The Growling Swan 14/11

Thursday, 14th November – The Emerald – Stableford

Mike, Kae & Turtle Clean Up At The Emerald!

The last time we played at the Emerald it was one of the very few occasions where we were rained off but on this particular morning it was fine and sunny so we were confident of a non repeat. We had another good field of 28 golfers on the Starting Sheet and as everyone turned up at The Growling Swan on time or earlier we departed in 3 mini vans a couple of minutes ahead of schedule. We headed South and after 48 minutes arrived at the golf course to find it reasonably quiet which enabled us to relax in readiness for our tee time and our first four ball got away 10 minutes ahead of schedule at 9.50 am. Carts were allowed on the fairways so there were no preferred lies in place and the course was looking in good shape although some of the greens were a bit ordinary but all in all there were no complaints. The going was a bit slow due to a snail paced group directly in front of us and the weather was excellent although a couple of times there were a few drops of rain which actually turned into a downpour just before our last couple of groups finished so we once again thanked the “Growling Swan Rain Gods”. We managed to complete our round in four hours and twenty minutes and although most of our group played fairly ordinary golf the company was terrific which made for a very enjoyable day.

We had 3 Divisions – Division A for handicaps 0 to 17, Division B for handicaps 18 to 23 and Division C for handicaps 24 & over with 3 places in each Division. There were also rewards for nearest the pins on the four par threes and longest first putts on the 9th & 18th greens.

With 2 golfers on 36 points a count back was necessary to decide the winner of Division A and it was Mike Allidi (17 point back nine) who was victorious with his 74 gross over Alain “Inspector Clouseau” Taddei (16 point back nine) in second place and Mike “Hunter” Gosden finished third with 35 points. In Division B Duangjai “Kae” Tusagad was the winner with a fine 38 points and in a count back with both on 35 points Max “Corsets” Bracegirdle (19 point back nine) finished second from Ebrahim (15 point back nine) in third spot. We had the best score of the day in Division C where Andrew “Turtle” Allen won with a magnificent 42 points, 4 points clear of Roy “Plums” Dayton in second place and Sandy “Cyndy Lauper” Leiper finished third with 31 points.

Results for The Emerald:

Division A – 0 to 17
1st – Mike Allidi (2) – 36 points
2nd Alain Taddei (15) – 36 points
3rd – Mike Gosden (14) – 35 points

Division B – 18 to 23
1st – Duangjai Tusagad (20) – 38 points
2nd – Max Bracegirdle (22) – 35 points
3rd – Ebrahim (18) – 35 points

Division C – 24 & over
1st – Andrew Allen (36) – 42 points
2nd – Roy Dayton (26) – 38 points
3rd – Sandy Leiper (35) – 31 points

5th – J J Harney
7th – Duangjai Tusagad
13th – Duangjai Tusagad
15th – Andre Barril

9th – Mike Allidi
18th – Nolan Wise

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 Growling Swan Mine Host Peter Grey and after many games without donning the famous cap he accepted the award in good spirit. Max then kindly paraded Deefa the Dog and of course collected many donations for the needy in Pattaya from our generous Growling Swan Golfers. At The Growling Swan afterwards we were reminded many times who had won Division C and how many points he had but congratulations to “Turtle” for his great round and he certainly was the centre of attraction throughout the evening. It had been yet another great day’s golf with The Growling Swan Golf and as Pattaya gets busier our fields will of course get bigger so I encouraged all to get their names down on the Starting Sheets early.

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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