The Growling Swan 06/02

Thursday, 6th February – Crystal Bay, A & B – Stableford

J J, Rosco & Russell Sparkle At Crystal Bay!

Another good Thursday group of 30 golfers were ready to tackle the popular Crystal Bay Golf Course and with the help of Mark & Alain who took several non car owners we were able to just have 2 mini vans for transportation. As we assembled at The Growling Swan hearty welcomes were handed out to Don Hope from Queensland, Nolan Wise returning after his motorbike mishap, Andy Purdie back from Queensland for more R & R, Kissy Buchanan recently returned from OZ, Davey Healey from Belfast and that well known Mine Host from Soi Honey Inn, Rosco Langoulant. It was sadly time to say farewell to J J Harney who will shortly be returning to Waterford in Ireland. It was terrific to see a full contingent of Growling Swan delinquents with us once more so we knew the caddies were going to be in for lots of fun and apparently Russell made sure of that! With everyone on time we were able to depart the GS five minutes early at 8.25 am and after a good run through Sriracha for a change we arrived at the golf course after a 45 minute drive up Sukhumvit. The course was quite busy and we were allocated A & B nines with our first four ball following a couple of Korean groups (much to Bill’s dismay) and able to hit off 6 minutes behind schedule at 9.50 am. The weather was fine but cloudy overhead and there was not too much wind but a very comfortable day to play golf. The course was in good shape although a few of the greens were somewhat bumpy but all in all conditions were good. The going was fairly slow as was to be expected and there were several hold ups, particularly on some of the par threes but we all had a good time with great company and finished our round in four hours & forty five minutes. Poor old Bill Steinman enjoyed himself despite the groups in front, having to go back to the first tee to retrieve his putter when reaching the first green and at the finish managed to leave his locker key in his golf bag so had to go and get that. Deefa the Dog was very grateful afterwards!

We had 3 Divisions – Division A for handicaps 0 to 15, Division B for golfers on handicaps of 16 to 24 and Division C for handicaps of 25 & over with four places in each Division. There were also rewards for nearest the pin on the four par 3’s and longest first putts on the A9 & B9 greens. Thanks to the generosity of Rosco who kindly donated the rewards for NTP’s & LFP’s we were able to have an additional placegetter in each of the 3 divisions.

Determined to end his visit on a high note J J Harney played some very good golf and won Division A with 40 points and Kevin “Wayco” Waycott was second on 39 points. Keith “Kissy” Buchanan was third with 38 points and your writer, Peter “Blacky” Blackburn scraped into fourth spot with 35 points. In Division B big Rosco Langoulant also had a fine 40 points to win with Alain “Inspector Clouseau” Taddei in second place on 39 points. In third place was John Davis with 37 points and Ebrahim finished fourth with 36 points. Scoring was not so good in C Division where Russell Calcutt was the winner with 35 points and Andrew “Turtle” Allen was second on 29 points. Visitor Don Hope came third with 28 points and with 2 golfers on 26 points the resultant count back saw Gary Monley (14 point back nine) finish fourth ahead of Geri Crilly (11 point back nine).

Results for Crystal Bay:

Division A – 0 to 15
1st – J J Harney (11) – 40 points
2nd – Kevin Waycott (10) – 39 points
3rd – Kissy Buchanan (15) – 38 points
4th – Peter Blackburn (13) – 35 points

Division B – 16 to 24
1st – Rosco Langoulant (17) – 40 points
2nd – Alain Taddei (19) – 39 points
3rd – John Davis (16) – 37 points
4th – Ebrahim (16) – 36 points

Division C – 25 and over
1st – Russell Calcutt (36) – 34 points
2nd – Andrew Allen (32) – 29 points
3rd – Don Hope (25) – 28 points
4th – Gary Monley (33 – 26 points

NTP’s
A5 – Jason Schembri
A8 – Andrew Purdie
B4 – Ernie Picken
B6 – Bob Akapita

LFP’s
A9 – Fred Dineley
B9 – Ernie Picken

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 the courageous Nolan “No-one” Wise who accepted the award like the good sport that he is. Andrew then kindly paraded Deefa the Dog and of course collected many donations for the needy in Pattaya from our generous Growling Swan Golfers. It was then back to the bar where the day’s events were discussed in detail but to be honest we all got a bit sick of hearing about Russell’s birdie on B6 so the conversation was rapidly changed to best movies of all time. Another great day with lots of fun and looking forward to many more.

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 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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