The Growling Swan 09/06
Monday, 9th June – Greenwood – Stableford
Peter Bye Wins In A Close One!
It was a fine Monday morning in Pattaya and we were all looking forward to a good day’s golf at Greenwood as we assembled at The Growling Swan in readiness for our departure to the popular Greenwood Golf Course. We welcomed back Dave “Fletch” Fletcher from Western Australia and Paul Kennedy from Melbourne, Australia. Sadly it was time to say farewell to one of our most loyal players, John Davis who is off to the UK for a few weeks but gladly will be back with us very soon. All were on time so our departure from the GS was on schedule at 8.30 am and we headed off up number 7 and then 331 where the traffic was busy as usual and we arrived at the course 52 minutes later. There weren’t too many people there so after being told it was to be the B & C nines we had a quick practice putt and headed off to B1 where our first group, a three ball teed off right on time at 10.00 am. We had a field of 22 plus The Reverend’s lady, Wan and in spritely fashion we proceeded off the white tees in hot & humid conditions which thankfully was made more comfortable with the help of at times a fairly stiff breeze. The course was in great shape with lush fairways and although the greens on C9 had been recently sanded they were fine to putt on. We seemed always to be playing into the stiff breeze in fact for the first time ever no-one was able to get on to three of the four par three greens from the tee. We took our time as the three ball in front of us disappeared into the distance and our very enjoyable round of golf was completed in four & a half hours.
We had 2 Divisions – Division A for handicaps 0 to 17 & Division B for golfers on handicaps of 18 and over with three places in each Division. There were also rewards for nearest the pin on all the par threes and longest first putts on the B9 & C9 greens.
It was tight at the top in A Division with 2 golfers on 34 points (yes, that was the highest score on the day) and the resultant count back saw Peter Bye (16 point back nine & 13 points on the last 6 holes) declared the winner with “Big” Bill Steinman (16 point back nine & 12 points on the last 6 holes) in second spot. Your writer, Peter “Blacky” Blackburn finished in third place with 33 points. More count backs were needed to sort out the place getters in Division B and with 2 people on 32 points it was Ken Hole (19 point back nine) who was the winner from Frank “Woody” Donnelly (17 point back nine) in second place. There were 3 golfers on 30 points vying for third place and the count back saw it going to Patrick Poussier (17 point back nine) with Dave Fletcher (14 point back nine) and John Anderson (14 point back nine) both missing out.
Results for Greenwood:
Division A – 0 to 17
1st –Peter Bye (13) – 34 points
2nd – Bill Steinman (9) – 34 points
3rd – Peter Blackburn (12) – 33 points
Division B – 23 & over
1st – Ken Hole (20) – 32 points
2nd – Frank Donnelly (23) – 32 points
3rd – Patrick Poussier (23) – 30 points
B2 – No-one Good Enough
B5 – John Anderson
C3 – No-one Good Enough
C6 – No-one Good Enough
B9 – Gerd Riedler
C9 – Mark West
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 yet again by Niall Stuart and he accepted the award like the good sport that he is. Gerd 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 the beer was flowing and the conversation quickly turned to anticipation of the next game, the Growling Swan 2nd Anniversary Tournament on Thursday at Khao Kheow with a “Divorce Pairs” format. More fun golf 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.