The Growling Swan 09/07

Burapha golf club


With a 10.00 am tee off time scheduled, we were pleasantly surprised after arriving at the Burapha Golf Club to be informed that we could be slotted in 25 minutes earlier.
Due to one no show we had two groups of three tee off first, followed by the remaining 4 x 4 groups and all finished their rounds in 4 hours and ten minutes playing off the white tees using A and B nines.
There were no complaints about the weather or the course and therefore no excuses for the mostly below par scoring.
Geri Crilly (27), who won on Monday with 40 points at Bangpra, held his good form and again won the day with 38 points….no doubt next week he will find himself off a lower handicap. When reminded of this he answered that he doubts he will be playing next week as the weather forecast expects rain and lightening all through the week….no matter Geri, your lower handicap will be there when you return!
Mike Gosden (15), who has been absent due to illness for a week, was back in style taking out second spot just one point behind…Mike also won an NTP and a longest putt too!
Third and fourth places were determined on a count back with Eric Black (15 but handicap to be discussed further in this report) edging out Bent Agerbo (19) both with 35 points.
Shane Young (28) was the fifth position winner with 34 points on a count back from Stuart Rifkin (16) and Mark Stapleton (18).
1st – Geri Crilly (27) 38 points
2nd – Mike Gosden (15) 37 points
3rd – Eric (the Judge) Black (15?) 35 points
4th – Bent Agerbo (19) 35 points
5th – Shane Young (28) 34 points
A3 – Mike Gosden
A6 – Glenn Henriksen
B3 – Eric Black
B8 – Alain Taddei
Longest First Putts
A9 – Mike Gosden
B9 – Graham Rice

After our refreshing showers we elected to bypass the club house hospitality and headed back to the Swan for our well earned refreshments and presentations.
Our host Peter Grey welcomed John Edwards, Alain Taddei, Glen Henriksen and Dave Fletcher and bid farewell to Bent Agerbo heading back to Scandinavia for a few months or so.
As mentioned above, there is conjecture as to visitors who play regularly in their home countries off a lower handicap than their PSC handicap that is used two or three times a year when they visit. What is the fair and just handicap that a player should play off under these circumstances?……Given that overseas visitors without a PSC handicap are granted play in competitions here, if they have or hold a valid overseas recognized golf club handicap, why should an overseas resident who holds a PSC membership be allowed to play several handicap shots higher than his ordinary overseas golf club handicap?
We will put this question to the PSC for their ruling and get back to you Judge! (Sorry about your State of Origin loss!)
In the photo from L to R: Eric (the Judge) Black, Todays winner Geri Crilly, Deefa and Graham Rice.
Deefa was the happy recipient of many donations for the needy children of Pattaya and the golfers are thanked once again for their generosity.
It was reported to me that two of our Super Star golfers (who just happen to be in the photo with Geri) laid down a challenge to two of our below average golfers. Needless to say The Super Stars ended up with egg on their faces. Well done for the underdog!
The GS is a friendly golf outlet and caters for and encourages all golfers male and female to have a hit at any of our weekly outings. We generally play Mondays and Thursdays at one of the many fine golf courses in and around Pattaya. Please contact Peter Grey if you are interested on 0861 503086.
The Growling Swan also caters to the bowls enthusiasts. Bus transport departs the GS on Wednesdays at 10 AM to play at Coco’s on undercover synthetic greens and on Sundays at the same time for open grass bowling at The Retreat. Please contact Paul Rennison on 0843 454005 if you wish to partake. The cost including return bus transport, bowling fees and a hot lunch is less than 400 baht so great value for a day out.

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