Growling Swan 16/07

Monday, 15th July – Crystal Bay, A & B – Stableford

Neil & Ebrahim Sparkle At Crystal Bay!

For a change I awoke to a fine and sunny Pattaya Monday morning and joined the rest of the crew at The Growling Swan as we prepared to make the journey to Crystal Bay Golf Course. We had a very good field of 23 golfers and we were happy to welcome back John (J.P.) Pierrel from Texas, USA, Bent Agerbo & Peer Bruun from Denmark and Neil Herd & Mike Quill from Geraldton Golf Club in Western Australia. It was sadly time to say farewell to Paul Avery who is returning to Cairns, Queensland, Alan “Colonel” Sanders who is going back to the Gold Coast in Australia and Rocky Lawson & Rob Cross who are also returning to Australia. Departing the GS a couple of minutes ahead of schedule at 8.38 am we proceeded well through the Monday morning traffic and found Highway 3 not too bad as we arrived at the golf course 45 minutes later. There was a fair amount of activity at this popular venue & our tee time was not until 10.10 am so we took our time with some chipping practice around the first tee (A1) and then got our first group away 10 minutes ahead of schedule. The weather was great and the course looked a treat with freshly mown fairways although some of the greens were a touch “iffy” after recent coring & sanding but all in all the golf course was in very good condition, particularly considering the amount of rain we have had in the past week. The groups in front were quite swift so we proceeded at a very good pace and managed to complete our round in four hours & ten minutes.

We were able to have 2 grades with A Grade being for handicaps 0 to 14 and B Grade for handicaps of 15 and over with 4 prizes in each grade. There were also rewards for nearest the pins all the par threes and longest first putts on the A9 & B9 greens.

The A Grade was won by Neil Herd with a fine 39 points and he remarked it was his best score & first win in Thailand in 7 years. Second spot went to the departing Paul Avery on 38 points and Peer Bruun finished third with 37 points. With 2 golfers on 36 points a count back was required which saw Peter “Blacky” Blackburn (18 point back nine) take fourth place from Takeshi Hakozaki (16 point back nine). In the B Grade it was Ebrahim who was victorious with an excellent 40 points, just 1 point ahead of Bent Agerbo in second place. Geri Crilly finished third with 34 points and Frank “Woody” Donnelly was fourth scoring 33 points.

Results for Crystal Bay:

A Grade – 0 to 14
1st – Neil Herd (10) – 39 points
2nd – Paul Avery (10) – 38 points
3rd – Peer Bruun (12) – 37 points
4th – Peter Blackburn (12) – 36 points

B Grade – 15 & over
1st – Ebrahim (15) – 40 points
2nd – Bent Agerbo (22) – 39 points
3rd – Geri Crilly (27) – 34 points
4th – Frank Donnelly (20) – 33 points

A5 – Martin Todd
A8 – Takeshi Hakozaki
B4 – Martin Todd
B6 – John Pierrel

A9 – Peer Bruun
B9 – 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 last start A Grade winner Rocky Lawson (chocolates to boiled lollies) and he accepted & wore the award with pride for a considerable time back at the bar. Max “Corsets” Bracegirdle 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. Back at The Growling Swan the low priced Aussie cold beer was flowing and although The Ashes Cricket was not prominent in the conversations after the Pommie win the previous evening it was a load of fun and greatly enjoyed 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

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