England Golf and Players united in their praise for St Enodoc Volunteers & Staff

Published: 21st July 2014
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A "Go-No Go" Marshal in action surrounded by spectators

England Golf held a reception the other evening for the Club's Committees and the small army of volunteers and without whom the acknowledged success of the English Women's Amateur Championship would not have been possible.

Speaking at the reception the Immediate President of England Golf Pam Benka was lavish in her praise of the Club in general, but she highlighted a number of points. It is of course normal, and polite, on occasions such as this to praise the host club. But these were no platitudes wheeled out in pursuit of political correctness; there can be little doubt that England Golf have been genuinely overwhelmed by the manner in which they have been supported by the club in the staging of this event and several private conversations have confirmed this. She highlighted the wonderful condition of the golf course and singled out Scott Gibson and his hard working team of greenkeepers – to get the course in condition and maintain it throughout the three days of play meant a 5 am start and late evening finish. Pam noted that some players on their practice round were sufficiently distracted by the views to stop and take photographs and which they subsequently posted on Twitter. The co-operation between England Golf and our General Manager was acknowledged, as was the role of the Captains' and their Committees. The President was also lavish in her praise of the many volunteers from the Membership – caddies, ball spotters, marshals, starters, photographer and score board operators. The friendliness of these and our staff was noted too and remarked upon by many players.

And what of the players ? These “Tweets” from some of the Ladies probably speak for themselves

“Also would like to thank @stenodocgolf A truly a precious golf course, great test of golf and filled with great kind people. Thank you.”

“Finally in my own bed :) been a great week thank you to @stenodocgolf for a fantastic event and an amazing course loved playing it.”

“The support from @stenodocgolf is amazing, possibly the kindest golf club but the rudest golf course everrrrrr!!!”

The normal entry for this event in recent years has been between 70 to 80. This year the number was 113. A combination of the offer of hosted accommodation with Members, change of date to allow the participation of girls at US Colleges and the lure of Cornwall may all be factors. Certainly Members have been generous with their hosting and many players have appreciated it.

Tony Rounsevell

Captain St Enodoc GC 21st July 2014

Another volunteer on his way to work !