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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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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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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


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




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



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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Bunker Boys Golf Report for week commencing Monday March 1st


Monday, March 1st


Green Valley

1st Michael Brett (15) 38 points

2nd Myles Knowlson (10) 36 points

3rd Les Cobban (8) 36 points

4th Barry Murnin (19) 35 points


Near Pins Gordon Clegg, Tony Robbins, Myles Knowlson, & Mark On.


After an absence of over a year, The Bunker Boys made a welcome return to the Green Valley Course today.  A promotional effort by course management who give each member fifteen vouchers to distribute to would-be visitors facilitated our return. One such member John O'Leary kindly donated his vouchers to the Bunker Boys which allowed us a three hundred baht green fee walking which represents the best value golfing in Pattaya at present. We intend to keep playing Green Valley as long as this promotion is in place and we can avail of vouchers.


The course was in fine condition as usual and this was reflected in the scoring which was of a much higher standard than most of last week when we had some embarrassingly poor scores. A field of fifteen was enticed out to play both by the quality of the course and the attractive pricing. A few of our regulars were missing most notably Dave Ashman who got himself involved in a little early morning intrigue, the likes of which one might read about in a suspense novel. The top score of the day was thirty-eight points by Michael Brett. A countback was required to settle second place where Myles Knowlson edged it out over the in-form Les Cobban with Barry Murnin taking fourth place a further stroke back. All the near pins were taken with one each to Gordon Clegg (again), Tony Robbins, Myles Knowlson, and Mark On, some of the near pins were particularly close.


As bars were closed for a Buddha Day last Friday we held over the presentation of the golfer of the month for February which Tony Robbins won by a veritable country mile.


We are advised that the St Andrews 2000 course which has been closed for over a year for renovations at Barcelona Valley will reopen on March 15th with another promotional offer in place to attract more players, no doubt we will look closely at that when details are available. At this stage, we believe the offer will be a seventeen hundred baht all-in fee with a voucher of two hundred baht thrown in to be spent at the club.


Something for people to be aware of is that there is no longer a right turn possible exiting Barcelona Valley and it's now necessary to travel about four kilometers down the road before a u-turn can be made.


Wednesday, March 3rd


Pattaya Country Club

1st Geoff Parker (18) 39 points

2nd Mark On (10) 39 points

3rd Gerry Cooney (19) 37 points

4th  Les Cobban (8) 36 points


Near pins Geoff Parker, Mark On, Jay Babin, & Les Cobban.


The morning dawned bright and sunny but by the time tee-off came around the sky was overcast and looking ominous. We had several showers throughout the round, some quite heavy, enough to halt play but not for too long. This was the first rain we have had in months and was welcome by the greenkeepers but not the golfers.


Our equal biggest field of the year (seventeen) was on hand, lured out by a decent fee structure, an improving course, and proximity to Pattaya. Despite some holes being particularly difficult with long second shots to the green and some tricky pin placements scoring was again of a high standard overall with a few exceptions, one or two who shall remain nameless failing to make any impression on the scorecard.


Top of the heap was Geoff Parker playing of a very generous eighteen handicap who edged out Mark On on countback. In only his third game since returning from the UK and still looking pastey and palid as ever, Gerry Cooney took third place with thirty-seven points, today he had an excuse to hide under an umbrella with the rain. Les Cobban continues in a rich vein of form and took fourth place with a very decent thirty-six of his eight handicap, some of his stroke play was exceptional, and right now his game is in a very good place. He also snared a near pin with the remaining three going to Mark On, Jay Babin, & Geoff Parker.


Today we were pleased to welcome our newest member, Roger Awed all the way from Tinseltown, Roger plays off an eighteen handicap and has already signed up for our Songkran trip away to Kanchanaburi, welcome Roger.


Friday, March 5th


Emerald, Medal

1st Jay Babin (23) Net 73

2nd Geoff Atwell (24) Net 73

3rd Myles Knowlson (10) Net 74

4th Gerry Cooney (19) Net 74


Near pins Gerry Cooney, Mark On, & Geoff Parker.


A bright sunny but windy day at Emerald for the last game of the week. The course was in nice condition but the greens despite looking quick were deceptively slow, it was hard to reconcile the look with what actually happened on the greens with so many puts well short all day. Despite good scoring all week today was a different story with all but a few managing to acquit themselves well.


