The Growling Swan 22/12

Khao Kheow GC – 22nd of December 2014

Patrick Poussier takes the mug

Stroke events which are notoriously difficult had the head greenkeeper salivating like a cannibal watching short sighted plump missionaries disembarking from a canoe, as he observed our efforts to conquer his battleground.

We welcomed Volker Buley from Germany and Nolan Wise from Australia.

Bob Akapita headed off to Cambodia to assist in reducing their deficit by injecting some sponderoolies into the economy.

Pre game change room chatter included Wayco who had eye surgical procedures recently, advising he could set a course record however wasn’t sure at which end.

A bumper field of thirty six punters faced the starter who sent us on our way playing the B and C nines in that order.

The wind was so strong on the first nine it blew the pricks off the perimeter barb wire fence. It abated somewhat on the flip side.
The course was in good condition with the greens as smooth as a crimpiline suit, however downhill putts were quicker than Aussie foreplay.

Patrick Poussier playing great golf in the conditions won the monthly mug shooting ninety off the rod which from his twenty three handicap equated to a nett sixty seven.

In the A grade Sal Brizzi continued his good form with a nett seventy one. Mike Gosden handed in a seventy two whilst Kevin Waycott was absolutely delighted to have a gross score of 41/42 = 83 and a nett seventy four to take third place. His previous stroke round was a world war two score,out in 39 and back in 45. Don Richardson was fourth with a nett seventy six.

In B grade Alain Taddei showed the way on nett seventy three closely followed by Mashi Kaneta on seventy four. Fred Cuypers and Rita Zobeli both with nett seventy seven made the podium.

In the C grade, despite staggering down the stretch like a Soi six sot, John Anderson handed in nett seventy two to take first place which included a no lakey five putt nine on the last hole. Nolan Wise with nett seventy three and Mark Henkel and Thomas Cotton on seventy four rounded it out.

Scores for Khao Kheow
A grade 0 – 14
1st Sal Brizzi ( 6 ) 71
2nd Mike Gosden ( 14 ) 72
3rd Kevin Waycott ( 9 ) 74
4th Don Richardson ( 12 ) 76

B grade 15 – 23
1st Alain Taddei ( 17 ) 73
2nd Mashie Kaneta ( 16 ) 74
3rd Fred Cuypers ( 16 ) 77
4th Rita Zobeli ( 23 ) 77

C grade 24+
1st John Anderson ( 28 ) 72
2nd Nolan Wise ( 36 ) 73
3rd Mark Henkel ( 25 ) 74
4th Thomas Cotton ( 25 ) 74

Near pins went to Peter Bye on B3 and C8 with Rita Zobeli on B8 and John Davis C3 completing the set.
Long first putts were won by Dave Fletcher on B9 and Mike Gosden on C9.

The Coveted Compass Cap was snavelled by Martin Kempton who commented “I didn’t play golf,it was more like an adventure” and his nett 95 confirmed same.

Deefa accepted many donations from the generous punters and their assistance in helping the needy children of Pattaya is appreciated.
One again mine host Peter Grey is thanked for his continued support of the Monthly Mug and the spread afterwards.

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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