The Growling Swan 20/2

Thursday, 20th February – Green Valley – Stableford

Colm, Inspector Clouseau & The Colonel Win In The Wet!

After a super field of 40 signed up for the day’s event we had a couple of late cancellations due to illness and a no-show which left us with 37 starters for the very popular Green Valley Golf Club. We had a plethora of welcomes to hand out as we assembled at The Growling Swan which included Chris Allen & Cameron Denham from Melbourne, Richard & Carole Kubicki back having a game with us along with Pattaya residents Mashi Kaneta & Jack Robertson, Silvano Pizato from Italy and Gary Williams from Brisbane. It was sadly time to say Bon Voyage to Jayson Schembri who will shortly be returning to Melbourse and Nolan Wise who is off to Brisbane for a short time to improve his motorbike driving skills. After waiting for the no-show we left the GS right on time at 8.30 am and the weather was not looking too flash as we headed off in drizzling rain which turned into quite heavy rain as we arrived at the course 39 minutes later. It was a hive of activity as there were many golfers just hanging around waiting to see what the weather was going to do and after a wait of about 40 minutes the rain eased a bit so we paid our money and made our way to the first tee. Our booked tee time was 10.19 am and even after the fairly big delay we managed to get our first group away 1 minute ahead of our scheduled tee time and we proceeded in drizzling rain. Arriving at the first green we found it very wet and difficult to putt on of course but we managed to somehow get through the puddles without too much drama. Things did improve dramatically from then on as the rain stopped and the course started to dry out very quickly with the greens just about normal from the third on although naturally slower than they usually are. The golf course was of course very good despite the wet and we finished the round in four hours & twenty minutes. When I saw the scores starting to come in afterwards it was quite apparent that a few golfers had reveled in the conditions as there were some outstanding scores.

We had 3 Divisions – Division A for handicaps 0 to 18, Division B for golfers on handicaps of 19 to 25 and Division C for handicaps of 26 & 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 & 18th greens.

Division A was won by Colm Mullen with a fine 41 points and with 2 golfers on 35 points a count back was needed which saw Mike “Hunter” Gosden (18 point back nine) finish second from Big Bill Steinman (17 point back nine) in third place with Tom McMahon in fourth spot with 33 points. The best score on the day was recorded by Alain “Inspector Clouseau” Taddei whose 43 points made him the winner in B Division. Second place went to Silvano Pizzato who had 39 points, 1 point ahead of Rita Zoebelli in third place and Chris Allen was fourth with 34 points. Division C was won by Alan “Colonel” Sanders with a fine 37 points and in another count back with two golfers on 34 points it was Nolan “No-one” Wise (15 point back nine) who finished second with Sandy “Cindy Lauper” Leiper (13 point back nine) in third place and Russell Calcutt was fourth with 29 points.

Results for Green Valley:

Division A – 0 to 18
1st – Colm Mullen (18) – 41 points
2nd – Mike Gosden (11) – 35 points
3rd – Bill Steinman (10) – 35 points
4th – Tom McMahon (17) – 33 points

Division B – 19 to 25
1st – Alain Taddei (19) – 43 points
2nd – Silvano Pizzato (23) – 39 points
3rd – Rita Zoebelli (25) – 38 points
4th – Chris Allen (22) – 34 points

Division C – 26 and over
1st – Alan Sanders (26) – 37 points
2nd – Nolan Wise (36) – 34 points
3rd – Sandy Leiper (33) – 34 points
4th – Russell Calcutt (36) – 29 points

NTP’s
4th – Mike Gosden
9th – Ebrahim
12th – Mashi Kaneta
16th – Ebrahim

LFP’s
9th – John Swanson
18th – Alan Sanders

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 Gary Monley who accepted the award like the good sport that he is and wore the cap for just a short while back at the bar. 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 there was a very good crowd and it was good to see our old mate Muncha back from Liberia for a while and it was obvious he had been in the bar waiting for us for quite some time. It had been another great day with a terrific bunch of guys & gals.

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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