The Growling Swan 25/08

Monday, 25th August – Mountain Shadow – Stableford

Toddy & Newton On Top At The Mountain!

It was an overcast Monday morning in Pattaya and our first game of the week was at the challenging Mountain Shadow Golf Course. There were 2 late withdrawals due to illness (genuine) which brought our numbers down to 22 and we assembled at The Growling Swan in readiness for our departure. We welcomed Simon Niven from Darwin in the Northern Territory of Australia and the return of veteran Ted Morris playing with us once again. Fond farewells were handed out to Gerd Riedler who is off to Europe for 5 weeks and Keith Buchanan who will shortly be going to Perth, Western Australia for a while. As all were on time we left the GS 5 minutes early at 8.25 am and after a good run out of Pattaya & up number 7 we arrived at the course 45 minutes later to find it very quiet. After checking in we were told we would be starting off the 10th tee so off we went and our first group, a three ball got away 20 minutes ahead of schedule at 9.40 am. The skies were threatening above and it wasn’t long before the rain came but not enough to disrupt play and having very little adverse effect on the golf course which was in fine shape. The rain continued for a while but eventually stopped as we continued at a cracking pace and even after a 5 minute break at the half way mark we completed our full round in three hours & forty five minutes. We got a little bit wet but had a very enjoyable round with excellent company.

We had 2 Divisions – Division A for handicaps 0 to 14 & Division B for golfers on handicaps of 15 and over with three places in each Division. There were also rewards for nearest the pin on the par threes and longest first putts on the 9th & 18th greens.

Martin “Toddy” Todd continued his fine form in winning the A Division with 39 points, 3 points ahead of Mashi Kaneta in second spot and your writer, Peter “Blacky” Blackburn was third with 34 points. It was a count back to decide the winner in B Division with 2 golfers on 39 points and that resulted in Stephen Newton (20 point back nine) being declared the winner from Keith “Kissy” Buchanan (17 point back nine) in second place with Alain “Inspector Clouseau” Taddei finishing third with 33 points.

Results for Mountain Shadow:

Division A – 0 to 14
1st – Martin Todd (8) – 39 points
2nd – Mashi Kaneta (14) – 36 points
3rd – Peter Blackburn (11) – 34 points

Division B – 15 and over
1st – Stephen Newton (29) – 39 points
2nd – Keith Buchanan (15) – 39 points
3rd – Alain Taddei (16) – 33 points

5th – Bill Steinman
8th – Ted Morris
15th – Bill Steinman
17th – John Davis
9th – Tiziano Dal Pastro
18th – Peter Blackburn

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 Paul Jackson and he accepted the award like the good sport that he is and wore the cap while in the bar afterwards. Gerd 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 bar for several Aussie cold, low priced beers and lots of chatter & humour after another excellent day.

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

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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