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Bunker Boys @ The Bowling Green

Monday, August 13, Pattana A & B – Stableford

Another public holiday today, but fortunately we had a reasonable deal with Pattana, and arrived there to find the course quiet, and the weather near perfect.  After some discussion we elected to play off the white tees, which at 6,900 yards represents one of the longer courses that we play.  The round progressed smoothly and was completed comfortably in four hours.

Gerry Cooney continued his return to form to win the honours on the day after a three-way tie on 34 points.

We were saying goodbye to Barry Murnin, who is returning to South Carolina for a few weeks before returning to defend his Bunker champion’s title later in the year.

1st Gerry Cooney (16) 34pts

2nd Geoff Williams (13) 34pts

3rd Barry Murnin (15) 34pts

Near Pins: Barry Murnin, John Graham and Geoff Parker (2)

Wednesday, August 15, Green Valley – Medal

A good turnout today for our only medal game this month, on a bright sunny day at the popular Green Valley course.  The revised starting layout seems to suit most golfers better, with the toughest hole on the course now back as the third hole, thereby reducing the threat of a disastrous start to a medal round.

Almost a winning return for Geoff Hart on Friday.Almost a winning return for Geoff Hart on Friday.

John Graham had another good day, and only a triple bogey on the relatively straightforward 17th hole prevented him from returning a more impressive score (handicap management?).

Geoff Parker had a poor outward nine, before staging an impressive recovery, being just one over par for the first 6 holes on the inward nine, before disaster struck on the par 3, 16th hole, where he carded a 9!  Back in the clubhouse it emerged that Geoff Williams had exceeded even this achievement with both a 10 and a 9 on his card, and he was dislodged from the podium for the first time in recent weeks.

Over cold beer back at the Bowling Green, the concensus was that we need to re-introduce more regular medal rounds, because playing so many Stableford competitions is making the regular players careless and lazy!  Next month there will be two medal rounds – it is after all the real game!

1st John Graham (10) net 72

2nd Mashi Kaneta (11) net 73

3rd Raleigh Gosney (17) net 74

Near Pins:  Lee Butler, Geoff Williams, and Dave Keats

Friday, August 17, Bangpra – Stableford

14 golfers today set out to tackle the notoriously difficult greens at Bangpra, and once again the course won, with 3-putts being the order of the day.  The course was in its normal excellent condition and the weather was near perfect, if a little on the warm side.

The first 3-ball had a clear run and were finished in good time, and an enjoyable day was had by all, as all the groups progressed smoothly with no hold ups.

We welcomed back Geoff Hart after several months layoff in the U.K., and he nearly pulled off the big surprise of the day coming a close second on a count back to the in-form John Graham.

Gerry Cooney suffered a setback to his recent return to form when he had 5 shots in 3 different bunkers on the 16th hole.  Even Field Marshall Rommel would have been impressed with the amount of sand flying in all directions, and with the ball flying from bunker to bunker like an artillery shell.

1st John Graham (10) 34pts

2nd Geoff Hart (21) 34pts

3rd Peter Habgood (18) 32pts

Near Pins:  Geoff Parker, Gerry Cooney and John Graham.

The Bunker Boys are a PSC affiliated golf society who currently play out of the Bowling Green on Soi X-Zyte between Pattaya 3rd Road and Soi Buakhaow.  We play three times per week on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, so if you enjoy a fun day out, and a friendly but competitive golf competition why not come and join us.  We meet at the Bowling Green at 9 a.m. for breakfast and transportation, and new players are always welcome.

Note: Due to the imminent closure of the Bowling Green, the Bunker Boys have been looking for a new home, and we’re pleased to announce that the decision has been made to move to The Ranch.  The Ranch is located on Pattaya 3rd Road, in front of the fire station, and almost opposite the Buffalo Bar.  We’ll be playing our first game out of The Ranch on 3rd September, contact Buff 086 046 5091 or 080 605 5663 for all enquiries.

The society is also in the process of resurrecting our website which you can find at http://www.bunkersociety.com.