.
1st Steve Durey (20) 43 points
2nd Alan Sullivan (12) 35 points
3rd Colin Greig (14) 34 points
4th Geoff Parker (20) 34 points
5th Paul Smith (2) 34 points
Near pins Greg Berry, Dave Ashman, Mike Lloyd, & Mark On.
Another new arrival today, John Hughes, and a couple more expected next week making for what looks like a more normal high season. Pleasant Valley was the venue where again a field of nineteen showed up to play. This is a course that polarises opinions, most like the ambiance and friendliness of the place with superior caddies, others detest the course and would be happy to never play there again. It’s hard to satisfy all the people all the time, so sometimes concessions have to be made.
Another slow round today as we had another society out directly in front of us, still it was better than Wednesday’s extremely slow game. The course was surprisingly dry and is starting to go brown in some areas, something we haven’t seen for a long time. A couple of greens were particularly shabby and had some remedial work done which still shows, the bunkers for the most part were disappointing, nothing a good raking wouldn’t fix.
Today’s winner Steve Durey produced an exceptional round with a score of forty-
three points, surely his handicap must now come down to a more respectable level. Another Westham United supporter Alan Sullivan in a rare visit to the Bunker shot a steady round of thirty-five to take second place. Colin Greig, Geoff Parker, and Paul Smith finished in that order on countback with thirty-four points. Bob Innes and Mike Lloyd both had strong front nines, only to fade out of contention on the back. All the near pins were taken today with Dave Ashman taking one particularly good one, Mark On, Greg Berry, and Mike Lloyd taking the other three. The week ended on a high note with the news that as of today restaurants are allowed to serve alcohol, no doubt many will be slaking their thirst into the night, a long time coming.

November Golfer of the Month Jimmy Carr

Winner at Pattaya Country Club Nik Evans.

Big winner Steve Durey.

Nov 22 til Nov 26, 2021

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Monday, November 22nd
Khao Kheow B & C.
1st Steve Durey (21) 39 points
2nd Jimmy Carr (18) 38 points
3rd Michael Brett(15) 36 points
Near pins Colin Greig & Steve Durey X 2.
Quite a warm day at Khao Kheow where we were allocated the B & C nines. The course was in fine condition, no complaints on that score, also decent pricing with an all-in deal of eleven hundred baht. All was fine weatherwise till the last hole when suddenly a storm swept in virtually out of nowhere forcing us to take shelter. Just as quick as it came it went after about five minutes delay, enough to get everybody wet.
A curious game in many ways with several embarrassingly low scores, however those at the top of the list returned decent numbers. Sitting comfortably at the top of the list in the race for golfer of the month, Jimmy Carr stretched his lead today with thirty-eight points taking second place. Michael Brett had a struggle all day but managed to cobble together thirty-six points to take third place. The star of the day was Steve Durey who came home with a wet sail, twenty-two points on the back nine to claim victory with a thirty-nine point total. Steve also had his name on three near pin flags and managed to hang on to two with Colin Greig taking another, with one delinquent.
Slowly some of our longstanding members are starting to trickle back from foreign parts with Greg Berry making his first appearance in about eighteen months, we are expecting more shortly. Good to see Greg looking fit and healthy given that on his last visit he suffered two accidents, one life-threatening. We were also happy to welcome to the fold a new member Danny Evans all the way from Middlesbrough.
Wednesday, November 24th
Chee Chan
1st Bengt Engstrom (13) 38 points
2nd Jimmy Carr (18) 36 points
3rd Colin Greig (14) 35 points
Near pins Bengt Engstrom, Jimmy Carr, Colin Greig, & Michael Brett.
Another visit to the beautiful Chee Chan course where, as usual, everything was in tip tops shape. This is the most expensive course we play with an all-in fee of three thousand baht, not a course we plan to play on a regular basis but an occasional treat. The fairways are better than greens on many courses, the greens themselves were very tricky in particular the front nine were much quicker than the back for some curious reason.
The day was nice and sunny and with no wind, it became quite hot, nevertheless nice for golf. Today we welcomed another new member Bengt Engstrom who not only blew everyone away with a top score of thirty-eight points but also managed to snag a near pin, what a debut. Continuing on his run of good form Jimmy Carr took second place with a very creditable thirty-six points with the ever-improving Colin Greig taking third place a stroke back despite an uncharacteristically poor day with the putter. Jimmy, Colin, and Michael Brett took the remaining three near pins. As was the case on Monday a few members returned some very low scores so the message was clear, your game needs to be in good shape to play this course.
Friday, November 26th
Emerald
1st Kevin LeBar (16) 38 points
2nd Geoff Atwell (22) 33 points
3rd Jimmy Carr (32 points
Near pins Geoff Parker, Paul Smith X 2.
It is not uncommon to see a golf course acquire some additional land to lengthen a hole or harden up a course in some way. What is very rare is to see a course sell off part of a hole to a property developer thereby making what once was a long difficult hole into a short easy par four as is the case at Emerald where now the third tee and about eighty yards of fairway are now a building site. We understand the long-term plan is to build a new clubhouse and create some new holes in a major revision of the course, however for the time being high handicap golfers have an easy ride on what should no longer be a low handicap hole.
A bright sunny day for the last game of the week, but a constant wind made conditions difficult. One thousand and fifty baht all-in fee was good value so fourteen golfers showed up to tackle a course where the rough was difficult as ever with thick deep crabgrass everywhere. Only Kevin LeBar was able to tame the course today with a fine score of thirty-eight points in first place. A full five strokes back Geoff Atwell took second place with a group of three locked together on thirty-two, Jimmy Carr got the nod on countback. Geoff Parker got one near pin and Paul Smith got two.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Nov 15 til Nov 19, 2021

