Growling Swan 5th January

Mountain Shadow – 5th of January 2015

Ibby,  Alain and Andrew win first up

Thirty punters assembled for the opening stanza of the year eager to show the yuletide festivities hadn’t dampened their enthusiasm for the ensuing challenge.

Welcomes were handed out to Mark Kobrin from England and Ernie Picken and David Marshall from Australia Paul Sharples returning to Oman and Bill Beers to Ireland were farewelled

Prior to tee off Pattaya’s numero uno wordsmith Buckers commented, “brand new golf balls are water magnetic and at Mountain Shadow GC so are used ones”.

Looking at the scores he was spot on.

Weather conditions were variable and the fairways in good condition.

The greens as per usual had the players as nervous as a salad dodger in the fruit and vegetable section of the local supermarket whilst pin placements would suggest the head groundsperson was the dux at Adolph’s finishing school for charm.

The white tees were the chosen instrument for the day.

Ebrahim finished atop A grade with thirty five points,second was Mike Gosden on thirty three,relegating evergreen Don Richardson on the same score to third on a count back.

Alain Taddei courtesy of an eagle three on the par five eleventh resulting in a five pointer handed in thirty eight points to show the way in B grade.

Graham Buckingham’s card included two birdies and a solitary par as he mustered thirty one for second place whilst Mark Stapleton propped it up with thirty points.

Andrew Allen who in nautical terms was free wheeling downwind with a wet sail scored thirty two points to take the bragging rights in C grade.

The German brigade of Volker Buley and Mark Henkel both with twenty nine hopped on to the podium.

Results for Mountain Shadow

A grade 0 – 15

1st  Ebrahim ( 14 ) 35 pts

2nd  Mike Gosden ( 15 ) 33 pts

3rd  Don Richardson ( 12 ) 33 pts

B grade 16 – 24

1st  Alain Taddei ( 18 ) 38 pts

2nd  Graham Buckingham ( 22 ) 31 pts

3rd  Mark Stapleton ( 21 ) 30 pts

C  grade 25+

1st  Andrew Allen ( 29 ) 32 pts

2nd  Volker Buley ( 32 ) 29 pts

3rd  Mark Henkel ( 25 ) 29 pts

Near pins went to Mark Kobrin on the fifth,Bill Steinmann and Alain Taddei  eight, Graham Buckingham fifteen and Roy Dayton seventeen.

Long first putts were won by Hugh O’Donnell on the ninth and Alain Taddei  eighteen.

Frankie Sharrett whose game collapsed like a low budget built Cairo apartment block, collected the Coveted Compass Cap as a result of having more O’s on his card than in the hit song Chatanoogoo Choo Choo.

Deefa once again collected many donations for the needy of Pattaya which is much appreciated.

The GS is a friendly golf outlet and caters for and encourages all golfers male or female to have a hit at any of our weekly outings. We generally play Mondays and Thursdays at one of the many fine golf courses in and around Pattaya. Please contact Peter Grey if you are interested on 0861 503086.

Bowls

The Growling Swan also caters to the bowls enthusiasts. Bus transport departs the GS on Wednesdays at 10 AM to play at Cocos on undercover synthetic greens  and on Sundays at the same time for open grass bowling at The Retreat. Please contact Paul Rennison on 0843 454005 if you wish to partake. The cost including return bus transport, bowling fees and a hot lunch is less than 400 baht so great value for a day out.

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