Top of the heap was Jay Babin with a net seventy-three edging out Geoff Atwell on countback. The ever-consistent Myles Knowlson third a stroke back also edging out Gerry Cooney on countback. Gerry Cooney, Mark On, and Geof Parker took near pins with one unclaimed, a poor result from a field of sixteen

Jay Babin, winner at Emerald.


Geoff Parker winner at Pattaya CC.







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Bunker Boys Golf Report for week commencing Monday March 8th

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


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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Bunker Boys Golf Report for week commencing Monday March 15th


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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Bunker Boys Golf Report for week commencing Monday March 22nd


Monday, March 22nd


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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Bunker Boys Golf Report for week commencing Monday March 29th


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.



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Bunker Boys Golf Report for week commencing Monday April 5th


Monday, April 5th



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



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.



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Bunker Boys Golf Report for week commencing Monday April 12th


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



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Bunker Boys Golf Report for week commencing Monday April 19th


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



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



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.



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Bunker Boys Golf Report for week commencing Monday April 26th


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



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Bunker Boys Golf Report for week commencing Monday May 3rd


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.



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Bunker Boys Golf Report for week commencing Monday, May 10th


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



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Bunker Boys Golf Report for week commencing Monday May 17th


Monday, May 17th


Pleasant Valley


1st Kob Glover (26) 38 points

2nd Niall Glover (21) 34 points

3rd Roger Awad (20) 34 points


Near pins Geoff Parker, Tony Robbins, Niall Glover, & Jimmy Carr.


A bright sunny day for the first game of the week at Pleasant Valley where we had the course virtually to ourselves. As the round progressed some big groups of six or more followed us around, luckily not ahead of us.


As we set off on the front nine the temperature was high and the humidity even higher. On the closing holes of the front nine, the rain appeared on the mountains directly facing the clubhouse but we were optimistic it wouldn't be a problem as the wind was blowing in the direction of the rain and the caddies were confident it would pass behind the mountains. By the time we completed the front nine the optimism faded as the rain came lashing down and stayed for about an hour. Greens and fairways were flooded but as the rain cleared the floods faded away and we were able to resume play. As we approached the end of play, the sun was shining brightly again and the humidity back to extreme so those with carts were very happy .


Some excellent scoring again today as well as some best forgotten. The most unusual round came from Roger Awad who took third place with thirty-four points in a round that contained two birdies and five wipes. In a commentary on his round later, Roger explained that he followed his first birdie with consecutive wipes and his second birdie with three consecutive wipes so he vowed to avoid birdies in the future as they bring him bad luck. One wonders what his thinking process will be when he next has a birdie opportunity, quite a dilemma!. Edging out Roger into third place on countback Niall Glover found his name in the winner's list taking second place also with thirty-four. The big winner on the day was Kob Glover with an excellent thirty-eight points, her second thirty-eight within a week, no doubt her handicap needs a serious look.  All the near pins were taken with one each to Geoff Parker, Tony Robbins, Niall Glover, and Jimmy Carr.


Apart from the winners, the course proved difficult for most, none more so than our lead three-ball who between them had lost twenty balls between them over the course of the round. Another common feature of the round was the number of holes wiped, too many to mention, perhaps just one of those days.


Wednesday, May 19th


Laem Chabang B & C.


1st Steve Durey (21) 44 points

2nd Myles Knowlson (11) 38 points

3rd Tony Robbins (21) 38 points


Near pins Peter Kelly, Tony Robbins, Myles Knowlson, & Michael Brett.


Despite the high all-in fee of nineteen hundred baht a very decent field of fourteen rolled up for the midweek game at Laem Chabang, our first visit this year. We were allocated the B & C nines both of which were as expected in pristine condition. The weather was hot and humid again with rain not far away accompanied as usual by thunder and lightning, luckily it passed by far enough away for us not to be affected and we all finished dry, apart from a large amount of perspiration, just ask Peter Kelly. Something one might not expect from a course of this standard, a golf cart died after just three holes and had to be replaced which was achieved very quickly so no delay ensued.


