PSC Golf from The Growling Swan
Monday, July 18, Mt. Shadow – Stableford
It well may be “The Rain In Spain” but it is definitely “Lorraine In Pattaya.” As it turned out we had sixteen eager golfers wishing to chance their luck at the ever popular Mountain Shadow. The weather was on the side of the golfers, so an enthusiastic bunch hit the road to see what would come of the day’s event.
Stableford was the order of the day with the gents hitting from the blue tees and our only lady participant hitting from the red tees.
The course was in good nick, recent rains had added to what I think is a good course in fine condition. The slick greens held their own as they usually do.
With only the one flight today it was open to all and everybody had a chance. Lorraine Percy took the opportunity to edge out Mashi Kaneta (via a count back) and take top spot. Third also went to a count back with Mike (the coach) Gosden holding off Ebrahim to take the final spot on the podium.
1st Lorraine Percy (32) 36pts
2nd Mashi Kaneta (16) 36pts
3rd Mike Gosden (17) 33pts c/b
4th Ebrahim Al-Ansari (16) 33pts
Near Pins: #5 Alex Field, #8 Martin Kempton, #15 Mashi Kaneta.
Long Putts: #9 Ebrahim, #18 Tony Cook
Thursday, July 21, Burapha – Stableford
After a night and early morning of heavy rain and storms, a field of 25 golfers headed out to Burapha in overcast conditions. The rain cleared just in time as we teed off but with no sign of any breeze it was quite humid.
Course A followed by B was played, with the ‘pick, clean and place’ rule enforced due to overnight rain. The course had recently hosted a professional tournament, thus the rough was very thick and the greens quite fast.
A Grade was won by Sal Brizzi with an excellent 38 point score, off his low handicap of 4. Denis Steele was only one behind Sal with 37 points to fill second place, with Greg Proctor three shots behind to be placed third.
B Grade was taken out by way of a count back by Andrew “Turtle” Allan who scored the win from Jayson Schembri, both with 38 points. Andrew never had a wipe, and said it was probably his best round ever. Another count back saw Sandy Leiper claim third spot with 31 points, from Lindsay Slender, whose 2 wipes on the last 2 holes would not have helped!
A Flight (0-21)
1st Sal Brizzi (4) 38pts
2nd Denis Steele (13) 37pts
3rd Greg Proctor (17) 34pts
B Flight (22-36)
1st Andrew Allan (30) 38pts
2nd Jayson Schembri (22) 38pts
3rd Sandy Lieper (22) 35pts
Near Pins: A3 Rob Cross, A6 Martin Kempton, B3 Jayson Schembri, B8 Denis Steele
Long Putts: A9 Lindsay Slender, B9 Jayson Schembri
Back at the Growling Swan, Alex Field let D-For off his chain to collect donations, the Swan’s players and punters are a very generous bunch and keep giving to D-For. All are thanked for their continued contributions to assist the needy children of Pattaya.
Note: For serious golfing with a dash of fun (and compulsory sledging), the Growling Swan welcomes golfers of all persuasions. We generally play on Mondays and Thursdays at any one of the fine courses around Pattaya. We also encourage women to play. Please contact Peter Grey for bookings or any information on 086 1503 086.
The Growling Swan also caters to the bowls enthusiasts. Bus transport departs the GS on Sundays at 10.00 am for open grass bowling at The Retreat. The cost including return bus transport, bowling fees and a hot lunch is less than 400 baht so great value for a day out.