1st Tony Berry (15) 40 points.
2nd Colin Greig (10) 39 points.
3rd Richard Baldotto (23) 38 points.
4th Raleigh Gosney (18) 38 points.
5th Colin Lane (15) 37 points.
6th Takeshi Halozaki (15) 37 points.
Near Pins Les Cobban, Alan Harris, Greg Berry, Keith Hemmings
The biggest group of the year so far (31) assembled at the M Club for the trip to Crystal Bay and the second last game of the New Year. Many time we see advertisements for “Amazing Thailand” and today was no exception. Our lead group was amazed to see the course marshal try to insert a couple of extra groups, not at the tenth tee as is common but this time on the seventh. This provoked a serious adverse reaction from our lead group so the interlopers moved on to the eight hole. Fortunately, they could play at a good pace and didn’t disturb the round. Even more curious was the sight of a single player hopping from one vacant tee to the next, what a crazy round he must have had.
As usual at Crystal Bay scoring was of a high standard and some excellent cards were returned, none more so than Tony Berry who took the honors with forty points. Colin Greig keen to get his hands on another piece of glassware took second place to maintain his very good recent form, he may soon find himself playing off a handicap more befitting a golfer of his standard. Richard Baldotto is not keen to surrender his aspirations for golfer of the month either and recorded a good score of thirty-eight points to take third place. Raleigh Gosney is showing good form in time for the defense of his Memorial Trophy and came fourth also with thirty-eight points. Fifth and sixth places went to Colin Lane and Takeshi Hakozaki respectively. Some very close near pins were recorded going to Les Cobban, Alan Harris, Greg Berry, and Keith Hemmings.
Wednesday 31st January
1st Mark Stanley (10) 37 points.
2nd Jimmy Carr (18) 35 points.
3rd Geoff Parker (14) 35 points.
4th Colin Lane (9) 35 points
5th Alan Freeman (3) 35 points
Near Pins Alan Sullivan, Alan Freeman, Colin Lane X 2
The Thai Navy course is not a major drawcard for many for various reasons so a lower than expected group of twenty-two turned out for today’s round. A shortage of caddies is a common problem at this course in high season and so it was today with a little frustration for some before play commenced. The North and West nines favored by most were the nines of choice today. Most enjoy the layouts but the crabgrass is not to everyone’s taste.
Mark Stanley in only his second game of this tour of duty took first place with a good score of thirty-seven points. Second, to fifth places were all occupied with golfers on the same score of thirty-five points and only separated by countback. Near pins went to Colin Lane with two, Alan Freeman and Alan Sullivan. As expected despite not appearing on the leaderboard Colin Greig wrapped up the golfer of the month competition going back to back. In the lead up to the memorial competition next week a number of players are in very good form so it will be interesting to see if a Bunker Boy can retain the trophy for the club or will it go to an outsider.
Friday 2nd February
1st Jimmy Carr (18) 39 points.
2nd Gerry Cooney (18) 35 points
3rd Colin Lane (9) 35 points
4th John Dean (12) 33 points
5th Peter Allen (32) 32 points.
6th Neil Carter (14) 31 points
Near Pins Alan Sullivan, Gerry Cooney, John Dean, Dave Maw.
Twenty-seven Bunker Boys arrived at the Mountain Shadow course for the first round of a new month, only to find game get off to a less than satisfactory start. We were confronted with a problem common in high season ( not enough caddies). Worse was to follow when we found some of our late starting groups were without caddies while groups who arrived after us were being allocated caddies. Eventually, the mess which was unnecessary in the first place was resolved. The course was tough as ever made even more so by a stiff breeze which seemed to blow predominantly across most fairways so anyone with a hook or a fade had an additional challenge.
Just in time for the memorial next week Jimmy Carr hit sparkling form to record the highest score of the day with thirty-nine points, a real achievement on this course. Second, went to Gerry Cooney (now of the sore shoulder fame) with a good score of thirty-five points. Colin Lane playing his last game of this tour was third on countback also on thirty-five points. We expect to see Colin back again in a few weeks with a bunch of his Aussie mates for another smash and grab raid. John Dean took fourth with thirty-three points just ahead of Peter Allen in fifth and Neil Carter in sixth. Near pins went to Alan Sullivan, Gerry Cooney, John Daw, and Dave Maw.
Back to back “Golfer of the Month” winner Colin Greig.