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
 
 

Apr 5 til Apr 9,2021

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May 162021
 
Monday, April 5th
Greenvalley
1st Les Cobban (7) 36 points
2nd Jay Babin (23) 34 points
3rd Paul Lanzetta (6) 34 points
Near pins Jay Babin, Les Cobban, & Michael Brett
After a weekend of inclement weather, the prospect of the same loomed large again today and as it turned out it became a very unpleasant day for golf. Light drizzle early in the round grew steadily heavier until everybody was just about saturated. It was never heavy enough to stop play, but over time club grips became wet along with gloves, greens had significant amounts of water on them and overall play was difficult and unenjoyable. By the close of play, the rain had stopped but by then it was too late for most.
Someone who grew up with this kind of weather only about twenty degrees colder and also windy, Les Cobban mastered the conditions with thirty-six points. For about two months now Les has been in superb form with his handicap continuing to go down, nevertheless he keeps winning, when will it stop?. Jay Babin is another who after a scratchy start with the Bunker Boys is now hitting his straps and took second place from the very accomplished Paul Lanzetta, both on thirty-four points. Jay also took a near pin with two others going to Les Cobban and Michael Brett.
Wednesday, April 7th
Pattaya Country Club
1st Michael Brett (15) 35 points
2nd Jay Babin (23) 34 points
3rd Lance Conway-Jones (11) 33 points
Near pins Paul Smith, & Michael Brett X 3.
It’s fair to say the wet season is well and truly upon us. Today’s round at Pattaya Country Club started dry but the signs were ominous. After a few holes, light rain started to fall, gradually increasing in intensity until by the eight-hole it was coming down in torrents. The sky went almost black, the light dimmed to the point it was difficult to see. Worst of all the lightning strikes were almost simultaneous and the thunder was deafening, so we were forced to rush to the clubhouse for shelter. Luckily we made it safely as the lightning became frightening, the storm hovered directly over us for about forty minutes. It’s common to get bad storms this time of year, but this one was bad as they come.
Under the circumstances, golf became very difficult, the air was heavy, the fairways and greens were saturated, there was no run on the fairways and waterlogged greens made putting a bit of a lottery. As always we soldiered on and completed the round. Under such difficult conditions, scores were quite respectable with small margins separating the top three. Michael Brett took top spot with thirty-five points and could have been much better with some decent putting, at least this time he could blame the soggy greens. Once again Jay Babin was in the frame taking second with thirty-four, whilst Lance Conway-Jones rounded out the top three with thirty-three points. All the near pins were taken with Paul Smith getting close on the last, Michael Brett got the other three.
Friday, April 9th
Pattavia
1st Roger Awad (20) 36 points
2nd Kevin LeBar (12) 35 points
3rd Geoff Cox (18) 34 points
Near pins Geoff Cox, Roger Awad, & Kevin LeBar X 2.
It seems like the weather gods took pity on us today, all day long it looked like it could rain at any moment but we managed to stay dry for the whole round. Dark clouds were not far away and thunder rumbled in the distance but luckily we got it done without rain. Yesterday at Pattavia they had a horrendous storm that prevented any play, and we could see the results of it today with some bunkers still with water in them and high tide watermarks on the fairways. The water catchment to the right of the eight fairway had water in it for the first time in about eight years.
A new winner today with Roger Awad making his breakthrough to the top of the podium with thirty-six points. Kevin LeBar with a very poor start and a fifteen-year-old trainee caddie recovered well to take second place with a very strong finish that included a birdie and a couple of pars for thirty-five points. Geoff Cox closed out the scoring with thirty-four points in third place. All the near pins were taken with one each to Geoff Cox and Roger Awad with Kevin LeBar taking two.
Pattaya is about to go into some kind of lockdown for the third time, this time hopefully for only two weeks, very bad timing for us as it put paid to our trip to Kanchanaburi next week, hopefully we can do it by the end of next month.
 
