Gow celebrates birthday in style

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Michael Brett - Golfer of the Month for October.
Michael Brett – Golfer of the Month for October.

The Bunker Boys Golf Society

Monday, Oct. 30, Parichat – Stableford

1st Neil Griffin (25) 30pts

2nd Ken Davidson (25) 29pts

3rd Keith Norman (13) 29pts

Near Pins: Ken Davidson (2), Neil Griffin, Michael Brett.

Parichat was the venue for the last round of the month and as it’s not a course to everyone’s liking, numbers were lower than expected with some choosing to play elsewhere.

This is a difficult course at the best of times but when the wind blows as it did today then the challenge is even greater.  The course itself was in excellent condition as usual but the strength and direction of the wind which seemed to predominantly blow across or in our faces made for a difficult day for all.

Newly returned Neil Griffin was the man of the moment, taking the honors with a modest thirty points.  Second went to Ken Davidson with twenty-nine, beating Keith Norman on count-back.  As it was the last game of October, the prize for the golfer of the month was on the line.  Neil Carter needed to win to take the honors but with six wipes on his card it was a step too far and the winner was Michael Brett with three points to spare.  As we now see an influx of regulars from the Northern Hemisphere it’s going to be interesting to see who takes the trophy next month.

Wednesday, Nov. 1, Khao Kheow – Stableford

1st Dave Gow (17) 40pts

2nd Neil Carter (13) 39pts

3rd PJ Redmond (28) 37pts

4th Ken Davidson (25) 35pts

Near Pins: Colin Greig, PJ Redmond, Stuart Tinkler, Gerry Cooney.

The first round of a new month was played at the ever-popular Khao Kheow course in very pleasant conditions; no rain, low humidity and pleasant temperatures.  A big influx of visitors saw our numbers swell to eighteen so competition for prizes was keen.

How appropriate on his birthday (number not disclosed) that Dave Gow, making his debut this tour, should take out first place with an excellent score of forty points.  Second went to Neil Carter who may have thought that he was the winner with an excellent thirty-nine.  PJ Redmond in a rare appearance took third with thirty-seven, and Ken Davidson, enjoying good early form on this tour, took the final place with thirty-five.

Shot of the day went to Michael Brett who despite having a miserable day managed to eagle the par-four C5 with a seven-iron second shot straight in the hole.

Back at the club even more new arrivals were present for the presentation so we expect to see bigger numbers for the coming weeks and months.

Friday, Nov. 3, Pattavia – Stableford

A Flight

1st Neil Carter (12) 40pts

2nd Jimmy Carr (17) 39pts

3rd Stuart Tinkler (16) 38pts

B Flight

1st Trevor Priestly (21) 41pts

2nd Ken Davidsson (25) 38pts

3rd John Hughes (19) 36pts

Near Pins: Eddie Kelly, Gez Williams, Jimmy Carr, Stuart Tinkler.

What a difference a week makes?  Last week we enjoyed lower green fees and had fewer players.  This week the fees returned to high season rates and our numbers jumped significantly. Today we had twenty-six players for our trip to Pattavia. The weather was beautiful, the course was in excellent condition and we were set for a great days golf, a big change from our last visit when play was abandoned after nine holes.

The standard of play was excellent with some great scores recorded on this difficult course. To add to the difficulty the greens are now returning to the speed we are used to at this course, but today it didn’t matter to most. Trevor Priestly as he so often does put in a very good score and was the overall winner with forty-one points.  Ken Davidson in B flight took second place with thirty-eight points and is clearly enjoying a generous handicap of twenty-five, a cut may soon be in order.John Hughes beat Les Hall on countback for third with thirty-six points. In the A flight Neil Carter continues to enjoy very good form and took the honors with forty-points. Jimmy Carr was a shot back on thirty-nine and Stuart Tinkle who is a different man from his last visit took third with thirty-eight.