Despite the difficulty of the course scoring was of a very high standard. Having won golfer of the month in March and being in somewhat of a slump since then Steve Durey announced his return to top form today with a remarkable score of forty-four points to take first place. Likewise February golfer of the month Tony Robbins also returned to his best today with a fine thirty-eight point to take third place having been beaten on countback by Myles Knowlson. All the near pins were taken with one each going to Myles, Tony, Peter Kelly, and Michael Brett The general consensus was that the course was so good and enjoyable we should make a return visit before normal pricing returns, in the current circumstances that should give us plenty time. If we do return it's unlikely Geoff Parker will partake of an iced coffee which today cost him in excess of one hundred and forty baht ouch!!!.


Friday, May 21st


Crystal Bay C & A


1st Michael Brett (40) points

2nd Jay Babin (22) 38 points

3rd Tony Robbins (21) 33 points


Near pins Dave Ashman, Tony Robbins, & Michael Brett X 2


Yet another day this week where we escaped the rain although somewhere in the distance got a serious drenching. The Crystal Bay course was in great condition particularly the fairways. The greens were a tad slow for some people's liking, but the bunkers were a shambles with hard-packed sand and grass and weeds in many areas. A hot day again with only a hint of a breeze, not enough to cool things down.


Similar to Monday in terms of scoring with a couple of good efforts and the rest best forgotten which was surprising as overall scoring is on the high side at this course. Tony Robbins set out in fine form with eighteen on the front nine only to fade away on the back to take third place with thirty-three points. Jay Babin had another of his increasingly regular good days with thirty-eight points to take second place. The winner on the day was Michael Brett with forty points, he also managed to snag two near pins with one each going to Dave Ashman and Tony Robbins. Having excelled with every facet of his game on Wednesday at Laem Chabang Steve Durey had one of those days when he forgot how to put and finished down the field.



Kob Glover, the big winner at Pleasant Valley.



Steve Durey made Laem Chabang look easy with forty-four points



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Bunker Boys Golf Report for week commencing Monday May 31st


Monday, May 31st


Greenwood A & B


1st Geoff Parker (20) 40 points

2nd Tony Robbins (21) 37 points

3rd Paul Smith (2) 36 points


Near pins Geoff Parker, Paul Smith, & Michael Brett.


The last game of May was played at Greenwood on the A & B nines in bright sunshine. A few clouds rolled overhead during the day but it never looked like rain.


The course was in nice condition, fairways were recently mown and the bunkers were just about the best of any course we played recently. The greens however were in need of mowing and much too slow for most people's liking.


The recent trend of good scores continued again today with Geoff Parker back to his best taking first place with a well compiled forty points, surely now he will get a touch to his handicap which is well above where it ought to be for a player of his ability. In a rich vein of form recently Tony Robbins took second place with thirty-seven points, one ahead of Paul Smith on thirty-six, it's very hard to get above thirty-six off a handicap of two particularly as Paul had an uncharacteristically bad day with the putter. Three near pins went to Geoff Parker, Paul Smith, and Michael Brett, all in the same group, the only one to miss out was Jimmy Carr.


As always on the last game of the month, it was time to find the golfer of the month. In the first week, Jimmy Carr posted a forty-pointer and looked like he might go on with it, alas that was his best score. Throughout the month Michael Brett played steady if unspectacular golf to go into the last week with a reasonable lead. Some very good scores from Kob Glover, Geoff Parker, and the fast charging Tony Robbin meant that everything tightened up going into the last day. As it turned out Michael had a Barry Crocker, not helped by a cut in his handicap on the last day and didn't add to his score while Tony looked to have it all wrapped up only to falter on the closing holes scoring only one point on the last two holes to gift it to Michael by the narrowest of margins making it the first back to back of the year.


Wednesday, June 2nd


Pattaya Country Club


1st Geoff Atwell (21) 42 points

2nd Tony Robbins (21) 39 points

3rd Dave Ashman (26) 38 points


Near pins Paul Smith, Bob Paine, & Michael Brett.


The first game of a new month was at Pattaya Country Club on an extremely hot humid day. The skies were bright and clear at the start of play with little prospect of rain, however by the closing holes thunder and lightning were in the air and the rain not far away. Luckily it stayed away long enough for us to complete the round.


