Growling Swan 30/01

Thursday, 30th January – Green Valley – Stroke – Monthly Mug

Bob Akapita Wins His First Monthly Mug!

It was that time of the month once more when we get to play our round of stroke whilst competing for the prestigious Growling Swan Monthly Mug. This was our 20th Mug day and there were 33 golfers signed up and ready to take on the classy Green Valley Golf Course and we all met at the bar in readiness. Welcomes were handed out to Pekka Mustonen from Finland, Jim Paris from South Carolina, USA, Andrew’s big boy Rhys Allen from Melbourne, J J Harney from Waterford in Ireland, Fred Dineley back from a few weeks in Perth, Western Australia and Peter Bye on R & R from Western Australia. It was sadly time to say farewell to Shane Young who will shortly be returning to Melbourne for a while and Aaron Shorten who is off back home to Brisbane after a few weeks in Pattaya. Everyone was on time so with the help of J J and Alain we managed to get our group in 3 mini vans and departed the GS 5 minutes early at 8.25 am and headed off. After a very good run we arrived at the course 38 minutes later and naturally it was extremely busy and there was an obvious shortage of caddies at that time. Luckily we had plenty of time as the Green Valley staff called in caddies from various points and as our first four ball teed off 4 minutes ahead of our booked 10.19 am tee time the caddies miraculously appeared (JIT). The weather was terrific once again with very little wind and as we were behind several groups of “not so quick” golfers it was apparent that the going would be quite slow. As usual the golf course was in great shape although the greens were quite a bit slower than normal and some of them were quite furry but it certainly was a pleasure to be playing this venue again. After a very enjoyable round of golf with very good company we completed our full round in the time of four hours & forty five minutes.

In addition to the Monthly Mug award we were able to have 3 Divisions with A Division being for handicaps 0 to 17, B Division for handicaps of 18 to 24 and C Division for handicaps 25 and over with 3 prizes in each grade. There were also rewards for nearest the pins all the par threes and longest first putts on the 9th & 18th greens.

Bob Akapita was making the most of his two week visit to Pattaya and his net 69 was the best score on the day, enabling him to win his very first Growling Swan Monthly Mug. The A Division went to Mike “Hunter” Gosden who continued his good form with a net 70 and your writer, Peter “Blacky” Blackburn was hot on his heels and picked up second spot with a net 71 and Ebrahim finished third with a net 74. In B Division it was Irishman Colm Mullen who won with a net 70 and Roy “Plums” Dayton was second on net 76 with well known Soi Chaiyapoon bar Mine Host Lindsay Slender in third place with net 77. Shane “Jockey” Young (net 38 back nine) won Division C with net 75 on a count back from Andrew “Turtle” Allen (net 39 back nine) in second spot and Stephen Newton was third with net 80.

Results for Green Valley:

Monthly Mug Winner – Bob Akapita (18) – net 69

A Grade – 0 to 17

1st – Mike Gosden (12) – net 70
2nd – Peter Blackburn (13) – net 71
3rd – Ebrahim (16) – net 74

B Grade – 18 to 24

1st – Colm Mullen (19) – net 70
2nd – Roy Dayton (22) – net 76
3rd – Lindsay Stephen (24) – net 77

C Grade – 25 and over
1st – Shane Young (28) – net 75
2nd – Andrew Allen (33) – net 75
3rd – Stephen Newton (28) – net 80

4th – Jayson Schembri
9th – J J Harney
12th – Peter Blackburn
16th – Sal Brizzi

9th – Alan Sanders
18th – Peter Grey

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 and he accepted the cap gracefully and wore it for a while back in the bar. As usual presentations were back at the bar on this occasion and we all thanked Mine Host Peter Grey for sponsoring the Mug and also providing a delicious supper. There was a very good crowd assembled and many of us stayed for quite some time, of course going over the day’s events and looking forward to our next outing. It had been yet another excellent day of Growling Swan Golf and enjoyed by all.

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

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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