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Monday, November 15th
Greenvalley
1st Mashi Kaneta (19) 38 points
2nd Geoff Parker (20) 36 points
3rd Kob Glover (24) 35 points
4th Neil Harvey (😎 35 points
Near pins Jimmy Carr & Paul Smith X 2.
Despite missing a couple of regulars today we equalled our biggest field of the year with seventeen in attendance. The course was in remarkably good condition despite recent rain but some of the greens were not up to the standard we expect at Greenvalley. We were informed that the greens at St Andrew’s were much worse so our booking for later in the month was canceled and instead we make a return to Chee Chan. An all-in fee of eleven hundred and fifty baht was decent value in what is normally high season.
Making another of his rare appearances at the Bunker Boys Mashi Kaneta took the honors today with a fine score of thirty-eight points. Continuing on with his recent good form Geoff Parker took second place with thirty-six points, how much longer can his twenty handicap last?. Another in good form in recent games Kob Glover took third place with thirty-five beating Neil Harvey into fourth on countback. Jimmy Carr got his usual near pin with the newly arrived Paul Smith taking two.
About two weeks ago we were celebrating the end of monsoon season and the prospect of months of rain-free golf. Whilst we were lucky today and got through dry, the rain came tumbling down shortly after we finished. It’s been a long wetter than usual monsoon season this year and it seems we are not done with it yet.
Wednesday, November 17th.
Greenwood. B & C
1st Jay Babin (20) 36 points
2nd Geoff Parker (20) 34 points
3rd Jimmy Carr (17) 33 points
Near pins. Kevin LeBar, Jay Babin, & Paul Smith
The Greenwood course was a little soft underfoot for today’s game with mudballs common, otherwise, it was nice as usual. With it being soft underfoot there was absolutely no run on the fairways today so the course played long. We would be remiss without a mention of the greenkeeper who must have had a bad night as the pin placements were amongst the most challenging we have seen for some time, there was hardly one flag on a flat piece of green. As a result, only one player covered himself in glory, with all the low handicap players playing below their best.
The day was hot and sunny, in fact by the end of play it became uncomfortably hot. A nice cool breeze would have been very welcome.
Jay Babin was the man in the driving seat today taking first place with thirty-six points, a very good score under the circumstances, no five puts today. Geoff Parker was again steady in second place with thirty-four points with Jimmy Carr bringing up the rear a stroke adrift. For the second game in a row, Paul Smith got two near pins, very consistent from him with Jay Babin and Kevin LeBar taking one each. As is most often the case Kevin somehow managed to get the cutest caddie, no wonder people like playing in his fourball.
Friday, November 19th
Treasure Hill
1st Tony Robbins (24) 34 points
2nd Bob Innes (31) 33 points
3rd Geoff Atwell (22) 33 points
Near pins Dave Ashman, Steve Durey, & Michael Brett.
Treasure Hill was the venue for the last game of the week. This is a course that is never in any danger of being called a classic layout with trees in all sorts of inappropriate places, consequently, it plays difficult with low scores the norm as was the case again today.
A lucky escape weatherwise with a downpour just after we finished play much the same as happened on Monday. Despite recent rain, the playing surface was excellent, the weather warm and sunny so no excuses apart from all the trees.
Tony Robbins took the honors today with a modest thirty-four, it’s very rare anyone posts a high score at this course. Four players finished on thirty-three with Bob Innes and Geoff Atwell taking the chocolates on countback in that order, with Les Cobban and Kevin LeBar missing out. Once again the high handicappers were the ones to claim the prizes. Three near pins were taken going to Dave Ashman, Steve Durey & Michael Brett. Remarkably Dave Ashman’s ball just crept onto the green by a whisker but a very long way from the pin.

We offer our

congratulations
 

to Bob Innes who on Wednesday did the dastardly deed and tied the knot, we wish him and his new bride a long and happy life together.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Nov 8 til Nov 12, 2021

