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The Bunker Boys Golf Society

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

Contacts are:   

Mike 0943683580           

Tony 0841404139   

Jimmy 0876937803    

Geoff 0817882338

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

Treasure Hill

1st Paul Smith (3) 34 points

2nd Peter Kelly (15) 31 points

3rd Bob Paine (21) 31 points

4th Steve Durey (23) 31 points

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Wednesday, February 3rd

Pattaya Country Club, Stroke Play.

1st Geoff Cox (19) Net 67

2nd Michael Brett (15) Net 68

3rd Mark On (11) 71

4th Alan Sullivan (13) 71

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Friday, February 5th

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

1st team Geoff Parker & Bob Paine 42 points

2nd Mark On & Dave Ashman 42 points

1st individual Stableford Geoff Parker 32 points.

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Paul Smith winner at Treasure Hill

 

Geoff Cox Net sixty-seven at Pattaya Country Club

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Monday, February 8th

Bangpra

1st Barry Murnin (20) 41 points

2nd Paul Smith (4) 39 points

3rd Geoff Parker (18) 37 points

Near pins Les Cobban, & Paul Smith X 2.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Wednesday, February 10th

Parichat Rainbow

1st Geoff Parker (18) 36 points

2nd Tony Robbins (20) 36 points

3rd Mark On (11) 34 points

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

 

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

 

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

 

Friday,12th February

Greenwood C & A.

1st Tony Robbins (20) 40 points

2nd Steve Durey (24) 38 points

3rd Mark On (11) 38 points

Near pins Jimmy Carr & Michael Brett.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Barry Murnin 41 points at Bangpra

 

Tony Robbins 40 points at Greenwood

 

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Bunker Boys Golf Society

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


 

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Bunker Boys Golf Report for week commencing Monday February 15th

 

Monday, February 15th

 

Pattavia

1st Tony Robbins (19) 36 points

2nd Dave Ashman (24) 35 points

3rd Peter Kelly (15) 34 points

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

Wednesday, February 17th

 

Pattana B & C

1st Glen Elsworthy (16) 42 points

2nd Peter Kelly (15) 40 points

3rd Paul Smith (4) 37 points

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Friday, February 19th

 

Crystal Bay C & A.

1st Dave Ashman (24) 40 points

2nd Tony Robbins (19) 39 points

3rd Michael Brett (15) 36 points

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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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

Bangpra

1st Steve Durey (24) 40 points

2nd Les Cobban (8) 40 points

3rd Geoff Cox (18) 35 points

4th Mark On (10) 34 points

Near pins Geoff Cox, Paul Smith, & Les Cobban X 2

A blustery cloudy day for the mid-week game at the monkey course. Even though there was no cloud on the weather radar, mid-way through the round we had quite a heavy shower, luckily it only lasted a few minutes and caused very little disruption to play.

As has happened several times in the past the Bangpra curse struck again. The price we were quoted (one thousand baht all-in) and had to pay in advance was not the fee we were required to pay, two-hundred baht more was required. In an age where courses are desperate for players, this was undoubtedly the worst bit of customer relations we have experienced in ages and one that would not entice us to return. We know of no other course that requires prepayment of green/caddie fee, furthermore, vouchers to qualify for this fee can only be had in blocks of ten which is totally unsatisfactory About two years ago this course adopted a similar belligerent way of treating customers resulting in a boycott by most Pattaya golf societies, if this policy is not changed quickly we can see another boycott brewing, a voucher offering twenty percent discount on food in the clubhouse is very small compensation.

A new COVID record attendance (nineteen) lured under false pretenses will be hard to top until borders open up again. Scores were decent except for Steve Durey and Les Cobban both of whom excelled with forty points each, Steve taking first on countback. Geoff Cox in one of his rare monthly appearances took third with thirty-five points, whilst Mark On rounded out the scoring a stroke back. All the near pins were taken with one each to Paul Smith and Geoff Cox with Les Cobban taking two. It's hard to know what to say about Les at present, his game is in great shape, will he ever fall off his perch?, normally people have a good run but eventually fall down, Les just keeps powering along with great consistency.

Friday, March 12th

Greenwood A & C

1st Steve Durey (23) 36 points

2nd Bob Innes (30) 35 points

3rd Jimmy Carr (18) 34 points

Near pins, Bob Paine, & Michael Brett X 2

An overcast but stinking hot day with extreme humidity for the last game of the week at Greenwood. A couple of other societies were also at Greenwood today but we managed to avoid each other and complete the round without any delays. Surprisingly after a record field for the year on Wednesday, we had a poor turnout today with only nine players, surprising given the quality of the course and the fees charged.

