BUNKER BOYS @ The Bowling Green

by Geoff Parker

Pattana G.C. A & B courses (Stableford)

Just nine golfers today, but the three groups of 3-balls were able to set off with a clear course ahead of them. After a short discussion on the first tee we decided to play off the yellow tees rather than the whites, since some holes, particularly on the B nine, offer a daunting challenge to the shorter hitters. The course was in good condition, but the speed of the greens was variable with the A course greens being generally slow and the B course ones considerably faster. Lee Butler returned to form to record the best score of the day, and picked up three near-pin prizes on the way. Lee’s friend and arch-rival Barry Murnin was in second place, after reportedly spending the whole weekend at the driving range.

Results:

1st  Lee Butler (hcp 14) 38 points

2nd Barry Murnin (hcp 15) 36 points

3rd  John Graham (hcp 10) 35 points

Near pins: John Graham and Lee Butler (3)

Khaow Kheow G.C.  B & C courses (Stableford)

Eleven golfers today, and once again we were presented with a wide-open course, and the leading three-ball completed the round in under 3½ hours. The course was in good condition, the greens having largely recovered from recent damage, and they were playing fast and tricky. Eddie Kelly continued his recent run of good form (two out of the last three rounds under his handicap) to take the honours – and is surely heading for a cut! We welcomed back Richard Baldotto for his annual visit, but he’s going to need a few more games to get into the swing of things, completing his first round with the not so impressive total of 23 points. Lee Butler was heard to complain that his disappointing round was caused by a dog which followed him round the course, and was standing next to him on every shot, panting heavily – it wasn’t until the 16th hole that he found out the dog belonged to the caddy!

Results:

1st  Eddie Kelly (hcp 17) 37 points

2nd Paul Edgar (hcp 19) 33 points

3rd  John Graham (hcp 10) 31 points

Near-pin winners: Only 2 near-pins were claimed, both by John Graham

Greenwood G.C. B & C courses (Stableford)

So much for my comment about Richard on Wednesday. He emphatically proved me wrong by scoring 39 points (a massive improvement of 16 points over Wednesday’s total), only narrowly losing out on first place to John Graham on the count-back. John’s had three podium finishes this week to establish an early lead in the race to golfer of the month, and is playing consistently well. Both your scribe and his stand-in correspondent are enjoying a drunken weekend in Phnom Penh, so nothing to report from the course today.

Results:

1st  John Graham (hcp 10) 39 points

2nd Richard Baldotto (hcp 25) 39 points

3rd  Paul Edgar (hcp 19) 38 points

Only two near-pins were claimed again today: Paul Edgar and Dave Ashman.

The Bunker Boys are a PSC affiliated golf society who play out of the Bowling Green on Soi X-Zyte between Pattaya Third Road and Soi Buakhaow. We play three times per week (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. New players with valid handicaps are always welcome. For more information call Dave on 087 1469978, email dave.evelyn18@yahoo.co.uk.

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