Jun 14 til Jun 20, 2021

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

Jun 7 til Jun 11, 2021

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

May 31 til Jun 4, 2021

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Monday, May 31st
Greenwood A & B
1st Geoff Parker (20) 40 points
2nd Tony Robbins (21) 37 points
3rd Paul Smith (2) 36 points
Near pins Geoff Parker, Paul Smith, & Michael Brett.
The last game of May was played at Greenwood on the A & B nines in bright sunshine. A few clouds rolled overhead during the day but it never looked like rain.
The course was in nice condition, fairways were recently mown and the bunkers were just about the best of any course we played recently. The greens however were in need of mowing and much too slow for most people’s liking.
The recent trend of good scores continued again today with Geoff Parker back to his best taking first place with a well compiled forty points, surely now he will get a touch to his handicap which is well above where it ought to be for a player of his ability. In a rich vein of form recently Tony Robbins took second place with thirty-seven points, one ahead of Paul Smith on thirty-six, it’s very hard to get above thirty-six off a handicap of two particularly as Paul had an uncharacteristically bad day with the putter. Three near pins went to Geoff Parker, Paul Smith, and Michael Brett, all in the same group, the only one to miss out was Jimmy Carr.
As always on the last game of the month, it was time to find the golfer of the month. In the first week, Jimmy Carr posted a forty-pointer and looked like he might go on with it, alas that was his best score. Throughout the month Michael Brett played steady if unspectacular golf to go into the last week with a reasonable lead. Some very good scores from Kob Glover, Geoff Parker, and the fast charging Tony Robbin meant that everything tightened up going into the last day. As it turned out Michael had a Barry Crocker, not helped by a cut in his handicap on the last day and didn’t add to his score while Tony looked to have it all wrapped up only to falter on the closing holes scoring only one point on the last two holes to gift it to Michael by the narrowest of margins making it the first back to back of the year.
Wednesday, June 2nd
Pattaya Country Club
1st Geoff Atwell (21) 42 points
2nd Tony Robbins (21) 39 points
3rd Dave Ashman (26) 38 points
Near pins Paul Smith, Bob Paine, & Michael Brett.
The first game of a new month was at Pattaya Country Club on an extremely hot humid day. The skies were bright and clear at the start of play with little prospect of rain, however by the closing holes thunder and lightning were in the air and the rain not far away. Luckily it stayed away long enough for us to complete the round.
A field of twelve enjoyed the course which was in superb condition, no complaints about greens or bunkers today, even the caddies were generally top quality. The fees are however edging up to the high side with an all-in fee of thirteen hundred and eighty baht, more than any other course on our roster during this COVID period.
More of the same as the high scoring of recent weeks continued again today, in the last six games there was only one winning score under forty points and that was a thirty-nine, good scoring indeed. Today Geoff Atwell blew everybody away with a magnificent forty-two points despite wiping one hole, very solid golf, it seemed like he couldn’t miss a put from any distance. Once again Tony Robbins was in the frame with a solid thirty-nine points in second place, his last three scores were thirty-seven, thirty-nine, and forty points so his handicap should soon be far more realistic. Dave Ashman rounding out the winner’s list with thirty-eight points. It should be noted that all three in the winner’s circle had a handicap above twenty, food for thought as recently the winner’s circle has been dominated by the high handicap golfers. Three near pins were taken going to Bob Paine, Paul Smith, and Michael Brett.
Friday, June 4th
Pattana A & B ( Yellow Tees)
1st Geoff Cox (18) 42 points
2nd Paul Smith (2) 41 points
3rd Tony Robbins (20) 38 points
Near pins Steve Durey, Geoff Cox, & Les Cobban X 2.
A field of thirteen for the last game of the week at Pattana where we were allocated the A & B nines. The course was in fine condition but yet again the greens were a major disappointment, very slow and bumpy and in need of mowing. On several greens, there were small tufts of grass that stood up above the rest of the green making any ball that struck them deviate offline, a simple remedy would simply be to mow the greens properly. An all-in fee of eleven hundred baht meant that we have two games on this month’s roster at Pattana, hopefully, the greens will be in better condition for our last game of the month as Pattana is a favorite course of many of the group.
Thunder and lightning were never far away and looked like they might interfere with the game, luckily both and rain stayed away and we completed the round dry.
The remarkable run of high scores continued again today.  Paul Smith shot three under the card which was only good enough to take second place. In one of his rare appearances, Geoff Cox excelled with forty-two points to take first place. Tony Robbins was in the mix again for the third time this week with thirty-eight points to take third place, that was consecutive rounds of thirty-seven, thirty-eight, and thirty-nine points and forty points, very consistent indeed. Les Cobban looked like he was going to take all the near pins today, but managed to hang on to two with the others going to Steve Durey and Geoff Cox.
 
