The Growling Swan 24/08

Khao Kheow – Stableford
Wayco pulls an Ace from the deck as Toddy gets the choc’s!
Another fine and sultry day greeted the 22 ‘Growlers’ to Khao Kheow and this favourite of many, once again proved to be in excellent condition and the greens were perfect. The management and staff are to be complimented. We played B and C nines off the white markers.
Tiziano Del Pastro, Toshi Aoki, Jason Schembli and Mashi were welcomed and today’s round featured the usual highlights and low-lights, however, it seems that there were more than the norm. For example, Niall Stuart, suffering from blurred vision, scored a 5 pointer on one hole whilst Gerri Crilly scored 5 points in 9 holes.
Tiziano provided much amusement to his playing group. Instead of abusing his golf ball, like many of us, the popular Italian when addressing his ball would loudly plead, “please, please, please!”. Perhaps we should all try this method as he gained a podium finish.
David Fletcher and Cameron Beal hired a theodolite, but were unable to separate their longest first putts on C9 and the bickering continued long into the night.
Khan Speechley continued on with his recent good form with an excellent 40 pts, only to be pipped on a count-back by the resurgent Martin Todd. A delighted Toddy was relieved with his first count-back win since it rained for 40 days and 40 nights.
Kevin Waycott enjoyed a licorice allsorts type of day which included watery graves, a shank and a “Hole in one” on the 144 yard C3. This is the 4th ace at the Growling Swan in the past 2 years.

1st Martin Todd (11) 40pts c/b
2nd Khan Speechley (19) 40pts
3rd Kevin Waycott (9) 38 pts
4th Tiziano Del Pastro (26) 35 pts
5th Niall Stuart (35) 34 pts c/b
B3 John Davis
B8 John Anderson
C3 Kevin Waycott (hole in one)
C8 Kevin Waycott

B9 Gerri Crilly
C9 David Fletcher and Cameron Beal

In the pic from left to right, Kevin Waycott and Martin Todd.
On resumption of play, back at the bar, we fare-welled Jockey, Aaron and Fletch. A great day out was toasted and we thanked John Anderson and Andrew Allen for their contributions to the continued smooth running of Growling Swan golf. Rumour has it, Kevin Waycott slept soundly after too many samsongs!
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.
The Growling Swan also caters to the bowls enthusiasts. Bus transport departs the GS at 10 AM on Sundays at The Retreat. Please contact Paul Rennison on 0843 454005 if you wish to partake. The cost including return bus transport, bowling fees and a hot lunch is less than 400 baht so great value for a day out.

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