Growling Swan 10/03

Monday, 10th March – Eastern Star  – Stableford

 Blacky & Kurt Eric Scrape Home!

The challenge for this first game of the week was the tricky Eastern Star Golf Course and after a withdrawal due to sickness we had 19 starters on the sheet and we assembled at The Growling Swan in preparation for the journey. We had just the one newcomer amongst us, Mark Erikson from the USA and he was handed a hearty welcome. Departing the GS right on time at 8.30 am we headed South down number 3 in two mini vans and after a fairly good run arrived at the golf course 45 minutes later. There was a fair bit of activity there and we took our time in preparation as there were members of another golf society having coffee in the restaurant but we were asked by the Starter to proceed to the first tee and our first four ball hit off 15 minutes ahead of schedule at 9.45 am. We proceeded in sprightly fashion with no-one in front of us but unknown to us there was somewhat of a “ruckus” behind us on the first tee as the golfers who had been drinking coffee in the restaurant rocked up and wanted to commence their round in the middle of our five groups, in fact they suggested that our first group be called back. Fat chance of that and our others members stood firm and told these others golfers that they would now have to wait and if they had a problem with that then they should speak to the Starter. I did not know about this until after we had finished but I admired our members for their solidarity and thanked them for not succumbing to the aggression and intimidation. The weather was hot with a fairly stiff breeze and the course was in very good shape although the greens were somewhat slower than normal and at times unpredictable. It was a very enjoyable round with good company and the round was completed in four hours & five minutes.

We had 2 Divisions – Division A for handicaps 0 to 18 & Division B for golfers on handicaps of 19 and over with three places in each Division. There were also rewards for nearest the pin on two of the four par 3’s  and longest first putts on the 9th & 18th greens.

Your humble correspondent, Peter “Blacky” Blackburn (20 point back nine) scraped home to win Division A on a count back with 4 golfers on 37 points and Ebrahim (19 point back nine and 15 points on the last 6 holes) finished in second spot. In third place came Alain “Inspector Clouseau” Taddei (19 point back nine, 12 points on the last 6 holes & 8 points on the last 3 holes) with Gerd Riedler (19 point back nine, 12 points on the last 6 holes & 7 points on the last 3 holes) just missing out on a place. With 3 golfers on 35 points in one of the closest batches of results that I can remember another count back was required to determine the placings in Division B and first place went to Kurt Eric Persson (17 point back nine & 13 points on the last 6 holes. In second spot was Kurt Eric’s partner Seesa Phompinmon (17 point back nine & 12 points on the last six holes) with Rita Zoebelli (17 point back nine & 10 points on the last 6 holes) finishing third.

Results for Eastern Star:  

 Division A – 0 to 18

1st –    Peter Blackburn (14) – 37 points        

2nd – Ebrahim (16) – 37 points

 3rd – Alain Taddei (17) – 37 points

Division B  – 19 and over

 1st – Kurt Eric Persson (24) – 35 points

 2nd – Seesa Phompinmon (27) – 35 points

 3rd – Rita Zoebelli (25) – 35 points

NTP’s

3rd – Seesa Phompinmon

17th – Alain Taddei

LFP’s

 9th – Alain Taddei

 18th –Gerd Riedler                                                                          

 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 Frank Sharratt who accepted the award like the good sport that he is. J C then kindly paraded Deefa the Dog and of course collected many donations for the needy in Pattaya from our generous Growling Swan Golfers. There was a small but quality group back at the bar and whilst watching the NRL we chatted and discussed the day’s events and all agreed it had been yet another very good day out.                                                                                                    

 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  petermalcolmblackburn@gmail.com

 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.

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