The Growling Swan 16/08

Friday, 16th August – Rayong Country Club – Stableford

Hunter & Patrick Too Good At Rayong!

Due to the PSC Monthly Tournament at Siam Plantation on the Thursday we elected to play on the Friday and Rayong Country Club was the choice after not have played there this year to date. We had a good field of 25 signed up and as we assembled at The Growling Swan we were happy to welcome Rob Pearce from my old Golf Club in Perth, Gosnells and also Tom McMahon & Patrick Poussier from Pattaya. Departing the GS 5 minutes early at 8.25 am we proceeded to the course & arrived 44 minutes later to find hardly anyone there. This was our first visit this year and we had Green Fee Vouchers to use which made it a very cheap day and we needed to find out for ourselves about the state of the golf course. Prior to tee off we all observed a minute’s silence in memory of Tony “Spaggoni” Olcorn who passed away at Plutaluang 3 days earlier and black arm bands were worn by all on the day. Teeing off the first right on our designated tee time of 10.00 am we proceeded at a good pace and found the course to be in quite good condition although a lot of the greens were fairly slow and ordinary with a few bare patches on some of them. The weather was humid but fine and drink holes were plentiful and we completed the round in four hours & fifteen minutes after enjoying the excellent company and the golf course.

We had 2 Grades – A Grade for handicaps 0 to 23 and B Grade for handicaps 24 & over with 5 places in each grade. There were also rewards for nearest the pins on the four par threes and longest first putts on the 9th & 18th greens.

I omitted to mention at presentations that we had good success the day before at the PSC Tournament held at Siam Plantation where Mike Allidi won the lowest gross prize, Max Bracegirdle finished on top of the D Flight and yours truly picked up one of the B Flight NTP’s.

The going was tough on this challenging layout and it was Mike “Hunter” Gosden with the best score of the day, 37 points who won the A Grade from John Davis on 35 points who finished second. In third spot was your writer, Peter “Blacky” Blackburn on 34 points with Eric “Judge” Black fourth having 32 points and Mark “Westy” West fifth on 31 points. B Grade was won by Patrick Poussier (19 point back nine) with 35 points on a count back from Kurt – Eric Persson (18 point back nine) in second place and Geri Crilly finished third with 31 points. In fourth place came Fred Dineley with 28 points and Ron Gillett was fifth on 26 points.

Results for Rayong Country Club:

A Grade – 0 to 23
1st – Mike Gosden (13) – 37 points
2nd – John Davis (23) – 35 points
3rd – Peter Blackburn (11) – 34 points
4th – Eric Black (15) – 32 points
5th – Mark West (16) – 31 points

B Grade – 24 & over
1st – Patrick Poussier (30) – 35 points
2nd – Kurt – Eric Persson (24) – 35 points
3rd – Geri Crilly (26) – 31 points
4th – Fred Dineley (26) – 28 points
5th – Ron Gillett (32) – 26 points

NTP’s
5th – Ted Morris
7th – Mark West
12th – Sal Brizzi
16th – Peter Blackburn

LFP’s
9th – Ebrahim
18th – John Davis

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 well won by Gary Monley and he accepted & wore the award with pride back at the bar. Mark West 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 Bar where there was a very large crowd in attendance to watch the Hawks v Magpies game and also pay tribute to Tony Olcorn. It had been a tough week for all of us and as mentioned before Tony will certainly be remembered and sorely missed.

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 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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