Anzac Day, April 25, is probably Australia’s most important national occasion. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. Two years ago at The Growling Swan we held the inaugural Anzac Day Tournament, so naturally the tradition must continue. Many of the 31 starters assembled at The Growling Swan at 7 a.m. for a short memorial service where “The Ode” was delivered, the Last Post was played, and we observed a minute’s silence to pay tribute to those brave men and women. It was then time to partake of the traditional rum and milk (just in shot glasses) and then wait for those who could not make the early service. We welcomed back Geri Crilly from Australia and Paul Marshall from Brisbane. Our three mini vans departed five minutes ahead of schedule at 8:25 a.m., and after a 42-minute drive we arrived at the course. After a few chips and putts we were ready, and our first group, a three ball, teed off 10 minutes early in very hot conditions with very little wind. Although there was a Thai five-ball directly in front of us, we proceeded at a steady pace for the early part of the round. The golf course was in fine condition with very well maintained greens but, while playing off the blue tees, it was apparent that there would not be too many really good scores. That indeed turned out to be the case. It was necessary to rest and drink a couple of times due to the heat, and towards the end we were slowed down by the group in front who were also suffering. We managed to finish a very enjoyable round on this important day for Australia in four hours and 15 minutes.
In addition to the Anzac Day Medal winner we had two divisions–A for handicaps 0 to 18 and B for 19 and over with five podium spots for each. There were rewards for nearest-the-pins on all par threes and longest first putts on the 9th and 18th greens, plus special prizes donated by The Growling Swan for longest drives in each division on the 18th hole.
Winner of the Anzac Day Medal for the second year in a row was Fred Dineley with a terrific 39 points. In division A the winner was Gerd Riedler (18 point back nine) with 34 points on a count-back from Ebrahim (16 point back nine) and Mike Gosden was third on 32 points. In fourth place came Phil Taylor with 31 points, and Sal Brizzi was fifth with 30 points. Rita Zoebelli continued her fine form and won division B with 37 points, and Gary Monley came second on 33 points, 4 points ahead of Graham “Grunter” Buckingham in third place.
With three golfers scoring 28 points, another count-back was needed which saw Lindsay Slender (16 point back nine) finish fourth, Andrew “Turtle” Allen (15 point back nine) in fifth spot, and Ken Hole (14 point back nine) just missed out.
Results for Mountain Shadow:
Anzac Day Trophy Winner – Fred Dineley (24) – 39 points
A Grade – 0 to 18
1st – Gerd Riedler (7) – 34 points
2nd – Ebrahim (14) – 34 points
3rd – Mike Gosden (10) – 32 points
4th – Phil Taylor (15) – 31 points
5th – Sal Brizzi (6) – 30 points
B Grade – 19 & over
1st – Rita Zoebelli (23) – 37 points
2nd – Gary Monley (33) – 33 points
3rd – Graham Buckingham (22) – 29 points
4th – Lindsay Slender (24) – 28 points
5th – Andrew Allen (32) – 28 points
8th – Graham Buckingham
15th – Bill Steinman
17th – Gerd Riedler
9th – Ian Masterson
18th – Bill Steinman
Longest drives on 18th hole
Division A – Kevin Waycott
Division B – Lindsay Slender
The Growling Swan NAGA Cap is awarded to the player who has the least attractive score on the day and discreetly this score is not made public and in this instance it was won on a count back by Paul “Muncha” Moloney who accepted the cap in good spirit, even though he had declared himself the winner of the Anzac Day Medal 24 hours earlier. (It may be better not to make those kinds of predictions in the future, Muncha!) It was then back to The Growling Swan for presentations. A large crowd enjoyed the excellent facilities and celebrated this important day on the Australian calendar. We thanked Growling Swan mine host for sponsoring the day and providing the delicious meal. Andrew then kindly took Deefa the Dog for a walk and collected many donations for the needy in Pattaya from our generous patrons. It had been another day to remember and we look forward to next year’s event – Lest We Forget!
Growling Swan Golf, the home of friendly golf in Pattaya, welcomes golfers of any persuasion–low and high handicappers alike, female golfers and beginners. We generally play Mondays and Thursdays, meeting at The Growling Swan on Soi Chaiyapoon at 8 a.m. with transport departing at 8:30. For bookings or more information contact Peter on 0806 351 386 or email to [email protected]