The Growling Swan 30/09

Monday, 30th September – Treasure Hill – Stableford

Toddy (Andy) & Dobbsy Grind It Out At The Hill!

After very heavy overnight rain we were presented with a fine Pattaya Monday morning as we made our way to The Growling Swan in readiness for the journey to the challenging Treasure Hill Golf Course. The original field of 23 was reduced to 20 after three late withdrawals due to sickness which included your writer who is still battling with a sciatic nerve issue. Nonetheless we were happy to welcome back Dick Braimbridge from Queensland, Australia, Ken Hole from a few weeks in the UK and good friend Volker Buley from Germany. There were also newcomers Andy Todd & Paul King from Perth in Western Australia, Peter Burke from Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia and David Marshall from Brisbane. Also, apologies to Graham “Grunter” Buckingham for not saying farewell to him last Thursday prior to his visit back to the UK. I saw the 2 mini vans off at 8.27 am from the GS and they arrived at the course 55 minutes later where things were very quiet. After a brief preparation the first group, a three ball got away 15 minutes earlier than the scheduled 10.00 am start time and it was reported that the course was in quite good condition and recovering well from the recent work although some found the greens somewhat slower than they are used to. It was a fairly quick round of golf with fine weather and unlike Pattaya no rain with the first group back in the clubhouse four hours & five minutes after they started. After the negative recent reports regarding Treasure Hill it was reported that it is now very acceptable with minimum inconveniences.

We had 2 Grades – A Grade for handicaps 0 to 19 and B Grade for handicaps 20 and 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.

First timer Andy Todd (20 point back nine) was the winner of the A Grade section, winning on a count back from Gerd Riedler (18 point back nine) with both of them scoring 36 points. Another count back was required with 4 golfers on 34 points to decide third & fourth places and it saw Kissy Buchanan (19 point back nine) finish third from John Pierrel (16 point back nine & 11 points on the last 6 holes) in fourth spot. The unlucky ones were Kevin “Wayco” Waycott (16 point back nine & 8 points on the last 6 holes) and Martin “Toddy” Todd (14 point back nine). Jerry “Dobbsy” Dobbs was victorious in the B Grade with a steady 36 points and John Davis came second with 34 points. In third place came Patrick Poussier on 28 points and Dave Marshall was fourth with 26 points.

Results for Treasure Hill:

A Grade – 0 to 19
1st – Andy Todd (12) – 36 points
2nd – Gerd Riedler (6) – 36 points
3rd – Kissy Buchanan (16) – 34 points
4th – John Pierrel (10) – 34 points

B Grade – 20 and over
1st – Jerry Dobbs (22) – 36 points
2nd –John Davis (22) – 34 points
3rd – Patrick Poussier (22) – 28 points
4th – Dave Marshall (20) – 26 points

NTP’s
2nd – Kevin Waycott
6th – Ebrahim
13th – Patrick Poussier
17th – John Pierrel

LFP’s
9th – Martin Todd
18th – Mike Gosden

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 Volker Buley and he accepted the award in very good spirit. Toddy 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 several Aussie cold, low priced beers and I of course joined the playing group and listened to many of the hard luck stories of the day which was enjoyed immensely, particularly by the golfers playing with us for the first time and they pledged that they would certainly be back.

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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