The photo above shows, admittedly rather poorly, the Peter Gammond poem referred to below.
Sir John Betjeman's poem about our course is properly well known and revered, as is the somewhat lesser known spoof on the same poem by Lord Butler. Both of these are framed and hang in the Club House. It now appears that a somewhat lesser known poet one Peter Gammond (and not to be confused with the owner of a proprietary golf course the other side of the Camel Estuary) also wrote a poem about St Enodoc and which came to Niblick today via our Twitter account. Not only that a well known Member also submitted, the same day, a serious literary offering.
So to Betjeman, Butler and Gammond we can now also add the name of David Balmford and whose Bardic prose appears below
ODE TO ST ENODOC SUPER SENIORS
Last night I woke up in my bed at half passed one or two.
I counted sheep; I worried; and I thought of things to do.
I decided to write a poem about the finest game I know,
And at first the words came easily, they seemed to ebb and flow.
Ben Hogan and Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and all the rest,
Of all the Greats I wondered - who really was the best?
St Enodoc, Troon and Hoylake ran freely from my pen;
Brassie, spoon and niblick, then St Enodoc again!
Then I wrote a sublime line that ended up in “Golf”.
But I couldn't find a rhyme for it, the nearest word was “Wolf”.
Bolf, colf and dolf I tried, and folf and holf and jolf.
Rhyming dictionary and thesaurus could only offer Ralph.
I decided further effort would be just a waste of time,
So I chucked my golf clubs in the boot and went and plied a gime.
Copyright 2018. David Balmford.
The countdown has started to our evening with John Hopkins on Friday 26th October. St Enodoc Golf Club are delighted to welcome a journalist who is synonymous with the written word in the world of Golf. John will be recounting his experiences of past Ryder Cup's along with over 35 year's worth of golf's high's and low's from this side of the world and across the pond. Come and join us for what is sure to be a great evening!
If you are interested in attending this event there is still availability, so please contact the bar to reserve your place.
Mixed Competition Presentation - L-R Lady Captain Diana Mindel, Viscountess Clifden Winners Suzie Willmott & Paul Clemens, Bannerman Trophy Winners Terry & Cath Buscombe, Club Captain Tony Mindel
After the first date for the final mixed competition of the year was cancelled, it was in the balance as to 'weather' or not this would go ahead due to Storm Callum. Thankfully, it was full steam ahead and eventually not a drop of rain in sight.
Up for grabs on the Church Course was the Viscountess Clifden trophies and it looked like Suzie Willmott, albeit with a different partner, was aiming to claim the prize again. To her credit that is exactly what she did ably assisted this year by Paul Clemens. Niblick is lead to believe that Paul 'mostly' followed the game plan, which enabled them to pip Rod Frost (who was Suzie's winning partner last year) and Sue Kingston-Frost to first place. So, the moral of the story is if you want to win the Viscountess Clifden trophy next year a safe bet is to partner Suzie!
The Bannerman Trophy on the other hand was a different kettle of fish entirely. It was a battle for first place between the Harper's and the Buscombe's and this time Cath & Terry Buscombe were the victor's. Unfortunately, Lorna & Frank lost out on countback, with both pair's scoring 38 points. The winning couple were highly delighted with their trophy, but Terry was even more so for being able to say a few words, which apparently 'doesn't happen very often'!
Well done everyone!
Winners - Suzie Willmott & Paul Clemens 35pts
Runner's Up - Rod & Sue Frost 33pts
Winners - Terry & Cath Buscombe 38pts on countback
Runner's Up - Lorna & Frank Harper 38pts