The Growling Swan 28/11
Thursday, 28th November – Treasure Hill – Stroke – Monthly Mug & Kevin Grose Memorial Shield
Fred Dineley Wins The Mug & The Shield!
This was another very special day in the history of The Growling Swan as not only was it the 18th Monthly Mug it was time to remember a very good friend, Kevin Grose who tragically passed away here in Pattaya one year ago. Mine Host Peter Grey suggested we have a Memorial Day in memory of Kevin and he organized and supplied a perpetual shield in honour of the occasion. We decided that whoever won the Monthly Mug would also get their name on the shield. It was an early start, a 9.00 am tee time and although I did my best to let everyone know that we were departing an hour earlier than normal it did catch a few “napping” and we ended up with a very good field of 30 with three people “missing the bus”. We welcomed Scott Leszcynski back from Canada and also Growling Swan Delinquents Geoff Phillips and Jeff Mellon. It was also time to farewell Graham Rice who is returning to Gove in the Northern Territory of Australia after a week here and resident Fred Dineley who is returning to Wanneroo in Western Australia for a few weeks. Our 3 mini vans departed 7 minutes behind schedule at 7.37 am after waiting for a “straggler” and we headed off to Treasure Hill and after a good run up 331 arrived at the golf course just 48 minutes later to find things fairly quiet there. After waiting for a couple of groups to tee off we sent our first four ball away right on the scheduled time of 9.00 am in very good conditions with a nice cooling breeze. The course was looking very good with the greens firm and true and it was interesting to find several new tee boxes which changed the look of the holes and all in all it was a very good challenge of golf which most found out. The traffic ahead of us soon cleared and we proceeded at a steady pace although alas we were slowed down somewhat by the fact that it was a stroke round and a couple of us spent several minutes looking for golf balls after errant shots. The “Crocodile” hole played it’s usual tricks and claimed Frankie & I and I still cannot understand how they arrive at the handicap index of that hole! It was however an extremely enjoyable round of golf which was completed in four hours & twenty seven minutes.
We had 3 Divisions – Division A for handicaps 0 to 16, Division B for handicaps 17 to 26 & Division C for handicaps of 27 and over with three places in each Division. There were also rewards for nearest the pin on the four par 3’s and longest first putts on the 9th & 18th greens plus rewards for a birdie on the par 3 second hole & longest drive on the 18th.
There were many people to thank on the day including Scott Leszcynski & his son Kojo plus Sportscene for assisting with sponsorship. Also J J Harney who sponsored the birdie on the par 3 second hole and Tony Campbell who sponsored the longest drive on the 18th hole. Also of course many thanks to The Growling Swan for sponsoring the Monthly Mug and the Kevin Grose Memorial Shield plus a delicious supper.
The winner of the Monthly Mug & The Kevin Grose Memorial Shield with an excellent score of net 66 was Fred Dineley. Division A was won by J J Harney with a fine net 70 with Mike “Hunter” Gosden second on net 76. With 2 golfers on net 77 a count back was required which resulted in Colm Mullen (net 37 back nine) taking third place from Sal Brizzi (net 39 back nine). John Davis won Division B with net 71 and Duangjai “Kae” Tusagad was second with net 74, 1 stroke better than her partner Roy “Plums” Dayton in third spot. Division C was won by Gary Monley with a very good net 71 and second place went to Andrew “Turtle” Allen with net 84 and Dick “Reverend” Braimbridge was third with net 89.
Results for Treasure Hill:
Monthly Mug & Kevin Grose Memorial Shield Winner – Fred Dineley (25) – net 66.
Division A – 0 to 16
1st – J J Harney (11) – net 70
2nd – Mike Gosden (14) – net 76
3rd – Colm Mullen (15) – net 77
Division B – 17 & over
1st – John Davis (20) – net 71
2nd – Duangjai Tusagad (20) – net 74
3rd – Roy Dayton (26) – net 75
Division C –
1st – Gary Monley (35) – net 71
2nd – Andrew Allen (35) – net 84
3rd – Dick Braimbridge (36) – net 89
2nd – Sal Brizzi
6th – Graham Rice
13th – J J Harney
17th – Fred Dineley
9th – Mike Gosden
18th – Frank Donnelly
Birdie on the 2nd – Sal Brizzi
Longest Drive on the 18th – Sal Brizzi
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 Geoff Phillips and he accepted the award like the good sport that he is. Max then kindly paraded Deefa the Dog who collected many donations for the needy in Pattaya from our generous Growling Swan golfers. It was very bust afterwards at the bar where presentations were held and a very enjoyable day’s golf was capped off with a very enjoyable evening where the Aussie cold, low priced beers flowed freely. RIP Kevin Grose!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.