Toddy wins inaugural Anzac Day Trophy

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PSC golf from The Growling Swan

Wednesday, April 25, Rayong Country Club – Stableford

Whilst having a few beers at The Growling Swan in Soi Chaiyapoon a couple of months ago it was suggested that this year we have an Anzac Day Golf Tournament.  The concept was born and it was decided that the venue was to be Rayong Country Club so the golf course was booked accordingly.  We ended up with 18 players consisting of 14 regular golfers and 4 “beginners”.

Assembling at The Growling Swan at 0630 hrs a Dawn Service was conducted and breakfast kindly provided by Peter Grey.  Due to the early assembly we headed off just before 0800 hrs and arrived to find that even though it was one of the Sports Days, the course was practically deserted which was surprising as the total cost for green fee, cart & caddy was a mere 550 baht per person with shared cart.

Martin Todd & Andrew Allen pose with their trophies. Martin Todd & Andrew Allen pose with their trophies.

The golf course was in quite good condition with the greens in excellent shape but most of the bunkers were fairly ordinary and many of them had pools of water in them.  The weather was fine & hot with some thunder threatening later in the round but as usual we got through the day without getting wet.

We split the field into 2 flights, one flight for the regular golfers and the other for the “beginners”, using the Calloway system to calculate their scores.  We also had nearest the pins on the 7th & 16th holes.

The winner of the inaugural Anzac Day Trophy was Martin Todd with a fine 39 points and Frank Donnelly was second with 38 points.  Mike Allidi’s 74 off the stick was only good enough for him to secure third spot with 37 points, 1 point ahead of Ken Bernek in fourth place and your writer fifth with 33 points.  Andrew Allen won the Beginner’s trophy with 30 points and Fred Dineley came second with 27 points.

Main Flight

1st Martin Todd (9) 39pts

2nd Frank Donnelly (23) 38pts

3rd Mike Allidi (3) 37pts

4th Ken Bernek (16) 34pts

5th Peter Blackburn (12) 33pts

Beginner’s Flight

1st Andrew Allen 30pts

2nd Fred Dineley 27pts

3rd Geoff Phillips 23pts

4th Peter Grey 17pts

There was a special award on the day called the “Tin Cup Trophy” which was awarded to our host for the day, Peter Grey, from The Growling Swan, who with tremendous perseverance and despite screams of horror from his caddy proceeded to hit 8 brand new balls into the water on hole number 5!  Well done Pete & thanks for a great day.