The Growling Swan 09/12

Monday, 9th December – Mountain Shadow – Stableford

Allidi Shoots 69 At The Mountain!

It was yet another fine and sunny Pattaya Monday morning as we all made our way to The Growling Swan to prepare for our departure to one of our favourite golf courses, Mountain Shadow. We had a terrific field of 34 golfers signed up for the day’s competition with many newcomers & returnees. We welcomed back Bent Agerbo from Denmark, Pattaya residents John Player and Sel Wegner, Goran Asp from Sweden and Jukka Pultinen & Heli Rantala from Finland. We also were saying farewell to Ed “Willie Nelson” Stewart who is returning to Conneticut and then Hawaii after several months here in Pattaya. We had 3 mini vans which were “chokka block” and we departed the GS 5 minutes ahead of schedule at 8.25 am and headed north on No. 7, making our way through the Pattaya Monday morning traffic quite quickly and arrived at the golf course 41 minutes later. It was fairly quiet there and as soon as we were ready we were invited to tee off and our first four ball got away 15 minutes early at 9.45 am. The weather was fabulous with a nice cooling breeze and the golf course was in super condition with the greens beautifully prepared and at times very slick. We proceeded at a steady pace and although yours truly had steam coming out of his ears after losing a brand new ball at the back of the first green, obviously “stolen” by one of the many dogs on the course we had a very enjoyable round with terrific company and it was completed in four hours & twenty minutes.

We had 3 Divisions – Division A for handicaps 0 to 15, Division B for handicaps of 16 to 19 & Division C for golfers on handicaps of 20 and over with four 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 & 18 greens.

With a fabulous gross score of 69 it was the classy Mike Allidi who won Division A with 42 points and veteran Ted Morris came second with 38 points. In third spot was Frankie “Goes to Hollywood” Sharratt on 36 points and with 2 players on 34 points the resultant count back saw Len Commons (18 point back nine) come fourth from his mate Kevin “Wayco” Waycott (16 point back nine. Ebrahim continued his good form and won the B Division with a fine 40 points with Mark “Westy” West second with 39 points. In third place was John Davis with 36 points and John Player came fourth on 35 points. J C Lhoste finally found some form and his 40 points won the C Division with Duangjai “Kae” Tusagad second on 38 points. Kae’s partner Roy “Plums” Dayton finished third with 37 points and returnee Bent Agerbo finished in fourth place with 36 points.

Results for Mountain Shadow:

Division A – 0 to 15
1st – Mike Allidi (3) – 42 points
2nd – Ted Morris (12) – 38 points
3rd – Frank Sharratt (12) – 36 points
4th – Len Commons (10) – 34 points

Division B – 16 to 19
1st – Ebrahim (18) – 40 points
2nd – Mark West (16) – 39 points
3rd – John Davis (19) – 36 points
4th – John Player (18) – 35 points

Division C – 20 and over
1st – J C Lhoste (24) – 40 points
2nd – Duangjai Tusagad (20) – 38 points
3rd – Roy Dayton (26) – 37 points
4th – Bent Agerbo (20) – 36 points

NTP’s
5th – Ed Stewart
8th – Frank Sharratt
15th – Don Richardson
17th – Mike Allidi

LFP’s
9th – J C Lhoste
18th – John Davis

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 Eddie Townsend who accepted the award like the good sport that he is. J C then kindly paraded Deefa the Dog and of course collected many donations for the needy in Pattaya from our generous Growling Swan Golfers. At The Growling Swan afterwards there was a very good crowd and there were many discussions on the day’s play and many cold beers consumed.

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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