Growling Swan 27/01

Monday, 27th January – Pattavia – Stableford

Hunter & Patrick Win At Pattavia!

It was time for another visit to the “new & improved” Pattavia Golf Course, formerly known as Century Chonburi and there were 25 golfers signed up and ready for the challenge. We met at The Growling Swan and were happy to welcome back our good friend Bob Akapita who is back for 2 weeks’s R & R from his work at Gove in the Northern Teritory of Australia. We also had back with us Pattaya residents Robbie Taylor, Ken Grimes, Dave Edwards, Greg Hill, Sel Wegner and John Player. It was sadly time to say Bon Voyage to Ian Masterson who will shortly be returning to Belfast after a few weeks in Pattaya. There was one no-show but we managed to get away from the GS right on time in one mini van thanks to the assistance from Mark West and Alain Taddei who made their vehicles available for the overflow. It was a reasonably quick trip with no real delay on 331 and we arrived at the course after a 57 minute drive to find it not too busy and lockers available for most. Our scheduled tee time was 10.00 am but we managed to get our first four ball away 10 minutes earlier than that and in perfect weather conditions our round commenced. The course was looking very good but when it came to the greens most of us had a few problems as they were super quick and a lot of the holes had been cut in fairly inaccessible places making three putts the rule rather than the exception. It’s OK to have very quick greens but they need to put the holes in spots that are fair. Nonetheless it was a very enjoyable round of golf, albeit a bit slow with a few hold ups ahead and we finished in four hours & thirty minutes. It is a longer than normal drive to this course and the access road in is a bit bumpy but well worth the trouble for true golfers and will be even better next month (February) when the new Clubhouse is open which will provide much better facilities for the faint hearted!

We had 2 Divisions – Division A for handicaps 0 to 17 & Division B for golfers on handicaps of 18 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 & 18th greens.

That man in form Mike “Hunter” Gosden was at it again and had the best score of the day by winning Division A with 37 points and another form golfer, John Davis was second on 36 points with Gerd Riedler finishing in third spot on 35 points. With 2 golfers on 35 points in B Division a count back was required and it was Patrick Poussier (21 point back nine) who finished in first place ahead of Alain “Inspector Clouseau” Taddei (18 point back nine) in second spot. With 3 people on 33 points another count back was necessary which saw Duangjai “Kae” Tusagad (20 point back nine) finish third from Colm Mullen (16 point back nine) and Ian “Bat” Masterson (14 point back nine).

Results for Pattavia:

Division A – 0 to 17

1st – Mike Gosden (12) – 37 points
2nd – John Davis (17) – 36 points
3rd – Gerd Riedler (8) – 35 points

Division B – 18 and over

1st – Patrick Poussier (24) – 35 points
2nd – Alain Taddei (19) – 35 points
3rd – Duangjai Tusagad (19) – 33 points

NTP’s
4th – Robbie Taylor
7th – Colm Mullen
13th – Peter Blackburn
17th – Peter Blackburn

LFP’s
9th – Gerd Riedler
18th – Gerd Riedler

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 Ken Grimes who accepted the award like the good sport that he is. Ken Hole then 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 the usual post mortem on the events of the day.

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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