by Frank Quinlan
Bangpakong (White Tees)
It was to be a strange week for the Bunker Boys teeing off without Geoff Parker away up north on private business. Geoff is our most regular player having chalked up over 150 games with us in the previous 12 months. It was good to welcome back Sean Murphy and Skinny Newton for a short stay and also have Stuart Brown join us. The course was in excellent condition and at 800 baht green fee is great value. The weather was fine but earlier rain and over-zealous sprinkling had left the surface pretty damp and the hot morning sun was sucking the moisture out of the ground and it was like playing in a sauna. After two holes we switched to lift, clean and place as the balls were picking up mud.
The humidity abated on the back nine but nearby bad weather brought a 30 kph wind for the closing holes. There was no doubting Neil Carter’s desire to win the Golfer of the Month and he followed up his 41 points on Friday with a fine net 68 to take first place. Les Cobban managed to sink a 35 foot putt from the back of the 18th green to take second place on count back from Jimmy Carr both with net 69. This managed to push Colin Gregg out of the winners circle much to his chagrin, although two near pins did help cheer him up.
1st – Neil Carter (13) Net 68
2nd – Les Cobban (9) Net 69 cb
3rd – Jimmy Carr (16) Net 69
Near Pins: Neil Carter, Les Cobban, Colin Greig 2
Plutuluang Navy, North and West (White Tees)
Overall the course was in good condition although the greens were very slow and bumpy following recent coring. However, this did not deter Alan Sullivan and Steve Durey who liked them and returned scores of 39 points and 38 points to take the winning spots. Neil Carter’s quest for Golfer of the Month suffered a
hiccup with a string of double bogeys on the front nine, although he finished parring the last two holes and collecting two near pins to maintain the faith.
1st – Alan Sullivan (13) 39 points
2nd – Steve Durey (22) 38 points
Near Pins: Neil Carter 2, Colin Greig, Steve Durey
Bangpra (White Tees)
One of our favorite courses and getting back close to its usual good condition although are not yet the Bangpra speed we remember. We welcomed back Skinny Newton one of the original Bunker Boys but missed Neil Carter who reluctantly had to put business first. The course was not busy and the early three ball had a comfortable round in under three and a half hours. Our elite group of the day (four lowest handicaps) struggled to keep up and finally had to let our senior group (combined age >288) through. Colin Greig couldn’t handle the slow pace and gave up after 14 holes. The rest soldiered on with Les Cobban having the only good score of the day with 36 points followed by Sean Murphy who was claiming he should be off the silver tees and finally Stuart Brown.
1st – Les Cobban (9) 36 points
2nd – Sean Murphy (17) 31points
3rd – Stuart Brown (12) 30 points
Near Pins: Skinny Newton, Les Cobban, Alan Sullivan 2
The Bunker Boys play out of the M Club in Soi 12 off Third Road every Monday, Wednesday and Friday meeting before 9:30 am to arrange the draw and transport. No booking necessary just turn up and play. Refer to our web or FaceBook page for further details.