Monday September 11, Greenwood(A&B),
1st Neil Carter(12) 36 pts
2nd Mike Brett(16) 35
3rd Frank Quinlan(32) 33
Near pins: Mike Brett (2)
Another monsoon season, rain free day, started our golfing week at Greenwood. We were allocated A and B nines which were in excellent condition so no wet weather rules in place, despite us having a few plugged balls. A disappointing turn out of only three groups as we had been having good numbers lately, a few locals who only play two rounds per week decided to forgo today and wait out this one for a better fixtures later in the week.
Play began under bright skies with high humidity and thunder rumbling in the distance. Speed of play was excellent with the round completed in three and a half hours. Most struggled to score with only the top three showing any real fight. Strangely only two near pins were won, both by Michael Brett, so with the other two par threes untouched, all four went to the winner.
Wednesday September 13, Green Valley,
1st Barry Murnin(18) 42 pts
2nd Les Hall(25) 37
3rd Keith Hemmings(22) 33
Near pins: Neil Carter, Lee Butler (2), Roger Tuohy.
A bright sunny day greeted the Bunker Boys as they left Pattaya to play a round of golf at Green Valley, a course rarely on our schedule, but irresistible at a green/caddie fee of eleven hundred and fifty baht. By the time we reached the course the skies had changed remarkably and heavy rain tumbled down. It continued for about thirty minutes when it appeared that it would stop as it had abated to a light drizzle. Due to a build up of players on the first tee because of this delay, there was pressure to start play so we teed off in the light drizzle, however by the second tee the rain was pelting down again so we retired to a shelter once more, this time for only about ten minutes. Thereafter there was no more rain, however, by that stage, everyone was soaking wet so an uncomfortable round was had by all, this was a shame as everyone was looking forward to playing this course which was in excellent condition.The rain also prohibited buggies from going on grass and some players elected not to play.
Sometimes people thrive in adversity and so it was today for Barry Murnin who soared above everyone else with a magnificent round, a great achievement in the conditions. Second went to Les Hall who was also celebrating the purchase of a new smart looking motorcycle so all is well in the Hall household. Third went to Keith Hemming in his second last game of this tour of duty. All the near pins were won. Friday is the last round for Roger and Keith so we expect to see them out in snazzy shorts again.
Friday September !5,Bangpra,
1st Jimmy Carr (16) 38 pts
2nd Geoff Parker(14) 35
3rd Mike brett(16) 34
Near pins: Neill Carter(2), Geoff Parker.
Despite heavy overnight rain the Bangpra course was in the best condition we have seen for a long time, tee boxes and fairways well grassed and greens at a good speed and running true. Play got underway on time and was concluded in good time. The star of the day was Jimmy Carr who is continuing the good form that saw him win golfer of the month in August. Geoff Parker was three points adrift and Michael Brett took third. Three out of four near pins were won.. Next week is a new venture for the Bunker Boys with an organised four day trip to Bangkok taking in courses such as Thana City, Panys Indra, Lam Luk Ka, and Muang Kaew. There is also discussion about another trip of three days taking in Soi Dow and Kabin Buri, stay tuned.
Barry Munin winner at Green Valley.
BUNKER LOCAL RULES.
Note to all players. We have a dedicated page on the web site www.bunkersociety.com that covers all our rules. At this time of the year we will encounter more and more adverse weather conditions. The rules stipulate that ”Quote”
Adverse weather conditions
From time to time adverse weather conditions affect the golf courses and may result in “Winter Rules ” being applied. The usual guide is when Golf Carts are not allowed on the Fairway due to adverse conditions winter Rules may apply. Winter Rules are lift, clean and replace within 6 inches, on closely mown areas only.
Closely Mown areas v.s Fairways only!
We do not strictly play pick clean and place on ”fairways only”. This is due to the nature of some of the venues we play. Some of the courses notably pattaya CC ”especially before the upgrade” treasure hill, Green Valley ”tournament cut” on many holes do not have what would be described as defined rough. In some cases the second cut is almost, if not the same cut as the fairway cut. Mud on a players ball occurs primarily when the ball impacts a closely mown area of saturated grass. A ball that lands in the ROUGH will in many cases not mud up because logic dictates that the amount of thick grass will prevent it from plugging. Also around the greens, each course will have its own style of cut. For example green valley has up to 3 cuts around the green before it ends at what would be described as ROUGH. These are all closely mown areas and the rule can be applied. The rule is there to help all our players enjoy their round of golf in adverse weather conditions. On this note the rule would be described as generous. However it is still the same for everyone.