Les Cobban, winner at Greenvalley
 
Roger Awad debut winner at Pattavia.

 
 

Mar 29 til Apr 2, 2021

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

Mar 22 til Mar 26, 2021

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

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Monday, March 15th
Pattana A & B
1st Michael Brett (15) 38 points
2nd Geoff Atwell (24) 37 points
3rd Geoff Parker (18) 37 points
Near pins Myles Knowlson, Barry Murnin, & Michael Brett X 2.
A bright sunny but very hot day for our monthly visit to Pattana. The course was in superb condition, and with very few players around no delays. Many expressed delight at the new scorecards, for years this course has had the worst scorecards of any course anywhere. There is one issue that irritates many players, the drinks station at the back of the clubhouse closes at 3.00 pm or so it’s supposed to, many times it’s earlier. On a hot day like today, most are gasping for a drink but cannot get any service. This is a major issue for a course that does so much right.
Back to low numbers with several locals delinquent today, so a field of only eleven. Scoring was decent off the yellow tees with most acquitting themselves well. After two weeks of low scores, Michael Brett took top spot today with thirty-eight points. The two Geoffs, Parker and Atwell had to be separated by countback with Atwell taking it. Several others were not much further back. All the near pins were taken with Myles Knowlson and Barry Murnin taking one each, Michael Brett got two.
Wednesday, March 17th
Burapha C & D.
1st Paul Smith (4) 40 points
2nd Mark On (10) 38 points
3rd Jimmy Carr (17) 36 points
4th Geoff Atwell (24) 34 points
Near pins Geoff Atwell, Tony Robbins, & Steve Durey X 2.
As the twelve hundred baht all-in fee continues The Bunker Boys made another visit to Burapha this time playing the C & D nines. A decent field of sixteen was good given several of our residents are traveling in different parts of the country. What a difference between both nines, the C course was surprisingly wet underfoot with no run whatsoever on the fairways. The greens were deceptively slow and in need of mowing. By contrast, the D nine was bone dry and the greens much quicker.
Some very good scores registered today, none better than the forty points returned by Paul Smith in a round littered with birdies and one eagle, super golf by any standard. Not far behind Mark On took second place with a well-compiled thirty-eight points. Jimmy Carr made a welcome return to the winners circle today with thirty-six points, his first decent round for some time, will he now continue as usual with a run of good scores?. Geoff Atwell rounded out the winner’s list in fourth place with thirty-four points. All the near pins were taken with one each to Tony Robbins and Geoff Atwell with Steve Durey taking two. Shot of the day went to Tony Robbins who hit the pin with his tee shot on a par-three with the ball finishing hovering on the edge of the hole, it could not be any closer and not go in.
Friday, March 19th
Pattaya Country Club
1st Steve Durey (23) 39 points
2nd Tony Robbins (18 ) 34 points
3rd Michael Brett (15) 34 points
Near pins, Myles Knowlson, Bob Innes, Geoff Cox, & Steve Durey.
Today we were scheduled to play Royal Lakeside but we had so few willing to travel the distance or pay the rates, particularly those requiring carts that we canceled and booked Pattaya Country Club instead where we were able to secure an all-in deal of one thousand and eighty baht. This course is in just about as good condition as any other we play, the returfed fairways have now bedded in and are superb. As the course is playing host to a tournament this weekend it was competition-ready and at its best.
We had one exceptional score today where Steve Durey amassed thirty-nine points, twenty-four on the front nine. The day is fast approaching when Steve will have to play off a handicap more befitting his ability. Michael Brett was in a good position to take the lead after sixteen holes but faltered on the last two and lost second place to Tony Robbins on countback. All the near pins were taken going to Steve Durey, Bob Innes, Geoff Cox, and Myles Knowlson.
Paul Smith, winner at Burapha
Michael Brett winner at Pattana.
 
 
 
 
 
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Mar 8 til Mar 12, 2021

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