The Growling Swan 17/07

Thursday, 17th July – Pattana – 2 Person Scramble – Stroke

J P & Buckers Scrape Home In The Scramble!

It was time for our once a month novelty competition and this time it was Ambrose Pairs (2 person Scramble) with a random draw, pairing a low handicapper with a high one with the names being drawn out of a hat. We had an awkward number of starters with 25 but Russell Calcutt kindly volunteered to step down as he was “not feeling the best” and those that know Russell will know exactly what that means. The draw was done before we left the bar and there were not too many moans & groans so we were all looking forward to an enjoyable day on a quality golf course, Pattana. We welcomed Niall Stuart back from working in Laos, first timer John Parkinson, formerly from Manchester but now residing here and it was great to see Graham Buckingham & Tom Cotton back with us once more. It was time to say farewell to Thomas Johansson who will shortly be returning to Sweden. We departed the GS right on schedule at 8.30 am and headed off up number seven and then 331 where the usual traffic light hold ups retarded our pace somewhat, resulting in a rather long trip which lasted just under one hour. After checking in we were told that we would be playing the B & C nines so without any further delay our first four ball got away right on our scheduled tee time of 10.00 am. The weather was fairly hot with a slight breeze to add some comfort and the course was as usual in great shape with lush fairways and very well maintained greens. For some reason our round was quite slow which was surprising as there were no groups ahead of us and we completed our round in four hours & fifty minutes. It had been very enjoyable with excellent company.

As there were 12 teams of two we went down to fifth place and there were also rewards for nearest the pin on the four par 3’s and longest first putts on the B9 & C9 greens.

The winning pair were John Pierrel & Graham Buckingham with net 64.75, closely followed by Thomas Johansson & John Anderson with net 65 in second place. Coming in third were Bill Steinman & Andrew Allen with a net 66.75 and in fourth spot were Jim Groves & Alan sanders with net 67.25. Gerd Riedler & Geri Crilly were fifth with a net 68.

Results for Pattana:

1st – John Pierrel & Graham Buckingham (8.25) – net 64.75
2nd – Thomas Johansson & John Anderson (7.0) – net 65
3rd – Bill Steinman & Andrew Allen (10.25) – net 66.75
4th – Jim Groves & Alan Sanders (9.75) – net 67.25
5th – Gerd Riedler & Geri Crilly (8.0) – net 68

B3 – Tom Cotton
B7 – Jim Groves
C2 – John Anderson
C7 – Bent Agerbo

B9 – Niall Stuart
C9 – Peter Blackburn

With it being a team event there was no NAGA award and after presentations Andrew 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 afterwards there was a very good crowd enjoying the Aussie cold, low priced beers and of course many discussions on the events of the day with a unanimous decision that it had been once again a top outing.

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

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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