The Growling Swan 14/09

Bangpra – Stableford
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Leo, John and monkey business!
The Growling Swan welcomed back Fred Cuypers, Keith Buchanan and Alan Taylor, whilst Kevin Waycott’s alter ego, Leo, rocked up in garish, non-matching iridescence. Leo deservedly endured the mocking from the remaining 23 starters. Several of our stalwarts have headed to Japan for a golfing smorgasbord, so our field of 24 was fantastic.
Our destination was Bangpra, the affectionately named ‘Monkey Course’ and the day turned out to be most eventful.
Firstly, there was an unfortunate tee-time mix up and our 6 groups had to wait some 45 minutes for other groups to clear and then on-course the monkeys proved to be prevalent, extremely brazen and aggressive. Leo had his day’s fruit portions nicked early on, however, his caddy was distraught after losing her mobile phone. Brad Todd lost his durries and dutifully offered a light to the perpetrator, but was rudely ignored. Be warned, they are very brazen and the resident sleeping dogs are outnumbered! We played off the white tees. Monkeys aside, the course proved to be in excellent condition and the undulating slick greens were immaculate.
The course, with minimal run, played long after overnight rain and whilst most combatants struggled in vain on the ‘lightning fast’ greens, a few returned good scores. John Davis and Leo Wanka won their respective divisions and Sal Brizzi enjoyed a respectable 34 pts. Adrian Schmidt, Ebrahim and Rob Motea gratefully received some choccies for their modest returns.
Winners:
Div A
1st Leo Wanka (8) 37 pts
2nd Sal Brizzi (6) 34 pts
3rd Adrian Schmidt (12) 30 pts
Div B
1st John Davis (16) 33 pts
2nd Ebrahim (16) 30 pts
3rd Rob Motea (17) 29 pts
NTP’s
2 Andrew Hills
8 John Davis
12 Rob Motea
17 Peter Bailey
Longest 1 Putt:
9 Leo Wanka
18 Ebrahim

Dave Fletcher was fare-welled in the usual manner and our Charity Dog, Deefa gratefully received donations from the players and they are thanked for their continued contributions. All ‘Deefa’ donations go to the PSC to be directed to projects to assist the needy children of Pattaya.
For some serious golf with a dash of fun, the Growling Swan welcomes golfers of all persuasions. We generally play on Mondays and Thursdays at any one of the fine courses around Pattaya. Please contact Peter Grey for bookings or any information on 0861 503086.
Bowls
The Growling Swan also caters to the bowls on Sundays at 10.00 (departure time)bowling at The Retreat. Please contact Paul Rennison on 0843 454005 if you wish to partake. The cost including return bus transport, bowling fees and a hot lunch is less than 400 baht so great value for a day out.

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