Alex fires a broadside at Navy

first_imgPSC Golf from The Growling SwanMonday, Jan. 18, Silky Oak – StablefordAll was peaceful as we boarded the buses to make our way to Silky Oaks for another challenging day out.  Our arrival was uneventful other than having to wait for our caddies, who at 9.30am were apparently all busy still eating! Graham Rice (left) with Fred Cuypers.The first hole has a 150-yard carry off the white tees and with the yellow tee another 30 odd yards further back, the first shot of the day was a bit daunting for many, especially as we were playing straight into a breeze!  Most golfers who know this course were mentally toying with the prospect of confronting several other holes ahead that had similar water carries!The course was in great shape with superb fairways offering perfect lies for those who managed to reach them.  One good aspect of playing off the yellow tees was that all the golfers managed for the first time to hit a full shot on the notoriously short par 3, 6th hole.Not surprisingly, it was the A graders who cleaned up and nobody managed to play to their handicap today.  The higher handicappers were all checking out the second hand golf ball prices back at the club house.  It will be a brave man who nominates the yellow tees again on this course!Fred Cuypers won on a count back from Ricey with 33 points, whilst third and fourth spots, also requiring a count back, were taken by Martin Kempton and Denis Steele with 32 points respectively.1st Fred Cuypers (15) 33pts2nd Graham Rice (12) 33pts3rd Martin Kempton (13) 32pts4th Denis Steele (12) 32ptsNear Pins: #3 Graham Rice, #8Dave Fletcher, #14 Ebrahim, #16 Fred CuypersLong Putts: #9 Stu RifkinThursday, Jan 21, Plutaluang – StablefordTwenty-seven golfers headed out to tackle the Navy course and we were set to play North & West nines from the yellow tees.  The track was in great nick with the greens being slow for the first hour, but as soon as the sun came out the greens did a 360.  The fairways had a bit of run and there was plenty of water to challenge all the golfers as it was placed sometimes at 2 or 3 locations on the one hole.Andrew Allen (left) and Alex Field.Alex Field left daylight between himself and the rest as he won the top flight with a whopping 42 points.  In Division B it was tight at the top of the tree with Andrew Allen taking the chockies on a count back from Shane Young.A Flight1st Alex Field (19) 42pts2nd Fritz Weber (24) 40pts3rd Alan Sanders (22) 36pts4th Pierre Cere (11) 34ptsB Flight1st Andrew Allen (30) 32pts2nd Shane Young (27) 32pts3rd Harry Wszola (36) 31pts4th Allan Ray (26) 30ptsNear Pins: N3 Stu Rifkin, N6 Patrick Poussier, W3 Colm Mullen, W8 Brad GreenLong Putts: N9 John Davis, W9 Robert AllenNote: The GS is a friendly golf outlet and caters for and encourages all golfers male and 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. As we congregated one the first tee and waited for a few other groups playing off the white tees to clear the way, a tee top conference was being discussed by a few of our organizers as to which tees we would use today.  Finally “Ricey” (Graham Rice) announced that we would play off the yellow tees for the very first time on this course.  That’s when the peaceful atmosphere was shattered!  There were immediate cries of disbelief, outrage and dare I say “constant whinging” by a few vocal local ring ins, who have a reputation in this regard.”last_img