The Growling Swan 19/09

Thursday, 19th September – Greenwood, C & A – Stableford

Wayco & Stapleton Too Good At Greenwood!

Once again there were overcast skies as we gathered at The Growling Swan in readiness for the journey to Greenwood. We had a full field of 24 signed up but alas – Number 1 Growling Swan Delinquent Peter Grey was not there. I whizzed over to his place on the motor bike to find him moaning & groaning due to a dose of the “Don Bradman’s” and alas we were down to 23.We welcomed back Stephen Newton who had been working in Indonesia and also Phil Holmes who is here on holiday from Perth, Australia. Departing the GS 5 minutes early at 8.25 am it was a slow trip in drizzling rain and 60 minutes later we arrived at the course to find a fair bit of activity but we were still able to hit off 5 minutes ahead of schedule at 10.00 am. It was a “gloomy” day weather wise and there was light rain for most of the day and naturally the course was quite wet so with no carts on the fairways preferred lies through the greens were allowed. The course was as usual in good condition considering the amount of water it had been getting and most of the tee shots got zero run and in some cases actually came backwards a few inches. Not to worry though as we love our game of golf and although the drizzling rain kept up it wasn’t enough to warrant pulling the “brolly” out and we completed the round in four hours & fifteen minutes after enjoying the day and the very good company.

We had 2 Grades – A Grade for handicaps 0 to 18 and B Grade for handicaps 19 & over with 4 places in each grade. There were also rewards for nearest the pins on the four par threes and longest first putts on the A9 & C9 greens.

It was Mr Consistency Kevin “Wayco” Waycott who finished on top in the A Grade section with 38 points just beating John Pierrel who finished second with 37 points. Alain “Inspector Clouseau” Taddei was third with 35 points and Mike allidi fourth on 34 points. There was an absolute “bolter” in the B Grade with Mark Stapleton carding 41 points and winning from Russell Calcutt who was 12 points further back in second place. With 2 players on 28 points a count back was required which saw Max “Corsets” Bracegirdle (14 point back nine) finish third from Thientong Charoenrung (13 point back nine) in fourth spot.

Results for Greenwood:

A Grade – 0 to 18
1st – Kevin Waycott (11) – 38 points
2nd – John Pierrel (11) – 37 points
3rd – Alain Taddei (16) – 35 points
4th – Mike Allidi (3) – 34 points

B Grade – 19 & over
1st – Mark Stapleton (25) – 41 points
2nd – Russell Calcutt (36) – 29 points
3rd – Max Bracegirdle (25) – 28 points
4th – Thientong Charoenrung (19) – 28 points

NTP’s
A2 – Mike Allidi
A6 – John Pierrel
C3 – No-one good enough
C6 – Kevin Waycott

LFP’s
A9 – Martin Todd
C9 – John Pierrel

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 well won once again by Niall Stuart and he accepted the award with pride but unfortunately as the previous winner of the NAGA had taken it home & forgotten to bring it back there was no cap to be worn. Max 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 afterwards it was good to see that Mine Host Peter Grey had recovered somewhat and was back to his normal witty self whilst holding court in the “Member’s Section” whilst us others had to be content with consuming several Aussie cold, low priced beers in “The Outer”. Another great day, a bit wet but there again – it is the rainy season!

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 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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