The Growling Swan 28/10
Monday 28th October 2013 – Eastern Star – Stableford Format
LOCAL GOLFER ED TOO GOOD!
As previously reported, the Growling Swan President and Chief Organizer (Peter Blackburn) is away in Oz and although in touch daily, has to rely on the temporary misfits he left in charge and the golfing gods to ensure everyone gets in their round happily and without incident.
Well the gods must have been asleep at times today…..
Although the mini buses were on time and surprisingly all players checked in at the Growling Swan and were ready to leave ten minutes early, one of our group was missing. A check of the toilets and behind the bar did not reveal him?
As departure time approached and then passed, we dispatched one of our players with a motor bike to check out the Subway outlet on Soi Bukhow, as someone said he may be there. Negative to that but he was spotted finishing his breakfast at an eatery nearby. Suddenly realizing he was being sought, he quickly paid his bill and jumped on the motor bike for a free ride back to a roaring welcome….of abuse!
The drive to Eastern Star was uneventful and tee off time was mostly without incident.
The course Marshall advised that carts could go on “some fairways only” so the temporary misfit organizers decided to play off the yellow markers which reduced the yardage from 6,700 to 6,100 (if one can hit the ball straight) and the lift, clean and place” rule was introduced for the fairways and the first cut only. For those interested the ladies tee distance was 5,560 yards.
This decision proved sensible to most of us as with very little run on the fairways only three players managed to play to their handicaps or better. There was one player who commented that only golfers with skirts play off the yellow markers but his score was not worth recording on the day….surprisingly yellow is one of his many favorite colours….say no more!
The last two groups were played as fives in an effort to have everyone back in the clubhouse as early as possible. Unfortunately the course Marshall, having watched and let the second last group tee off, came racing up the fairway in his buggy yelling at us “you must have five carts!” (One in our group was walking). With four of the group already on the green and the fifth player about to chip, we explained that it would have been convenient if he had explained this before we teed off. After some bantering and the Marshall saying it was common golf law in Thailand that a group of five must all have a cart (news to me but money to be made here so makes sense) he hauled off our walkers caddie and trolley and left the bag lying on the ground!
Rather than cause an international incident we reorganized ourselves to appease the Marshall….and the golfing gods.
True to the course Marshall’s word, the course was quite soggy in many areas with a lot of players losing balls in the soft ground. Many of the greens had been sanded about a week earlier and were inconsistent and mowing of the course had been affected by the wet conditions however the weather was mostly sunny with a light breeze and as many people have said before, “the worst days golf beats working any day”.
With everyone back in the club house, showered and sipping nice cool drinks or eating their lunch (if lucky enough, as many orders were totally forgotten…the gods sleeping again!) John Pierrel, being our club house organizer today, welcomed back Kevin Waycott and said goodbye to Geoff Bracegirdle who is leaving tomorrow for Australia. John then made presentations.
Roving local golfer Ed Wyckoff (apologies if spelling is wrong Ed, I am merely copying the score sheet) was the best Division A player of the day taking out first spot with a fine 38 points, followed by Alaine Taddei on a count back from Kevin Waycott.
Division B was won by departing golfer Geoff Bracegirdle also with a sterling 38 points. Second spot went to a jubilant Roy Dayton, whilst 32 points from another happy Bracegirdle (Max) took third spot with 31 points.
RESULTS FOR EASTERN STAR:
1ST – ED WYCKOFF (12) 38 POINTS
2ND – ALAINE TADDIE (16) 36 POINTS
3RD – KEVIN WAYCOTT (8) 35 POINTS
1ST – GEOFF BRACEGIRDLE (20) 38 POINTS
2ND – ROY DAYTON (26) 32 POINTS
3RD – MAX BRACEGIRDLE (23) 31 POINTS
3rd HOLE – STU RIFKIN
6th HOLE – ROY DAYTON
13th HOLE – RITA ZOEBELLI
17th HOLE – KEVIN WAYCOTT
9th HOLE – MAX BRACEGIRDLE
18th HOLE – RITA ZOEBELLI
Duangjai (Kae) Tusagad received the loudest ovation of the day and her partner Roy Dayton was over the moon when Kae was mentioned as the recipient of this award. Kae is one of our lovely regular lady golfers and she accepted the award with the grace and humility that has her endeared to all at the Growling Swan.
Deefa was again paraded around to collect donations from all golfers who desired to give a few baht to Charity and many generous donations were received. Thank you to all.
The Growling Swan NAGA Award is an award made to the golfer who has the worst score on the day and discreetly their score is not made public. The winner is asked to donate 50 baht to Deefa for his/her efforts.
Deefa is a fluffy doll like dog which is used to collect donations for the needy children in Pattaya from our generous Growling Swan Golfers.
The Growling Swan Golf outlet is the home of friendly golf in Pattaya and 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 most times at 8.30 am. For bookings or more information please contact Peter Blackburn on 0806 351 386 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
We also play bowls out of the Growling Swan every Wednesday and Sunday. Sunday is Lawn Bowls played at The Retreat and Wednesday is Indoor Bowls at the undercover Coco’s. 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.