Nov 16 til Nov 20, 2020

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Monday, November 16th
Parichat, Rainbow
1st Jimmy Carr (17) 36 points
2nd Dave Ashman (22) 35 points
3rd Geoff Parker (19) 35 points
Near pins Jay Babbin, Bob Pains, & Dave Ashman X 2.
Parichat is becoming a regular venue for the Bunker Boys with an attractive deal of twelve hundred Baht all-in on a course that is always in good shape. As people play it more and become familiar with its quirks it is slowly becoming a favorite for some. Today there were no complaints other than we ran up against a very slow six-ball late in the round and had to jump holes to avoid delays and then return to play the holes that were skipped.
As always we played a rainbow format and again as people play this format and the course they work out the best way to proceed, consequently scoring was decent. Jimmy Carr took first with thirty-six points and Dave Ashman edged out Geoff Parker for second. Dave also took two near pins with one each going to Bob Paine and Jay Babbin.
How good was it to see Steve Durey back on the golf course again after a prolonged illness, we now expect him to play regularly as his strength and stamina improve
Our next scheduled visit to Parichat is Christmas day where last year Daryl Vernon organised Santa hats for his playing partners in what turned out to be a team event, what will this year bring without the regular flood of visitors?.
Wednesday, November 18th
Royal Lakeside
1st Bob Paine (21) 42 points
2nd Tony Robbins (21) 39 points
3rd Geoff Parker (19) 35 points
Near pins Jimmy Carr, & Bob Paine.
A smaller than usual group made their way to Royal Lakeside for our midweek game at one of the better courses we play, and as always it was in fine condition apart from the bunkers. It looked like some bunkers had not seen a rake in quite some time, full of footmarks, and even amongst those that had been raked a very poor job had been done, some had sand piled up in mounds in places with big depressions either side, the rest of the course was flawless, very neat and tidy. A few greens were being repaired in small areas but this didn’t cause any problems.
As a local six-ball hit off before us the marshal put us out off the fifth tee so we had no holdups all the way to the finish. In keeping with the quality of the course, scoring was of a high standard with a couple of exceptional scores. Bob Paine topped the list with forty-two points, clearly he is a much better player than his twenty-one handicap suggests. Another higher handicap player Tony Robbins took second with thirty-nine with Geoff Parker rounding out the scoring on thirty-five. Only two near pins were taken, one each to Jimmy Carr and Bob Paine.
Friday, November 20th
Khao Kheow Country Club A & C
1st Myles Knowlson (13) 34 points
2nd Michael Brett (17) 34 points
3rd Bob Paine (19) 33 points
Near pins Geoff Cox, Myles Knowlson, Les Cobban, & Michael Brett.
The Khao Kheow course was busy today as you would expect for a holiday just like normal high season and play was slow, made all the more so by the ubiquitous Thai six-ball. As a result, the whole course was held up by one group, and of course, the marshal was nowhere to be seen, even the caddies in the following groups became frustrated with the situation.
As always the course was in good condition, the rough was playable unlike many courses, the fairways and bunkers were well maintained and the greens were a good speed and ran true.
Despite missing all our regular overseas visitors for this time of year and some of our locals taking time out we still managed a decent field of eleven, our numbers boosted by two ladies, Khun Ratchanok (Nok) on debut, and Khun Chamanut (Nu) in only her second game with us. Scoring was below average for Khao Kheow probably because of frustration with the speed of play. Myles Knowlson took first place on countback from Michael Brett with Bob Paine a stroke back in third. All the near pins were taken with one each going to Myles, Les Cobban, Geoff Cox, and Michael Brett, who finally got to sixty for the year. This was a significant milestone as Jimmy Carr promised ten thousand Baht to the first to reach sixty near pins, when Jimmy delivers on his promise there will be one hail of a party at Woody’s Bar but nobody is holding their breath.
Bob Paine winner at Royal Lakeside
Khun Nu
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Nov 9 til Nov 13, 2020

