The Growling Swan 06/03

Thursday, 6th March – Mountain Shadow – Stableford

Toddy, Ebrahim & Russell Victorious At The Mountain!

Mountain Shadow was the challenge on this particular Thursday and after a couple of withdrawals we were left with a very good field of 31 to take on this fairly tough golf course. As usual we assembled at the bar prior to departure and welcomes were handed out to Frankie Sharratt, back from a couple of months sightseeing in Australia, Nolan Wise returning from 10 days or so in Queensland and Mashi Kaneta & Jack Robertson back having a game with us again. As we were all on time (even Patrick) we got away from the GS in 3 mini vans 3 minutes ahead of schedule at 8.27 am and after a good run arrived at the course 44 minutes later. It was not too busy so we had a quick practice putt and headed down to the first tee where we waited just 10 minutes before we were able to send our first group, a three ball away 15 minutes earlier than booked at 9.45 am. The weather was hot with a nice breeze to cool things down somewhat and the golf course was as usual in very good shape with most greens being quite fast so the order of the day was keep the ball below the hole on the greens otherwise look out! The pace was quite good with very few delays and after going through the first nine in one hour and fifty minutes things slowed down a bit and we completed the full round in exactly four hours. Great golf course, terrific company so what more can you ask for? I must just mention than I decided we should play of the blue tees as at 5,876 yards playing off the white tees would have made it too short but it did catch a lot of us out as there were only 2 golfers who were able to play to their handicap or better – Mountain Shadow 29, Growling Swan 2!

We had 3 Divisions – Division A for handicaps 0 to 15, Division B for golfers on handicaps of 16 to 25 and Division C for handicaps of 26 & 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 9th & 18th greens.

The winner in Division A was Martin “Toddy” Todd with 34 points and with 2 golfers tied on 32 points a count back was required which resulted in your humble correspondent Peter “Blacky” Blackburn (17 point back nine) finishing in second place from Paul Avery (14 point back nine) in third spot with Frankie Sharratt finishing fourth on 31 points. The best score of the day went to Ebrahim who won Division B with a terrific 40 points, 5 points clear of 2 players who were tied on 35 points and the resultant count back saw Ian Jessiman (19 point back nine) finish second from Duangjai “Kae” Tusagad (18 point back nine) in third spot with Rita Zoebelli finishing fourth on 33 points. After just a few hours sleep it was “beware the sick golfer” in C Division as Russell Calcutt shook off his woes and his 38 points gave him first place, 8 points clear of second placegetter Andrew “Turtle” Allen. Dick Braimbridge came third with 29 points and the returning Nolan “No-one” Wise was fourth with 27 points.

Results for Mountain Shadow:

Division A – 0 to 15
1st – Martin Todd (8) – 34 points
2nd – Peter Blackburn (13) – 32 points
3rd – Paul Avery (10) – 32 points
4th – Frank Sharratt (13) – 31 points

Division B – 16 to 25
1st – Ebrahim (16) – 40 points
2nd – Ian Jessiman (22) – 35 points
3rd – Duangjai Tusagad (18) – 35 points
4th – Rita Zoebelli (25) – 33 points

Division C – 26 and over
1st – Russell Calcutt (36) – 38 points
2nd – Andrew Allen (32) – 30 points
3rd – Dick Braimbridge (36) – 29 points
4th – Nolan Wise (35) – 27 points

5th – Martin Todd
8th – Peter Blackburn
15th – Tom McMahon
17th – Ken Hole

9th – Mike Gosden
18th – Rhys Allen

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 Growling Swan Mine Host Peter Grey who accepted the award like the good sport that he is and wore the cap for just a short while back at the bar. 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 Growling Swan where there was a fairly good crowd and of course the various post mortems were discussed regarding the day’s golf and predictably Russell consistently reminded everyone that he had been victorious in Division C. Yet another very enjoyable day with a great bunch of guys & gals.

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

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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