The Growling Swan 10/11


Mountain Shadow – 10th of November 2014

The Drut

JJ and Mike Quill lead the way.

A convoy only second to the one in Ward Bond’s television show Wagon Train departed Soi Chaiyapoon anticipating a great day and weren’t disappointed.

Apparently we took the high road however that and the journey time are unknown as the scribe was resting the eyelids.

Welcomes were handed out to Don Richardson from Ireland,Roger Rees from Cumbria,England and Aussie Peter Bye.

Mike Quill,Neil Herd,Scott Baumgarten and Luke Anderson headed back to Western Australia.

The scribe sharpened the quill in anticipation of some quotable quotes, however change room chatter prior to tee off was in hushed tones as the general opinion of the punters is, to comment within ear shot of the author is like dancing on dynamite.

The weather was warm, the fairways in good condition and the greens despite being patchy putted ok.

J.J. Harney’s forty two points which led the A grade, gave the field a gentle reminder of his ability in a manner not seen since the biblical youngster David showed Goliath some close quarter combat skills.

Second was Ebrahim on forty points whilst Bill Steinmann and Don Richardson both scored thirty eight to round it out.

Mike Quill in B grade showed the way with a stylish thirty nine points,followed by Eric ( The Judge ) Black on thirty eight, Bob Akapita thirty four,whilst Marc Henkel who was as happy as a free range chicken gained a podium finish with thirty three.

Results for Mountain Shadow

A Grade 0 – 15

1st  J.J.Harney ( 10 ) 42 pts

2nd  Ebrahim ( 14 ) 40 pts

3rd  Bill Steinmann ( 9 ) 38 pts

4th  Don Richardson ( 14 ) 38 pts

B Grade 16+

1st  Mike Quill ( 18 ) 39 pts

2nd  Eric Black ( 16 ) 38 pts

3rd  Bob Akapita ( 17 ) 34 pts

4th Marc Henkel ( 29 ) 33 pts


Near pins went to Peter Bye on the fifth, Eric Black the eighth, whilst Bob Akapita on fifteen and Glen Henrikson, seventeen rounded out the set.

Long first putts went to Scott Baumgarten with a python on nine and Roger Rees on eighteen.

Peter Bye injected some post game locker room humour advising he’d one putted the tough 14th  for a birdie eight.

The Coveted Compass Cap made a long awaited return after being in hibernation for two years.

A cast of thousands rose as one to welcome it back and Bernie McCart the recipient, lamented his score was lower than a kneeling Danny Devito.

Deefa’s appetite for the readies was satiated and the players are thanked for their contributions to the needy children of Pattaya.

Drutnote – Brand new golf balls are water magnetic. At Mountain Shadow GC so are used ones.

The GS is a friendly golf outlet and caters for and encourages all golfers male or female to have a hit at 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 on 0861 503086.


The Growling Swan also caters to the bowls enthusiasts. Bus transport departs the GS on Wednesdays at 10 AM to play at Cocos on undercover synthetic greens  and on Sundays at the same time for open grass bowling at The Retreat. Please contact Paul Rennison on 0843 454005 if you wish to partake. 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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