The Growling Swan 17/03

MR. TODD SNR RULES!
Three 9 seater mini buses were packed to take the journey to Crystal Bay Golf Club.
There’s always at least one sorry soul who wishes he had not succumbed to late night/early morning temptations and Jason Schembri was that one today. With eyes rolling and tongue lolling he managed to get little sympathy from anyone until Peter Grey finally succumbed, gave him a bottle of water and told him to harden the f#@$ up!
Everyone eagerly piled into the buses on time and not a word was heard from Mark Stapleton, Kevin Waycott, JJ Harney or Jeremy Dobbs….Thankfully they are all out of the country…55555!
Stu Rifkin was stressing when he learn’t he was in the first group to tee off. Claiming he needed at least four tinnies and a couple of Neurofen to manage a reasonable score before he teed off, he managed to quaff two in the bus and one in the dressing room to get him to a semi relaxed state.
The weather was hot, however a stiff breeze granted all some welcome relief from the heat. Players required adjustments to many club selections depending on whether playing shots upwind or down and as per the norm with the greens, if you had a caddie who could read the required putt needed, you were a step ahead in your game.
We played off C and B nines using forward yellow tees and the course played well with several players taking advantage accordingly.
On his last outing before heading back to Perth, Martin Todd pulled out a cracker game with four birdies (two other birdie attempts lipping out) to slay the field with a solid 43 points off his 10 handicap. Stu Rifkin, Eric (The Judge) Black, Ebrahim, John Anderson, Mike (Coach) Gosden, JC Lhoste and Roy Dayton were the lesser winners of the day in their respective divisions.
Back at the Growling Swan our host Peter Grey (who didn’t play today as he reckons this course is his nemesis….harden the f#@$ up!) welcomed back the happy to be, regular returnee Dave Fletcher and not so regular affable Gerd Riedler. Regrettably those he bade farewell to overseas destinations were Martin Todd, Brad Todd, Don Richardson and Stu Rifkin.
CRYSTAL BAY WINNERS:
A GRADE (0 – 18 H/C)
1st – MARTIN TODD (10) 43 POINTS
2ND – STU RIFKIN (15) 39 POINTS – C/B LAST 6 (15)
3RD – ERIC BLACK (14) 39 POINTS – C/B LAST 6 (13)
4TH – EBRAHIM (18) 38 POINTS
B GRADE (19 – 36 H/C)
1ST – JOHN ANDERSON (28) 38 POINTS
2ND – MIKE GOSDEN (19) 35 POINTS – C/B LAST 6 (13)
3RD – JC LHOSTE (29) 35 POINTS – C/B LAST 6 (12)
4TH – ROY DAYTON (21) 32 POINTS
NTP’S
C4 – MARTIN TODD
C7 – GERD REIDLER
B4 – ANDREW ALLEN
B6 – GRAHAM RICE
LFP’S
C9 – GERD REIDLER
B9 – MIKE GOSDEN

Alex Field took Deefa “The Charity toy dog” around the throng and collected more baht for charity. The next donation is being given, later this month in a charity drive day, to the families of the two caddies who were killed leaving their golf course at Pattaya Country Club earlier this year. The current total collected by Deefa is………..
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
LAWN BOWLS
The Growling Swan also caters to the bowls enthusiasts. Bus transport departs the GS on Sundays for open grass bowling at The Retreat Bowls Club. If you wish to partake just be at The Growling Swan before the bus departs at 10.00 am. The cost including return bus transport, bowling fees and a hot lunch is about 350 baht, so great value for a day out! The bus usually returns at 3.30 pm.

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