The Growling Swan 13/02

Thursday, 13th February – Pleasant Valley – 2 Person Scramble – Stroke

Rita & Masa Win The Scramble At The Valley!

It was time for our once a month novelty competition and this time it was Ambrose Pairs (2 person Scramble) with a random draw, pairing a low handicapper with a high one with the names being drawn out of a hat. After several late withdrawals and additions we luckily ended up with an ideal field of 28 (7 groups of four) and Pleasant Valley was the venue for the event. Assembling at The Growling Swan we were happy to welcome Wayne Gordon & Steve Reeves from Melbourne, Sandy Leiper back from the Philippines, Gus Walker from Newcastle in New South Wales, Masa Tojo from Japan, Vaughan Jackson from Perth, Western Australia, Niall Stuart back from working in Malaysia, Paul Taylor from Liverpool, UK and now residing in Pattaya, Tom McMahon on R & R from working in Indonesia, Robert Allen from Melbourne and local resident John Swanson. As all were on time we left the GS 5 minutes early at 8.25 am and after a very good run exiting Pattaya and up number 7 we arrived at the course 40 minutes later to find a fair bit of activity there. We did the draw and after a few moans & groans (good natured of course) after discovering partners we headed to the first tee where there were a few groups ahead of us but we managed to send our first group away 5 minutes later than our scheduled 10.00 am time. The weather was quite hot with plenty of crowd cover and a bit of wind (not Peter Grey this time) and the golf course was in great shape with the fairways lush and the greens, although a touch slow were very well kept. The views on this course are spectacular and to be honest when some people speak negatively about this course I just shake my head! It is terrific value for money and that was the opinion of most on the day. The going was quite slow at first but did quicken up somewhat and even with a 10 minute drink stop after the 15th green we managed to complete the round in four hours & twenty minutes. Everyone enjoyed the format and there were some good results with the winning pair having an outstanding round.

As there were 14 teams of two we went down to fifth place and there were also rewards for nearest the pin on the four par 3’s and longest first putts on the 9th & 18th greens.

With an excellent score of net 60.75 it was Rita Zoebelli and Masa Tojo whi finished on top with Colm Mullen & Russell Calcutt in second place on net 62.5. In third spot came Martin “Toddy” Todd & Max “Corsets” Bracegirdle with net 63.75 and Alain “Inspector Clouseau” Taddei and Gerd Riedler finished in fourth place on net 64.25. Roy “Plums” Dayton & Steve Reeves completed the podium with a net 64.5, finishing in fifth place.

Results for Pleasant Valley:

1st – Rita Zoebelli (25) & Masa Tojo (12) – net 60.75
2nd – Colm Mullen (18) – & Russell Calcutt (36) – net 62.5
3rd – Martin Todd (8) & Max Bracegirdle (25) – net 63.75
4th – Alain Taddei (19) & Gerd Riedler (8) – net 64.25
4th – Roy Dayton (23) & Steve Reeves (11) – net 64.5

5th – J C Lhoste
8th – Don Richardson
13th – Don Richardson
17th – Max Bracegirdle

9th – Steve Reeves
18th – Gus Walker

With it being a team event there was no NAGA award and after presentations Max kindly paraded Deefa the Dog and of course collected many donations for the needy in Pattaya from our generous Growling Swan Golfers. Back at The Growling Swan afterwards there was a very good crowd enjoying the Aussie cold, low priced beers and of course many discussions on the events of the day with a unanimous decision that it had been once again a top outing.

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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