The course was in very nice condition as always and the playing fees were amongst the cheapest in Pattaya with a green fee plus a caddie fee of seven hundred and fifty baht. This has to be the best value golf in Pattaya, long may it stay the same at this most popular course.

Following on from his forty points on Wednesday, Steve Durey took first place with a very decent score of thirty-six points, despite having a bout of the putting yips. Bob Innes has had a couple of near-pins in the past but hasn't figured on the leader board until today, playing off a thirty handicap, two below his PSC handicap Bob should actually have been today's winner, but was happy with his first appearance on the leader board. Jimmy Carr made a rare appearance in the winners circle today with a third-place thirty-four points. Three near pins with one to Bob Paine and two to Michael Brett.

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Steve Durey, two-time winner

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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.

 

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Paul Smith, winner at Burapha

 

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Michael Brett winner at Pattana

 

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Bunker Boys Golf Report for week commencing Monday March 22nd

 

Monday, March 22nd

Pattavia

1st Barry Murnin (20) 38 points

2nd Myles Knowlson (10) 36 points

3rd Kevin LeBar (12) 35 points

Near pins Geoff Atwell, Michael Brett, & Geoff Cox X 2.

 

We begin a new week on a sad note with news over the weekend of the passing of Peter Hapgood. Peter was a long-time resident of Thailand, first in Phuket before settling in Pattaya to become one of the longer-serving members of the Bunker Boys. Peter spoke Thai fluently and possessed a little black book which was coveted by many.

 

In his hey-day, Peter was a very decent golfer playing off a single figure handicap, but with advancing years and deteriorating health he became frustrated with the game as he could no longer do some of the things he used to do. This lead him to develop a propensity for throwing clubs, sometimes further than he hit the golf ball. One of his major expenses was in bribing either caddies or ground staff to wade into water hazards to retrieve thrown clubs. He was one of the very few golfers to carry a one-iron in his bag, a club that also saw its fair share of time sailing through the air.  In recent years Peter had to abandon golf following a serious elbow injury.

 

Whilst we mourn his passing we take solace in the knowledge that he enjoyed life to the full and experienced all the delights this wonderful country has to offer, May he Rest in Peace.

 

Pattaya had torrential rain overnight and it looked likely to rain again today at Pattavia, luckily it stayed dry for the entire round. The course benefited greatly from the rain and greened up remarkably quickly, the bunkers however had wet compacted sand in them as a result of being machine raked and proved quite difficult, as always the greens were quick.

 

Once again some very good scores were returned, none better than the thirty-eight points by Barry Murnin who played out of his skin. Myles Knowlson as always was in the mix and took second place with thirty-six. Resident member Kevin LeBar took third on countback from Tony Robbins and Steve Durey. All the near pins were taken with one each to Geoff Atwell and Michael Brett with Geoff Cox taking two. The very generous winner Barry rang the bell.

 

Golfer of Month is very hotly contested with any one of five golfers in a position the take it with a strong finish to the month, who will it be?.

 

Wednesday, March 24th

Treasure Hill

1st Geoff Atwell (23) 34 points

2nd Steve Durey (22) 30 points

Near pins Jay Babin, & Geoff Atwell X 2.

 

A perennial problem for all golf societies locally is the fact that courses refuse to confirm booking details or fees and several times each year golfers are faced with either paying fees in excess of what was agreed to at the time of booking or canceling and making alternate arrangements. This happened today, we had a booking at Vintage at an acceptable all-in fee, but when we confirmed the day prior we found a significant hike in the prices quoted, particularly for those requiring a cart, so left us with no alternative but to cancel and book Treasure Hill instead. The whole sorry episode left a very sour taste with many refusing to play at all resulting in one of our lowest numbers this year, suffice to say we won't be booking Vintage again any time soon.

 

As always Treasure Hill challenges the best with scores usually low as they were today. Geoff Atwell took the honors with thirty-four points, not too bad on this course. Steve Durey, always in the frame of late took second with thirty points.

 

Jay Babin got a near-pin with Geoff Atwell taking two.

 

Friday, March 26th

Khao Kheow A & B

1st Steve Durey (22) 38 points

2nd Geoff Cox (18) 33 points

3rd Michael Brett (15) 32 points

Near pins  Jimmy Carr, Tony Robbins, & Roger Awad X 2

 

With many away or otherwise occupied we had a low number again today with a field of only ten. The course was nice as always but the round was very slow as there were a couple of groups in front of us who were in what appeared to be a very lethargic mood. As is usually the case some manage slow play better than others and don't let frustration get the better of them.

