The Growling Swan 05/08

Monday, 5th August – Mountain Shadow – Stablefor

Sal Brizzi On Top At The Mountain!

After a late withdrawal due to sickness we ended up with a small field of thirteen golfers ready to tackle one of our favourites, Mountain Shadow. We assembled at the Growling Swan and handed out a very hearty welcome back to Eric “Judge” Black from Geelong in Victoria and newcomer Tioziano Dal Pastro (what a great name) from Italy. We had a small delay in departing the GS due to Judge’s “gastric” problems but managed to get away just 3 minutes behind schedule at 8.33 am an a fine Pattaya Monday morning. We headed off up number 7 and after the usual 45 minute drive we arrived at the course where there was some activity but not too much. Upon arriving at the first tee we found four Thai golfers chatting away merrily but after a subtle “prompt” from yours truly they finally teed off, from the black tees mind you! After observing their drives it was apparent that these guys could play, in fact the starter mentioned to me that one of them was actually a Thai Professional Golfer so we were fairly sure there would be no hold ups for us and that was indeed the case. We managed to get our first three ball 15 minutes ahead of schedule at 9.45 am and proceeded in perfect weather conditions with a slight cooling breeze. We played off the blue tees for a change as there were no “Growling Swan Delinquents” with us on the day and as expected this did keep the scores a bit lower on the day. The golf course was in super “nick” with the lush fairways and firm & true greens although someone did remark that some of the pin positions could have been the result of the Head Greenkeeper having an argument with his “missus” early that morning, the result being many three putts (at least four from me). It was a quick and enjoyable round of golf with the company also being great and we completed the round in three hours & forty seven minutes.

With the smaller field we had just the one grade with four places and also rewards for nearest the pin on the four par threes.

Sal Brizzi was the winner on the day with a steady 36 points, just 1 point ahead of second placegetter Mike Allidi. In third place came your writer, Peter “Blacky” Blackburn with 33 points and Takeshi Hakozaki was fourth on 31 points.

Results for Mountain Shadow:

1st – Sal Brizzi (7) – 36 points
2nd – Mike Allidi (2) – 35 points
3rd – Peter Blackburn (11) – 33 points
4th – Takeshi Hakozaki (11) – 31 points


5th – Peter Blackburn
8th – Kevin Waycott
15th – Mike Allidi
17th – Sal Brizzi

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 well won by newcomer Tioziano Dal Pastro who immediately donned the cap and wore it with pride for a short while. Max “Corsets “ Bracegirdle was kind enough to parade Deefa the Dog and of course collected many donations for the needy in Pattaya from our generous Growling Swan Golfers. We then went back to The Growling Swan where of course the beer was Aussie cold and low priced and a few of us stayed for a while, chatting and watching the Rugby League followed by the Test Cricket from Old Trafford.

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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