Michael Brett, May golfer of the month.
 
Geoff Atwell, forty-two points at Pattaya Country Club.
 
Geoff Cox, forty-two points at Pattaya.
 
 

May 24 til May 28, 2021

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Monday, May 24th
Khao Kheow C & A.
1st Kob Glover (24) 41 points
2nd Dave Ashman (27) 34 points
3rd Goeff Parker (20) 34 points
Near pins Dave Ashman, Kob Glover, & Geoff Atwell.
Starting a round of golf on C 1 at Khao Kheow with water tee to green along the left side and out of bounds on the right is always a daunting task as it proved again today.
There is no record of how many wiped the hole but it’s fair to say it was quite a few. A wipe on the first hole is never a good way to start a round of golf as it was again today with several returning low scores from a field of fourteen. The exception to that was today’s winner Kob Glover who once again returned an excellent card of forty-one points. That’s three out of five rounds where Kob has returned a score of thirty-eight or better, that’s very consistent golf which should see her handicap drop like a stone from her current twenty-four. Seven strokes back we found Dave Ashman and Geoff Parker tied on thirty-four with Dave edging it on countback. Both Kob and Dave from the winners circle also managed to bag a near pin each with one other going to Geoff Atwell.
An eleven hundred baht all-in fee was probably the reason we had fourteen players, good value on what is generally an above-average course. The tees and fairways were fine today, but the greens were very disappointing it has to be said. Many had been cored and poorly sanded with the sand not brushed in on several making for difficult and uneven putting speeds. Some greens are close to being lost for the time being with withered grass or even bare in patches. It is hoped the maintenance crew will attend to this quickly as it would be a shame to have to take this course off our roster.
Luckily today’s seasonal rain fell overnight so we were able to celebrate another round rain-free. The day was again hot and humid but with everybody in carts that was not a problem. A very speedy round as we had the course virtually to ourselves again, showered and changed by 3.00 pm, millionaire golf indeed.
Wednesday, May 26th
Emerald
1st Niall Glover (19) 37 points
2nd Dave Ashman (27) 36 points
3rd Geoff Cox (18) 36 points
4th Paul Smith (2) 36 points
Near pins Jimmy Carr, Les Cobban, Dave Stockman, & Jay Babin.
A public holiday to mark the most significant day in the Thai Buddhist calendar made the Emerald Course very busy, in fact so busy it was difficult to find a parking spot in the car park. With several groups out before us including a local six-ball out directly ahead of our lead group, play was very slow. Another problem was a lack of carts to the effect that some had to walk the front nine despite having paid for a cart before one became available to complete the back nine
An excellent field of seventeen was on hand, a mark of how people like this course. Many may change their minds after today. Most of the course was what we have come to expect and in ok condition, however, the greens were a disaster. Having recently been cored and sanded the work was of a very poor standard. All the greens were very bumpy, some had brown grass on them which looked about to wither away completely, and putting was a bit of a lottery. Anyone trying to cozy the ball into the hole was left scratching their heads, the only option left was just to bang it into the hole.
A very tight game at the top with Niall Glover taking his first number one spot since his return with thirty-seven points. Dave Ashman, Geoff Cox, and Paul Smith were all locked together on thirty-six and finished in that order on countback. Near pins went to Jimmy Carr, Les Cobban, Dave Stockman, and Jay Babin.
It seems monsoonal weather is having a deleterious effect on the greens at several courses, today’s greens were even worse than Monday’s at Khao Kheow. It’s looking like it’s something we are just going to have to suffer for the time being. The only other option is to play courses with good greens more often rather than trying to find twelve different courses to play each month.
Friday, May 28th
Parichat
1st Moe Holmes (36) 41 points
2nd Tony Robbins (21) 40 points
3rd Steve Durey (20) 39 points
Near pins Geoff Atwell, Roger Awad, Moe Holmes, & Michael Brett
Having missed out on a rainbow game last month we returned to the format for the second last game of May and at the usual venue, Parichat. The course was in excellent condition, in fact, the best of any course we have played
recently. It was nice to play on proper greens for a change after our experience at Khao Kheow and Emerald. The pick, clean, and place rule was applied from the start although as it turned out it was unnecessary.
Several times throughout the round it looked certain to rain with menacing black clouds in all directions, luckily we just had to endure a very quick light shower before we finished in warm sunshine again.
The smallest field of the week for today’s game (twelve), clearly rainbow is not to everybody’s taste. In a week where good scoring was the order of the day the trend continued today. A couple of thirty sevens didn’t even get a mention. The winner on the day was Moe Holmes with an impressive round of forty-one points, in light of the fact this is Moe’s second big score, one might suggest his thirty-six handicap may be worth reviewing. Second place went to Tony Robbins with forty points whilst Steve Durey brought up the rear with an excellent thirty-nine. Near pins went to Geoff Atwell who is becoming a dab hand in this aspect of the game, Roger Awad, Moe Holmes, and Michael Brett.

