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PSC Golf from The Growling Swan

Monday, Nov. 10, Mt. Shadow – Stableford

A convoy only second to the one in Ward Bond’s television show Wagon Train departed Soi Chaiyapoon anticipating a great day, and they weren’t disappointed.

Welcomes were handed out to Don Richardson from Ireland, Roger Rees from England and Aussie Peter Bye.

The weather was warm, the fairways in good condition and the greens despite being patchy putted ok.

Left-right: J.J. Harney, Bernie McCart and Mike Quill.Left-right: J.J. Harney, Bernie McCart and Mike Quill.

J.J. Harney’s 42 points led the A grade and gave the field a gentle reminder of his ability in a manner not seen since the biblical youngster David showed Goliath some close quarter combat skills.  Second was Ebrahim on 40 points whilst Bill Steinmann and Don Richardson both scored 38 to round it out.

Mike Quill in B grade showed the way with a stylish 39, followed by Eric (The Judge) Black on 38.  Bob Akapita and Marc Henkel completed the podium.

The coveted Compass Cap made a long awaited return after being in hibernation for two years.  A cast of thousands rose as one to welcome it back and Bernie McCart the recipient, lamented his score was lower than a kneeling Danny Devito.

A Flight (0–15)

1st JJ Harney (10) 42pts

2nd Ebrahim (14) 40pts

3rd Bill Steinmann (9) 38pts

4th Don Richardson (14) 38pts

B Flight (16+)

1st Mike Quill (18) 39pts

2nd Eric Black (16) 38pts

3rd Bob Akapita (17) 34pts

4th Marc Henkel (29) 33pts

Near Pins:  Peter Bye, Eric Black, Bob Akapita, Glen Henrikson

Long Putts:  Scott Baumgarten, Roger Rees

Thursday, Nov. 13, Crystal Bay – Stableford

A heap of eager golfers faced the challenge to their skill, intestinal fortitude and disseminating perseverance.

Welcomes were handed out to Colm Mullen from Ireland and John Anderson and Mark Stapleton from Australia.

Sandy Leiper (left) with Kae.Sandy Leiper (left) with Kae.

A nice breeze kept playing conditions very pleasant and with the fairways in good shape and the greens having improved immeasurably since our last visit, all players enjoyed the day.

The starter, who was as vigilant as the supervisor on the conveyor belt line at the Heineken brewery, sent us on our way to play the C and A nines.

In the A grade Kae continued her good form to hand in 38 points for the win.  Second was Don Richardson on 37 whilst Mike Gosden scored 35 for third.

In the B grade, popular guy Sandy Leiper scored 37 points to stand atop the podium.  One point back in second place was Mark Stapleton on a count back over John Anderson, who collapsed on the back nine like a dodgy apartment building on the sub continent.

The Naga was won by Russell Calcutt who confessed to having as much finesse in his hands, read 10%, as the guy who put on Barbara Cartland’s makeup.

A Flight (0–18)

1st Kae (18) 38pts

2nd Don Richardson (14) 37pts

3rd Mike Gosden (15) 35pts

B Flight (19+)

1st Sandy Leiper (33) 37pts

2nd Mark Stapleton (31) 36pts

3rd John Anderson (31) 36pts

Near Pins:  Bill McGarvie, Kae, John Anderson.

Long Putts:  Gary Monley, Colm Mullen.

Note:  The GS is a friendly golf outlet and caters for and encourages all golfers male or 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