St. Enodoc Golf Club - All Change at the top of St Enodoc Golf Club

All Change at the top of St Enodoc Golf Club

The Annual General Meeting of the Club was held on Saturday 4th April 2015 with over two hundred and fifty Members present and saw the two year Captaincy of Tony Rounsevell come to an end, and the installation of his Vice-Captain David Elliott. Keeping all of the people happy all of the time is a gift not given to many but Tony by common consent has it; he has been a hugely successful and popular Captain and will be greatly missed, in particular his Midas touch with the weather – every golfing event involving the Captain in the past two years has been blessed with sunshine !

David Elliott becomes the new Captain having previously been Captain of the Seniors, and he has also put in many hours as Mark Arrowsmith\'s Volunteer Coach and has made a major contribution to the success of our Junior Academy. David, a Doctor by training, was a General Practitioner in Guildford and was a Member at Worplesdon Golf Club and in his younger days was also a very talented Rugby player. His golfing prowess includes being Leicestershire & Rutland Junior Champion in 1963 and represented the County at Senior level in 1964/5. He first played St Enodoc in 1962 and with the acquisition of a holiday home in Rock joined the Club in 1995 subsequently he and wife Beth moved their full time residence to St Minver in 2007.

David\'s Vice-Captain will be Tony Mindel a Member of the Club since 1991 and for the past five years Secretary of the Seniors section.

The new Chairman of the Management Committee is Malcolm Cole. Born in 1939 at Falmouth Cornwall, Malcolm was brought up in the immediate area and 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 Malcolm 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.

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.

St Enodoc Golf Club is his abiding passion and he is fortunate indeed to live within a ‘stones throw’ of the Church Course. He is also a keen supporter of Plymouth Argyll Football Club.

Malcolm succeeds John Radford who has been Chairman since 2011 and a Committee Member since 2002 – Thirteen years of service to the Club. John has been a Member since 1995.

Tony Rounsevell completed his two years as Captain and thanked all those who contributed to the smooth running of the Club. Tony reported that without doubt the highlight of the year was last July when we hosted the English Women’s Amateur Championship. Over 100 young ladies took part in the competition on the Church Course and produced some excellent golf, although some found it tough going, with the eventual winner being Bronte Law. “England Golf” were full of compliments for the way in which Scott Gibson and all the Green Staff had presented the course, also for the many volunteers from our members who did a wonderful job ball spotting, updating score boards, etc. and in some cases providing accommodation for the competitors. They were delighted with the hospitality received at St. Enodoc and everyone here can be rightly proud of helping to provide a great venue for the Championships.

John Radford the outgoing Chairman reflected on his time in office and particular on two points, during this time, the standing of this wonderful Golf Club has risen. This is reflected by our appearance in Golf Digest\'s Top 100 Golf Clubs in the World (and 55th in the World outside the USA), and recently in January\'s edition of Golf World where we have significantly moved up to 36th Best Golf Course in the U.K. & Ireland. Secondly on the considerable investments made both on the courses and also the major refurbishment of the club house.

The Treasurer explained the Club’s accounts for 2014 and changes to VAT legislation which will benefit the Club’s finances in due course. He advised that the Club is in a very good financial position with healthy balances but stressed the need for caution until the full impact of VAT changes is known.

In accepting his election has the new Captain David Elliott said “ Thanks to Tony for all he has done as captain over the past two years, a fine example, he will be a hard act to follow. My thanks to all the Members for giving me the privilege of being Captain of the Club, little did I know when I first played this course in 1962 that one day I would be standing here as your Captain. I will try my best, apologies now for the weather, Tony has used all of our sunshine quota up!\"

The final formal part of the Meeting related to the election of Officers and Committee Members and which resulted in the election of Andy Bunt to the Captain\'s Committee and Mary Rayment to the Management Committee.

As is traditional the AGM is always preceeded by a fully subscribed shot gun start competition on the Church Course and this years winners were the team of Giles Sanderson, Trudie Tenjso, Sue Richards and Andy Paton.

More photographs of the day may be found on our Facebook page