 

Steve Durey who has been in sparkling form lately took first place with thirty-eight points, he should have all but wrapped up golfer of the month by now. Geoff Cox got second place with thirty-three and Michael Brett brought up the rear with thirty-two. Roger Awad got two near pins, Jimmy Carr and Tony Robbins got one each.

 

Two groups head up to Kabin Buri next week to participate in the Ally Ellison scholarship fundraiser, we look forward to seeing our groups perform to the best of their ability.

 

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Vale Peter Hapgood

 

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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.

 

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Golfer of the Month Steve Durey

 

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Jimmy Carr big winner at Kabin Buri.

 

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Bunker Boys Golf Report for week commencing Monday April 5th

 

Monday, April 5th

 

Greenvalley

1st Les Cobban (7) 36 points

2nd Jay Babin (23) 34 points

3rd Paul Lanzetta (6) 34 points

Near pins Jay Babin, Les Cobban, & Michael Brett

 

After a weekend of inclement weather, the prospect of the same loomed large again today and as it turned out it became a very unpleasant day for golf. Light drizzle early in the round grew steadily heavier until everybody was just about saturated. It was never heavy enough to stop play, but over time club grips became wet along with gloves, greens had significant amounts of water on them and overall play was difficult and unenjoyable. By the close of play, the rain had stopped but by then it was too late for most.

 

Someone who grew up with this kind of weather only about twenty degrees colder and also windy, Les Cobban mastered the conditions with thirty-six points. For about two months now Les has been in superb form with his handicap continuing to go down, nevertheless he keeps winning, when will it stop?. Jay Babin is another who after a scratchy start with the Bunker Boys is now hitting his straps and took second place from the very accomplished Paul Lanzetta, both on thirty-four points. Jay also took a near pin with two others going to Les Cobban and Michael Brett.

 

Wednesday, April 7th

 

Pattaya Country Club

1st Michael Brett (15) 35 points

2nd Jay Babin (23) 34 points

3rd Lance Conway-Jones (11) 33 points

Near pins Paul Smith, & Michael Brett X 3.

 

It's fair to say the wet season is well and truly upon us. Today's round at Pattaya Country Club started dry but the signs were ominous. After a few holes, light rain started to fall, gradually increasing in intensity until by the eight-hole it was coming down in torrents. The sky went almost black, the light dimmed to the point it was difficult to see. Worst of all the lightning strikes were almost simultaneous and the thunder was deafening, so we were forced to rush to the clubhouse for shelter. Luckily we made it safely as the lightning became frightening, the storm hovered directly over us for about forty minutes. It's common to get bad storms this time of year, but this one was bad as they come.

 

Under the circumstances, golf became very difficult, the air was heavy, the fairways and greens were saturated, there was no run on the fairways and waterlogged greens made putting a bit of a lottery. As always we soldiered on and completed the round. Under such difficult conditions, scores were quite respectable with small margins separating the top three. Michael Brett took top spot with thirty-five points and could have been much better with some decent putting, at least this time he could blame the soggy greens. Once again Jay Babin was in the frame taking second with thirty-four, whilst Lance Conway-Jones rounded out the top three with thirty-three points. All the near pins were taken with Paul Smith getting close on the last, Michael Brett got the other three.

 

Friday, April 9th

 

Pattavia

1st Roger Awad (20) 36 points

2nd Kevin LeBar (12) 35 points

3rd Geoff Cox (18) 34 points

Near pins Geoff Cox, Roger Awad, & Kevin LeBar X 2.

 

It seems like the weather gods took pity on us today, all day long it looked like it could rain at any moment but we managed to stay dry for the whole round. Dark clouds were not far away and thunder rumbled in the distance but luckily we got it done without rain. Yesterday at Pattavia they had a horrendous storm that prevented any play, and we could see the results of it today with some bunkers still with water in them and high tide watermarks on the fairways. The water catchment to the right of the eight fairway had water in it for the first time in about eight years.

 

A new winner today with Roger Awad making his breakthrough to the top of the podium with thirty-six points. Kevin LeBar with a very poor start and a fifteen-year-old trainee caddie recovered well to take second place with a very strong finish that included a birdie and a couple of pars for thirty-five points. Geoff Cox closed out the scoring with thirty-four points in third place. All the near pins were taken with one each to Geoff Cox and Roger Awad with Kevin LeBar taking two.

 

Pattaya is about to go into some kind of lockdown for the third time, this time hopefully for only two weeks, very bad timing for us as it put paid to our trip to Kanchanaburi next week, hopefully we can do it by the end of next month.

 

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Les Cobban, winner at Greenvalley

 

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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.

 

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Jay Babin winner at Pattavia

 

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Mashi Kaneta winner at Pleasant Valley

 

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