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Golf from The Growling Swan

Monday, Oct. 31, Treasure Hill – Stableford

1st John Anderson (29) 33pts

2nd Sal Brizzi (3) 32pts

3rd Glenn Henriksen (10) 31pts

4th Steve Younger (12) 31pts

Near Pins: #2 Glenn Henriksen, #6 Niall Stuart, #13 Glenn Henriksen, #17 Niall Stuart

Long Putts: #9 John Anderson, #18 Ebrahim

John Anderson (left) with Eric Black.
John Anderson (left) with Eric Black.

Just moving away from today’s outing, for those who are not aware Gary Monley passed away recently and his funeral was held back in Australia.  We had a call from Dave Fletcher who attended Gary’s funeral telling us that the memorial video was mostly made up of photos from Gary’s time playing with the golfers at The Growling Swan.  R.I.P. Gary.

With all the rain we have been getting lately one was not sure as to what to expect as we headed out to the ever testing Treasure Hill on Monday.  Another perfect sultry day greeted us and with an easier than normal bus trip, we teed up off the yellow markers before our scheduled time.

Once again, our compliments are extended to the management of Treasure Hill G.C. who oversee a fantastic course and have made it available to us at the very good rate of 1,050 THB incl. green fee, caddie and cart.  Well done indeed!

John Anderson got out of the blocks early and never looked back, taking top spot in a very close contest.  Coming in second and only one shot behind was our 3-handicapper Sal Brizzi.  Then a further shot behind was Glenn Henriksen and Steve Younger with only the count back system to separate them.

Thursday, Nov. 3, Phoenix Gold – Stableford

A Flight (0–15)

1st Gary Bright (11) 38pts

2nd Walter Baechli (15) 38ptts

3rd Paul Hack (13) 35pts

B Flight (16–36)

1st Glenn Smith (31) 35pts

2nd Steve Blazsanyik (19) 33pts

3rd Scott Baumgalton (24) 31pts

Near Pins: 2nd – Gary Bright, 7th – Niall Stuart, 14th – Phil Taylor, 16th – Glenn Reeves.

Long Putts: 9th – Phil Taylor, 18th – Gary Bright

24 golfers made their way to Phoenix Gold Golf Club, one of the closest golf courses to Pattaya, for our game today.  With a late tee off time (10.40 am) it was just as well we were not too far from home and we’re able to be back at the Growling Swan bar for ice cold refreshers well before 5.00pm.

Most of us agreed that the course presented fairly well, despite numerous greens having patchwork quilt style repairs.

Playing off the white markers on the Ocean and Lake nines on a fine and sunny, stiff breeze day, only two golfers bettered their handicaps, which indicated the difficulties that the majority tried to cope with.

Numerous “airies” were reported from many groups and normally one would expect free drinks from such indiscretions!  Sadly this unwritten rule seems to have abated over the years, however our good friend Niall Stuart rang the bell as a goodwill gesture before his imminent departure to work overseas again.

The winner today in A grade was Gary Bright who won on a count back from ‘Mr. Steady’ Walter Baechli, both with 38 points.  Paul Hack took out third place.

B grade was won by Glenn Smith with a good score of 35 points, followed by Steve Blazsanyik and Scott Baumgarton in that order.