The Growling Swan 25/07

Thursday, 25th July – Eastern Star – Stroke – Monthly Mug

Wayco Wins His Second Mug!

Due to the two day Thai Public Holidays this week this was our only outing for the week and was very well supported with 29 golfers after a late withdrawal due to sickness. We assembled at the Growling Swan in readiness for the journey to the Eastern Star Golf Course where the 14th Monthly Mug was to be contested and as there invariably is for this monthly event there was a fine representation from the Growling Swan Delinquents. We welcomed Mark Stapleton and Vince Romero from Melbourne, Victoria but sadly said farewell to Warwick “Kiwi” Anderson, Neil Herd & Mike Quill who are returning to Geraldton in Western Australia and very occasional golfer Jeff Melon who is going back to Melbourne after several months here in Pattaya. Also, veteran Kevin Dinan was bade a fond farewell as he is returning to Ireland for a month or so. Departing the GS right on time at 8.30 am we headed South in three mini vans and after encountering much drizzling rain during the 45 minute journey it ceased on cue as we arrived at the golf course. It was very quiet so we relaxed with a few practice putts and a hit on the driving range for some and sent our first four ball away 10 minutes ahead of schedule at 9.50 am. The rain had stopped and the sun was out as we commenced and the course was looking really good with well kept fairways and greens. With no-one ahead of us we proceeded in timely fashion and even though it was a stroke round we managed to complete the whole round in four hours & fifteen minutes. It was an enjoyable round with very good company on a very good golf course.

In addition to the Monthly Mug award we were able to have 2 grades with A Grade being for handicaps 0 to 20 and B Grade for handicaps of 21 and over with 4 prizes in each grade. There were also rewards for nearest the pins all the par threes and longest first putts on the 9th & 18th greens.

For the second time in three months it was Kevin “Wayco” Waycott (net 38 back nine and net 28 on the last 6 holes) who took out the Monthly Mug in a count back with a steady net 72. Losing the count back but winning the A Grade section was Martin “Toddy” Todd (net 38 back nine and net 29 on the last 6 holes), also scoring a net 72. Another count back was required to determine second & third places with two golfers on net 74 and it was Mike Allidi (net 36 back nine) just beating Bent Agerbo (net 40 back nine). In fourth place came Alain “Inspector Clouseau” Taddei with a net 79. The B Grade was won by Gary Monley with a net 77, one better than Mark Stapleton in second place. In third spot came Fred Dineley with a net 79 and Geri Crilly (net 40 back nine) was fourth in a count back with a net 81 from Graham “Grunter” Buckingham (net 44 back nine).

Results for Eastern Star:

Monthly Mug Winner – Kevin Waycott (10) – net 72

A Grade – 0 to 20
1st – Martin Todd (9) – net 72
2nd – Mike Allidi (2) – net 74
3rd – Bent Agerbo (20) – net 74
4th – Alain Taddei (16) – net 79

B Grade – 21 & over
1st – Gary Monley (36) – net 77
2nd – Mark Stapleton (25) – net 78
3rd – Fred Dineley (26) – net 79
4th – Geri Crilly (26) – net 81

3rd – Neil Herd
6th – Martin Todd
13th – Ebrahim
17th – John Pierrel

9th – Ken Hole
18th – Tony Olcorn

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 well won by Growling Swan Mine Host Peter Grey who naturally wore the cap with distinction in the bar. Presentations were of course back at the bar on this occasion and we thanked Peter Grey for his continued sponsorship of this monthly event and also for providing the delicious chicken dinner afterwards. Toddy then did his usual fines session and paraded Deefa the Dog who collected many donations for the needy in Pattaya from our very generous Growling Swan crew. It was another very successful day and many of us stayed at the bar afterwards enjoying the excellent facilities.

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

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