The Growling Swan 09/01

Thursday, 9th January – Treasure Hill – Stableford

Westy, Carole & Turtle On Top At The Hill!

After a couple of last minute cancellations & inclusions we settled for a field of 28 starters to take on the challenging Treasure Hill layout. We assembled at The Growling Swan and handed out welcomes to Richard & Carole Kubicki from Cyprus/UK, Andy Todd from Hartfield Country Club in Perth, Western Australia, Peter Long & Gary Williams from Melbourne, Victoria, Dave Fletcher back again for some R & R and Jack Robertson joining us once again. Sadly it was time to say bon voyage to dear friend Volker Buley who is returning to Germany on Sunday after 4 weeks in Pattaya and Mick “Bear” Wilks who is off back to Melbourne. Once again all were on time so our 3 mini vans got away from the GS 5 minutes ahead of schedule at 8.25 am and after a very good run on 331 we arrived at the course 45 minutes later. It was reasonably busy and another large group arrived just after us so we quickly got ready and managed to get on to the first tee and send our first group away 20 minutes early at 9.40 am. The weather was great once more and the golf course was looking good although a lot of the greens had residual sand on them but all in all not too bad. Some of the fairways were quite wet as they had the sprinklers on them as we were playing which caused the workers to scurry around turning them off just ahead of us on a few holes. The pace was quite good with no-one ahead of us until we got onto the green on the “crocodile hole” and lo & behold there were a group of 6 Thais on the 17th green, obviously doing some “hole hopping” as we had not seen anyone in front of us all day. As they left the 17th and proceeded to the 18th tee I wandered over to them and asked where they had come from but received blank stares so a series of gestures from myself seemed to get the message through and they disappeared fairly quickly. It wasn’t one of our quickest rounds but certainly an enjoyable one and we finished in four hours & twenty five minutes.

We had 3 Divisions – Division A for handicaps 0 to 17, Division B for golfers on handicaps of 18 to 28 and Division C for handicaps of 29 and over with three 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.

Mark “Westy” West continued his good form and won Division A with a fine 38 points, 2 points ahead of your writer Peter “Blacky” Blackburn in second place with Andy Todd finishing third on 35 points. Carole Kubicki easily won the B Division with 38 points and in a count back for second & third with two on 32 points it was Stephen Newton (17 point back nine) who prevailed over Tiziano Dal Pastro (16 point back nine) in third spot. In C Division Andrew “Turtle” Allen was victorious with 36 points and Ian Masterson was second with 34 points. Another count back was required to determine third spot as there were two on 26 points and it went to Volker Buley (12 point back nine) with Vince Romeo (11 point back nine) just missing out.

Results for Treasure Hill:

Division A – 0 to 17
1st – Mark West (15) – 38 points
2nd – Peter Blackburn (13) – 36 points
3rd – Andy Todd (12) – 35 points

Division B – 18 to 28
1st – Carole Kubicki (24) – 38 points
2nd – Stephen Newton (27) – 32 points
3rd – John Davis (18) – 36 points
4th – Tiziano Dal Pastro (26) – 32 points

Division C – 29 and over
1st – Andrew Allen (34) – 36 points
2nd – Ian Masterson (36) – 34 points
3rd – Volker Buley (31) – 26 points

NTP’s
2nd – Ken Hole
6th – Tiziano Dal Pastro
13th – John Davis
17th – Steephen Newton

LFP’s
9th – Richard Kubicki
18th – Ted Morris

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 (Pizza) Grey who 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 Growling Swan afterwards there was a good crowd and it was great catching up with the Kubickis again although they had somewhat of a thirst on which caused Peter Grey to place an urgent order for more Singha which duly arrived in the nick of time. It had been another quality day out which all enjoyed and we all look forward to many more.

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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