The Growling Swan 21/11

Thursday, 21st November – Green Valley – Stableford

John & Nolan On Top At Green Valley!

Green Valley was the venue on this day and we had a pretty good field lined up to tackle this fine golf course after most of us had not played there for quite some time. We ended up with 27 starters and assembled at The Growling Swan as we welcomed back Paul Hack who was returning from Melbourne after a few weeks. It was time to once more farewell Bob Akapita who is returning to his work at Gove in the Northern Territory of Australia and Tony Campbell returning to Melbourne after a week or so in Pattaya. Also a fond farewell to good friend John Pierrel who is off back to Houston, Texas after several months here and many thanks to John for his company and assistance to me with organizing & presentations. We headed off from the GS right on time at 8.30 am and in next to no time arrived at the course where it was understandably busy and we had plenty of time to prepare with practice putting & chipping. Our scheduled tee time was 10.07 am and our first four ball got away 13 minutes later than that in perfect weather conditions with a nice cooling breeze to make things a touch more comfortable. As ever the golf course was in great shape with a few wet patches on the fairways which did nothing to detract from the quality of this fine layout. The greens were firm and true and deceived many with their speed as one soon found out when left with long downhill putts but they were a pleasure to putt on. The going was a bit slow with much traffic ahead and we proceeded at a steady pace and completed a very enjoyable round in four hours and fifteen minutes.

The A Division was won once again by big John Pierrel with a fabulous 43 points as he was determined to leave us with a “bang” and he certainly did that – congratulations to him for a fine 76 off the stick. With 39 points came veteran Ken Hole in second place and Frankie Sharratt was third with a steady 36 points, just 1 point ahead of Bill Steinman in fourth spot. For his very first win with us came Nolan Wise who finished first in Division B with 33 points, 1 point ahead of Roy “Plums” Dayton in second place and Andrew “Turtle” Allen was third on 31 points. With 4 players on 27 points a count back was required to determine fourth place and it was Duangjai “Kae” Tusagad (15 point back nine) who prevailed over Max “Corsets” Bracegirdle (14 point back nine), Dick “Reverend” Braimbridge (13 point back nine) and John Davis (10 point back nine).

Results for Green Valley:

Division A – 0 to 18
1st – John Pierrel (11) – 43 points
2nd – Ken Hole (17) – 39 points
3rd – Frank Sharrat (12) – 36 points
4th – Bill Steinman (7) – 35 points

Division B – 19 & over
1st – Nolan Wise (36) – 33 points
2nd – Roy Dayton (26) – 32 points
3rd – Andrew Allen (36) – 31 points
4th – Duangjai Tusagad (20) – 27 points

4th – Bob Akapita
9th – Paul Simons
12th – Paul Hack
16th – John Pierrel

9th – Ed Stewart
18th – Peter Blackburn

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 Growling Swan Mine Host Peter Grey and he 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. It was then back to The Growling Swan for many Aussie cold, low priced beers and the discussions regarding the day’s play went on and on with Nolan sitting there quietly with a large grin on his face and Andrew “crowing” about how he had now beaten me two times in a row! Look out Turtle – I’ll be back! It had been another excellent day of golf on a very fine golf course with a terrific bunch.

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 (formerly The Bunker Bar) 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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