Growling Swan 23/05

Thursday, 23rd May – Burapha, A & B – Stableford

Alain & Fred Finish On Top!

It was with great anticipation that the field of 19 assembled at The Growling Swan for a return to the classy Burapha Golf Course to take advantage of their excellent value Sports Day rate. We were happy to welcome back from overseas holidays Tom (T.C.) Cotton and Mike Allidi and we headed off from the GS 5 minutes early at 8.25 am. It’s such a short trip to the course and we were there in just over 30 minutes where we found plenty of activity and we had plenty of time to prepare. Most of us spent quite a bit of time on the practice putting green & even some had time for a quick visit to the driving range but nonetheless, despite the course being naturally busy we were able to send our first group away, commencing on A1 15 minutes earlier than our booked time of 10.00 am. The weather was looking good and not too hot and as ever the course was in magnificent shape with the greens very quick but firm and true. We were stuck behind a Thai five ball which did slow us down somewhat but it did not spoil anything as we took in the scenery and it gave your writer ample time to snap a few pics. It all came to a grinding halt after 12 holes as the heavens opened when we were on the fairway on B4 but even though we could see the green flooding ahead we were confident that things would clear up. Sure enough 20 minutes later the rain stopped and we proceeded to B4 green, waited about 10 minutes for it to drain so we could putt and we were on our merry way again in fine conditions. With the fairways draining extremely quickly and the greens not posing any further problems we proceeded and completed our full round in just over four hours & thirty minutes. It had been a super day despite the downpour and with excellent company it reinforced our decision to make Burapha a monthly event on our calendar for the next five months or so.

We were able to have 2 Grades with three podium spots in each. A Grade was for handicaps 0 to 23 and B Grade for 24 and over. There were rewards for nearest the pins on all the par threes and longest first putts on the A9 & B9 greens.

It was tight at the top in the A Grade with 2 golfers having 39 points and Mike Allidi’s 71 off the stick (18 point back nine) was only good enough to get him second spot with Alain “Inspector Clouseau” Taddei (22 point back nine) finishing in first spot. Another count back was required to determine third spot with Paul “Hacky” Hack (19 point back nine) getting the chocolates over Mike “Hunter” Gosden ( 16 point back nine). The B Grade section was very well won by Fred Dinely with 40 points, 6 points clear of Gary Monley in second place and Sandy “Leiperfrog” Leiper was third with 29 points.

Results for Burapha:

A Grade – 0 to 23
1st – Alain Taddei (17) – 39 points
2nd –Mike Allidi (2) – 39 points
3rd – Paul Hack (12) – 35 points

B Grade – 24 and over
1st – Fred Dineley (27) – 40 points
2nd – Gary Monley (36) – 34 points
3rd – Sandy Leiper (34) – 29 points

NTP’s
A3 – Sal Brizzi
A6 – Mike Allidi
B3 – Alain Taddei
B8 – Mike Allidi

LFP’s
A9 – Mike Gosden
B9 – Alain Taddei

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 once again won by Growling Swan Mine Host Peter Grey who naturally accepted the award in terrific spirit and wore the red cap for a very long time back at the bar. Andrew “Turtle” Allen was kind enough to parade Deefa the Dog who collected many donations for the needy in Pattaya. As ever the beer was Aussie cold and low priced and after the usual post mortem on the day’s event with everyone singing the praises of the Burapha Golf Course the conversation turned to discuss the upcoming Growling Swan First Anniversary tournament at Crystal Bay on Monday, June 10th. It will be a Fourball Stableford event with a random draw pairing an A Grade golfer with a B Grade golfer, the draw to be done at the course prior to commencement of play. The entry fee is 500 baht which will include terrific prizes and a sumptuous meal back at The Growling Swan where the presentations will be held. The sign up sheet is on the board at The Growling Swan and although we have initially 32 spots we can accommodate more if required.

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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