The Growling Swan 09/06

CRYSTAL BAY – 9th June, 2016

Crilly Salutes the Judges as Jockey Weighs In Light!

Decent size field of 20 golfers travelled to Crystal Bay Golf Course, which was in quite good nick. Playing off the white tees made the course a little more challenging than our previous visit.

Greetings were handed out to Sandy “Cindy” Leiper after a visit back to Bonnie Scotland, also to Fred Cuypers, returning from Perth, and a new golfer Bob Webb from Tasmania. Oh, and Jeff Mellon is back !

We played C and B Nines in that order with grainy greens on C opposed to fast greens on C.  The conditions were excellent for golf with minimal wind to blame for errant shot making.

A Grade was a tight affair with only one point separating the first three placings. Big Boy Graham Rice was the victor by way of a countback from Stu “Casa” Rifkin, both having 36 points. Third place was filled by Gerry Arthur on 35 points.

B Grade saw another victory to Geri Crilly, who scored a solid 38 points, which was a good effort given he was returning from a week’s rest due to a back injury sustained in his room…..l will leave it at that !   His score was helped immensely from two birdies in the round.

As a footnote, he also was very happy to get some bonus baht off his wee mate Jockey.

Second place in B Grade was filled by Sandy Leiper with 36 points, who performed well fresh, as it was his first game for about 2 months. The Viper, Mark Stapleton was happy to acquire third placing with 32 points.


A Grade (0-18):                                                                                                                 

1st Graham Rice (13) 36 pts C/B

2nd Stu Rivkin (15) 36 pts

3rd  Gerry Arthur (16) 35 pts

B Grade (19-36):                                                                                                                  

1st Geri Crilly (28) 38 pts

2nd Sandy Leiper (31) 36 pts

3rd  Mark Stapleton (19) 32 pts


C4 Mark Stapleton

C7 Geri Crilly

B3 Lindsay Slender

B6 Shane Young

Long Putt:

C9 Alex Field

B9 Lindsay Slender

Back at the Swan we enjoyed a tasty chicken curry cooked by the our host, mind you could of done without the celery.

Deefa (our charity collector dog) was delighted to receive many donations and the players are thanked for their continued generosity.

For serious golfing with 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. Please contact Peter Grey for bookings or any information on 086 1503 086.


The Growling Swan also caters to the bowls enthusiasts. Bus transport departs the GS on Sundays at 10 am for open grass bowling at The Retreat.  The cost including return bus transport, bowling fees and a hot lunch is less than 400 baht so great value for a day out.

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