Growling Swan 25/03

Monday, 25th March – Eastern Star – Stableford

The Pres & Kae Too Good At Eastern Star!

After a few absentees due to sickness & no shows we were left with a field of 26 who were ready to tackle the tough Eastern Star layout having not played there for a few months. We assembled at The Growling Swan and welcomed back Rita Zoebelli, Brad Todd from Perth, Australia and PSC President Tony Oakes who seems to love this particular golf course. Departing the GS right on time at 8.30 am we headed South and surprisingly made our way through the Pattaya Monday morning traffic quite easily & arrived at the course 45 minutes later. There was not a great deal of activity there and no-one was in any hurry so we relaxed for a half hour or so & then sent our first group, a three ball away five minutes ahead of schedule at 9.55 am. The weather was very hot with not much breeze and we proceeded at a very good pace with much water consumed to help cool us down. The course was in very good condition and after reading several adverse reports regarding some of the greens we were pleasantly surprised to find that although a couple of them were a touch “tardy” they were nothing like what had been reported. Obviously some people much prefer to “bag” courses than to praise them and I really think we should be thankful for what we have got in the region. We completed the front nine in just under two hours and as usual slowed down on the back nine due to the heat but managed to complete the round in three hours & fifty five minutes after enjoying the course, the company but not so much our own group’s golfing achievements on the day.

We were able to have 2 grades with five podium spots in each. A Grade was for handicaps 0 to 20 and B Grade for 21 and over. We had nearest the pins on all the par threes and longest first putts on the 9th & 18th greens.

As mentioned earlier PSC President Tony Oakes (unfortunately could not stay due to a Doctor’s appointment) loves this course and once again was the winner of A Grade with a fine 38 points, 2 points ahead of Takeshi Hakozaki in second spot. Martin Todd came third with 30 points, Canadian Bill McGarvie (15 point back nine) and Peter Bye (14 point back nine) were both tied on 29 points and the count back saw Bill take fourth spot from Peter in fifth place. Continuing her run of good results despite her rapidly reducing handicap it was once more Duangjai “Kae” Tusagad who finished on top in B Grade with an excellent 40 points, 6 points clear of second placegetter Wendy Bernek with Max “Corsets” Bracegirdle 3 points behind Wendy in third spot. Sandy “Leiperfrog” Leiper finished fourth on 27 points and with 2 golfers on 26 points it was Roy “Plums” Dayton (6 points on the last 3 holes) who took the last podium spot from Dick “Reverend” Braimbridge (3 points on the last 3 holes) after they both had 14 points on the back nine & 9 points on the last 6 holes. It was a tough day for most but not so for a couple of the group who managed to handle this challenging course quite nicely.

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Duangjai Tusagad and Niall Stuart

Results for Eastern Star:

A Grade – 0 to 20
1st –Tony Oakes (13) – 38 points
2nd –Takeshi Hakozaki (12) – 36 points
3rd – Martin Todd (9) – 30 points
4th – Bill McGarvie (9) – 29 points
5th – Peter Bye (16) – 29 points

B Grade – 21 and over
1st – Duangjai Tusagad (23) – 40 points
2nd – Wendy Bernek (30) – 34 points
3rd – Max Bracegirdle (26) – 31 points
4th – Sandy Leiper (34) – 27 points
5th – Roy Dayton (23) – 26 points

NTP’s
3rd – Takeshi Hakozaki
6th – Peter Bye
13th – Martin Todd
17th – Tony Oakes

LFP’s
9th – Peter Grey
18th – Max Bracegirdle

The Growling Swan NAGA Award, (awarded to the golfer who has the worst score on the day and discreetly their score is not made public) was well won again by Niall Stuart (two in a row) but of course accepted the cap in very good spirit as usual. Martin Todd took Deefa for the usual walk and collected many donations for the needy in Pattaya from our ever generous Growling Swan golfers. Back at the Bar afterwards there were many who stayed for quite some time and thoughts conversations were turned to our next event, the tenth Growling Swan Monthly Mug at Bangpra for which there was a huge contingent signed up already.

Growling Swan Golf, the home of friendly golf in Pattaya welcomes golfers of any persuasion – low & high handicappers alike, female golfers and beginners. We generally play Mondays & Thursdays, meeting at The Growling Swan (formerly The Bunker Bar) in Soi Chaiyapoon at 8.00 am with transport departing at 8.30 am. For bookings or more information please contact Peter on 0806 351 386 or email to petermalcolmblackburn@gmail.com

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