The Growling Swan 12/09

Thursday, 12th September – Pleasant Valley – Stableford

Veteran Ted Morris Almost Shoots His Age!

It was a wet Thursday morning as we gathered at The Growling Swan in readiness for the journey to the Pleasant Valley Golf Course and there was yet another bumper field of 34 golfers signed up to play. We welcomed Graham Rice from Gove in the Northern Territory of Australia, Peter Petroaillis from Brisbane and Italian Luca Santi currently working in Pattaya. It was sadly time to farewell Paul Kennedy who is returning to Melbourne and Bob Akapita who is returning to his work at Gove in the Northern Territory of Australia. We departed the GS in three mini vans just a tad after our scheduled 8.30 am and proceeded to the golf course in drizzling rain but we were of course confident of an uninterrupted round of golf – well it almost was! After just 39 minutes we arrived at the course and it appeared to be fairly busy as is only natural on this fine golf course at a good price and after waiting 10 minutes or so we sent our first four ball away 15 minutes ahead of schedule at 9.45 am. There had been a fair bit of rain overnight so carts were not allowed on the fairways which meant preferred lies were the order of the day and as the fairways were somewhat soggy this did help considerably. Apart from the wet the course was looking quite good although some of the greens were very slow and took some time to adjust to the pace. We completed the front nine in just over two hours & then the heavens opened but thankfully it only lasted about fifteen minutes and after sheltering for a short while we continued without any more interruptions. Four hours and fifteen minutes was all it took to complete the round even with the stoppage and I have to say it was very enjoyable to have played with another three of the Growling Swan Delinquents in Andrew, Russell and Fred.

We had 3 Grades – A Grade for handicaps 0 to 13, B Grade for handicaps 14 to 21 & C Grade for handicaps 22 and over with 4 places in each grade. There were also rewards for nearest the pins on the four par threes and longest first putts on the 9th & 18th greens.

We played off the white tees mainly due to the wet conditions so I anticipated some good scores but veteran Ted Morris had an absolute day out and almost shot his age (75) in winning the A Grade with a magnificent 45 points off his 13 handicap – Well done Ted! Another terrific score of 69 gross could only give Mike Allidi second spot with his 42 points and Peter Bye was third with 40 points with John Pierrel fourth on 39 points. There were three players in the B Grade with 39 points so a count back was required which resulted in newcomer Luca Santi (22 point back nine) being declared the winner from Mark “Westy” West (21 point back nine) in second place and Alain “Inspector Clouseau” Taddei (20 point back nine) took out third place. Stu “Heineken” Rifkin finished fourth with 37 points. In the C Grade Fred Dineley’s 39 points got him first place from Paul “Muncha” Moloney in second place. John Davis finished third with 35 points and Mark Stapleton was fourth on 33 points.

Results for Pleasant Valley:

A Grade – 0 to 13
1st – Ted Morrs (13) – 45 points
2nd – Mike Allidi (3) – 42 points
3rd – Peter Bye (13) – 40 points
4th – John Pierrel (11) – 39 points

B Grade – 14 to 21
1st – Luca Santi (19) – 39 points
2nd – Mark West (15) – 39 points
3rd – Alain Taddei (17) – 39 points
4th – Stu Rifkin (14) – 37 points

C Grade – 22 & over
1st – Fred Dineley (25) – 39 points
2nd – Paul Moloney (32) – 38 points
3rd – John Davis (23) – 35 points
4th – Mark Stapleton (25) – 33 points

NTP’s
5th – Mark West
8th – Gavin Garfield
13th – Luca Santi
17th – Russell Calcutt

LFP’s
9th – Peter Blackburn
18th – Mark West

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 well won by Niall Stuart once again and he accepted & wore the award with pride. Andrew “Turtle” Allen 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 where there was a very good crowd in attendance and many of us stayed for quite some time and thanks to Nolan Wise ringing the bell a couple of time to celebrate his Birthday we were all able to enjoy the evening whilst reminiscing on the day’s events. Another great day of golf out of “The Swan” with many more to come.

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 petermalcolmblackburn@gmail.com

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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