The Growling Swan 12/06

Thursday, 12th June – Khao Kheow – Divorce Pairs – Random Draw

Hack & Hole Win The Second Anniversary Tournament!

It’s hard to believe that Growling Swan Golf has been going for two years but here we are celebrating our Second Anniversary. We decided on a “Divorce Pairs” (sometimes known as Russian Stableford) format with a random draw, pairing a high handicapper with a low handicapper to make a team of two. Each golfer plays his individual stableford game and at the end of each hole the points scored for each team are multiplied by each other. For example Player 1 scores 5 for 2 and Player 2 scores 4 for 3, 2 x 3 = 6 so that pair scores 6 points on that hole. The “Divorce” bit comes in when one of the team has a wipe, i.e. Player 1 scores 3 for 4 and Player 2 wipes the hole, 4 x 0 = 0! The draw was done the afternoon before under close scrutiny and the Starting Sheet was put on the Notice Board for all to see – there were a few moans and groans but not too many. The response for the event was fabulous and we had 36 starters ready to participate and look forward to playing the classy Khao Kheow Golf & Country Club. We assembled at the bar prior to leaving and welcomed Paul Hack, back from Australia, Landis Brooks from Pattaya, Tom Cotton back from his world travels, Frenchmen Patrice Bardy & Alain Bezarda, Martin Kempton from Pattaya and PSC Golf Chairman Joe Mooneyham. Many were travelling to the course in cars so our two mini vans departed the GS a couple of minutes after our scheduled 8.30 am and we proceeded up number 7 in overcast weather conditions and arrived at the course just 41 minutes later. K K was reasonably quiet and we were allocated the B & A nines to be played in that order and we headed off to B1 where I addressed the “combatants”, explaining the format and how to score it. We had 9 four balls so it was important to get things moving and our first group got away 5 minutes ahead of schedule at 9.55 am in hot & humid conditions with very little sun and a gentle breeze. The golf course was in great conditions with the lush fairways and receptive greens although they did seem to be a touch slower than normal. The weather was holding up but half way through the second nine we had a 10 minute shower of rain but it soon cleared and there was no interruption to play. We did spend a bit of time looking for lost balls which slowed us down a bit and the round was completed in four hours & thirty five minutes. It had been a very enjoyable round and the format was certainly different & the company had been exceptional.

We had 18 teams of two so we went down to five places plus a reward for the best individual score. There were also rewards for nearest the pins on the four par threes, longest first putts on A9 & B9 and longest drives for two divisions on A2.

The winning pair was Paul “Hacky” Hack & Ken hole who managed to amass 84 points and in second place came Mashi Kaneta & Andrew “Turtle” Allen with 81 points. Joe Mooneyham & Sandy “Cindy Lauper” Leiper finished in third spot with 77 points and Rocky Lawson & Dave “Fletch” Fletcher were fourth scoring 74 points. With 2 teams on 67 points a count back was required which resulted in fifth place going to Landis Brooks & Niall Stuart (38 point back nine) with “Big” Bill Steinman & Fred Dineley (28 point back nine) just missing out. The best individual score was Mashi Kaneta with a magnificent 46 points. I must also congratulate consistent NAGA winner Niall Stuart for his best ever score of 30 points and first ever spot on the podium.

Results for Khao Kheow:

Best Individual Score – Mashi Kaneta (14) – 46 points

1st – Paul Hack (15) & Ken Hole (20) – 84 points
2nd – Mashi Kaneta (14) & Andrew Allen (32) – 81 points
3rd – Joe Mooneyham (16) & Sandy Leiper (34) – 77 points
4th – Rocky Lawson (17) & Dave Fletcher (34) – 74 points
5th – Landis Brooks (6) & Niall Stuart (36) – 67 points

A3 – Peter Bye
A5 – Tom Cotton
B3 – Landis Brooks
B8 – Landis Brooks

A9 – Andrew Allen
B9 – Patrice Bardy

Longest Drives
A Division – Hole A2 – Paul Kennedy
B Division – Hole A2 – Rob Cross

It was then back to The Growling Swan for presentations, celebrations and a delicious roast pig dinner provided by Growling Swan Golf. I thanked everyone for participating in the day and for their valued support during the year. Also a special thanks to Mine Host Peter Grey for his help and support since we started and we all agreed that our Golf Society is going from strength to strength. Veteran Ken Hole then said a few words and thanked various people & then “The Reverend” kindly paraded Deefa the Dog and of course collected many donations for the needy in Pattaya from our generous Growling Swan Golfers. There was a great crowd back at the bar enjoying the Aussie cold, low priced beers and we chatted for hours about the day and it was very pleasing to see that all had enjoyed themselves and had a great time. Niall of course rang the bell as was anticipated and as we waited for the heavy rain to stop we just about drank the bar dry and I’m sure there were many hangovers as a result. Bring on Year 3!

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 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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