A field of twelve enjoyed the course which was in superb condition, no complaints about greens or bunkers today, even the caddies were generally top quality. The fees are however edging up to the high side with an all-in fee of thirteen hundred and eighty baht, more than any other course on our roster during this COVID period.


More of the same as the high scoring of recent weeks continued again today, in the last six games there was only one winning score under forty points and that was a thirty-nine, good scoring indeed. Today Geoff Atwell blew everybody away with a magnificent forty-two points despite wiping one hole, very solid golf, it seemed like he couldn't miss a put from any distance. Once again Tony Robbins was in the frame with a solid thirty-nine points in second place, his last three scores were thirty-seven, thirty-nine, and forty points so his handicap should soon be far more realistic. Dave Ashman rounding out the winner's list with thirty-eight points. It should be noted that all three in the winner's circle had a handicap above twenty, food for thought as recently the winner's circle has been dominated by the high handicap golfers. Three near pins were taken going to Bob Paine, Paul Smith, and Michael Brett.


Friday, June 4th


Pattana A & B ( Yellow Tees)


1st Geoff Cox (18) 42 points

2nd Paul Smith (2) 41 points

3rd Tony Robbins (20) 38 points


Near pins Steve Durey, Geoff Cox, & Les Cobban X 2.


A field of thirteen for the last game of the week at Pattana where we were allocated the A & B nines. The course was in fine condition but yet again the greens were a major disappointment, very slow and bumpy and in need of mowing. On several greens, there were small tufts of grass that stood up above the rest of the green making any ball that struck them deviate offline, a simple remedy would simply be to mow the greens properly. An all-in fee of eleven hundred baht meant that we have two games on this month's roster at Pattana, hopefully, the greens will be in better condition for our last game of the month as Pattana is a favorite course of many of the group.


Thunder and lightning were never far away and looked like they might interfere with the game, luckily both and rain stayed away and we completed the round dry.


The remarkable run of high scores continued again today.  Paul Smith shot three under the card which was only good enough to take second place. In one of his rare appearances, Geoff Cox excelled with forty-two points to take first place. Tony Robbins was in the mix again for the third time this week with thirty-eight points to take third place, that was consecutive rounds of thirty-seven, thirty-eight, and thirty-nine points and forty points, very consistent indeed. Les Cobban looked like he was going to take all the near pins today, but managed to hang on to two with the others going to Steve Durey and Geoff Cox.



Michael Brett, May golfer of the month.



Geoff Atwell, forty-two points at Pattaya Country Club.



Geoff Cox, forty-two points at Pattaya.



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Bunker Boys Golf Report for week commencing Monday June 7th


Monday, June 7th


Burapha B & C


1st Dave Ashman (26) 38 points

2nd Roger Awad (20) 36 points

3rd Kevin LeBar (13) 36 points

4th Tony Robbins (19) 36 points

5th Bob Paine (23) 36 points


Near pins Bob Paine, Kevin LeBar, & Tony Robbins X 2.


Once again we had the unusual pairing of the B & C nines for today's game at Burapha. Despite overnight torrential rain, the course was in excellent condition apart from the bunkers, some had been washed out a bit whilst others still had significant amounts of water in them. There was no need for the pick, clean, and place rule to be applied.


A very pleasant day weatherwise with no sign of rain and a comfortable temperature. As everybody was in carts courtesy of the twelve hundred and fifty baht all-in deal, speed of play was excellent with the lead fourball finished in three hours and fifteen minutes, we didn't see any other groups on the course till almost the end of play when we saw an eightball teeing off on B 1. 


After the exceptional scoring of the last two weeks, it was back to more normal numbers today when it was again tight at the top of the leaderboard. Hours of practice at the driving range are starting to pay dividends for Dave Ashman with his second score of thirty-eight points in the last three games, Dave was the clear winner by two points. He didn't reveal who's coaching from youtube he was following clearly, it has worked for the past two games. A logjam behind him with four locked together on thirty-six points and separated as listed by countback. All the near pins were taken with one each to Kevin LeBar and Bob Paine and two to Tony Robbins.


As Wednesday's game is at TreasureHill, Dave Ashman's favorite course it will be interesting to see if he can maintain his recent high standard.


Wednesday, June 9th


Treasure Hill.


