The Growling Swan 23/09

Monday, 23rd September – Plutaluang – Stableford

A Great Turnout For Wayco’s 60th!

We had 35 golfers signed up for the day’s event and as it was Kevin Waycott’s 60th Birthday it was suggested that he had boosted the numbers by contacting “Rent-A-Crowd” but in actual fact we just wanted to celebrate with a genuine good bloke. As we assembled at The Growling Swan hearty welcomes were handed out to Roald Thorsen from Norway and a welcome return to golf for Sandy “Cyndy Lauper” Leiper after a month or so off. We also welcomed newcomers Rick Forrest & Chris Playforth from Lakelands Golf Club in Perth, Western Australia and Greg Hill, John Player, Murray Hart, Sel Wegner, Dave Bowers, Dave Fletcher, Dennis Steele & Keith Buchanan who are just about all Pattaya residents. It was sadly time to say farewell to J J Harney who will shortly be returning to Ireland, Mark Stapleton who is off back to Melbourne, Australia for a month or so and good friend Dave Neal who is returning to the UK after 6 weeks of golf in Pattaya. Everyone showed up on time so our 3 mini vans left a couple of minutes early at 8.28 am and in drizzling rain we headed South down Sukhumvit and arrived at the Plutaluang complex 43 minutes later. It was quite busy and we were allocated West & East nines, an unusual combination for us and as we proceeded to the West 1 tee the heavens opened so we ran for cover. We had faith though and sure enough after about 15 minutes the rain abated and we managed to send our first four ball away in very light rain at 10.00 am which in fact was our allotted tee time. The rain soon stopped completely and naturally preferred lies were in place so we proceeded at a steady pace on the West nine which was in excellent condition especially considering the recent rains and the greens in particular were of a very high standard. After a first nine of just over two hours we came to a screaming halt at the East 1 tee where a few groups had been “slipped in” and weren’t the quickest in the world but after a twenty minute delay we were underway again and did not experience any real delays after that. Four hours & 30 minutes later we were back in the clubhouse after a round which was most enjoyable and the company was excellent.

We had 3 Grades – A Grade for handicaps 0 to 13, B Grade for handicaps 14 to 20 & C Grade for handicaps of 21 and over with 4 places in each grade. There were also rewards for nearest the pins on the four par threes and longest first putts on the E9 & W9 greens.

One of my playing partners, John Pierrel played steady golf all day and took out the A Grade first prize with 37 points, one point ahead of Chris Playforth in second spot. There were 3 players on 34 points vying for third and fourth places so a count back was required which resulted in Birthday Boy Kevin “Wayco” Waycott (20 point back nine) taking third spot from Sel Wegner (18 point back nine) in fourth place and Peter Bye (17 point back nine) just missed out. The B Grade was won on count back by Charles Cunningham (17 point back nine) with Dennis Steele (16 point back nine) in second place, both having 34 points. With 2 golfers on 32 points another count back was required to decide third & fourth places and it was Thientong Charoenrung (16 point back nine & 11 points on the last 6 holes ) finishing third from Stu “Heineken” Rifkin (16 point back nine & 9 points on the last 6 holes) in fourth place. C Grade was won by Graham “Grunter” Buckingham with 37 points, 1 point ahead of John Davis in second place. Patrick Poussier was third on 35 points and Phompinmon Seesa finished fourth with 33 points.

Results for Plutaluang:

A Grade – 0 to 13
1st – John Pierrel (11) – 37 points
2nd – Chris Playforth (10) – 36 points
3rd – Kevin Waycott (10) – 34 points
4th – Sel Wegner (12) – 34 points

B Grade – 14 to 20
1st – Charles Cunningham (17) – 34 points
2nd – Dennis Steele (15) – 34 points
3rd – Thientong Charoenrung (19) – 32 points
4th – Stu Rifkin (14) – 32 points

C Grade – 21 and over
1st – Graham Buckingham (22) – 37 points
2nd – John Davis (23) – 36 points
3rd – Patrick Poussier (23) – 35 points
4th – Phonpinmon Seesa (26) – 33 points

W3 – Graham Buckingham
W8 – Keith Buchanan
E2 – Dennis Steele
E5 – Roald Thorsen

W9 – Sel Wegner
E9 – Murray Hart

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 first timer David Fletcher and he accepted the award in very good spirit. Max then kindly paraded Deefa the Dog and of course collected many donations for the needy in Pattaya from our generous Growling Swan Golfers. Back at The Growling Swan afterwards there was a big crowd as Wayco was generously providing a meal to celebrate his 60th and it was indeed scrumptious and very much enjoyed by all. Another great day of golf with a terrific turnout.

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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