The Growling Swan 13/11

Crystal Bay – 13th of November 2014

Kae and Sandy in fine form

A heap of eager golfers faced the challenge to their skill, intestinal fortitude and disseminating perseverance.

Welcomes were handed out to Colm Mullen from Ireland and John Anderson and Mark Stapleton from Australia.

We farewelled Eric (The Judge) Black and Glen Henrikson returning to the Great South Land.

Pre game, J.C.Lhoste lamented he couldn’t pick Michael Jordan out of a room full of pygmies let alone hand in a decent card and twenty two points confirmed his suspicions.

A nice breeze kept playing conditions very pleasant and with the fairways in good shape and the greens having improved immeasurably since our last visit, all players enjoyed the day.

The starter who was as vigilant as the supervisor on the conveyor belt line at the Heineken brewery,sent us on our way to play the C and A nines.

In the A grade Kae continued her good form to hand in thirty eight points.

Second was Don Richardson on thirty seven whilst Mike Gosden scored thirty five points.

In the B grade and working harder than a lemon scented air freshener in a Vindaloo Curry House toilet, popular guy Sandy Leiper scored thirty seven points to stand atop the podium.

Second with thirty six points was Mark Stapleton on a countback from John Anderson who collapsed on the back nine like a dodgy apartment building on the sub continent.

The NAGA was won by Russell Calcutt who confessed to having as much finesse in his hands, read 10%, as the guy who put on Barbara Cartland’s makeup.

Results for Crystal Bay

A Grade 0 – 18
1st Kae ( 18 ) 38 pts
2nd Don Richardson ( 14 ) 37 pts
3rd Mike Gosden ( 15 ) 35 pts

B Grade 19+
1st Sandy Leiper ( 33 ) 37 pts
2nd Mark Stapleton ( 31 ) 36 pts
3rd John Anderson ( 31 ) 36 pts
Near pins went to Bill McGarvie A5,Kae A8,The Easter Bunny C4 and John Anderson on C7.

Long first putts saw Gary Monley on A9 and Colm Mullen on C9 successful whilst Bob Akapita won the lucky draw.

Deefa the dog as per usual had a field day, looked like he’d spent the weekend in a vault at Fort Knox and the players are once again thanked for their generosity in helping the needy children of Pattaya.

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.

Bowls
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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