Emerald Mon 17th June
As is often the case in monsoon season grey skies and the prospect of rain are ever-present as it was again today for our game at Emerald. By the time we reached the course, there was optimism that we might get in a dry round as the skies didn’t look as threatening. Sports Day special pricing of eleven hundred and fifty baht all in represents great value and attracted out a field of fourteen.
The course itself was in decent condition but a couple of greens were a bit shabby and in need of remediation. With the course virtually empty and nobody on the first tee, our four groups got away to an early start. By the time our last fourball reached the sixth tee, there were a few drops of rain which turned into a downpour by the time they had completed their putting, requiring a half hour break for shelter. After that play continued on to the tenth tee when the rain reappeared with greater intensity and for longer requiring a second break in what became a very crowded drinks station. At this stage, some began to lose interest and two of our Aussie mates decided to pull up stumps. Some thought the Aussies were made of sterner stuff than that, while others thought a hot shower and a cold beer looked like a great option.
One Aussie who didn’t quit was Roger Miles who gave an exhibition of quality golf tee to green and took first place with thirty-seven, a fine score under the conditions off a low handicap. Mike Lloyd had a solid round of thirty-six to take second place while once again Sean Murphy showing great consistency was in the winners circle taking third place with thirty-five points. The usual suspects were in the frame for the near pins with one each to Jimmy Carr, Roger Miles, Dave Ashman, and Michael Brett. The shot of the day went to Jimmy Carr on the par five eighteenth. In the address position to play his third to the green, Jimmy was advised to check his ball only to find it was indeed someone else’s ball. When he finally found the correct ball he proceeded to chip it straight into the hole for an eagle from about eighty yards out, “lucks a fortune”
1st Roger Miles (5) 37 points
2nd Mike Lloyd (19) 36 points
3rd Sean Murphy (20) 35 points
Near pins, Dave Ashman, Jimmy Carr, Roger Miles,& Michael Brett.
Wednesday, June 19th – Green Valley
1st Jimmy Carr (17) 38 points
2nd Sean Murphy (20) 37 points
3rd Geoff Parker (16) 35 points.
Near pins Jimmy Carr X 2, Les Cobban X 2.
Back to millionaire golf today with a round at a quality course with low season pricing in place and nobody else to be seen.. Once again four groups played the round in under three and a half hours. The course continues to improve from a recent roasting in hot weather and is almost back to its best again, but for some particular reason, the greens were unbelievably slow and a few players never really got to grips with them. Mild weather with overcast skies kept playing conditions comfortable as the rain stayed away. Despite a few notable absentees including Mike Lloyd missing his last game of this tour due to an ankle injury we managed to assemble four groups. In the first group, there was a ding dong battle between Stuart Brown and Les Cobban with words of encouragement regularly exchanged between them with the expectation that one of them would take the days honors. As it turned out Les shaded Stuart
by one point with neither making it into the winner’s circle, Les being beaten by an improving Geoff Parker on countback to take third place. Second place once again went to Sean Murphy on thirty-seven points a miraculous recovery having only scored two points from the first four holes. Top position went to Jimmy Carr who looks back in form again after a short lull. The near pin competition was hotly contested with Les Cobban putting his name on all four flags with the expectation that he might join the exclusive “all four club” as all his shots had a real chance of standing, however, Jimmy Carr had other ideas and stole two of them. At this stage in the race for a golfer of the month, it looks like the wily Irishman Sean Murphy is going to take the chocolates unless someone makes a late run of very good scores.
Friday, June 21st – Pattavia
1st Geoff Cox (17) 39 points
2nd Jimmy Carr ((17) 37 points
3rd Les Cobban (6) 34 points
4th Phil Moore (15) 34 points
Near pins Geoff Cox, Phil Moore Les Cobban, Craig Dows.
The Pattavia course was in fine condition for today’s round, in particular, the greens were excellent running fast and true. Nobody in front of us again so a round completed in three and a half hours which is how it should be. Today was the last game for a bunch of Melbourninans before returning to Oz over the weekend, also last game for Dave Ashman returning to Sweden after a flying visit to fix a roof problem after a tree fell on his house. A field of fifteen which included the late arriving and grumpy Geoff Cox who forgot we were departing early and had to be cajoled to playing. Luckily for him as he seems to thrive on adversity and went on to shoot the round of the day with a top score of thirty-nine points. Of all the Bunker Boys Geoff seems to have a real handle on the mental side of the game and plays the game one shot at a time, and rarely lets anything distract him from the task at hand. Once again Jimmy Carr continuing a good run of form took second place with thirty-seven points, when Jimmy strikes form he seems to hold it better than most and has now leapfrogged Sean into the lead in the race for golfer of the month. Les Cobban took third place with thirty-four, and Phil Moore rounded out the scoring also with thirty-four points missing out on countback. Most of the rest of the field were grouped together on thirty-four, thirty-three and thirty-two. Near pins went to Les Cox, Phil Moore, Les Cobban, and Craig Dows. In last weeks report, we shortchanged Craig leaving the s off his name.