The Growling Swan 16/06

Monday, 16th June – Pattana, – Stableford

Big Bill Gets The Chocolates At Pattana!  

Overcast skies & drizzling rain greeted us as we arrived at The Growling Swan in readiness for our departure to the classy Pattana Golf Course and we had an excellent field of 26 on the Starting Sheet. Welcomes were handed out to John Coetzee from Perth, Australia, Dennis Steele from Pattaya, Greg Preferment from Sydney, Australia, Bob Akapita from Gove in the Northern Territory of Australia, Phil Taylor from Lincolnshire in the UK & good friend Walter Baechli recently returned from yet another cycling tour in Europe. Everyone was on time so our 2 mini vans left the GS right on schedule at 8.30 am and we headed off up number 7 and then the busy 331, arriving at the golf course 52 minutes later. It was not really busy so after a swifter than normal check in we were told that we would be playing the B & C nines in that sequence and the groans could be heard as we assembled at B1 and viewed the water left & right and in front of the green. Our first group, a four ball teed off 35 minutes ahead of schedule at 9.55 am and as we walked down the first fairway the rain came but thankfully only lasted about 10 minutes and there was no interruption to play. There was a fair bit of wind around which was making things a bit tricky but I have to say this terrific golf course was in magnificent condition with lush fairways and perfectly manicured greens. Our pace was quite steady and initially we had no-one in front of us but we did catch up to the groups in front on the second nine which slowed us down somewhat and our full round was completed in four hours & twenty five minutes. It had been another enjoyable round of golf with very good company.

We had 2 Divisions – Division A for handicaps 0 to 17 & Division B for golfers on handicaps of 18 and over with four places in each Division. There were also rewards for nearest the pin on all the par threes and longest first putts on the B9 & C9 greens.

The outstanding score of the day was carded by “Big” Bill Steinman who had 39 points and was easily the winner in Division A with Gerd Reidler coming second on 35 points. A count back was required as there were 3 golfers on 34 points which resulted in third place being awarded to Phil Taylor (21 point back nine) with your writer, Peter “Blacky” Blackburn (19 point back nine) finishing in fourth spot and Walter Baechli (16 point back nine) just missing out. Division B was won by Patrick Poussier who had a fine 37 points with Nolan “Notso” Wise finishing second with 36 points. Another count back was needed as there were 2 players with 34 points and it was Dick “Reverend” Braimbridge (21 point back nine) who finished third from Frank “Woody” Donnelly (18 point back nine) in fourth place.

Results for Pattana:

Division A – 0 to 17
1st – Bill Steinman (9) – 39 points
2nd – Gerd Riedler (7) – 35 points
3rd – Phil Taylor (16) – 34 points
4th – Peter Blackburn (12) – 34 points

Division B – 18 & over
1st – Patrick Poussier (23) – 37 points
2nd – Nolan Wise (36) – 36 points
3rd – Dick Braimbridge (35) – 34 points
4th – Frank Donnelly (24) – 34 points

NTP’s
B3 – Dennis Steele
B7 – Mike Gosden
C2 – Ebrahim
C7 – Peter Bye

LFP’s
B9 – Rocky Lawson
C9 – Alain Taddei

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 Adrian Schmidt and he accepted the award like the good sport that he is. Gerd then kindly paraded Deefa the Dog and of course collected many donations for the needy in Pattaya from our generous Growling Swan Golfers. It was then back to The Growling Swan for some well deserved “tankards of mead” and stories of what was and what could have been.

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 petermalcolmblackburn@gmail.com

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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