The Growling Swan 11/07

Thursday, 11th July – Pleasant Valley – Stableford

Teddy & Sandy Too Good At The Valley!

Once again I awoke at 5.30 am to the sound of pouring rain and thought here we go again. I was waiting for my phone to ring with cancellations but thankfully our faithful crew are starting to get the message about Pattaya weather. There was of course the one cancellation from a guy who thinks if he gets wet he will probably dissolve but the remaining true and dedicated 29 starters turned up at the Growling Swan ready to tackle Pleasant Valley Golf Course. We welcomed Tony Yemm, Dane O”Brien and Craig Pensini from Perth in Western Australia and also Warwick “Kiwi” Anderson. Three mini vans had been ordered and we got away from the GS right on time at 8.30 am under cloudy skies and drizzling rain which stopped and started throughout the 45 minute journey, but by the time we got there it was fine. The golf course was very quite and after our preparation we were invited to tee off at our leisure which meant our first group, a three ball was able to get away 10 minutes ahead of schedule at 9.50 am. The course was of course quite wet after the recent rains but nonetheless was looking a treat and with the appropriate relief rules in place the course was perfectly playable and as mentioned was in fine “nick”. We had groups in front of us but they “scooted” away and when the four ball in front of us called us through at the half way mark we proceeded at a cracking pace and completed our round in the excellent time of three hours & thirty minutes. It was a very enjoyable round of golf with great company, terrific weather and some pretty good golf played in our group.

We were able to have 2 grades with A Grade being for handicaps 0 to 18 and B Grade for handicaps of 19 and over with 5 prizes in each grade. There were also rewards for nearest the pins all the par threes and longest first putts on the 9th & 18th greens.

In a count back for first & second place in the A Grade with 2 golfers on 43 points it was veteran Ted Morris (22 point back nine) who took first spot from Rocky Lawson (21 point back nine) in second place. In form golfer Martin “Toddy” Todd was third with 42 points, Peter “Blacky” Blackburn fourth on 41 points and Alain “Inspector Clouseau” Taddei rounded off the podium with 40 points. In B Grade it was a welcome return to form for Sandy “Cindy Lauper” Leiper (22 point back nine) who won in a count back from John Davis (19 point back nine) with both golfers having a terrific 45 points. In third place came Shane “Jockey” Young with 43 points and with 2 players on 35 points another count back resulted in Fred Dineley (21 point back nine) taking fourth place from Andrew “Turtle” Allen (18 point back nine) in fifth place.

Results for Pleasant Valley:

A Grade – 0 to 18
1st – Ted Morris (13) – 43 points
2nd – Rocky Lawson (17) – 43 points
3rd – Martin Todd (10) – 42 points
4th – Peter Blackburn (11) – 41 points
5th – Alain Taddei (16) – 40 points

B Grade – 19 & over
1st – Sandy Leiper (36) – 45 points
2nd – John Davis (23) – 45 points
3rd – Shane Young (31) – 43 points
4th – Fred Dineley (26) – 35 points
5th – Andrew Allen (36) – 35 points

5th – Ted Morris
8th – John Davis
13th – Kevin Waycott
17th – Martin Todd

9th – Dane O’Brien
18th – Alan “Colonel” Sanders

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 Warwick “Kiwi” Anderson who accepted & wore the award with pride for most of the evening. Max “Corsets” Bracegirdle was kind enough to parade Deefa the Dog and of course collected many donations for the needy in Pattaya from our generous Growling Swan Golfers. It was then back to The Growling Swan for some Aussie cold, low priced beers and as usual Mine Host Peter Grey was in fine form whilst holding court and once again rejoiced to the fact that he had once more avoided the NAGA! It had been another great day on a top course with a great bunch of blokes.

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

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