Niall Glover winner at Emerald.

Moe Holmes winner at Parichat.

May 17 til May 21, 2021

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Monday, May 17th
Pleasant Valley
1st Kob Glover (26) 38 points
2nd Niall Glover (21) 34 points
3rd Roger Awad (20) 34 points
Near pins Geoff Parker, Tony Robbins, Niall Glover, & Jimmy Carr.
A bright sunny day for the first game of the week at Pleasant Valley where we had the course virtually to ourselves. As the round progressed some big groups of six or more followed us around, luckily not ahead of us.
As we set off on the front nine the temperature was high and the humidity even higher. On the closing holes of the front nine, the rain appeared on the mountains directly facing the clubhouse but we were optimistic it wouldn’t be a problem as the wind was blowing in the direction of the rain and the caddies were confident it would pass behind the mountains. By the time we completed the front nine the optimism faded as the rain came lashing down and stayed for about an hour. Greens and fairways were flooded but as the rain cleared the floods faded away and we were able to resume play. As we approached the end of play, the sun was shining brightly again and the humidity back to extreme so those with carts were very happy .
Some excellent scoring again today as well as some best forgotten. The most unusual round came from Roger Awad who took third place with thirty-four points in a round that contained two birdies and five wipes. In a commentary on his round later, Roger explained that he followed his first birdie with consecutive wipes and his second birdie with three consecutive wipes so he vowed to avoid birdies in the future as they bring him bad luck. One wonders what his thinking process will be when he next has a birdie opportunity, quite a dilemma!. Edging out Roger into third place on countback Niall Glover found his name in the winner’s list taking second place also with thirty-four. The big winner on the day was Kob Glover with an excellent thirty-eight points, her second thirty-eight within a week, no doubt her handicap needs a serious look.  All the near pins were taken with one each to Geoff Parker, Tony Robbins, Niall Glover, and Jimmy Carr.
Apart from the winners, the course proved difficult for most, none more so than our lead three-ball who between them had lost twenty balls between them over the course of the round. Another common feature of the round was the number of holes wiped, too many to mention, perhaps just one of those days.
Wednesday, May 19th
Laem Chabang B & C.
1st Steve Durey (21) 44 points
2nd Myles Knowlson (11) 38 points
3rd Tony Robbins (21) 38 points
Near pins Peter Kelly, Tony Robbins, Myles Knowlson, & Michael Brett.
Despite the high all-in fee of nineteen hundred baht a very decent field of fourteen rolled up for the midweek game at Laem Chabang, our first visit this year. We were allocated the B & C nines both of which were as expected in pristine condition. The weather was hot and humid again with rain not far away accompanied as usual by thunder and lightning, luckily it passed by far enough away for us not to be affected and we all finished dry, apart from a large amount of perspiration, just ask Peter Kelly. Something one might not expect from a course of this standard, a golf cart died after just three holes and had to be replaced which was achieved very quickly so no delay ensued.
Despite the difficulty of the course scoring was of a very high standard. Having won golfer of the month in March and being in somewhat of a slump since then Steve Durey announced his return to top form today with a remarkable score of forty-four points to take first place. Likewise February golfer of the month Tony Robbins also returned to his best today with a fine thirty-eight point to take third place having been beaten on countback by Myles Knowlson. All the near pins were taken with one each going to Myles, Tony, Peter Kelly, and Michael Brett The general consensus was that the course was so good and enjoyable we should make a return visit before normal pricing returns, in the current circumstances that should give us plenty time. If we do return it’s unlikely Geoff Parker will partake of an iced coffee which today cost him in excess of one hundred and forty baht ouch!!!.
Friday, May 21st
Crystal Bay C & A
1st Michael Brett (40) points
2nd Jay Babin (22) 38 points
3rd Tony Robbins (21) 33 points
Near pins Dave Ashman, Tony Robbins, & Michael Brett X 2
Yet another day this week where we escaped the rain although somewhere in the distance got a serious drenching. The Crystal Bay course was in great condition particularly the fairways. The greens were a tad slow for some people’s liking, but the bunkers were a shambles with hard-packed sand and grass and weeds in many areas. A hot day again with only a hint of a breeze, not enough to cool things down.
Similar to Monday in terms of scoring with a couple of good efforts and the rest best forgotten which was surprising as overall scoring is on the high side at this course. Tony Robbins set out in fine form with eighteen on the front nine only to fade away on the back to take third place with thirty-three points. Jay Babin had another of his increasingly regular good days with thirty-eight points to take second place. The winner on the day was Michael Brett with forty points, he also managed to snag two near pins with one each going to Dave Ashman and Tony Robbins. Having excelled with every facet of his game on Wednesday at Laem Chabang Steve Durey had one of those days when he forgot how to put and finished down the field.
 