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Monday, November 8th
Kanchanaburi Trip Day 1.
Royal Ratchaburi
1st Les Cobban (9) 39 points
2nd Niall Glover (15) 39 points
3rd Tony Robbins (24) 39 points
4th Michael Brett (14) 36 points
5th Nick Evans (12) 36 points
Near pins Bob Innes, Lance Conway-Jones, Nick Evans, & Moe
The first game of our Kanchanaburi trip was played at the Royal Ratchaburi Course. Some traveled up the day before and were fresh for the start of play while most drove up on the day. A decent roll-up of fifteen was on hand.
 A blustery day, overcast and cool with cloudy skies, not what we expected with the rainy season supposedly finished. We had two rain breaks throughout the round which slowed play a quite bit. The course was in very nice condition so no excuses on that score and in fact scores were decent under the circumstances and also quite even.
Les Cobban, Niall Glover & Tony Robbins all had thirty-nine points and finished in that order. Michael Brett took fourth on countback from Nick Evans. Lance Conway-Jones looked like running away with it having twenty-one on the front nine, only to fade away on the back. All the near pins were taken with one each to Lance Conway-Jones, Bob Innes, Nick Evans, and Moe, (not Norman), nobody knows where Larry and Curley were.
Day 2
Tuesday, November 9th
Mission Hills
1st Les Cobban (8) 35 points
2nd Michael Brett (14) 34 points
3rd Jimmy Carr (18) 34 points
Near pins, Dave Ashman, Les Cobban, The Phantom.
A new adventure for most of the group today with a game at Mission Hills Resort Course, most people had not played this course previously, and we’re looking forward to seeing what it had to offer. This is a Jack Nicklaus designed course that looked curiously much more like a Pete Dye design to the extent that it had a lot of water and even an island green.
In the past, this course rightly deserved its lofty reputation, however, today due to recent heavy rain including overnight it was not at its best, the fairways were in need of a trim and the bunkers were either flooded or washed out, nothing maintenance couldn’t fix, nonetheless, most of the group enjoyed the round but would have preferred a dryer track.
Once again Les Cobban took first place with thirty-five points and already had one hand on the tour trophy, Khun Nana will be enjoying the spoils tonight. A scratchy front nine with an improved back nine saw Michael Brett take second place from Jimmy Carr on countback. There were a couple of very low scores best forgotten. Only three near pins today with one each to Dave Ashman, and Les Cobban with a third going to a member that goes by the moniker The Phantom
Day 3
Grand Prix
1st Jimmy Carr (18) 36 points
2nd Les Cobban (8) 34 points
3rd Tony Robbins (22) 33 points
Near pins Jimmy Carr, Dave Ashman, Colin Greig, & Michael Brett
After a day of rest on Wednesday,  the  Bunker Boys resumed their tour of Kanchanaburi with their third game, this time at the wonderful Grand Prix Course. Following recent heavy rain and floods, the course had recovered remarkably well and only the bunkers were still showing the effects. All the water catchments were full to overflow, in fact, some had encroached onto the fairways but not enough to affect play. Part of the road into the course was completely washed away to the extent that a temporary bypass had to be constructed.
A bright sunny day with no threat of rain, a stiff breeze blew all day and coupled with the difficulty of the course kept scoring at a modest level. A few people lost a few balls, particularly on the eighteenth where the water came into play both off the tee and also the second shot, a couple lost more than one ball on this particular hole.
For a change, Les Cobban didn’t win today being relegated to second place by Jimmy Carr who top-scored with thirty-six points. Tony Robbins pushed the improving Colin Greig out of third place. Near pins went to Dave Ashman, Jimmy Carr, Colin Greig, & Michael Brett
 
Friday, November 12th
Day 4
Evergreen Hills
1st Kob Glover (23) 39 points
2nd Jimmy Carr (18) 35 points
3rd The Phantom (23) 34 points
Team winners Les Cobban & The Phantom.
Near pins Dave Ashman & Niall Glover X 2.
The final game of our trip to Kanchanaburi was played at the very nice Evergreen Hills course, the closest course to town of all the courses we played. Again a nice day for golf with warm sunshine and no threat of rain, perhaps we finally have seen the end of monsoon season. A bit of casual water o the first fairway prompted the decision to play pick, clean, and place although it was unnecessary after that.
With even numbers playing we decided to have an individual stableford competition and a two-ball team event. Scoring was average for most with the exception of Kob Glover who blew away the rest of the field with thirty-nine points. Showing great consistency Jimmy Carr followed up yesterday’s thirty-six with one less today to take second place, whilst the Phanton struck again with thirty-four points in third place. Teaming up with Les Cobban the Phantom was part of the winning team with a combined score of forty-two points. Les Cobban took out the tour champion event with two wins and a second to put distance between himself and the chasers, the two closest were Jimmy Carr and Michael Brett both on equal points some distance back. Dave Ashman took one near pin and Niall Glover took two
This was meant to be our last away trip for the year, however, there is another trip just announced that is catching people’s attention. Serenity Resort & Spa Christmas Scramble is being held in Kabin Buri on Monday, December 20th with overnight accommodation at Serenity. As always Olivier Daniel who excels with his organisational skills will no doubt make the occasion special. An “all you eat” Christmas buffet will appeal to many particularly with free-flow beer and wine included. There are some special prizes to be won including an Odyssey putter, a KBSC golf bag, and a golf bag voucher as well as a lucky dip draw gift for each participant. Anybody wishing to assemble a team or join another team should contact Tony Robbins at the earliest opportunity as this promises to be a popular event.
 
Kob Glover, the winner at Evergreen Hills, holding Les Cobban’s trophy
 
Jimmy Carr, winner at Grand Prix.
 
Les Cobban, tour winner.

