The Growling Swan 14/8

  Thursday, 14th August – Plutaluang, North & West  – Four Person Scramble, Random Draw – Stroke

 The Tony “Spaggoni” Olcorn Memorial Day

 Glen, Fred, Ron & Russell Win The Scramble And The Tony Olcorn Memorial Shield!

 It was one year ago yesterday that we were playing Plutaluang, North & West when our good friend Tony “Spaggoni” Olcorn collapsed and tragically passed away in the vicinity of the green on the par three N6, apparently from Heart Failure. Tony was from Brisbane, Australia and we decided to hold a Memorial Day in his honour with many of his friends from Brisbane coming over to partake in the event. There were 12 people that made the journey and also a terrific response from our Pattaya golfers which boosted the field to 46 which was our second best field ever. A few travelled in cars with four mini vans to transport the remainder and as we gathered at The Growling Swan prior to departure it was pleasing to see that everyone was on time. We welcomed the new Pattaya Sports Club Golf Chairman Mark West who is making a comeback from major knee surgery, Brian Wilkinson playing with us for the first time, Paul Quinn from Pattaya having a game with us once more, Steve Rosser who will shortly be returning to Dundonald in Northern Ireland, Ron Gillett, Tony Campbell & Tony Richards from Melbourne and the remainder of the Brisbane guys who didn’t play with us on Monday – Mick McKechnie, Aaron Shorten, Alan Evans, Glen Kendall, Toby Kreegher, Mick McGregor and Michael Boyd. We departed the GS 3 minutes early at 8.27 am and after an excellent run South on Highway 3 we arrived at the Navy Course 42 minutes later to find plenty of caddies waiting for us and not too many other golfers there. After check in we were pleased to hear that we would be playing the North & West nines and we all assembled at the North 1 tee where a few words were spoken and a minute’s silence was observed by all. We sent the 2 x three balls off first and the first one got away just 2 minutes behind schedule at 10.02 am with the weather being fine and hot with not much wind. The golf course was in fantastic shape although some fairways were hard & dry but the greens were in the best shape most of us had ever seen them here and on a few greens putting from above the hole posed problems, particularly on the N6 green which had a very tricky pin spot and it was suggested that “Spaggoni” was looking down on us with a dry smile on his face. Once again there was drama on the course as one of the kids who were swimming in the water at the back of the N3 Lighthouse hole got into some difficulty and a couple of our guys went to assist, namely Aaron Shorten who “stripped off” and jumped in to help the kid who was indeed struggling. Upon reaching the safety of dry ground the kid, along with his mates then ran off into the bush – T.I.T. This did hold us up a bit but regardless of that we proceeded at a very good pace and our four ball which was Group 3 completed the round in the very good time of four hours & ten minutes. It had been a lot of fun with many new friends being made and was enjoyed by all.

The groups were formed by doing a random draw putting high handicappers with low ones in each group and there were rewards for the first five places. There were also rewards for nearest the pin on the par threes and longest first putts on the N9 & W9 greens.

The winning team on the day and receiving the Tony “Spaggoni” Olcorn Memorial Shield, kindly sponsored by Russell Calcutt consisted of Glen Kendall, Fred Dineley, Ron Gillett & Russell “Donkey” Calcutt with a net score of 56.6. In second place was the team of Ebrahim, Ken Hole, Gary Monley & Tony Campbell with a net 59 and coming third were John Pierrel, John Davis, Seesa Phompinmon & Sandy “Cindy Lauper” Leiper with net 59.6. Finishing fourth were Mike “Hunter” Gosden, David Marshall, Aaron Shorten & Alan Evans  with a score of net 60.5 and in fifth place came Robert Pearce, Steve Rosser, Hugh O’Donnell & Andrew “Turtle” Allen (net 29 back nine) with net 61, winning on a count back from Martin Kempton, Stuart “San Miguel” Rifkin, Mick Seaton & Toby Kreegher (net 31 back nine).

Results for Plutauang:  

1st –Glen Kendall, Fred Dineley, Ron Gillett & Russell Calcutt (12.4) – net 56.6

2nd – Ebrahim, Ken Hole, Gary Monley & Tony Campbell (12.0) – net 59.0

3rd – John Pierrel, John Davis, Seesa Phompinmon & Sandy Leiper (10.4) – net 59.6

4th – Mike Gosden, David Marshall, Aaron Shorten & Alan Evans (11.5) – net 60.5

5th – Robert Pearce, Steve Rosser, Hugh O’Donnell & Andrew Allen (11) – net 61.0


W3 – Geri Crilly

W8 – Alby Uppington

N3 – John Davis

N6 – Tony Campbell


N9 – Ken Hole

W9 – Sandy Leiper

Because it was a team event there was no NAGA award today to the relief of some and as usual Andrew then kindly paraded Deefa the Dog and of course collected many donations for the needy in Pattaya from our generous Growling Swan Golfers and visitors. It was then back to The Growling Swan for some Aussie cold, low priced beers and understandably there was a great crowd in attendance who reminisced over the day’s events with plenty of pats on the back and discussions over missed putts and it was a unanimous decision that the day had been an outstanding success and a fitting tribute to our good friend Spaggoni – May he rest in peace.

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

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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