The Growling Swan 20/01

Monday, 20th January – Plutaluang, East & South – Stableford

Hunter & Kae Get The Chocolates At Navy!

We had our smallest contingent of players for quite some time as there were 17 golfers on the Starting Sheet but it was a happy bunch who turned up at The Growling Swan in readiness for our trip to the Plutaluang Golf Course. We had a later than normal tee time of 10.48 am so I had tried to let everyone know that they could have a bit of a sleep in but half of the golfers turned up at the normal time so there was plenty of time to have a chat & read the newspapers. There were no newcomers on this day but it was time to farewell Eric “Judge” Black who will shortly be returning to Geelong, Victoria to resume his duties “on the bench”. Departing the GS right on schedule at 9.00 am we headed South down Highway 3 and after a very good run arrived at the Navy Course 40 minutes later. It was a hive of activity with golfers everywhere and we were fairly certain that it would be a slow round but Hey! – the sun was shining, the grass was green and the course was looking in very good shape. We were told that it would be East & South nines in that order so we trundled down to E1 where there was just one group of four Thai golfers waiting to commence. At 10.15 am we got our first four ball away and that was 33 minutes earlier than our booked tee time and we proceeded at a steady pace although there were hold ups on just about every shot. The golf course was in good condition although some of the fairways were very dry but the greens were in good shape with a mixture of quick and slow and that did catch a few people out. This is a very good course and excellent value for money but you must expect a slow round, particularly at this time of year and be prepared for four balls in front suddenly turning into six balls as happened to us on the back nine. Despite the delays it was a very enjoyable round with excellent company and it was completed in the very slow time of four hours & fifty minutes.

We had 2 Divisions – Division A for handicaps 0 to 17 & Division B for golfers on handicaps of 18 and over with three places in each Division. There were also rewards for nearest the pin on the East 5 & South 7 greens and longest first putts on the East 9 & South 9 greens.

There were just four golfers who played to their handicap or better and it was Mike “Hunter” Gosden who won Division A with a very good 42 points and your writer, Peter “Blacky” Blackburn was second just one point further back with the consistent John Davis in third place on 35 points. The B Division winner was Duangjai “Kae” Tusagad with 39 points and Ian “Bat” Masterson was second with 36 points, 2 points ahead of Nolan “No-one” Wise in third place.

Results for Plutaluang:

Division A – 0 to 17
1st – Mike Gosden (13) – 42 points
2nd – Peter Blackburn (14) – 41points
3rd – John Davis (17) – 35 points

Division B – 18 and over
1st – Duangjai Tusagad (20) – 39 points
2nd – Ian Masterson (36) – 36 points
3rd – Nolan Wise (36) – 34 points

NTP’s
E5 – Ebrahim
S7 – No-one good enough

LFP’s
E9 – Peter Blackburn
S9 – Kevin Waycott

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 Jayson Schembri 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 bar afterwards there was a fairly good assembly and once more some of us stayed for quite some time enjoying the Aussie cold, low priced beers whilst discussing everything from golf to football to world affairs. Another great day out with plenty more to come.

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 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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