Growling Swan 30/05

Thursday, 30th May – Khao Kheow, A & C – 12th Monthly Mug – Stroke

Wayco Wins The 12th Growling Swan Monthly Mug!

As the saying goes “it’s that time of the month again” and the popular Khao Kheow was the venue for our 12th Monthly Mug where we get to count all our shots as we compete for this coveted award. Several late withdrawals were understandable as one of our regular visitors, Tony Alcorn suffered a heart attack in the early hours of the morning and was taken by friends to Bangkok Hospital Pattaya where he currently is (Friday morning) and at the time of writing is doing OK. Our prayers are with him and we are all wishing him a speedy recovery. It left 21 starters for the event and as we assembled at the GS we welcomed back Peter Starr & his son Wesley from Cairns in Queensland, Australia, Ian Masterson from Ireland and local resident Mark West playing with us for the first time. It was once more time to farewell Bob Akapita who is returning to work in Gove in the Northern Territory of Australia. With everyone punctual we headed off in 2 mini vans right on time at 8.30 am and arrived at Khao Kheow just 42 minutes later to find a reasonable amount of activity. With the B nine currently closed for renovations it was A & B to be played and our first four ball got away 15 minutes ahead of our scheduled 10.00 am tee time and in hot & steamy conditions we proceeded with regular glances upwards as the dark rain clouds were hovering and we were convinced that we were going to be interrupted by the weather very soon. “Oh ye of little faith” I pronounced & sure enough, after 17 drops of rain the weather cleared and we continued, although the humidity was extremely high making the going tough for some (myself in particular). An unfortunate incident on the fairway of A9 caused me to have a change of caddy at the half way mark after she was hit in the knee by an errant golf ball from one of our group and reinforced the need for players to keep behind the golfer who is playing the shot. I should have known better! We slowed down somewhat during the second nine and, mainly due to the conditions and the fact that we were playing stroke and the round was completed in the much slower than normal time of four hours & forty five minutes. It had been an eventful and enjoyable round of golf with good company on a golf course that is in excellent condition.

In addition to the Monthly Mug Winner we were able to have 2 Grades with three podium spots in each. A Grade was for handicaps 0 to 18 and B Grade for 19 and over. We had nearest the pins on all the par threes and longest first putts on the A9 & C9 greens.

Kev Waycott has been playing with us more frequently over the past few weeks so it was great to see him take out this month’s Mug with a fine score of net 69. The winner of A Grade was last month’s Mug winner Paul “Hacky” Hack who had a net 71 with Alain “Inspector Clouseau” Taddei finishing second with net 74. Newcomer Mark West rounded off the A Grade podium with his net 76. Max “Corsets” Bracegirdle was a clear winner in the B Grade with a creditable net 72, a huge 8 shots better than Geri Crilly in second spot and the flabbergasted Sandy “Leiperfrog” Leiper humbly accepted his reward for third place after his net 86.

Results for Khao Kheow:

Monthly Mug Winner – Kevin Waycott (10) – net 69

A Grade – 0 to 18
1st – Paul Hack (11) – net 71
2nd –Alain Taddei (16) – net 74
3rd – Mark West (15) – net 76

B Grade – 19 & over
1st – Max Bracegirdle (27) – net 72
2nd – Geri Crilly (27) – net 80
3rd – Sandy Leiper (34) – net 86

NTP’s
A3 – Peter Blackburn
A5 – Takeshi Hakozaki
C3 – Paul Hack
C8 – Kevin Waycott

LFP’s
A9 – Paul Hack
C9 – Kevin Waycott

As is always the case on Monthly Mug day we headed back to the Bar for presentations and whilst addressing the crowd assembled there proceedings commenced with many thanks to Mine Host Peter Grey for sponsoring this monthly event. 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 this time not won by the man himself, Peter Grey but it was Wes Starr who humbly accepted the honour and wore the cap briefly in the bar. Max Bracegirdle kindly took Deefa for the usual walk and collected many donations for the needy in Pattaya from our ever generous Growling Swan golfers. We once again discussed 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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