Growling Swan 08/07

Monday, 8th July – Bangpra – Stableford

Toddy Makes It Two In A Row!

After a last minute cancellation due to sickness there were 18 of us who assembled at The Growling Swan on a wet Pattaya Monday morning ready to take the journey to the popular Bangpra Golf Course. We welcomed Alex Field from Sydney And Alan “Colonel” Sanders from Queensland and we headed off five minutes ahead of schedule at 8.25 am. The rain continued and in fact increased throughout the journey to the course & by the time we arrived it was apparent that our day’s golf was in doubt. Seeing the “No Rain Check” sign on the counter at reception prompted us to hang around for a while, along with several other groups that were scheduled to tee off ahead of us and lo and behold, our patience was rewarded. It was still raining lightly after we had waited for around 90 minutes but the skies appeared to be clearing so we made a decision that we would play so we paid our fees and trundled down to the first tee. Unfortunately five of our group were not too keen and decided to return to Pattaya rather than get a little damp and it was not really a good call as the day turned out fine. We finally got our first group away at 10.45 am and thankfully, although it was still drizzling rain the skies were starting to clear and after 3 holes the rain had just about ceased. Naturally the golf course was wet but we had the appropriate rules in place so we continued our round and after four hours & twenty minutes we finished in sunshine. Bad luck to the five “deserters” who missed a very good day on one of Pattaya’s oldest & finest layouts.

With the reduced field we had just the 1 grade with 5 places on the podium and there were also rewards for nearest the pins all the par threes and longest first putts on the 9th & 18th greens.

Martin “Toddy” Todd continued his good form and won with a very good 38 points and another form golfer, Max “Corsets” Bracegirdle finished second on 35 points. In third place came Peter Bye with 30 points and Alan “Colonel” Sanders was fourth on 29 points. There were three golfers on 28 points vying for fifth spot and the count back saw Frank “Woody” Donnelly (14 point back nine) edge out Takeshi Hakozaki (13 point back nine) and Ebrahim (9 point back nine).

Results for Bangpra:

1st – Martin Todd (10) – 38 points
2nd – Max Bracegirdle (23) – 35 points
3rd – Peter Bye (14) – 30 points
4th – Alan Sanders (17) – 29 points
5th – Frank Donnelly (20) – 28 points

2nd – Takeshi Hakozaki
8th – Ebrahim
12th – Kevin Waycott
17th – No-one good enough

9th – Frank Donnelly
18th – Alex Field

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 Rob Cross and he of course accepted the award in fine spirit and wore the cap for a short while back at the bar. Toddy was kind enough to parade Deefa the Dog and of course collected many donations for the needy in Pattaya from our generous Growling Swan Golfers. Back at the bar there was a small, quality group of us who of course had a load of fun and once again thanked the “Rain Gods” for looking after us.

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

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