The Growling Swan 21/8

 Thursday, 21st August – Burapha, A & B  – Stableford

 Hunter, Ken & Turtle Too Good At Burapha!

 It was time to take advantage of the terrific Sport’s Day rate at the classy Burapha Golf Course and we had 31 golfers signed up to make the short journey. As we assembled at The Growling Swan prior to departure we handed out hearty welcomes to Dave Neal from Birmingham back with us for a few weeks along with his girlfriend Thientong Charoenrung taking a break from caddy duties at Laem Chabang, Bob Cross from Melbourne, Stephen Newton, here for some R & R from his work in Singapore and Niall Stuart returning for a break from his work in Laos. Sadly it was time to say goodbye to Ernie Picken who will soon be off back to Melbourne and Aaron Shorten who will shortly be returning to Brisbane. Everyone was on time which enabled our three mini vans to depart the GS a couple of minutes early at 8.28 am and we headed off up number 7 and were at the course just 30 minutes later. It appeared to be not too busy and after checking in we presented ourselves to the Starter who surprisingly offered us the choice of A & B or C & D so having played C & D the last couple of times we opted for the other combination and were able to get our first four ball away off A1 twenty minutes ahead of schedule at 9.40 am. It was very overcast in fact looked like threatening rain but of course we were as ever optimistic and proceeded whilst enjoying the golf course which was as usual in terrific shape with lush fairways & beautifully prepared greens. We breezed round the first nine in just on two hours and the skies were starting to look menacing after a couple of holes on B nine and sure enough the heavens opened while we were on the B4 fairway and for about 10 minutes we had the lot – thunder, lightning, strong wind and very heavy rain but after 10 minutes it was all over and we were able to carry on as if nothing had happened. The course had not been at all affected by the mini storm and we pushed on and completed a very enjoyable round in four hours & five minutes.

We had 3 Divisions – Division A for handicaps 0 to 15, Division B for golfers on handicaps of 16 to 25 and Division C for handicaps of 26 and over with four places in each Division. There were also rewards for nearest the pin on the par threes and longest first putts on the A9 & B9 greens.

The winner in A Division was Mike “Hunter” Gosden who had 41 points and John Davis came second with 39 points. In third place was Martin “Toddy” Todd who scored 37 points and “Buffalo” Bill Steinman was fourth with 35 points. Ken Graham won the B Division with 39 points, 2 points ahead of Bob Akapita in second place and Alain “Inspector Clouseau” Taddei came third with 35 points with Dave Neal claiming fourth spot with 32 points. With 2 players on 34 points a count back was required to decide the winner in C Division and it was Andrew “Turtle” Allen (20 point back nine) who got the “chocolates” from Gary Monley (19 point back nine) in second place. Tony Campbell came third with 32 points and Gary Williams was fourth with 31 points.

Results for Burapha:  

Division A – 0 to 15

1st –Mike Gosden (13) – 41 points

2nd – John Davis (14) – 39 points

3rd – Martin Todd (8) – 37 points

4th – Bill Steinman (10) – 35 points

 Division B  – 16 to 25

1st – Ken Graham (16) – 39 points

2nd – Bob Akapita (16) – 37 points

3rd – Alain Taddei (16) – 35 points

4th – Dave Neal (24) – 32 points

Division C – 26 & over

1st – Andrew Allen (33) – 34 points

2nd – Gary Monley (32) – 34 points

3rd – Tony Campbell (28) – 32 points

4th – Gary Williams (28) – 31 points


A3 – Bill Steinman

A6 – Gerd Riedler

B3 – Dave Neal

B8 – Andrew Purdie


A9 – Hugh O’Donnell

B9 – Gary Monley

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 the returning Niall Stuart and he accepted the award like the good sport that he is and wore the cap for quite some time afterwards. Andrew 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 bar for several beers and plenty of chatter as we relaxed after another great day out.

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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