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News for 2010

30th December 2010
The final event of the 2010 season finally took place at the Birds Hill Golf Club on the 30th Dec, it was potentially looking like it could have been the first event of 2011 !!, well done Bryan for getting it set up in time.

After a full english breakfast the event got under way with the usual "yellow ball" event within the team prize for the 4 participating teams,
  • Group 1 - comprised of invited guests and their only worthy action was when Dave Sturgeon bounced his ball off the ice on the 9th hole to within 6 feet of the flag, a planned shot of course.
  • Group 2 - had a steady round of golf with no notable incidents other than Prevo on the par 3, 11th hole bouncing his tee shot off 3 parts off a metal hoop before the ball stopped on the green.
  • Group 3 - again was a steady round with no real incidents but with all due modesty l must report my birdie on the par 3, 5th hole which was a net 1.
  • Group 4 - it seems that this group had more incidents, as well as the overall team event and the yellow ball event there was a internal 2 man challenge taking place as well, on hole 11 it looked like the yellow ball was lost out of bounds but it was found, it was verified as being the correct yellow ball, on the par 3, 12th hole Kevin (King Rat) Harris drove his tee shot into the trees and it bounced onto the green, there is no such thing as luck of course! Mark Harris was playing the 17th hole with the yellow ball and birdied the hole with a drive, Sand Iron and putt, no pressure then!! For the record the internal team event was won by Mark and Bryan over Kevin and Tony B.

  • The yellow ball completed the course by 3 groups but Group 1 lost theirs on the 5th hole.

    The overall team event winners were Group 4, "The Hair Bear Bunch", you had to be there to see Bryan and Mark with hair!!

    Editor's note - but in case you weren't their he's a beery-glass-eyed glimpse of Bryan!


    You can see the full set of results on the results page.

    Now we look forward to a new season in 2011, be sure to pay your membership as well as for the 1st event at the East Berkshire Golf Club on Thursday 3rd March, see you there.

    Peter Carfrae, Bunkers Roving Reporter

    5th October 2010
    Another decent day welcomed us for our last event of the year, it was our "Strokeplay" event on the wonderful, if not busy, Lambourne Golf Club.

    This turned out to be the last Bunkers event for Josko before he returns to "down under", it was fitting that we had 25 participants for our last event to see him off.

    As always there were other people making news on the course .......
  • James started on the 1st hole by hitting an admirable opening drive but managed to hit the metal marker at the edge of the lake with his 2nd which shot his ball vertically but safe from the water, with luck like that he was in for a good day.
  • On the 3rd hole Keith, Tony & Matt all managed to hit trees with their 2nd shots, all off them got away with it.
  • Talking off trees, Frazer hit 3 opening pars on his round, as good as it sounds it seemed that he could only achieve this when his tee shot landed behind trees, when they were in the open fairway his game fell apart, there must be a lesson there somewhere but l am blowed if l can find one.
  • Chris Turvill won the longest drive at Lambourne with a distance worthy of recording at 305 yards, wow, l would normally use my car for such a distance.
  • And finally it is reported that on 4 occasions the flag was hit with various approach shots, l believe Chris Turvill is credited with 3 of them and l was the 4th who achieved it out off a bunker.


  • Well done to all the players who played, especially to the various prize winners. Top marks went to a guest, Paul Warren, but although he won the top spot, because Paul was a guest he did not walk away with the trophy and the honours. That fell to the 1st member in 2nd place, Paul Beard. Also needing a mention was third placed man James Morris, who for so long thought he'd won the event only to be pipped at the last minute.

    And a final well done to Colin Turvill. Although he finished stoney-broke last in this event, Colin has walked away with the Order of Merit topping the league above all the other members. For someone who was moaning a few years ago that he'd never won anything at Bunkers, it sure looks like he's made up for it this year. Well done everyone.

    Peter Carfrae, Bunkers Roving Reporter

    You can see the full set of results on the results page.

    Order of merit is updated, but don't forget the rules this year means the merit does not include guests - only paid up society members are included. Handicap adjustments are also posted.



    13th September 2010
    It was our 1st visit to Leatherhead Golf Club in about 6 years, and it looked like we would just about get away with acceptable weather for the 20+ players taking part.

