The Growling Swan 05/10
SILKY OAKS – Stableford
By San Mig Stu
TODDY SNR. TOO GOOD!
Two busloads and private vehicles left the Growling Swan in high spirits as the weather looked promising despite constant rain overnight.
As always, the staff efficiency at Silky Oaks was super, with speedy check in and registration processing. Despite two separate sporting outlets arriving at the same time, they formed two queues and everyone was readying themselves for the game in no time at all.
Having gathered at the first tee (White markers used today) everyone was quite as the first group stepped up to challenge the 150 yard water carry to the yonder fairway (although it was closer to 165 carry with the wind in our faces).
The pressure was completely off, by the time this scribe teed off four groups later, as several individuals had already donated their balls to the water Gods!
Unfortunately the rain started to fall after four or five holes which stopped play for a short while, however after 15 minutes the wind direction changed and took the downpour elsewhere and we stayed dry for the remainder of the round.
This course is a delight to play with its generous fairways and abundant water carrying hazards, strategically placed but still offering the golfer plenty of scope to hit mown grass. There are a few silly holes (which has prompted our celebrity airwave golf announcer to nick name the venue “Silly Oaks”) however it is anticipated that these will become defunct when the bulldozers currently scouring the grounds adjacent have finished their work and new holes are created.
Following the day’s event we all showered and headed back to the Swan for cold refreshments and a nice warm meal, compliments of our kind host Peter Grey.
Peter commenced presentation a short time after arrival at the Growling Swan and firstly welcomed Peter Long, Rob Gysbets and our loyal and loved Ebrahim….he then bade farewell to Colonel Alan Sanders, young Brad Todd and Fred Cuypers and wished then safe journeys.
The field was given a 5 positions run down along with four nearest the pins and two longest first putts.
Todd Snr. (Martin) finally broke the bridesmaid mantle winning decisively 8 months after having a total knee replacement. His 39 points was well clear of the next winning player Alex Field who won second place on a count back from Mike Gosden, both on 36 points. Todd Jnr. (Brad) came in four shots behind his Dad with 35 points for fourth and Graham Rice took out fifth spot with 34 points, beating Dobbsy (Jerry Dobbs) on a count back.
SILKY OAKS WINNERS
1ST – MARTIN TODD (10) 39 POINTS
2ND – ALEX FIELD (20) 36 POINTS
3RD – MIKE GOSDEN (14) 36 POINTS
4th – BRAD TODD (22) 35 POINTS
5th – GRAHAM RICE (12) 34 POINTS
3rd – THE COLONEL
8TH – BRAD TODD
14TH – EBRAHIM
16TH – MARTIN TODD
LONGEST FIRST PUTT
9TH – SANDY LEIPER
18TH JOHN ANDERSON
It was Russell Calcutts pleasure to take Deefa “The Charity toy dog” around the throng for some spare change to boost his collections. This dog has collected much needed funds to help the less than fortunate of Pattaya and surrounding areas with tens of thousands of baht having been injected over the past few years to several institutions or needy families via the PSC.
The GS is a “friendly” golf outlet and caters for and encourages all golfers, young and old, male or female to have a hit on any of our weekly outings. We generally play Mondays and Thursdays at one of the many fine golf courses in and around Pattaya. Please contact Peter Grey if you are interested in playing on 0861 503086
The Growling Swan also caters to the bowls enthusiasts. Bus transport departs the GS on Sundays at 10am for open grass bowling at The Retreat.
Please contact Paul Rennison on 0843 005 if you wish to partake. The cost including return bus transport, bowling fees and a hot lunch is about 400 baht, so great value for a day out!