The Growling Swan 13/03
Khao Kheow, A & B – Combined Stableford Pairs Once again it was time for our monthly novelty competition and this time it was a combined stableford pairs event with once again a random draw, pairing a low handicapper with a high one. There was much interest for the day and we eventually ended up with 37 golfers after a couple of late withdrawals and last minute additions. As we assembled at The Growling Swan we saw many new faces and returnees including Pattaya regulars Robbie Taylor & Ken Grimes, Ian Masterson back from Belfast, John Anderson from Darwin in the Northern Territory of Australia, Kim Stokes from Geraldton in Western Australia and Terry Martin & Dennis Odgers from Perth in Western Australia. It was sadly time to say goodbye to Rhys Allen and Russell Calcutt who are off back to Melbourne, Ian Jessiman returning to Harrington on the Central Coast of New South Wales and Stephen Newton going back to work after a week in Pattaya. All were on time so our 3 mini vans left the GS right on schedule at 8.30 am and headed up number 7 & after a good run arrived at the golf course after just 40 minutes. We had plenty of time before our 10.06 am tee time which enabled us to do the random draw for partners amidst a few moans & groans but all realized that it was to be a fun day and apologies were not necessary. We were allocated the B & A nines in that order and our first four ball got away 16 minutes ahead of schedule at 9.50 am. It was quite hot with a fairly stiff breeze and the golf course was in magnificent shape with lush fairways and very well maintained greens which were fairly slow at times. We had no other groups within sight ahead of us but our round was not one of the quickest ones and even though it took four hours & thirty minutes we finished well ahead of the group behind us. We had a very enjoyable day with lots of laughs and even though our group did not feature on the podium we all had a ball!
As there were 19 teams of two we went down to sixth place with an additional award for the best individual score for a non podium finish and there were also rewards for nearest the pin on the four par 3’s and longest first putts on the 9th & 18th greens.
Big Bill Steinman was somewhat apprehensive when discovering that his drawn partner, Russell “John Daly” Calcutt had presented himself after just one hour’s sleep but they were both smiling & embracing each other after they posted a combined 77 points to win the day. In second place was Robbie Taylor & Dennis Odgers with 73 points and Ebrahim & Rita Zoebelli came third scoring 71 points. In fourth place came John Davies & Dick Braimbridge on 66 points and with 3 teams on 65 points the resultant count back saw the team of Mark “Westy” West and Stephen Newton (38 point back nine) finish in fifth place and Gerd Riedler & Ken Grimes (34 point back nine) finished sixth with Mike “Hunter” Gosden & Ian Jessiman (29 point back nine) just missing out. In the individual award there was another count back with 2 golfers on 37 points which saw Tom McMahon (19 point back nine) take the honours from Mike Gosden (18 point back nine).
Results for Khao Kheow:
1st – Bill Steinman (10) & Russell Calcutt (35) – 77 pts.
2nd – Robbie Taylor (14) & Dennis Odgers (21) – 73 pts.
3rd – Abrahim (16) & Rita Zoebelli (25) – 71 pts.
4th – John Davis (15) & Dick Braimbridge (36) – 66 pts.
5h – Mark West (14) & Stephen Newton (28) – 65 pts.
6th – Gerd Riedler (8) – Ken Grimes (19) – 65 pts.
Best individual score for non podium finisher – Tom McMahon – 37 points
A3 – Frank Donnelly
A5 – Bill Steinman
B3 – Ian Jessiman
B8 – Dennis Odgers
A9 – Robbie Taylor
B9 – Ken Grimes
With it being a team event there was no NAGA award and after presentations Toddy 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 an excellent crowd in attendance to enjoy the Aussie cold, low priced beers and we spent several hours discussing the day’s events and it was agreed that this sort of format once a month is a definite “hit” as amongst other things it gives us all the opportunity to make new friends and meet new people from all parts of the globe. We are all looking forward to the next one!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Big Bill & Russell Win At Khao Kheow!