The Growling Swan 04/04

Thursday, 4th April – Treasure Hill – Stableford

Hunter & Inspector Clouseau On Top At The Hill!

Two late inclusions compensated for the two no-shows which left us with a good field of 33 golfers ready to take the journey to the always challenging Treasure Hill Golf Course. Hearty welcomes were handed out to first timer Neil Hurst from Oxford in the UK and veteran Ted Morris joining us once more. We were sadly saying farewell to Brian “Doc” Vale and Wayne Harman who will shortly be returning to Perth and Gary Williams & Jason Hann who are off back to Melbourne in the next few days. We departed the GS in three mini vans right on time at 8.30 am and headed off up No. 7 and then 331 which as usual was very busy and the usual long delays at traffic lights were encountered which caused our journey to take 55 minutes. We arrived to find the venue almost deserted and after successfully “haggling” over the Green Fee price for a couple of minutes we settled in and were invited to the first tee at our leisure. Our first group, a four ball teed off five minutes ahead of schedule at 9.55 am in hot and sticky conditions and we knew we were going to be in for a hot one so water intake (stronger liquids for some) was going to be essential. The golf course was looking very good with the greens at times quite slick although several had residual sand on them but certainly nothing to complain about. As the course was extremely quiet we proceeded at a relaxing pace and after pausing a couple of times for sit down drinks we completed the round in four hours and twenty five minutes. It had been a very enjoyable round with our four scoring reasonably well but certainly enjoying each other’s company.

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

The winner of A Grade with a fine 40 points was Mike “Hunter” Gosden with Peter Bye 4 points further back in second place. In a count back for third & fourth with 2 golfers on 35 points it was Neil Hurst (18 point back nine) who just pipped Bill McGarvie (16 point back nine). On 34 points Suparp “Anna” Korboon finished fifth with your writer, Peter Blackburn 1 point further back in sixth spot. Alain “Inspector Clouseau” Taddei won the B Grade with 37 points and Graham “Grunter” Buckingham was second with 34 points. With 2 people on 33 points a count back saw Colin Faraday (20 point back nine) pinch third spot from Brian “Doc” Vale (13 point back nine) and Gordon Clegg was fifth with 31 points. There were three golfers on 29 points vying for the last spot on the podium and it was Sandy “Leiperfrog” Leiper (18 point back nine) who scraped in over Brad “Bad” Todd (14 point back nine) and Duangjai “Kae” Tusagad (13 point back nine”.

Results for Treasure Hill:

A Grade – 0 to 17
1st – Mike Gosden (12) – 40 points
2nd –Peter Bye (16) – 36 points
3rd – Neil Hurst (12) – 35 points
4th – Bill McGarvie (12) – 35 points
5th – Suparp Korboon (10) – 34 points
6th – Peter Blackburn (11) – 33 points

B Grade – 18 and over
1st – Alain Taddei (18) – 37 points
2nd – Graham Buckingham (25) – 34 points
3rd – Colin Faraday (19) – 33 points
4th – Brian Vale (20) – 33 points
5th – Gordon Clegg (27) – 31 points
6th – Sandy Leiper (35) – 29 points

NTP’s
2nd – Wanta Dacha
6th – Stu Rifkin
13th – Gary Monley
17th – Duangjai Tusagad

LFP’s
9th – Dick Braimbridge
18th – Ken Hole

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 narrowly won by Growling Swan Mine Host Peter Grey who although accepting the award in fine spirit as he always does did actually attempt to persuade the “Captain” to “manipulate” things to achieve a different outcome. This was never going to happen of course and Peter wore the NAGA Cap with distinction for a considerable amount of time afterwards. Martin Todd took Deefa for the usual walk and collected many donations for the needy in Pattaya from our ever generous Growling Swan golfers. It was then back to The Growling Swan where there was a fairly large attendance and the usual post mortems after another very good day of golf with fine people on an excellent golf course..

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 petermalcolmblackburn@gmail.com

Mike Gosden, Peter Grey & Alain Taddei


Mike Gosden, Peter Grey & Alain Taddei

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