Growling Swan 07/03

Thursday, 7th March – Treasure Hill – Stableford

Hunter & Jockey On Top At The Hill!

It was once again time for the Growling Swan Delinquents to join us which boosted our field to 27 for the day’s outing to the tough Treasure Hill Golf Course and we assembled at the Bar in readiness for the trip. We welcomed Ken Hole who hadn’t played with us for a while and also the returning Dick Braimbridge after nearly 3 months back in Queensland, Australia. It was time to say farewell to Harry (HTH) Wszola who is off back to Queensland with his family for 8 weeks. Departing the GS in 3 minivans right on time at 8.30 am we headed off and after encountering the usual heavy traffic on 331 we arrived at the course 50 minutes later where it appeared to be almost deserted. There was no-one waiting on the first tee so our first group, a three ball got away 10 minutes ahead of schedule at 9.50 am, teeing off into a fairly stiff breeze on the tough par five first hole. The skies were clear and it was shaping up to be a hot one but the course was in very good condition although the sanded greens posed a few problems for many and as the scores indicated afterwards the course was to be the winner on the day. The three ball bolted away from the rest of the field and completed their round in the very quick time of three hours & forty five minutes.

We were able to have 2 grades with five podium spots in each. A Grade was for handicaps 0 to 23 and B Grade for 24 and over. We had nearest the pins on all the par threes and longest first putts on the 9th & 18th greens.

We had just one golfer who was able to play to their handicap and it was Mike “Hunter” Gosden who won the A Grade section with a steady 36 points with Martin Todd in second place on 33 points. With 2 golfers on 31 points we had a count back situation which saw Ebrahim (17 point back nine) taking third spot from your writer, Peter Blackburn (16 point back nine) in fourth place. Then came 5 golfers on 30 points vying for the final spot on the podium and it was Mike Allidi (18 point back nine & 13 points on the last 6 holes) ) winning the count back from Roy “Plums” Dayton (18 point back nine & 10 points on the last 6 holes), Stu Rifkin (16 point back nine), Paul Hack (16 point back nine) & J C Lhoste (14 point back nine). The winner of B Grade was Shane “Jockey” Young breaking through for his very first top place finish with 34 points, 1 point ahead of Frank “Toy Story” Donnelly in second spot with the returning Dick “Reverend” Braimbridge in third place on 32 points. Wendy Bernek finished fourth with 31 points and Duangjai “Kae” Tusagad was fifth with 30 points.

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Gary Monley, Shane Young and Mike Gosden

Results for Treasure Hill:

A Grade – 0 to 23
1st – Mike Gosden (12) – 36 points
2nd – Martin Todd (8) – 33 points
3rd – Ebrahim (17) – 31 points
4th – Peter Blackburn (10) – 31 points
5th – Mike Allidi (2) – 30 points

B Grade – 24 and over
1st – Shane Young (29) – 34 points
2nd – Frank Donnelly (24) – 33 points
3rd – Dick Braimbridge (36) – 32 points
4th – Wendy Bernek (30) – 31 points
5th – Duangjai Tusagad (26) – 30 points

NTP’s
2nd – Mike Gosden
6th – Frank Donnelly
13th – Martin Todd
17th – Peter Bye

LFP’s

9th – Mike Gosden
18th – Paul Hack

It was also time to announce the Growling Swan Golfer of The Month award for the month of February and the results are as follows:

1st – Duangjai “Kae” Tusagad – 153 points
2nd – Martin Todd – 145 points
3rd – Ebrahim – 144 points

This award is based on the total of the golfers’ best 4 stableford scores during the month.

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 narrowly won by Gary Monley who accepted the cap in fine spirit and wore the cap for quite some time in the Bar afterwards. Martin Todd took Deefa for the usual walk and collected many donations for the needy in Pattaya from our ever generous Growling Swan golfers. I took this opportunity to give an update on our “Deefa the Dog” collections and informed everyone that with a figure in excess of 26,000 baht we were now ready to fund yet another project to assist the Pattaya underprivileged. William Macey, Charity Chairman of Pattaya Sports Club has been informed and we are awaiting advice from him regarding a new project. Back at the Growling Swan afterwards it was busy and noisy of course while discussions regarding the day’s golf and “what could have been” permeated throughout the Bar. Yet another great day out on a very good golf course with terrific company.

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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