The Growling Swan 23/07

Greenwood : Stableford

Wayco stymies the Rice-man!
2 buses awaited the 20 players eagerly anticipating the Growling Swan’s visit to the popular Greenwood GC.
On the buses, banter was somewhat subdued as the traffic snarls on the 331 extended our trip to Greenwood in excess of 1 hour. At last month’s visit to Greenwood, the greens had been cut too short and were in poor condition. This scribe is happy to report that the maintenance staff have worked tirelessly and although some were still very bumpy, the majority of the greens putted truly and were vastly improved.
We played A & B nines, off the yellow tees and although at 6,000 yards, a little short for some, the tricky par 5’s sorted many out.
It was quite obvious early, that Allain Taddai was in for a torrid day. Allain has been missing in action for some time and it was great to see him back. Whilst eagerly practicing his chipping at the back of the 1st tee he inadvertently ‘skinnied’ his ball into a dense garden hedge and was unable to retrieve it. After much embarrassment and cajoling from the throng, Allain skulked to the tee box with his confidence at an all-time low.
It was also clear the weather was to be perfect when Stu Rifkin had a 100 THB pre-game wager with his caddie. Stu was sure it was going to rain!
On course, Khan Speechley and Martin Todd got off to flyers with Khan enjoying a 23 point front nine and Martin one-putting the first 5 holes. Gordon Clegg and Mark Stapleton continued with their recent form to snap up podium finishes, however, it was Kevin Waycott who emerged through the purple haze to outlast the unlucky Graham Rice by way of an elongated count back.
Winners
1st Kevin Waycott (9) 39 pts c/b
2nd Graham Rice (13) 39 pts
3rd Gordon Clegg (30) 38 pts
4th Mark Stapleton (18) 37 pts
5th Martin Todd (11) 36 pts

NTP’s
A2 Zippo
A6 Stuart Rifkin
B2 Gordon Clegg & Ebrahim (dead heat)
B5 Kevin Waycott
Longest One Putt:
9 & 18 Martin Todd

Back at the Growling Swan, Russell Calcutt paraded charity dog ‘Deefa’ who gratefully received significant donations from the happy clan and they are thanked for their continued contributions. All ‘Deefa’ donations go to the PSC to be directed to projects to assist the needy children of Pattaya.
‘Harry Potter’ and Paul Sharples, after 2 solid weeks of golfing R & R in Pattaya were fare-welled in fine style and the shishkebab cart did a roaring trade. Graham Rice, an avid reader continued his good form. He noted that a recent study found that women who carry a little extra weight live longer than the men who mention it.
For some serious golf with a dash of fun, the Growling Swan welcomes golfers of all persuasions. We generally play on Mondays and Thursdays at any one of the fine courses around Pattaya. Please contact Peter Grey for bookings or any information on 0861 503086.

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