Growling Swan 26/09

Thursday, 26th September – Burapha, A & B – Stroke – Monthly Mug

Heineken Stu Wins His First Mug!

It was time for our monthly round of stroke and the classy Burapha was the chosen venue for us to compete for the 16th Growling Swan Monthly Mug. There were 28 golfers signed up but after one no-show and yours truly being a late withdrawal due to a chronic sciatic nerve problem the starting field was reduced to 26. Gathering at The Growling Swan we welcomed Gazza from Perth Australia and Muncha’s Dad, Les Moloney from Donald in country Victoria, Australia. Departing the GS 1 couple of minutes early at 8.28 am the 3 mini vans arrived at the course just 30 minutes later. The first group got away 15 minutes early at 9.50 am and it was reported that the course was as usual in excellent condition and the round was completed in the good time of four hours & ten minutes.and it was reported that the course was as usual in excellent condition and the round was completed in the good time of four hours & ten minutes.

In addition to the Monthly Mug award we were able to have 3 grades with A Grade being for handicaps 0 to 17, B Grade for handicaps of 18 to 31 and C Grade for handicaps 32 and over with 3 prizes in each grade. There were also rewards for nearest the pins all the par threes and longest first putts on the A9 & B9 greens.

It was a delighted Stu “Heineken” Rifkin who was the winner of this month’s Monthly Mug with a fine score of net 69. The winner of A Grade was Peter Bye with net 70 and with 2 golfers on net 72 a count back was required which resulted in Murray Hart (net 33 back nine) taking second place from Martin “Toddy” Todd (net 36 back nine) in third spot. The B Grade winner was Stephen Newton with a net 72 and John Davis was second with net 74. Shane “Jockey” Young finished third with net 75. Gary Monley won the C Grade with a net 82 and Russell Calcutt was second with net 83 and Sandy “Cindy Lauper” Leiper third on net 86.

Results for Burapha:

Monthly Mug Winner – Stu Rifkin (14) – net 69

A Grade – 0 to 17
1st – Peter Bye (13) – net 70
2nd – Murray Hart (13) – net 72
3rd – Martin Todd (8) – net 72

B Grade – 18 to 31
1st – Stephen Newton (27) – net
2nd –John Davis (23) – net 74
3rd – Shane Young (30) – net 75

C Grade – 32 and over
1st – Gary Monley (36) – net 82
2nd – Russell Calcutt (36) – net 82
3rd – Sandy Leiper (35) – net 86

A3 – Peter Bye
A6 – Brad Todd
B3 – Paul Hack
B8 – Stu Rifkin

A9 – Peter Grey
B9 – Niall Stuart

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 once again by Niall Stuart who accepted the cap gracefully and wore it for a while 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. Max then paraded Deefa the Dog and there were plenty of donations to 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.

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