The Growling Swan 17/03

Monday, 17th March – Bangpakong  – Stableford

 Blacky, Silvano & Plums Get The Chocolates!

Despite the fact that it was St Patrick’s Day we had 3 Irishmen in the excellent field of 28 and we were all looking forward to re-visiting Bangpakong Riverside after many months absence. Although the numbers were very good I suspect there were still a few who deemed the journey “too far” but as we all found out they were the ones that missed a treat! There was a late withdrawal due to illness and a late addition so we assembled at The Growling Swan and with the help of Alain, Gerd & Mark we confined our transport to just one mini van and headed off 10 minutes behind schedule at 8.25 am. There were many welcomes including my old mate Dave Neal from the UK and his lady Thientong having a spell from her caddy duties at Laem Chabang, David Fletcher back for a couple of weeks R & R from Western Australia, Brian Gabe from Detroit, Michigan, Silvano Pizzato from Italy, American Ed Wyckoff from Pattaya and that very competent golfer Mike Allidi back with us after a spell. We had a very good run through the Pattaya traffic and up number 7 arriving at the golf course just 65 minutes later and the course was not at all busy so we were invited to commence at our convenience. Our first four ball teed off 10 minutes behind schedule at 10.10 am with the nearest group in front about 2 holes away and poor old Ebrahim appeared to be in a dream world as we had to send Dick to extract him from the practice putting green to take his spot in the first group, hence the delay in teeing off. As mentioned earlier it had been some time since we had played the course and I must say that all the raves about it over the last few weeks were true as it was in magnificent condition with the lush fairways and superb greens. We continued at a very good pace with the groups ahead never a problem and as it was very hot & humid a 10 minute drinks break before the 12th tee was necessary but regardless of that we managed to complete the full round in the very good time of four hours & five minutes. Great golf course, terrific company – does it get any better than this?

We had 3 Divisions – Division A for handicaps 0 to 13, Division B for golfers on handicaps of 14 to 19 and Division C for handicaps of 20 and over with three places in each Division. There were also rewards for nearest the pin on the four par 3’s  and longest first putts on the 9th & 18th greens.

Once again your humble correspondent Peter “Blacky” Blackburn showed some good form and was the Division A winner with 42 points. With two on 41 points a count back was required which resulted in Big Bill Steiman (21 point back nine) taking second spot from Gerd Riedler (20 point back nine) in third place. In a high scoring day it was Silvano Pizzato who won Division B with the best core of the day, 43 points and Mark “Westy” West was second with 41 points. With 2 golfers on 40 points another count back was necessary to decide third place and that went to John Davis (22 point back nine) from an unlucky Duangjai Tusagad (19 point back nine). In a big form reversal Roy “Plums” Dayton won the C Division with 38 points and in yet another count back with two on 35 points it was Geri Crilly (17 point back nine) who finished second from J C Lhoste (15 point back nine) in third place.

Results for Bangpakong:  

Division A – 0 to 13

1st –    Peter Blackburn (13) – 42 points        

2nd – Bill Steinman (10) – 41 points

3rd – Gerd Riedler (8) – 41 points

Division B  – 14 to 19

1st – Silvano Pizzato (19) – 43 points

2nd – Mark West (14) – 41 points

3rd – John Davis (15) – 40points

Division C – 20 and over

1st – Roy Dayton (24) – 38 points

2nd – Geri Crill (27) – 35 points

3rd – J C Lhoste (23) – 35 points

NTP’s

4th – Peter Blackburn

7th – Ebrahim

13th – Gerd Riedler

16th – Gerd Riedler

LFP’s

9th – Takeshi Hakozaki

18th – Frank Sharratt                                                                                           

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 Ian Masterson who accepted the award like the good sport that he is. J C 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 bar where there was a small crowd in attendance (several were out & about celebrating St Patrick’s Day and putting on some horrible Irish accents I suspect) but the beer was very cold and low priced so we sat and chatted about everything relevant and all agreed it had been an excellent day.                                                                                                         

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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