    At the conclusion of the golf and dinner the Bunkers Golf Society AGM was to be held so it was commendable that we had a good turn out, thank you all for your attendance.

    Now some highlights from what was a lovely golf course.
  • It seems that Ken Beere cannot keep out of the news, this time Ken (Rommel) Beere was intent on visiting every bunker on the course, l always thought he looked like a desert rat !!
  • Paul Risk managed a nett hole in one on the Par 3, 9th hole, impressive, by the way Paul I heard you hit a 180 yard shot with a 9 iron, you can cut that out for a start.
  • On the 7th hole Tony Browne finally hit a fine drive after 6 shockers on the previous holes, the only problem was he hit it too well and ran out of fairway, never mind Tony it's a start.
  • Just for Bryan Carter, I have to mention myself, on the 17th tee my drive went over the road hit a huge Oak tree and came back over the road half way back to the tee, that was 3 over the road I think.
  • And finally it was good to see Frazer back with us but I am not sure he feels the same, on the 18th he drove into the bunker, his 1st bunker shot hit the lip and went back over his head, his next shot did exactly the same before he finally got out in 4 shots, another member of the desert rats I think.


  • Well done to all the players who played, especially to the various prize winners. Top marks went to Colin Turvill with a table topping 41 points, and he was the only player to better handicap. Well done to the prize hole winners Mark Turvill, Paul Risk and Keith Sykes. Unfortunately no one managed to hit the 8th greeen in 3 shots so "Mr No One" won that one.

    Peter Carfrae, Bunkers Roving Reporter

    You can see the full set of results on the results page.

    Order of merit is updated, but don't forget the rules this year means the merit does not include guests - only paid up society members are included. Handicap adjustments are also posted.



    16th August 2010
    It was a beautiful afternoon with warm sunshine when we arrived at Hoebridge, the tees and greens looked in very good shape but the fairways were dry and scalped off most of it's grass but for a "Pay and play" it wasn't looking too bad for the lowly 13 entrees this day.

    News from the course was very sparce compared to normal events with only a couple of items passed to me to report:-
  • On the infamous par 3, 16th hole Keith Sykes hit his drive left and rolled up just behind the 2 bunkers between him and the green, he hit his 2nd into the 1st bunker and yes his 3rd into the 2nd bunker before getting his 4th onto the green, my guess is that his 2nd and 3rd shots covered something like 10 feet in distance.
  • >li>Pete Carfrae managed to hit his 2nd shot on the long par 4 4th hole just into the base of a very large Pine tree, as witnessed by his partners he had to lean all off his considerable weight to manage to get the ball out into play, that tree will never be the same again, the outline off his body can still be seen to this day, not a pretty sight.
  • On the downhill Par 3, 6th hole Ian Turvill hit his drive left into a tree, it bounced at a right angle between 2 bunkers and ended up in a good position, he finally ended with a 4.


  • Well done to all the players who played, especially to the various prize winners. Top marks went to Mark Turvill with a table topping 43 points. Great second place for Peter Carfrae with a stonking 40 points, but today it wasn't quite enough. Well done to the prize hole winners Ken Beere, Chris Hebdon and Ian Turvill.

    Peter Carfrae, Bunkers Roving Reporter

    You can see the full set of results on the results page.

    Order of merit is updated, but don't forget the rules this year means the merit does not include guests - only paid up society members are included. Handicap adjustments are also posted.



    9th July 2010
    We had a 9 hole team challenge (Texas Scramble) in the morning and the 18 hole "Captains Cup" competition in the afternoon.

    It was a very warm day for our all dayer event at badgemore Golf Club, pacing yourself over the day was the key issue for all.

    The 9 hole team "Texas Scramble" competition in the morning got everybody off to a steady start to the day, the only real challenge was getting away on the 1st hole without it being glaringly obvious we were playing a Texas Scramble format. This format is frowned upon by most golf clubs, some teams disguised this better than others but it worked out to be an enjoyable warm up for the main event after lunch.

