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Bunker Boys Golf Society

Monday, August 28, Plutaluang S&E (white tees) – Stableford

1st Mike Brett (16) 37pts

2nd Jimmy Carr (17) 35pts

3rd Les Hall (25) 33pts

Near Pins: Barry Murnin, Frank Quinlan, Geoff parker.

Jimmy Carr - golfer of the month for August.
Jimmy Carr – golfer of the month for August.

Today’s round was at the Plutaluang Course, where we were allocated the South and East nines which made a nice change to playing the other two nines.  The course was in remarkably good condition despite heavy overnight rain, nevertheless, the ‘pick, clean, and place’ rule was applied and was necessary on a few occasions.

There was a mix of good and not so good scores today.  Third place went to Les Hall, which could have been better had he not wiped the last hole, second went to Jimmy Carr, keeping him in touch with Geoff in the race for golfer of the month, and first place was occupied by Michael Brett who managed to avoid his customary fade out on the back-nine.

Wednesday, August 30, Kabinburi (blue tees) – Stableford

1st Jimmy Carr (17) 37pts

2nd Neil Carter (13) 33pts

3rd Geoff Parker (15) 32pts

Near Pins: Oliver Daniel (2), Lee Butler, Les Cobban.

The first day of our monthly trips to Kabinburi was overcast with a very light sprinkling of rain, but overall conditions were pleasant for golf.  The course looked fantastic and well manicured, however it was sodden wet with no run on the fairways and greens deceptively slower than they looked.  Needless to say, the ‘pick clean and place’ rule was applied.

The course proved a real challenge for many, but as is most often the case one or two rose above the rest.  Jimmy Carr took the honours on the day which was good enough to catch up to Geoff Parker in a most hotly contested race for golfer of the month.  Our host from Serenity Hotel, Olivier Daniel who was good enough to join us for the day took two near pins.

Wednesday, August 30, Pattaya C.C. (white tees) – Stableford

1st Raleigh Gosney (17) 35pts

This was an alternative game for those not going to Kabinburi and for the four golfers a return to Pattaya CC was an opportunity to check out their special price offer and the condition of the course.  We were pleasantly surprised to see the improvement since our last visit and could not fault the course and found the greens and fairways comparable to other courses in the area.

Thursday, August 31, Kabinburi (blue tees) – Medal

1st Mike Brett (16) net 72

2nd Neil Carter (13) net 75

Near Pins: Mike Brett, Alan Sullivan, Geoff Parker.

Our second day in Kabinburi and the course had dried out a bit overnight but still played long.  Today was a medal round which added to the challenge of the course and was reflected in the scores which overall were on the low side.

Shot of the day went to Neil Carter on the eighteenth where he put his drive into the water, the ball taking two skips on top of the water before jumping up back onto the fairway.

Friday, Sept. 1, Mt. Shadow (blue tees) – Stableford

1st Neil Carter (13) 38pts

2nd Jimmy Carr (17) 35pts

3rd Gerry Cooney (16) 31pts

Near Pins: Mike Brett, Raleigh Gosney, Lee Butler.

The Bunker Boys made their way to Mountain Shadow on Friday to find the course deserted so play got underway immediately. A couple of players who were cruising on twenty plus on the front nine lost focus and concentration and ended the second nine in single figures. Only two players were able to rise above this and returned good scores.

The August race for golfer of the month was one of the closest seen for a long time and five players could have taken the prize, but gradually one by one they fell away.  First to go was Raleigh who missed a vital round then second out was Neil Carter who fell three points short.  Michael Brett needed to win all three last rounds but only won two consequently and fell two points short.  That left the month long leader Geoff Parker and the fast finishing Jimmy Carr locked together on fifty-seven points each.  The count back system had to be applied to separate them and as Jimmy had the better closing scores he was declared the winner.