The Growling Swan 13/08

Tuesday, 13th August – Plutaluang – Stableford

Tragedy At Plutaluang!

It was a very sad day for Growling Swan golfers as one of our regular players collapsed and died on the 15th green. Tony “Spaggoni” Olcorn, a frequent visitor to Pattaya from Brisbane, Australia fell over after a probable heart attack and after his playing partners attempted desperately to revive him he was eventually pronounced dead when the ambulance arrived. There is not much more I can say about the incident but Tony will be sorely missed.

Tuesday is not a normal playing day for us but due to the Mother’s Day/Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday on the Monday we had booked Plutaluang and 26 golfers were signed up to play and assembled at the bar. We welcomed a very good personal friend Gerry Arthur from Perth, Western Australia and also from Western Australia Lee Bloomfield, Dean Stewart, Mike King, Steve Jones and Wayne Chatfield, all from Mandurah Country Club. It was also good to see Martin Todd’s son Brad back with us again for about a month. Departing the GS right on schedule at 8.30 am and headed South, arriving at the golf course 46 minutes later where we were allocated the West and North nines and invited to proceed to the first tee when we were ready. Our first group, a four ball got away 10 minutes before our scheduled tee time at 9.50 am and proceeded at a good pace in rather humid but fine conditions. The state of the course was terrific and the greens were the best I’ve ever seen them there but unfortunately some of the bunkers were in a sorry state and the caddies surely need to be reminded to rake them after their golfer has played from them. The weather remained fine although still quite humid and we completed the full round in four hours & fifteen minutes after enjoying the very good company and golf course.

We had 2 Grades – A Grade for handicaps 0 to 13 and B Grade for handicaps 14 & 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 W9 & N9 greens.

The A Grade section was well won by visitor Dean Stewart with 38 points, 2 points ahead of Martin “Toddy” Todd in second place. Mike “Hunter” Gosden came third on 35 points and with 2 golfers on 34 points a count back saw your writer Peter “Blacky” Blackburn (15 point back nine) finish fourth ahead of Wayne Chatfield (14 point back nine). Another Mandurah Country Club visitor Steve Jones won the B Grade with 34 points and Stuart “Heineken” Rifkin was second with 33 points. In third spot came Kurt – Eric Persson with 32 points and Brad “Bad” Todd rounded off the podium with 31 points.

Results for Plutaluang:

A Grade – 0 to 13
1st – Dean Stewart (13) – 38 points
2nd – Martin Todd (8) – 36 points
3rd – Mike Gosden (13) – 35 points
4th – Peter Blackburn (11) – 34 points

B Grade – 14 & over

1st – Steve Jones (25) – 34 points
2nd – Stu Rifkin (15) – 33 points
3rd – Kurt – Eric Persson (24) – 32 points
4th – Brad Todd (18) – 31 points

W3 – Martin Todd
W8 – John Pierrel
N3 – Stu Rifkin
N6 – Martin Todd

W9 – Ebrahim
N9 – Ted Morris

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 good sport Gerry Arthur and he accepted & wore the award with pride for a short time. He did make the comment that he was delighted as by the way he had been playing recently this was the only way that he was likely to get his photo taken! Toddy then paraded Deefa the Dog and of course collected many donations for the needy in Pattaya from our generous Growling Swan Golfers. We then retired back to The Growling Swan where the mood was somewhat somber due to the tragic happening earlier in the day and as I mentioned earlier Tony “Spaggoni” Olcorn will be remembered and sorely missed.

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

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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