The Growling Swan 15/2

CASSA CELEBRATES A WIN!
Thirty something golfers showed up today, some eager with anticipation and others wondering what they were doing lining up to get in a bus when they should have stayed in bed with their sore heads.
Upon arrival at the club we had a half hour or so to kill before our allotted tee off time. During this period we were all were kept entertained by JC (Lahoste) roving up and down the buggies and in and out of the club house looking for his golf clubs….He claimed he was the first to line his bag up behind the bus for loading back at the Swan so knew he hadn’t forgotten them. After claiming someone must have stolen his clubs he noticed a lone caddie with a bag waiting for an owner. On closer inspection he noticed that the bag was very similar to his and concluded that he had brought someone else’s clubs to the course!
We teed off the longer yellow tees after some deliberation by our Marshall (John Anderson). He deduced that as we had played off the shorter tees the last time we were here, and indeed the last two games had also been played off the shorter tees, it would be a longer walk today.
So it was a 6,742 yard stroll off the B and C tees in comfortably hot conditions which only four golfers managed to master by playing to their handicaps or better.
The presentation of the course was as usual very good and the greens were running truthfully and rapidly.
Stu Rifkin, who now hails by his new nickname Cassa (aptly applied by Jeff Melon who claims a Casserole is an “Up market Stew”), found some long lost form with the aid of ten San Miguel’s to take out pole position posting a solid 39 points, closely followed by Rita Zoebeli performing admirably with 38 points, and Roy Dayton and Alex Field both firing 36 points to cap the “Master golfers list” today.
Back at the Growing Swan, our host Peter Grey made welcome: Titziano Dal Pastro, Brett Curtis Bill Wilkonson and Marcus Benco and also bade fare wells to Muncha Malone, Jockey (Shane) Young, smiley Ernie Picken and Jeff Mellon….
KHOW KHEOW WINNERS
A GRADE (0 – 17)
1ST – STU RIFKIN (16) 39 POINTS
2ND – BILL WILKINSON (11) 34 POINTS
3RD – PATRICK ENGELS (11) 33 POINTS
B GRADE (18 – 25)
1ST – ROY DAYTON (22) 36 POINTS
2ND – ALEX FIELD (18) 36 POINTS
3RD – ERNIE PICKEN (24) 35 POINTS
C GRADE (26 – 36)
1ST – RITA ZOEBELI (26) 38 POINTS
2ND – JOHN ANDERSON (29) 35 POINTS
3RD – GERRI CRILLY (28) 32 POINTS
NTP’s
C3 – PAUL JACKSON
C8 – GRAHAM RICE
B3 – KAE DAYTON
B8 – ANDREW ALLEN
LONGEST FIRST PUTT
C9 – KAE DAYTON
B9 – TROY PICKFORD
DEEFA
Jockey took pleasure taking Deefa “The Charity toy dog” around the throng for some spare change to boost his collections for Charity via the PSC.

The Growling Swan last month donated a 65,000 baht water filtration system to the children at the Wat Pong School, another beneficiary of these generously given funds by the Growling Swans players and patrons alike.
The GS is a “friendly” golf outlet and caters for and encourages all golfers, young and old, male or female to have a hit on 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 in playing on 0861 503086
LAWN BOWLS
The Growling Swan also caters to the bowls enthusiasts. Bus transport departs the GS on Sundays at 10 am for open grass bowling at The Retreat Bowls Club. 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 about 350 baht, so great value for a day out!

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