The Growling Swan 02/05

Friday, 2nd May – Crystal Bay, A & C – Stableford

Ebrahim & The Reverend Sparkle At Crystal Bay!

It was once again time to visit one of our favourite golf courses, Crystal Bay and we had 18 golfers on the Starting Sheet. We assembled at The Growling Swan and welcomed Adrian Schmidt from Darwin, Australia and it was good to have Takeshi Hakozaki from Japan back with us once more. Everyone was on time so our 2 mini vans departed the GS right on schedule at 8.30 am and we headed North up Sukhumvit Road, arriving at the course 45 minutes later. The course appeared to be fairly quiet and we were allocated the C & A nines to be played in that sequence so our first group, a three ball teed off 10 minutes ahead of our booked time of 10.00 am. It was hot and humid with ominous looking rain clouds above and in fact as we putted out on C1 it did start to rain but by the time we had completed C2 it had stopped. The golf course was in fine condition with lush fairways and very well maintained greens and we proceeded at a good pace for three holes until we caught up with a very slow four ball in front of us who did slow us down considerably for the rest of the round. The humidity was very high after the rain so we took the opportunity to have a few drinks breaks while waiting for those in front of us and we completed the round in four hours & twenty minutes. Nonetheless it was a very enjoyable day on a very good golf course with excellent company.

We had 2 Divisions – Division A for handicaps 0 to 21 & Division B for golfers on handicaps of 22 and over with three places in each Division. There were also rewards for nearest the pin on two of the four par 3’s and longest first putts on the A9 & C9 greens.

Ebrahim continued his very good form and won the A Division with a fine 39 points, 3 points ahead of John Davis in second place. With 2 golfers on 32 points a count back was required to determine third spot which went to your writer, Peter “Blacky” Blackburn (15 point back nine) who just edged out Alain “Inspector Clouseau” Taddei (12 point back nine). There were more count backs in Division B and with 2 people on 34 points it was Dick “The Reverend” Braimbridge (16 point back nine, 12 points on the last 6 holes & 5 points on the last 3 holes) who was declared the winner from Frank “Woody” Donnelly (16 point back nine, 12 points on the last 6 holes & 3 points on the last 3 holes) in second place. Another count back was needed to decide third place and it was Russell Calcutt (16 point back nine) who was victorious over Volker Buley (12 point back nine) with both scoring 32 points.

Results for Crystal Bay:

Division A – 0 to 18
1st – Ebrahim (14) – 39 points
2nd – John Davis (14) – 36 points
3rd – Peter Blackburn (11) – 32 points

Division B – 19 & over
1st – Dick Braimbridge (36) – 34 points
2nd – Frank Donnelly (22) – 34 points
3rd – Russell Calcutt (35) – 32 points

A8 – Peter Bye
C7 – Ebrahim

A9 – Frank Donnelly
C9 – Geri Crilly

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 Niall Stuart and he accepted the award like the good sport that he is and wore the cap for quite some time while back at the bar. Andrew then kindly paraded Deefa the Dog and of course collected many donations for the needy in Pattaya from our generous Growling Swan Golfers. It was then back to the bar for some well earned coldies and we got back just in time to watch Collingwood v Carlton in the AFL and also the Rugby League Test between Australia & New Zealand. Another great day with a fine bunch of blokes.

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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