Growling Swan 11/03

Monday, 11th March – Mountain Shadow – Stableford

Ebrahim & Sandy Too Good At The Mountain!

Even after three non regular people not bothering to show up we had a full field of 32 ready to play the challenging Mountain Shadow Golf Course for the second time in a couple of weeks. It was good to see veteran Ted Morris playing with us again and also newcomers Harry Vincenzi from USA & Jerry McCarthy from Ireland. Another two Growling Swan Delinquents were also playing with us for the first time in big Al Evans & Toby Kreegher plus Aaron Shorten – all from Queensland, Australia. We also had our two charming Thai lady golfers Miss Wanta & Miss Anna returning to play with us. It was sadly time to say goodbye to Ed “Willie Nelson” Stewart who will shortly be returning to California after a couple of months of playing golf with us. We departed the GS a couple of minutes later than our scheduled 8.30 am and headed off through the heavy Monday morning Pattaya traffic which slowed us down a little but we arrived at the Golf Course 47 minutes later. There was a fair bit of activity but we were able to send our first four ball away 15 minutes earlier than our booked tee time of 10.00 am and in perfect weather although fairly hot we proceeded at a fairly good pace even with groups directly in front of us. The breeze was helping to cool things down a touch and as usual the course was in great shape with the excellent greens once again requiring approach shots to finish below the hole otherwise “look out”! The company was great and with Toddy & I having a bit of a “shoot out” it made for a very enjoyable round of golf which was completed in four hours & twenty five minutes which on a hot day on a fairly busy course was quite acceptable.

We were able to have 2 grades with six podium spots in each. A Grade was for handicaps 0 to 18 and B Grade for 19 and over. We had nearest the pins on all the par threes and longest first putts on the 9th & 18th greens.

Ebrahim continued his good form and won the A Grade with an excellent 40 points, 2 points clear of Irishman Jerry McCarty in second place. With 2 golfers on 36 points a count back was required which resulted in Ted Morris (20 point back nine) finishing third ahead of Mike “Hunter” Gosden (18 point back nine) in fourth spot. Martin Todd finished fifth with 35 points and with 3 people on 34 points the count back awarded sixth place to Miss Wanta (20 point back nine) with Peter Bye (18 points back nine) and your writer Peter Blackburn (17 point back nine) just missing out. The popular winner of B Grade was Sandy “Leiperfrog” Leiper with a fine 39 points and Ed “Willie Nelson” Stewart finished second with 38 points. In third place was Geri Crilly on 36 points and Aaron Shorten came fourth with 35 points. Max “Corsets” Bracegirdle was fifth on 33 points and scraping on to the podium once again in sixth spot was Graham “Grunter” Buckingham with 32 points.

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Sandy Leiper, Shane Young & Ebrahim
Results for Mountain Shadow:

A Grade – 0 to 23
1st – Ebrahim (17) – 40 points
2nd – Jerry McCarthy (12) – 38 points
3rd – Ted Morris (12) – 36 points
4th – Mike Gosden (12) – 36 points
5th – Martin Todd (9) – 35 points
6th – Miss Wanta (12) – 34 points

B Grade – 24 and over
1st – Sandy Leiper (34) – 39 points
2nd – Ed Stewart (19) – 38 points
3rd – Geri Crilly (27) – 36 points
4th – Aaron Shorten (22) – 35 points
5th – Max Bracegirdle (27) – 33 points
6th – Graham Buckingham (25) – 32 points

NTP’s
5th – Graham Buckingham
8th – Miss Wanta
15th – Ted Morris
17th – Mike Gosden

LFP’s

9th – Miss Anna
18th – Sandy Leiper

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 in a count back by Shane “Jockey” Young who after being a last start winner went from chocolates to boiled lollies. He of course accepted the cap in very fine style and wore it for quite some time in the bar afterwards, such is the good nature of our Growling Swan crew. Martin Todd took Deefa for the usual walk and collected many donations for the needy in Pattaya from our ever generous Growling Swan golfers. Back at the Bar afterwards the Aussie cold, low priced beer was flowing amidst the usual after the game post mortems and it completed yet another very enjoyable 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 (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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