Bunker Boys @ The Bowling Green
Monday, May 28,The Emerald – Stableford
An overcast and cloudy day greeted us at Emerald, but the course was exceptionally quiet and we were able to tee off early. We had the (unlucky) number of 13 golfers today, so the first three groups were three-balls, but the empty course meant that they flew round, leaving more time than usual for apres-golf refreshments in nearby Bang Chang.
There was a brief five minute shower of rain during the opening holes, but other than that, the weather remained dry and relatively cool. The course was in reasonably good shape, although the greens were bumpy and a little slow.
Golfer of the Month for May, Geoff Parker.
Geoff Parker continued his recent run of consistent form, to win the honours on the day, and cement his position as leader in the golfer of the month contest. PJ rediscovered some form after a barren spell, to take third place behind John Graham.
1st Geoff Parker (14) 33pts
2nd John Graham (10) 32pts
3rd P.J. Redmond (24) 31pts
Near Pins: John Graham, Geoff Parker, and Lee Butler(2).
Wednesday, May 30, Plutaluang W & N – Stableford
We elected to play the more difficult combination of courses, and were pleasantly surprised by the much improved condition of the fairways and greens (which are normally slow, but today were true and fast). The outward nine progressed without incident, but true to form, we were confronted by groups of 6-balls waiting on the 10th tee, so the inward nine was considerably slower.
Geoff Parker managed to keep his game together despite the slow pace of play, and captured his second win of the week, securing the Golfer of the Month title in the process. Geoff’s score of 37 points will surely produce a further cut in his handicap, opening up the field for next month’s title.
Sean Murphy, playing his first game back, secured the runners up spot ahead of Colin Greig, who was playing his final game before a much delayed return to the U.K.
1st Geoff Parker (14) 37pts
2nd Sean Murphy (15) 35pts
3rd Colin Greig (7) 33pts
Near Pins: Geoff Cox, Sean Murphy, and Tore Eliason(2).
Friday, June 1, Khaow Keow A & B – Stableford
We arrived at Khaow Keow to find the course deserted and were able to tee-off considerably earlier than our allotted tee time. There was a brief 10 minute shower of rain on the opening holes, but then the weather brightened and the round was completed in double quick time by the first two groups. The third group fell two holes behind on the front nine and found a Thai five-ball had inserted themselves in front of them on the 10th tee – som nam naa for slow play!
The condition of the course was not up to the normal high standard and several greens showed signs of severe damage. Alan Sullivan, making one of his rare appearances these days with the Bunker Boys, took the honours on the day with an excellent score of 37 points.
1st Alan Sullivan (13) 37pts
2nd Roger Touny (9) 32pts
3rd John Graham (10) 30pts
Near Pins: Barry Murnin, Ken Young and Tore Eliassen.
Note: The Bunker Boys are a PSC affiliated golf society who now 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 with valid handicaps are always welcome. For more information call Dave on 087 146 9978, email dave. [email protected]