The Growling Swan 27/02

Thursday, 27th February – Pattavia – Stroke – Monthly Mug

Gerd Wins His First Monthly Mug!

It was time to compete for the 21st Growling Swan Monthly Mug and there were 27 stalwarts ready to take on the challenge of a stroke round at Pattavia. As we assembled at The Growling Swan we welcomed long time Pattaya resident Mick O’Connor and old friend Paul Avery from Cairns in Queensland back in Pattaya for about 6 weeks. It was sadly time to say farewell to Robert Allen, his son Chris and Cameron Denham who will shortly be returning to Melbourne. Everyone was on time so we departed a couple of minutes earlier than our scheduled 8.30 am and the three mini vans set off up number 7 and then 331 before the last twenty minute drive along the bumpy “pineapple road”, arriving at the course 57 minutes later. The clubhouse construction is not yet complete so it was back to the old changerooms but at least this time there were plenty of lockers available as the venue was very quiet and we went straight on to the first tee and got our first group, a three ball away 10 minutes early at 9.50 am. The weather was quite hot and there was a bit of wind as we set off with no-one in front of us so there was no excuse for a slow round even though we were playing stroke. The golf course was looking good and the greens having been sanded not too long ago were not quite as slick as last month but still posed problems for golfers facing downhill putts of any length. After stopping for a break before the 14th tee we kept up the very good pace and completed a very enjoyable round of golf in three hours & fifty minutes.

In addition to the Monthly Mug award we were able to have 2 Divisions with A Division being for handicaps 0 to 20 & B Division 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.

The course was playing tough and we had just one golfer playing to their handicap or better and that was Gerd Riedler who took out his first Monthly Mug with a fine round of net 71. In Division A it was Martin “Toddy” Todd who took the honours with net 73 and John Davis was second on net 75. In third place came Mike “Hunter” Gosden with a net 76 and your writer, Peter “Blacky” Blackburn scraped into fourth spot with a net 78. Patrick Poussier was the winner in B Division with net 74 and with 2 golfers on net 75 a count back was necessary which saw Chris Allen (net 34 back nine) take second spot from Geri Crilly (net 37 back nine) in third place and Roy “Plums” Dayton finished fourth with a net 77.

Results for Pattavia:

Monthly Mug Winner – Gerd Riedler (8) – net 71

A Grade – 0 to 20
1st – Martin Todd (8) – net 73
2nd – John Davis (16) – net 75
3rd – Mike Gosden (12) – net 76
4th – Peter Blackburn (13) – net 78

B Grade – 21 and over
1st – Patrick Poussier (23) – net 74
2nd – Chris Allen (22) – net 75
3rd – Geri Crilly (28) – net 75
4th – Roy Dayton (24) – net 77

NTP’s
4th – Mike Gosden
7th – No-one good enough
13th – Don Richardson
17th – Gerd Riedler

LFP’s
9th – Peter Blackburn
18th – Vaughan Jackson

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 Cameron Denham and he accepted the cap gracefully and wore it for quite some time back in the bar. As usual presentations were back at the bar on this occasion and we all thanked Mine Host Peter Grey for sponsoring the Mug and we also thanked Paul Avery who celebrated his 60th birthday by providing a delicious buffet supper and rang the bell on a couple of occasions. The party went on for quite a while and it was a great night after another very enjoyable round of golf.

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 petermalcolmblackburn@gmail.com

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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