The Growling Swan 31/10

Thursday, 31st October – Burapha, A & B – Stroke


The last Thursday of every month sees the Growling Swan players slog it out on the course and every whack, slash, prod and poke is recorded. The lowest nett score wins The Monthly Mug.

This is the only time of the month that the presentations are made back at the Growling Swan Bar and after the winner has been presented with his/her award he/she has the privilege of having his/her mug topped up by any of his/her fellow golfers for the rest of the evening. Hence it is a fiercely sought after prize!

Today was no exception with many players giving their all and more than a handful being in the running to win the mug, however with one golfer playing a tad better, these others had to be content with a mere podium allocation.

This scribe was unable to play today, so this report relies on the score sheet provided and the innuendo he grasped at the presentations in the evening back at the Growling Swan bar.

After listening to all the usual hard luck stories, “If I hadn’t hit three in the water…”, “If I could only have pared the last…”, “I would have had more luck if I stayed in bed today” etc, Peter Grey (temporary organizer whilst the president Peter Blackburn is away in Oz) took the floor and began his presentations.

He firstly welcomed Steve Durey and Bernie Ruschmeyer from Oz I think (because I was sitting near them and they sounded Australian) and Toshi Abe from Japan (I’m pretty sure he was from Japan because the name looks Japanese and Toshi looked Japanese too) and some other players who have been absent for a while, but as I had already consumed six San Migs I can’t recall them all, however the loud Canadian Scott Leszcynski and gentlemanly JC Lhoste come to mind? Apologies to those I have not made note of. (No apologies Scott)

He then remarked that the course was in its normally well presented condition but lamented on the grass being too long where it shouldn’t be (I think perhaps “his ball” was where it shouldn’t have been but his comment did bring about some applause which confirms that others had the same thoughts/troubles?). Praise was made to fellow temporary organizer John Pierrel for helping throughout the day with fee collections, card checking and scoring before moving on to the prize winners.

Alain (Inspector) Taddei was the player everyone was envious of, having shot a fine Nett 69 off his 16 handicap, and thus was the honored winner of the Mug this month.

Division A was won by Bill Steinmann with Nett 71 (8), second was visitor Bernie Ruschmeyer 72 (12) and third on a count back from John Pierrel was Tom McMahon with a Nett 73 (16)

The colorful Mr. Walter Baechli (who was obviously happy to be playing off the white tees today) was the winner of Division B with a Nett 72 (18), followed by Steve Durry also with a 72 (19) but lost on a count back to Walter and third was Ed Stewart 73 (19) who won on a count back from JC Lhoste.
Division C was taken out by Shane (Jockey) Young with a Nett 71 (30) with Roy Dayton 73 (26) second and Gary Monley again in the prize list with 74 (36) coming in third.


The Monthly Mug winner was: ALAIN TADDEI (16) 69.

DIVISION A (0 – 16 handicaps)
1st – Bill Steinmann (8) 71
2nd – Bernie Ruschmeyer (12) 72
3rd – Tom McMahon (16) 73

DIVISION B (17 – 24 handicaps)
1st – Walter Baechli (18) 72
2nd – Steve Durey (19) 72
3rd – Ed Stewart (19) 73

DIVISION B (25 – 36 handicaps)
1st – Shane Young (30) 71
2nd – Roy Dayton (26) 73
3rd – Gary Monley (36) 74

A3 – Lindsay Slender
A6 – Alain Taddei
B3 – Alain Taddei
B8 – Bernie Ruschmeyer

A9 – Bill Steinmann
B9 – Toshi Abe

Niall Stewart battles fearlessly and tirelessly to retain a grasp to this award which he again won and thus gave many other wayward golfers today a huge sigh of relief when Niall’s name was mentioned.

Deefa was the recipient of plenty of generous donations and the children of Pattaya thank you all.

Following the final award presentation Peter Grey closed the meeting and once again asked all to partake in the free food that he generously provides at the conclusion of every Monthly Mug day. On behalf of everyone, many thanks Peter!

The Growling Swan NAGA Award is an award made to the golfer who has the worst score on the day and discreetly their score is not made public. The winner is asked to donate 50 baht to Deefa for his/her efforts.

Deefa is a fluffy doll like dog which is used to collect donations for the needy children in Pattaya from our generous Growling Swan Golfers.
The Growling Swan Golf outlet is the home of friendly golf in Pattaya and 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 most times at 8.30 am. For bookings or more information please contact Peter Blackburn on 0806 351 386 or email to

We also play bowls out of the Growling Swan every Wednesday and Sunday. Sunday is Lawn Bowls played at The Retreat and Wednesday is Indoor Bowls at the undercover Coco’s. 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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