Nov 1 til Nov 5,2021

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Monday, November 1st
Mountain Shadow
1st Mashi Kaneta (19) 33 points
2nd Niall Glover (15) 33 points
3rd Jimmy Carr (18) 33 points
Near pins Niall Glover, Geoff Parker, Les Cobban, & Mashi Kaneta.
It had been some time since the Bunker Boys’ last visit to Mountain Shadow so we were not quite sure what to expect. As it turned out the fairways and greens were in excellent condition, the tee boxes were ok but the bunkers were very poor, unraked, with washouts, and with hard-packed sand. Anybody going in them faced a serious challenge to get out.
The day was bright and sunny but not too hot. By the end of the round, the skies looked threatening, and on the trip back to Pattaya it came down heavy, so a lucky escape. For just about the whole round we saw no other golfers on the course, but before we left the clubhouse one supersize group was seen on the ninth green.
Scoring was modest as usual at this course, most find it one of the more difficult courses on our roster. In another rare visit, Mashi Kaneta took first place on countback from Niall Glover and Jimmy Carr, all on thirty-three points. Niall and Mashi also bagged near pins with the two others going to Geoff Parker and Les Cobban.
Wednesday, November 3rd
Pattaya Country Club
1st Jay Babin (22) 41 points
2nd Bob Innes (31) 39 points
3rd Tony Robbins (24) 38 points
Near pins Geoff Parker, Kevin LeBar, Bob Innes, & Michael Brett.
Yesterday marked the official end of the monsoon season and right on cue we got a bright sunny day with no threat of rain for our game at Pattaya Country Club. One more time when we had a course virtually to ourselves, there were other groups out ahead and behind us but well spaced out so there were no delays in play and a speedy round was had.
As has been the case since being returfed the Pattaya Country Club course was in prime condition, with no complaints about any aspect of the course
A nice breeze blew all day keeping things cool without affecting play too much. A most curious situation came to light after the game when it was revealed that it was cheaper to play at the all-in fee using a PSC voucher rather than walk, just another one of the curiosities that crop up from time to time in Thailand.
In contrast with Monday when scores were low today we had the reverse with a lot of very good scores returned. It is noteworthy that all today’s winners were twenty-plus handicappers, could it be that the new handicap system is not working as well as one might expect?, certainly the low handicappers felt they were carrying a heavy load today.
Top of the heap was Jay Babin with forty-one points of a twenty-two handicap, Jay’s scores have a habit of fluctuating wildly over the course of the month. For some time now Jay has had his eyes firmly fixed on the golfer of the month trophy, could this be the month he breaks through?. In addition to almost grabbing a hole in one, Bob Innes took second place with a very decent thirty-nine points of his thirty-one handicap, we should see that receive a serious haircut from here on. Tony Robbins, unbelievably on a twenty-four handicap took third place with thirty-eight points. All the near pins were taken with one each going to Geoff Parker, Kevin LeBar, Bob Innes, and Michael Brett, this is a course where one expects all the near pins to be taken.
All our overseas regular visitors should note that the Club Championship is scheduled for the third week of next month and those traveling should bear this in mind when making their travel arrangements. We would love to see a big group visiting when next month we are promised that the bars will finally be open.
Friday, November 5th
Pattavia
1st Jimmy Carr (18) 40 points
2nd Bob Innes (30) 37 points
3rd Geoff Cox (17) 37 points
Team event, best pair Jimmy Carr & Kevin LeBar 47 points
Near pins Alan Sullivan, Geoff Parker, Les Cobban, & Jimmy Carr
The Pattavia course was very quiet for the last game of the week where had a very good roll-up. Conditions were perfect for golf, bright and sunny without being too hot. The course was in excellent condition, in particular, the greens were back to their treacherous speed and it was very difficult to hold any puts that missed close to the hole.
A mixed game today where we played a two-ball better ball competition as well as the regular individual event. Scoring was again on the very good side for the second game in a row. Jimmy Carr ripped up the course today with a score of forty points. There was a strong rumour that a bit of handicap protection took place and he scored very poorly on the last three holes, who knows what he would have scored had he kept it going to the end. Following on from his excellent score of Wednesday and with a one-stroke cut in handicap Bob Innes again claimed second place with thirty-seven points to edge out Geoff Cox on countback into third place. No heroics today from Jay Babin who had a Barry Crocker, yo-yo golf as he so often does.
Despite throwing out the anchor on the closing holes by Jimmy his partner Kevin LeBar came to the rescue to take out the team event with forty-seven points. All the near pins were taken going to Alan Sullivan, Geoff Parker, Les Cobban, and Jimmy Carr.
The first proper away trip for some time next week when we pay a visit to Kanchanaburi where we have good numbers so we are hoping for some excellent golf and a good time
 
Jimmy Carr, winner at Pattavia.
 
Big week for Bob Innes
 
Jay Babin, 41 points at Pattaya C C.

