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The Bunker Boys Golf Society

 

The Bunker Boys (affiliated members of the PSC) is one of Pattaya’s oldest Golf Societies having been operating for over 25years. It organises friendly competitions every Monday, Wednesday and Fridays all year round (including Christmas Day!).

Bunker Boys are based out of Som’s Bar on Soi Skaew Beach.

 

The Bunker Boys try to play 12 different local courses each month and transport is provided. Everybody is welcome to come and join us. No pre booking is required, just turn up and sign in at the Bar before 9.20am for a pre 10.40am departure and an 11.00am tee off. An official Handicap is required to play in the Daily Competition. Bunker Boys play under the USGA handicap system managed by the Pattaya Sports Club.

 

Full details can be found on  website http://www.bunkerboysgolfpattaya.com or facebook Bunker Boys Golf Society Pattaya

 

Contacts are:   

Mike 0943683580           

Tony 0841404139   

Jimmy 0876937803    

Geoff 0817882338

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THE BUNKER BOYS @ WOODY'S BAR
               
               
GOLF SCHEDULE: JANUARY 2021
               
DAY DATE VENUE FORMAT TEE-TIME DEPART Costs (Green Fee, Caddie)
FRIDAY Jan 1st Navy STABLEFORD 11.00 am 09.45am 1000 all inc
MONDAY Jan 4th Pattaya CC STABLEFORD 11.00am 09.45am 750 + 380 or 1250 all inc
WEDNESDAY Jan 6th Khao Kheow STABLEFORD 11.00 am 09:45am
850 GF + CF
 
FRIDAY Jan 8th Pattana STABLEFORD 11.00 am 09:45am
700 + 400
 
MONDAY Jan 11th Bangpra STABLEFORD 11.00 am 09:45am 1450 all inc
WEDNESDAY Jan 13th Pleasant Valley RAINBOW 11.00 am 09.45am 650 +350
FRIDAY Jan 15th Mountain Shadow STABLEFORD 11.00am 09:45am
750 + 330
 
MONDAY Jan 18th Navy STABLEFORD 11.00 am 09:45am 1000 all inc
WEDNESDAY Jan 20th Parichat RAINBOW 11.00 am 09.45am 1200 all inc
FRIDAY Jan 22nd Treasure Hill STABLEFORD 11.00 am 09.45am 1250 all inc
MONDAY Jan 25th Pattavia STABLEFORD 11.00 am 09:45am
600 + 350
 
WEDNESDAY Jan 27th Burapha STABLEFORD 11.00 am 09.45am 1250 all inc
FRIDAY Jan 29th Crystal Bay STABLEFORD 11.00 am 09.45am 750 + 330
               
             
               
Presentation @ 7:00PM at Woody's Bar Soi Skaw Beach
    Contact (Mike) 0943683580 (Geoff) 0817882338 (Tony) 0841404139 (Jimmy) 0876937803
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GOLF SCHEDULE: FEBRUARY 2021
               
DAY DATE VENUE FORMAT TEE-TIME DEPART Costs (Green Fee, Caddie)
MONDAY Feb 1st TREASURE HILL STABLEFORD 11.30am 09.45am 1250 all inc
WEDNESDAY Feb 3rd PATTAYA CC MEDAL 11.00am 09:45am 750 + 380 or 1380 all inc
FRIDAY Feb 5th KHAO KHEOW STABLEFORD 11.00 am 09:45am 750 + 350
MONDAY Feb 8th BANGPRA STABLEFORD 11.00am 09.45am 800 + 350
WEDNESDAY Feb 10th PARICHAT RAINBOW 11.00am 09.45am 1200 all inc
FRIDAY Feb 12th GREENWOOD STABLEFORD 11.00am 09:45am 400 + 350 1250 all inc
MONDAY Feb 15th PATTAVIA STABLEFORD 11.00 am 09:45am 600 + 350
WEDNESDAY Feb 17th PATTANA STABLEFORD 11:00am 09.45am 700 + 400
FRIDAY Feb 19th CRYSTAL BAY STABLEFORD 11:00am 9.45am 750 + 330
MONDAY Feb 22nd TBA STABLEFORD 11:00am 09:45am
1000 + 350
 
WEDNESDAY Feb 24th TBA STABLEFORD 11:00am 09.45am
1550 all incl
 
FRIDAY Feb 26th TBA STABLEFORD 11:00am    
               
               
             
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Monday, February 1st

Treasure Hill

1st Paul Smith (3) 34 points

2nd Peter Kelly (15) 31 points

3rd Bob Paine (21) 31 points

4th Steve Durey (23) 31 points

 

Near pins Mark On, Geoff Atwell, Barry Murnin, & Michael Brett.

