The Growling Swan 08/04

Tuesday, 8th April – Bangpra  – Stableford

Toddy & Arnie Max Get The Chocolates!

It had been quite some time since we had played Bangpra, one of Pattaya’s oldest courses and we were all looking forward to reacquainting ourselves with it and as Monday was a Thai Public Holiday we opted for a game on the Tuesday. We had 27 golfers signed up for the day and as we assembled at The Growling Swan we welcomed John Waugh from Darwin, Australia, Graham Rice from Gove in the Northern Territory of Australia and Leif Kikgaard, Jan Lovgreen, Lotte Boskov & Arne Max Pedersen of Denmark. All were on time and as we were scheduled for an 11.00 am tee time we had a later than normal departure, leaving the GS 3 minutes earlier than our scheduled 9.00 am departure time. After a good run up number 7 we arrived at the course 41 minutes later where it was quite busy but that gave us plenty of time to prepare & have a practice putt. We were called to the first tee quite quickly and managed to send our first group, a three ball away 30 minutes early at 10.30 am and it was hot and humid with just a bit of wind. The course was in great shape although the greens seemed to be just a “tad” slower than usual for this course but still posed problems for those faced with downhill putts of any size. It was quite slow going as there were holdups on most of the par threes and after taking a couple of drinks breaks we managed to complete the round in the fairly slow time of four hours & forty minutes. It was great to play the course again after a long break and with the excellent company it was a very enjoyable day.

We had 2 Divisions – Division A for handicaps 0 to 16 & Division B for golfers on handicaps of 17 and 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.

Martin Todd returned to good form and won the Division A with a fine score of 39 points and with 2 golfers on 36 points the resultant count back saw Alain “Inspector Clouseau” Taddei (18 point back nine & 13 points on the last 6 holes) take second spot from Mike Allidi (18 point back nine & 11 points on the last 6 holes) in third place. Big Bill Steinman finished fourth with a steady 35 points. Things were tight at the top of Division B with 2 players on 38 points so another count back was required which saw Arne Max Pedersen (19 point back nine) take first place from Lotte Boskov (16 point back nine) in second spot. Thientong Charoenrung came third with 34 points, one point ahead of Jan Lovgreen in fourth place.

Results for Bangpra:  

Division A – 0 to 16

1st –    Martin Todd (9) – 39 points   

2nd – Alain Taddei (16) – 36 points

3rd – Mike Allidi (3) – 36 points

4th – Bill Steinman (10) – 35 points

Division B  – 17 and over

1st – Arne Max Pedersen (17) – 38 points

2nd – Lotte Boskov (18) – 38 points

3rd – Thientong Charoenrung (18) – 34 points

4th – Jan Lovgreen (18) – 33 points

NTP’s

2nd – Jan Lovgreen

8th – Thientong Charoenrung

12th – Sal Brizzi

17th – Leif Kirkgaard

LFP’s

9th – Dave Neal

18th  – Bill Steinman                                                                         

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 first timer John Waugh and he accepted the award like the good sport that he is. Thientong 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 several coldies and reminiscing over the day’s golf.                                                                                                        

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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