The Growling Swan 05/09

Thursday, 5th September – Crystal Bay, C & A – Stableford

Hacky & Inspector Clouseau Sparkle At Crystal Bay!

Well, they came out of the woodwork for this one as 36 golfers were signed up to play another of our favourite courses, Crystal Bay. We assembled at The Growling Swan and handed out warm welcomes to Adrian Zamell from Melbourne, Gavin Garfield from Sydney and the returning Frank Donnelly after a month in Vietnam and Jason Schembri back from Melbourne for a couple of weeks. It was sadly time to say farewell to Brad “Bad” Todd who is returning to Perth after a month’s holiday here in Pattaya. Three mini vans plus were required to transport the group and we departed the GS 5 minutes behind schedule (Peter Grey slept in & was running late) and headed North up Sukhumvit. 45 minutes later we arrived at the golf course to find it not very busy and were allocated the C & A nines in that order. The weather was overcast but fine although very humid as our first of 9 four balls teed off on C1 10 minutes ahead of schedule at 9.50 am and with groups in front of us we proceeded at a steady pace. The condition of the golf course was super and there was absolutely no excuse for good golf and as the results came in later that was indeed the case. We did slow down somewhat due to the heat, taking a couple of drink breaks and the round was completed in four hours and twenty minutes after a very enjoyable game with excellent company.

We had 2 Grades – A Grade for handicaps 0 to 17 and B Grade for handicaps 18 & over with 7 places in each grade. There were also rewards for nearest the pins on the four par threes and longest first putts on the A9 & C9 greens.

A magnificent 43 points gave Paul “Hacky” Hack first place in A Grade with Kevin “Wayco” Waycott second on 40 points and Peter Bye third with 39 points. In fourth spot came Sal Brizzi on 38 points and with 3 golfers on 37 points a count back resulted in Martin “Toddy” Todd (21 point back nine) finishing fifth from J J Harney (17 point back nine & 12 points on the last 6 holes) in sixth place with your writer Peter “Blacky” Blackburn (17 point back nine & 11 points on the last 6 holes) finishing seventh. Alain “Inspector Clouseau” Taddei took out the B Grade with a fine 41 points, 2 points ahead of Fred Dineley in second place. With 2 players on 37 points a count back was required which resulted in Tom MacMahon (19 point back nine) finishing third from Frank “Woody” Donnelly (18 point back nine) in fourth spot. Graham “Grunter” Buckingham was fifth with 36 points and Thientong Charoenrung finished sixth on 33 points with Max “Corsets” Bracegirdle in seventh spot on 31 points.

Results for Crystal Bay:

A Grade – 0 to 17
1st – Paul Hack (11) – 43 points
2nd – Kevin Waycott (11) – 40 points
3rd – Peter Bye (14) – 39 points
4th – Sal Brizzi (7) – 38 points
5th – Martin Todd (8) – 37 points
6th – J J Harney (13) – 37 points
7th – Peter Blackburn (11) – 37 points

B Grade – 18 & over
1st – Alain Taddei (18) – 41 points
2nd – Fred Dineley (26) – 39 points
3rd – Tom MacMahon – (18) – 37 points
4th – Frank Donnelly (20) – 37 points
5th – Graham Buckingham (23) – 36 points
6th – Thientong Charoenrung (19) – 33 points
7th – Max Bracegirdle (25) – 27 points

NTP’s
A5 – Jason Schembri
A8 – Gerd Riedler
C4 – Kevin Waycott
C7 – Adrian Zamell

LFP’s
A9 – J J Harney
C9 – Ron Gillett

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 Growling Swan Mine Host, Peter Grey and he accepted & wore the award with pride. 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 terrific crowd in attendance and many of us stayed for quite some time enjoying the company and the facilities whilst discussing the quality day we just had.

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

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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