The Growling Swan 11/09

Adrian belts The Schmidt out of the Field.
As The Story Goes.
Well it had started raining early in the morning, golfers started to arrive at the bar not knowing whether we would play or not. Andrew made a call and advised that he was told “There is no rain here”. I think that the informant was stating that it was not raining in her room!
So with only 1 non show 27 of us boarded the buses and headed up the road to Crystal Bay, we had rain all the way, it did stop as soon as we entered the grounds.
Arriving at the course we were informed that due to all the rain that had fallen there were to be no carts on the fairways! I played in the 3rd group and on the first tee we were all driving on the fairways (I mean for those lucky enough to get the ball on to the fairway).
It was overcast all day with a cool breeze which made for a very pleasant day for golf. The course was in good nick as per usual, with the greens playing slow but true. Unfortunately the scores do not reflect this as some of us did not give the scorers any trouble at all.
Adrian Schmidt took the honors in A Grade by one shot from Jim Groves, and on his return Dave Fletcher collected the chockies with a 3 point win over Alex Field.
We played from the white tees playing C & A.
Results for Crystal Bay
Div A
1st Adrian Schmidt (12) 40 points
2nd Jim Groves (13) 39 points
3rd Martin Todd (11) 35 points (on a count back)
4th Sal Brizzi (6) 35 points
Div B
1st Dave Fletcher (26) 38 points
2nd Alex Field (19) 35 points
3rd John Anderson (27) 34 points
4th Andrew Allen (31) 33 points
Nearest The Pin
C4 Bob Moffa.
C7 Peter Bailey.
A5 Jim Groves
A8 Andrew Hills.
Long First Putts
C9 Mike Gosden.
A9 Jim Groves.

Back at The Growling Swan the ice cold throthies were flowing as were the stories. We welcomed the following; from Melbourne Andrew Hills, Frank Divincenzo & Robert Motea, from Qld on their way to Japan, Chris Stewart, Steve Jones, Allan Nolan. Also welcome back to Brad Todd, Peter Bye, Adrian Schmidt and first timer Steve Younger. Hope to see more of you Steve.
We said farewell to the guys heading to Japan Chris Stewart, Steve Jones, Allan Nolan also heading to Japan Alan Sanders, Stu Rifkin and Martin Todd. We all wish you guys a safe and pleasant trip.

To the person that put the B1000 in Deefa (I know who you are) I thank you very much as I am sure the needy of Pattaya will be saying the same!
The Growling Swan welcomes golfers of all persuasions. We generally play on Mondays and Thursdays at any one of the fine courses around Pattaya. Please contact Peter Grey for bookings or any information on 0861 503086.
The Growling Swan also caters to the bowls enthusiasts. Bus transport departs the GS on Sundays at 10 am 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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