The Growling Swan 12/05
Monday, 12th May – Pleasant Valley – Stableford
Riedler Blitzes The Field At The Valley!
This was probably our smallest ever starting group and with a late withdrawal and a late addition we were left with a field of 10. All were early so our mini van left the GS 10 minutes ahead of our 8.30 departure time and headed off through fairly light Monday morning Pattaya traffic and arrived at the course 40 minutes later. There was a fair bit of activity there and everyone was teeing off number 10 tee so after a small wait our first group, a three ball got away 20 minutes early at 9.40 am. The weather was hot and humid as we expect at this time of year and the course was in excellent shape with the greens very well maintained although a little slower than normal. We had 2 Thai couples in the group ahead of us so the going was slow but we took that opportunity to have a couple of drinks breaks and finished a very enjoyable round of golf in four hours & twenty minutes.
We had just the one Division with three places and there were also rewards for nearest the pin on A5 and longest first putt on the18th green.
By far the outstanding performer on the day was Gerd Riedler whose 73 gross gave him 43 points and the win, 7 points ahead of Ken Hole in second place. There were 3 golfers on 34 points vying for third spot and it was the steady Ebrahim (19 point back nine) who prevailed over veteran Ted Morris (17 point back nine) and John Davis (16 point back nine.)
Results for Pleasant Valley:
1st –Gerd Riedler (8) – 43 points
2nd – Ken Hole (20) – 36 points
3rd – Ebrahim (13) – 34 points
5th – John Davis
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 Volker Buley and he accepted the award like the good sport that he is. Yours truly then kindly paraded 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 were just a few of us but we enjoyed the company and the Aussie cold, low priced beers and reminisced on another very good day.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.