The Growling Swan 03/04
Thursday, 3rd April – Khao Kheow, B & C – Stableford
Blacky, Tom & Lindsay On Top At K K!
A chance to play at one of our premier Golf Courses is always very popular and this showed as we had 40 golfers signed up to play at Khao Kheow. Obtaining more tee spots was no problem and we also obtained a very good Green Fee rate for the day. As usual we assembled at The Growling Swan prior to departure and of course it was a hive of activity as we welcomed Sunny Khanna from the UK, Brad “Bad” Todd from Western Australia, Mashi & Jack playing with us again, David Fletcher back for another week of R & R from Western Australia and Mick “Bear” Wilkes, Mark Robinson, Beau Roberts & Mark Pearson from Brighton Golf Club in Melbourne, Australia. It was sadly time to farewell Roy “Plums” Dayton and his girl friend Kae who are off to the USA shortly and we all look forward to seeing them back here later in the year. With the help of Alain & J J who took passengers we were able to use just 3 mini vans and we got away from the GS right on time at 8.30 am. There was no rush as our scheduled start was 10.30 am and we arrived at the course after a 43 minute drive to find it fairly deserted and were told we were to play the B & C nines. As expected we were called to the B1 tee early and our first four ball hit off 40 minutes ahead of our booked tee time in hot and humid conditions with just a suggestion of a breeze. I cannot speak too highly about the course as it was in magnificent condition with lush fairways and perfectly maintained greens which were just a little bit slower than they usually are and it took a few holes to adjust. We played at a steady pace and the heat & humidity forced us to take a couple of drinks breaks as we completed the full round in four hours & thirty minutes. One always enjoys the day whilst playing well and 34 points was the worst score in our group and we all were full of praise for the venue and of course the company was first class.
We had 3 Divisions – Division A for handicaps 0 to 14, Division B for golfers on handicaps of 15 to 23 and Division C for handicaps of 24 & over with four places in each Division. There were also rewards for nearest the pin on the four par 3’s and longest first putts on the B9 & C9 greens.
Your humble correspondent, Peter “Blacky” Blackburn continued his good form and was the winner in Division A with 41 points, 2 points ahead of Sal Brizzi in second place and Sunni Khanna came third with 37 points. There were 4 golfers on 36 points vying for fourth spot so a count back was necessary with Frankie “Hollywood” Sharratt (20 point back nine) getting the chocolates from Marc Robinson (18 point back nine), Mashi Kaneta (17 point back nine) and Martin “Toddy” Todd (16 point back nine). In Division B it was Tom McMahon who was victorious with 40 points, 2 points ahead of Bob Akapita in second place & third place went to the departing Duangjai “Kae” Tusagad who had 36 points. With two on 35 points the resultant count back saw Alain “Inspector Clouseau” Taddei (20 point back nine) finish in fourth place from Ken Hole (18 point back nine). Breaking through for his first win with us was Lindsay Slender who won Division C with 38 points and Jack Robertson came second with 37 points. Gary Monley was third with 36 points and Andrew “Turtle” Allen scraped on to the podium to finish fourth with 35 points.
Results for Khao Kheow:
Division A – 0 to 14
1st – Peter Blackburn (12) – 41 points
2nd – Sal Brizzi (6) – 39 points
3rd – Sunni Khanna (12) – 37 points
4th – Frank Sharratt (13) – 36 points
Division B – 15 to 23
1st – Tom McMahon (17) – 40 points
2nd – Bob Akapita (18) – 38 points
3rd – Duangjai Tusagad (18) – 36 points
4th – Alain Taddei (16) – 35 points
Division C – 23 and over
1st – Lindsay Slender (25) – 38 points
2nd – Jack Robertson (25) – 37 points
3rd – Gary Monley (33) – 36 points
4th – Andrew Allen (32) – 35 points
B3 – John Davis
B8 – Bob Akapita
C3 – Lindsay Slender
C8 – Duangjai Tusagad
B9 – Jack Robertson
C9 – Brad Todd
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 John Anderson in a count back 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. There was a terrific crowd back at the bar to enjoy the Aussie cold, low priced beers and many of us stayed for a considerable time, mainly discussing our upcoming S.A.T. (Songkran Avoidance Trip) to Kanchanaburi for a week of golf up there. We also talked about the upcoming Anzac Day Trophy day which of course is on Friday, 25th April so we will be playing on the Friday that week instead of Thursday. It had been a great day of golf on a quality Golf Course with a great bunch of people.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.