The Growling Swan 12/03

PSC GOLF REPORT – THE GROWLING SWAN – STABLEFORD FORMAT
CRYSTAL BAY GOLF CLUB – THURSDAY 12TH MARCH 2015
By: San Mig Stu

RADIO GURU RULES!

Three buses left the Growling Swan with forecasted fair weather and once again the clairvoyant bureau was spot on.
The format for the day was stableford and locker room chatter prior to hit off included one psychic (Mark Stapleton) to prophesise he was going to win today….a very game prediction for this course!

The course was busy however we managed to hit off the white tees (6,450 yards) a little earlier than our 10 am start time, using the C and A nines.
With a nice steady morning and afternoon breeze and many well stocked refreshment huts every three holes or so to keep the players sustained, the first group finished their round in four hours and ten minutes.

The presentation of the course was very good, the greens true and in fine condition and from all reports the caddies were a bunch of fun and keen to look after the interests of their visitor and their golf course too. Divots were filled and bunkers raked, unlike some recent courses we have played where the caddies take little interest in either of the aforementioned.

Our host Peter Grey welcomed Australians Graham Rice and his Thai beau Noi, Harry Wszola, Mike Wilkes (aka Bear), Peter Bye and Kev Norris…..Everybody is having such a great time playing with The Growling Swan so much, so that there were no farewells to be mentioned.
The field was divided into two grades with A grade 0-18 handicap and B Grade 19 and over.

Our local radio golfing reporter/DJ Mike Gosden (aka Coach, Hunter, LSFB) managed to string together a fairly impressive round given he was jet lagged having just returned from a cricket re union in Oz. His 39 points outplayed Stu Rifkin’s 38 and Alain Taddei’s 36 points which earned him today’s title and A grade winner.

B Grade was won by Henry (Harry) Wszola who was delighted to win his first game ever with The Growling Swan and a tally of 36 points, closely followed by Alan (Colonel) Sanders on 35 points and psycho…sorry psychic Mark Stapleton shimmering into 3rd spot with 34 points.
Once presentations at the club house were completed everyone went about their business or back to The Growling Swan for more tall stories and great cold beers/drinks.

RESULTS FOR CRYSTAL BAY
A GRADE (0 – 18 HANDICAP)

1ST – MIKE GOSDEN (15) 39 POINTS
2ND – STU RIFKIN (18) 38 POINTS
3RD – ALAIN TADDEI (18) 36 POINTS

B GRADE (19 – 36 HANDICAPS)

1ST – HENRY WSZOLA (36) 36 POINTS
2ND – ALAN SANDERS (26) 35 POINTS
3RD – MARK STAPLETON (19) 34 POINTS

NTP’S
C4 – GRAHAM RICE
C7 – MIKE GOSDEN
A5 – ERIC BLACK
A8 – ALAN SANDERS

LONGEST FIRST PUTT
C 9 HOLE – STU RIFKIN
A9 HOLE – RUSSEL (I’M NEVER PLAYING THIS GAME AGAIN) CALCUTT
COMPASS CAP and FINES

The Compass Cap award is presented to the person with the least score of the day (score never revealed) and the winner has the honor of donating 50 baht to Deefa the Dog for charity purposes. Affable Mike Wilkes (Bear) graciously accepted the award and he generously donated to Deefa the Charity Dog, as did many others. The less fortunate children of Pattaya thank you all as your donations make some of their lives just that little bit better.

A fine was issued today to Harry (I know Thai) who presented himself in the dining room of the golf club after showering, resplendent in a singlet!
(A reminder to all golfers that golf club rules in Thailand request a shirt be worn in the club house and standard golf etiquette and PSC rules dictate the same.)

The Growling Swan is a friendly PSC Golf outlet and welcomes all lovers of golf to join in and have a fun day out with us. We generally play Mondays and Thursdays with buses mostly departing at 8.30 am. Please contact Peter Grey on 0861 503086 if you are interested in a game.
LAWN BOWLS

The Growling Swan also caters to the lawn bowling enthusiasts. Bus transport leaves the Swan at 10.00 am to play at Coco’s under cover synthetic lawn bowls on Wednesdays and at the Retreat Lawn Bowls Club with grass greens on Sundays also departing at 10.00 am. The cost including bus transport, green fees and hot lunch is approx 350 baht, so great value for a day out. Please contact Paul Rennison on 0843 454005 if you would like to come along.

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