BUNKER BOYS-MONDAY, OCTOBER 1st, 2018
BUNKER BOYS-MONDAY, OCTOBER 1st, 2018
1st Geoff Cox (17) 38 points
2nd Jimmy Carr (15) 37 points
3rd Neil Carter (11) 33 points
Near pins Jimmy Carr, Takeshi Hakozaki, Geoff Cox, Michael Brett
A new month of golf began with a round at the virtually empty Pattavia course. A group of golf fatigued players was on hand after a weekend watching the sensational Ryder Cup, as they say too much sport is barely enough. Dark storm clouds filled the sky and thunder rumbled in the distance for quite some time. Eventually, the skies cleared and the day became extremely hot and humid with little or no wind to cool things down. The course was in its usual good condition but fortunately, the extremely tricky greens were not as fast as we have come to expect. As the course was empty speed of play was good with the round completed in less than three and a half hours.
One of our most consistent golfers Geoff Cox took first place with a fine thirty-eight points. Following on with the good form that saw him win golfer of the month last month Jimmy Carr took second place a point adrift, whilst Neil Carter filled third place a full four strokes back. Near pins went to Takeshi Hakozaki, Jimmy Carr, Geoff Cox and Michael Brett with the usual suspects Geoff Parker and Neil Carter missing out on this occasion. Someone to look out for in the near future is Les Hall who according to his mate Trevor is having secret lessons and cultivating a new swing, we look forward to seeing the results.
Wednesday, October 3rd
Pattaya Country Club
1st Tony Robbins (23) 47 points
2nd Ross Schiffke (18) 38 points
3rd Michael Brett (14) 36 points
Near pins Tony Robbins X 2, Jimmy Carr X2
No, it’s not a typographical error, Tony Robbins really did score forty-seven points in a remarkable display at Pattaya Country Club. Twenty-three on the front, twenty-four on the back, and eighteen points on the last six holes, as one of his playing partners, said: “if I hadn’t seen it for myself I wouldn’t have believed it “. As you might expect with that score he was also in the near pins taking two, Jimmy Carr took the other two. A very creditable thirty-eight points saw Ross Schiffke took second place and a further two back in third place on thirty-six was Michael Brett.
The golf course could best be described as being in average condition with variable speed greens and some damp areas in the fairways, in retrospect the pick, clean, and place rule could have been employed as often there were balls plugged and muddy. We were surrounded by storm clouds all day which threatened play several times but fortunately, we stayed dry, on the drive back to Pattaya we could see how close the rain got. It seems just a matter of time before we get a drenching as we have been exceptionally lucky this rainy season.
Friday, October 5th
1st Steve Mahoney (18) 35 points
2nd Michael Brett (14) 35 points
3rd Les Hall (25) 34 points
Near pins Takeshi Hakozaki, Les Cobban X 2.
It’s been said many times “golf is a great leveler”, one day you are a rooster, next day a feather duster. So it was this week for Tony Robbins, after a sublime forty-seven on Wednesday with only twenty-three putts today he could only manage eleven points on the front nine before he succumb to a calf muscle strain and had to retire, such are the vagaries of golf. The Mountain Shadow course difficult as always was even more so today with damp fairways and no run. Twelve golfers enjoyed a speedy round, one of the last before we run up against high season crowds and slow play.
The winner was visiting West Australian Steve Mahoney with thirty-five points. Michael Brett blew a chance to win on the eighteenth trying to play a Hollywood shot from among the trees only to wipe the hole and lose on countback. Les Hall took third with thirty-four and looks like reaping significant benefit from his secret lessons at the Golf Hub.
Tony Robbins forty-seven at Pattaya Country Club