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Monday, November 9th
Pattavia.
1st Tony Robbins (24) 42 points
2nd Dave Ashman (24) 40 points
3rd Bob Paine (22) 38 points
Near pins Kevin LeBar, Bob Paine, Tony Robbins, & Geoff Parker.
Summer must be upon us as today was the first day in months that there was run on the fairways, in fact, quite a lot of run. The course which on our last visit was lush green is already turning brown with even some bare areas. The greens on the front nine had just been cored and sanded and were quite tricky, all but the eighteenth on the back nine were as normal and very different. A stiff breeze blew all day making it difficult particularly for anyone with a tendency to slice or hook.
The birds were in abundance today and not just the feathered type with Tony Robbins opening his account with an eagle on the very first hole followed three holes later with a birdie, in fact, several people got on the birdie trail. Tony would go on to amass twenty-four points on the front nine, no trouble there with the sandy greens. His total of forty-two was enough to land him first place. Who would have thought forty points wouldn’t be enough to win? certainly not Dave Ashman, alas it was only good enough to take second place, even thirty-eight by Bob Paine was a very nice score to take third. All the near pins were taken with one each to Kevin LeBar, Bob Paine, Tony Robbins, and Geoff Parker.
Today was the first time in ages that we had a lady in our group with the delightful Khun Nu joining us for her debut, hopefully, she will become a regular and add a bit of glamour to what has become a bunch of wrinkled raisins.
Wednesday, November 11th
Burapha A, B, C, D.
1st Tony Robbins (21) 37 points
2nd Les Cobban (8) 33 points
3rd Geoff Parker (19) 31 points
Near pins Jimmy Carr, Les Cobban, & Tony Robbins X 2
No, we didn’t play thirty-six holes today but a composite course drawn from all four nines. It felt quite unusual skipping holes with some long travels to the next tee. The game moved along at pace until we ran up against one of the slowest three balls ever seen. After that, it was a case of wait on every shot, one could play a game of chess while waiting on some holes, needless to say, the marshal was no use on this occasion.
A twelve hundred baht all-in fee was the lure that brought us to a course we rarely visit and given the condition of the course, it will be a long time before we return. It has to be said it was in very disappointing shape, the rough was very deep and thick and the greens were as bad as greens get. Many looked like they had been cored some time ago but not sanded or rolled so they were very bumpy, sometimes it was difficult to spot a ball on the greens without being in a depression.
The weather looked threatening on the way to the course and a few drops did fall occasionally, but we managed to stay dry however, what remained constant was the wind which was howling on some holes.
Tony Robbins is well on his way to another golfer of the month trophy with a first-place of thirty-seven points following on from his forty-two on Monday. Les Cobban is now out of rehab and back on his game taking second place with thirty-three points whilst Geoff Parker took third with thirty-one. All the near pins were taken with Tony bagging two with Les Cobban and Jimmy Carr taking the other two.
Friday, November 13th
Crystal Bay A & C
1st Dave Ashman (22) 38 points
2nd Jimmy Carr (18) 37 points
3rd Michael Brett (15) 34 points
Near pins Jay Babbin, Geoff Parker, Tony Robbins, & Michael Brett
The Crystal Bay course was in just about as good condition as any other we play, the rough was playable and fair, the fairways well mowed, and the greens excellent. If there was a complaint it was the bunkers that would benefit from some attention. There was however a slight difference in speed from the A nine to the C nine but not too big a difference.
The weather started off cool but warmed up over the course of the round. As we are now out of the rainy season we go directly into the windy season, again today it was blowing, quite strongly at times.
Dave Ashman with a red hot putter took the honors today with thirty-eight points after a poor start with only a point on each of the first three holes. Jimmy Carr was a close second a stroke back whilst Michael Brett brought up the rear with thirty-four. Jay Babbin and Tony Robbins looked like winners on the front nine but fell away on the back, Jays putting let him down. Once again all the near pins were taken with one each to Jay Babbin, Geoff Parker, Tony Robbins, & Michael Brett.
Two time winner Tony Robbins
Dave Ashman, winner at Crystal Bay
 
 
 
 
 
