Growling Swan 09/02
Schembri Wins by a Handful!
A keen group of 19 golfers headed out to a lovely Greenwood Golf Course to tackle A & B nines in that order. The conditions were sunny with little wind about, and it seemed perfect for good scoring, especially as we were playing off the yellow tees.
Greeting was handed out to Peter Grey’s surrogate son, Terry “The Farmer” Payne.
Also a special greeting was handed out to long time Growling Swan Golfer Mike Gosden, who pleasantly surprised us all with his attendance. Many of you will know Mike has recently been in very poor health after major surgery, so to see his smiling face and the outstanding recovery he has made gave everyone a lift. Keep up the good fight Mike, and don’t forget we are all in your corner!
Farewell’s were given to Mike “Bear” Wilks who is heading back to Melbourne to follow Essendon FC’s resurgence this season. 16th to 15th one suspects.
Also returning to Oz, is Keith Buchannan, but to the west side of the country, Perth.
So only one Division today and it was comfortably won by 5 points by Jayson Schembri, who had a very good day at the office with 44 points. He was able to hit his short irons a lot straighter today, thanks to some advice about his swing from his pals, Toddy and JJ, which enabled him to reach a many greens in regulation, and post a good score.
Coming in second was Steve Younger, who seems to be back in good form especially with an excellent second nine to post a solid 39 points.
Third spot saw low handicapper Wayne Green with 38 points, which basically meant off the stick he shot under par…how good that must feel to be able to do that! Wayne celebrated by shouting himself a new golf bag.
Mark “The Viper” Stapleton was in fourth position with 37 points, beating on countback, the unlucky Mike Wilks, whose very good round was halted by a lost ball on 17 after he initially thought it was heading for a green side bunker, only to get there and realize he had a problem. Meanwhile his playing partner Jockey Young was seen searching afterwards in the bar for a Srixon 3 to plant in Jayson Schembri’s pocket.
A Grade (0-36):
1st Jayson Schembri (22) 44 pts
2nd Steve Younger (13) 39 pts
3rd Wayne Green (1) 38 pts
4th Mark Stapleton (17) 37 pts
A6 Keith Buchannan
B2 Don Richardson
B5 Alex Field
A9 Mike Wilks
B9 Mike Johns
In the Photo was the days winner with the real winner Mike Gosden.
Back at the Growling Swan we enjoyed a tasty if not a wee bit spicy pork mince and onion dish, which was delicious.
Alex Field let D-For off his chain to collect donations, the Swan’s players and punters are a very generous bunch and keep giving to D-For. All are thanked for their continued contributions to assist the needy children of Pattaya.
For serious golfing with a dash of fun (and compulsory sledging), the Growling Swan welcomes golfers of all persuasions. We generally play on Mondays and Thursdays at any one of the fine courses around Pattaya. We also encourage women to play. Please contact Peter Grey for bookings or any information on 086 1503 086.