Growling Swan 20/5

Monday, 20th May – Pleasant Valley – Stableford

Geri Crilly Has A Very Pleasant Day Out!

A late withdrawal due to airline re-scheduling gave us a field of 18 starters to tackle the picturesque Pleasant Valley course, some of us for the second time in 3 days. As we assembled at The Growling Swan we welcomed back with us Pattaya Residents Ken Hole & Ken Cornwall and then we were on our way in 2 mini vans 5 minutes earlier than our normal departure time of 8.30 am. Traffic was fairly light for a change on a Monday morning and the journey took just 40 minutes and we found the golf course surprisingly empty considering the excellent green fee rate available at the minute. We took our time with preparation and then sent our first group, a three ball away 25 minutes earlier than our booked time of 10.00 am. There were some menacing black clouds practically overhead that we had been watching as we approached the course but as usual there was no need to worry as they quickly disappeared upon commencement of our round. Playing off the white tees for a change we proceeded at a fine pace & whilst it was fairly hot there was a bit of a breeze to make things comfortable. The golf course was looking good as it has for quite some time although the greens were quite a bit slower than we have seen them in the past. Completing the first nine in just on two hours we did slow down a touch on the second nine with a drink stop after the fifteenth green and managed to finish the full round in four hours and five minutes. It had been a very enjoyable round with excellent company on a fine golf course.

We were able to have 2 Grades with three podium spots in each. A Grade was for handicaps 0 to 15 and B Grade for 16 and over. There were rewards for nearest the pins on all the par threes and longest first putts on the ninth & eighteenth greens.

In the restaurant afterward, before announcing the day’s winners I informed those present of the outstanding effort of three of our eight Growling Swan competitors in the PSC Monthly Tournament at the same course 3 days earlier. Congratulations to the following:

Suparp “Anna” Korboon – Ladies Flight winner – 43 points
Sal Brizzi – A Flight second place – Net 72
Alain “Inspector Clouseau” Taddei – C Flight third place – 39 points plus one nearest the pin

Back to the results of the day and it was Ebrahim who took out top spot in A Grade with 40 points, 1 point ahead of Wanta Dacha in second place with Mike “Hunter” Gosden (18 point back nine) continuing his run of good form and finished third with 35 points on a count back from Suparp “Anna” Korboon (13 point back nine). Geri Crilly won the B Grade with an excellent 44 points and Ken hole finished second with 42 points. Dick “Reverend” Braimbridge had his best ever score here in Pattaya and finished in third spot having amassed a fine 41 points.

Results for Pleasant Valley:

A Grade – 0 to 15
1st – Ebrahim (15) – 40 points
2nd –Wanta Dacha (9) – 39 points
3rd – Mike Gosden (11) – 35 points

B Grade – 18 and over
1st – Geri Crilly (28) – 44 points
2nd – John Davis (24) – 33 points
3rd – Dick Braimbridge (36) – 41 points

NTP’s
5th – Mike Gosden
8th – Takeshi Hakozaki
13th – Wanta Dacha
17th – Ebrahim

LFP’s
9th – Wanta Dacha
18th – Ebrahim

Last week the Growling Swan Golfer of the Month for April was announced and the results were as follows:

1st – Mike Gosden – 146 points
2nd – Peter Blackburn – 144 points
3rd – Bill McGarvie – 142 points

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 narrowly won by Wendy Bernek who of course accepted the “honour” in good spirit. Once again Max “Corsets” Bracegirdle was kind enough to parade Deefa the Dog who collected several donations for the needy in Pattaya from the generous Growling Swan Golfers. It was then back to the GS where the Aussie cold, low priced beer was plentiful and it topped off yet another fine day of 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 petermalcolmblackburn@gmail.com

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