Growling Swan 01/04

Monday, 1st April – Bangpakong – Stableford

Blacky & Woody On Top At Bangpakong!

Once again we had an excellent turnout of 38 golfers despite a couple of late withdrawals and we were all anticipating another great day at one of our favourites, Bangpakong Riverside Golf Club. As we assembled at the GS for yet another early start we welcomed PSC Social Chairman Nigel Cannon, Eric “Judge” Black from Geelong in Victoria, Jerry Dobbs from Australia, Nid from Bangkok, Gordon Clegg from Saudi Arabia and Gary Williams & Jason Hann from Melbourne. It was also great to see Richard & Carole Kiubicki with us once more but sadly they will soon be returning to the UK & Cyprus after four months of golfing here in Pattaya. Four mini vans were necessary plus the cars and 3 of the vans departed the GS right on time at 8.00 am with the other one having to wait a few minutes for the Leiperfrog. Again we negotiated the Monday morning traffic exiting Pattaya quite easily and headed off on No. 7 at a brisk pace, arriving at the golf course just 65 minutes later. Things were quiet there so we were able to send our first four ball away 10 minutes later than scheduled at 9.40 am on a hot morning where water intake was going to be essential. As for the condition of the course, some of the fairways have many dry spots and early morning watering resulted in a few soggy areas but the greens were as usual magnificent and all in all the course was as much a delight to play as ever. As mentioned earlier it was quite hot with not much of a breeze but we managed to get through the front nine in two hours & ten minutes. There was no-one directly in front of us all day so we were able to maintain a reasonable pace although as it got very hot a quick stop after the 11th green was needed and we completed the round in four hours & twenty five minutes. As the results came in afterwards it was quite remarkable that the A Grade golfers found the course very much to their liking as anything under 40 points did not get in the first seven!

We were able to have 2 Grades with seven podium spots in each. A Grade was for handicaps 0 to 19 and B Grade for 20 and over. We had nearest the pins on all the par threes and longest first putts on the 9th & 18th greens.

It was your writer, Peter Blackburn that had a “day out” by winning the A Grade section with 44 points, just one ahead of Peter Bye in second place and Brad “Bad” Todd third with 42 points. It was a pleasure to watch some great golf as one of my partners, Richard “Tricky Dicky” Kubicki (24 point back nine) made par on every hole on the back nine and took fourth spot on a count back from Ebrahim (19 point back nine) with both having 41 points. There was another count back for sixth & seventh place with Wayne Harman (23 point back nine) beating Paul Hack (18 point back nine) after both carded 40 points. Being unable to find his clubs or Caddy prior to teeing off did not deter Frank “Woody” Donnelly who easily won the B Grade with 43 points, 4 points ahead of the “adequately lubricated” Jerry Dobbs in second spot (don’t know how these guys do it!) Dave Neal finished third with 38 points and Carole Kubicki was fourth on 35 points. Deciding fifth & Sixth places was a drawn out affair which resulted in the count back determining that fifth place went to Thientong Charoenrung (17 point back nine, 11 points on the last 6 holes, 7 points on the last 3 holes and 3 points on the last hole) from J C Lhoste (17 point back nine, 11 points on the last 6 holes, 7 points on the last 3 holes and 2 points on the last hole) – both had 34 points. Two players had 33 points and Duangjai “Kae” Tusagad (19 point back nine) won the count back for seventh spot from Rita Zoebelli (17 point back nine).

Peter Blackburn, Wendy Bernek and Frank Donnelly

Peter Blackburn, Wendy Bernek and Frank Donnelly

Results for Bangpakong:

A Grade – 0 to 19
1st – Peter Blackburn (11) – 44 points
2nd –Peter Bye (16) – 43 points
3rd – Brad Todd (18) – 42 points
4th – Richard Kubicki (12) – 41 points
5th – Ebrahim (16) – 41 points
6th – Wayne Harman (14) – 40 points
7th – Paul Hack (14 – 40 points

B Grade – 20 and over
1st – Frank Donnelly (23) – 43 points
2nd – Jerry Dobbs (23) – 39 points
3rd – Dave Neal (24) – 38 points
4th – Carole Kubicki (25) – 35 points
5th – Thientong Charoenrung (20) – 34 points
6th – J C Lhoste (23) – 34 points
7th – Duangjai Tusagad (22) – 33 points

C Grade – 24 and over
1st – Patrick Poussier (30) – net 70

4th – Peter Blackburn
7th – Richard Kubicki
13th – Peter Blackburn
16th – Dr Brian Vale

9th – Nigel Cannon
18th – Mike Allidi

It was also time to declare the Golfer of the Month Award for March, 2013.

Golfer of the month is determined by the highest total of a golfer’s top four stableford scores for the month so obviously a minimum of four games must be played.

Results are as follows:

1st Place – Duangjai “Kae” Tusagad – 155 points
2nd Place – Suparp “Anna” Korboon – 146 points
3rd Place – Mike Gosden – 145 points

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 won by Wendy Bernek and adhering to instructions from her absent husband Ken she gracefully donned the cap and posed for the photo. 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 Growling Swan afterwards the Aussie cold, low priced beer was plentiful and we all relaxed after another terrific day’s golf.

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

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