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Nov 2 til Nov 6. 2020

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Monday, November 2nd
Bangpakong Riverside Country Club, White tees
1st Jimmy Carr (19) 42 points
2nd Michael Brett (15) 36 points
3rd Myles Knowlson (12) 35 points.
Near pins Myles Knowlson, Geoff Parker, & Les Cobban.
A beautiful sunny day for our first game of a new month at Bangpakong Riverside Country Club. As always the course was in superb order, it was not possible to find fault with its condition. Several of the water catchments were overflowing onto the fairways just a bit, anyone in the water on the edge of a lake was allowed to treat it as casual water and take a free drop.
Several complained about the caddies being too slow or not able to read puts, or generally disinterested which is unusual for a higher quality course. There are those who always grumble anyway so it’s hard to get a read on the true situation.
October golfer of the month Jimmy Carr took up where he left off last Friday with a superb round of forty-two, no doubt his nineteen handicap will get a serious touch up for the rest of the week and not before time. A mixed bag from Michael Brett saw him take second place with thirty-six points, a missed opportunity to post a better score. Myles Knowlson who is making a habit of coming somewhere in the top three was third for the second day in a row. Near pins went to Myles, Geoff, and Les. Les who had been in top form lately had an traumatic trip to the course and was not in the right frame of mind to play, consequently had a shocker by his lofty standards.
Wednesday, November 4th
Mountain Shadow Blue tees
1st Michael Brett (15) 30 points
2nd Jimmy Carr (17) 30 points
3rd Tony Robbins (23) 26 points
Near pins Tony Robbins & Geoff Cox.
The Mountain Shadow Course was in good condition for today’s game except for the bunkers which had the usual holes and footprints from dogs, seems to be a bigger problem at this course than any other on our roster. Another bright sunny day, we could be out of the wet season by now. Many of the water catchments previously empty are now at capacity.
A very disappointing day score-wise with nobody able to master the course. Best scores of the day went to Jimmy Carr and Michael Brett on thirty points with the latter taking it on countback, nineteen on the back nine. Tony Robbins took third with twenty-six points and seems to be working on his handicap in preparation for the club championship at the beginning of December, he has now blown out to twenty-three. Only two near pins going to Tony Robbins and Geoff Cox.
Today must have seen a record number of lost golf balls with at least three people going into the water on the approach to the sixth green, we will be hoping for a better all-round display on Friday at Greenwood, a more forgiving course. It seems like Treasure Hill many seem to dislike Mountain Shadow and gave it a miss today.
On the medical front, we are pleased to report that after a protracted illness Steve Durey is on the mend and looking better and stronger every time we see him, he expects to be back on the course within weeks. Our other recovering patient The Brown Snake is taking a different course in his recovery with what seems like two steps forward and one step back, we were hoping he would be fit for the Club Championship the first week of December, now it looks unlikely.
Friday, November 6th
Greenwood B & C White tees
1st Geoff Parker (18) 33 points
2nd Tony Robbins (23) 33 points
3rd Bob Paine (22) 32 points
Nar pins Bob Paine
Greenwood is many people’s favorite course, however today a few eyebrows were raised. The fairways were cut so tight it was difficult to get the club under the ball, and the rough was so deep and so thick that it was difficult to find a ball in there let alone play a shot. The greens were however excellent. A very strong breeze blew all day making conditions difficult with the resultant effect on scores which were generally below par.
Geoff Parker took first place with thirty-three points on countback from Tony Robbins with Bob Paine a stroke back in third place. A very bad day on the par threes with only one near pin taken going to Bob Paine.
We believe Les Cobban is still in rehab after his traumatic experience on Monday and is still on a diet of Valium sandwiches.
We are looking at the possibility of a final away trip for the year, this time to Bangkok to play some of the better courses on the Pattaya side of the city, Details of the courses and pricing are being worked on so as yet no firm details, anybody interested should contact Tony Robbins.
 
Jimmy Carr, 42 points at Bangpakong Riverside.
Steve Durey due back soon.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Oct 26 til Oct 30. 2020

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Monday, October 26th
Treasure Hill White tees.
1st Tony Robbins (22) 33 points
2nd Myles Knowlson (13) 32 points
3rd Bob Paine (22) 28 points
Near pins Geoff Parker, Tony Robbins, Myles Knowlson, & Michael Brett.
Some days we feel blessed to be able to get out in the fresh air and play golf, and then there are days like today when it’s a real bind. Treasure Hill is arguably the most challenging course on our roster where scoring is always difficult. Today it was made all the more difficult by the fact we were out behind probably three of the slowest groups ever to play golf. Waiting for every shot on every hole just made it impossible for most to maintain any level of concentration or rhythm. as a result, scores were even lower than usual.
For some reason, Tony Robbins who normally likes a fast game seemed unaffected by it and took first place with thirty-three points. Some of his chip shots from within one hundred yards had to be seen to be believed, several ending up within six inches from the pin. A newcomer from down under Myles Knowlson took second place a stroke back and Bob Paine, another Ausie brought up the rear with a lowly twenty-eight. All the near pins were taken with one each to Myles, Tony, Geoff Parker, and Michael Brett.
Wednesday, October 28th
Plutaluang North & West
A really strange day of golf today. Our original venue Eastern Star first didn’t want to stick to the agreed price quoted at booking time but reluctantly agreed after some debate as they conceded that the greens were in poor condition due to excess rain. That was all we needed to cancel the booking and go to Plutaluang instead,  A very poor turnout as many didn’t want to play Eastern Star anyway as they always seem to muck us about so only three turned out. A green caddie fee of five hundred baht was excellent value at the Navy Course.
A very poor display by all three, on the lighthouse hole, all three put two balls in the water and wiped the hole, incidentally, the lighthouse was surrounded by water, the first time in about three years. In some areas, the course was very damp requiring a drop several meters away. Scores were too poor to mention.
Another reason for the poor turnout was the fact that three were joining Jeff Crosthwaite the following day for a game at Rolling Hills, a new experience for all as the course has only been open about six months, hopefully, we will see a more normal rollup for Friday’s game at Emerald, we are hoping typhoon Molave currently drenching central Vietnam and heading our way doesn’t cause too many problems.
Thursday, October’s 29th
Rolling Hills
1st Jimmy Carr (19) 33 points
2nd Geoff Parker (18) 32 points
A departure from the norm with a Thursday game at the new Siam Course Rolling Hills which has just opened this year. The host was Jeff Crosthwaite who has recently not only joined the Bunker Boys but also taken out a membership at Siam.
The boys were impressed with the layout and goes without saying the high standard of everything else that one expects from a Siam Course. They rated this course above Waterside or Plantation, it was judged to be a very fair course as there was a bail out option on just about every hole. If one had to be critical one could say the fairway bunkers might need some attention, also the caddies were not up to the same standard as the other Siam Courses.
Jimmy Carr playing off an exceptional handicap of nineteen took first place with thirty-three points followed by Geoff Parker and Tony Robbins with the host Jeff Crosthwaite last, what kind of guests allows the host to come last? As always with Jimmy sixes was compulsory with Geoff Parker taking two and one halved.
Friday, October 30th
Emerald
1st Dave Ashman (23) 37 points
2nd Geoff Parker (18) 35 points
3rd Myles Knowlson (13) 35 points
Near pins  Jimmy Carr, & Geoff Cox.
For those that played Rolling Hills the previous day, what a come down. Many of the greens at Emerald we’re in a poor state, the rest of the course was as expected. The weather threatened once or twice but luckily we stayed dry, even got hot and sunny on occasions. A bit wet underfoot meant the pick, clean, and place rule was applied.
Dave Ashman played a very solid round to take first place with thirty-seven points, he also won all three sixes. Geoff Parker edged out Myles Knowlson on countback for second place. Only two near pins were taken going to Geoff Cox & Jimmy Carr.
As always on the last game of the month it was time to find the  golfer of the month and this time it was the turn of Jimmy Carr to claim his second trophy of the year with possibly the lowest winning total of the year.
Golfer of the Month Jimmy Carr
Best score of the week Dave Ashman.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Oct 19 til Oct 23, 2020