Oct 18 til Oct 22, 2021

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Monday, October 18th
Khao Kheow A & C.
1st Niall Glover (15) 32 points
2nd Kevin LeBar (14) 32 points
3rd Kob Glover (24) 31 points
4th Geoff Atwell (23) 31 points
Near pins Steve Durey, Geoff Atwell, & Kevin LeBar.
Pattaya enjoyed/endured a complete weekend of rain from Friday evening to early Monday morning. Even as we travelled to Khao Kheow the sky was heavy and overcast. Once again our weather guru Geoff Parker came to the rescue with a bold prediction of no rain and as it turned out he was right again. At one stage it became hot and sunny before clouding over again, nevertheless we stayed dry. We were allocated the A & C nines which we had to ourselves with no other golfers seen all day, doesn’t bode well for a course that intends to implement high season pricing from next month, today’s all in price of nine hundred and fifty baht was good value.
The course was remarkably dry given how much rain fell, nevertheless we have to implement the pick, clean, and place rule, there was absolutely no run on the fairways today. Khao Kheow was not up to the standard we have come to expect, tee boxes were shabby, and the greens were disappointing to say the least, many were bumpy and in need of remediation if they hope to have any players when the prices rise.
A countback was required to settle all the placing with Niall Glover edging out Kevin LeBar for first and second, whilst Kob Glover also took third from Geoff Atwell. None of the scores were particularly remarkable as was the expectation at the start of play. Shot of the day went to Jay Babin who on the eight par five came within a whisker of an eagle which would have given him a three for six, as it was four for five was an excellent result, could be his handicap needs some scrutiny. Three near pins going to Steve Durey, Geoff Atwell, and Kevin LeBar. The Bunker Boys split up for the rest of the week with one group going to Kabin Buri and those that stayed at home playing Chee Chan on Wednesday, and Rolling Hills on Thursday, a first for most of the Bunker Boys.
Wednesday, October 20th
Chee Chan White tees.
1st Mark On (7) 35 points
2nd Geoff Atwell (23) 34 points
3rd Les Cobban (8) 33 points
Near pins Les Cobban, Tony Plummer, & Michael Brett X 2.
Eight Bunker Boys enjoyed a real treat with a game at Chee Chan, a first for most of the group. A curious day weatherwise with a dull haze persisting all day but with no rain. The course was remarkably dry given recent rain, so much so that carts were allowed on the fairways. An all-in fee of two thousand eight hundred baht was the price to pay today, a rate that’s about to rise next month so it may be some time before we return, nevertheless everyone in attendance enjoyed the course.
Given it was the first visit for most, scores were acceptable, although most found the four hundred yard plus par fours a handful. Best of the day went to  Mark On with thirty-five points, Geoff Atwell was one adrift in second place whilst Les Cobban brought up the rear with thirty-three. All the near pins were taken with Tony Plummer and Les Cobban getting one each and Michael Brett taking two.
In Kabin Buri most of the Bunker Boys returned modest scores with only Jay Babin in form with thirty-eight points. Tony Robbins second with thirty-three whilst Bob Innes and Niall Glover both had thirty-one points,
Thursday, October 21st
Rolling Hills
For the second day in a row the Bunker Boys that didn’t go to Kabin Buri enjoyed another treat with a game at Rolling Hills with favourable all-in fees courtesy of Mark On. This is a course that needs to have been played a few times before the enjoyment sets in. More than most courses it is important to get your drive into the right area on the fairway otherwise the second shot becomes very difficult. In addition the greens are very tricky with subtle slopes and gradients that are hard to read, curiouslt some down hill puts were remarkably slow. Being the host Mark knew the course best and took the honours albeit with a modest score. Jimmy Carr took second and Michael Brett third, Les Cobban had a day best forgotten, most unusual for him, but that’s the challenge of golf.
In Kabin Buri Steve Durey was the best of the bunch with thirty-five points ahead of Tony Robbins on thirty-three and Niall Glover on thirty-two
Friday, October 22nd
Burapha C & D.
1st Geoff Parker (20) 39 points
2nd JimmyCarr (18) 33 points
3rd Michael Brett (13) 32 points
Near pins Geoff Parker, & Michael Brett
A very busy week of golf for the Bunker Boys culminated with a round at  Burapha. The course played host to the All Thailand Open tournament featuring some of Thailand’s best professionals which was being played on the A & B nines so naturally we were allocated the C & D. Due to the work put into the A & B nines to prepare for the tournament the C& D nines had been neglected. Apart from that heavy overnight rain in the area made the course damp underfoot, but the biggest problem was the bunkers, some were flooded and others had all the sand washed down to the bottom leaving ruts and unplayable areas.
Despite sleepless nights with embarrassment  as a result of his twenty handicap Geoff Parker put all that aside today to produce an excellent round of thirty-nine points to take first place, could we now see him return to a more sensible handicap?.  A full six strokes back Jimmy Carr took second with Michael Brett rounding out the top three with thirty-two. Only two near pins were taken by Geoff & Michael. Next week we return to more mundane courses except for Wednesday when we make a return to St Andrews.
 
Geoff Parker, winner at Burapa
 
Mark On, winner at Chee Chan & Rolling Hills
 
Jay Babin had a good few days at KBSC.

Oct 11 til Oct 15, 2021

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Monday, October 11th
Emerald, Medal, White tees.
1st Niall Glover (16) Net 70
2nd Les Cobban (8) Net 73
3rd Gerry Cooney (19) Net 74
Near pins Jay Babin, Geoff Parker, Geoff Cox, & Gerry Cooney
An overcast and slightly windy day for our game at Emerald. The course was in excellent condition and continues to improve with every visit. A lot of work is continually being done to make sure the playing surfaces are well trimmed and maintained. Moreover, an all-in fee of nine-hundred and fifty baht represents excellent value. It seems like many of the local courses are now getting the message that good value will bring players to their courses whilst those that live in the Disneyland of high season pricing are not well patronised.
Continuing on his merry way from last week Niall Glover took the chocolates today with a net seventy, it seems like he is not quitting in his quest for the golfer of the month albeit early days. Another in a rich vein of form is Les Cobban who took second place with a net seventy-three whilst Gerry Cooney brought up the rear with a seventy-four. All the near pins were taken with one each going to Gerry Cooney, Geoff Cox, Geoff Parker, and Jay Babin. Jay distinguished himself by taking five putts to get his near pin in the hole, perhaps it’s a Canadian thing.
We had one of the more unusual occurrences of this pandemic period after golf when we returned to the locker rooms to find we could shower but there were no towels available, is this what is meant by new normal?,  perhaps the new way forward is to drip dry.
Wednesday, October 13th
Greenwood C & A White tees.
1st Geoff Cox (18) 36 points
2nd Geoff Parker (20) 35 points
3rd Steve Durey (19) 33 points
Near pins Steve Durey & Michael Brett.
Early morning rain and heavy skies didn’t bode well for a dry day of golf, however, our resident weather guru Geoff Parker assured us that all would be ok and as it turned out he was spot on. Despite the course allowing carts on the fairways, it turned out that the fairways  were much wetter than it appeared so no pick, clean, and place under PSC rules. This was one occasion when the rule should have been ignored as mud balls and plugged balls were very common, perhaps a bit of discretion should have been applied.
The course was surprisingly busy, partly due to the excellent green/caddie fee of seven hundred and fifty baht. A very slow round as we followed a very slow five-ball so frustration grew as the round progressed. One player, overcome with frustration, decided to throw everything but the kitchen sink at the ball and in the process completely duffed the shot. One of his playing partners, in an unsolicited critique of that swing, proffered the opinion that everything was moving except his bowels, an interesting observation!!!.
With only ten points on the front nine, Steve Durey made a remarkable recovery to take third place with thirty-three points edging out Mashi Kaneta on countback. Off a never-before-seen handicap of twenty from Geoff Parker, thirty-five points was good enough to take second place. Playing in the same group Geoff  Cox was the winner with thirty-six points in his second game in a row, perhaps with a taste of victory, he may decide to play more often. Surprisingly only two near pins were taken with one each to Steve Durey and Michael Brett.
 
