The Growling Swan 2/10

 Thursday, 2nd October – Green Valley  – Stableford

 Hunter & Papa On Top At Green Valley!

After a late withdrawal due to sickness and one “no show” we were left with a field of 26 golfers who were keen to tackle the Green Valley Golf Course and we made our way to The Growling Swan in readiness for departure. There were several welcomes including Kurt Eric Persson & Seesa Phompinmon back with us again, Freddy Starbeck playing with us for the very first time, Peter Bye who had just returned from the Philippines and will be off to Australia next week, Bob Maloney from Perth with Wayne Waywood from Collie in Western Australia and my son, Matthew Blackburn here from Perth for a week’s holiday. Once again we were saying goodbye to David “Fletch” Fletcher who will soon be returning to his work in Western Australia but he will be back in a week or so. After waiting for the “no show” we left the GS right on time at 8.30 am and just 35 minutes later we arrived at the course where it was as usual quite busy. The weather was fine but cloudy and we assembled at the first tee awaiting a couple of groups of Korean lady golfers but nonetheless were able to get our first four ball away right on schedule at 10.00 am. The ladies did not hold us up so we proceeded at a good pace and the golf course was in very good condition with excellent greens which were mostly very quick and we completed the front nine in just on two hours. During the second nine the weather took a turn for the worse and there was much thunder & some lightning but the rain held off until we were walking off the eighteenth green – dodged the bullet once again. The groups behind us were not so fortunate and there were several delays in play but all were able to complete their rounds. Despite the weather it had been very enjoyable and once again the company was great.

We had 2 Divisions – Division A for handicaps 0 to 14 & Division B for golfers on handicaps of 15 and over with three places in each Division. There were also rewards for nearest the pin on the four par threes and longest first putts on the 9th & 18th greens.

Mike “Hunter” Gosden returned to form and was the winner in A Division with 39 points and another in form golfer “Buffalo” Bill Steinman was second on 37 points. A count back was required to determine third spot as there were 2 golfers with 34 points and it was Peter Bye (19 point back nine) who prevailed over Bob Maloney (18 point back nine). In B Division an outstanding round by Alain “Inspector Clousseau) Taddei which enabled him to compile 43 points (26 points on the front nine) saw him declared the winner and there were three golfers on 39 points vying for second & third places. The count back resulted in veteran Ken Hole (20 point back nine & 14 points on the last 6 holes) taking second spot from Sandy “Cindy Lauper” Leiper (20 point back nine & 13 points on the last 6 holes) in third place with Adrian Schmidt (19 point back nine) just missing out.

Results for Green Valley:  

 Division A – 0 to 14

1st –Mike Gosden (13) – 39 points

2nd – Bill Steinman (10) – 37 points

3rd – Peter Bye (14) – 34 points

Division B  – 15 and over

1st – Alain Taddei (15) – 43 points

2nd – Ken Hole (16) – 39 points

3rd – Sandy Leiper (35) – 39 points


5th – Alain Taddei

8th – Ken Hole

12th – Bill Steinman

16th – Bill Steinman


9th – Seesa Phompinmon

18th – Peter Bye

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 Bob Akapita and he accepted the award like the good sport that he is and wore the cap for quite some time in the bar afterwards. Ricey 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 we had a good crowd who stayed for quite some time enjoying the chatter and post mortems on the day’s golf after another very enjoyable outing.

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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