The Growling Swan 09/09

Monday, 9th September – Bangpra – Stableford
The weekend was over and it was time to get back into the serious stuff – GOLF! Bangpra has long been a favourite of many and the current Sports Day rate of 800 baht Green Fee is certainly excellent value for money even though after next month it will be back to “High Season” rates. There was a terrific Monday field of 27 golfers signed up to play and when veteran Hugh O’Donnell turned up at 8.25 am looking for a game due to his golf at another golf outlet being cancelled that made it an even seven groups of four. Three mini vans had been ordered so with a few travelling in private cars there was plenty of room for Hugh and he was of course given a hearty welcome along with our friend Bob Akapita from Gove in the Northern Territory of Australia, Mark Stapleton from Melbourne and long time Pattaya resident Rita Zoebelli. Jayson Schembri slept in but managed to phone me and we decided to await his arrival which meant we did not depart the GS until 8.45 am but no dramas, we had heaps of time and Jayson’s fine helped to boost Deefa the Dog’s coffers at presentations after the game. We sped off up No. 7 and arrived at the course just 39 minutes later which meant we had plenty of time before our 10.00 am booked tee off and we were asked by the Starter to please proceed straight away which meant our first four ball got away 10 minutes ahead of schedule at 9.50 am. The weather was fine but hot with very little breeze and the golf course was as ever in terrific shape with the infamous Bangpra slick greens all too eager to punish anyone with lengthy putts above the hole. We breezed through the first nine in just over two hours but slowed down considerably on the back nine after catching up with a Japanese lady four ball. Not to worry as it was a very enjoyable round of golf with excellent company and our eighteen holes were completed in four hours & fifteen minutes.

We had 2 Grades – A Grade for handicaps 0 to 17 and B Grade for handicaps 18 & 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.

After having his best round of golf for many months the visiting Bob Akapita won the A Grade with 35 points, just 1 point ahead of Mike Allidi in second place. With 3 golfers on 33 points a count back was necessary to determine third, fourth & fifth and it was Kevin “Wayco” Waycott (18 point back nine) taking third spot from Jayson Schembri (17 point back nine) in fourth place and fifth went to Sal Brizzi (14 point back nine). Another count back was required to decide sixth place with two on 32 points and Ebrahim (16 point back nine) claimed that spot from your writer, Peter “Blacky” Blackburn (15 point back nine). The B Grade was won by John Davis who had 35 points and with 2 golfers having 34 points another count back saw Patrick Poussier (18 point back nine) take second place from Rita Zoebelli (14 point back nine) with Thientong Charoenrung fourth on 33 points. Graham “Grunter” Buckingham took fifth place with 32 points and in a count back for sixth with two players on 30 points it was veteran Hugh O’Donnell (19 point back nine) who edged out Max “Corsets” Bracegirdle (16 point back nine). The golf course was as usual the winner on the day with no-one playing to their handicap or better but it had been a really good day at a quality golf venue.

Results for Bangpra:

A Grade – 0 to 17
1st – Bob Akapita (17) – 35 points
2nd – Mike Allidi (3) – 34 points
3rd – Kevin Waycott (11) – 36 points
4th – Jayson Schembri (17) – 33 points
5th – Sal Brizzi (7) – 33 points
6th – Ebrahim (16) – 32 points

B Grade – 19 & over
1st – John Davis (23) – 35 points
2nd – Patrick Poussier (24) – 34 points
3rd – Rita Zoebelli (22) – 34 points
4th – Thientong Charoenrung (19) – 33 points
5th – Graham Buckingham (22) – 32 points
6th – Hugh O’Donnell (33) – 30 points

2nd – Mike Gosden
8th – Dave Neal
12th – Rita Zoebelli
17th – Thientong Charoenrung

9th – Rita Zoebelli
18th – Mark Stapleton

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 Paul Kennedy and he accepted & wore the award with pride for quite some time in the bar later. Max 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 the Aussie cold, low priced beers were consumed with consummate ease whilst the usual chatter & friendly banter was as ever present.

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.

John Davis, Paul Kennedy  ,Bob Akapita

John Davis, Paul Kennedy ,Bob Akapita

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