Growling Swan 06/10
Monday, 6th October – Pattavia – Stableford
Cartwright & West Too Good At Pattavia!
It was drizzling with rain as we made our way to The Growling Swan on this Monday morning but as ever we were pretty sure that the “Rain Gods” would be kind to us on the golf course and sure enough they were. Pattavia was the venue and after a late withdrawal and a late addition we were left with a field of 20 golfers who were ready to take up the challenge. We welcomed from Bundaberg in Queensland David Cartwright & Rodney Weekes, Paul Sharples here on R & R from Oman and veteran Ted Morris having another game with us. After waiting for Buffalo Bill to get his “Subway Hit’ we still managed to get away from the GS 5 minutes early at 8.25 am and by now the rain had stopped and we headed off. We had the usual delays at the lights on 331 but a clear run apart from that and were pleased to see that the reported improvements to the “pineapple” road were actually correct which meant a smoother drive up to the course and we arrived there after a 60 minute drive. The road still needs more work to be done on it but I’m confident that will be done before too long. When checking in we were told by the Manager that they had started coring some greens and he offered us a 100 baht discount on Green Fee which we accepted and after preparation we were told that the back nine was to be our first nine as they had commenced the coring on the front nine. We sent our first four ball away 5 minutes ahead of schedule at 9.55 am and in fine but cloudy weather proceeded at a steady pace with no other groups in sight ahead of us. The course was in very good shape and the greens were quite quick on the back nine which was completed in four hours & fifteen minutes. The second nine was much slower for some reason and the first 5 or 6 greens had just been cored which made them quite tricky in fact on the number four par three hole one of our golfers got a nearest the pin but four putted the hole for a wipe – a brutal pin position on this sloping, sanded & cored green! The rain was threatening as we completed our round but did not eventuate until well after our 5 groups were in and our very enjoyable but slow round was completed in four hours & forty minutes.
We had 2 Divisions – Division A for handicaps 0 to 13 & Division B for golfers on handicaps of 14 and over with four places in each Division. There were also rewards for nearest the pin on two of the par threes and longest first putts on the 9th & 18th greens.
There were some very good scores & some very bad ones on the day but the best of all was David Cartwright who won the A Division with an excellent 41 points, just beating Adrian Schmidt who finished second with 40 points. Then came Mike Allidi with 34 points and a count back was required to determine fourth spot as there were 2 golfers on 33 points which resulted in your writer, Peter “Blacky” Blackburn (17 point back nine & 11 points on the last 6 holes) edging out “Buffalo” Bill Steinman (17 point back nine & 10 points on the last 6 holes). In B Division it was the PSC Golf Chairman Mark “Westy” West who found his long lost form and was declared the winner with a fine 40 points with Roy “Plums” Dayton in second place with a steady 36 points. Another count back was required to find third & fourth place getters as there were 2 players with 29 points and it was Bob Akapita (14 point back nine & 10 points on the last 6 holes) who grabbed third place from Brad “Bad” Todd (14 point back nine & 8 points on the last 6 holes) who came fourth.
Results for Pattavia:
Division A – 0 to 13
1st –David Cartwright (11) – 41 points
2nd – Adrian Schmidt (13) – 40 points
3rd – Mike Allidi (2) – 34 points
4th – Peter Blackburn (13) – 33 points
Division B – 14 and over
1st – Mark West (14) – 40 points
2nd – Roy Dayton (26) – 36 points
3rd – Bob Akapita (15) – 29 points
4th – Brad Todd (21) – 29 points
4th – Mike Allidi
13th – Martin Todd
9th – David Cartwright
18th – Martin Todd
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 eagerly awaited and after a very nervous wait by several golfers it was announced that the cap was won by Duangjai Tusagad and she accepted the award like the good sport that she is. Ricey then kindly paraded Deefa the Dog and of course collected many donations for the needy in Pattaya from our generous Growling Swan Golfers. Back at the bar we had a good crowd who stayed for quite some time enjoying the chatter and post mortems on the day’s golf after another very enjoyable outing.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
We also play bowls out of the Growling Swan every Wednesday and Sunday. Sunday is Lawn Bowls and Wednesday is Indoor Bowls. All are welcome and for anyone that is interested the transport leaves The Growling Swan at 10.00am on each of those mornings. For more information please contact Paul Rennison on 0843 454 005.