Kob Glover, the big winner at Pleasant Valley.
 
 
Steve Durey made Laem Chabang look easy with forty-four points

May 10 til May 14,2021

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May 162021
 
Monday, May 10th
Pattavia, Medal
1st Geoff Parker (20) Net 73
2nd Jimmy Carr (17) Net 73
3rd  Peter Kelly (14) Net 73
Near pins Geoff Parker, Tony Robbins, Bob Paine, & Peter Kelly.
The Medal round of the month was played at Pattavia in overcast, sweltering hot, and humid conditions. Rain with thunder and lightning was all around us, fortunately far enough away not to affect the game. Like most courses now after so much recent rain Pattavia was in excellent condition, and despite the rain there was no need for the pick, clean, and place rule to be implemented. Several societies seem very keen to implement this rule, very often when there is little or no justification. The PSC ruling is that it can be implemented when carts are not allowed on the fairways which seems fair enough except that this very much at the discretion of the marshal which can vary a lot from course to course, and whether or not a competition is about to be held at that course.
Whilst scoring was modest today it was very tight at the top with three players locked together on net seventy-three points being separated by countback and placed as listed. All the near pins were taken with one each going to Geoff Parker, Jimmy Carr, Tony Robbins and of course Peter Kelly again.
Wednesday, May 12th
Burapha. B & C
1st Geoff Atwell (22) 39 points
2nd Kob Glover (25) 38 points
3rd Geoff Parker (35) points
Near pins Kevin LeBar & Michael Brett X 2.
Today we had an unusual pairing of the B & C nines for our midweek round at Burapha. On a sweltering hot day carts were very welcome as we availed of the over seventies all in fee of twelve hundred and fifty baht. Once again rain threatened accompanied by the usual thunder and lightning fortunately we missed most of it with just a quick shower lasting about five minutes.
With regard to the course the fairways were very good, the greens were slow and some bumpy, the bunkers had hard packed sand but the rough was brutal, full of lush thich cowgrass where it was difficult to find a ball let alone play it from in there.
 After a long absence we were pleased to welcome back Kob and Niall Glover, Niall had a hell of a time complying with all the immigration reqquirements to re-enter the country from South America and being very pale in colour was delighted to get out in the sunshine again.
Some excellent scores were returned today none better than Geoff Atwell with an excellent thirty-nine points to take first place. Playing off the mens tees today Kob Glover announced her return with a very stylish thirty-eight points to take second place with Geoff Parker taking third with thirty-five points. Three near pins were won with Kevin LeBar being the only person on the last green and Michael Brett taking two.
It has been brought to our attention recently that one of our former members Frank Quinlan passed away in his homeland of South Africa about twelve months ago. Once Frank quit golf he lost contact with the Bunker Boys and it was just by chance that one of our members come upon a memorial notice on internet. Frank had something of a Jeckyll and Hyde personality, difficult to handle on the course but delightful off. The most outstanding feature of his game apart from his endless pursuit of a thirty-six handicap was how difficult it was for his playing partners to find somewhere to stand that was not in his peripheral vision.
May he rest in peace.
Friday, May 14th
Treasure Hill
1st Dave Ashman (27) 35 points
2nd Michael Brett (15) 34 points
3rd Geoff Parker (20) 34 points
Near pins Les Cobban, Steve Durey, & Michael Brett X 2.
A sweltering hot day for the last game of the week at Treasure Hill. It was nice to finish a round without rain or the threat of the usual combination, rain thunder and lightning, but today was probably the hottest day of the year so far.  An all-in deal of one thousand and fifty baht was on offer so nobody was required to walk. It was essential to stay hydrated, otherwise we may have had to call an ambulance for anyone foolhardy enough to walk and not drink plenty.
The fairways were in excellent condition, well grassed and mown recently, however the greens were not up to their usual standard, slow and bumpy with patchy grass in places, the rough was appropiately named
It seems everybody struggles on this challenging course as was the case again today with modest scoring. Dave Ashman calls Treasure Hill one of his favourite courses and it was obvious why today taking first place with thirty-five points off an unbelievable twenty-seven handicap. Michael Brett was one back in second place edging out Geoff Parker into third on countback. All the near pins were taken with one each to Steve Durey and Les Cobban with Michael Brett taking two.
 