1st Moe Holmes (26) 39 points

2nd Paul Smith (2) 37points

3rd Bob Paine (23) 36 points

4th Tony Robbins (19) 35 points


Near pins Jay Babin, Les Cobban, Roger Awad, & Bob Paine.


An excellent field of eighteen for today's game at Treasure Hill, the second biggest field of the year so far. This was surprising as the course doesn't seem to be overly popular with the members and most people find it possibly the most difficult course on our roster. Perhaps some will have a change of mind after today's game as the course was in great shape and scoring was very respectable.


A very pleasant day weatherwise, it did threaten to rain a couple of times but luckily stayed away. The all-in deal of one thousand and fifty baht meant that just about everyone took a cart so the speed of play was excellent again, with the lead group back in the clubhouse in just over three hours.


Despite a cut of ten on his handicap Moe Holmes once again took first place with thirty-nine points, clearly, he wasn't cut enough as thirty-nine is an excellent score on this difficult course, all the more creditable as Moe plays with only half a set of clubs. One wonders what his real handicap should be. In top form lately, Paul Smith took second place with thirty-seven points, he also won two sixes from Les Cobban, it's hard to watch a grown man cry on the course parting with his hard-earned. Bob Paine took third with a fine thirty-six despite a few hiccups along the way. Finally, in fourth place, Tony Robbins found himself in the winner's circle for the sixth time in a row, real consistency.


Dave Ashman must have been following a different coach today as he was nowhere in the frame. Near pins went to Bob Paine, Jay Babin, Roger Awad, and Les Cobban.


Friday, June 11th




1st Geoff Parker (19) 38 points

2nd Neil Harvey (9) 38 points

3rd Paul Smith (2) 37 points


Near pins Les Cobban, Jimmy Carr, Steve Durey, & Neil Harvey.


A field of fourteen for the last game of the week at Bangpra where we got an all-in fee of twelve hundred baht with vouchers, that was two hundred less than the price at the time of booking. It seems like the course management have seen the light and reduced their fees and as a result, the course was very busy in the afternoon.


Rain threatened a couple of times with a few drops falling, luckily it stayed away, its been a few weeks now since we were rain-affected, even the temperature today was pleasant.


Very decent scoring again today with Geoff Parker returning a winning card of thirty-eight points, beating Neil Harvey on countback. As ever Paul Smith was in the mix with thirty-six points in third place. Just for a change Tony Robbins didn't appear in the winners circle. All the near pins were taken, again a couple of them were very close, as usual, Les Cobban took one, with the others going to Jimmy Carr, Steve Durey, and Neil Harvey.


We end the week on a sad note with news of the passing of one of our longstanding members Peter Allen. At Pattaya Country Club Peter was recently seen and looked just the same as always with no obvious illness. Apparently, he succumb to a severe lung infection, coupled with diabetes he was unable to shake it off. In keeping with his British heritage, Peter could reasonably be described as somewhat eccentric. Peter decided to play his golf from another venue in recent years where the arrangements better suited his needs so he lost touch with the Bunker Boys.  A mid-twenties handicap player Peter had a knack for finding himself in the winner's circle regularly and also winning near pins using the driver from the tee.


He had a penchant for travel and visited many countries in Asia and Oceana. In order to achieve the distinction of having visited one hundred countries in his lifetime he undertook an arduous task a few years ago of visiting twenty-two countries in Europe in nineteen days, many were left scratching their collective heads asking why?.


Peter adds to the list of recently deceased Bunker Boys together with Peter Hapgood and Frank Quinlan who passed some time ago


May he rest in peace.



Vale Peter Allen.



Moe Holmes, winner at Treasure Hill.



Geoff Parker, winner at Bangpra.



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Bunker Boys Golf Report for week commencing Monday June 14th


Monday, June 14th



1st Steve Durey (20) 42 points

2nd Kevin LeBar (14) 39 points

3rd Jay Babin (22) 39 points

4th Nial Glover (19) 35 points

5th Bob Paine (22) 35 points


Near pins Kob Glover, Jay Babin, Gerry Cooney, & Kevin LeBar.


A very good field of eighteen for the first game of the week at Greenvalley, recently we have had the best low season numbers for a long time. The Greenvalley Course was not at its best but was still fairly good, the greens were quick compared to courses we have played recently.