 

Our first game of February was played at Treasure Hill in comfortable conditions. The course was difficult as always and made even more so by greens that were lightning fast coupled with some very difficult pin placements, consequently scoring was very poor compared with recent results. The greens here are now faster than Pattavia or Bangpra used to be. Once again we had the course to ourselves so no holdups and the round was completed within four hours, which is acceptable. Showers were open again which was very welcome so no more uncomfortable trips back to Pattaya after golf. An eleven hundred baht all-in fee was very good value.

 

Playing off a three handicap Paul Smith took first place with thirty-four points, a very good score given his handicap and the difficulty of the course. Three players ended with thirty-one points and were placed as listed. All the near pins were taken with one each to Mark On, Geoff Atwell, Barry Murnin, and Michael Brett. A field of fourteen was not bad under the circumstances.

 

As Pattaya lockdown is over and bars are open again things are more normal we are now looking to make a visit to Soi Dao at the end of the month, so all those interested should contact Tony Robbins as soon as possible. No doubt all our normal overseas visitors will be as jealous as hell to miss out on this trip as it's a favorite of most. Some may even recall our last visit when Robby Watts scored forty-six points off an eight handicap, can anyone better that score this year?, no doubt Robby would love to be here to try again but has to be content with competing in the Keyesborough Club Championship in Melbourne. We are still waiting for Keith Norman to send us some strange playing format.

 

Wednesday, February 3rd

Pattaya Country Club, Stroke Play.

1st Geoff Cox (19) Net 67

2nd Michael Brett (15) Net 68

3rd Mark On (11) 71

4th Alan Sullivan (13) 71

Near pins. Mark On, Alan Sullivan, & Dave Ashman.

 

A short trip to the ever-improving Pattaya Country Club for the Medal round of the month. With the short distance to travel, and an improving course, and very favorable green/caddie fees this is now a desirable course to play. In the past, the course was noted for being dry, with hard compacted soil, and very little grass, how things have changed. Another large group arrived at the same time as us and went off the back nine so no hold-ups.

 

The day was nice and sunny with a light breeze which strengthened considerably by the closing holes.

 

In one of his now rare appearances and playing his favourite format Geoff (nobody should get two strokes on a hole)  Cox took the honours with an excellent score of net seventy-one, Geoff had all parts of his game working today and showed no embarrassment playing off nineteen. Second place went to Michael Brett, a stroke back whilst Mark On edged out Alan Sullivan on countback for third, both on net seventy-one, a very good score for Alan after his recent layoff with medical issues, welcome back Alan. Three near pins were taken with one each to Dave Ashman, Mark On & Alan Sullivan.

 

Our much-anticipated trip to Soi Dao is now locked in for the 22nd & 23rd of the month, Options to go early and stay after are available, with room rates of 1800 baht per night. green fees are 800 baht with a caddie fee of 350 baht. It is hoped that by the time we arrive the elephants will have settled down and there will be no more fatal battles on the course.

 

Friday, February 5th

Khao Kheow A & B. Two ball better ball & Individual Stableford.

1st team Geoff Parker & Bob Paine 42 points

2nd Mark On & Dave Ashman 42 points

1st individual Stableford Geoff Parker 32 points.

Near pins Geoff Parker, Bob Paine, & Jimmy Carr.

 

An unusual day for the Bunker Boys today playing a two-ball team event plus an individual Stableford game. It's a bit unusual to have an even number of players so once we had twelve Jimmy decided that the time was right to play a two-ball. Teams were arranged by grouping the top six handicap players with the six lowest as opposed to a random draw.

 

On the opening holes, the wind was howling and made conditions very difficult. The greens were the fastest that anyone can remember at Khao Kheow so the combination of greens and wind made scoring difficult, some were tearing out their hair in frustration, at least those with hair. Speed of play was also very slow which added to the frustration. A curiosity of the day was that the all-in or walking fees were the same, naturally, everyone took a cart.

 

The team of Geoff Parker and Bob Paine took the honours with a score of forty-two, modest for this format but enough to edge out Dave Ashman & Mark On on countback.  Unsurprisingly both the winners got near pins and Geoff also got the top score of a lowly thirty-two. The remaining near pin went to Jimmy Carr.

 

Paul Smith winner at Treasure Hill

 

Geoff Cox Net sixty-seven at Pattaya Country Club

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Monday, February 8th

Bangpra

1st Barry Murnin (20) 41 points

2nd Paul Smith (4) 39 points

3rd Geoff Parker (18) 37 points

Near pins Les Cobban, & Paul Smith X 2.

