The Growling Swan 19/08

Monday, 19th August – Pleasant Valley – Stableford

Buckingham In Form At The Valley!

We had 16 golfers on the Starting Sheet for the game at Pleasant Valley and we assembled at The Growling Swan on a sunny Pattaya Monday morning in readiness for the journey to the course. It was a pleasure to welcome back good friend Dave Neal from Birmingham in the UK, Charles Cunningham from Pattaya and Wayne Harrison, Andy Ballantyne & Gary Hales from Darwin in the Northern Territory of Australia. We managed to get away from the GS a couple of minutes early at 8.28 am and proceeded to the course heading North up No. 7 and arrived 42 minutes later. It was fairly quiet and we were asked to tee off on number 10 which we did & our first of 4 four balls got away at 9.45 am, 15 minutes ahead of our scheduled tee time. The weather was terrific with a cooling breeze which did give some relief as it was rather hot & sticky and the golf course was in fairly good shape although parts of the rough were in need of some attention. When one of my playing partners complained about the rough being “rough” I advised him to perhaps keep his balls on the fairway which he attempted to do from thereon in. We played at a fairly good pace with no hold ups ahead and completed the round in four hours & fifteen minutes which was quite good allowing for having to look for golf balls a couple of times. It was another very good day with excellent company.

We had just the 1 Grade due to the smaller field with 5 places and there were also rewards for nearest the pins on the four par threes and longest first putts on the 9th & 18th greens.

It was time for a return to form for Graham “Grunter” Buckingham who won the day with a very good 41 points and Mark “Westy” West was second on 40 points. With 2 players on 38 points a count back was needed and it was Tiziano Dal Pastro (20 point back nine) who came third from Mike Allidi (19 point back nine) in fourth spot. With 3 players on 36 points another count back was required and your writer, Peter “Blacky” Blackburn (18 point back nine) finished fifth from John Davis (17 point back nine) and Mike “Hunter” Gosden (15 point back nine).

Results for Pleasant Valley:

1st – Graham Buckingham (24) – 41 points
2nd – Mark West (16) – 40 points
3rd – Tiziano Dal Pastro (24) – 38 points
4th – Mike Allidi (2) – 38 points
5th – Peter Blackburn (11) – 36 points

5th – Mike Allidi
8th – Ebrahim
13th – Tiziano Dal Pastro
17th – Mike Allidi

9th – John Davis
18th – Peter Blackburn

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 Alain “Inspector Clouseau” Taddei and as he had to depart before presentations we will catch up with him at the next event. Stu Rifkin 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 the beer was of course low priced & Aussie cold and several of us stayed for a few hours chatting about anything and everything and generally having a good time.

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

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.

Graham Buckingham

Graham Buckingham

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