The Growling Swan 19/11

By: San Mig Stu


Twenty one was the enthusiastic number in the field for today’s game, we were heading for the Great Course of Pattavia. It is a 45 +Min journey but one has to say well worth the trip. I was thinking as we were heading up the highway there would be literally hundreds of thousands of people that would love to swap places with us!
Welcomes were handed out to returnees Don Richardson, Colm Mullen, Geoff Bracegirdle and Denise Steele. A special welcome was given to our regular “Ricey” who has been absent due to fighting the Dengue Fever virus. One sad farewell to Bill (Shooter) McGarvie heading back to the states, Travel safe Bill we hope to see you again real soon! The Staff & Management at Treasure Hill wish you Bon Voyage.
The weather was hot however a light breeze prevailed which kept playing conditions quite pleasant. Rifkin was hot under the collar when herd yelling out of a Bunker “Move your Left Foot” boy some people are dumb!
The course was in great nick and all commented on how well it was presented….there were however murmurs of discontent with the difficulty of the greens but the general consensus was that we should learn to be better putters! We all should be aware of the greens on this wonderful course. Max Bracegirdle, after 5 holes, was starting to think that he should have bought a bucket and spade instead of his clubs.
There was additional who ha back at camp when one of the happy hackers complained that he was hard done by when he teed off outside the white marker areas and was forced to hit another ball off the tee. Freddy Cuypers reckoned his caddy should have told him of his error, but when the caddy indicated that one of Freddy’s playing group had given the caddie the universal finger to the lip, Freddy lost it as he reckoned he had a good score going at that point of his game. (Note: It always pays to ensure that you tee off behind and within the tee markers.)
Geri Crilly gave Stu Rifkin a rules reminder that when your ball clears a water hazard (yellow stakes) and then rolls back into the water, the player cannot drop his ball where it landed before rolling backward into the hazard. Instead he must replay his last shot or take a drop in a line with where his ball first crossed the hazard back to the tee…Thanks Geri!
Many of the returnees to The Growling Swan were winners today with Dennis Steel taking out first place, regular star golfer Sal Brizzi one shot behind came second and many count backs for third, fourth and fifth were needed to sort out the remainder resulting in Sandy Leiper taking third, Graham “Ricey” Rice fourth and our gentleman golfer Ebrahim rounding off the fifth podium spot.
Results for Pattavia
1ST – DENNIS STEELE (13) 37 points
2ND – SAL BRIZZI (5) 36 points
3RD – SANDY LEIPER (31) 32 points
4TH – GRAHAM RICE (13) 32 points
5TH – EBRAHIM (17) 31 points
Long First Putt

D-For our resident hound collected donations again for the needy youngsters of Pattaya and contributors are thanked once again. He is becoming quite good at this is our Donation Dog!
For some serious golf with a dash of fun, the Growling Swan welcomes golfers of all persuasions. We generally play on Mondays and Thursdays at any one of the fine courses around Pattaya. Please contact Peter Grey for bookings or any information on 0861 503086.
The Growling Swan also caters to the bowls enthusiasts. Bus transport departs the GS on Sundays at 10.00 the same time for open grass bowling at The Retreat. Please contact Paul Rennison on 0843 454005 if you wish to partake. The cost including return bus transport, bowling fees and a hot lunch is less than 400 baht so great value for a day out.

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