Growling Swan 11/04

PSC Golf from The Growling Swan – 2013

Peter Blackburn

Thursday, 11th April – Crystal Bay, B & C – Stableford

Dave & Jockey Sparkle At Crystal Bay!

Dave Neal Peter Grey  Shane Young
Dave Neal, Peter Grey, Shane Young

The Pattaya Songkran exodus was starting to take it’s toll as our numbers are dwindling but we were still left with a field of 24 for this final event before the Songkran break. The popular Crystal Bay was the venue and we welcomed from Norway Roald Thorsen & Jon Haugen and also Bill Hewitt from Leeds, UK and his lady Samorn Tanamsri from Thailand. Our 2 min vans departed the GS five minutes ahead of schedule at 8.25 am and after a fairly clear run North on Sukhumvit we arrived at our destination 43 minutes later. The course was not busy so there was no rush and we were able to send our first four ball away 15 minutes ahead of our booked time at 9.45 am. With just a three ball in front of us there were no delays and our progress was quite good in the hot and steamy conditions with the golf course being in great shape and the greens excellent. After no rain for several months it was quite a surprise when the rain arrived after we had played the B nine and the greens started to flood giving us the thought that maybe our day could be over somewhat prematurely but as ever, after a 30 minute break before the C4 par three the weather cleared, the greens quickly dried out and we were able to continue without too much trouble. The wet greens did take their toll in the scoring however and what with that and the continual struggle to keep one’s hands dry it was difficult for most to score well over the last nine. It was still very enjoyable though and even after the half hour rain stoppage the full round was completed in just on five hours.

We were able to have 2 Grades with five podium spots in each. A Grade was for handicaps 0 to 26 and B Grade for 27 and over. We had nearest the pins on all the par threes and longest first putts on the 9th & 18th greens.

The adverse weather conditions did not seem to bother Dave Neal who easily won the A Grade with an excellent 41 points, 5 points clear of your writer, Peter Blackburn in second spot. In third place came Canadian Bill McGarvie with 35 points and with two golfers tied on 33 points the resultant count back gave fourth place to Thientong Charoenrung (17 point back nine) with Samorn Tanamsri (13 point back nine) finishing fifth. The winner of B Grade with 33 points was Shane “Jockey” Young and another count back was required to settle second & third spots as there were 2 people on 31 points. The result was that Wendy Bernek (14 point back nine) just pipped Sandy “Leiperfrog” Leiper (11 point back nine) with Fred Dineley finishing fourth on 30 points and Gordon Clegg rounded off the podium with 29 points.

Results for Crystal Bay:

A Grade – 0 to 26
1st – Dave Neal (23) – 41 points
2nd –Peter Blackburn (11) – 36 points
3rd – Bill McGarvie (11) – 35 points
4th – Thientong Charoenrung (19) – 33 points
5th – Samorn Tanamsri (26) – 33 points

B Grade – 27 and over
1st – Shane Young (30) – 33 points
2nd – Wendy Bernek (30) – 31 points
3rd – Sandy Leiper (34) – 31 points
4th – Fred Dineley (27) – 30 points
5th – Gordon Clegg (27) – 29 points

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 well won by Growling Swan Mine Host Peter Grey who naturally accepted the award in typical sporting style but vowed that his monopoly of winning this award was soon to come to an end – Good luck Peter! Martin Todd was absent so Mike “Hunter” Gosden took Deefa for the usual walk and collected many donations for the needy in Pattaya from our ever generous Growling Swan golfers. It was then back to The Growling Swan to get wet on the inside and by this time of course everyone was dried out externally and whilst some of us were looking forward to our Kanchanaburi trip the next day others were planning their escape from the Pattaya Songkran madness in the days ahead!

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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