The Growling Swan 07/07
Monday, 7th July – Bangpra – Stableford
Gerd & Bob Do It Again At The Monkey Course!
It was another fine & sunny Monday morning as we made our way to The Growling Swan and were all looking forward to re-visiting the popular but challenging “Monkey Course”, Bangpra. There were several new arrivals so welcomes were handed out to Len Hardingham from Perth, Western Australia who I had not seen for about 20 years, John Pierrel from Houston, Texas back with us for another 4 months, John Davis back after a few weeks in the UK, veteran Ken Hole returning after a holiday in Bali and Bent Agerbo who is back from Denmark for his bi-annual visit to Pattaya. We had a later tee time so there was plenty of time for a good old “natter” before we departed the GS right on time at 8.45 am and headed off through the Monday morning traffic up number 7. Our 2 mini vans made very good time and we arrived at the golf course after just a 40 minute drive and as is the norm just lately at most courses the car park was almost empty. Our scheduled tee time was 10.30 am (their idea not mine) but as there was hardly anyone there we were invited to start at our leisure so after a practice putt or two we headed down to the first tee. As there were 22 in the field it meant 2 three balls so to speed things up we sent them off first and the first one got away 35 minutes ahead of our booked time at 9.55 am. There were no groups to be seen ahead so these 2 groups left the following four balls for dead and in sunny and hot weather we commenced our round, finding the golf course in terrific condition with most of the greens up to their usual “Bangpra” tricks so it was crucial to stay below the hole! For a change we did not spot one monkey and it was suggested that perhaps it was too hot for them and indeed we found it necessary to keep up the water intake, even stopping for a rest just before the 16th tee. We did slow down a bit due to the heat and our round was completed in four hours & twenty five minutes.
We had 2 Divisions – Division A for handicaps 0 to 13 and Division B for golfers on handicaps of 14 and over with three places in each Division. There were also rewards for nearest the pin on all the par threes and longest first putts on the 9th & 18th greens.
For the third game in a row it was that man again, Gerd Riedler who stole the show and despite losing a shot off his handicap he scored 35 points and won Division A. With two on 34 points a count back was needed which saw Martin “Toddy” Todd (19 point back nine) finish second and John Pierrel (17 point back nine) was third. For his second win in a row it was Bob Akapita who finished on top of Division B with 33 points, 1 point ahead of Ken Hole in second place and John Andersom finished third with 31 points. It was interesting to see that no-one was able to play to their handicap or better on the day.
Results for Bangpra:
Division A – 0 to 13
1st – Gerd Riedler (7) – 35 points
2nd – Martin Todd (8) – 34 points
3rd – John Pierrel (12) – 34 points
Division B – 14 & over
1st – Bob Akapita (16) – 33 points
2nd – Ken Hole (18) – 32 points
3rd – John Anderson (26) – 31 points
2nd – Ebrahim
8th – Ken Hole
12th – Kevin Waycott
17th – Martin Todd
9th – Kevin Waycott
18th – Mike Allidi
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 Geri Crilly and he accepted the award like the good sport that he is. Gerd 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 for some Aussie cold, low priced beers and of course Geri Crilly was in good spirits despite winning the famous “red cap”. It had been yet another very good day out with a great bunch of blokes.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.