Friday, October 15th
Parichat White tees
1st Steve Durey (19) 37 points
2nd Geoff Atwell (23) 36 points
3rd Jimmy Carr (18) 31 points
Near pins Kevin LeBar, & Niall Glover
For a change at Parichat we played normal stableford off the white tees instead of our usual rainbow. Once again quite a strong breeze blew all day making an already difficult course even more so, the greens at Parichat have to be the most difficult of any course we play even more so today when they were very slippery. We started on the back nine today, a move that found favour with many, it seems people are warmed up and ready to play by the time they reach the more difficult front nine.
Some very modest scores today, only two golfers managed to acquit themselves with any glory. First place went to Steve Durey who took the honours with thirty-seven points with Geoff Atwell one point adrift in second. Jimmy Carr managed to come out on top in a bunch of very average scores with thirty-one points in third place. He also managed to bag all three sixes, so all in all a good day for Jimmy. Only two near pins were won going to Niall Glover and Kevin LeBar.
 
Niall Glover, winner at Emerald
 
Geoff Cox, winner at Greenwood
 
Steve Durey, winner at his favourite course, Parichat

Oct 4 til Oct 8, 2021

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Monday, October 4th
Greenvalley
1st Niall Glover (18) 43 points
2nd Geoff Atwell (24) 39 points
3rd Michael Brett (13) 35 points
Near pins Geoff Atwell, & Geoff Parker X 2.
A hot humid day for the first game of the week at Greenvalley where we had four groups. Could it be that we are coming to the end of the monsoon season when we can enjoy rain-free golf on dry courses?. Today Greenvalley was in excellent condition so no excuses due to conditions, even the wind was absent today. A measure of how good the course was can be gauged by the fact carts were permitted on the fairways, something very few courses currently allow. Nobody to hold us up today so a nice quick round. It was surprising just how quiet the course was, we virtually had it to ourselves.
For the past couple of months Niall Glover has been threatening to take out golfer of the month and today he made a bold statement posting a score of forty-three points to say to everyone else “catch me if you can”. By any measure that was a very fine score. Geoff Atwell must be paying someone at the PSC as his handicap never seems to move off twenty-four, every week he seems to post a good score without his handicap being adversely affected nevertheless thirty-nine points is a very decent score. We have to go all the way back to thirty-five points to find third place where Michael Brett edged out Les Cobban on thirty-four, Les missed a very makeable put by his standards on the last and would have taken third place with a superior back nine. Three near pins were taken, one going to Geoff Atwell and two to Geoff Parker. The cries grow louder to play Greenvalley more often at current rates, much better value, and playing conditions than many inferior courses at higher rates.
Wednesday, October 6th
Pattaya Country Club. White tees.
1st Gerry Cooney (20) 41 points
2nd Jimmy Carr (19) 40 points
3rd Les Cobban (8) 39 points
Near pins Kevin LeBar, Jay Babin, & Les Cobban X 2.
Any notion we had that we were through monsoon season was quickly dispelled on Tuesday night when heavy widespread rain fell over Pattaya and environs through the night and into the morning. Even as we assembled at the first tee at Pattaya Country Club the skies looked dark and menacing and we felt sure we would be rained upon at some stage, however as the round wore on the skies became clearer and the temperature rose, and with it the humidity.
Despite all the rain, the course was in decent condition with only a few wet spots to contend with here and there. The biggest problem was the greens which were inconsistent in speed and some on the back nine were being sanded as we played. At just under eleven hundred baht all-in the course was very good value,
It seems of late it takes forty points or more to win at the Bunker Boys, today’s winner Gerry Cooney returned a card of forty-one points of a twenty handicap with which went a big question mark. Also, a question mark over second-placed Jimmy Carr who played off nineteen, many were asking how Jimmy managed to get such a generous handicap. The real winner today was Les Cobban who played a superb round off an eight handicap to record a score of thirty-nine, all facets of his game were on show today, he also managed to bag a  brace of near pins with Jay Babin and Kevin LeBar taking one each. Jay had his name on three but managed to hold on to only one when Les took pity on him, said he was trying to foster good Scottish/Canadian relations, not sure anyone believed him.
 
Friday, October 8th
Pattavia
1st Bob Innes (32) 42 points
2nd Niall Glover (16) 41 points
3rd Geoff Parker (19) 31 points
Near pins Tony Robbins, Niall Glover, Steve Durey, & Michael Brett.
A dull overcast day for our game at Pattavia where we found a very empty course. The weather looked ominous for most of the round but on the fifteenth, it came bucketing down. Fairways and greens were temporarily flooded and a twenty-minute break in play was required. On the resumption with just three holes to play we set off in slight rain and by the end, it was sunshine for the first time in the day.
Making a breakthrough win with the Bunker Boys Bob Innes not only topped the score sheet but in the process tore up the course with forty-two points. There have been days when Bob struggled to make twenty points but all that was a distant memory today. Continuing his good form of recent times Niall Glover took second with a very tidy forty-one points, his second  forty plus points for the week, although it’s early days he is certainly staking his claim for golfer of the month in an emphatic way. A full ten strokes back we find Geoff Parker in third place with thirty- one points. There were a couple, Kevin LeBar and Gerry Cooney who flew out of the blocks with two birdies each in the first three holes but that’s where the challenge ended for both. Given thirty-one took third one can see how poorly everyone else played, even Les Cobban who has been flying lately didn’t make an impression.
All the near pins were taken with one each going to Steve Durey, Niall Glover, Tony Robbins, and Michael Brett. Steve Dureys shot on the third par three could not have been any closer without going in the hole, what a shame to miss an ace by such a slender margin.
 
