The Growling Swan 27/05

Monday, 27th May – Treasure Hill – Stableford

Sal & Geri On Top At The Hill!

We had a good “low season” group of 20 signed up for the day’s event at Treasure Hill and we assembled at The Growling Swan in readiness for the trip to play this challenging layout. We welcomed back Paul Sharples from Oman, Russell Goldsworthy From Perth, Western Australia, Michael Healey from Ireland and regular visitor Bob Akapita from Gove in the Northern Territory of Australia. Sadly it was time to say farewell to two of our “permanents”, Ken & Wendy Bernek who are returning home to Detroit, Michigan due to domestic issues. They will be sorely missed as they have hardly missed a game since we started and Ken’s assistance has been invaluable to me in the time he has been with us. They promise to return in the future so Bon Voyage dear friends and thanks again. Everyone was on time which enabled our 2 mini vans to depart five minutes early at 8.25 am and we headed off in the Monday morning traffic with a reasonably good run up 331. We arrived at the golf course 51 minutes later where there were hardly any cars in the car park which indicated a fairly prompt start to our round after checking in & preparation. We were as expected invited to tee off at our leisure with no-one to be seen ahead and we sent our first four ball away 15 minutes ahead of schedule at 9.45 am in hot and steamy conditions. It must be said that this golf course is in superb condition including the well prepared greens although the fairway grass is different to most courses and some of the short rough demands respect. We took our time in the oppressive heat and regularly stocked up with drinks, as you can on this course with plenty of drink stations and after enjoying the round and the company we completed the round in fours and twenty minutes.

We were able to have 2 Grades with three podium spots in each. A Grade was for handicaps 0 to 12 and B Grade for 13 and over. There were rewards for nearest the pins on all the par threes and longest first putts on the 9th & 18th greens.

As usual the golf course got the better of most but despite being “taken by the crocodile” it was Sal Brizzi who had the best round of the day by far and won the A Grade section with a fine 39 points. In second place came your writer, Peter Blackburn with a modest 34 points and Mike Allidi finished third with 33 points. Irishman Geri Crilly got the shock of his life when announced as the winner of B Grade with 32 points, 2 points ahead of Ken Hole in second place and Ebrahim’s 28 points was good enough to secure third spot.

Results for Treasure Hill:

A Grade – 0 to 12
1st – Sal Brizzi (7) – 39 points
2nd – Peter Blackburn (11) – 34 points
3rd – Mike Allidi (2) – 33 points

B Grade – 13 and over
1st – Geri Crilly (27) – 32 points
2nd – Ken Hole (16) – 30 points
3rd – Ebrahim (14) – 28 points

2nd – Paul Sharples
6th – Sal Brizzi
13th – Russell Goldsworthy
17th – Ken Hole

9th – Wendy Bernek
18th – Dick Braimbridge

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 Sandy “Leiperfrog” Leiper who naturally accepted the award in fine spirit. Big Ken “let’s hear it for” Bernek was kind enough to parade Deefa the Dog for one last time for a while and collected many donations for the needy in Pattaya. Back at the bar afterwards the beer was Aussie cold as ever and we once again discussed the upcoming Growling Swan First Anniversary tournament at Crystal Bay on Monday, June 10th. It will be a Fourball Stableford event with a random draw pairing an A Grade golfer with a B Grade golfer, the draw to be done at the course prior to commencement of play. The entry fee is 500 baht which will include terrific prizes and a sumptuous meal back at The Growling Swan where the presentations will be held. The sign up sheet is on the board at The Growling Swan and although we have initially 32 spots we can accommodate more if required.

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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