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Monday, October 19th
Pattavia
1st Jimmy Carr (20) 35 points
2nd Dave Ashman (22) 35 points
3rd Michael Brett (15) 34 points
Near pins Geoff Cox, & Michael Brett X 3.
Yet another grey overcast day for the first game of the week at Pattavia. As we drove in the course looked very quiet with nobody in sight. As always the course was in very nice condition with no need for the pick, clean, and place to be applied. The bunkers were well raked, the tee boxes had recently been mowed, and the greens were a nice even speed.
We teed off on an empty course but quickly our first group ran up against a six-ball which slowed everyone down until the second par three when the marshall made the six-ball sit it out until all our groups were through, both surprising and unusual.
Thereafter play was at a good pace all the way to the end. After a disastrous start with one point after three holes, Michael Brett staged something of a recovery to accumulate thirty-four points and take third place with thirty-four points, twenty on the back nine. Jimmy Carr edged out Dave Ashman for first place on countback. A good day for Michael Brett on the par threes taking three near pins with Geoff Cox taking the remaining pin.
After the game, some of our members carried on up hwy 331 to Kabin Buri for a two-day event including a Texas scramble on day one, all are high handicappers with a combined handicap of seventeen so we are expecting big things from them.
Tuesday 20th & Wednesday 21 October
Kabin Buri Country Club
Dale’s Shier’s 60th Birthday Bash, two-day event
Day one
Texas scramble
The Bunker Boys sent a group of five for this invitational event to Kabin Buri staying at Serenity Spa & Resort and playing at KBCC. Jay Babin played for another team whilst the Bunker Boys were represented by Geoff Parker, Jimmy Carr, Tony Robbins, and Bob Paine.
Despite recent heavy rain, the course was in excellent condition, nevertheless the pick, clean, and place rule was applied as many experienced mud-balls. Unlike many Pattaya courses, the rough had been trimmed and not nearly as punishing as we have become used to. The weather was bright and sunny, perfect conditions for golf.
The first day of competition was a Texas scramble with fourteen teams participating. The Bunker Boys’ plan was to par every hole and try to pick up four birdies along the way. They were successful with their first objective but failed with the second and eventually came fourth. The winning team got four birdies to go with the rest pars, so the target was spot on. Geoff Parker took out the longest put competition with a thirty footer.
Day two of the competition was individual Stableford format played off the yellow tees at six thousand four hundred yards. Jimmy Carr set out on fire with nineteen points after seven holes and twenty-three after nine, thirty-nine after seventeen but wiped the last to finish missing out on a place. Tony Robbins had a very steady round and finished on forty-one and take first place, he also managed to get nearest the beer keg and win a three-litre turret of beer. The final member of the group Bob Paine got an unofficial prize for the cutest caddie, altogether a creditable performance by the Bunker Boys. An unforeseen
hazard on one hole was a pesky crow that kept picking up golf balls on one fairway and carrying them off somewhere never to be seen again.
Of those left behind back in Pattaya, a few skipped golf while Jeff Crosthwaite and Michael Brett enjoyed a real treat with a game of matchplay at Siam Plantation won by the latter by two. This is a first-class course where everything is on a higher level than we are used to on our regular roster.
Friday 23rd
King Naga
1st Jimmy Carr (20) 36 points
2nd Bob Paine (23) 35 points
3rd Michael Brett (15) 32 points
Near pins Geoff Cox X 2 & Jimmy Carr X 2.
Our scheduled game was to be at Emerald but we found out by rumor that it had been canceled without notice as there was a major competition being played, so we hastily rearranged a game at King Naga. One would have expected that the least the club could do was to notify us, one has to ask when is a booking not a booking?.
On our last visit to King Naga, we found the course in decent condition so our expectation was that it would be the same today, not so. The greens were like putting on velcro, unbelievably slow, the rest of the course was as expected.
After three weeks of grey overcast conditions, we finally got some sunshine, hopefully, we are now out of the rainy season.
Jimmy Carr carried forth the good form he showed at Kabin Buri taking first place with thirty-six points, not sure what he is doing on a twenty handicap. Second, went to another high handicapper in Bob Paine on thirty-five points with Michael Brett bringing up the rear with thirty-two. Two near pins each to Jimmy Carr and Geoff Cox.
Bunker Boys team at Kabin Buri.
Two-time winner Jimmy Carr
 
