Monday 12th February
1st Richard Baldotto (22) 42 points
2nd Mike Lloyd ((20) 42 points
3rd Geoff Parker ((15) 41 points
4th Keith Norman ((16) 39 points
5th Neil Jones ((22) 39 points
Near Pins Keith Hemmings, Geoff Parker, John Oatway.
Twenty-two golfers made their way up highway seven for the first game of the week at the Bangpakong course. This course is always in pristine condition, well maintained and watered, so no excuses for poor play. Most obviously liked the conditions with more than half the field returning cards of thirty-five points or better. Top of the heap with forty-two points was Richard Baldotto looking to make amends for his capitulation in last months golfer of the month competition. Mike Lloyd making a quick return to golf having abandoned the game last week due to poor form may reasonably have expected to win today but was beaten into second place on countback. Geoff Parker starting to show some consistency again took third with thirty-nine points while Keith Norman took fourth place from Neil Jones both on thirty-nine points. Near pins went to Keith Hemmings Geoff Parker and John Oatway. Golfers are reminded of our bi-monthly trip to Kabinburi on the twenty-seventh and twenty-eight of the month.
Wednesday 14th February
Pleasant Valley and Soi Dao.
An unusual day of golf today, eleven of our members stayed on home turf and played the Pleasant Valley course while eight others made their way up to Chantaburi to play the magnificent Soi Dao course. Pleasant Valley was in its usual good condition and the caddies made a special effort to mark Chinese New Year by wearing red and white outfits. The winner on the day with a very good score of thirty-nine points was Ian Rattray, followed in second place by Colin Greig with thirty-seven and a full five strokes back in third was Alan Harris. Near pins went to Ian Rattray, Mike Larsen and two to Alan Harris.
At Soi Dao, we played two rounds, a team comp on the first and individual on the second. The individual winner with thirty-six points was Michael Brett followed in second by Keith Norman with thirty-three. The Soi Dao course is quite magnificent, arguably one of the best in Thailand. Every hole was different and challenging, the greens were very fast with subtle undulations and not easy to read and all around the scenery was breathtaking. For anyone in Pattaya who hasn’t yet played this course its time to put on your to-do list.
Friday 16th February
1st Richard Baldotto (19) 42 points
2nd Les Cobban (10) 40 points
3rd Neil Carter (13) 39 points
4th Keith Norman (16) 36 points
5th Richard Mohns (14) 35 points
Near Pins Gerry Cooney, Peter Kelly, and Les Cobban X 2.
A field of twenty-one played the last round of the week at the Pattavia course. As always the course was in excellent condition and a slight breeze kept play comfortable, however, the speed of play was was less than optimal taking four and a half hours to complete the round. Despite that the standard of scoring was excellent and a number of very good cards were returned. Richard Baldotto of the many swings fame has finally hit on one that seems to work consistently and despite being cut two strokes on his Monday score managed to top the list with his second forty-two points for the week, and is well on his way to a second try for golfer of the month. Remarkably for Les Cobban, forty points was only good enough for second place on this difficult course. Third went to Neil Carter on thirty-nine with Keith Norman and Richard Mohns filling the minor placings. Near pins went to Peter Kelly, Gerry Cooney, and two to Les Cobban. At the presentation, we heard some bad news that one of our members, Eddie Kelly was struck down with a serious illness while visiting Pattaya and had to be shipped back to the Emerald Isle for treatment. We are advised that he is now on the mend and everyone at the Bunker Boys wished Eddie a speedy and full recovery, and look forward to seeing him back on the golf course again soon.