The Growling Swan 24/10

Thursday 24th October 2013 – Royal Lakeside – Stableford format
Niall Triumphs again!
With our illustrious el presidente (Peter Blackburn) away in Oz for a few weeks the organization for the day was left in the incapable hands of Peter Grey, John Pierrel, Dick Braimbridge and Stu Rifkin. Why one man’s job was substituted by four, became clear by day’s end….
Amazingly the mini buses were ordered and arrived on time (I think perhaps because the President had wisely taken the precaution to do this before his departure to Oz) and all players boarded well after the elected 8.15am departure time. This was as a result of one of the substitute organizers getting organized.
Never the less we did get to the course an hour later and still with a few minutes to spare before tee off time.
During check in procedures in the pro shop, Peter Grey (temporary organizer) was observed eyeing florescent colored balls, he selected a bright yellow one and seemed over the moon by his choice. So attached was he that he asked if he could substitute the ball for an older white one, when he later had a water hazard to carry. He soon discovered though that his little beauty did not float. Despite this huge disappointment, he went on to score his best round ever and narrowly missed out on the NAGA award.
As carts were allowed on the fairways it was “play the ball as it lies” and no relief anywhere on the course, which is a vast change from the many days of recent golf where the “pick, clean and replace” rule has been in effect due to the wet conditions.
The course was in great condition with very slick greens, and on a perfect golf day the first group teed off under a cloudless and sunny sky. It remained this way throughout the day which ensured everyone had no excuses for bad weather to affect their scores and surprisingly only one golfer managed to play to his handicap.
Back in the club house the cards were checked, checked and rechecked by the temporary organizers and after a “few hours” Peter Grey welcomed Paul Seaford (a guest of Graham Buckingham) who hails from Ely in the UK and Geoff Green from Brisbane Australia. Peter then announced the winners and also delighted in taking Deefa around for some donations which go to charity.
As I have been given the task (punishment) of substitute scribe I have decided to list the podium place getters in reverse order and thus it is with hearty congratulations that we have placed Niall Stuart as the headliner today for yet again, taking out the NAGA award. For those of you wondering what the NAGA award stands for, well let me give you a hint “Not a golfers ars…..” got it?
Tiger Woods may be the leading PGA golfer for 2013 but Niall takes the cake this year when it comes to this Growling Swan golf outlet award. Good on you Niall for your constant dedication and your never ending good spirits too!
The winner of Division B with 31 points was Gary Monley who despite some sad news from his home in Oz, managed to keep it together today. Ernie Picken took out second spot with 27 points and the ladies figured in the final three with Rita Zoebeli being victorious on 24 points.
Division A saw Stu Rifkin back to form with 36 points followed closely by fellow standby organizer John Pierrel with 35 points and the consistent Gerd Riedler with 34 points.
Results for Royal Lakeside

NAGA Award: Niall Stuart
Longest first putt 18th green: John Pierrel
Nearest pins: 12th hole Bill Stienmann and 15th hole Gerd Riedler
Division B winners
1st – Gary Monley (36) – 31 points
2nd – Ernie Picken (21) – 27 points
3rd – Rita Zoebeli (22) – 24 points
Division A
1st – Stuart Rifkin (13) – 36 points
2nd – John Pierrel (9) – 35 points
3rd – Gerd Riedler (6) – 34 points

The Growling Swan NAGA Award is an awarded made to the golfer who has the worst score on the day and discreetly their score is not made public. The winner is asked to donate 50 baht to Deefa for his/her efforts.
Deefa is a fluffy doll like dog which is used to collect donations for the needy children in Pattaya from our generous Growling Swan Golfers.
The Growling Swan Golf outlet is the home of friendly golf in Pattaya and 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 most times at 8.30 am. For bookings or more information please contact Peter Blackburn on 0806 351 386 or email to
We also play bowls out of the Growling Swan every Wednesday and Sunday. Sunday is Lawn Bowls played at The Retreat and Wednesday is Indoor Bowls at the undercover Coco’s. 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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