The Growling Swan 29/08

Thursday, 29th August – Greenwood, C & A – Stroke – Monthly Mug

Dave Neal Wins His First Growling Swan Monthly Mug!

It was that time of the month again when we get to play a stroke round for the Growling Swan Monthly Mug and we had a very good field of 30 golfers who were keen to tackle the Greenwood Golf Course. We assembled at the GS 30 minutes later than normal due to a later start time and welcomes were handed out to good friend J J Harney returning from several months in Ireland, Vaughan Jackson from Western Australia and Lyndsay Slender from just down the road in Soi Chaiyapoon. Departing right on our scheduled time of 9.00 am we headed off up No. 7, 3240 and then the very busy 331 and after a one hour drive arrived at the golf course where we were allotted the C & A nines. The course appeared to be surprisingly quiet on this, one of their Sports Days with a 650 baht green fee rate and we managed to get our first four ball away right on time at 10.30 am in fine and sunny weather conditions although rather humid. It was my pleasure to have three of The Growling Swan Delinquents with me in group one and I was looking forward to playing for the first time with Peter Grey, Paul “Muncha” Moloney and Nolan Wise. The golf course was in great shape throughout with lush fairways and super greens and as we teed off on C1 the noise that was heard was that of Peter Grey’s knees knocking as he shaped up for his drive in front of the hushed assembled masses but he calmly sent one down the fairway much to his relief. We didn’t see any other golfers in front of us so proceeded at a good pace, particularly for a stroke round and we managed to complete the eighteen holes in four hours & fifteen minutes. It had been great fun with me hearing swear words that I had never heard before and we all agreed that we should do it again sometime.

In addition to the Monthly Mug award we were able to have 2 grades with A Grade being for handicaps 0 to 17 and B Grade for handicaps of 18 and over with 5 prizes in each grade. There were also rewards for nearest the pins all the par threes and longest first putts on the A9 & C9 greens.

It was the visiting Dave Neal who took out the coveted Growling Swan Monthly Mug with a fine score of net 71. The winner of the A Grade was Stu “Heineken” Rifkin with a net 72 followed by Paul “Hacky” Hack (net 36 back nine) in second place and J J Harney (net 37 back nine) was third with both having net 74. In fourth place came Martin “Toddy” Todd with a net 75 and with 2 golfers on net 76 it was your writer, Peter “Blacky” Blackburn (net 36 back nine) who finished in fifth place from John Pierrel (net 37 back nine) after the count back. Thientong Charoenrung won the B Grade with a net 74 from Brad “Bad” Todd in second spot with net 75. With 3 golfers on net 77 another count back was required which resulted in Geri Crilly (net 36 back nine) taking third place from John Davis (net 42 back nine) finishing fourth and Max “Corsets” Bracegirdle (net 43 back nine) was fifth.

Results for Greenwood:

Monthly Mug Winner – Dave Neal (22) – net 71

A Grade – 0 to 17
1st – Stu Rifkin (15) – net 72
2nd – Paul Hack (11) – net 74
3rd – J J Harney (12) – net 74
4th – Martin Todd (8) – net 75
5th – Peter Blackburn (11) – net 76

B Grade – 18 & over
1st – Thientong Charoenrung (19) – net 74
2nd – Brad Todd (18) – net 75
3rd – Geri Crilly (26) – net 77
4th – John Davis (24) – net 77
5th – Max Bracegirdle (24) – net 77

A2 – No-one good enough
A6 – Stu Rifkin
C3 – Ebrahim
C6 – Stu Rifkin

A9 – Russell Calcutt
C9 – 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 well won by Niall Stuart who accepted the cap gracefully and wore it for a considerable time back in the bar. Presentations were of course back at the bar on this occasion and we thanked Peter Grey for his continued sponsorship of this monthly event and also for providing the delicious chicken dinner afterwards. Toddy then paraded Deefa the Dog after announcing the many fines for the day and there were plenty of donations to Deefa which of course go the needy people of Pattaya. There was a great crowd back at the bar and we stayed there for a considerable time enjoying the company and the facilities after what had been another splendid day.

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

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.

Stuart Rifkin Nial Stuart Dave Neal Peter Grey  Thientong Charoenrung

Stuart Rifkin Nial Stuart Dave Neal Peter Grey Thientong Charoenrung

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