The Growling Swan 15/09
BURAPHA GOLF CLUB – Stableford
TODDY ON TOP OF HIS GAME!
There were plenty of buses and cars loaded with golfers who headed to the “Beaut” golf course, Burapha. Always well presented, Burapha once again shone with well manicured fairways and true greens, despite having received plenty of wet stuff over the past few days.
The course was quite busy with many groups ahead of us and we were slightly late in teeing off accordingly, however we completed the A and B nines from the white markers in good time and very little hold up at all. The playing conditions were ideal.
It always makes golfing that much more pleasurable when one has a good looking caddy, who enjoys a laugh, understands and speaks our lingo (language) and knows her greens and golf etiquette…This is probably why Martin Todd did so well today.
Rattling in several birdies on his way to a sterling 42 points off his 11 handicap, a happy caddy and an even happier golfer celebrated with a big hug when Toddy’s final par putt dropped in the last hole. There was however, another happy camper nipping at his heals with everybody’s Swiss friend, Walter Baechli, finishing with a very creditable 40 points off his 16 handicap.
Other notable scores were Keith Buchanan 39 points (16), J.J. Harney 37 points (14), and Graeme Buckingham with 36 points off his (23) handicap. Also with 36 points were Mike Gosden and Brian Wilkinson.
There were 3 divisions (A, B and C) each with 3 winners, however A and B divisions needed count backs to determine third place getters.
Missing out in A division were the two “Jims” Brady and Groves, and missing out in B division were Mike Gosden and Brian Wilkinson.
1st – MARTIN TODD (9) 42 POINTS
2nd – J.J. HARNEY (14) 37 POINTS
3rd – EBRAHIM (15) 35 POINTS
1st – WALTER BAECHLI (16) 40 POINTS
2ND – KEITH BUCHANAN (16) 39 POINTS
3RD – GRAEME BUCKINGHAM (23) 36 POINTS
1st – ALAN SANDERS (24) 34 POINTS
2ND – SANDY LEIPER (30) 31 POINTS
3RD – GERI CRILLY (26) 29 POINTS
A3 – GLENN SMITH
A6 – WALTER BAECHLI
B3 – KEITH BUCHANAN
B8 – MARTIN TODD
LONGEST FIRST PUTTS
A9 – JIM GROVES
B9 – PETER GREY
Back at the Growling Swan Bar, our host Peter Grey made everyone welcome and asked them to partake in the regular free food that he provides each Thursday for all golfers, following presentations.
In the photo from L to R; Alan Sanders, D-for, Geri Crilly and Martin Todd. The 2 ring ins are JJ & Casa!
He in particular gave special welcomes to new and returning players: Frank Mills, Brian Wilkinson, Paul Avery, Walter Baechli, recent heart attack victim Stuart Rifkin, Andy Todd, Rod Weeks and Jim Brady.
Peter bade farewell to regulars Bernie McCart, Geri Crilly and visitors Paul Sharples and Peter Dane.
With great delight it was announced, whilst D-For the “Charity Dog” was being paraded by The Colonel, that Walter Baechli had instructed that “should he win any monies, all should go into D-For the Charity Dog”. Thank you Walter, for your generosity, and for all other donors alike.
On a Somber not Shane (Jockey) Young had to part with his hard earned as Geri Crilly sank his last putt of the day to win the match play between these two. Then to add insult to injury Jockey, who was helping with the presentation, had to hand the prize for 3rd place to Geri.
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.
The Growling Swan also caters to the bowls enthusiasts. Bus transport departs the GS on Sundays at 10.00 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.