Vale Frank Quinlan.
 
Geoff Atwell, big winner at Burapha
 
Dave Ashman winner at Treasure Hill.

May 3 til May7,2021

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May 162021
 
Monday, May 3rd
Green Valley
1st Michael Brett (15) 35 points
2nd Neil Harvey (9) 33 points
3rd Dave Ashman (24) 31 points
4th Jimmy Carr (17) 31 points
Near pins Les Cobban, Dave Stockman, & Michael Brett
A week after we last visited Barcelona Valley to play the St Andrews course we were back again this time to play the Green Valley course. A beautiful bright sunny Pattaya day was on hand for the start of play, alas it didn’t last, by the close of the front nine rain was pelting down causing us to shelter for about thirty minutes. The course which was flooded during the rain drained remarkably quickly as do most courses in Thailand so play was not disrupted unduly. A few areas of casual water for the first couple of holes after the resumption of play before the course returned to its normal nice condition.
A baker’s dozen took advantage of favorable green/caddie fees (nine hundred baht) using vouchers supplied by a generous member. Given that it was a Thai holiday this was excellent value for a course of this quality.  We had a couple of rare visitors in Dave Stockman and Neil Harvey, hopefully, they won’t leave it so long next time before returning. Normally it takes thirty-eight points to win at Green Valley but today’s winning score was well short of that, another poor day with the flat stick saw Michael Brett take first with thirty-five points when a much higher score beckoned. Neil Harvey took second with thirty-three points of a nine handicap whilst Dave Ashman edged out Jimmy Carr for third place on countback with thirty-one. Dave Stockman, Les Cobban, and Michael Brett took near pins with one unclaimed
Wednesday,May 5th
Pattaya Country Club
1st Jimmy Carr (17) 40 points
2nd Bob Paine (23) 39 points
3rd Joe Buda (12) 38 points
Near pins Geoff Atwell, Jimmy Carr, & Jay Babin
An overcast humid and extremely hot day for the midweek game at Pattaya Country Club. Rain threatened several times but luckily it stayed away. The fairways and greens were in beautiful condition, but the rough was a different storey, full of coarse grass that was very punishing for anyone who stayed in there. A field of twelve which isnt bad under the circumstances.
Scoring was of a very high standard today, perhaps the best we have seen in recent months. Top of the heap was Jimmy Carr who had a super score of forty points. Bob Paine made a spectacular return to form with thirty-nine points. Its rare to see someone with thirty-nine disappointed as Bob was, he could have done even better finishing with only one point each on the last three holes. Joe Buda in his first game with the Bunker Boys also could have done better having scored twenty-two on the front nine only to fall back a bit on the back nine to finish with a very respectable thirty-eight. Three near pins were taken with one each going to Geoff Atwell, Jimmy Carr, & Jay Babin. A couple of our lower handicap players including Myles Knowlson and Lance Conway-Jones were well below what we have come to expect from them, but I guess thats golf, its hard to maintain a high standard consistently.
Several new caddies have joined Pattaya Country Club in recent times and it has to be said they were superb, clearly they had been trained properly. It is believed they came from Rolling Hills which clearly doesnt have enough players to keep them occupied. Two of the new caddies carried range finders, something that we have not seen before. This is something that should be encouraged as good caddies generally assist  good play, and taking the guesswork out of distance measurement is a  very good thing, A common failing amongst caddiesis greatly overestimating the distance to hazards.
Friday, May 7th
Pattana A & B
1st Michael Brett (15) 39 points
2nd Jay Babin (22) 36 points
3rd Geoff Parker (20) 33 points
Near pins Tony Robbins, Michael Brett, & Peter Kelly X 2.
Pattana was the venue for the last game of the week where we were allocated the A & B nines. The fairways were damp in places resulting in several mudballs, in other areas they were absolutely fine. It would probably have been fair to implement the pick, clean, and place rule as the variability of the surface introduced an element of luck into the game. The greens were very disappointing, in need of mowing and rolling, they were very slow and bumpy with the A nine greens much slower than the B nine.
After a night of serious monsoonal weather that caused severe damage in neighbouring Satahip, Pattaya and surrounds survived without any serious flooding. The skies today were grey and overcast but luckily the rain stayed away. A strong wind blew for most of the front nine but abated later and by the end of the round conditions were perfect for golf.
A mixed bag on the scoring front with Michael Brett taking first place with a decent score of thirty-nine, after two wins this week a cut in handicap is looming. Second place went to Jay Babin with a very respectable score of thirty-six, whilst Geoff Parker playing off a handicap of twenty if you can believe that took third place with thirty-three, not long ago he was off fifteen. Peter Kelly got his name on three near pin flags, holding on to two, Tony Robbins took one from him and Michael Brett got the remaining pin.
 
