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PSC Golf from The Growling Swan

Monday, March 30, Pattavia – Stableford

Twenty-three starters for today’s exercise and a very capable bunch indeed tackled the road into the course, which currently resembles an extension of the main drag through downtown Damascus. 

Welcomes were handed out to Stewart Mann, Phil Brewster and Bernie McCart from Australia and Pattaya resident Alex Field.

Pleasant playing conditions greeted and despite the greens being trickier than the thirty-seventh President of the United States, they putted truly.

Ebrahim, with a stylish thirty nine points won A grade whilst Pierre Cere and Geoff Bracegirdle on thirty-seven and thirty-six respectively rounded it out.

Kevin Morris (left) with Ebrahim Al-Ansari.Kevin Morris (left) with Ebrahim Al-Ansari.

The battle at the top of the B grade was tighter, with Roger Ellis just edging Max Bracegirdle on count back, both on thirty three points, and Sandy Leiper, with a couple of wayward shots down the stretch, handed in twenty nine points to finish third.

The Coveted Compass Cap was won by Kevin Morris who lamented the fact his putter was colder than Hotfoot’s nose, the winning lead dog in the 1973 Iditarod Great Sled Race.

A Flight (0–19)

1st Ebrahim (17) 39pts

2nd Pierre Cere (10) 37pts

3rd Geoff Bracegirdle (16) 36pts

B Flight (20+)

1st Roger Ellis (27) 33pts

2nd Max Bracegirdle (23) 33pts

3rd Sandy Leiper (27) 29pts

Near Pins: Geoff Bracegirdle, Sandy Leiper, Pierre Cere

Long Putts: Roger Ellis, Fred Cuypers

Thursday, April 2, Crystal Bay – Stableford

Twenty-eight April Fools’ Day survivors gathered for the Growling Swan’s venture to Crystal Bay on Thursday.  The recent sultry weather was again with us, but a fresh zephyr brought welcome relief and benign conditions.

JM ‘Bear’ Wilks.JM ‘Bear’ Wilks.

We played C and A Nines in that order (A nine was used for the count-backs) and the course was in good nick and held its own against some, however, playing off the 5,900 yard yellow tees enabled some high scoring.

Ebrahim’s trusty ‘down the middle’ swing, ensured he collected the Easter eggs in A grade, whilst Bear Wilks got the extra chocolate Bilby over Marc Henkel in B grade.  The ‘Colonel’ once again got a smile from the Easter Bunny and added to his plethora of recent podium finishes.

The boys from Western Australia sledged their way round the course in great spirit and Louis Rinaldi, in particular, had a great day out to collect the revered Compass Cap.

A Flight (0–21)

1st Ebrahim (17) 42pts

2nd Kevin Waycott (10) 41pts

3rd Alain Taddai (18) 39pts

4th Bill Steinman (14) 39pts

B Flight (22+)

1st Bear Wilks (26) 41pts

2nd Mark Henkel (24) 41pts

3rd Alan Sanders (23) 39pts

4th Jerry Dobbs (23) 38pts

Near Pins: Sandy Leiper, Ebrahim, Chris Playforth, Kevin Waycott

Long Putts: Jerry Dobbs, Anton Rowbaham

Note: The GS is a friendly golf outlet and caters for and encourages all golfers male and female to have a hit at any of our weekly outings.  We generally play Mondays and Thursdays at one of the many fine golf courses in and around Pattaya.  Please contact Peter Grey if you are interested on 0861 503086.

The Growling Swan also caters to the bowls enthusiasts.  Bus transport departs the GS on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. to play at Cocos on undercover synthetic greens and on Sundays at the same time for open grass bowling at The Retreat.  Please contact Paul Rennison on 0843 454005 if you wish to partake.  The cost including return bus transport, bowling fees and a hot lunch is less than 400 baht so great value for a day out.