The Growling Swan 28/04

Monday, 28th April – Emerald – Stableford

Big Bill & Bat Shine At Emerald!

The Emerald was the venue for our first game of the week and we had 17 golfers on the Starting Sheet after one late withdrawal. We welcomed back Australian Peter Bye and also good friend Volker Buley from Germany who has returned for another 3 weeks in Pattaya. It was sadly time to say farewell to Brad “Bad” Todd who will shortly return to Perth, Western Australia, Ian “Bat” Masterson who is returning to Belfast, Ireland and good mate Frankie “Hollywood” Sharratt who is going back to Derby, UK after 6 months in Pattaya and Australia. Our 2 mini vans departed the GS 5 minutes earlier than scheduled at 8.25 am and headed South, arriving at the course 50 minutes later to find it practically deserted. There was no rush so we took our time with preparation and sent our first four ball away 10 minutes early at 9.50 am. The weather was hot and thankfully there was some breeze to cool things down as we proceeded with no-one in sight ahead of us. The course was very dry and the greens were just alright although several were quite slow. As it was very hot we stopped a couple of times for drinks which caused the round to be slow and we completed the 18 holes in four hours & forty minutes. It had been another enjoyable day with excellent company.

We had 2 Divisions – Division A for handicaps 0 to 13 & Division B for golfers on handicaps of 14 and over with three places in each Division. There were also rewards for nearest the pin on two of the par 3’s and longest first putts on the 9th & 18th greens.

It was very tight at the top of Division A with 2 golfers on 37 points and the count back resulted in “Big” Bill Steinman (19 point back nine & 12 points on the last 6 holes) being awarded first place ahead of Mike “Hunter” Gosden (19 point back nine & 11 points on the last 6 holes) in second spot with Gerd Riedler coming third with 36 points. There was another very close finish at the top of Division B as there were 2 on 39 points so another count back was necessary which saw Ian “Bat” Masterson (23 point back nine) finish first and Geri Crilly (19 point back nine) was second with Ebrahim in third spot with 36 points.

Results for Emerald:

Division A – 0 to 13
1st – Bill Steinman (10) – 37 points
2nd – Mike Gosden (12) – 37 points
3rd – Gerd Riedler (8) – 36 points

Division B – 14 and over
1st – Ian Masterson (35) – 39 points
2nd – Geri Crilly (26) – 39 points
3rd – Ebrahim (14) – 36 points

5th – John Davis
13th – Bill Steinman

9th – Frankie Sharratt
18th – Geri Crilly

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 the departing Frankie “Hollywood” Sharratt and he accepted the award like the good sport that he is. Ian “Bat” Masterson then 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 Growling Swan for several coldies and many of us stayed for quite some time enjoying the Aussie cold beers and 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 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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