The Growling Swan 26/08

Monday, 26th August – Eastern Star – Stableford

Riedler & Poussier On Top!

It was a fine, sunny Monday morning in Pattaya as a very good field of 18 golfers met at The Growling Swan ready to take the journey to the challenging Eastern Star Golf Course. There were welcomes handed out to Marco Beer from Switzerland, John Swanson from Pattaya and the returning regular Takeshi Hakozaki from Japan. Departing the GS 5 minutes early at 8.25 am we headed South down Sukhumvit and after a 45 minute drive arrived at the golf course to find some activity but relatively quiet. After a few putts on the practice putting green we were invited to the first tee and our first group, a three ball got away 15 minutes ahead of schedule at 9.45 am in perfect weather conditions for golf albeit a bit hot & humid. The golf course was in great shape with very well maintained greens as were the bunkers and there was to be no excuse for anything but good golf being played although in the end there was only one golfer who played to their handicap or better. Being a three ball we did have to wait a few times but still had a fairly quick round managing to complete the 18 holes in three hours & forty five minutes.

We had 2 Grades – A Grade for handicaps 0 to 18 and B Grade for handicaps 19 & over with 3 places in each grade. There were also rewards for nearest the pins on the four par threes and longest first putts on the 9th & 18th greens.

Seven handicapper Gerd Riedler showed his class in winning the A Grade section with 37 points and Brad “Bad” Todd was second on 35 points. With two players on 34 points a count back was required and resulted in Marco Beer (19 point back nine) finishing third from Ken Hole (17 point back nine). The B Grade was won by Patrick Poussier who had 35 points and another count back with two golfers on 33 points saw Walter Baechli (18 point back nine) end up in second place from Dave Neal (15 point back nine) who finished third.

Results for Eastern Star:

A Grade – 0 to 18
1st – Gerd Riedler (7) – 37 points
2nd – Brad Todd (18) – 35 points
3rd – Marco Beer (17) – 34 points

B Grade – 19 & over
1st – Patrick Poussier (30) – 35 points
2nd – Walter Baechli (19) – 33 points
3rd – Dave Neal (22) – 33 points

3rd – Takeshi Hakozaki
6th – Gerd Riedler
13th – Kurt – Eric Persson
17th – John Pierrel

9th – Brad Todd
18th – Patrick Poussier

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 Geri Crilly and he accepted & wore the award with pride. Brad Todd then kindly 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 afterwards the beer was of course low priced and Aussie cold and we relaxed and watched the Aussie Rugby League while chatting on for quite some time and were thankful for another quality day out on a very good golf course with excellent company.

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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