Growling Swan 19/01


“The Viper” Strikes as “The Bear Fights” on.

By Lois Lane.

It was 24 golfers that had chosen to take on Crystal Bay Golf Club on this fine Pattaya morning.

According to all reports the track was in fine nick, plenty of run, the greens played true and more importantly no threat of rain.

Everyone eagerly boarded the buses on time and not a word was heard as I believe that some were looking to catch up on some sleep that was missed the night before.

The weather was hot, however a stiff breeze granted all some welcome relief from the heat. We played from the yellow tees which (as we knew) produced some good scores. We played B & C nines!

With 2 Divisions we played A Flight 0 to 18 and B Flight 19 plus.

A Flight saw The Viper Mark Stapleton returned the best score of the day with a very good score of 42 points, followed closely by Colm Lawlor with Mashi Kaneta taking out third posy.

B Flight had another great score returned by The Bear Mick Wilks coming in with his best score at The Swan, 41 pts. Second was Shane Young (a few shots behind) with Allan Ray filling third spot.



A GRADE (0 – 18 H/C)

1st – Mark Stapleton (18) 42 Pts

2ND – Colm Lawlor (15) 41 Pts

3RD – Mashi Kaneta (16) 40 Pts


B GRADE (19 – 36 H/C)

1ST – Mick Wilks (27) 41 Pts

2ND – Shane Young (27) 37 Pts

3RD – Allan Ray (28) 35 Pts



B4 – D-For

B6 – JJ Harney

C4 – JJ Harney

B7 – James O’Sullivan


B9 – Glenn Smith

C9 – Shane Young

In the photo is Mark Stapleton & Mick Wilks.


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 Mark Pearson and bid a fond farewell to Allan Ray a good mate to us all. Travel safe mate no vegemite required next trip

Alex Field took D-for “The Charity toy dog” around the throng and collected more baht for charity.

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 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.










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