The Growling Swan 28/8
Thursday, 28th August – Khao Kheow, C & B – Stroke – Monthly Mug
Fred Dineley Wins His Second Monthly Mug!
It was that time again when we play our one and only stroke round of the month in competing for the Growling Swan Monthly Mug and this month’s challenge was at the popular Khao Kheow Golf Club. A couple of late withdrawals brought our numbers down a tad but we were still left with an excellent “Low Season” field of 31 golfers ready to compete for the 27th Mug. With the help of JP & Alain we were able to just need the two mini vans and as we assembled at The Growling Swan we welcomed back David “Fletch” Fletcher, here on some R & R from his work in Western Australia and Marco Beer who is once more visiting from Switzerland. It was also time to say farewell to Tony Campbell who will shortly be returning to the cold of Melbourne, Australia. Everyone was on time so we left the GS a couple of minutes late at 8.32 am and headed off up number 7 & after a good run we arrived at the course 45 minutes later to find things rather quiet as seems to be the norm at most golf courses at the minute. Checking in was a bit slow as we had Green Fee vouchers and quite rightly the staff insisted on seeing PSC Membership Cards for those using the Vouchers but we were soon reporting to the Starter who informed us that we would be playing the C & B nines in that sequence. With no-one in sight ahead of us our first group teed off right on time at 10.00 am and with the fairways being a bit wet winter rules were in play. The weather was perfect, not too hot with a slight breeze and the golf course was in very good shape although the greens appeared to be just a little slower than normal. One of our group who had been involved in a motor cycle accident the previous day unfortunately had to pull out after two holes as he realized that his injured hand was not up to the rigors of playing a game of golf so we were down to a three ball. We soon caught up to a Thai lady 5 ball group who were extremely loud & rowdy and did not appreciate being asked to please keep it a bit quieter and after they let us through after the second hole on our back nine one of the ladies had plenty to say for herself. A couple of holes later this “lady” came out with a stream of abuse to the caddy of one of our group which left the caddy in tears – absolutely unacceptable on a golf course and JP & myself made a trip to see the Golf Course Manager once our round was completed. Despite the interruptions ours was a very enjoyable round of golf which took just four hours although our golf was not that “flash”.
In addition to the Monthly Mug award we were able to have 2 Divisions with A Division being for handicaps 0 to 18 & B Division for handicaps of 19 and over with 5 prizes in each division. There were also rewards for nearest the pins all the par threes and longest first putts on the B9 & C9 greens.
Fred Dineley won his second Growling Swan Monthly Mug with a sizzling net 66, just one better than Mashi Kaneta who was declared the winner in A Division with Thientong Charoenrung finishing second after a net 70. The consistent Martin “Toddy” Todd came third with net 72 and Marco Beer was fourth after scoring a net 73. With 2 golfers on net 74 a count back was required to determine fifth spot and it was Stuart “San Miguel” Rifkin (net 34 back nine) who got the “chocolates” ahead of Takeshi Hakozaki (net 37 back nine). In Division B the winner was Ron Gillett who complained about the course being too tough for a round of stroke after scoring a net 74 (they walk amongst us) with Gary Monley finishing second with a net 75, one stroke better than Dave Neal who was third with net 76. Geri “Birdy” Crilly came fourth with a net 77 and Patrick Poussier was fifth with a net 79.
Results for Khao Kheow:
Monthly Mug Winner – Fred Dineley (24) – net 66
A Division – 0 to 18
1st –Mashi Kaneta (14) – net 67
2nd – Thientong Charoenrung (18) – net 70
3rd – Martin Todd (8) – net 72
4th – Marco Beer (16) – net 73
5th – Stuart Rifkin (16) – net 74
B Division – 19 & over
1st – Ron Gillett (33) – net 74
2nd – Gary Monley (32) – net 75
3rd – Dave Neal (25) – net 76
4th – Geri Crilly (24) – net 77
5th – Patrick Poussier (21) – net 79
B3 – Patrick Poussier
B8 – Marco Beer
C3 – Martin Todd
C8 – Thientong Charoenrung
B9 – Dave Neal
C9 – John Pierrel
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 “Cindy Lauper” Leiper and he accepted the cap gracefully. As usual presentations were back at the bar on this occasion and we all thanked Mine Host Peter Grey for sponsoring the Mug and also providing a delicious pasta supper. Andrew then walked around with Deefa the Dog and collected many donations for the needy in Pattaya from our generous Growling Swan Golfers. The beers were as usual low priced, Aussie cold & plentiful as many of us stayed behind for quite some time discussing the events of the day and once more thankful for another very successful day with many more to come.
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 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.