St. Enodoc Golf Club - All Change at the Top: New Leadership at St Enodoc

All Change at the Top: New Leadership at St Enodoc

As reported earlier the Club\'s AGM approved the appointment of a new Chairman of the Management Committee – Malcolm Cole, a new Club Captain – David Elliott, and new Vice-Captain – Tony Mindel. That article made minimal reference to their qualifications for office, an omission which this article attempts to rectify.

Malcolm Cole was born in 1939 at Falmouth Cornwall and was brought up in the immediate area. After attending Truro Cathedral school he became an articled pupil to a Chartered Surveyor in Falmouth prior to qualifying as a Chartered Auctioneer and subsequently as a Chartered Surveyor.

In 1958 he joined Cornish Chartered Surveyors, Lampshire and Nancollas becoming joint senior partner in 1985. In 1989 he sold out to Black Horse agencies and was appointed Managing Director of the Cornish operation with 40 plus offices. Leaving Black Horse Agencies in 1992 he became joint owner of St.Kew Golf Club which he helped run for eight years.

His time at St.Enodoc spans 40 years. He joined in 1975 and pre 2000 was a member of the Committee for several years. He became Vice Captain in 2003 and Captain in 2005. His experience includes Chairman of Greens and House and additional experience on development and marketing. His golf handicap has stretched somewhat due to advancing years but he has been as low as 9.

St Enodoc is his abiding passion and he is fortunate indeed to live within a ‘stones throw’ of the Church Course 12th.

Malcolm is married to Judy and has three children, Jeff, Stuart and Suzy.

David Elliott was born in Chester June 7th 1947, moved to Newcastle aged 7 and aged 10 learnt to play golf at Ponteland GC where the pro Stan Hetherington gave Saturday morning lessons for children of the members (price 1 shilling an hour in a group of 16 or so) hence his interest in helping St Enodoc Juniors. Moved to Leicester aged 13 went to Wyggeston GS. Sport mad, captain school cricket team, played rugby for school for 3 years, and county U15 and then U19, played for Midlands U19 in England trials.

On golf front, 1963 Leicestershire and Rutland Junior Champion (handicap was 4 the lowest I managed), 1963-64 played for County 2nd team and at end of that year County first team, having come second in Leic Open (amateurs and pros), golf went downhill after that as medical school had rugby and golf in same season. Played rugby for Guy’s Hospital 1965-1970 and for Kent 1968-70 as full back at first and later as fly half. Qualified in 1970 - LRCP MRCS MB BS which sounds grand but first two meant I could start work 6 months earlier than most students! After 6 months on the house at Guy’s, I went to Guildford and after 3 years in the hospital there and then moved into general practice where I stayed for the next 33 years. Played very occasional golf at Worplesdon GC.

Played St Enodoc in 1962 -65 when on holiday down here (when Lowenna Manor was a hotel). Used to pay my fortnight’s green fee when staying in Rock in the house owned by Beth’s uncle (Roger Royce) Captain of club in early 1980’s) through 1980’s and early 90’s. In 1995 he bought a holiday house in Sandyhills and after 2 years on waiting list became a holiday house member in 1997. Retired as GP in 2006 and in 2007 moved down here and bought a home in St Minver and becamea Residential member. David has helped Mark with the Juniors for past 5 years ( 3 years as PGA level 1 coach) Club Seniors captain 4 years ago.

David - Leicestershire Junior Champion 1963

Tony Mindel has been a member of St. Enodoc since 1991 and has served as Secretary to the Seniors’ Section for the past five years. He attended a Grammar school in North West London and played every sport available. He joined Wasps Rugby Club whilst in the sixth form and went onto to play in their second XV.

After a short spell with Coutts Bank, Tony then went on to qualify as a Physical Educational teacher after three years at St. Pauls, Cheltenham. The travel bug lured him to BOAC and then British Airways where he was fortunate to meet Diana and with whom he worked as Cabin Crew for a number of years. Together they purchased and converted redundant farm buildings and ran a small holiday complex in North Cornwall for 15 years. Tony and Diana thoroughly enjoy their golfing and social life at St. Enodoc, and have a grand-daughter who is a member of the Junior Academy.