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PSC Golf from The Growling Swan

Thursday, Sept. 19, Pattavia – Stableford

Two buses (and a few cars) of golfers left the Growling Swan a little earlier than the scheduled a headed up to Pattavia, a course that it sits high on the ‘most favoured’ list by this society!

JJ Harney (left) with Keith Buchanan.
JJ Harney (left) with Keith Buchanan.

The weather was as good as one could hope for at this time of the year, with overcast skies keeping the temperatures cooler than normal, but as the day went on the warmer it became.

The course was in great condition as always, fairways had some run and the greens played as they can only do at Pattavia – fast.  Three putts were not uncommon on the day and occasionally more putts were required.  That’s Pattavia!

Bill Steinmann and Keith Buchanan, with special guest appearances by Jock & Fred.
Bill Steinmann and Keith Buchanan, with special guest appearances by Jock & Fred.

Two flights were the order of the day and in A Flight our resident Irish funny man JJ Harney was on the ball with a very good score of 40 points that kept all others at bay.  Five points back and taking out second was Martin Kempton, while three players returning the same score of 34 points battled it for third spot; Denis Steele securing the bragging rights over Ricey and Paul Avery.

B-Flight saw two golfers come in with the same score of 34 points, so via the count back system it was Keith Buchanan that took the top spot from Lindsay Slender.  As in A-Flight, we also had a three-way tie for third on 32 points that was edged by Mike Gosden on count back over Tony Cook and Mikito Homma.

A Flight

1st JJ Harney (13) 40pts

2nd Martin Kempton (12) 35pts

3rd Denis Steele (11) 34pts

B Flight

1st Keith Buchanan (16) 34pts

2nd Lindsay Slender (23) 34pts

3rd Mike Gosden (16) 32pts

Near Pins: 4th Ebrahim, 7th Ebrahim, 13th Tony Cook, 17th Mike Gosden.

Long Putts: 9th Martin Kempton, 18th Casa Rifkin.

Thursday, Sept. 22, Treasure Hill – Stableford

Twenty-three golfers set out from The Swan on Thursday, the weather being very doubtful and on arrival at the course we asked the marshal if carts were allowed on the course – his response being “We have had no rain”.  Game on!

Once again the course was in excellent condition, and when you consider that Bt.1,000 covers green fee, cart and caddie it really is a great deal.  The best news is that they are now extending this offer through October, so we will consider two games again for the upcoming month.

We played 2 flights and A Flight was taken out by Bill Steinmann with 35 points, with John Davis a few strokes back in second and Mashi Kaneta hot on John’s heels to take third.

B flight was a different kettle of fish, with 3 players all returning the same score and positions on the podium sorted via the count back system.  At the end of the calculations, Keith Buchanan took out first place followed by Patrick Poussier in second and John Edwards third.

A-Flight

1st Bill Steinmann (12) 35pts

2nd John Davis (13) 31pts

3rd Mashi Kaneta (14) 30pts

B-Flight

1st Keith Buchanan (16) 35pts

2nd Patrick Poussier (27) 35pts

3rd John Edwards (16) 35pts

Near Pins: #2 Jim Groves, #6 Peter Grey, #13 Patrick Poussier, #17 Keith Buchanan.

Long Putts: #9 Makita Homma, #18 Glenn Smith.

Note: For serious golfing with a dash of fun, 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 Sundays at 10 AM when they go to The Retreat. If you wish to partake, the cost including return bus transport, bowling fees and a hot lunch is about 400 baht. Great value for a day out!