The Growling Swan 16/01

Thursday, 16th January – Eastern Star – 4BBB Stableford – Random Draw

John & Craig Shine At Eastern Star!

It was the day for our “novelty” event of the month and the competition was a 4BBB Stableford event with a “random draw” pairing a low handicap with a high one. The half way mark was handicap 25 and the draw was done under intense scrutinisation the afternoon before at the bar. There was much interest in the day as we had the maximum field of 32 and had to tell some people sorry but we were fully subscribed. We all gathered at The Growling Swan to prepare for our departure to Eastern Star and welcomes were handed out to Aaron Shorten from Queensland, Nial Stuart with us once again from his work in Guinea, West Africa and Tristan Freeman, Jack Proctor & Craig Wearne from Melbourne. There were the usual moans & groans when some people found out who they were partnered with but basically all went along with the spirit of things and were determined to have a good day. It was also time to farewell Alan Ray who will shortly be returning to Melbourne. We departed the GS right on time at 8.30 am and headed South down Sukhumvit and after a very good run arrived at the course just 40 minutes later. It was fairly busy but after 15 minutes or so of practice putting we were able to send our first of eight four balls away 10 minutes ahead of schedule at 9.50 am. We had a fairly slow Thai group in front of us and had to wait a fair bit but proceeded at a steady pace and completed the front nine in two hours & fifteen minutes. The weather was fantastic, not too hot with a gentle breeze and the golf course was in great shape with the greens being in the best condition I have seen them in for quite some time. The back nine was a little slower than the front nine and we managed to complete our full round in four hours & thirty five minutes. We and all the others enjoyed this format and gave many of us the chance to play with golfers we had not played with before. Our group had a very enjoyable time and played reasonably well whilst enjoying each other’s company very much.

As it was a four ball better ball format on the day there was of course just the one Division with six placegetters. There were also rewards for nearest the pin on the four par 3’s and longest first putts on the 9th & 18th greens plus longest drive awards on the 18th hole for A Division and B Division..

The winners on the day were John Davis (17) and Craig Wearne (36) with a massive 50 points and in second place came Aaron Shorten (24) and Stephen Newton (28) with 46 points. Third placegetters were Ken Hole (17) and Ian “Bat” Masterson (36) with 44 points and in fourth place was your writer, Peter “Blacky” Blackburn (14) & Russell Calcutt (36) on 41 points with fifth place going to Duangjai “Kae” Tusagad (20) and Peter “Pizza” Grey (36) with 39 points. With 2 teams on 38 points a count back was required which saw Eric “Judge” Black (16) and Tristan Freeman (36) (19 point back nine, 13 points on the last 6 holes & 9 points on the last 3 holes) finish in sixth spot with Mark “Westy” West (14) and Vince Romeo (36) (19 point back nine, 13 points on the last 6 holes & 7 points on the last 3 holes) just missing out.

Results for Eastern Star:

1st – John Davis (17) & Craig Wearne (36) – 50 points
2nd – Aaron Shorten (24) & Stephen Newton (28) – 46 points
3rd – Ken Hole (17) & Ian Masterson (36) – 44 points
4th – Peter Blackburn (14) & Russell Calcutt (36) – 41 points
5th – Duangjai Tusagad (20) & Peter Grey (36) – 39 points
6th – Eric Black (16) & Tristan Freeman (36) – 38 points

3rd – Duangjai Tusagad
6th – Alain Taddei
13th – Stu Rifkin
17th – Peter Blackburn

9th – Gary Williams
18th – Rita Zoebelli

Longest Drive
A Division – Stu Rifkin
B Division – Craig Wearne

As it was a team event there was no individual NAGA cap award but a donation to Deefa was required from the pair with the least attractive score and they were Tom McMahon and Gary Williams. Max then kindly paraded Deefa the Dog and collected many donations for the needy in Pattaya from our generous Growling Swan Golfers. It was then back to the bar for many Aussie cold, low priced beers and there was a large crowd there who were singing the praises of the day’s golf and it was obvious that a terrific time had been had by all. We are all looking forward to the 2 man Texas scramble with a random draw on Thursday, February 13th at Pleasant Valley.

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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