Carter collects at St. Andrews


The Bunker Boys Golf Society

Monday, August 21, Khao Kheow C&A (white tees) – Medal

1st Geoff Parker (14) net 73

2nd Neil Carter (14) net 74

3rd Jimmy Carr (17) net 78

Near Pins: Neil Carter (2), Geoff Parker (2).

Jimmy Carr.
Jimmy Carr.

A good low season number of thirteen golfers made their way to Khao Kheow for the first round of the week. We were allocated the C and A nines and play got underway ahead of time and resulted in an early finish.

As usual, the cream rises to the top and the winner on the day was Geoff Parker who returned a very good score of net seventy-three.  Second went to Neil Carter one stroke back while third

Wednesday, August 23, St. Andrews 2000 (white tees) – Stableford

1st Neil Carter (14) 40pts

2nd Barry Murnin (16) 35pts

3rd Mike Brett (15) 33pts

Near Pins: Mike Brett (3), Barry Murnin.

St Andrews is a very tough course and presents a serious examination of one’s golfing ability and course management skills.  It has some very long holes and some very tricky greens.  It was all the tougher today with a stiff cross wind blowing, newly cored and sanded greens and bunkers of hard packed sand.

A feature of today’s round was some exceptional putting, Steve Durey managed a long swinging putt across a slope for birdie on a par-three, Jimmy Carr had the broomstick working a treat both on and off the greens, however the shot of the day came from Neil Carter who had his second shot on a par-four sitting on the lip.  As he walked up to the green a gust of wind blew up and pushed his ball in the cup.  As they say, “it’s not how but how many that matters”.

Despite a mini collapse on the closing holes, Neil produced the round of the day with an exceptional forty points off a fourteen handicap.  Barry Murnin took second with thirty-five points and third went to Michael Brett with thirty-three.

Friday, August 25, Treasure Hill (yellow tees) – Stableford

1st Jimmy Carr (17) 37pts

2nd Raleigh Gosney (17) 33pts

3rd Mike Brett (15) 31pts

Near Pins: Mike Bret, Peter Allen, Neil Carter, Raleigh Gosney.

Once again we had a good low season rollup for today’s round at Treasure Hill.  Play got underway ahead of schedule and proceeded apace for about six holes then something odd happened.  A number of local groups involved in a competition were shotgun started off the first and tenth tees. This in itself would not have been a problem except they were in groups of five and six so the inevitable happened, play ground to a crawl, frustration grew, and standard of golf deteriorated. At times as many as four groups were at the same tee box.

One who kept his head when all around him were losing theirs was today’s winner Jimmy Carr who returned a score of thirty-seven points, a very creditable effort under the circumstances.  Second place went to Raleigh Gosney on thirty-three and third went to Michael Brett on lowly thirty-one.