Growling Swan 04/03

Monday, 4th March – Bangpakong – Stableford

Peter Bye Has A Day Out!

A couple of late withdrawals brought our numbers down to 24 and on an overcast but fine Monday morning we assembled at The Growling Swan in readiness for the longish journey to one of our favourites, Bangpakong Riverside Golf Club. An early tee time meant an earlier than normal departure of 8.00 am and we managed to depart just five minutes later than that as Stu had slept in but of course we waited for him. We welcomed back Paul Quinn and Kevin Waycott and gave a special welcome to three charming Thai Ladies who had driven down from Bangkok to play with us – Miss Wanta, Miss Anna & Miss Ploy. It was a bit of a slow trip which resulted in us arriving at the course 70 minutes later but surprisingly the venue was very quiet so we were able to take our time in preparation. Weather conditions were very unusual for this time of year as it was quite cool with a bit of breeze and our first four ball teed off twenty minutes behind schedule at 9.50 am with no-one ahead of us. As expected the golf course was in pristine condition with the lush fairways and beautifully prepared greens which were at times quite slick but firm and true. Continuing to be overcast it did try to rain a couple of times and one of my playing partners, veteran Don Richardson spotted a swallow flying very close to the ground on one occasion which prompted him to remark that it was a sign of rain. He was sort of correct as we did get a few drops but not at any stage did it look like spoiling our day. We played at a steady pace, enjoying the golf course & the company and completed the round in the reasonable time of four hours & fifteen minutes.

We were able to have 2 grades with five podium spots in each. A Grade was for handicaps 0 to 17 and B Grade for 18 and over. We had nearest the pins on all the par threes and longest first putts on the 9th & 18th greens.

As the scores started to come in afterwards it was apparent that someone would have a very good score and that indeed was the case with Peter Bye winning the A Grade with a super 47 points and fellow Aussie Kevin Waycott was snapping at his heels in second place with a fine 45 points. With two golfers on 41 points a count back was required and Don Richardson (23 point back nine) took third spot from Alain “Inspector Clousseau” Taddei (20 point back nine) in fourth place and Miss Anna finished fifth with 39 points. It was a close contest at the top of B Grade with Ed “Willie Nelson” Stewart coming first with 42 points, just one point ahead of the “in form” Duangjai “Kae” Tusagad who finished second. The popular Sandy “Leiperfrog” Leiper took third spot with 39 points and in a three way count back on 38 points it was Graham “Grunter” Buckingham (21 point back nine) who finished fourth with Max “Corsets” Bracegirdle (19 point back nine) in fifth spot. Geri Crilly (18 point back nine) was the unlucky one who missed out on a podium spot.

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Peter Bye, Russell Calcutt and Ed Stewart

Results for Bangpakong:

A Grade – 0 to 17 with 39 points.
1st – Peter Bye (16) – 47 points
2nd – Kevin Waycott (11) – 45 points
3rd – Don Richardson (12) – 41 points
4th – Alain Taddei (17) – 41 points
5th – Miss Anna (12) – 39 points

B Grade – 18 and over
1st – Ed Stewart (19) – 42 points
2nd – Duangjai Tusagad (26) – 41 points
3rd – Sandy Leiper (34) – 39 points
4th – Graham Buckingham (25) – 38 points
5th – Max Bracegirdle (28) – 38 points

NTP’s
4th – Miss Anna
7th – Graham Buckingham
13th – Alain Taddei
16th – Miss Wanta

LFP’s

9th – Don Richardson
18th – Miss Anna

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 Russell Calcutt who accepted the cap in fine spirit. Martin Todd took Deefa for the usual walk and collected many donations for the needy in Pattaya from our ever generous Growling Swan golfers. It was then back to the Growling Swan for some Aussie cold, low priced beers and the usual post mortems took place although the stand out was the beaming Peter Bye who after his previous game stated that he was seriously thinking of giving the game away. Yesterday he improved by 22 shots which just goes to show you should stick with it and never give up at this great game of ours! It was yet another terrific day with good company & plenty of fun.

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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