    The 18 hole "Captain's Cup" event after lunch was as eventful as ever.
  • Matt Turvill, yet again, certainly had an eventful afternoon, on 2 holes he hit tee shots that clattered into the trees, on both occasions his recovery shots ended up behind him, it is also reported that one of his clubs very early wrote off his team mates whilst in mid flight. This may all be linked to the fact that Matt had to rush from the bathroom to make his tee off time, I believe that part way around the course he had to ask if anyone had any tissues in their bag .... it seems he had some unfinished business to take care off .... enough said I think.
  • Paul Donlevy chipped in for a par on the 14th from the back of the green whilst Frazer Webb did the same for his par on the 11th hole, well done chaps.
  • Peter Carfrae had the pleasure of seeing Paul beard score his best ever round at a Bunkers event, well done Paul, it included some deft touches around the greens and a career longest drive on the 14th hole followed inevitably by a 4 1/2 yard drive on the 15th tee.
  • The second group out in the afternoon was made up of Peter, Paul and Mary (sorry I mean Keith).
  • Mark Harris felt hard done by as he reckons he lipped out on at least 8 of his putts, I think we have all been there Mark!
  • On the 17th tee John Waghorn hit the drainage sign head on and ended up on the 18th fairway, as if the 17th wasn't hard enough as it is.
  • And finally as ever the score cards are checked by the committee, Paul Donlevy had scored 34 points, on checking it was found that there had been 6 scores wrongly marked (by Matt Turvill), after corrections he still found he had scored 34 points. How does he do it!

  • We look forward to meeting again at Hoebridge Golf Club on August 16th, see you then.

    Peter Carfrae, Bunkers Roving Reporter

    You can see the full set of results on the results page.

    Order of merit is updated, but don't forget the rules this year means the merit does not include guests - only paid up society members are included. Handicap adjustments are also posted.



    3rd June 2010
    Another beautiful day greeted the 14 players at The Drift this year. The temperature was good and the course was in great shape.

    Here follows some notable events out on the course, it seems that it was one of the less eventful games so far this year but cannot keep the Turvill's from starring (Editor's note: well there are so many of them!!):-

  • Chris Turvill chipped in for a birdie on the 13th.
  • The original NP in 2 on the 4th hole which like all the Skill prize holes was selected carefully but the first group out including Vice Captain Tony, ken and Colin didn't remember to put out the marker on the hole, with an average age of 69 it's no wonder, Matt Turvill actually hit his shot closest in 2 on the 4th hole and at the discretion of the Vice Captain was given an award, the 12th hole was then set as the replacement NP in 2.
  • On the 11th par 3 Ian Turvill hit a 7 iron well left of the green, he "duffed" his 2nd shot a few feet then proceeded to hit a blind chip into the hole for his par.
  • Mark Harris was the only player who scored a par on the par 5 18th hole which he mentioned to everyone who came off the course.
  • Paul Beard reported that he had had a good day with 21 points and 12 lost balls, well done Paul it's getting there!
  • Josko was the eventual winner of the event and I do not believe that the 100 holes he played in the West Country the previous week had anything to wdo with it, although he didn't start well as his 1st tee shot barely reached the ladies tee.


  • Peter Carfrae, Bunkers Roving Reporter

    You can see the full set of results on the results page.

    Order of merit is updated, but don't forget the rules this year means the merit does not include guests - only paid up society members are included. Handicap adjustments are also posted.



    17th May 2010
    We were greeted at Hartley Witney with a nice warm day, the course was in good shape for the "Hook & Slice Masters" now renamed as the "Turvill Benefit Event".

    The first thing to say is that it was wonderful to see an event won by Colin Turvill after a decade of trying, well done Colin from everyone.

    There was little to report from the course but we had 3 separate reports from the Par 5, 8th hole, the nearest the pin in 3.
  • Firstly Simon Park hit a wicked slice off the tee onto the 12 fairway, he continued to play down the 12th with his second shot before hitting a great 3rd shot onto the green and claiming the 1st nearest the pin name on the board, a great effort.
  • The 2nd report was when Paul Donlevy managed to drive his tee shot straight into the stone marking the Ladies tee and shot the ball 90 degrees to the right, nice one mate.
  • And finally the 3rd report from the 8th hole is from Ian Turvill, he struck his tee shot straight into the woods, he duffed his 2nd then further duffed his 3rd and you guessed it duffed his 4th shot into the deep rough. His 5th shot looked impossible needing to go under a tree, left of a bin and over a tee box, he executed an amazing shot and put his 5th shot inches from the flag downing it for an eventful 6. Isn't golf a wonderful game!
  • It was also recorded that Matt Turvill attempted the longest drive with a 5 iron and almost made it!! Oh to be young.
  • We have 2 reports from the 18th hole, firstly Ken Beere found himself a few feet into the rough pin high next to the green, he promptly chipped in from approx 20 to 25 feet, nice one Ken, we guess you meant that all along.
  • And finally Brian Carter was facing his approach shot to the 18th green when the wind caught his new flared trousers causing his shot to hit the water on the left, we believe his club went almost as far, unlucky mate maybe bicycle clips would help to control the flares as well as setting a new fashion!