Jimmy Carr, big winner at Pattaya CC.
 
Michael Brett two time winner.

Apr 26 til Apr 30,2021

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May 162021
 
Monday, April 26th
St Andrews. White tees
1st Les Cobban (7) 38 points
2nd Geoff Atwell (22) 33 points
3rd Dave Ashman (26) 32 points
Near pins Steve Durey, Les Cobban, & Michael Brett.
Having been closed for about eighteen months for resurfacing of the fairways and greens, St Andrews reopened for play on the seventeenth of this month. A special all-in offer of seventeen hundred baht was the price to be paid to experience the changes that had been made. This price included two vouchers of one hundred baht each, one to be used in the course drinks stations and the other in the clubhouse, altogether, not a bad deal.
The fairways were excellent, lush green and well grassed, the greens looked very slick but unfortunately were not, whilst they ran true they were deceptively slow, some of the bunkers needed a bit of attention and the rough was very variable, well-trimmed in places but in need of mowing in others. This is a very challenging course where good play is rewarded but poor options are punished severely.
The weather was overcast to start with and after a few holes, the rain came down heavily accompanied by thunder and lightning forcing a thirty-minute break, thereafter it was fine and finished nice and sunny.
There is a degree of monotony in announcing Les Cobban as the winner every time he plays which was the case again today with an excellent score of thirty-eight points of a seven handicap, his good run of form just keeps rolling along. Most people have a purple patch that eventually ends, but it seems that does not apply to Les. A big gap of five points to second-placed Geoff Atwell, Geoff is now a regular in the winner’s circle so his handicap should come down very soon. Third place went to Dave Ashman with thirty-two points of a handicap of twenty-six, surely a mistake for a player of his ability. Near pins went to Les Cobban, Steve Durey, and Michael Brett. All three were in the last group but all their near pins were legit.
Wednesday, April 28th
Plutaluang East & South
1st Jimmy Carr (17) 37 points
2nd Gerry Cooney (20) 34 points
3rd Geoff Parker (20) 33 points
Near pins Jimmy Carr, Michael Brett, & Geoff Parker X 2.
After a few month’s absence, the Bunker Boys made a return to Plutaluang where we chose to play the East & South nines. The course was in the best condition we have seen it for some time following recent heavy rain. An all-in fee of one thousand baht or five hundred walking was excellent value.
Light rain fell for much of the front nine, just a drizzle really, never enough to prevent play, and thankfully no thunder or lightning. The pick, clean, and place rule was implemented from the start. The lead group was motoring along at a good pace for the first few holes when suddenly they ran up against the scourge of Thai golf, the slow six-ball, for the rest of the front nine play was slow and noisy, fortunately, this group decided to take a break mid-round allowing us to play through and return to a more respectable pace of play.
Showing some very up and down form recently Jimmy Carr had another up day today and took first place with thirty-seven points. Gerry Cooney took second with thirty-four and Geoff Parker rounded out the scoring on thirty-three, Geoff also snagged two near pins with one each going to Jimmy Carr and Michael Brett.
Friday, April 30th
Khao Kheow A & C
1st Moe Holmes (36) 37 points
2nd Steve Durey (20) 34 points
3rd Geoff Cox (18) 32 points
4th Jay Babin (22) 30 points
Near pins Moe Holmes, Bob Paine, Steve Durey.
The last game of April and possibly for the present time was played at the Khao Kheow course where we were allocated the A & C nines. As always the course was in fine condition albeit a little soft underfoot. Following recent rains the water catchments were full, something we haven’t seen for some time. An all-in fee of eleven hundred baht was good value for such a nice course.
From the outset, the skies were grey, heavy, and threatening, and shortly after the start of play, the rain came down in a drizzle. By the time we reached the ninth, it started bucketing down. Luckily some of our group were able to take good shelter at the kiosk near the ninth hole. After a delay of around one hour, we were able to resume play under somewhat more difficult conditions. By this time fairways were sodden, and greens much slower. A couple decided they had had enough and retired to the comfort of the clubhouse.
Despite the difficulties, Moe Holmes in only his second week with the Bunker Boys took first place with a very respectable score of thirty-seven points. It was two-point intervals thereafter with Steve Durey taking second with thirty-four, Geoff Cox third on thirty-two, and Jay Babin fourth on thirty points. Three near pins were taken going to Moe Holmes, Bob Paine, and Steve Durey.
In the race for the golfer of the month, Michael Brett lead from day one and had a nine-point lead going into the last week, however, he was unable to add to his score and only just managed to hold off a fast finishing Jimmy Carr. Jimmy was cruising with eighteen points on the front nine and looked to have his hands on the prize, unfortunately, he suffered a total collapse on the back nine and surrendered the prize. A long time between drinks for the winner as his last win was some seven months ago.
The future of golf in Pattaya remains uncertain as more and more restrictions come into place following a surge in COVID infections. Golf hasn’t been specifically earmarked for closure at this stage, however, groups of no more than twenty are not allowed which would not apply to most golf societies, we remain hopeful if not optimistic that we can continue to play.
 
