The Growling Swan 08/08

Thursday, 8th August – Crystal Bay, A & B – Stableford

Allidi & Calcutt Sparkle At Crystal Bay!

They came out of the woodwork for this one as after a late withdrawal we had a great low season number of 33 golfers ready to take the journey to the ever popular Crystal Bay Golf Course. The weather was great as we assembled at The Growling Swan and we were happy to hand out welcomes to Bill Hewitt and his lady Samorn Tanamsri, Gerd Riedler, Peter Rooke & Alex Field – all from Pattaya. It was also good to have with us once more Paul Sharples from Oman. Departing the GS a couple of minutes earlier than our scheduled 8.30 departing time we headed North up Sukhumvit and after a good run arrived at Crystal Bay 44 minutes later to find the golf course practically deserted. We naturally we invited to tee off as soon as we were ready and after a brief preparation our first four ball teed off on A1 10 minutes ahead of schedule at 9.50 am. As mentioned earlier the weather was excellent and there was a fairly stiff breeze to cool things down a touch but also make the golf a bit tricky at times. The golf course was in excellent condition with well maintained fairways and greens, which at times were quite quick and posed a few problems for some but all in all the course was presented beautifully. With no-one ahead of us we maintained a steady pace and managed to complete our full round in four hours & fifteen minutes after enjoying the quality company and the very good golf course.

We had 2 Grades – A Grade for handicaps 0 to 22 and B Grade for handicaps 23 & over with 6 places in each grade. There were also rewards for nearest the pins on the four par threes and longest first putts on the 9th & 18th greens.

With a gross score of 69 which equated to 41 Stableford points it was once again Mike Allidi who showed his class and won the A Grade section. Two golfers were tied on 39 points so a count back was necessary for second & third places and it was Gerd Riedler (22 point back nine) who just pipped Stu “Heineken” Rifkin (21 point back nine. In fourth place came Paul Sharples with 36 points and another count back was required to determine fifth & sixth places with Alain “Inspector Clouseau” Taddei (17 point back nine, 11 points on the last 6 holes and 6 points on the last 3 holes) prevailing ahead of Peter “Blacky” Blackburn (17 point back nine, 11 points on the last 6 holes and 4 points on the last 3 holes) with both having 35 points. Russell Calcutt was victorious in the B Grade with 40 points and last start NAGA winner Tiziano Dal Pastro finished in second place with 38 points and Shane “Jockey” Young was third with 37 points. In fourth place on a count back with 35 points was Alex Field (18 point back nine, 12 points on the last 6 holes and 6 points on the last 3 holes) with regular NAGA winner Nolan Wise (18 point back nine, 12 points on the last 6 holes and 4 points on the last 3 holes) finishing fifth. Yet another count back was needed to decide sixth place with 2 on 34 points and it was Fred Dinely (15 point back nine) who shaded Mark Stapleton (13 point back nine).

Results for Crystal Bay:

A Grade – 0 to 22
1st – Mike Allidi (2) – 41 points
2nd – Gerd Riedler (6) 39 points
3rd – Stu Rifkin (15) – 39 points
4th – Paul Sharples (10) – 36 points
5th – Alain Taddei (17) – 35 points
6th – Peter Blackburn (11) – 35 points

B Grade – 23 & over
1st – Russell Calcutt (36) – 40 points
2nd – Tiziano Dal Pastro (25) – 38 points
3rd – Shane Young (30) – 37 points
4th – Alex Field (27) – 35 points
5th – Nolan Wise (36) – 35 points
6th – Fred Dineley (26) – 34 points

A5 – Ken Hole
A8 – Peter Rooke
B4 – Paul Moloney
B6 – Mike Allidi

A9 – Andrew Allen
B9 – Alain Taddei

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 good sport Vince Romero and he accepted & wore the award with pride for a long time back at the bar. Toddy then read out the fines, of which there were many and then Max was kind enough to parade Deefa the Dog and of course collected many donations for the needy in Pattaya from our generous Growling Swan Golfers. It was then of course time to go back to The Growling Swan where many of us enjoyed the excellent facilities and discussed the day’s events for quite some time and of course Mine Host Peter Grey had a huge smile on his face as he had avoided having to wear the NAGA cap once again. Another great day with lots of people and lots of fun.

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 (formerly The Bunker Bar) 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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