The Growling Swan 21/04
Monday, 21st April – Greenwood – Stableford
Allidi & Buckers Triumph At Greenwood!
After a week off from Pattaya golf at The Growling Swan we were all keen to resume activities although for some of us we were probably all “golfed out” after a terrific week’s golf in the Kanchanaburi area. We had 20 golfers signed up but after a “no show” we were left with 19 and we assembled at the bar in readiness for our trip to the Greenwood Golf Course. We were happy to welcome Dick Braimbridge’s partner Wan who was playing with us for the first time and also the return of Gerd Riedler & Karl Lang. It was also time to say farewell to Jan Lovgreen who will shortly be returning to Denmark and promises to join us again when he returns. With the assistance of car owners we were able to use just the one mini van and we departed the GS right on time at 8.30 am, making our way out of Pattaya and up number 7 and then 331, arriving at the course 55 minutes later. There were hardly any other golfers there so we knew it was to be a day of “millionaires golf” so we relaxed in our preparation and headed off to the C1 tee after being told we would be playing C & B nines in that order. It was very hot with not much breeze as our first four ball teed off 5 minutes behind schedule at 10.05 am and we proceeded at a fair pace on a course which was in very good “nick” with lush fairways and greens that at times were rock hard but true. The lack of patronage caused them to not open a couple of drink stops so I for one struggled to the C7 tee before being able to quench my thirst but we managed to soldier on, completing the round in four hours and twenty minutes. It had been a very enjoyable day with all four of us playing some steady golf and the company was excellent.
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 two of the par 3’s and longest first putts on the B9 & C9 greens.
Mike Allidi once again showed the way with a terrific 70 gross to win the A Division with 41 points. With 2 golfers on 39 points a count back was required which resulted in “Big” Bill Steinman (21 back nine) taking second place from Sal Brizzi (20 point back nine) in third spot. Division B winner was Graham “Grunter” Buckingham (last year’s Kanchanaburi overall winner but this year well down the field) with 37 points, three points clear of Thientong Charoenrung in second place and Alain “Inspector Clouseau” Taddei was third with 33 points.
Results for Greenwood:
Division A – 0 to 14
1st – Mike Allidi (3) – 41 points
2nd – Bill Steinman (10) – 39 points
3rd – Sal Brizzi (6) – 39 points
Division B – 15 and over
1st – Graham Buckingham (22) – 37 points
2nd – Thientong Charoenrung (18) – 34 points
3rd – Alain Taddei (15) – 33 points
B5 – Mike Allidi
C6 – Martin Todd
B9 – John Davis
C9 – Frankie Sharratt
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 Dave Neal and he accepted the award like the good sport that he is. Yours truly then paraded Deefa the Dog and of course collected many donations for the needy in Pattaya from our generous Growling Swan Golfers. We then returned to The Growling Swan for some Aussie cold, low priced beers and the main topic of conversation was the upcoming Anzac Day Trophy which will be played this Friday, 25th April at Mountain Shadow. The Starting Sheet is nearly full already and no doubt it will be a great day which will commence at the bar at 7.00 am for the “Dawn Service” and rum & milk.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.