 

An unlucky number (thirteen) for today's game at Bangpra where on arrival we found a very quiet course. Later in the day, it started to fill up but by that time we were finished so no slow play problems. We have now gotten so used to quick games this high season so that if ever we get back to a proper high season we will certainly not enjoy slow play that goes with big crowds.

 

The practice green was lightning fast and we expected the course to be the same but unfortunately not the case, the greens were unusually slow by Bangpra standards. No wind on the front nine but it got up quite a bit on the back nine. Overall the course was in decent condition, the monkeys were out in force again but much more passive than previous visits.

 

To coincide with Superbowl Day Barry Murnin decided it was America's day and put together a very fine round of forty-one points to take first place. One of his compatriots in the group Mark On declared on the first tee that it was going to be his day, alas he was nowhere to be seen, that's the problem with making bold predictions, as often as not they bite you in the ass. Paul Smith might have thought his thirty-nine was enough to take first but not so, only good enough for second. The days of Geoff Parker playing off eighteen are coming to a close, after a long spell in the doldrums Geoff is now back close to his best and can forget about a shot on every hole, another good score of thirty-seven was enough to take third place and repeated good scores of late should see his handicap drop to a more respectable level. To be fair he did have plenty of good luck today but was good enough to make it count. Three near pins were taken with Les Cobban taking one and Paul Smith two. Back at the bar, Barry rang the bell, the first for the year, long may it continue, well done Barry.

 

Wednesday, February 10th

Parichat Rainbow

1st Geoff Parker (18) 36 points

2nd Tony Robbins (20) 36 points

3rd Mark On (11) 34 points

Near pins Geoff Parker, Barry Murnin, & Michael Brett.

 

Our regular monthly rainbow round was again played at Parichat. It seems like several of our members are tired of this format as we only had ten participants today. Rainbow adds an extra dimension to course management and strategy that some cope with better than others. Despite the course having been revised some time ago, there are still a couple of holes that are in the lap of the gods, in particular, the second par-five fifth with an elevated green that is almost impossible to hit and stay on with runoff in three directions, even off the forward tees it's still a real challenge, the seventeenth green is also difficult.

 

Speed of play was excellent and we had one of the earliest finishes ever, some were back in Pattaya by three-thirty. Geoff Parker took first place on countback from Tony Robbins, both had thirty-six points. Mark On took third with thirty-four points. Three near pins were taken, although its stretching things a bit to call Geoff Parkers a near pin, his ball was as far from the hole as it could possibly be without being off the green, Barry Murnin and Michael Brett got the other two. Shot of the day went to Geoff Parker who on the short par four fifteenth put his second shot in the hole for a rare eagle from about fifty yards out. Naturally, he declined requests to repeat the shot to prove it wasn't a fluke.

 

Friday,12th February

Greenwood C & A.

1st Tony Robbins (20) 40 points

2nd Steve Durey (24) 38 points

3rd Mark On (11) 38 points

Near pins Jimmy Carr & Michael Brett.

 

Once again we had a course to ourselves for most of the round, later some local groups showed up. It's sad to see such a nice course underutilised to this extent. All the drinks stations were closed so instead a lady with a cart drove around with ice and cold drinks, even beer.

 

The weather was hot as expected and will only get hotter in the coming months, with very little breeze to cool things down.

 

Having missed out on a first-place on Wednesday in a countback Tony Robbins decided to do it all on his own today taking first place with forty points in a round that had eight to nine single put greens. Steve Durey had a golden day with thirty-eight points to take second place, Steve has been on an upward trend for the past few weeks and finally made it today. Imagine Mark On's surprise when he found out his thirty-eight was only good enough for third place. Only two near pins were taken going to Jimmy Carr and Michael Brett.

 

On a lighter note, a recent study found that the average golfer walks about nine-hundred miles a year. Another study found that golfers on average drink twenty-two gallons of alcohol a year, which means, on average golfers get about forty-one miles to the gallon. Barry Murnin disputes these figures and suggests some golfers have a much higher alcohol consumption.

 

Barry Murnin 41 points at Bangpra

 

Tony Robbins 40 points at Greenwood

 

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Bunker Boys Golf Society

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

The Bunker Boys Golf Society is pleased to announce that we are staying at the same location. Following termination of their lease by the Wood Brothers we have been successful in negotiating a new arrangement with the new Bar operators. So the location remains the same Soi Skaw Beach (Soisong 9) opposite the Skaw Beach Hotel under the new name of Prow and Pan’s.

 

Golf will continue to be organised on Mondays Wednesdays and Fridays with the presentation the same evening at 7.00pm. All are welcome sign in at Prow and Pan’s by 9.20am no prior booking is needed and transport is provided.

