The Growling Swan 22/08

Thursday, 22nd August – Burapha, C & D – Stableford

Reidler Too Good!

After a “no show” and a late withdrawal due to sickness our final number was 18 and we assembled at The Growling Swan in readiness for the short journey to the classy Burapha Golf Course. We welcomed Dave Neal’s partner Tienthong Charoenrung from Laem Chabang, Max Hofer from Australia and good friend Walter Baechli, recently returned from cycling in Spain & hiking in Switzerland. It was sadly time to say farewell to Tiziano Dal Pastro who will very shortly be returning to Italy. Departing the GS 2 minutes early at 8.28 am we were at the course in the blink of an eye and the weather was fine although overcast with a threat of rain in the air. After taking our time in preparation at this busy course we eventually managed to tee off on C1 15 minutes ahead of schedule at 9.45 am with traffic ahead of us but not holding us up. The golf course was fantastic as usual with pristine fairways, well raked bunkers and super slick and very well maintained greens where being below the hole on some of the sloping ones was a must. There were a couple of drops of rain during the round but that was all and the weather stayed quite cool throughout as we raced around the course in the excellent time of three hours & thirty five minutes. It was an extremely enjoyable round of golf on this lovely course and the company was once again first class.

We had just the 1 Grade due to the smaller field with 6 places and there were also rewards for nearest the pins on the four par threes and longest first putts on the 9th & 18th greens.

In first place on the day was Gerd Riedler with a fine 37 points, 2 points ahead of last start winner Graham “Grunter” Buckingham in second spot. Ken hole’s 34 points got him third place and with 6 golfers on 32 points a count back was needed to determine fourth,fifth and sixth spots. Max Hofer (20 point back nine) grabbed fourth with Tom McMahon (18 point back nine) fifth & yours truly, Peter “Blacky” Blackburn (17 point back nine) rounded off the podium in sixth place. The unlucky golfers were Mike “Hunter” Gosden (16 point back nine), Tiziano Dal Pastro (16 point back nine) and Mark “Westy” West (14 point back nine).

Results for Burapha:

1st – Gerd Reidler (7) – 37 points
2nd – Graham Buckingham (24) – 35 points
3rd – Ken Hole (16) – 34 points
4th – Max Hofer (17) – 32 points
5th – Tom McMahon (18) – 32 points
6th – Peter Blackburn (11) – 32 points

C5 – Brad Todd
C8 – Paul Hack
D2 – Gerd Riedler
D8 – Ken Hole

C9 – Paul Moloney
D9 – Ken Hole

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 easily won by good sport Nolan Wise who accepted the cap honourably and wore it with distinction for a considerable time. Toddy 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 some well deserved beers and a few hours there topped off another really good day.

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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