Crilly beats a bad back to take the points

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PSC Golf from The Growling Swan

Monday, July 4, Plutaluang – Stableford

A small field of 17 golfers made up for the lacks numbers with the enthusiasm shown by our golfers.  One needs to ask was it the cheap rates offered up by Plutaluang or the chance to play the course that it is.  We played East and South from the yellow tees nominated by today’s captain.  The big navy course can be daunting to some but personally I find it a challenging layout.

Geri Crilly (left) with Shane Young.
Geri Crilly (left) with Shane Young.

Once again this course was in great nick with the greens playing true.  There was a threat of rain but that passed as quick as it arrived.  Fairways had a bit of run and there was plenty of water to challenge all golfers as it was placed, sometimes at 2 or 3 locations on the one hole.

Geri Crilly came out guns blazing and was determined to not let his back beat him on the day.  With only one division it was Geri with 41 points taking the win – a good score on the day.  Filling the other podium places were Denis Steele, Mark ‘The Viper’ Stapleton and Glenn Henriksen.

1st Geri Crilly (27) 41pts

2nd Denis Steele (13) 39pts

3rd Mark Stapleton (19) 37pts

4th Glenn Henriksen (12) 36pts

Near Pins: East 2 – Denis Steele, East 6 – Mark Stapleton, South 4 – Denis Steele, South 7 – Patrick Poussier

Long Putts: East 9 – Ebrahim, South 9 – Geri Crilly

Thursday, July 7, Crystal Bay – Stableford

With nineteen anxious and optimistic golfers we departed The Swan somewhat earlier than expected.  All were ready for the day’s challenge to play Crystal Bay.

(From left) Glenn Smith with D-For, Peter Bye and Steve Younger.
(From left) Glenn Smith with D-For, Peter Bye and Steve Younger.

With the weather threatening early and a deluge the previous night we were not sure as to what we would get.  We played C and B Nines in that order from the yellow tees and found the course was in good nick, and fortunately the weather gods smiled at us and kept the rain away.

Peter Bye took on the challenge of being Group Captain for the day; he played very well taking the game on from the outset and came home with a very good score of 42 points.  Coming in second (only 1 shot behind) were Steve Younger and Paul Sharples, both having to go to the count back.  Fourth and fifth places also had to be separated by a count back with Mick Johns getting the nod over Mashi Kaneta.

Looking at the scores one can only think golf was the winner on the day!

1st Peter Bye (14) 42pts

2nd Steve Younger (12) 41pts

3rd Paul Sharples (13) 41pts

4th Mick Johns (15) 39pts

5th Mashi Kaneta (15) 39pts

Near Pins: C4 Steve Dury, C7 Steve Dury, B4 Arfer Dunger, B6 Steve Dury.

Long Putts: C9 Mike Gosden, B9 Steve Dury.

Back at ‘The Swan’, D-for (our charity collector dog) was delighted to receive many donations and the players and supporters are thanked for their continued generosity.  Everything that goes to D-For is for charity!

Note: The GS is a friendly golf outlet and welcomes golfers of all persuasions. We generally play on Mondays and Thursdays at any one of the fine courses around Pattaya. Please contact Peter Grey for bookings or any information on 0861 503086.

The Growling Swan also caters to the bowls enthusiasts. Bus transport departs the GS on Sundays at 10 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.