The Growling Swan 16/09

Monday, 16th September – Pattana, C & A – Stableford

Rodgers & Rifkin Too Good!

It wasn’t raining but it looked as if it could as we gathered at the Growling Swan to prepare for our departure to the classy Pattana Golf Course and the field was quite good at 24. We were happy to welcome well known Pattaya Hotelier Rosco Langoulant and his mate Paul Rodgers from Australia, John Stewart from Queensland, Jim Hallett from Halifax in the UK and after just a week and a half back in Perth, Australia Brad “Bad” Todd with us once again for another month. We also said farewell to Frank Donnelly who is off back to Bundaberg in Queensland for a couple of months. Everyone was on time so we departed the GS five minutes early at 8.25 am and after a 45 minute drive our 2 mini vans arrived at the golf course where it appeared to be reasonably busy and check in was swift, particularly now that they have stopped photo copying everyone’s PSC Membership Cards. We were told it was to be C & A nines in that order so off we went and under overcast skies our first group teed off 15 minutes early at 9.45 am. No carts were allowed on the fairways so with three of our group in carts we knew that it would be a fairly slow round and preferred lies through the greens was the order of the day. The course was in great shape and the greens very well maintained as we proceeded whilst continually looking upwards expecting a downpour any minute but thankfully there were only a few drops and then the weather cleared. The course was quite wet after much recent rain but the relief rule made things a little easier so I expected the overall scoring to be fairly good. The first nine took two hours & fifteen minutes and slowed down a fair bit on the second nine due to groups being slotted in ahead of us an A1 but we managed to complete the very enjoyable eighteen holes of golf in four hours & forty five minutes, quite slow but fair enough under the conditions. It had been a very enjoyable day with excellent company on a very good golf course.

We had 2 Grades – A Grade for handicaps 0 to 13 and B Grade for handicaps 14 & over with 4 places in each grade. There were also rewards for nearest the pins on the four par threes and longest first putts on the A9 & C9 greens.

Newcomer Paul Rodgers won the A Grade section with a very good 39 points and with two on 37 points a count back was needed which saw Paul “Hacky” Hack (18 point back nine & 12 points on the last 6 holes) finish second from Mike Allidi (18 point back nine & 11 points on the last 6 holes) who finished third. The consistent Kevin “Wayco” Waycott came in fourth with a steady 36 points. Another count back was required to determine the winner of B Grade with two golfers on 36 points and it was Stu “Heineken” Rifkin (17 point back nine & 13 points on the last 6 holes) who was the winner from Frank “Woody” Donnelly (17 point back nine & 11 points on the last 6 holes) in second place. Yet another count back was needed with two on 35 points and John Davis (18 point back nine & 11 points on the last 6 holes) took third place from Mark Stapleton (18 point back nine & 10 points on the last 6 holes) in fourth spot.

Results for Pattana:

A Grade – 0 to 13
1st – Paul Rodgers (13) – 39 points
2nd – Paul Hack (10) – 37 points
3rd – Mike Allidi (3) – 37 points
4th – Kevin Waycott (11) – 36 points

B Grade – 14 & over
1st – Stu Rifkin (14) – 36 points
2nd – Frank Donnelly (20) – 36 points
3rd – John Davis (23) – 35 points
4th – Mark Stapleton (25) – 35 points

NTP’s
A3 – Martin Todd
A8 – Mike Allidi
C2 – John Davis
C7 – Mike Allidi

LFP’s
A9 – Frank Donnelly
C9 – Martin Todd

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 for the very first time by the very likeable Ebrahim and he accepted the award like the very good sport that he is. After reading out the list of several fines Toddy 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 time to go back to The Growling Swan for several Aussie cold, low priced beers where the day’s golf was discussed along with many humorous comments, mainly from GS Mine Host Peter Grey who was once again in fine form.

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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