The Growling Swan 17/02

Monday, 17th February – Eastern Star – Stableford

Ebrahim & Rita Shine At Eastern Star!

Monday morning again & the start of a new week as we gathered at The Growling Swan in readiness for our trip to the challenging Eastern Star Golf Course and there was a quality field of 19 golfers signed up. We welcomed PSC President Tony Oakes, David Fletcher back from Australia for some more R & R and Frank “Woody” Donnelly who has just returned after a month in Viet Nam. We managed to depart the GS five minutes ahead of schedule at 8.25 am & headed South down Sukhumvit and after a fairly good run arrived at the course 44 minutes later. Our allotted tee time was 10.33 am but as the course was not too busy due to several Japanese golfers not showing up we were invited to the first tee early and got our first group away 43 minutes ahead of schedule at 9.50 am. The weather was hot and there was a fairly stiff breeze which cooled things down a bit and the golf course was in fairly good shape although some of the fairways were hard and dry but the greens were in good shape albeit pretty slick at times. We proceeded at a fairly good pace with the Pres hitting the ball out of sight from the tees and the very enjoyable round of golf was all over in the reasonable time of four hours & ten minutes.

We had 2 Divisions – Division A for handicaps 0 to 16 & Division B for golfers on handicaps of 17 and over with three places in each Division. There were also rewards for nearest the pin on two of the four par 3’s and longest first putts on the 9th & 18th greens.

Playing in the first group it was Ebrahim who had the outstanding round of the day and won Division A with a fine 38 points. The consistent Gerd Riedler finished second with 35 points and PSC President Tony Oakes was third on 32 points. In Division B it was Rita Zoebelli who got the chocolates and won with a fine 36 points, 3 points ahead of J C Lhoste (18 point back nine) who got second place on a count back from Colm Mullen (17 point back nine) in third spot.

Results for Eastern Star:

Division A – 0 to 16
1st – Ebrahim (16) – 38 points
2nd – Gerd Riedler (8) – 35 points
3rd – Tony Oakes (12) – 32 points

Division B – 17 and over
1st – Rita Zoebelli (25) – 36 points
2nd – J C Lhoste (23) – 33 points
3rd – Colm Mullen (18) – 33 points

NTP’s
3rd – Colm Mullen
17th – Rita Zoebelli

LFP’s
9th – Gerd Riedler
18th – Max Bracegirdle

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 David Fletcher who accepted the award like the good sport that he is. Max then kindly paraded Deefa the Dog and of course collected many donations for the needy in Pattaya from our generous Growling Swan Golfers. Back at The Growling Swan it was time for some Aussie cold, low priced beers as we discussed everything from golf to Aussie Rules Footy and of course cricket – Aussie, Aussie, Aussie – Oy, Oy, Oy!

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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