Growling Swan 26/02

EASTERN STAR – 26th February, 2015
Seesa snatches the Mug!

There is something about stroke days that puts a spring in one’s step, as 32 spritely golfers rocked up in readiness for the Growling Swan, February Monthly Mug event. Warm welcomes were extended to Howard Jeglum (Canada), James Artura (USA), Roundy, Frenchy and Swanny (Pattaya). On the buses, all things golf were discussed and comic relief provided by Sandy Leiper who was unsure as to whether he had a slim chance or fat chance of winning the ‘Mug’. Dave Fletcher was particularly sombre after recent poor form, but was quickly reminded that no matter how bad you are playing, it is always possible to get worse.
Eastern Star’s friendly staff greeted us ever so politely and the course and greens were presented in great nick. Set in an old coconut plantation, this popular course features wide fairways, many lateral water hazards and OB’s to punish a hook or slice. We played off the yellow tees and thankfully the weather conditions were very pleasant with the ‘Rayong Doctor’ cooling breeze bringing welcome relief.
The lovely Seesa had a great day out and won the ‘Mug’ with a leg in the air. Stu Rifkin, JC LHoste, Jim Carlson and Bill Steinman all returned to some form and made the podium, however numerous others only provided comic relief. Comic for others, that is!
Sandy Leiper hit 7 off the tee on the par 5, fourth and together with Andrew Allen rounded up a ‘herd of mooses’. Russell Calcutt, in his own words, “butchered the par 4’s, the par 5’s and the par 3’s” whilst Dave Fletcher was flushed and excited after spotting Sandra Gal on the next fairway. Fletch was quickly reminded that Sandra was at Siam CC, not Eastern Star.
Monthly Mug: Seesa (25) 68 Nett
A Grade

1st Kevin Waycott (9) 71 Nett
2nd Stu Rifkin (18) 71 Nett
3rd Bill Steinman (13) 72 Nett

B Grade
1st Seesa (25) 68 Nett
2nd Jim Carlson (20) 70 Nett
3rd Patrick Poussier (23) 76 Nett

C Grade
1st Gary Monley
2nd JC LHoste
3rd Dave Fletcher

3rd & 6th Don Richardson
13th Neil Swann
17th Howard Jeglum

Longest First Putt:
9th Howard Jeglum
18th James Artura
Back at the Growling Swan, freshly groomed charity dog ‘Deefa’ gratefully received significant donations from everyone and they are thanked for their continued contributions. All ‘Deefa’ donations go to the PSC to be directed to projects to assist the needy children of Pattaya.
Peter Grey announced the presentations with great mirth and a great time was had by all, however ‘Compass Cap’ recipient James Artura had appeared to try to fail; succeeded and wasn’t sure which he had done.
If you enjoy some serious golf with a dash of fun, come on down to The Growling Swan on Mondays and Thursdays!

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