Les Cobban had a super round at St Andrew’s.
 
Michael Brett Golfer of the Month

Apr 19 til Apr 23,2021

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May 162021
 
Monday, April 19th
Greenwood B & A. Medal
1st Geoff Atwell (23) Net 72
2nd Geoff Cox (18) Net 76
3rd Jimmy Carr (18) Net 76
Near pins Geoff Atwell, Peter Kelly, Steve Durey, & Michael Brett.
The monthly medal round was played at the Greenwood course where we were allocated the B & A nines. As ever the course was in beautiful condition, lush green, perhaps a little wet underfoot as we have had significant rain recently. The greens were a bit inconsistent with the A nine much faster than the B, also the bunkers were variable, some with soft fluffy sand while others were wet and compacted
The weather threatened to undo us on the front nine with light rain falling and thunder and lightning all around, luckily it blew away and we finished the game in pleasant conditions.
Medal is a format that screws with some people’s heads, one bad hole can ruin a round, unlike Stableford where there is always a way to recover. Scores today were very poor with only Geoff Atwell with a net seventy-two making a go of it. Geoff Cox and Jimmy Carr were tied on net seventy-six in second and third in that order. All the near pins were taken with one each going to Steve Durey, Geoff Atwell, Peter Kelly, and Michael Brett. Our Wednesday game had to be transferred to Bangpra as the Barcelona Valley complex has been closed for two days for disinfection as a result of the latest COVID numbers, a precautionary measure which most would applaud.
Wednesday, April 21st
Bangpra.
1st Michael Brett (15) 35 points
2nd Jimmy Carr (18) 34 points
3rd Geoff Cox (18) 32 points
Near pins Jimmy Carr, & Gerry Cooney X 2.
Bangpra was a decent substitute for our scheduled game at Greenvalley today with the course in good condition and an all-in fee of twelve hundred baht using PSC vouchers good value. Despite another society being out before us, the pace of play was acceptable and a finish time of three o clock was achieved.
Today was our first day for some time without any rain, it was bright and sunny and extremely hot for a while, the fatigue effect was minimized to a large extent as everyone had a cart.
A field of only ten with several locals missing either through injury or illness. Barry Murnin has a mysterious back injury, and we are unsure if Roger is still on the throne or not after a serious bout of Deli belly. Bob Innes is back in his native Scotland and a few others are reduced to two games per week.
Geoff Cox had a poor front nine but recovered well assisted by a four-point birdie to take third place with thirty-two points, (eighteen on the back).  Jimmy Carr started in great shape with twenty points on the front nine and looked like blowing everybody away but stumbled on the back to take second place with thirty-four. With a freakish bunker shot on the eighteenth that almost went in for a birdie and stopped an inch from the hole, Michael Brett snuck through to take first place with thirty-five. Jimmy had some consolation with a near pin, Gerry Cooney got two and one unclaimed 
Friday, April 23rd
Emerald
1st Jimmy Carr (18) 36 points
2nd Michael Brett (15) 33 points
3rd Dave Ashman (25) 32 points
Near pins Geoff Parker, Tony Robbins & Michael Brett.
The Emerald course was in excellent condition for today’s game, with lush green fairways, and tidy bunkers, but the greens were deceptively slow compared to how they looked and some of the pin placements were simply evil, in just about the most difficult positions the greenkeeper could find.
The weather was threatening all day, overcast and humid, however, the rain luckily stayed away. Having been rained on several times lately it was nice to get through dry. Despite all the rain lately, the water catchments were very low for some reason. With the benefit of hindsight, we should perhaps have played pick, clean, and place as there were several plugged balls.
The only one to master the course was Jimmy Carr who took first place with thirty-six points, no second nine collapse today. This is the third time this week that Jimmy has appeared in the winner’s circle, is he about to go on one of his extended runs of good form?. Second-placed Michael Brett had a shocker on the front nine with only twelve points but turned it around on the back with twenty-one to take second on thirty-three, one ahead of third-placed Dave Ashman. Three near pins were claimed with one each to Tony Robbins, Geoff Parker, and Michael Brett.
 
