Growling Swan 14/03

Thursday, 14th March – Royal Lakeside – Stableford

Allidi & Neal Sail To Victory At Lakeside!

For the second time this week we had a full complement of 32 players signed up even after a late withdrawal due to sickness and The Growling Swan was a “hive of industry” as we prepared for our departure to the popular Royal Lakeside Golf Course. We welcomed back good & loyal friend Dave Neal from the UK along with Thientong who is having a break from her caddy duties at Laem Chabang. Marco Beer from Switzerland was also back with us again and the one & only J J Harney has returned once more from Ireland to entertain us. We also welcomed Mick Seaton from Brisbane, Australia, Graham Rice from Gove in the Northern Territory of Australia and his brother John from Gladstone in North Queensland. The three mini vans departed the GS right on time at 8.30 am and arrived at the course 60 minutes later. I promised not to mention J J in his car missing the Royal Lakeside turn off due to too much talking to his passengers so apologies to him for the “exposure”. The golf course was not busy so we were invited to the first tee when we were ready and after a relaxing preparation our first four ball got away right on time at 10.00 am. Once more the weather was nigh perfect although a very hot day was anticipated and there was not much breeze but this course has adequate drink stops so refreshments were readily available. The course was as ever in great shape and the greens in particular were beautifully prepared whilst sometimes catching out anyone who had to putt from lengthy distances above the hole. After a fairly quick front nine of just over two hours we slowed down a tad due to the hot conditions (me in particular) and completed the round in the very good time of four hours & twelve minutes. The company was terrific and it was a most enjoyable round of golf on one of the best courses around which most players found tough on the day.

We were able to have 2 grades with six podium spots in each. A Grade was for handicaps 0 to 23 and B Grade for 24 and over. We had nearest the pins on all the par threes and longest first putts on the 9th & 18th greens.

With his 75 gross it was Mike Allidi who took top spot in the A Grade with 35 points and with two golfers on 34 points at was Miss Anna (18 point back nine) who won the count back and took second place from Marco Beer (15 point back nine) in third spot. Another count back was needed to determine fourth & fifth places with Roy “Plums” Dayton (17 point back nine) prevailing over Don Richardson (16 point back nine).
With four players on 32 points vying for the last spot on the podium it was Alain “Inspector Clouseau” Taddei (17 point back nine) who finished sixth from Martin Todd (15 point back nine), Graham Rice (14 point back nine) and J J Harney (13 point back nine). Dave Neal was the only golfer who played to their handicap on the day & his 36 points was good enough to win the B Grade from Graham “Grunter” Buckingham (17 point back nine) who beat Duangjai “Kae” Tusagad (15 point back nine) on a count back with both on 33 points. Yet another count back was needed to sort out fourth & fifth places with 2 golfers on 32 points and it was Dick “Reverend” Braimbridge (17 point back nine) edging out Sandy “Leiperfrog” Leiper (14 point back nine) with Max “Corsets” Bracegirdle finishing sixth with 29 points.

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Mike Allidi, Dave Neal & Niall Stuart

Results for Royal Lakeside:

A Grade – 0 to 23
1st – Mike Allidi (2) – 35 points
2nd – Miss Anna (12) – 34 points
3rd – Marco Beer (17) – 34 points
4th – Roy Dayton (23) – 33 points
5th – Don Richardson (11) – 33 points
6th – Alain Taddei (17) – 32 points

B Grade – 24 and over
1st – Dave Neal (24) – 36 points
2nd – Graham Buckingham (25) – 33 points
3rd – Duangjai Tusagad (24) – 33 points
4th – Dick Braimbridge (36) – 32 points
5th – Sandy Leiper (34) – 32 points
6th – Max Bracegirdle (27) – 29 points

NTP’s
3rd – Paul Hack
6th – Miss Anna
12th – Miss Anna
15th – Mike Allidi

LFP’s

9th – John Rice
18th – Miss Anna

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 once more by Niall Stuart who of course had no hesitation in proudly wearing the cap, being the very good sport that he is. Martin Todd 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 continue the day’s enjoyment and there were many tales to be told on this occasion. I guess the main one was from the “injured” Mine Host, Peter Grey who is pondering over possible legal proceedings against NAGA winner Niall after being forcibly hit in the chest by a golf ball while sitting in his golf cart which apparently flew “through the covers” (the golf ball not the cart). Niall claims it as his best shot of the day and most of his playing partners agreed but probably for the result rather than the execution! This completely dispels the theory that it is safer to use a cart when playing with the Growling Swan Delinquents! Lots of laughs, lots of harmless (well, almost) fun and another great day out was had by all.

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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