The Farmers Christmas Do

Published: 15th December 2011, Updated: 16th December 2011
Eric Symons and John Walker without whom the Farmers would not be the same
Eric Symons and John Walker without whom the Farmers would not be the same

Harvey Knight started the Farmers in 1972 so this Christmas bash, celebrated by 64 members, saw the completion of 40 years of this group which is open to all members of St Enodoc with handicaps of 18 or less. During 2011 there have been 48 Thursday meetings comprising a total of 1225 rounds with an additional 25 by guests, the greatest attender was Paul Godfrey who only missed 4 (should he get out more or does he just come for the food?). The most successful player was Mark Stevenson who not only had 4 wins during the season but was the biggest money winner as well, however the most consistent player was Kenton Williams who was in the money 50% of the times he played.

The format at Christmas is slightly different as there is not only an individual event but also a team one as well. The weather looked as if it would be dreadful with high winds and heavy showers forecast. The first starters had exceptionally windy conditions to begin with and then it dropped somewhat and was meant to have been followed by very heavy rain which never materialised. The very worthy winner by a margin of 4 points of the individual was Matt Smith with 35 points. The team event for the Cole Rayment & White Cup was won by Mark Arrowsmith, Tim Burridge, Norman Evans and Kristian Godfrey with a score of 117 points.

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l to r:Mark Arrowsmith, John Walker, Tim Burridge, Malcolm Cole, Norman Evans & Kristian Godfrey

The Carvery meal was thoroughly enjoyed by all the players and as usual John Walker aided and abetted by his young assistant / clerk Eric Symons gave a most entertaining speech filled with statistics and also worries about whether his own woes with the shanks was shared by the supplier of much of the Club's sanitary ware, Mr. Armitage. The members were sent on their way looking forward to the 41st year of the Farmers in 2012.