 

If you are looking for a friendly competitive game of golf come and join us.

 

See also our website https://bunkerboysgolfpattaya.com or facebook Bunker Boys Golf Pattaya


 

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Bunker Boys Golf Report for week commencing Monday February 15th

 

Monday, February 15th

 

Pattavia

1st Tony Robbins (19) 36 points

2nd Dave Ashman (24) 35 points

3rd Peter Kelly (15) 34 points

 

Near pins Jimmy Carr, Mark On, Geoff Atwell, & Les Cobban.

 

A field of fourteen for today's game at Pattavia played under bright sunshine with a slight breeze blowing. Once again a quiet course so no delay teeing off or holdups during the round. Some of the greens were wicked today, extremely fast and with breaks in all directions very hard to read, most were scratching their heads at how so many puts missed the cup and then ran off the green further away than where they started.

 

In a rich vein of form, Tony Robbins took the honours today with a solid thirty-six points. Second, went to Dave Ashman a stroke adrift whilst Peter Kelly brought up the rear with thirty-four points. All the near pins were taken with one each going to Jimmy Carr, Mark On, Geoff Atwell, and Les Cobban.

 

 

On our last visit to this course, we found a digger had got itself bogged trying to clean up a water catchment area, in the interval it had been rescued and was working a different part of the course today with no ill effects.

 

Wednesday, February 17th

 

Pattana B & C

1st Glen Elsworthy (16) 42 points

2nd Peter Kelly (15) 40 points

3rd Paul Smith (4) 37 points

 

Near pins Tony Robbins, Mark On, Paul Smith, & Peter Kelly

 

A midweek game at Pattana where once again we found an empty course, even the all-in fee of eleven hundred baht wasn't enough to lure people out to play. We had a decent field of fourteen, not bad under the circumstances. The B nine was sodden in some parts and bone dry in others which was hard to fathom. Once again the greens were much slower than the practice green which threw people a bit on the early holes. Despite all that some remarkable scores were returned.

 

The weather was overcast and grey with the prospect of rain ever-present, but we managed to stay dry until the last hole when a few drops fell. The lead group was finished in three hours without rushing which was very nice. On return to Pattaya, the heavens opened, most unexpected for this time of year, and as is usually the case roads were flooded everywhere making it a challenge to get back to the bar.

 

Toping the scoring with a fabulous forty-two points was first-timer Glen Elsworthy playing off a sixteen handicap. Second place went to Peter Kelly with a very creditable forty points, whilst Paul Smith brought up the rear with thirty-seven. Both Glen and Paul didn't attend the presentation back at the bar so a significant boost for the delinquent fund, hopefully, we can return their generosity soon. All the near pins were taken going to Tony Robbins, Mark On, Paul Smith, & Peter Kelly.

 

The Ally Ellison Scholarship Fundraiser canceled in January due to lockdown has been rescheduled for March 29th to 31st, the Bunker Boys already have two teams confirmed and are hoping to have a third. All members wishing to participate in this worthy cause should contact Tony Robbins asap, a good time is always guaranteed at the Serenity Resort and Spa who are hosting the event and no doubt a bit of extra trade would be welcome by both the resort and golf course in the present circumstances.

 

Friday, February 19th

 

Crystal Bay C & A.

1st Dave Ashman (24) 40 points

2nd Tony Robbins (19) 39 points

3rd Michael Brett (15) 36 points

 

Near pins Jimmy Carr, Dave Ashman, Bob Innes, & Geoff Parker

 

Another course where we seemed to be the only people playing so once again a quick round with the lead group finished well before 3.00 pm. The day was bright and sunny with very little wind. The course was again in decent condition so no complaints on the score. A small field of only ten was on hand with some very good scoring again, some of the Bunker Boys are in sparkling form at present, and all week scores were above average.

 

With a remarkable twenty-four points on the front nine, Dave Ashman set a cracking and took the honours with a total of forty points. to be fair his handicap seems a bit generous. One stroke back Tony Robbins took second place and would seem to already have sewn up the golfer of the month, it's going to take a remarkable change in fortune for someone to overtake him. Michael Brett took third with thirty-six.. All the near pins were taken with one each going to Jimmy Carr, Dave Ashman, who was very close to a hole in one, Bob Innes again, and Geoff Parker.

 

Next week is our first away trip of the year to the Chatrium Resort, to play the beautiful Soi Dao course, a favourite of many. Some of the group are making a detour to Koh Chang on the way back so all in all a nice little trip to get this year's traveling underway.

 

Tony Robbins & Dave Ashman both in sparkling form this week.

 

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