 
 
 
 
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Oct 12 til Oct16, 2020

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Monday, October 12th
Bangpra
1st Geoff Atwell (24) 33 points
2nd Les Cobban (8) 32 points
3rd Jimmy Carr (19) 32 points
Near pins Michael Brett, & Les Cobban X 2.
For the past couple of weeks, Pattaya has endured grey overcast conditions with rain almost every day. It seems every week a new weather system develops in the South China Sea which brings widespread rain, cool conditions, and some flooding. It seems the Bunker Boys have been blessed so far by somehow avoiding most of it. Whilst it was raining in Pattaya today the Bangpra course stayed dry. As for the course itself, it was back to peak condition, lush green, well-manicured with the greens getting back close to the speed for which they were once famous, the bunkers were well raked, and overall the course was excellent.
Geoff Atwell is becoming a regular in the winner’s circle top-scoring again today with thirty-three points. Les Cobban edged out Jimmy Carr for second place, he also took two near pins with a third going to Michael Brett.
Bangpra is known as the monkey course and today they were out in force, it seems they are unconcerned by lockdowns or social distancing and breeding like rabbits or monkeys as is the case, as their numbers swell to the point where a cull may need to be considered, any golf bags left unattended is fair game for the little scavengers.
Wednesday, October 14th
Royal Lakeside White tees
1st Geoff Parker (18) 35 points
2nd Tony Robbins (22) 32 points
3rd Jimmy Carr (19) 31points
Nea pins Les Cobban, & Geoff Parker.
After three weeks of overcast grey rainy conditions, it was nice to get a bit of sunshine for today’s game at Royal Lakeside. The course had received a lot of rain recently and was damp underfoot, just about anywhere one could claim relief from casual water or a plugged ball. As a result, a decision was made to play from the white tees at six thousand three hundred yards.
Tony Robbins set a fast pace with twenty points on the front nine but faded on the back to take second place on thirty-two points. Geoff Parker is continuing on his good form and took first place with thirty-five points with Jimmy Carr in third place on thirty-one points. Only two near pins were won going to Les Cobban and Geoff Parker. Les gave an exhibition in driving with most of his drives going past two hundred and fifty yards, unfortunately, his iron play was not up to his usual standard and the putter was very cold.
A return visit to Lakeside is on the cards as we were offered a very special deal for next month and with the weather now starting to dry up the course should be in magnificent condition.
A very pleasant surprise was in store for the Bunker Boys back at Woodys Bar for the presentation, two of our members Steve Durey and Stuart Brown both of whom had endured long-term illness made an appearance at the presentation. Despite both losing a lot of weight we are delighted to report that both are on the mend again and hopefully will make a full recovery and get back on the golf course soon.
Friday, October 16th
Greenwood B & C.
1st Les Cobban (8) 37 points
2nd Michael Brett (15) 33 points
3rd Jay Babbin (22) 31 points
Near pins Jay Babbin, Michael Brett, & Les Cobban X 2.
Following the bright sunshine of Wednesday, it was back to dull overcast conditions again for today’s game at Greenwood where we were allocated the B & C nines. The course was fine till the seventh hole when the heavens opened and the rain poured down for about thirty minutes. Thereafter the course was very soggy and the earlier decision to play pick, clean, and place was justified.
As expected the course played long and conditions were difficult, remarkably the greens drained very quickly and were excellent for putting. The rough was wicked and anyone who strayed in there was severely punished, it was a case of getting out at the first attempt at all costs, otherwise, you were still in there for your next shot, it was no place for ambition.
Les Cobban took up where he laid off on Wednesday except that he brought the rest of his game today compiling a very good score of thirty-seven points to take first place. Second place went to Michael Brett on thirty-three points and Jay Babbin took third on thirty-one. All the near pins were taken today with Les Cobban taking two and one each to Jay Babbin and Michael Brett.
Les Cobban, winner at Greenwood
Geoff Atwell
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Sep 28 til Oct 2, 2020

