The Growling Swan 15/12

Eastern Star GC – Monday the 15th of December

Davis and Lhoste in form

Twenty seven golfers presented for today’s examination of their skill and intestinal fortitude.

The weather was superb, the course in great condition and the greens despite being trickier than the thirty seventh president of the United States, putted truly.

Welcomes were handed out to Jan Lovgreen and Bent Agerbo from Denmark and Pattaya residents Graham Buckingham,Tom Cotton,Rita Zoebeli,Jim Groves and John Davis whom we’d not seen for a while.

John Coetzee was farewelled as he is on his way back to Australia.

Prior to hit off change room chatter included one gent commenting, “golf develops a beginner’s self control”. Caddying for a beginner develops it even more.

Playing from the yellow tees John Davis travelling as smoothly as a Teflon coated greyhound lead the A grade handing in forty points.
Second was Mike Gosden with thirty eight points,Don Richardson thirty seven whilst Jim Groves and Alain Taddei both on thirty five rounded it out.

In the B grade the scores were tighter than the cord on a sumo wrestler’s speedos. J.C.Lhoste, Seesa and Roy Dayton finished first, second and third respectively all scoring thirty seven points. Fourth place went to John Anderson on thirty five points whilst a cast of thousands rose as one when it was announced, Peter Grey whose eyes were as big as overcoat buttons had attained his first podium finish, also on thirty five.

Results for Eastern Star
A grade 0 – 18
1st John Davis ( 16 ) 40 pts
2nd Mike Gosden ( 14 ) 38 pts
3rd Don Richardson ( 13 ) 37 pts
4th Jim Groves ( 13 ) 35 pts
5th Alain Taddei ( 17 ) 35 pts

B grade 19+
1st J.C.Lhoste ( 27 ) 37 pts
2nd Seesa ( 26 ) 37 pts
3rd Roy Dayton ( 22 ) 37 pts
4th John Anderson ( 28 ) 35 pts
5th Peter Grey ( 36 ) 35 pts

Near pins went to Stu Rifkin on the third,Bill Steinmann on six,Ebrahim thirteen and Don Richardson seventeen.
Long first putts saw Bob Akapita on the ninth and Mark Stapleton on eighteen, successful.
The lucky draw was won by Ebrahim.

The Coveted Compass Cap went to John Coetzee who lamented the fact that his putter was colder than Hotfoot’s nose, the winning lead dog in the 1973 Iditarod Great Sled Race.

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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