Growling Swan 09/04

Tuesday, 9th April – Mountain Shadow – Stableford

Hunter & Woody Victorious At The Mountain!

A couple of late withdrawals and one late inclusion left us with 26 starters who were all keen to tackle the popular Mountain Shadow layout. As we assembled at The Growling Swan prior to departure we were happy to welcome back Stephen Newton who is here for a couple of weeks R & R. It was sadly time to say farewell to Roy “Plums” Dayton and his lady Duangjai “Kae” Tusagad who will shortly be off to California for five months or so and good luck to Kae on her first trip out of The Kingdom. Also departing is good friend J C Lhoste who is off to Monaco & then back to France, Eric “Judge” Black who is returning to Geelong Victoria shortly after Songkran and Jerry Dobbs & Brad “Bad” Todd who will soon be going back to OZ. As everyone arrived early we left the GS in 2 mini vans five minutes ahead of schedule at 8.25 am and after a 43 minute journey arrived at the course where it was very quiet. Time for a putt or two and various other methods of preparation we sent our first group away 20 minutes ahead of schedule at 9.40 am in fairly hot and sticky conditions. With no-one in front of us for several holes we proceeded in a timely fashion and whilst enjoying the terrific layout which was in excellent “nick” we strolled through the front nine in two hours even. The greens were at their usual best and often caught out the golfer who ended up too far past the hole on the sloping greens. A quick drink stop before the thirteenth tee managed to revive us in the ever increasing hot conditions and we managed to complete the full round of golf in just a tad over four hours. Great golf course, terrific company but “bloody hot!”

We were able to have 2 Grades with five podium spots in each. A Grade was for handicaps 0 to 19 and B Grade for 20 and over. We had nearest the pins on all the par threes and longest first putts on the 9th & 18th greens.

Making it two in a row was in form golfer Mike “Hunter” Gosden who won the A Grade with a fine 38 points. With 2 golfers on 37 points a count back was required and it was Alain “Inspector Clouseau” Taddei (21 point back nine) who took second place from Bill McGarvie (18 point back nine ) in third spot. In a record “tight” count back with 2 people on 35 points with both scoring 19 points on the back nine and identical scores on each of the holes on the back nine with the exception of the 11th where Martin Todd’s four for three enabled him to secure fourth place from Suparp “Anna” Korboon who scored five for two on the 11th. Frank “Woody” Donnelly was once again victorious in the B Grade and won with 38 points, one point ahead of Duangjai “Kae” Tusagad in second place and Dave Neal was third with 36 points. In a count back for fourth & fifth with both on 35 points it was Sandy “Leiperfrog” Leiper (19 point back nine) just beating Jerry Dobbs (12 point back nine).

Results for Mountain Shadow:

A Grade – 0 to 19
1st – Mike Gosden (12) – 38 points
2nd –Alain Taddei (17) – 37 points
3rd – Bill McGarvie (11) – 37 points
4th – Martin Todd (9) – 35 points
5th – Suparp Korboon (9) – 35 points

B Grade – 20 and over
1st – Frank Donnelly (23) – 38 points
2nd – Duangjai Tusagad (21) – 37 points
3rd – Dave Neal (23) – 36 points
4th – Sandy Leiper (34) – 35 points
5th – Jerry Dobbs (23) – 35 points

5th – J C Lhoste
8th – Wanta Dacha
15th – Alain Taddei
17th – Alain Taddei

9th – Wanta Dacha
18th – Ebrahim

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 returnee Stephen Newton who accepted the award in fine spirit. Martin Todd took Deefa for the usual walk and collected many donations for the needy in Pattaya from our ever generous Growling Swan golfers. Back at The Growling Swan afterwards the low priced beers were Aussie cold and enjoyed by all whilst discussing yet another fine day of 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 (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

Mike Gosden, Stephen Newton & Frank Donnelly

Mike Gosden, Stephen Newton & Frank Donnelly

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