The Growling Swan 24/02

Monday, 24th February – Greenwood, A & B – Stableford

Kae & Cindy Too Good At Greenwood!

With our smallest field for quite some time, 16 we assembled at The Growling Swan in readiness for our trip up 331 to Greenwod Golf Course and unlike the previous Thursday the weather was fine and looked like staying that way for the day. We welcomed back veteran Ted Morris and unfortunately had to say farewell to Alan Sanders, returning to the Gold Coast in Queensland, Max Bracegirdle who is off back to Melbourne for a few weeks and David Fletcher who is returning to work in Western Australia. Our 2 mini vans departed the GS right on time at 8.30 am and after a good run through the Monday morning Pattaya traffic arrived at the golf course 52 minutes later. It was fairly busy and we had to wait for a couple of groups to tee off but we were able to send our first four ball away 5 minutes behind schedule at 10.05 am. As mentioned earlier the weather was fine with very little wind and it did get quite hot as the round progressed but the course was in very good condition with the greens quite quick at times. We had some slow groups ahead of us and were held up several times but ended up completing a very enjoyable round of golf in four hours & twenty five minutes.

We had 2 Divisions – Division A for handicaps 0 to 19 & Division B for golfers on handicaps of 20 and over with three places in each Division. There were also rewards for nearest the pin on two of the four par 3’s and longest first putts on the A9 & B9 greens.

The winner of Division A with an outstanding score of 41 points was Duangjai “Kae” Tusagad, just 1 point ahead of Mike “Hunter” Gosden in second place and Ted Morris was third with 37 points. In B Division Sandy “Cindy Lauper” Leiper took the honours with 35 points and with 2 golfers tied on 33 points a count back was necessary which saw Geri Crilly (17 point back nine) take second spot from Alan “Colonel” Sanders (16 point back nine) in third place.

Results for Greenwood:

Division A – 0 to 19
1st – Duangjai Tusagad (19) – 41 points
2nd – Mike Gosden (12) – 40 points
3rd – Ted Morris (12) – 37 points

Division B – 20 and over
1st – Sandy Leiper (34) – 35 points
2nd – Geri Crilly (28) – 33 points
3rd – Alan Sanders (26) – 33 points

NTP’s
A2 – No-one good enough
B5 – Max Bracegirdle

LFP’s
A9 – Sandy Leiper
B9 – Mike Gosden

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 David Fletcher 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 for some Aussie cold, low priced beers and plenty of chat whilst watching Carlton v Adelaide and then catching up with Buff and his mates who we hadn’t seen for quite a while.

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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