The Growling Swan 13/10
Monday, 13th October – Pleasant Valley – Stableford
Thierry & Ted Shine At Pleasant Valley!
It was a fine & sunny Monday morning as we made our way to The Growling Swan to prepare for departure to the Pleasant Valley Golf Course and we had 20 golfers signed up to play. We welcomed John Davis back from the UK and also Gerd Riedler who has been in Europe for about 5 weeks. Welcomes were also handed out to Pattaya business man Freddy Starbeck and his mate Thierry Petrement and it was time to say goodbye to Martin “Toddy” Todd who is off back to Mandurah in Western Australia very soon.. We got away from the GS right on time at 8.30 am and after a fairly good run up number 7 arrived at the almost deserted course 45 minutes later. We all had 650 baht Green Fee Vouchers and checking in was quite speedy and we were ready to send our first four ball away 15 minutes early at 9.45 am. The course was fairly wet with no carts allowed on the fairways so we allowed preferred lies through the greens and we proceeded at a steady pace but found the greens a bit “iffy” and quite slow at times. The weather was good with no sign of rain but it was as usual hot & humid which slowed us down somewhat and we ended up with a slow round of four hours & forty five minutes but the company was excellent.
We had 2 Divisions – Division A for handicaps 0 to 12 & Division B for golfers on handicaps of 13 and over with three places in each Division. There were also rewards for nearest the pin on the par threes and longest first putts on the 9th & 18th greens.
Newcomer Thierry Petrement, fresh from his win in Chiang Mai last week was the winner in A Division with 39 points and with 3 golfers on 37 points a count back was required to determine second & third places. The result was that Mike Allidi (18 point back nine) took second spot from John Pierrel (17 point back nine) in third place with Takeshi Hakozaki (16 point back nine) just missing out. In B Division it was 2 in a row for veteran Ted Morris who was declared the winner with 41 points. It was very tight for the minor placings with four golfers on 37 points and after the count back second place was awarded to Alain “Inspector Clouseau” Taddei (20 point back nine, 14 points on the last 6 holes & 7 points on the last 3 holes) with Roy “Plums” Dayton (20 point back nine, 14 points on the last 6 holes & 6 points on the last 3 holes) securing third spot. Mark “Westy” West (20 point back nine & 13 points on the last 6 holes) and Duangjai “Kae” Tusagad (16 points on the last 6 holes) unfortunately missed out on a podium placing.
Results for Pleasant Valley:
Division A – 0 to 12
1st – Thierry Petrement (12) – 39 points
2nd – Mike Allidi (2) – 37 points
3rd – John Pierrel (11) – 37 points
Division B – 13 and over
1st – Ted Morris (15) – 41 points
2nd – Alain Taddei (15) – 37 points
3rd – Roy Dayton (25) – 37 points
5th – Mike Allidi
8th – John Pierrel
13th – Frank Donnelly
17th – Mark West
9th – Kevin Waycott
18th – Mike Allidi
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 the returning John Davis and he accepted the award like the good sport that he is. Ricey then kindly paraded Deefa the Dog and of course collected many donations for the needy in Pattaya from our generous Growling Swan Golfers. A few of us went back to the bar and stayed for quite a while saying farewell to Toddy who will be on the “red eye” on Tuesday night.
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.