The Growling Swan 19/12

Thursday, 19th December – Green Valley – Stableford

Hunter, J.D. & Cyndy Lauper Too Good At Green Valley!

It was that time for our monthly visit to the classy Green Valley Golf Course to take advantage of the special “High Season” rates and it’s popularity was confirmed with a terrific field of 36 golfers signed up to play. With a few travelling by car there were 3 mini vans required and we assembled at The Growling Swan in readiness for the journey. There were many hearty welcomes to be handed out including Russell Goldsworthy from my old Golf Club in Perth, Gosnells, Paul Sharples back from Oman for some R & R, Pattaya residents Jack Robertson & Mashi Kaneta, Jayson Schembri from Melbourne, Dave Fletcher on R & R from Australia, Alex Lyle from Scotland and Ian Jessiman from Central NSW, Australia. Everyone was on time so we were able to depart the GS right on schedule at 8.30 am and we proceeded to the course, arriving there just 33 minutes later and of course it was quite busy. Our scheduled tee time was 10.13 but we actually were able to send our first four ball away at 10.05 and in fabulous weather conditions we commenced our round and began to enjoy this beautifully prepared Golf Course. It was in great condition with lush fairways and magnificent greens which were in fact a little bit too slick for some but very firm and true. The pace was quite good with minimum hold ups and our extremely enjoyable round of golf was completed in four hours & twenty two minutes. Don’t you just love the weather at this time of year, plenty of sun and not too hot? – just another day in paradise!

We had 3 Divisions – Division A for handicaps 0 to 14, Division B for golfers on handicaps of 15 to 25 and Division C for handicaps of 26 and over with four places in each Division. There were also rewards for nearest the pin on the four par 3’s and longest first putts on the 9th & 18 greens.

The A Division was won by the in form Mike “Hunter” Gosden who had 37 points, just 1 point better than Russell Goldsworthy in second place. With 2 golfers on 35 points a count back was necessary and it resulted in third spot being awarded to Sal Brizzi (18 point back nine) with your writer Peter “Blacky” Blackburn (16 point back nine) in fourth place. Another consistent golfer, John Davis won the B Division with 35 points, 1 point better than Ebrahim in second place and Ken Hole finished third with 33 points. There were four golfers with 31 points vying for fourth spot and the count back saw J C Lhoste (17 point back nine) taking the honors from Mark “Westy” West (14 point back nine), Ian Jessiman (13 point back nine) and Bent Agerbo (11 point back nine). In C Division it was Sandy “Cindy Lauper” Leiper who was victorious with a fine 37 points and there were 2 golfers on 33 points vying for second & third places with the resultant count back awarding second place to Roy “Plums” Dayton (17 point back nine) from Gary Monley (11 point back nine) in third spot. Yet another count back was required to sort out fourth spot with 2 golfers on 32 points and it resulted in Andrew “Turtle” Allen (18 point back nine) edging out Geri Crilly (12 point back nine).

Results for Green Valley:

Division A – 0 to 14
1st – Mike Gosden (14) – 37 points
2nd – Russell Goldsworthy (4) – 36 points
3rd – Sal Brizzi (7) – 35 points
4th – Peter Blackburn (13) – 35 points

Division B – 15 to 25
1st – John Davis (19) – 35 points
2nd – Ebrahim (18) – 34 points
3rd – Ken Hole (17) – 33 points
4th – J C Lhoste (23) – 31 points

Division C – 26 and over
1st – Sandy Leiper (35) – 37 points
2nd – Roy Dayton (26) – 33 points
3rd – Gary Monley (34) – 33 points
4th – Andrew Allen (35) – 32 points

4th – No-one good enough
9th – Volker Buley
12th – Russell Goldsworthy
16th – Duangjai Tusagad

9th – Kevin Waycott
18th – Paul Sharples

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 Alex Lyle who accepted the award like the good sport that he is. 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 we enjoyed many Aussie cold, low priced beers and discussed in detail the day’s proceedings with what was and what could have been but in the end it was unanimous – it had been a great day on a wonderful golf course and we all look forward to playing there again next month.

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

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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