The Growling Swan 02/09

Monday, 2nd September – Mountain Shadow – Stableford

Wayco & Grunter On Top At The Mountain!

Time to return to one of our favourite golf courses, Mountain Shadow and it’s popularity was proved by the excellent field of 23 golfers that were signed up to play. As we assembled at The Growling Swan welcomes were handed out to Paul Kennedy from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia and also Pat Roche from Surrey in the UK. We got away from the GS a couple of minutes ahead of schedule at 8.28 am in 2 mini vans and headed up number 7, making good time and arriving at the course 45 minutes later to find the venue practically deserted. After leisurely going through our preparation we were invited to tee off and after choosing the blue tees we sent our first four ball away 15 minutes early at 9.45 am. The weather was hot and humid & the golf course was in excellent conditions with lush fairways and well kept greens but perhaps more attention should be paid to the bunkers as some of them were fairly ordinary. We proceeded at a cracking pace with Grunter showing us the way with some good golf and the full round was completed in the good time of four hours on the dot. The company had been great, the golf not too bad and the course as mentioned previously was very good.

We had 2 Grades – A Grade for handicaps 0 to 17 and B Grade for handicaps 18 & over with 4 places in each grade. There were also rewards for nearest the pins on the four par threes and longest first putts on the 9th & 18th greens.

The winner of the A Grade section was Kevin “Wayco” Waycott with a fine 36 points, followed by your writer, Peter “Blacky” Blackburn (18 point back nine) who in a count back for second & third just pipped Martin “Toddy” Todd (16 point back nine) with both having 33 points. Another count back was required to decide fourth place with two on 32 points and it was Ebrahim (17 point back nine) who prevailed over John Pierrel (16 point back nine). Graham “Grunter” Buckingham was the winner of B Grade with a very good 37 points and Dave Neal was second with 33 points. There was a three way count back to decide third & fourth spots with the three having 27 points and it was Max “Corsets” Bracegirdle (16 point back nine) who took third place from Pat Roche (14 point back nine) with Patrick Poussier (10 point back nine) just missing out.

Results for Mountain Shadow:

A Grade – 0 to 18
1st – Kevin Waycott (11) – 36 points
2nd – Peter Blackburn (11) – 33 points
3rd – Martin Todd (8) – 33 points
4th – Ebrahim (16) – 32 points

B Grade – 19 & over
1st – Graham Buckingham (23) – 37 points
2nd – Dave Neal (22) – 33 points
3rd – Max Bracegirdle (25) – 27 points
4th – Pat Roche (18) – 27 points

NTP’s
5th – Gerd Riedler
8th – Kevin Waycott
15th – Ebrahim
17th – Martin Todd

LFP’s
9th – Martin Todd
18th – Mark West

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 Niall Stuart (two in a row) and he accepted & wore the award with pride. Max then kindly 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 many low priced, Aussie cold beers and discussions on the day’s golf plus various other topics made for a very enjoyable evening.

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 petermalcolmblackburn@gmail.com

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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