Growling Swan 23/12

Monday, 23rd December – Pattavia – Stableford

Frankie, John & Hugh Take A Liking To The New Century Chonburi!

Firstly, on behalf of myself and the Growling Swan Golfers I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year.

We had a very good Monday field with 28 starters who were all keen to have a look at the much talked about Pattavia Century Golf Course, formerly Century Chonburi. As we gathered at The Growling Swan it was great to see Bob Akapita back with us from his work at Gove in the Northern Territory of Australia and also first timer Mark Twomey, also from Gove. We also extended a heart welcome to veteran Hugh O’Donnell who is back in Pattaya for a few months. It was also time to farewell David Fletcher who is returning to his mining work in Western Australia. Everyone was early so we departed in three mini vans seven minutes earlier than our scheduled 8.30 am time and headed off through the Monday morning Pattaya traffic, clearing the city quite easily. We were all dreading the bumpy journey to the course after exiting 331 but it was not too bad at all and we arrived at the course after a 62 minute drive. Some people complain that it is too far and the road is too rough but all I can say is – if you’re a keen golfer – toughen up! The golf course was not too busy but there was plenty of activity in the area of the new clubhouse which is currently under construction and due to be completed by the end of January, 2014. We sent our first four ball off the first tee 5 minutes early at 9.55 am and it was immediately apparent that there was significant improvement in the course with well prepared tees and fairly lush fairways. As for the greens, they posed all sorts of problems for us with some very “cheeky” pin positions and at times lightning quick on the undulations – not for the faint of heart! To sum it up the course is very good and always has been a great layout and will only get even better in the future. After searching for golf balls a couple of times our group was a bit slow but we managed to complete the round in four hours & twenty minutes. It had been a very enjoyable outing with excellent company.

We had 3 Divisions – Division A for handicaps 0 to 15, Division B for golfers on handicaps of 16 to 23 and C Division for golfers on handicaps of 24 and over with three places in each Division. There were also rewards for nearest the pin on the four par 3’s and longest first putts on the 9th & 18 greens.

At the end of the day it was apparent that the golf course had got the better of us as there was no-one able to score to their handicap or better. The winner of A Division was my very good friend Frankie “Goes to Hollywood” Sharratt with 35 points and with 2 players on 34 points it was Sal Brizzi (19 point back nine) who finished second from Mike Allidi (18 point back nine) in third place. Division B saw the in form John Davis take first spot with 35 points and J C Lhoste was second with 33 points. Another count back was needed to determine third place as there were two golfers on 30 points and it was Duangjai “Kae” Tusagad (16 point back nine & 11 points on the last 6 holes) who prevailed over Bent Agerbo (16 point back nine & 9 points on the last 6 holes). In Division C it was the old bloke Hugh O’Donnell (20 point back nine) who was victorious in a count back ahead of Geri Crilly (14 point back nine) in second spot with both having 32 points. One more count back was required to determine third place and it was Roy “Plums” Dayton (18 point back nine) who edged out David Fletcher (14 point back nine) with both having 29 points.

Results for Pattavia:

Division A – 0 to 15
1st – Frankie Sharratt (13) – 35 points
2nd – Sal Brizzi (7) – 34 points
3rd – Mike Allidi (2) – 34 points

Division B – 16 – 23
1st – John Davis (18) – 35 points
2nd – J C Lhoste (23) – 33 points
3rd – Duangjai Tusagad (20) – 30 points

Division C – 24 and over
1st – Hugh O’Donnell (32) – 32 points
2nd – Geri Crilly (26) – 32 points
3rd – Roy Dayton (25) – 29 points

NTP’s
4th – Mike Allidi
7th – Sal Brizzi
14th – Bob Akapita
17th – Duangjai Tusagad

LFP’s
9th – Bill Steinman
18th – Mike Allidi

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 Alan “Colonel” Sanders who accepted the award like the good sport that he is. J C Lhoste kindly paraded Deefa the Dog and of course collected many donations for the needy in Pattaya from our generous Growling Swan Golfers. It was then back to The Growling Swan for many Aussie cold, low priced beers and discussions varying from the day’s golf to reminiscing about the old times in Melbourne ( Peter Grey & Jeff Mellon). It had been another great day out in “Paradise” with many more to come.

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 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

We also play bowls out of the Growling Swan every Wednesday and Sunday. Sunday is Lawn Bowls and Wednesday is Indoor Bowls. All are welcome and for anyone that is interested the transport leaves The Growling Swan at 10.00am on each of those mornings. For more information please contact Paul Rennison on 0843 454 005.

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