Growling Swan 13/06

Thursday, 13th June – Bangpakong – Stableford

Reverend Dick Takes The Spoils!

Just 13 golfers were signed up on the day and we were happy to welcome newcomer Stuart Mann from the ACT, Australia. As it is a longer drive than normal to Bangpakong we managed to depart the GS 5 minutes earlier than our scheduled 8.30 time and headed off under grey skies and through drizzling rain at times. The skies were still overcast when we arrived at the course 70 minutes later and as the venue was practically deserted we were able to tee off at our leisure which in this case was 5 minutes after our scheduled 10.00 am tee time. The rain was still threatening as we commenced and a brief shower was encountered after 3 holes but as usual the “rain gods” smiled on us and that was the end of the rain. The course is not looking it’s best these days but it is still an enjoyable experience and we completed the round in four hours & twenty minutes.

Due to the smaller field we just had the one grade and went down to five places. There were rewards for nearest the pins on the 7th & 16th greens and longest first putt on the 18th green.

Dick “Reverend” Braimbridge took the honors on the day by winning with 40 points, 1 point ahead of Mike Allidi in second spot. With 3 golfers on 38 points a count back was required and it was Frank “Woody” Donnelly (23 point back nine) who got third place from Graham “Grunter” Buckingham (21 point back nine) in fourth spot and Peter Bye (16 point back nine) completed the podium.

Results for Bangpakong:

1st – Dick Braimbridge (36) – 40 points
2nd – Mike Allidi (3) – 39 points
3rd – Frank Donnelly (22) – 38 points
4th – Graham Buckingham (24) – 38 points
5th – Peter Bye (13) – 38 points

7th – Mike Allidi
16th – Peter Blackburn

18th – Ebrahim

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 Ian Masterson on a count back and of course Ian accepted the cap in fine spirit and wore it for a couple of hours in the bar afterwards. Dick “Reverend” Braimbridge 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. It was then back to The Growling Swan for some Aussie cold, low priced beers and plenty of hilarity as Mine Host Peter Grey was once more in excellent form. Another great day’s golf!

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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