The Growling Swan 18/03

Monday, 18th March – Crystal Bay, A & B – Stableford

Wanta & Max Sparkle At Crystal Bay!

Once more an early tee time meant an earlier than usual departure time and all but one of the original 26 players signed up made it on time. As we assembled at the Growling Swan before the journey to Crystal Bay we were happy to welcome back Bob Akapita, this time for 2 weeks R & R from his work at Gove in the Northern Territory of Australia and his good mate, fellow Aussie Rod Cockle who now spends most of his time in Northern Thailand. We got away right on time at 8.00 am and headed north on Sukhumvit through the Monday morning traffic encountering the usual traffic light delays departing Pattaya and in Sriracha but managed to arrive at the golf course 50 minutes later. Without too much early activity the course was not busy and as we were allocated the A & B nines we sent our first four ball away 5 minutes behind schedule at 9.25 am with the groups in front of us at least 2 holes ahead. The golf course was in great shape as usual with the greens immaculate in fact they would have to be amongst the best around. The weather was perfect although quite hot but thanks to a breeze that was at times fairly strong conditions were very pleasant. After getting through the A nine without any delays we did slow down a bit on the B nine as the weather hotted up which resulted in us completing the round in four hours & twenty five minutes.

We were able to have 2 grades with five podium spots in each. A Grade was for handicaps 0 to 18 and B Grade for 19 and over. We had nearest the pins on all the par threes and longest first putts on the 9th & 18th greens.

Wanta was the winner in A Grade with a fine 40 points and with 2 golfers on 36 points a count back was needed which resulted in Martin Todd (21 point back nine) taking second spot from your writer, Peter Blackburn (18 point back nine) in third place. Another count back was required to separate the 2 golfers on 35 points and it was Anna (18 point back nine) who finished fourth ahead of Marco Beer (17 point back nine) in fifth place. In a welcome return to form it was Max “Corsets” Bracegirdle who had an excellent 41 points to easily win the B Grade by 10 points from Geri Crilly. With 3 players on 30 points the count back resulted in Colin Farady (19 point back nine) finishing third from Frank “Toy Story” Donnelly (16 point back nine) in fourth place & J C Lhoste (14 point back nine) completing the podium.

Results for Crystal Bay:

A Grade – 0 to 18
1st – Wanta (12) – 40 points
2nd – Martin Todd (9) – 36 points
3rd – Peter Blackburn (11) – 36 points
4th – Anna (12) – 35 points
5th – Marco Beer (17) – 35 points

B Grade – 19 and over

1st – Max Bracegirdle (27) – 41 points
2nd – Geri Crilly (27) – 31 points
3rd – Colin Faraday (19) – 30 points
4th – Frank Donnelly (23) – 30 points
5th – J C Lhoste (23) – 30 points

A5 – Kae
A8 – Marco Beer
B4 – Wanta
B6 – Wanta


A9 – Dave Neal
B9 – Mike Gosden

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 narrowly won on a count back by Wendy Bernek from the much relieved Dick “Reverend” Braimbridge. Martin Todd took Deefa for the usual walk and collected many donations for the needy in Pattaya from our ever generous Growling Swan golfers. Back at the Growling Swan there was a very good crowd and the usual hard luck stories but mostly celebrating another great golf day on a first class Golf Course amongst excellent company.

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

Max Bracegirdle & Wanta

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