Growling Swan 18/07

Thursday, 18th July – Burapha, C & D – Stableford

Wayco & Bent On Top At Burapha For Ken Hole’s 75th!

This was a very special day for us. It was Ken Hole’s 75th Birthday and he decided to celebrate it by sponsoring the day, which included providing all the prizes and also a meal back at the Growling Swan afterwards. Naturally there was a very good response to this event so after a cancellation and a no – show we had an excellent field of 30 golfers assembled at the GS in readiness for the departure to the classy Burapha Golf Course. We welcomed my old mate Jason McDonald of Champagne A-Go-Go fame, Englishmen Graham Hiskett & Stuart Gordon now residing in Pattaya, Tony Olcorn back from Brisbane, Australia and Graham “Grunter” Buckingham returning from an International Scrabble Tournament in Bangkok. We were also thankful to Warwick “Kiwi” Anderson for picking up the tab for the 3 mini vans which we used for transportation on the day. It’s only a 30 minute drive to the golf course so after departing the GS 5 minutes early at 8.25 am we arrived at the course in plenty of time for our 10.05 am booking. We were allocated the C & D nines which I personally have not played for about fifteen years so it was with much anticipation that we stepped up to the tee on C1 and managed to send our first four ball away 5 minutes ahead of schedule. The weather was terrific, not too hot with a nice cooling breeze and the golf course was in fantastic condition with pristine fairways and slick greens, at times two paced but beautifully maintained. We proceeded in a fairly quick fashion and even with lots of traffic in front of us we were able to complete the round in just on four hours. It was a terrific experience playing these two nines again and after enjoying the fantastic views and great conditions it had certainly been a memorable day so thanks very much to Ken Hole for sponsoring the day.

We were able to have 2 grades with A Grade being for handicaps 0 to 20 and B Grade for handicaps of 21 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 C9 & D9 greens.

The winner in A Grade with a fine 38 points was Kevin “Wayco” Waycott, closely followed in second place by your writer, Peter “Blacky” Blackburn who had 37 points. In fourth spot was Mark West on 36 points and Martin “Toddy” Todd finished fourth with 34 points. With easily the best score of the day it was once more Bent Agerbo who finished on top of the B Grade with an excellent 41 points and after his 39 points earlier in the week he can look forward to losing 1 or 2 shots off his handicap on the weekend. With 2 golfers on 36 points a count back was necessary and it saw Gary Monley (20 point back nine) take second place from Geri Crilly (17 point back nine) and Andrew “Turtle” Allen finished in fourth place with 33 points.

Results for Burapha:

A Grade – 0 to 20
1st – Kevin Waycott (11) – 38 points
2nd – Peter Blackburn (12) – 37 points
3rd – Mark West (15) – 36 points
4th – Martin Todd (9) – 34 points

B Grade – 21 & over
1st – Bent Agerbo (22) – 41 points
2nd – Gary Monley (36) – 36 points
3rd – Geri Crilly (27) – 36 points
4th – Andrew Allen (36) – 33 points

C5 – John Pierrel
C8 – Max Bracegirdle
D2 – Peter Blackburn
D8 – Gary Monley

C9 – Warwick Anderson
D9 – Gary Monley

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 Tony Yemm and he accepted & wore the award with pride for a considerable time back at the bar. Back at The Growling Swan afterwards our sponsor of the day Ken Hole welcomed everyone and thanked them all for coming and after reminding everyone of the “cheap” day that had transpired he suggested that we all dig deep and donate to Deefa the Dog which he paraded around the bar with great response from everyone. It had been a memorable day and once again many thanks to Ken & Kiwi for their generosity.

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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