The Growling Swan 25/11

Monday, 25th November – Pleasant Valley – Stableford

Hunter & Nolan Win And Plums Aces The 17th!

It was another beautiful, sunny day in Pattaya as we gathered at The Growling Swan in readiness for our departure to the picturesque Pleasant Valley Golf Course. We had 27 golfers signed up to play and everyone showed up on time so our 3 mini vans were able to get going a couple of minutes ahead of our 8.30 am departure time. We had previously welcomed back Graham Rice from Gove in the Northern Territory of Australia, Mark Stapleton returning from Melbourne, Victoria, Gerry Crilly from Pattaya after a few weeks break & Colm Mullen with us for the very first time from Dublin. It was a fairly short journey to the course which was completed in 37 minutes and there was a fair bit of activity there so plenty of time to relax and prepare. Our first four ball got away 3 minutes ahead of our scheduled tee time of 10.00 am and in glorious weather conditions we proceeded fairly slowly due to heavy traffic ahead. The golf course was in excellent condition with the greens much improved on the last time we played there and with lush fairways which were a bit damp in parts the stage was set for some good scores and that indeed turned out to be the case. It was an extremely enjoyable round of golf with terrific company and it took four hours & thirty minutes with a couple of stops for drinks.

We had 2 Divisions – Division A for handicaps 0 to 16 and Division B for handicaps of 17 & over with four places in each. There were also rewards for nearest the pin on the four par 3’s and longest first putts on the 9th & 18th greens.

I must first mention the Hole In One on the 17th by Roy “Plums” Dayton so congratulations to him and now the only 2 Aces recorded at Growling Swan Golf have been recorded by Roy and his partner Kae (Emerald last year).
With a great score of 45 points it was Mike “Hunter” Gosden who took first place in A Division and with 2 golfers on 41 points a count back was required which saw Ted Morris (20 point back nine) take second spot from your writer, Peter “Blacky” Blackburn (18 point back nine) in third place. Mark “Westy” West finished fourth with 39 points. For his second win in a row it was Nolan Wise who won Division B with a fine 43 points and Roy “Plums” Dayton was second with 41 points, helped of course by his 1 for 5 on the 17th. Ebrahim came third with 37 points and John Davis rounded off the podium with 35 points.

Results for Pleasant Valley:

Division A – 0 to 16
1st – Mike Gosden (14) – 45 points
2nd – Ted Morris (12) – 41 points
3rd – Peter Blackburn (12) – 41 points
4th – Mark West (15) – 39 points

Division B – 17 & over
1st – Nolan Wise (36) – 43 points
2nd – Roy Dayton (26) – 41 points
3rd – Ebrahim (18) – 37 points
4th – John Davis (20) – 35 points

5th – Peter Blackburn
8th – Mike Gosden
13th – Alain Taddei
17th – Roy Dayton (Hole in One)

9th – J J Harney
18th – Frank Donnelly

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 Patrick Poussier and he accepted the award like the good sport that he is. Yours truly then paraded Deefa the Dog and of course collected many donations for the needy in Pattaya from our generous Growling Swan Golfers. Back at the Growling Swan there was a very good crowd but that did not deter Roy Dayton from “ringing the bell” as he was of course ecstatic with the day’s events. Another great day of golf at The GS with the fields getting bigger all the time so please get your names down early.

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

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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