The Growling Swan 19/06
Thursday, 19th June – Bangpakong – Stableford
It was once more time for our “mini road trip” to Bangpakong Riverside Country Club and we had 17 golfers on the Starting Sheet who were keen and certainly not fazed by the extra few minutes drive. We gathered at The Growling Swan and with no newcomers to welcome it was just a farewell to former “NAGA Specialist” Niall Stuart who is off to Laos for about a month to actually do some work. With the help of Gerd & Alain who made their vehicles available we were able to have just the one mini van and we departed the GS at 8.15 am to compensate for the extra travelling time. It was a very good run leaving Pattaya and our driver did not waste any time on number 7 and even though we had a detour when exiting the motorway near the golf course our journey took just 62 minutes. The course was reasonably busy with a few Bangkok golfers having a hit and we soon checked in and presented ourselves at the first tee. Our first group which was a four ball got away 5 minutes ahead of schedule at 9.55 am and with a Thai five ball a couple of holes ahead of us we proceeded at a steady pace. After recently receiving reports that the course was “not good” I must say that these reports were exaggerated although there were two temporary greens and the other greens were in the late stages of being cored & sanded which made them slow but the rest of the course was in great shape and posed no problems. The weather was great as a nice breeze was present to cool things down and at the start of the second nine we caught up to the group ahead which brought our good run to an end after a two hour front nine. We took a good drinks break after the 11th green to let the five ball get away but soon caught up with them again and we finished the round in four hours & twenty minutes after enjoying the course and the good company.
We had 2 Divisions – Division A for handicaps 0 to 18 & Division B for golfers on handicaps of 19 and over with three places in each Division. There were also rewards for nearest the pin on two of the par 3’s and longest first putts on the 9th & 18th greens.
There were 2 golfers on 38 points in A Division which meant a count back was needed and the result was that Rocky Lawson (22 point back nine) was declared the winner from Bob Akapita (20 point back nine) in second spot and Alain “Inspector Clouseau” Taddei finished third with 35 points. There was an absolute bolter at the top of B Division with veteran Ken Hole having the round of his life in scoring a massive 49 points and of course was the winner. Sandy Leiper came second 12 shots further back and third place went to Nolan Wise with 35 points.
Results for Bangpakong:
Division A – 0 to 18
1st – Rocky Lawson (17) – 38 points
2nd – Bob Akapita (18) – 38 points
3rd – Alain Taddei (15) – 35 points
Division B – 19 & over
1st – Ken Hole (20) – 49 points
2nd – Sandy Leiper (34) – 37 points
3rd – Nolan Wise (36) – 35 points
4th – Geri Crilly
13th – Bob Akapita
9th – Alain Taddei
18th – Ken Hole
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 the visiting Peter McDonald (after commenting that he had not yet won anything on this trip) and he accepted the award like the good sport that he is and wore the cap for a considerable time in the bar afterwards. Gerd 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 for some Aussie cold, low priced beers and we celebrated Niall’s impending departure amidst the sound of much bell ringing – another excellent day of Growling Swan Golf.
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 email@example.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.
Ken Hole Blitzes Bangpakong!