  • Peter Carfrae, Bunkers Roving Reporter

    You can see the full set of results on the results page.

    Order of merit is updated, but don't forget the rules this year means the merit does not include guests - only paid up society members are included. Handicap adjustments are also posted.



    21st April 2010
    A dry round finally - the first of the year.

    Only 12 players turned up for this event. A bit of a shame, but 3 were still overseas due to the lack of flights because of some sort of problem to do with a volcano a few thousand miles away - commiserations to Peter Carfrae, Tony Peters and Michael Prevost!! Also best wishes to Ian T who was laid up with a bad back.

    Now for some of the notable events on the day.
  • Even before we started Mark "Shirt-lifter" Harris was making a name for himself. He'd turned up with his shirt on inside out, so once someone pointed it out to him he decided to take it off in front of the clubhouse, and once right way round promptly started to undo his trousers. The surrounding crowd departed quickly at that point!
  • On the 8th, Colin "Bridge Over the River Kwai" Turvill decided to take the easy route so trundled his ball over the bridge instead of taking the aerial route.
  • Paul "Rocketman" Beard on one of the par 3's rocketed his t-shot no more than 2 foot of the ground for the full 180 yards and ended up on the green!
  • Matt "The Head" Turvill had a 2 foot putt to save a point on the 15th, but his head got the better of him and he instead thumped it way off the green!
  • Matt Turvill (again) and Frazer "another crap round" Webb both reached the so-called-par4-6th hole in 2, then both promptly 4 putted!
  • Mark "Specsavers" Turvill who seemed to find a ball everytime he wandered into the trees - whether they were his or someone else's is still not known
  • Matt "The left-handed Head" Turvill putting left-handed out of some trees!
  • Keith "Oops, I missed" Sykes about to putt out on the 18th as a balled rolled onto the green past him - he missed the putt. It was Mark Turvill's ball!
  • Frazer "another crap round, except for the 2nd" Webb drove through the back of the 2nd green in to thick trees, and then promptly prodded it back to 6 foot and holed out for a par!


  • This months report provided by Frazer Webb, the stand-in-due-to-ash-cloud Bunkers Roving Reporter

    You can see the full set of results on the results page.

    Order of merit is updated, but don't forget the rules this year means the merit does not include guests - only paid up society members are included. Handicap adjustments are also posted.



    29th March 2010
    Yet again a wet round was in prospect as we gathered for the 1st time at Royal Ascot Golf Club for the Bunkers Winter Shield event.

    19 players arrived on time but it was completed to 20 players as Bryan Carter made a rapid journey from Swindon to arrive just in time to make up the last 4 ball, Bryan, that was the longest drive you made all day, well done on making it.

