The Growling Swan 3/2/14

Monday, 3rd February – Mountain Shadow – Stableford
Gerd & The Colonel Too Good At The Mountain!
We had another small Monday morning group with just 17 golfers signed up and ready to tackle the tough Mountain Shadow, this time off the blue tees. Even Patrick was early so we were able to depart the GS 5 minutes ahead of our scheduled 8.30 am departure time in 2 mini vans. After a good run through the Monday morning Pattaya traffic we headed off on number seven and arrived at the golf course 45 minutes later to find it almost deserted. For some reason we had been given a 9.44 am tee time but did not see any other groups there so our first four ball was able to get away 4 minutes early. The weather was hot with very little wind and although the course was as usual in good shape the greens were tricky to say the least as Ebrahim & Buckers discovered on the second green. It was a difficult pin spot up towards the back of the green and Bucker’s three foot downhill putt resulted in a thirty foot uphill putt for his next one with Ebrahim encountering something similar. Nonetheless we pushed on and with the closest group two holes ahead of us we were able to proceed at a fairly steady pace and in fact found it necessary to stop for a drink and a rest before the 13th tee. The round was completed in a fairly good time of four hours and seventeen minutes and it had been a very enjoyable outing with good company but some fairly ordinary golf been played.

We had 2 Divisions – Division A for handicaps 0 to 16 & Division B for golfers on handicaps of 17 and over with three places in each Division. There were also rewards for nearest the pin on two of the four par 3’s and longest first putts on the 9th & 18th greens.

The golf course was definitely the winner on the day with no-one scoring better than 34 points and it was Gerd Riedler who finished in front in Division A with that score. There were 2 players on 30 points contesting for second and third places so a count back was required which saw Mark “Westy” West (17 point back nine) edging out veteran Don Richardson (11 point back nine). In Division B it was boiled lollies to chocolates for last start NAGA winner Alan “Colonel” Sanders as he finished in first place with 33 points. Another count back was necessary for second & third as there were 2 on 31 points and it was Bob Akapita (18 point back nine) who finished just ahead of Duangjai “Kae” Tusagad (15 point back nine).

Results for Mountain Shadow:

Division A – 0 to 16
1st – Gerd Riedler (8) – 35 points
2nd – Mark West (13) – 30 points
3rd – Don Richardson (13) – 30 points

Division B – 17 and over
1st – Alan Sanders (26) – 33 points
2nd – Bob Akapita (18) – 31 points
3rd – Duangjai Tusagad (18) – 31 points

5th – Duangjai Tusagad
15th – Ebrahim

9th – Roy Dayton
18th – Alan Sanders

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 on a count back by Graham “Grunter” Buckingham who accepted the award like the good sport that he is. Yours truly then kindly paraded Deefa the Dog and of course collected many donations for the needy in Pattaya from our generous Growling Swan Golfers. Back at the bar afterwards the beer was as usual Aussie cold and low priced and several of us stayed back and discussed just about everything and it was great to see Nolan back there having a few waters after his recent motorbike encounter with a street dog which resulted in a win for the dog and several days in Memorial for Nolan.

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

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.
Alan Sanders Graham Buckingham  Gerd Riedler

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