Leo, John and monkey business

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PSC Golf from The Growling Swan

Monday, Sept. 14, Bangpra – Stableford

The Growling Swan welcomed back Fred Cuypers, Keith Buchanan and Alan Taylor, whilst Kevin Waycott’s alter ego, Leo, rocked up in garish, non-matching iridescence.  Leo deservedly endured the mocking from the remaining 23 starters.  Several of our stalwarts have headed to Japan for a golfing smorgasbord, so our field of 24 was fantastic.

Our destination was Bangpra, the affectionately named ‘Monkey Course’ and the day turned out to be most eventful.

John Davis (left) with Kev Waycott.John Davis (left) with Kev Waycott.

Firstly, there was an unfortunate tee-time mix up and our 6 groups had to wait some 45 minutes for other groups to clear and then on-course the monkeys proved to be prevalent, extremely brazen and aggressive.  Leo had his day’s fruit portions nicked early on, however, his caddy was distraught after losing her mobile phone.  Brad Todd lost his durries and dutifully offered a light to the perpetrator, but was rudely ignored.  Be warned, they are very brazen and the resident sleeping dogs are outnumbered!  We played off the white tees and, monkeys aside, the course proved to be in excellent condition and the undulating slick greens were immaculate.

The course, with minimal run, played long after overnight rain and whilst most combatants struggled in vain on the ‘lightning fast’ greens, a few returned good scores.  John Davis and Leo won their respective divisions and Sal Brizzi enjoyed a respectable 34 points.  Adrian Schmidt, Ebrahim and Rob Motea gratefully received some choccies for their modest returns.

Division A

1st Leo (8) 37pts

2nd Sal Brizzi (6) 34pts

3rd Adrian Schmidt (12) 30pts

Division B

1st John Davis (16) 33pts

2nd Ebrahim (16) 30pts

3rd Rob Motea (17) 29pts

Near Pins: #2 Andrew Hills, #8 John Davis, #12 Rob Motea, #17 Peter Bailey

Long Putts: #9 Leo, #18 Ebrahim

Dave Fletcher was fare-welled in the usual manner and our Charity Dog, Deefa gratefully received donations from the players and they are thanked for their continued contributions. All ‘Deefa’ donations go to the PSC to be directed to projects to assist the needy children of Pattaya.

Note: For some serious golf 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 0861 503086.

The Growling Swan also caters to the bowls on Sundays at 10.00 (departure time) 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.