    Now some other notable events on the day.
  • Ken Beere had his "Hamlet" moment on the 7th hole, he attempted 4 shots from the greenside bunker and never made it out, he had obviously seen me perform in bunkers!
  • On the 11th hole Frazer also found himself in a bunker, his recovery shot buried itself into the face of the bunker, after some digging he was able to recover his ball.
  • We had one guest player, Kevin Harris, for this event and he described his round as a "ditch and bunker" day but he did win the guest prize, good on him though he very generously refused his prize as he had won one of the skill prizes, the longest drive. Talking of his longest drive it was noticed that Kevin was wearing a pink sweater, are we sure he didn't play of the ladies tee!!, well done Kevin.
  • On the longest drive hole Ian Turvill sliced his drive over the fence on the right, on inspection the fence looked like an electric fence, Paul Beard was assisting Ian in find his ball and he touched the fence, and yes it was an electric fence and yes it was live, nice one Paul. Ian then proceeded to roll under the fence to retrieve his ball,it was like watching the "Great Escape" all over again.
  • The new dance champion is Keith Sykes, not only did one ball shave past his head but a second did the same in close succession, nice moves Keith, lf anyone would like some "Tango" lessons then give Keith a call.
  • Josko on the par 5 5th hole scored an amazing 5 points with a birdie whilst receiving 2 strokes, great job Josko but please don't do that again.
  • Mark Harris hit a shot from the top of a bush that was a couple of feet in the air, an easy 7 iron and a baseball swing got him down the fairway.
  • Prevo attempted a 2nd shot with his fairway wood on a unspecified hole and managed to lift the ball straight up into the air and land it just behind him, DOH!!
  • And finally back to Ken Beere who on the 18th hole left himself in the back bunker, he calmly entered the bunker with his sand iron in one hand and his umbrella in the other and on his second attempt got a one handed recovery shot onto the green, very cool Ken.
  • Bryan Carter & Frazer Webb decided to take on the Bandit (Turvill) Bros at match play. Well Bryan and Frazer won the toss, and that is all they won all day. They never won a hole! Their luck was best summed up on the 11th when Frazer's ball was embedded in the face of the bunker, there was no way he could play it so it was suggested that he took a penalty drop. Frazer promptly dropped it in a footprint!!!!!!!!!


  • Peter Carfrae, Bunkers Roving Reporter

    You can see the full set of results on the results page.

    Order of merit is updated, but don't forget the rules this year means the merit does not include guests - only paid up society members are included. Handicap adjustments are also posted.



    24th February 2010
    24 members and guests attended on what was to be a wet round at a new venue on the first February event played by the society. Needless to say the course was very wet but playable (just) with 2 temporary greens, the weather was indifferent with frequent showers and the odd glimpse of the sun. The standard of play was nonetheless very good with a winning score of 40 points by Simon Park coming through in 1st place.

    A few scary moments were recorded out on the course:
  • Keith Sykes on the 8th par 4 hole hit his 3rd shot out off the rough from the side of the green at a speed off around mach 1 until it hit the flagstick bang in the middle and dropped within a few feet to give him his par.
  • Peter Carfrae drove into only one bunker all round on a par 3 but as was usual took 4 shots to get out whereupon he lit up a cigar for his "Hamlet" moment before walking to the next tee recording a blob.
  • On the 4th hole Prevo hit his 4 iron approach shot into the greenside bunker where the ball plugged, to make absolutely sure the ball was fully plugged his next shot completely buried the ball, it took a further 2 shots to get out.
  • The air shot crown was contested by Macca with an air shot off the tee on the 15th with his rescue club and Prevo with his 3 wood attempt off the tee on the 17th, the contest continues.
  • Paul Risk managed to hit a tree in front of him rebounding it back into a tree behind him before escaping the trees into the fairway, he is a serious contender for the "pinball" crown so far.
  • Ken is up for "Disco King" as he cavorted to miss a thinned shot heading towards him from Tony Peters, no hit was recorded and "Disco Ken" lives on.
  • And finally with all due modesty Pete Carfrae recorded a birdie on the 1st hole and 24 points on the front 9 - he is appealing to the committee to agree to only counting the scores as a 9 hole event, with his luck it would be the back 9.


  • SKILL PRIZES
  • Nearest the pin - Keith Sykes
  • Nearest the pin in 2 shots - Simon Park
  • Nearest the pin in 3 shots - Josko Bouman
  • Longest Drive - Chris Hebdon


  • No yellow cards for slow play were issued today thereby setting the standard for the rest of the season.

    During the after dinner presentations The Vice Captain Tony Peters was doing the honours and awarded the last group in with their own torches, luckily they completed their round just before dusk fully arrived.

    We all now look forward to the March event on Monday 29th at Royal Ascot, please get your payments in to Chris as early as possible.

    Peter Carfrae, Bunkers Roving Reporter

    You can see the full set of results on the results page.

    Order of merit is updated, but don't forget the rules this year means the merit does not include guests - only paid up society members are included. Handicap adjustments are also posted.