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Monday, September 28th
Pattavia
1st Jeff Crosthwaite (20) 37 points
2nd Geoff Parker (17) 31
3rd Kevin LeBar (12) 31 points
Near pins Dave Ashman, & Jeff Crosthwaite
The first game of the week was played under grey skies at the Pattavia course. Despite heavy overnight rain and into the morning the day remained dry until the closing few holes. The course was damp and with the air heavy, it played long today. The greens were slow by Pattavia standards which is not a bad thing as when they are quick they are sometimes impossible. As is the case at most venues lately the course was empty.
Since he joined the Bunker Boys Jeff Crossthwaite has driven the ball consistently well, today he brought his full game to the course and took first place with thirty-seven, a very good score any day at this course. I could be that his handicap of twenty may get an adjustment very shortly. A long way back in second place Geoff Parker edged out Kevin LeBar on countback, it could be that Kevin’s caddie proved too much of a distraction for both of them. Only two near pins were taken with one each to Jeff Crossthwaite and Dave Ashman who is becoming a bit of a master of the near pins.
Wednesday, September 30th
Treasure Hill. White tees
1st Jimmy Carr (16) 33 points
2nd Geoff Parker (17) 27 points
3rd Geoff Atwell (24) 24 points
Near pins Geoff Parker X 2.
Treasure Hill was the venue for the last game of the month. Having played off the yellow tees on our last visit, a decision which proved to be a mistake as they had been pushed forward quite a bit today we played of the whites which made it a completely different course. As always the course was in fine condition but as it seems with all courses since lockdown the greens were very slow. Also, a recent feature of just about all courses is the state of the rough which has been allowed to grow up to such an extent that it is now hard to find a ball in there let alone play from it, just dig it out as best you can. Also at Treasure Hill, the greenkeeper has allowed the rough to narrow the fairways making it a very tight driving course.
Only ten people had registered prior to the Bunker Boys tee-off time so just about all courses are in a struggle to survive with the immediate future prospects not looking too rosy either.
Jimmy Carr took first today with the only semi-respectable score of the day of thirty-three points. Geoff Parker took second with twenty-seven and Geoff Atwell third on twenty-four. Geoff Parker got the only two near pins of the day.
As it was the last game of the month it was once again time to find golfer of the month and this month at least the search was easy. Having not played the last four games of the month due to illness Michael Brett had already accrued enough points to hold off any would-be challengers, fortunately for him, nobody did challenge so he was duly crowned golfer of the month for September, his third of the year. It seems unlikely he can win again as he has lost three strokes to handicap so we should see a new winner next month.
Friday, October 2nd
Khao Kheow B & C
1st Geoff Atwell (24) 38 points
2nd Geoff Parker (17) 32 points
3rd Jimmy Carr (16) 31 points
Near pins Jimmy Carr, Geoff Atwell, & Michael Brett.
A bright sunny day with a little breeze blowing for our first game of a new month at Khao Kheow where we were allocated B & C nines. Overall the course was fine apart from a few greens that had been lost and poorly repaired. Today we played off the yellow tees which were plenty long for most. The busiest we have seen any course lately with a number of five and six balls playing, needless to say a very slow frustrating round.
A first big score from Geoff Atwell saw him take first place on thirty-eight points, a full six ahead of his nearest rival Geoff Parker on thirty-two. Jimmy rounded out the scoring with thirty-one points. Three of the four near pins were taken with one each going to Jimmy Carr, Geoff Atwell, and Michael Brett.
Golfer of the Month Michael Brett.
Geoff Atwell winner at Khao Kheow
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Sep 21 til Sep 25, 2020

