The Growling Swan 12/12

Thursday, 12th December – Eastern Star – Stableford

Walter & Bent Shine At Eastern Star!

Eastern Star was the venue for the day’s competition and after a late withdrawal due to sickness and a no-show we ended up with a field of 24, assembling at The Growling Swan in readiness for departure. We welcomed back Mr Colors, Walter Baechli, Paul Kennedy from Melbourne and Terry Linklatter from Brisbane. Departing the GS right on time at 8.30 am we headed South and after a very good run arrived at the golf course 42 minutes later to find it fairly quiet and we were invited to tee off when we were ready. Our first four ball got away 10 minutes early at 9.50 am in glorious weather conditions and the course was looking a treat with lush fairways and well maintained greens. There were no groups ahead of us to hold us up but we received a “hurry up” from a course Marshall, mainly due to searching for my golf balls a couple of times but we quickened up a bit on the back nine and finished a very enjoyable round of golf in four hours and twenty minutes.

We had 2 Divisions – Division A for handicaps 0 to 19 & Division B for golfers on handicaps of 20 and over with three places in each Division. There were also rewards for nearest the pin on the four par 3’s and longest first putts on the 9th & 18 greens.

Division A was won by Walter Baechli with a fine 38 points and Ebrahim came second with 37 points, 3 points ahead of Bill Steinman in third place. Bent Agerbo (17 point back nine) won the B Division with 33 points in a count back from Andrew “Turtle” Allen (16 point back nine) and in another count back with both on 32 points it was Duangjai “Kae” Tusagad (14 point back nine & 11 points on the last 6 holes) who finished in third place ahead of Frank “Woody” Donnelly (14 point back nine & 10 points on the last 6 holes).

Results for Eastern Star:

Division A – 0 to 19
1st – Walter Baechli (16) – 38 points
2nd – Ebrahim (18) – 37 points
3rd – Bill Steinman (7) – 34 points

Division B – 20 & over
1st – Bent Agerbo (20) — 33 points
2nd – Andrew Allen (35) – 33 points
3rd – Duangjai Tusagad (20) – 32 point

3rd – Ebrahim
6th – Alan Sanders
13th – Duangjai Tusagad
17th – Peter Blackburn

9th – Frankie Sharratt
18th – Bill Steinman

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 Jeff “Rock” Mellon who accepted the award like the good sport that he is. Peter Grey, ecstatic about not being awarded the red cap 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 many Aussie cold, low priced beers and numerous discussions regarding the day’s events but it was yet another fine day out with a great bunch of blokes (and gal).

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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