The Growling Swan 07/08

 Thursday, 7th August – Crystal Bay, C & A  – Stableford

 Blacky, Woodsy & Gary Sparkle At Crystal Bay!

 Another terrific “Low Season” field of 34 were signed up to play one of our favourites, Crystal Bay and there were several returnees & newcomers to welcome. These were Vince Romeo from Melbourne, Tiziano Dal Pastro from Italy, Paul Jackson from Melbourne, Alan White plus Russell Hall also from Melbourne. It was also time to say farewell to Niall Stuart who will shortly be off to New Zealand but he assures us that he will be back in a week or so. Three mini vans were required and we got away from the GS 3 minutes earlier than our normal 8.30 am departure time and we headed North up Sukhumvit with a good run, not getting caught for more than a few minutes at the main traffic lights in Sriracha and 45 minutes later we arrived at the course which appeared to be very quiet. After checking in and preparation we made our way down to see The Starter who informed us that we would be playing the C & A nines in that order. The numbers in the field caused us to have two three balls so we sensibly sent them away first which meant they got away 8 minutes ahead of our booked time of 10.00 am. The weather was great although fairly windy which was good as it helped to make playing conditions a little easier although it made some holes rather tough into the wind. The golf course was in very good condition although some of the greens were a touch bumpy which at time set some challenges. The two three balls slowly got away from us and we completed a very enjoyable round in four hours & fifteen minutes. The company was excellent, weather was perfect and the course was as usual in top “nick”.

We had 3 Divisions – Division A for handicaps 0 to 14, Division B for golfers on handicaps of 15 to 22 and Division C for handicaps of 23 and over with four places in each Division. There were also rewards for nearest the pin on the par threes and longest first putts on the A9 & C9 greens.

Your writer, Peter “Blacky” Blackburn shook off his very poor recent form and won the A Division with 40 points which was 4 points better than Takeshi Hakozaki who finished second. With 3 golfers on 35 points a count back was needed to sort out third & fourth and it was Martin “Toddy” Todd (19 point back nine) who got third spot from John Pierrel (18 point back nine) in fourth place with Mike Allidi (17 point back nine) just missing out. Division B was a close affair with 2 players on 41 points and it was Alan “Woodsy” White (22 point back nine) who was declared the winner from John Davis (19 point back nine) in second place. Graham “Grunter” Buckingham finished third with 33 points and Ernie Picken was fourth on 32 points. In C Division there was a “bolter” with Gary Monley’s 41 points easily good enough to win from Russell Calcutt, 7 points further back in second place. Yet another count back was required to determine third & fourth with 2 golfers on 33 points and it was Tiziano Dal Pastro (18 point back nine) who got the “chocolates” from Geri “Birdy” Crilly (15 point back nine) in fourth place.

Results for Crystal Bay:

Division A – 0 to 14

1st –    Peter Blackburn (11) – 40 points

2nd – Takeshi Hakozaki (12) – 36 points

3rd – Martin Todd (8) – 35 points

4th – John Pierrel (10) – 35 points

Division B  – 15 to 22

1st – Alan White (18) – 41 points

2nd – John Davis (15) – 41 points

3rd – Graham Buckingham (21) – 33 points

4th – Ernie Picken (21) – 32 points

Division C – 23 & over

1st – Gary Monley (33) – 41 points

2nd – Russell Calcutt (34) – 34 points

3rd – Tiziano Dal Pastro (24)  – 33 points

4th – Geri Crilly (25) – 33 points


A5 – No-one good enough

A8 – John Davis

C4 – Alan White

C7 – Walter Baechli


A9 – Mike Allidi

C9 – Jayson Schembri

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 and he 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. Back at the bar there was a very good crowd who stayed for quite some time, running over the events of the day and listening to Geri Crilly’s rules interpretations and of course the blow by blow account of his birdy on C3. Another very good day with many more to come.

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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