PSC Golf from The Growling Swan Friday, 25th April-Anzac Day Trophy
Friday, 25th April – Mountain Shadow – Stableford ANZAC Day – 25th April – is probably Australia’s most important national occasion. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. Two years ago at The Growling Swan we held the inaugural Anzac Day Tournament so naturally the tradition must continue. Many of the 31 starters assembled at The Growling Swan at 0700 hrs for a short Memorial Service where “The Ode” was delivered, the Last Post was played and we all observed a minute’s silence to pay tribute to those brave men and women. It was then time to partake of the traditional rum & milk (just in shot glasses) and then wait for the ones that could not make the early service and we welcomed back Geri Crilly from Australia and Paul Marshall from Brisbane. Our 3 mini vans departed 5 minutes ahead of schedule at 8.25 am and after a 42 minute drive we arrived at the course where was a bit of activity but not much. After a few chips & putts we were ready and our first group, a three ball teed off 10 minutes early at 9.50 am in very hot conditions with very little wind and although there was a Thai 5 ball directly in front of us we proceeded at a steady pace for the early part of the round. The golf course was in fine condition with very well maintained greens but whilst playing off the blue tees it was apparent that there would not be too many really good scores and that indeed turned out to be the case. It was necessary to rest & drink a couple of times due to the heat and towards the end we were slowed down by the group in front who were also “suffering”. We managed to finish a very enjoyable round on this important day for Australia in four hours & fifteen minutes.
In addition to the Anzac Day Medal winner we had 2 Divisions with Division A for handicaps 0 to 18 and Division B for 19 and over with five podium spots for each. There were rewards for nearest the pins on all the par threes and longest first putts on the 9th & 18th greens plus special prizes donated by The Growling Swan for longest drives in each Division on hole number 18.
The winner of the Anzac Day Medal, for the second year in a row was Fred Dineley with a terrific 39 points. In Division A the winner was Gerd Riedler (18 point back nine) with 34 points on a count back from Ebrahim (16 point back nine) and Mike Gosden was third on 32 points. In fourth place came Phil Taylor with 31 points & Sal Brizzi was fifth with 30 points. Rita Zoebelli continued her fine form and won Division B with 37 points and Gary Monley came second on 33 points, 4 points ahead of Graham “Grunter” Buckingham in third place. With 3 golfers scoring 28 points another count back was needed which saw Lindsay Slender (16 point back nine) finish fourth from Andrew “Turtle” Allen (15 point back nine) in fifth spot and Ken Hole (14 point back nine) just missed out.
Results for Mountain Shadow:
Anzac Day Trophy Winner – Fred Dineley (24) – 39 points
A Grade – 0 to 18
1st – Gerd Riedler (7) – 34 points
2nd – Ebrahim (14) – 34 points
3rd – Mike Gosden (10) – 32 points
4th – Phil Taylor (15) – 31 points
5th – Sal Brizzi (6) – 30 points
B Grade – 19 & over
1st – Rita Zoebelli (23) – 37 points
2nd – Gary Monley (33) – 33 points
3rd – Graham Buckingham (22) – 29 points
4th – Lindsay Slender (24) – 28 points
5th – Andrew Allen (32) – 28 points
8th – Graham Buckingham
15th – Bill Steinman
17th – Gerd Riedler
9th – Ian Masterson
18th – Bill Steinman
Longest Drives on Hole No. 18
Division A – Kevin Waycott
Division B – Lindsay Slender
The Growling Swan NAGA Cap is awarded to the player who has the least attractive score on the day and discreetly this score is not made public and in this instance it was won on a count back by Paul “Muncha” Moloney who accepted the cap in good spirit, even though he had declared himself the winner of the Anzac Day Medal 24 hours earlier – it may be better not to make those kind of predictions in the future Muncha! It was then back to The Growling Swan where presentations were conducted and there was a large crowd there enjoying the excellent facilities and celebrating this important day in the Australian Calendar. We thanked Growling Swan Mine Host for sponsoring the day and also providing the delicious meal which was enjoyed by all. Andrew then kindly took Deefa the Dog for a walk and collected many donations for the needy in Pattaya from our generous patrons. It had been another day to remember and we look forward to next year’s event – Lest We Forget!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org