The Growling Swan 07/04
The Coach says goodbye in style!
As we assembled at The Swan all golfers showed up enthusiastically with eager anticipation on playing that great golf course Pleasant Valley, being a good 5 months since we last journed there.
Twenty six on the starting sheet but alas only twenty players as Cindy Lauper (Sandy Leiper) failed to show, unlike Sandy!
This is a great course in good nick sometimes renowned for having a bit too much water on fairways there is no criticisms that you can put on this course. Fairways were lush, greens were true and generally speaking caddies were good as well. I knew this was a day of some great scores with having (myself) scored 16 points after 7 holes. The writing was on the wall that we were in for some excellent scores and as you will read we were not let down in that department.
We went from the white tees, with the fairways having some run this suited both the big hitters and the not so big hitters, resulting in a very smart choice for the day.
This course is definitely improving as the years go by and with the very affordable golfing prices, friendly staff and caddies all eager to help, it would be no surprise to see this course frequented by us again soon.
Mike Gosden said goodbye to all in a way that he knows best, he let his clubs do the talking, Mike heads back to Aussie for a week or two to fix a few things. Alex Field continued on taking out A Grade with a very neat 41 points. Taking out the next two placings were Phil Taylor and Peter Bailey.
The coach (Mike Gosden) blitzed the players in B Grade with a fantastic score of 45 points filling the placings were Andrew Allen beating Grahame Buckingham in a countback! Scores are as follows.
PLEASANT VALLEY WINNERS
1ST – ALEX FIELD (18) 41 POINTS
2ND – PHIL TAYLOR (17) 40 POINTS
3RD – PETER BAILEY (14) 39 POINTS
1ST – MIKE GOSDEN (19) 45 POINTS
2ND – ANDREW ALLEN (30) 39 POINTS
3RD – GRAHAM BUCKINGHAM (24) 39 POINTS
5th – JOHN EDWARDS
8TH – SIMON NIVEN
13TH – STEVE YOUNGER
17TH – GRAHAM BUCKINGHAM
LONGEST FIRST PUTT
9TH – PETER BAILEY
18TH – GRAHAM BUCKINGHAM
Back at the Swan we welcomed back the following, Lyndon Przybiliski, Phil Taylor, Tom McMahon, Simon Niven, Graham Buckingham, Brendan Devlin and the most consistent comer and goer Fletch. We said goodbye to The 3 Amigos or better known as the 3 stooges played all games together, John Coetzee, Frank Riley and The Queens Cowboy Pierre Cere and Mike Gosden.
Tony Campbell set “D-For” free to collect much needed funds to help the less than fortunate of Pattaya and surrounding areas. All donations are gratefully accepted.
The GS is a “friendly” golf outlet and caters for and encourages all golfers, young and old, male or female to have a hit on any of our weekly outings. We generally play Mondays and Thursdays at one of the many fine golf courses in and around Pattaya. Please contact Peter Grey if you are interested in playing on 0861 503086
The Growling Swan also caters to the bowls enthusiasts. Bus transport departs the GS on Sundays at 10 AM when they go for open, grass bowling at The Retreat. Please contact Paul Rennison on 0843 454005 if you wish to partake. The cost including return bus transport, bowling fees and a hot lunch is about 350 baht, so great value for a day out!