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THE GROWLING SWAN – STABLEFORD FORMAT
CRYSTAL BAY GOLF CLUB – THURSDAY 4TH DECEMBER 2014
Another three buses left the Growling Swan with forecast heavy rains not daunting the players, although two called in with health issues and could not make the day.
The format for the day was Stableford and locker room chatter was buoyant to the extent that one JJ Harney enjoyed relocating locker room keys that players had left in their locker whilst freshening up before the game…this created much amusement for him and frustration for others unable to lock their locker!
The course was busy however we managed to tee off the white tees (6,450 yards) a little earlier than our 10 am start time, using the A and C nines.
Despite the course being busy the first group finished their round in four hours and ten minutes.
The presentation of the course was very good and the greens were in fine condition and certainly not as fast as many of the recent courses we have played.
Back in the club house the always effervescent JJ Harney continued with his relocation efforts by depositing his score card at the scribes table and then swiped one of the scribe’s club sandwiches which had just been freshly delivered…The scribe kept a keen eye out waiting for JJ’s lunch to arrive but JJ was one step ahead and did not order!( I have an elephant’s memory JJ, especially when it comes to missing food!)
Welcomes were made to Big Johnny Parr visiting from Rory’s territory in Northern Ireland and Michael Catillon from France who joined his French mates who play regularly at the Swan.
The expected rains fortunately never eventuated for us however we noted how lucky we were, as on the way back to Pattaya the roads were soaking wet only five minutes after leaving the course and rains persisted intermittently all the way home and a deluge hammered down ten minutes after arriving back at the Growling Swan.
The field was divided into two grades with A grade being taken out by Stu Rifkin who seems to have recovered from a tennis elbow issue that has seen him laid up from golf for a while. His 40 points was well clear of the consistent Sal Brizzi with 36 points and third was Ebrahim (Al Ansari) with 35 points who beat the unfortunate Fred Cypers on a count back.
B Grade was well one also with a fine 40 points by John Anderson however he only narrowly defeated Roy (I don’t believe it!) Dayton on a count back, as Roy shot a fine round scoring 40 points too. Third place went to Bob Akapita with 36 points.
RESULTS FOR CRYSTAL BAY
A GRADE (0 – 17 HANDICAP)
1ST – STUART RIFKIN (17) 40 POINTS
2ND – SAL BRIZZI (6) 36 POINTS
3RD – EBRAHIM AL-ANSARI (14) 35 POINTS
B GRADE (18 – 36 HANDICAP)
1ST – JOHN ANDERSON (30) 40 POINTS
2ND – ROY DAYTON (23) 40 POINTS
3RD – BOB AKAPITA (18) 36 POINTS
A 5 – ROY DAYTON
A 8 – JJ (THE THIEF) HARNEY
C 4 – JC LHOST
C 7 – MICHAEL CATILLON
LONGEST FIRST PUTT
A 9 HOLE – EBRAHIM AL-ANSARI
C 9 HOLE – SAL BRIZZI
This award is presented to the person with the worst score of the day (score never revealed) and the winner has the honor of donating 50 baht to Deefa the Dog for charity purposes. Our affable Russell Calcutt graciously accepted the award and he generously donated to Deefa the Charity Dog, as did many others. The less fortunate children of Pattaya thank you all as your donations make some of their lives just that little bit better.
The growling Swan is a friendly PSC Golf outlet and welcomes all lovers of golf to join in and have a fun day out with us. We generally play Mondays and Thursdays with buses mostly departing at 8.30 am. Please contact Peter Grey on 0861 503086 if you are interested in a game.
The Growling Swan also caters to the lawn bowling enthusiasts. Bus transport leaves the Swan at 10.00 am to play at Coco’s under cover synthetic lawn bowls on Sundays and at the Retreat Lawn Bowls grass greens on Wednesdays also departing at 10.00 am. The cost including bus transport, green fees and hot lunch is approx 300 hundred baht, so great value for a day out. Please contact Paul Rennison on 0843 454005 if you would like to come along.