Growling Swan 22/04

Monday, 22nd April – Eastern Star – Stableford

Ebrahim Too Good At Eastern Star!

With Songkran now over but with many people still away we had our smallest field for quite some time as there were only 12 signed up to take on the tough Eastern Star layout. Assembling at The Growling Swan we welcomed back Bob Akapita from his work in Gove in the Northern Territory of Australia plus veteran Kevin Dinan from several weeks in Ireland. We had just the one mini van plus cars and we departed the GS five minutes ahead of our scheduled 8.30 am departure time and after heading South through the Monday morning traffic we arrived at the course 43 minutes later. The course was very quiet and we were pleasantly surprised when checking in to find the current special which is 900 baht including Green Fee & Caddy plus 500 baht if a cart is required. We were invited to tee off at our leisure and after a quick practice putt or two we sent our first four ball away 25 minutes ahead of schedule at 9.35 am. The weather was hot & humid with practically no breeze so the sight of the drinks hut was always a relief to say the least. The course was in great shape with the greens in particular of a high standard and the work that has been put into the maintenance of this golf course recently is now paying off big time. The day just got hotter & hotter as we struggled to post decent scores and after a couple of short drink breaks we managed to complete the full round in four hours & twenty five minutes. Despite the oppressive heat we all had a great day out with terrific company on an excellent but challenging golf course.

As a result of the small field we had just the one grade with five podium places and 2 nearest the pins & 1 longest first putt on the last hole.

The winner on the day was the popular Ebrahim with 34 points and in a two way count back with a couple of golfers on 32 points it was Mike Allidi (16 point back nine) who finished second from Peter Bye (14 point back nine) in third place. Your writer, Peter Blackburn came fourth with 31 points and Bob Akapita rounded off the podium with 29 points.

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Results for Eastern Star:

1st – Ebrahim (15) – 34 points
2nd – Mike Allidi (2) – 32 points
3rd – Peter Bye (12) – 32 points
4th – Peter Blackburn (11) – 31 points
5th – Bob Akapita (14) – 29 points

NTP’s
3rd – Peter Bye
17th – Mike Allidi

LFP’s
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 narrowly won on a count back by Max “Corsets” Bracegirdle who of course accepted the cap in good spirit. Yours truly took Deefa for the usual walk and collected many donations for the needy in Pattaya from our ever generous Growling Swan golfers. We then retired to The Growling Swan where the Aussie cold, low priced beers were following and of course the usual post mortems on the day’s golf were conducted with a laugh or two.

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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