The season of Christmas Golf was finally completed on December 29th with the playing of the Tom Noggi. Back in 1985 then Captain and former Secretary Hugh Watts instigated this match between the locals and the Holiday House and Country Members since when it has been played between teams captained by the General Manager and the Professional. The event\'s format these days is very similar to the annual Cornwall v The Rest of the World match but without the ethnic tensions. With wet and windy weather, which abated somewhat in the latter part of the day, the 19 a side teams set out to play a 4 ball better ball match.
With the first 5 matches completed all by the closest of margins the Professional\'s team had what looked like an unassailable lead of 4 ½ to ½ but who could forget the Ryder Cup? With the next match halved things started to go the General Manager\'s way with an excellent 4 & 3 win for Anders Tensjo and Derek Rushton and once Julian Darnell & John Carhart had notched up a 3 & 2 win in match number 12 the score stood 6 - 6. A 4 & 2 win for Matt Smith & Dave Bastard in match number 14 saw the score reach 7 -7. So it would all be decided on the last matches. Mark Justice & Mark Westlake claimed the scalp of Mark Arrowsmith & Richard Lawrence with an excellent 4 & 3 win to be countered in the next game by Malcolm Jones & Wayne Mitchell winning 3 & 2 to level the scores again at 8 all.
So it was now down to the last 3 matches to decide the destination of Tom Noggi for the next 12 months. Nigel Buse & John Westlake had the only really big win of the day 9 & 8 out in the country their opponents shall remain nameless unless you want your carpets cleaned or a fire put out and Greg Mather and Derrick Daniels squeezed in by 1 hole to make victory certain for Tuck\'s team and the final score was Tuck Clagett\'s team winning 11 – 8. There were two “nearly” holes in one for Mark Justice on the 8th and David Elliott on the 11th. The large number of casual water puddles and even lakes was a sight rarely seen at St Enodoc which contributed to some amusing incidents but unlike most other courses we were very lucky that play was still perfectly possible.
There was an excellent bangers and mash meal afterwards followed by a lengthy speech by Pro Nick Williams where the fines were dished out thick and fast for the most tenuous of offences ranging from using a long putter (which will become illegal in 3 years time) to having a different pudding to general wingeing; all in all thanks to the “enforcer” Malcolm Knight\'s insistence the Penhaligon\'s Friends charity which provides relief for bereaved Children at Christmas profited greatly. A great end to Christmas and 2012 and we are all looking forward to golf in 2013.