The Growling Swan 10/06

Monday, 10th June – Crystal Bay, B & C – First Anniversary Tournament – 4BBB Stableford

Joe & Charlie Sparkle At Crystal Bay!

It hadn’t seemed like one year but it certainly was and we had a terrific compliment of 36 players signed up to partake in this historic event. As we assembled at The Growling Swan we welcomed Pattaya Sports Club Golf Chairman Joe Mooneyham, who incidentally played in our very first game a year ago, Volker Buley back from Germany for some Pattaya fun, locals John Swanson & Brian Noguer, Jeff Mellon from Melbourne, Australia, Nolan Wise who is in between drilling jobs, Evan Miller formerly from New Zealand but now residing here and Charlie Cunningham from USA. It was agreed that we would have a four ball better ball stableford pairs event with a random draw of an A Grade player with a B Grade player. This was conducted at the bar under very close scrutiny prior to our departure. Having got all that over and done with we headed off from the GS right on time at 8.30 am and arrived at the course 45 minutes later to find that we would be playing B & C nines and could tee off at our leisure. We got our first of nine four balls away right on the scheduled tee off time of 10.00 am in perfect weather conditions for golf, not too hot and a nice gentle breeze. The course was in terrific shape as usual with the greens firm and true and we proceeded at a good pace & completed the B nine in just over two hours. Conditions remained perfect for the remainder of the round and in just four hours & ten minutes for the full round we were back in the clubhouse taking showers.

With the good numbers we were able to go down to sixth place and there were some excellent prizes to be awarded. There were also rewards for nearest the pins on all the par threes and longest first putts on the 9th & 18th greens.

In first place of this historic event came Joe Mooneyham & Charlie Cunningham with a fine 46 points, and a count back was required to separate second & third with two pairs on 44 points. This resulted in Mike “Hunter” Gosden & Andrew “Turtle” Allen (21 point back nine) taking second place from Ebrahim & Sandy “Leiperfrog” Leiper (19 point back nine) in third spot. With 2 pairs on 43 points another count back was needed and it was Ed Wyckoff & Paul Jackson (22 point back nine) who grabbed fourth place from Graham “Grunter” Buckingham & Fred Dineley (19 point back nine) in fifth spot. Another count back was necessary to determine sixth place with 2 pairs on 42 points and it was Paul “Hacky” Hack & Ian Masterson (21 point back nine & 15 points on the last 6 holes) who got the chocolates from luckless Ken Hole & Max “Corsets” Bracegirdle (21 point back nine & 14 points on the last 6 holes).

Results for Crystal Bay:

1st – Joe Mooneyham & Charlie Cunningham – 46 points
2nd – Mike Gosden & Andrew Allen – 44 points
3rd – Ebrahim & Sandy Leiper – 44 points
4th – Ed Wyckoff & Paul Jackson – 43 points
5th – Graham Buckingham & Fred Dineley – 43 points
6th – Paul Hack & Ian Masterson – 42 points

B4 – Fred Dineley
B6 – Fred Dineley
C4 – Peter Bye
C7 – John Swanson

B9 – Geri Crilly
C9 – Paul Hack

Back at The Growling Swan afterwards for presentations and a lovely buffet meal it was necessary to thank various people for their contributions. Firstly, Growling Swan Mine Host Peter Grey (just back from Melbourne the night before) for all his help throughout the year and for providing the sumptuous supper. Max Bracegirdle who generously made a donation towards running the event and Mark West for assisting me with picking up the prizes. There was a great crowd back at the bar and Peter Grey took Deefa the Dog for a walk and collected many donations for the needy in Pattaya from our ever generous Growling Swan crew. It had been a terrific day and I’m sure everyone enjoyed themselves and we look forward to another great year of golf out of The Growling Swan.

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

 Winners Joe Mooneyham & Charlie Cunningham

Winners Joe Mooneyham & Charlie Cunningham

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