The Growling Swan 11/11

Monday, 11th November – Plutaluang, East & South – Stableford

Heineken Stu, Ebrahim & Plums Get The Chocolates At Navy!

The fine Pattaya weather continued and once again it was a sunny Monday morning as we made our way to The Growling Swan to prepare for our outing to the Plutaluang Golf Course and we had an excellent field of 29 golfers. We were happy to welcome my very good friend Dr Brian Vale and his pal Wayne Harman, both from Perth in Western Australia, Bernie McCart who is back from Australia for a short time, Mike Quill from Geraldton in Western Australia, Frank Donnelly back from Bundaberg in Queensland and newcomers Carl Lang & Tony Hager from Germany. It was sadly time to say farewell to Greg Prefrement who will shortly be returning to Sydney. There were no latecomers so we got away on time and heading South down Sukhumvit we arrived at the course just 41 minutes later to find that we were able to tee off well before our allocated tee time of 10.40 am. We were told it was to be East & South nines in that order and our first four ball got away at 9.50 am underneath sunny skies but extremely humid conditions. Carts were allowed on the fairways so it was play the ball as it lies and the course was in very good shape despite the heavy recent rains but of course the greens were as tricky as ever with many of them very slow and virtually impossible to read. This I think was the main reason why the scores were generally very low with just one golfer playing anywhere near his handicap. The going was slow as the four walkers in Group 1 struggled in the hot conditions and it was a very slow round of four hours and fifty minutes but nonetheless a very enjoyable day with excellent company.

Division A was easily won by Stu “Heineken” Rifkin with a very creditable 37 points and with two golfers on 31 points a count back was required which saw your writer, Peter “Blacky” Blackburn (16 point back nine) finish second from John Pierrel (15 point back nine) in third spot. Ebrahim continued his improved form and won Division B with 31 points from John Davis (16 point back nine) on 30 points who won a three way count back and finished second from Frank “Woody” Donnelly (14 point back nine) in third place with Ed “Willie Nelson” Stewart (13 point back nine) just missing out. Roy “Plums” Dayton returned to form and won the C Division with 29 points from Patrick Poussier in second spot on 28 points and in third place was Max “Corsets” Bracegirdle with 26 points.

Results for Plutaluang:

Division A – 0 to 14
1st – Stu Rifkin (13) – 37 points
2nd – Peter Blackburn (12) – 31 points
3rd – John Pierrel (11) – 31 points

Division B – 15 to 20
1st – Ebrahim (18) – 31 points
2nd – John Davis (20) – 30 points
3rd – Frank Donnelly (19) – 30 points

Division C – 21 and over
1st – Roy Dayton (26) – 29 points
2nd – Patrick Poussier (23) – 28 points
3rd – Max Bracegirdle (22) – 26 points

E2 – Max Bracegirdle
E5 – Mike Gosden
S4 – Ed Stewart
S7 – Peter Bye

E9 – J C Lhoste
S9 – Andre Barril

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 David Fletcher and he accepted the award in very good spirit. Max then kindly paraded 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 several Aussie cold, low priced beers and a very good time was had by all.

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.

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