Weatherwise it was relatively mild with a blustery wind blowing, sometimes quite strongly. It tried to rain a couple of times, in fact, a few drops fell but quickly blew away and there were no holdups. The first group was finished at least an hour before the last group made an appearance for the presentation.


Very good scoring yet again with Steve Durey taking first place with forty-two points despite a wipe on the seventeenth. Kevin LeBar put in a strong effort to finish second with thirty-nine points edging out Jay Babin into third on countback. All the near pins were taken with one each to Kob Glover, Jay Babin, Gerry Cooney, and Kevin LeBar.


Wednesday, June 16th



1st Niall Glover (19) 41 points

2nd Lance Conway-Jones (12) 38 points

3rd Geoff Parker (18) 37 points

4th Kevin Lebar (13) 36 points


Near pins John Early, Lance Conway-Jones, Roger Awad, & Paul Smith


For those whose Alzheimers didn't kick in today and remembered to bring either their driving license or passport the reward was an all-in fee of eight hundred baht, surely the best value golf in Thailand. An equal biggest field of the year (nineteen) took advantage of this exceptional offer. The course was again in excellent condition, the greens were back to their slippery best and with some evil pin placements, the course bared its teeth today.


Weatherwise we were lucky to have only a short rain break mid-round, despite looking like it might hang around for longer, the temperature was ok as a cool breeze kept things comfortable.


The difficulty of the course and the wind made for low scores overall, however, Niall Glover was totally unaffected by these challenges and returned an excellent score of forty-one points, his second good score this week. Lance Conway-Jones took second with thirty-eight, his best score for some time. Geoff Parker now back to his consistent best took third with thirty-seven points, while Kevin LeBar brought up the rear with thirty-six points at his home course and with his favorite caddie. Paul Smith, Roger Awad, Lance Conway-Jones, and John  Early on debut with the Bunker Boys all took a near pin.


Friday, June 20th


Greenwood  B & C (Medal)

1st Kevin LeBar (13) Net 73

2nd Gerry Cooney (20) Net 73

3rd Bob Paine (22) Net 74

4th Les Cobban (7) Net 74


Near pins Peter Kelly, Gerry Cooney, Bob Paine, & Michael Brett


A rather unpleasant day weatherwise for today's round at Greenwood where we were allocated the B & C nines. Some dark clouds were in the sky above Greenwood and rain was seen tumbling down in the distance. As the wind was blowing from the direction of the rain we knew that sooner or later it would hit us and sure enough by the seventh hole it was pelting down. After a delay of thirty minutes play resumed in very light rain which eventually abated.


Before the rain the course was a little damp but ok after the rain it became necessary to implement the pick, clean, and place rule as both plugged and mudballs were common. The greens were perhaps the best we have seen for some time.


A new experience for Kevin LeBar taking first place at the Bunker Boys with a net seventy-three edging out Gerry Cooney on countback. Bob Paine and Les Cobban were also separated on countback in third and fourth respectively. Near pins went to Peter Kelly, Bob Paine, Gerry Cooney, and Michael Brett.


Today we had an issue with the scourge of golf, i.e. slow play, the first group finished a full hour and a half before the fourth group, a totally unacceptable situation. It seems some players need a rocket under them, all golfers should be ready to play when it's their turn,  when it's a group of four it's hard to know who is dragging the chain although most have a fair idea. It's impossible to penalise a whole group if just one person is the source of the problem.


Travelling Bunker Boys


Most of the Bunker Boys in the UK who haven't been able to join us in "The City of Fun" for so long had a get-together at Silverdale in the Lake District recently for some golf and a few social drinks. It was nice to see all the happy smiling faces together with partners after such a long lockdown We understand our Aussie mates from Melbourne are on tour shortly to Queensland for more golf and recreation. It seems the only Bunker Boys not traveling are the ones in Pattaya who are in a form of lockdown, although from Monday 14th there has been a lifting of some restrictions, but no bars open,  maybe there is light at the end of the tunnel as many are chomping at the bit to get away somewhere.



UK Bunker Boys at Silverdale.



Niall Glover winner at Pattavia.



Kevin LeBar three very good scores this week.



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