The Growling Swan 03/10

Thursday, 3rd October – Mountain Shadow – Stableford
We were originally booked to play at Crystal Bay but their staff were good enough to inform me the day before that the course was extremely wet and carts would not be allowed anywhere on the golf course. They offered us Mountain Shadow as an alternative as they have cart paths there so their offer was accepted. We gathered at The Growling Swan as the sun shone and our final number was 27 as your writer decided to delay his return for a further 4 days. We welcomed first timers Adam, Gary & Ben from the UK and sadly said Bon Voyage to Jerry Dobbs, returning to work in Australia, Volker Buley who is off back to Germany after his brief stay and David Marshall who is returning to Queensland, Australia. I farewelled the 3 mini vans 5 minutes ahead of schedule at 8.25 am and it was reported that their journey was the usual 45 minutes and the golf course was reasonably quiet although the weather was fine. Unfortunately I had omitted to inform Alain “Inspector Clouseau” Taddei, who was driving to the course that there had been a change of venue so he rang me from Crystal Bay in despair but I simply re-directed him up the road. He was in Group 1 but that was OK as Toddy allowed a couple of groups to slip in front of our first which got away 5 minutes later than scheduled at 10.05 am. Apparently the golf course was in very good condition considering the amount of recent rain and the round of golf was completed in four hours & fifteen minutes although about four holes were played in steady rain.

We had 2 Grades – A Grade for handicaps 0 to 17 and B Grade for handicaps 18 & over with 5 places in each grade. There were also rewards for nearest the pins on the four par threes and longest first putts on the 9th & 18th greens.

The wet conditions did not appear to worry A Grade winner Mike Allidi who carded a 70 off the stick for his 41 points and another fine round from Kevin “Wayco” Waycott secured second place with 40 points. Takeshi Hakozaki finished third with 36 points and Gerd Riedler was fourth with 35 points. With 3 golfers having 34 points a count back was required to determine fifth spot which went to Ebrahim (19 point back nine) and Sal Brizzi (17 point back nine) & Alain “Inspector Clouseau” Taddei (17 point back nine) just missed out. Max “Corsets” Bracegirdle easily won the B Grade section with a fine 39 points which was 5 points better than second placegetter John Davis and Jerry “Dobbsy” Dobbs was third with 28 points. In fourth place came Stephen Newton and Gary Monley was fifth with 26 points.

Results for Mountain Shadow:

A Grade – 0 to 17
1st – Mike Allidi (3) – 41 points
2nd – Kevin Waycott (10) – 40 points
3rd – Takeshi Hakozaki (11) – 36 points
4th – Gerd Riedler (6) – 35 points
5th – Ebrahim (17) – 34 points

B Grade – 18 & over
1st – Max Bracegirdle (25) – 39 points
2nd – John Davis (22) – 34 points
3rd – Jerry Dobbs (22) – 28 points
4th – Stephen Newton (26) – 27 points
5th – Gary Monley (36) – 26 points

5th – Mike Allidi
8th – Gerd Riedler
15th – Martin Todd
17th Ebrahim

9thy – Brad Todd
18th – Mike Allidi

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 Les Moloney, Muncha’s Dad and he accepted the award in good spirit. Max then kindly paraded Deefa the Dog and of course collected many donations for the needy in Pattaya from our generous Growling Swan Golfers. Back at The Growling Swan afterwards there was a very good crowd enjoying the facilities and of course discussing what could have been and what to do different & better next time. Everyone appeared to have had a very good day & thankful to have been able to play this frustrating game of ours that is golf during this time of the year when the weather is so unpredictable.

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.

Max Bracegirdle Les Moloney  Mike Allidi
Allidi Tames The Mountain In The Wet!

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