Growling Swan 23/04
PSC GOLF FROM THE GROWLING SWAN
THURSDAY 23RD APRIL 2015
MOUNTAIN SHADOW GOLF COURSE – STABLEFORD – ANZAC MEDAL
By San Mig Stu
PIERRE CERE – TAKES THE MON CHERI!
Two buses were loaded and left the Growling Swan a little earlier than the scheduled 8.30 am departure time as all golfers were keen to get away early. So keen was one player (David Marshall) paid twice for his dues, however was recompensed when it was noted that the bin was in excess!
As ANZAC day is on Saturday 25th April a minutes silence was respectfully made on the first tee to remember not only all who sacrificed life and limb so that we could have a better life, but also to Marc Henkel who sadly passed away after a motor bike mishap on Beach Road over the Songkran period. Black arm bands were worn by all golfers as a sign of mourning.
Marc was a lovely gentle soul. Our sincere condolences go to his young Thai family, his parents, siblings and friends.
The weather was as good as one could hope for at this time of the year with overcast skies keeping the temperatures cool. We were not bothered by any heavy rain and the few small drops we did feel did not deter anyone, even the golfers who wore spectacles.
As always the greens were tricky and downhill putts were giving the players more palpitations than a cricket umpire reaching for the light meter.
The condition of the rest of the course was up to good standards.
As do the Growling Swan on every occasion other than Monthly Mug Day once a month, the presentations were made at the club house and our host Peter Grey welcomed back Paul Avery from Cairns, NQ, after a long absence, along with Mike Brett and Tony Mathers of Western Australia.
A farewell was made to Dave Marshall who has played with the Growling Swan a number of times during his short stay in Pattaya. It should be noted that our host was almost in tears when he bade farewell to Dave as the Compass Cap award now becomes visible in his mind’s eye once again!
Pierre Cere handled the course well considering we played off the blue markers and his 39 points placed him well clear of the rest of the field in A grade. A count back separated John Davis and Mark Stapleton who both played to their handicaps with John taking second place.
Today’s event was a Stableford with a rundown to separate the winners. Four NTP’s and two longest putts were made available as additional incentives.
RESULTS FOR MOUNTAIN SHADOW
1ST PIERRE CERE (9) 39
2ND JOHN DAVIS (15) 36
3RD MARK STAPLETON (19) 36
5TH HOLE – JOHN DAVIS
8TH HOLE – JOHN DAVIS
15TH HOLE – PIERRE CERE
17TH HOLE –MIKE BRETT
9th HOLE – JOHN COETZEE
18TH HOLE –JOHN COETZEE
COMPASS CAP AWARD
Our host Peter Grey presented this award to Dave Marshall for having the worst round of the day. Beau again accepted the award and wore the cap in the bar back at the Swan in good spirit and kindly donated some funds to Deefa the charity dog as did all golfers on the day. He also won a new ball as consolation.
The GS is a “friendly” golf outlet and caters for and encourages all golfers, young and old, male or female to have a hit on any of our weekly outings. We generally play Mondays and Thursdays at one of the many fine golf courses in and around Pattaya. Please contact Peter Grey if you are interested in playing on 0861 503086
The Growling Swan also caters to the bowls enthusiasts. Bus transport departs the GS on Wednesdays at 10 AM when they go to Coco’s for undercover, synthetic green bowls and on Sundays at the same time for open, grass bowling at The Retreat. Please contact Paul Rennison on 0843 454005 if you wish to partake. The cost including return bus transport, bowling fees and a hot lunch is about 350 baht, so great value for a day out!