April Fools’ Competition was no joke!
One could be forgiven in thinking the Shambles Competition at St Enodoc was an April Fool’s joke but in actual fact the event was thoroughly enjoyed by 72 men on Saturday 1 April. The format allowed the men to choose the best of the drives from a 2-man team and then play their own ball from there, adding their Stableford scores together for the team score.
A good day weather-wise helped matters for a change and the winning pair was John Arnold and Wayne Mitchell, winning on countback with 79 points. The ever-steady Arnold was assisted very capably by his partner, who hit a purple patch on the back nine on holes 12-15. In second place, also with 79 were Chris Jennings and Matt Robins, both names to watch for the future, whilst 3rd place was taken by the old war horses, Andy Bunt and Mike Buse with 75 points. Three teams picked up of the spoils with 73 points - Nigel Olesen and Geoff Jones, Mike Lovett and Derek Daniels, Tom Hughes and Joe Cruse.
St Enodoc Seniors v Tehidy
Although St Enodoc avoided defeat to Tehidy Seniors it was a closer match than previous form might have suggested. There was an incident on the 17th Green where the opposing Captain, Mick Crapper, forgot to mark his ball, which might have altered the result of the whole match. He was obviously deeply troubled by this experience because he went on to describe Paul Godfrey hitting a driver off the fairway as reminiscent of Montgomery in his pomp. Which Montgomery that might have been was not clear (Field Marshal?). Captain of the Day Steve Smith thanked a couple of late replacements: Bill Gowans and Kevin Birkett. Kevin turned up at an hour’s notice won his match 6 and 5 and went home. Result: Match halved - 4 all.
The Easter Am-Am at St Enodoc this year was held in thankfully dry but windy conditions. With two scores to count, the men off the yellows and the course in magnificent condition, good scoring was to some extent to be expected and the Members did not disappoint. The winning score on the Church of 91 points represents one better than an average of 5 points a hole and they only won by 1 point! As for scoring, they were outdone by the Holywell course winners who achieved 93 points with a team led by last year’s Ladies Captain Annie Cruse, back after injury, who marshalled Nigel Ashcroft, Pam Chapman and Josh Atkinson to perform magnificently. The winners were, on the Church Course: Martin Trees, Neil Bradley, Lewis Bradley and Chris Adams; and on the Holywell Annie Cruse, Nigel Ashcroft, Pam Chapman and Josh Atkinson.
St Enodoc’s AGM
It was a packed house at St Enodoc for an emotional AGM as it will be the last year under General Manager Tuck Clagett. Throughout the meeting plaudits for Tuck came from every speaker - the President, the Chairman, the Treasurer and Captain. In response Tuck spoke eloquently about his 15 years in office. Towards the end of the meeting Simon Greatorex who takes over in June was introduced to the Members. During the meeting it was proposed that Tuck be made an Honorary Member which, not surprisingly, was passed unanimously.
The Meeting commenced with the elections for which Tony Mindel becomes Captain with Bob Cruse as Vice-Captain.
David Elliott, the outgoing Captain, summarised what had been an excellent year with Joe Cruse winning the County Championship and Cornwall, back in June, winning the South Western Counties at St Enodoc. He congratulated Sue Roworth on becoming the County Ladies Captain and announced that his Captain’s charity, the Macmillan Cove at Treliske, has benefited to the tune of over £17,000.
The President Baroness Seccombe then congratulated the two Club Championship winners Joe Cruse and Kath Biddle along with Rob Cook winner of the season long Andrew Jolley Cup. In-coming Captain Tony Mindel made a brief speech announcing Bob Cruse as his Vice-Captain and that his charity will be the Cancer Trials Project at Treliske concentrating on three major areas: breast, prostate and bowel cancer.
St Enodoc Ladies v Newquay
Winning ways for St Enodoc Ladies continued this month against Newquay at home. There are no easy fixtures in Division 1 and the team were prepared for a hard match. This was soon made harder when Penny Cartwright had a nasty fall and had to retire after the third hole, forfeiting the match, having had a strong start and being 3 up! We wish Penny a speedy recovery.
Playing conditions were dry but windy and the remaining players had to dig deep against their opponents. In the end it came down to ‘Pocket Rocket’ Cath Buscombe to bring in the final point at the back of the field with everyone watching anxiously from the clubhouse. The end result was exactly what Ladies’ Captain Tamsin Blake hoped to see - an excellent win for St Enodoc: 4 - 3