Evergreen ‘Ibby’ comes up trumps


PSC Golf from The Growling Swan

Monday, July 13, Treasure Hill – Stableford

There was much excitement as we gathered at The Growling Swan in readiness for our outing to ‘Crocodile Rock.’  The Judge and Gerri Crilly were the centres of attention as we were keen to see what the PSC handicapper had done to them over the weekend.  Bill Steinman was a little more contrite as he had recently been depressed about his golf swing, the world economy, savings and retirement funds. 

As per recent weeks, the weather was great, the greens were ‘slick’ and off the yellow tees the course played tough, but then again, aren’t they all!

Our compliments are extended to the management of Treasure Hill GC who oversee a fantastic course and have made it available till the end of August at the very good rate of 1,050 THB incl. g/f, caddie and cart.  Great value and a great day out!

(L to R) Mark Stapleton, Bill Steinmann & the inform Geri Crilly with Deefa.(L to R) Mark Stapleton, Bill Steinmann & the inform Geri Crilly with Deefa.

In a condensed finish, only one player excelled.  Mark Stapleton made a comeback bigger than Lazarus and gathered 41 points.  Mark will have to be careful he doesn’t get a new nickname, or, maybe it’s already too late.  Bill Steinman and Ebrahim played steadily to garner podium finishes.

A Flight (0-18)

1st Bill Steinman (13) 34pts

2nd Ebrahim (15) 33pts

3rd Keith Buchanan (15) 32pts

B Flight (19-36)

1st Mark Stapleton (19) 41pts

2nd Bernie McCart (30) 34pts

3rd Gerri Crilly (26) 32 pts

Near Pins: Tom Johanssen, Ebrahim, Keith Buchanan, Martin Kempton

Long Putts: John Anderson, Tom Johanssen

Thursday, July 16, Crystal Bay – Stableford

16 combatants were eagerly waiting to take the journey to Crystal Bay, one of the many favourite courses for The Growling Swan golfers.

Boasting and bragging rights were up for grabs as it appeared that a few scores that needed to be settled from the previous week’s round.

(L to R) Eric Black, Ebrahim, Graham Rice & John Anderson.(L to R) Eric Black, Ebrahim, Graham Rice & John Anderson.

The weather conditions were on our side and although quite warm, cloud cover and a slight breeze made the day rather pleasant.  The course was in good nick with the greens playing true.  We played C and A nines in that order (A nine was used for the count-backs) and playing from the white tees put our golfers to the test.

Ebrahim’s trusty ‘down the middle’ swing, ensured he collected the chocolates in the sole flight, with Ricey & The Viper equaling for second.

1st Ebrahim (15) 41pts

2nd Graham Rice (13) 38pts

3rd Mark Stapleton (19) 38pts

4th Paul Sharples (14) 39pts

Near Pins: C3 M. Gosden (lucky draw), C7 Alain Taddai, A5 Paul Sharples, A8 John Edwards

Long Putts: C9 Shane Young, A9 Peter Grey.

Note: For serious golfing with 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.  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 Wednesdays at 10 AM 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.