Winner at Greenvalley with 43 points, Niall Glover.
 
Gerry Cooney winner at Pattaya Country Club.
 
First time winner at Pattavia Bob Innes .

Sep 27 til Oct 1, 2021

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Monday, September 27th
Bangpra
1st Les Cobban (8) 32 points
2nd Steve Durey (19) 30 points
3rd Jimmy Carr (18) 29 points
Near pins Jimmy Carr & Les Cobban
Twenty twenty-one has been a particularly difficult year for the Bunker Boys when at times our golf report looked far more like an obituary column than a sports report.  Sadly we start a new week by adding yet another name to the growing list of members who have departed our ranks this year, with the passing of Andy Brady in his native Scotland. Andy, always a delightful gentleman was possessed of a very thick Scottish brogue and had an ability to make people wet themselves with laughter when he regaled them with some of his jokes and tall tales even if they didn’t always understand what he was saying. He had a very colourful dress sense, in particular, his golf socks were legendary. Because of COVID, Andy hadn’t visited us for a couple of years and his passing came as a shock to all of us. Our condolences go to his family and friends at this difficult time, May he rest in peace.
After a weekend of rain, Monday morning dawned bright and sunny in Pattaya but unfortunately, it was not to last. The day turned out to be quite unpleasant for golf with a couple of stoppages for rain so despite nobody in front of us it took a long time to complete the round. Overall despite the rain, the course was in quite a good condition, with only the occasional plugged ball. As expected the course played long and difficult and as a result, scoring was on the disappointingly low side.
Apart from a few costly hiccups along the way, Les Cobban played a steady round to take first place with thirty-two points. Steve Durey took second with thirty points despite a wipe on the last and Jimmy Carr took third on countback. Jimmy and Les were the only ones to take a near pin with two unclaimed.
Despite very few on the golf course, the club intends to raise their rates to high season prices from next month, under current conditions, one has to question the wisdom of such a decision. With so many courses already offering better deals now and not increasing their fees in what is normally considered high season the logic is hard to fathom. An example of the different attitude of courses can be seen by Phoenix charging a special rate of seventeen hundred baht all in on Wednesday resulting in us canceling our booking and rescheduling to St Andrew’s instead at eleven hundred baht all in, not rocket science.
Wednesday, September 29th.
St Andrews Yellow tees.
1st Jay Babin (23) 45 points
2nd Gerry Cooney (20) 41 points
3rd Geoff Atwell (24) 41 points
Near pins Niall Glover, Gerry Cooney, Kevin LeBar X 2
We were scheduled to play St Andrews on the day the last lockdown started so we missed out and were pleased to return today to take up that booking on the same terms as before, eleven hundred baht all-in which is excellent value for a course of this quality. We were lead to believe the course was very wet so elected to play off the yellow tees to appease the shorter hitters. As it turned out the course was in superb condition with only a few plugged balls throughout the round and no reason to play pick, clean, and place as we did.
Some were a little tardy getting to the first tee so a five-ball got out before us and slowed play for the whole round. Unlike Monday when we had a couple of heavy showers there was no problem with rain today, only heat and humidity with which to contend.
Following Monday’s very modest scoring we had quite the opposite today with some exceptional scores returned. A couple of thirty-nines which any other day would figure on the score sheet didn’t even rate an honorable mention today. A big cut in handicap is in store for Jay Babin, today’s winner with an extraordinary score of forty-five points. Second place and third went to Gerry Cooney and Geoff Atwell in that order on countback. Niall Glover and Gerry Cooney took one near pin each with Kevin LeBar taking two.
Normally the race for the golfer of the month is a closely fought contest but not this month. After a slow start following lockdown, Michael Brett put together a run of good scores to put daylight between himself and the rest of the field and in the end created a new monthly record eclipsing the previous mark set by Robby Watts a couple of years ago.
 
Friday, October 1st.
Pleasant Valley.
1st Michael Brett (14) 37 points
2nd Kevin LeBar (13) 34 points
3rd Tony Robbins (22) 33 points
Near pins Jimmy Carr, Niall Glover, Jay Babin, & Michael Brett
The first Game of a new month was played at Pleasant Valley off the blue tees, probably the longest distance we have played at this course. Normally a damp course today the fairways were sodden with big pools of casual water in places and big ruts made by mowers when they would have been better served staying in the sheds. The greens were also not up to their usual standard, a bit brown in places and a bit bumpy. Under the circumstances, it was not the best option to play from the blues.
For some reason, our first group finished way ahead of the second group, possibly because there were two pedestrians in the second group, they also managed to hold up the third group who were all in carts.
Steve Durey looked like carving up the field with twenty-two on the front nine only to hit the wall and fade out of contention completely. Having got two strokes back on his handicap Tony Robbins took third place with thirty-three points on what is possibly his least favourite course. Kevin LeBar went one better to take second whilst Michael Brett got the new month off to a good start with thirty-seven points in first place. All the near pins were taken with Jay Babin, Niall Glover, Jimmy Carr, and Michael Brett taking one each.
 
