The Growling Swan 02/12

Monday, 2nd December – Crystal Bay, B & C – Stableford

Gosden & Davis Win At Windy Crystal Bay!

It was another glorious day in “Paradise” as we assembled at The Growling Swan in readiness for the journey up Sukhumvit Road to the popular Crystal Bay Golf Course. We welcomed back Graham “Grunter” Buckingham from his Scrabble Tournaments in Bangkok, Alan “Colonel” Sanders from the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia and veteran Don Richardson from Northern Ireland. It was sadly time to farewell Colm Mullen who is returning to Dublin but will be back with us in January, 2014. Everyone was early so our 2 mini vans were able to depart the GS a touch early at 8.25 am and after a good run through the Monday morning traffic we arrived at the golf course 47 minutes later to find it quite busy but things were moving along quite nicely. After a small preparation our first group found ourselves on the B1 tee and hit off right on our 9.44 am scheduled tee time with B & C being the allotted nines for the day. The weather was fabulous being not too hot although sunny but there was a fairly stiff breeze to make things a touch difficult as we found out later when the scores came in. The golf course was in terrific condition with the usual lush fairways although the greens were a bit grainy and inconsistent causing a few problems for some. There were some slower groups ahead which held us up for a while but things quickened up on the back nine and we managed to complete a very enjoyable round in four hours & twenty minutes.

We had 2 Divisions – Division A for handicaps 0 to 17 and Division B for handicaps of 18 & over with three places in each. There were also rewards for nearest the pin on the four par 3’s and longest first putts on the B9 & C9 greens.

The winner in Division A was Mike “Hunter” Gosden with a fine 39 points followed by Tom McMahon in second place with 37 points. With 2 golfers on 34 points a count back was required which saw your writer, Peter “Blacky” Blackburn (21 point back nine) taking third spot from the luckless Mark “Westy” West (20 point back nine). John Davis won the B Division with 39 points, 2 points ahead of Sandy “Cindy Lauper” Leiper in second place and Ebrahim came third with 36 points.

Results for Crystal Bay:

Division A – 0 to 17
1st – Mike Gosden (14) – 39 points
2nd – Tom McMahon (17) – 37 points
3rd – Peter Blackburn (12) – 34 points

Division B – 18 & over
1st – John Davis (19) – 39 points
2nd – Sandy Leiper (36) – 37 points
3rd – Ebrahim (18) – 36 points

B4 – Takeshi Hakozaki
B6 – Mike Gosden
C4 – Duangjai Tusagad
C7 – Peter Blackburn

B9 – Roy Dayton
C9 – Peter Blackburn

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 Nolan Wise who broke his winning streak and returned to mediocrity (it happens to us all) and he accepted the award like the good sport that he is. Max 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 Growling Swan to discuss the day’s event and consume many Aussie Cold, low priced beers and it rounded off another terrific day of golf with many more to come.

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

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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