Growling Swan 02/02

Mountain Shadow – 2nd of February 2015
The Drut
Knox Comes a Knocking

Nineteen golfers preparing for today’s game were, prior to departure entertained by a couple of all night topers wearing wobbly boots and absolutely Brahms and Liszt.
Their efforts to climb aboard a motor cycle were worthy of a vaudeville act as the trailing leg of the pillion passenger flipped the bike and deposited said gents on the deck.
Dusting themselves off, they chucked each other a high five, remounted their mode of transport courtesy of assistance by an enthralled gallery and headed off only to “kiss the bitumen” which isn’t getting any softer fifty yards down the Soi.
With the freeby show behind us we headed off looking forward to another day’s golf at a top course.
Pre game chatter included Andrew Allen lamenting that he’d been through more putters than a Tour De France rider has bicycle tyres, so he was looking forward to an improved effort with the flat stick today.
Time would tell.
Welcomes were handed out to Roger Ellis, Craig Duncan, Gary Jones and Hugh Knox from Perth, Western Australia.
Andrew Allen was bid adieu for his short trip to Melbourne and Hugh O’Donnell farewelled, returning to the US due to health issues.
We wished Hugh well and hurry back, mate.
The weather was superb, the course in good condition with the greens and pin placements providing the usual challenges for all.
Hugh Knox handed in thirty eight points to lead the field.
Second was Craig Duncan on thirty seven relegating Sandy Leiper on the same score to third on a count back.
Mike Gosden with thirty six finished fourth whilst Don Richardson, thirty five and Jim Groves on thirty four rounded out the podium.
Bob Akapita who during the game had more pints than points missed out on sixth place on a count back.

Results for Mountain Shadow
1st Hugh Knox ( 18 ) 38 pts
2nd Craig Duncan ( 10 ) 37 pts
3rd Sandy Leiper ( 29 ) 37 pts
4th Mike Gosden ( 14 ) 36 pts
5th Don Richardson ( 12 ) 35 pts
6th Jim Groves ( 13 ) 34 pts

Near pins were won Bob Akapita on the fifth, Mark Stapleton, fifteenth and Hugh Knox on the eighth and seventeenth.
Long first putts went to Don Richardson on the ninth and the sugar plum fairy on the eighteenth.
An epic battle only second to the one at Trafalgar was played out for The Coveted Compass Cap between Peter Grey and Kevin Waycott.
Fortunately the combatants finished in considerably better health than Viscount Lord Nelson with Peter getting the nod on a count back.
Kevin, who has never copped a last placing award in a golf competition anywhere, confessed he was as nervous as a long tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs at the prospect of damaging the record.
Andrew’s front nine was as acceptable as peanut brittle in a tonsillectomy ward however he improved on the flipside to just miss a podium spot.
Once again our resident hound Deefa collected many donations for the needy children of Pattaya.
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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