Michael Brett sets Bunker Boys Golfer of the Month record



(Left) Vale Andy Brady, (center) September golfer of the month and Pleasant Valley winner Michael Brett and (right) St Andrew’s overall winner with 45 points Jay Babin.

Boys Golf Bunker
Monday September 27
Bangpra Golf
1st Les Cobban (8) 32 points
2nd Steve Durey (19) 30 points
3rd Jimmy Carr (18) 29 points
Near the Jimmy Carr & Les Cobban pins.

Twenty-one has been a particularly difficult year for the Bunker Boys as at times our golf report looked a lot more like an obituary than a sports report. Sadly, we’re starting a new week by adding another name to the growing list of members who left our ranks this year, with the passing of Andy Brady in his native Scotland. Andy, always a charming gentleman, owned a very thick Scottish brogue and had the ability to make people laugh when he regaled them with some of his jokes and great stories even if they didn’t always understand what he was saying. He had a very colorful sartorial sense, in particular, his golf socks were legendary. Because of Covid, Andy hadn’t visited us for a few years and his passing came as a shock to all of us. Our condolences go out to his family and friends at this difficult time. May he rest in peace.

After a rainy weekend, Monday morning dawned bright and sunny in Pattaya but unfortunately it didn’t last. The day turned out to be quite unpleasant for the golf course with a few stops for the rain. So despite no one in front of us, it took a long time to complete the tour. Overall, despite the rain, the course was in fairly good condition with only a few plugged balls. As expected, the course has been long and difficult and as a result the scores have been disappointing.

Aside from a few costly hiccups along the way, Les Cobban played a consistent trick to take first place with thirty-two points. Steve Durey took second place with thirty points despite a wiping on the last and Jimmy Carr took third place on the countdown. Jimmy and Les were the only ones to take a pin up close with two unclaimed.

Despite very little on golf, the club intends to raise its rates to high season rates from next month. Under current conditions, we must question the wisdom of such a decision. With so many courses already offering better deals now and not increasing their fees in what is normally considered peak season, the logic is hard to fathom. An example of the different course attitude can be seen with Phoenix charging a special rate of seventeen hundred baht all inclusive on Wednesday, which forced us to cancel our reservation and reschedule at St Andrew’s instead of eleven hundred baht all inclusive. understood, not rocket science.

Wednesday September 29
St Andrews Golf Club – yellow tees
1st Jay Babin (23) 45 points
2nd Gerry Cooney (20) 41 points
3rd Geoff Atwell (24) 41 points
Near the pins Niall Glover, Gerry Cooney, Kevin LeBar X 2

We were scheduled to play at St Andrews the day the last lockdown started so we missed our date and were delighted to come back today to take this reservation on the same terms as before, eleven hundred baht all inclusive, which is great value for a course of this quality. We were led to believe the course was very wet so we opted to play on the yellow tees to appease the shorter hitters. The course turned out to be in superb condition with only a few clogged balls throughout the lap and no reason to play pick, clean and place like we did.

Some were a little late to get to the first tee, so a five-way ball came out ahead of us and slowed the game down the entire lap. Unlike Monday when we had a few heavy showers, there was no rain problem today, only heat and humidity to contend with.

After Monday’s very modest score, the opposite is true today with the return of exceptional scores. A couple of thirty-nine who on any other day would be on the scoresheet didn’t even receive an honorable mention today. A big drop in handicap awaits Jay Babin, winner of the day with an extraordinary score of forty-five points. Second and third places went to Gerry Cooney and Geoff Atwell in that order in the count. Niall Glover and Gerry Cooney took one pin each and Kevin LeBar won two.

Normally the golfer of the month race is a very close competition, but not this month. After a slow start after the lockdown, Michael Brett racked up a series of good scores to put the light of day between himself and the rest of the field and ultimately set a new monthly record eclipsing the previous mark set by Robby Watts a few years ago. years.

Friday October 1
Pleasant Valley Golf & Country Club
1st Michael Brett (14) 37 points
2nd Kevin LeBar (13) 34 points
3rd Tony Robbins (22) 33 points
Near the pins Jimmy Carr, Niall Glover, Jay Babin and Michael Brett.

The first game of a new month was played at Pleasant Valley on the blue tees, possibly the longest distance we’ve played on this course. Normally a wet course, today the fairways were soggy with occasional large puddles in spots and big ruts made by mowers when they would have done better to stay in the sheds. The greens were also not up to their usual level, a bit brown in places and a bit bumpy. Under the circumstances, it was not the best option for playing the blues.

For some reason our first group finished far ahead of the second group, maybe because there were two pedestrians in the second group, they also managed to hold back the third group which was all in carts.

Steve Durey looked like he was carving out a place in the field with twenty-two of the top nine to hit the wall and disappear completely from the discord. Having recovered two hits on his handicap, Tony Robbins took third place with thirty-three points on what is perhaps his least favorite course. Kevin LeBar did a better job to take second place while Michael Brett started the new month well with thirty-seven points in first place.

All of the nearby pins were taken with Jay Babin, Niall Glover, Jimmy Carr, and Michael Brett taking one each.


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