Sal makes the hat-trick


PSC Golf from The Growling Swan

Monday, May 16, Treasure Hill – Stableford

What a player, what a star!… In the wake of another top Australian golfer winning (yet again) on the PGA Tour, with Jason Day taking the Players Championship, one of The Growling Swan’s lowest handicappers (Sal Brizzi) made it three wins in three outings today, by taking out pole position at the tricky Treasure Hill course, and the first to have done so since this outlet’s inception several years ago.  He even birdied the tough 16th “Crocodile hole”!

It takes a special type of person to be able to play well constantly and Sal is fortunate to have the physical and mental aptitude to stay focused at all times.

Sal Brizzi (right) with Stu Rifkin, Mike Gosden and D-For.

Apart from possessing the abilities to play fine golf, he also nurtures a generous and giving nature which he demonstrated by ringing the bell back at The Swan’s presentations, not only for the golfers who played today, but for non golfers and staff too.  Many thanks Sal and well played mate!

Any other news of the day pales into insignificance and would detract from the accolades that Sal deserves in this instance.  Accordingly we now move on to the lesser, but never the less mentionable, results of the day’s outing.

1st Sal Brizzi (5) 36pts

2nd Mike Gosden (17) 34pts

3rd Stu Rifkin (15) 32pts

4th Ian Parry (11) 32pts

Near Pins: Ian Parry, Graham Rice, Mark Stapleton.

Long Putts: Ian Parry, Bill Watkins

Thursday, May 19, Pleasant Valley – Stableford

We had 21 eager golfers ready to board the buses to tackle Pleasant Valley while 3 more were heading out by car to join us for a day’s golfing.  Well what happened on the way is anybody’s guess but at 9.10 we received a call asking “Where is everybody, we are the only golfers here at Pattavia.”  So we had 21 eager golfers!

Ernie Picken (left) and Alex Field.

This golf course here improves with every new visit; the fairways were in good condition and although in places there was water on the track it played to most golfers’ satisfaction.  We went from the front tees, which given the amount of rain that has been soaking all the courses lately resulting in very little run was the smart choice of the day.  Greens were still traveling a bit slow, but that is normal here at Pleasant Valley.

This course is definitely improving as the years go by and with the very affordable golfing prices, friendly staff and caddies all eager to help, it would be no surprise to see this venue frequented by us again soon.

We had 3 golfers come in with a tidy score of 41 points, Denis Steele being one of those and taking A Flight on count back from Alex Field while Graham Rice was third on 37.

Ernie Picken with his 41 points took the B Flight plaudits, with Lindsay Slender and David Allen filling the other 2 spots on the podium.

A Flight

1st Denis Steele (14) 41pts

2nd Alex Field (17) 41pts

3rd Graham Rice (14) 37pts

B Flight

1st Ernie Picken (23) 41pts

2nd Lindsay Slender (22) 36pts

3rd Andrew Allen (30) 31pts

Near Pins: Niall Stuart, Denis Steele, Martin Kempton (2).

Long Putts: Mark Stapleton, Stu Rifkin.

Back at the Swan, Alex Field once again let D-For off the chain to collect donations for the underprivileged in Pattaya. This dog has collected much needed funds to help the less fortunate, with tens of thousands of baht having been injected over the past few years to several institutions or needy families via the PSC.

Note: The GS is a “friendly” golf outlet and caters for and encourages all golfers, young and old, male or female to have a hit on 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 in playing on 0861 503086

The Growling Swan also caters to the bowls enthusiasts. Bus transport departs the GS on Sundays at 10 AM when they go for open, grass bowling at The Retreat. The cost including return bus transport, bowling fees and a hot lunch is about 350 baht, so great value for a day out!