The Growling Swan 23/01

Thursday, 23rd January – Greenwood, C & A – Stableford

Sal, Tom & Tristan Too Good At Greenwood!

Pattaya’s cold spell continued as an excellent field of 34 assembled at The Growling Swan although it would have been better if not for a couple of late cancellations including our good friend and regular player Nolan “No-one” Wise who was in hospital after a motorbike accident a couple of nights pre vious. We all wish Nolan a speedy recovery. Welcomes were handed out to Colm Mullen from Dublin in Ireland, Massimo Cristalli from Italy and Alan Ewing from Connections Bar in Soi Chaiyapoon. It was time to farewell Steve Trulove who is returning to Sydney and Craig Wearne & Tristan Freeman who will shortly return to Melbourne. Departing the GS at our scheduled time of 8.30 am we headed off and got a fairly good run up 331, arriving at the course after a 52 minute drive. It did not seem to be too busy and we were allocated the C & A nines in that order and our first four ball teed off 7 minutes after our booked time of 10.00 am. It was quite cool and there was a bit of a stiff breeze which didn’t make it any warmer and with no groups immediately ahead of us we were able to maintain a steady pace throughout the first nine. The golf course was in very good conditions and the greens were the quickest I have seen them in a long time and presented problems if you were above the hole and a fair distance away. After completing C nine in two hours & five minutes we arrived on the tee on A1 to find a Marshall directing us to B1 as there was a fairly large and very noticeable bush fire at the bottom of A1 so off we went and teed off on B1. After our tee shots on B4 two Marshalls arrived and told us that we had to return to the A nine and continue our round by teeing off on A4. To cut a long story short they had directed just our group to the B nine and everyone else was proceeding on the A nine – TIT. We then became Group 2 and after all the messing around we completed our round in four hours & forty five minutes but notwithstanding the turmoil it had been a very pleasant round with very good company.

We had 3 Divisions – Division A for handicaps 0 to 16, Division B for golfers on handicaps of 17 to 26 and Division C for handicaps of 27 and over with four places in each Division. There were also rewards for nearest the pin on the four par 3’s and longest first putts on the A9 & C9 greens.

The winner in Division A was Sal Brizzi with a fabulous 42 points, 72 gross and was unfortunately not absent at presentations as he was not feeling very well so was laying down in one of the mini vans. I made the comment that it could not have been tiredness from hitting too many shots! In second place came veteran Don Richardson with 37 points, one point more than Gerd Riedler in third spot and Mike Allidi was fourth with 32 points. Division B was won by Tom McMahon who had 34 points and Max “Corsets” Bracegirdle was second with 33 points. Third place went to the consistent John Davis on 32 points and Alan “Colonel” Sanders finished fourth with 31 points. There was a count back at the top of C Division with 2 golfers on 38 points and it was Tristan Freeman (23 point back nine) who was declared the winner with his good mate Craig Wearne (16 point back nine) finishing in second place. Ian “Bat” Masterson came third with 37 points and Shane “Jockey” Young was fourth on 32 points.

Results for Greenwood:

Division A – 0 to 16
1st – Sal Brizzi (6) – 42 points
2nd – Don Richardson (13) – 37 points
3rd – Gerd Riedler (9) – 36 points
4th – Mike Allidi (2) – 32 points

Division B – 17 to 26
1st – Tom McMahon (17) – 34 points
2nd – Max Bracegirdle (26) – 33 points
3rd – John Davis (17) – 32 points
4th – Alan Sanders (25) – 31 points

Division C – 27 and over
1st – Tristan Freeman (36) – 38 points
2nd – Craig Wearne (36) – 38 points
3rd – Ian Masterson (36) – 37 points
4th – Shane Young (29) – 32 points

NTP’s
A2 – Don Richardson
A6 – John Davis
C3 – Gary Monley
C6 – Roy Dayton

LFP’s
A9 – Ian Masterson
C9 – Tom McMahon

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 Ernie Picken who 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 where there was an excellent crowd assembled and we sat there for a few hours discussing the day’s events and looking forward very much to our next outings. Another very good day out on the golf course with many more to come.

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 petermalcolmblackburn@gmail.com

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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