 
 
Vale Andy Brady.
 
September golfer of the month and winner at Pleasant Valley Michael Brett.
 
Big winner at St Andrew’s with forty-five points Jay Babin.

Sep 20 til Sep24, 2021

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Monday, September 20th
KBSC Yellow.
1st Jimmy Carr (18) 39 points
2nd Steve Durey (20) 37 points
3rd Niall Glover (17) 37 points
Near pins Alan Sullivan, Niall Glover, Jay Babin, & Michael Brett.
It seems like the Bunker Boys have recently been struck with a severe dose of senility. One member tripped over his own feet, fell on his ass, and hurt himself so he couldn’t make the trip to Kabin Buri today, another forgot the golden rule, ” wake up before you get up”, drove two hours to the wrong course only to find himself alone and had to go home again. One wonders what is going to happen next.
A dreary damp day for our first game at Kabin Buri where we endured drizzle for most of the front nine, a little on the back nine also but never enough to stop play. The course was in remarkably good condition despite all the rain, still wet enough to apply the pick, clean, and place rule but otherwise, in great condition. The greens were slower than they looked and considerably slower than the practice green. Because there was no run whatsoever we played off the yellow tees which were about six thousand three hundred yards, shorter than our preferred distance.
Scoring was very good under the circumstances with Jimmy Carr bouncing back to top form with an excellent score of thirty-nine points to take first place. A tie for second with Steve Durey edging out Niall Glover on countback. All the near pins were taken with Jay Babin almost scoring a hole in one, the other three went to  Alan Sullivan, Niall Glover, and Michael Brett. Alan had his name on three but only managed to hang on to one.
Tuesday, September 21st
KBSC Yellow.
1st Michael Brett (15) 39 points
2nd Jay Babin (23) 36 points
3rd Olivier Daniels (7) 35 points
Near pins Tony Robbins, Steve Durey, Roger Awad, & Michael Brett.
Having endured rain on our first day in Kabin Buri it was nice to enjoy some sunshine today. The course had dried out remarkably overnight despite more rain and was in excellent condition again, the forecast rain didn’t come till about half an hour after we finished play. With nobody in front of us, we were able to set our own pace and finished in good time.
Our host at Serenity Resort and Spa, Olivier Daniels playing some excellent golf despite the yips with the putter did enough to take third place with thirty-five points. Jay Babin who was in the frame up until the closing holes yesterday finished stronger today to take second place with thirty-six points. Despite a three-stroke cut in handicap from last week, Michael Brett did enough to take first place with thirty-nine points. He also got as close as a couple of inches from a hole in one on the last par three for a tap-in birdie, the second almost “hole in one” in two days. Tony Robbins, Steve Durey, and Roger Awad got the remaining near pins.
A big tournament is scheduled for KBSC next month with the Bunker Boys allocated two four-ball slots so we will be back in Kabin Buri much sooner than previously expected.
Wednesday, September 22nd
Lotus Valley Blue tees.
1st Michael Brett (15) 35 points
2nd Alan Sullivan (11) 34points
3rd Jay Babin (23) 33 points
Near pins Michael Brett, & Alan Sullivan X 2.
Sometimes great expectations can lead to great disappointment as they did today at Lotus Valley. The course was not in the pristine condition we have come to expect, quite the contrary, the fairways were sodden with several balls plugged and difficult to find, the rough was difficult with casual water in many places. Several greens have been lost due to possibly some root disease and may need to be returfed, they were certainly not the excellent greens we have come to expect. Overall the course looked like it had suffered from a lack of maintenance and patronage during the pandemic and was not helped by recent heavy rain.
To compound our problems someone decided we should play from the blue tees and with absolutely no run whatsoever the course proved too difficult for most with low scores the order of the day. One thing in our favour was the weather which for the most part remained rain-free. Jay Babin was one of the more consistent players on tour and made a second appearance in the winners circle taking third place with thirty-three points. Despite a poor day with the putter Alan Sullivan managed a score of thirty-four points to take second place whilst Michael Brett made it back-to-back wins with thirty points. He also managed to snag a near pin for the third day in a row with Alan taking two. Despite being on three greens again Jay missed out on all three.
Friday, September 24th
Plutaluang North & West White tees.
1st Geoff Atwell (25) 30 points
2nd Michael Brett (15) 29 points
3rd Tony Robbins (20) 27 points
Near pins Jay Babin, Dave Ashman, & Michael Brett X 2.
After a few months away we returned to Plutaluang today, this time to play the North & West nines. The course was in decent condition despite recent rain, the greens were a real challenge, variable in speed, and on the whole much slower than the practice green. The biggest challenge as always was the number of trees scattered all over the course, some in not the most appropriate places.
A major frustration today contributing to the low scores was the speed of play which was unacceptably slow. Several groups of six and more were out ahead of us which slowed down the whole field. Some players cope with this much better than others and those that don’t find it difficult to continue playing.
Four games in a week began to show on many with scoring disappointingly low. Geoff Atwell took the honours with a score of thirty points, in part due to a generous handicap of twenty-five. A good week for second-placed Michael Brett with a very modest twenty-nine. Tony Robbins took third with twenty-seven points. Jay Babin got back in the groove today with another near pin, Dave Ashman took another and Michael Brett got two, making it five for the week.
 
 
 
Jimmy Carr, 1st-day winner.
 
Mr consistency Jay Babin
 
Geoff Atwell winner at Plutaluang.