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Bunker Boys Golf Society

Monday, July 24, Greenwood B & C (white tees) – Stableford

1st Robbie Watts (8) 35pts

2nd Geoff Parker (15) 33pts

3rd Les Hall (25) 31pts

Near Pins: Robbie Watts, Jimmy Carr, Geoff Parker

Raleigh Gosney in his latest Hawaiian shirt.
Raleigh Gosney in his latest Hawaiian shirt.

Despite the recent rain, the Greenwood course was in remarkably good condition with only the occasional plugged ball.  We were allocated B and C nines and both were virtually deserted, we only encountered one other group on the course.

Robbie Watts took up where he left off the previous Friday, taking first place off his 8-handicap.  Luckily Robbie is returning to Oz early next week so someone else will get a shot at golfer of next month. Could that person be Geoff Parker who is showing a resurgence in form and took second place this day.  Third place went to Les Hall who not only had the benefit of a lesson over the weekend but also some sage advice from his mate Trevor, almost an unfair advantage some would say.

Thursday, July 27, St. Andrews (white tees) – Ambrose

Everybody would have heard the advertisement “Amazing Thailand”, well it certainly was amazing on Thursday this week.  First the promotion of a four-ball Ambrose competition at the St. Andrews 2000 course for 1200 baht, second that approximately forty groups of four players participating in it, and thirdly, a group with a collective handicap of eleven was able to shoot a net fifty-two, which included eleven birdies on a difficult course where other players had difficulty getting near that score.

The Bunker Boys were represented by two teams and whilst not getting into the winner’s circle they played to the best of their ability on the day.  It is believed that a similar competition will be played again at St. Andrew’s within the next six weeks and it is hoped that next time there will be a better showing from the Bunker Boys.

Friday, July 28, The Emerald (white tees) – Medal

1st Geoff Parker (15) net 75

2nd Robbie Watts (8) net 76

3rd Frank Quinlan (32) net 84

Near Pins: Raleigh Gosney (2), Geoff Parker.

Today’s round was on the challenging if somewhat frustrating Emerald Course where the car park was full but there was no-one in front of us off the first tee.  However by the fifth hole we had caught up with two groups in front of us who were kind enough to let us play through.  Then it was clear until the half way tenth hole where two groups of four balls had slotted in front of our three balls. This resulted in frustration and is not normal for the low season.

On the playing front, Geoff Parker laid down a marker straight away with an easy par on the first and continued in the same vein for the rest of the round to take first place.  Robbie Watts, on the other hand, had an uncharacteristic bad start but recovered well to take second place and cement his place as the golfer of the month.  Raleigh Gosney was a bit rusty with his general play but came good on the par threes, snaring two of the three won.