Geoff Atwell, medal winner at Greenwood
 
Jimmy Carr winner at Emerald.

Apr 12 til Apr 16,2021

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May 162021
 
Monday, April 12th
Pattana Resort & Country Club B & C.
1st Jay Babin (23) 38 points
2nd Geoff Parker (19) 32 points
3rd Michael Brett (15) 30 points
Near pins Jimmy Carr, & Kevin LeBar X 2.
After a weekend of flooding rain in Pattaya, it looked like we might get some more of the same today at Pattana. The skies were grey and heavy, thunder rumbled in the distance from whence the wind was blowing and there were also flashes of lightning. In a  situation never before encountered by many we had to take shelter for about forty minutes, not from the rain but the lightning.
The course was wet as expected so the pick, clean, and place rule was applied. The wind blew quite strong at times adding to the difficulty. As a result, scoring was very poor apart from the winner Jay Babin who seems to be in the winner’s circle every time he plays lately. Today Jay won with daylight to second-placed Geoff Parker. Michael Brett took third on countback from Kevin LeBar. Kevin started off in great form but faded on the back nine, he still managed to bag a brace of near pins with Jimmy taking the third with one unclaimed.
Wednesday, April 14th
Pleasant Valley
1st Mashi Kaneta (16) 35 points
2nd Michael Brett (15) 32 points
3rd Peter Kelly (12) 30 points
Near pins Geoff Parker, Mashi Kaneta, Tony Robbins, & Michael Brett.
After a long absence, we made a return to Pleasant Valley today. As always the course was a verdant green, the fairways were excellent, the greens slightly slow and the bunkers were in need of a bit of attention. Being a holiday the course was busy, in fact, it was the busiest we have seen any course since the onset of COVID, several large groups were everywhere which seems to be a feature of this course, still, we didn’t see a ten-ball as in the past but it wouldn’t surprise if there was one somewhere on the course.
The weather was again overcast, in fact, we go a bit of everything today, wind, thunder, lightning, even a few drops of rain. Luckily we managed to stay dry despite the rain being less than a kilometer away, only a few drops fell on the course.
Scoring was modest at best, Club Champion Mashi Kaneta making a rare appearance at the Bunker Boys took first place with a score of thirty-five and could have done better. Someone who should have done much better was second-placed Michael Brett with a bit better course management, a very mixed round with thirty-two points. Peter Kelly took third with thirty points. All the near pins were taken with one each to Geoff Parker, Mashi Kaneta, Tony Robbins & Michael Brett.
Friday, April 16th
Mountain Shadow ( Blue tees)
1st Les Cobban (7) 32 points
2nd Michael Brett (15) 31 points
3rd Roger Awad (19) 27 points
Near pins Geoff Parker, Roger Awad, Les Cobban, & Michael Brett.
Mountain Shadow was the venue for the last game of the week and was very well priced given it was a holiday week with a green/caddie fee of eight hundred and fifty baht walking. The course was in nice condition apart from the bunkers which were in need of attention, lately, it seems most courses are neglecting bunkers which is odd given they are very cheap to maintain, just simply rake them.
Yesterday was a beautiful sunny day and we were hoping for the same today, alas it was not to be. After threatening for most of the front nine the rain finally came down heavily on the ninth hole, not a torrential monsoonal downpour but heavy enough to stop play for over half an hour, we thought we may have escaped as the rain curiously came from the direction to which the wind was blowing.
Mountain Shadow is a difficult course at the best of times and demands good course management something that was lacking today and this was reflected in the low scores returned. For today’s winner Les Cobban the caravan keeps rolling along with a winning score of thirty-two off a seven handicap, not too shabby under the circumstances, one ahead of second-placed Michael Brett. A gap to third place with Roger Awad on twenty-seven, Roger did fine on the front nine but faded on the back and went home to bed directly after the game. Roger did snare a near pin with Geoff Parker, Les Cobban & Michael Brett taking the other three. After the round, all the talk was about whether or not we would be faced with our third lockdown, at this stage it seems not but that could change at any time if infection numbers don’t come down.
 
Jay Babin winner at Pattavia
 
Mashi Kaneta winner at Pleasant Valley