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Monday, September 21st
Royal Ratchaburi Blue tees.
1st Michael Brett (14) 37 points
2nd Les Cobban (7) 30 points
3rd Dave Ashman (21) 29 points
Near pins Jimmy Carr, Tony Robbins, and Les Cobban X 2.
The spirit of adventure is alive and well at the Bunker Boys and this week we embarked on our third away trip of the year in what has been a challenging year for all golfers.
The first day of our sojourn to Kanchanaburi had us play our opening game at the beautiful Royal Ratchaburi course which was in excellent condition. The weather was perfect for golf mild and with no wind. Given that a huge weather system spread across South East Asia over the weekend bringing widespread heavy rain we had expectations that we might get some interruptions today but it seems that it had passed completely so all was good.
A couple of the group drove up the previous day and were well-rested and ready to play, the remainder made the three-hour journey on the morning and after a coffee were ready to play.
Having come off consecutive rounds of thirty-seven and thirty-six last week and with seventeen points on the front nine Les Cobban looked set to win again, however, he faded on the back nine to finish on thirty points in second place.
He did however get one of the shots of the day on a par three with his ball seemingly heading for the water hit a rock and rebounded back about thirty meters onto the green for a near pin. Third place went to Dave Ashman on twenty-nine but the winner with thirty-seven was Michael Brett. He also got the other shot of the day with a fifty-foot birdie put that snaked up the hill in both directions before dropping in the hole, Bryson De Chambeau would have been happy with that one, For his trouble, he also managed to get a couple of hornet stings, luckily the caddie was straight onto it with some treatment to take away the pain. Les Cobban got a second better near pin, with Jimmy Carr and Tony Robbins taking the remaining two.
Tuesday, September 22nd
Grand Prix. White tees
1st Jimmy Carr (18) 30 points
2nd Les Cobban (7) 29 points
3rd Michael Brett (14) 28 points
Near pins Dave Ashman & Jimmy Carr.
Grand Prix was the venue for our second game in Kanchanaburi. Those that hadn’t played there before were astonished by the quality of the course, the greens were the best that any had seen before, they were virtually like snooker tables but with some very serious undulations and very quick.
We started on the back nine for some reason, nobody could explain as there was nobody waiting on the first tee. Right from the outset, the course bared its teeth and just about everybody struggled to put together a decent score. Jimmy Carr topped the list with a modest thirty points, his first win for some time. Les Cobban took second with twenty-nine and Michael Brett rounded out the scoring with twenty-eight. Only two near pins were taken with one each going to Dave Ashman and Jimmy Carr.
Thursday, September 24th
Blue Saphire A & B white tees
1st Jimmy Carr (18) 30 points
2nd Geoff Parker (18) 30 points
3rd Les Cobban (7) 30 points
Near pins Jimy Carr and Geoff Parker
With a rest day on Wednesday, we went back the same road as Grand Prix, this time to go next door to play Blue Saphire, it felt like going from the sublime to the ridiculous, what a pleasant surprise we got to find this course in such good condition The course played very long and our big hitters were taking three strokes to reach a couple of the par four greens.Three golfers were tied on thirty points and had to be separated on countback. Jimmy and Geoff got the only near pins., it seems the delinquent fund is filling up nicely. On the way to the course, some of the guys made a detour to a new course close by called Blue Star, the general consensus was that it is very raw and not yet worthy of consideration
Friday, September 25th
Evergreen Hills white tees.
1st Jimmy Carr (18) 33 points
2nd Les Cobban (7) 30 points
3rd Tony Robbins (21 30 points
Near pins Tony Robbins
As expected Evergreen Hills was in beautiful condition, it’s a toss-up between Royal Ratchaburi and Evergreen Hills as to which is the second-best course in the area. All the courses we played on this trip were very quiet, the challenge for them is not to overinflate the charges if we ever get back to normal
Yet another day of low scoring which has been a feature of this trip, Jimmy was very consistent and won again today with thirty-three points Les Cobbans thirty points was enough to see hin take second edging out Tony Robbins also on thirty points Tony go the only near pin
In the race for the golfer of the trip, Michael Brett laid down an early marker with thirty-seven points, on the first day, however, that’s where his fun ended Having contracted a gastric bug he was unable to eat for four days and very quickly ran out of energy, or indeed the will to play. This opened the way for Les Cobban to come through and shade it by a whisker from Jimmy.
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Sep 14 til Sep 18, 2020

