The Growing Swan 03/06

Monday, 3rd June – Emerald – Stableford

Geoff Bracegirdle & Ed Wyckoff

Geoff Bracegirdle & Ed Wyckoff

With a field of 21 golfers signed up we met at the Growling Swan in readiness for the journey to Emerald and there were several welcomes to be handed out. Graham “Grunter” Buckingham was back from his annual sojourn to the UK, Eddie Townsend from Perth, Western Australia, Paul Jackson who is here for 6 weeks from Melbourne, Australia and newcomer Ed Wyckoff, formerly from Alabama, USA but now residing in Pattaya. Everyone was on time so we headed off South in 2 mini vans and did encounter some light rain during the journey which prompted Eddie Townsend to remark on 2 occasions that we would be getting wet bums during the course of the day. He was later fined for making these foolish & inaccurate remarks so should think twice before making weather predictions in future. We arrived at the course 45 minutes later where the place was practically deserted and invited to tee off at our leisure. Under overcast skies our first four ball teed off 15 minutes ahead of schedule and with no-one to be seen in front of us we proceeded at a cracking pace, completing the front nine in just one hour & forty five minutes. The rain clouds disappeared of course and conditions were perfect for golf as it was not too hot and there was a gentle breeze. The golf course was looking good but there were many GUR areas on the fairways and the greens were quite slow, particularly on the front nine after recent coring & sanding. Nonetheless it was still a pleasure to play this excellent but tough layout and our good pace continued enabling us to complete the full round in the very good time of three hours and forty minutes.

We were able to have 2 Grades with four podium spots in each. A Grade was for handicaps 0 to 16 and B Grade for 17 and over. There were rewards for nearest the pins on all the par threes and longest first putts on the 9th & 18th greens.

It was very tight at the top of A Grade with 2 golfers on 38 points and the resultant count back saw newcomer Ed Wyckoff (20 point back nine) finish first from the in form Kevin Waycott (18 point back nine) in second spot. With four players on 36 points another count back was necessary to decide third & fourth places and it was Ebrahim (20 point back nine & 15 points on the last 6 holes) edging out your writer, Peter Blackburn (20 point back nine & 14 points on the last 6 holes). Missing out on a podium placing were Alain “Inspector Clouseau” Taddei (19 point back nine) and Ken Hole (15 point back nine). Geoff Bracegirdle returned to form and finished on top in B Grade with 36 points, 2 points ahead of Irishman Geri Crilly in second spot. Eddie Townsend was third with 32 points and Graham “Grunter” Buckingham’s 31 points was enough to earn him fourth place.

Results for Emerald:

A Grade – 0 to 16
1st – Ed Wyckoff (10) – 38 points
2nd – Kevin Waycott (10) – 38 points
3rd – Ebrahim (15) – 36 points
4th – Peter Blackburn (11) – 36 points

B Grade – 17 and over
1st – Geoff Bracegirdle (20) – 36 points
2nd – Geri Crilly (27) – 34 points
3rd – Eddie Townsend (17) – 32 points
4th – Graham Buckingham (24) – 31 points

5th – Ken Hole
7th – Ken Hole
13th – Kevin Waycott
15th – Ebrahim

9th – Ed Wyckoff
18th – Mark West

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 once again by Sandy “Leiperfrog” Leiper who naturally accepted the award in fine spirit. Unfortunateley the Organiser, yours truly forgot to bring the NAGA Cap so Sandy was unable to wear it and was devastated when told that he would not appear in the photo. Max “Corsets” Bracegirdle was kind enough to parade Deefa the Dog and of course collected many donations for the needy in Pattaya from our generous Growling Swan Golfers. Back in the bar afterwards the Aussie cold, low priced beer was flowing with a very good crown in attendance and we farewelled Mine Host Peter Grey who is off to Melbourne for 5 days but of course returning for our First Anniversay Tournament on June 10th.

Following up on last Thursday’s news that our good friend Tony Olcorn had suffered a heart attack I am very pleased to report that after having a stent inserted he is now doing very well and in fact was only in hospital for a couple of days.

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

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