Growling Swan 02/02
Crystal Bay – 2nd February, 2017
Hugh’s Successful Hit and Run Mission
A good size group of 21 golfers headed out to Crystal Bay to tackle the B & C courses. Conditions were quite good, with the breeze slightly rising for the second nine. White Tees were decided for the day which made scoring that little bit tougher, so maybe any scores in the 30’s maybe competitive.
Greetings were handed out to Gerry Arthur, Hugh Knox, Dennis Steele, Bryce Buckley, Gary Jones, Craig Duncan & JC Lhoste. JC & Hugh unfortunately fare welling us as well.
Two Divisions were required and the A Grade players were wondering whether The Viper (Mark Stapleton) was in fact in their Division as his Crystal Bay form is electric. It wasn’t to be The Viper’s day, although he was happy enough with his second placing, via a countback with 35 points.
Victory in fact went to Hugh Knox with a solid 37 points. If memory serves me correctly l seem to think Hugh won his last game that he played with the Growling Swan in 2016, during a brief visit. He is becoming a “Hit & Run” specialist. Third spot was filled by Alex Field with a very respectable 35 points
B Division was taken out by Andy Zwart, who overcome an episode in a bunker to card 32 points, which was somewhat surprising to take out first place. 2nd spot was filled by newcomer Bryce Buckley who was most lucky to play with 3 club veterans, Young, Stapleton & Allen. They helped him to 31 points..….or was it dragged him down to 31 points? Jayson Schembri snuck into 3rd spot with a moderate 30 points. He had basically given up running a place with only 13 points after 11 holes, but managed a few good holes on the back nine to make his card look a little respectable.
A Grade (0-18):
1st Hugh Knox (15) 37 pts
2nd Mark Stapleton (18) 35 pts C/B
3rd Alex Field (16) 35 pts
B Grade (19-36):
1st Andy Zwart (25) 32 pts
2nd Byrce Buckley (19) 31 pts
3rd Jayson Schembri (22) 30 pts
B4 Hugh Knox
B6 Denis Steele
C4 Jayson Schembri
C7 Glenn Smith
B9 Mashi Kaneta
C9 Denis Steele
Back at the Growling Swan we enjoyed a Sweet & Sour Chicken meal which disappeared rapidly.
Alex Field let D-For off his chain to collect donations, the Swan’s players and punters are a very generous bunch and keep giving to D-For. All are thanked for their continued contributions to assist the needy children of Pattaya.
For serious golfing with a dash of fun (and compulsory sledging), the Growling Swan welcomes golfers of all persuasions. We generally play on Mondays and Thursdays at any one of the fine courses around Pattaya. We also encourage women to play. Please contact Peter Grey for bookings or any information on 086 1503 086.
The Growling Swan also caters to the bowls enthusiasts. Bus transport departs the GS on Sundays at 10.00 am for open grass bowling at The Retreat. The cost including return bus transport, bowling fees and a hot lunch is less than 400 baht so great value for a day out.