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Sep 252020
 
Monday, September 14th
Pleasant Valley
1st Michael Brett (15) 39 points
2nd Geoff Parker (17) 36 points
3rd Geoff Atwell (24) 31 points
Near pins Jeff Crosthwaite, & Michael Brett
For quite a long time the Pleasant Valley Course has disparagingly been referred to as Unpleasant Valley, today it could rightly be called just that as it was in the worst condition anyone could remember. Whilst the fairways were good the rest of the course was substandard, the greens were bumpy and of varying speed, the tee boxes were very shabby and the bunkers were atrocious, most looked like they had never seen a rake and many had grass growing through the sand, needless to say, this course will not appear on the Bunker Boys roster again until significant changes are made with many other courses in great condition from which to choose.
The day was overcast and grey and for much of the round, it looked like it would rain at any moment but never did. A slight breeze blew which helped to keep the temperature very comfortable.
After a good start, Michael Brett went on to take first place with a score of thirty-nine points. Geoff Parker is now proving to be a very consistent performer and took second with a solid thirty-six whilst birthday boy Geoff Atwell took third with thirty-one points. Yet another Jeff this time Crosthwaite put his name on a near pin with Michael Brett taking the only other to be won.
Wednesday, September 16th
Bangpra
1st Les Cobban (8) 36 points
2nd Michael Brett (15) 35 points
3rd Geoff Parker (17) 30 points
Near pins Dave Ashman, & Michael Brett X 2.
Early morning rain in Pattaya made golf unlikely today, however, the weather radar gave room for hope as it showed no rain at the course so even though it was still raining in Pattaya we took a chance and drove to the monkey course. As we drove up Hwy 7 the skies lightened and by the time we reached the course, it was fine again.
Remarkably it was very busy with groups backed up on the first and tenth tees, we were put out from the tenth, it got even busier later when the late tee special pricing took effect. The course was in the best condition of any course we have played recently, the greens were running true and at a nice speed, the fairways were lush and well mown, and the bunkers were well maintained all of which probably justified the slightly higher price charged.
Several times throughout the round it seemed that we were about to get drenched with thunder rumbling close by and heavy rain just around the corner, luckily we stayed dry to the end. The temperature was just about right, cool with just a light breeze blowing.
The very consistent Les Cobban enjoying a long streak of very good form took first place with thirty-six points, he had all aspects of his game dialed in. Second place went to Michael Brett a stroke back and with his usual number of opportunities to take first. Geoff Parker was third with thirty points.
Dave Ashman snared one near pin which he birdied and Michael Brett got two, one close enough to get a birdie also.
Friday, September 18th
Plutaluang East & South.
1st Les Cobban (8) 37 points
2nd Michael Brett (15) 33 points
3rd Geoff Atwell (24) 32 points
Near pins Les Cobban & Jeff Crosthwaite
After many months away the Bunker Boys made a return to the Navy course for the last game of the week where we played the East & South nines. The course was in the best condition we have seen for years, well grasses and green, overall great value at seven hundred and fifty baht. As a rule, it’s not a good idea to play this course on a Friday as its usually busy, but today we had a clear run.
Despite a Tropical rain depression bringing widespread rain throughout all of South East Asia somehow we managed to avoid it all and stay dry. The temperature was mild, perfect for golf.
Continuing on from where he left off on Wednesday Les Cobban put together another very fine round of thirty-seven to take first place. Michael Brett took second four back whilst Geoff Atwell rounded out the scoring with a thirty-two. Only two near pins were taken with one each to Jeff Crosthwaite and Les Cobban.
Next week the Bunker Boys are making a trip to Kanchanaburi to play Evergreen Hills, Grand Prix, Blue Saphire, and Royal Ratchaburi. Normally at this time of year, Hua Hin is the preferred destination but for some reason, the two best courses, Black Mountain and Banyan are not participating in the annual golf festival so we decided on a change of venue.
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Sep 7 til Sep 11,2020

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Monday, September 7th
Pattana A & C
1st Michael Brett (16) 37 points
2nd Dave Ashman (20) 34 points
3rd Geoff Parker (18) 33 points
Near pins Jeff Crosthwaite, Jimmy Carr, Dave Ashman, & Michael Brett.
Pattana was the venue for the first game of the week. As is often the case at this course ominous clouds hung in the sky, thunder rumbled all around, and the occasional flash of lightning was seen. Luckily we were able to complete the round dry and in a very quick time as there were very few others on the course.
We were allocated the A & C nines both of which were in excellent condition, however, a stiff breeze blew for most of the day and with increased intensity on the back nine. Scoring was at an acceptable level for this course. After a very poor start with only two points to show after three holes Michael Brett recovered well to take first place with thirty-seven points. Dave Ashman with a new swing or should we say the resurrection of an old Ben Hogan swing took second place on thirty-four with Geoff Parker a point further back in third. All the near pins were taken going to Dave Ashman, Jimmy Carr, Michael Brett, and our newest member Jeff Crosthwaite.
Wednesday, September 9th
Greenwood A & B
!st Geoff Parker (18) 38 points
2nd Geoff Atwell (24) 33 points
3rd Michael Brett (16) 33 points
Near pins Geoff Parker.
Many people’s favorite course Greenwood was the venue for our midweek game. A green/caddie fee using PSC vouchers made for good value at nine hundred and fifty baht. As usual, the course was in fine condition but a strong wind made play tricky, we are now in the middle of the windy season. Nobody else to be seen on the course so we had a casual speedy round.
Geoff Parker had one of those days when he couldn’t miss a put and took first place with a score of thirty-eight points. On the last par three, he putted from a meter off the green fifty feet straight in the hole for par, when it’s your day things like that happen. Second place went to Geoff Atwell on thirty-three edging out Michael Brett on countback. Only one near pin was taken going to Geoff Parker so joy for the delinquent club. Shot of the day went to Michael Brett who using a hybrid out of a bunker one hundred and fifty yards out, put his ball to about four feet from the pin and duly sank the put for a sandie birdie
Friday, September
Burapha A & B
An all-in fee of twelve hundred and fifty baht lured the Bunker Boys to a course that we rarely play, the general consensus is that it is overpriced and overrated
Today both the A & B nines were in good shape apart from some greens on the B nine that were in very poor shape. The rough was ferocious, it was difficult to find a ball in there let alone play out of it.
All was ok till the middle of the back nine when the heavens opened up and forced us to shelter for about thirty minutes. When the rain eased off we recommenced play only for it to quickly bucket down again even heavier than before, the lightning was very close and scary and the course quickly became waterlogged so we had to abandon play for only the second time this year. Tony Robbins and Geoff Parker were in a tussle for the first place, who knows how it might have ended, its difficult to abandon play when you are having a good round.
Jeff Crostwaite, new Bunker Boy
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