Golfers from as far away as the Midlands graced our hallowed turf with their sights set on winning the Goodman Trophy and the Rachel Biddle Memorial Trophy in the most prestigious event in the St Enodoc calendar. Sixty eager participants with handicaps ranging from nine down to plus five were ready to do battle over thirty six holes in what turned out to be rather windy, but dry conditions.
The morning round gave an indication of how tough it was with the exception of one young man, Jake Burnage (Saunton) who recorded a gross 64 playing off +5 and the best nett being 68 from Robert Fynn (Minchinhampton). Jake eagled the 16th and was on target to equal the course record had it not been for a bogey on the 5th, but as the morning went on it was clear that this would be undoubtledly be the best round of the day. Robert's card certainly was blighted by a couple of double bogey's in his round, but nevertheless he took the lead in the nett. St Enodoc's Martin Trees wasn't too far behind with a nett 70 (Gross 75) for the morning. By the end of the first round Andrew Jones (St Enodoc) was in 6th place with a nett 72 and despite a wobble at the beginning of the front nine had a good round.
The afternoon saw a little bit of a change around with Neil Bright (The Players) posting a nett 68 (Gross 74) followed closely by Trevor Johnston (Perranporth) and Andrew Jones (St Enodoc) both with a nett 70 (Gross 77 & 76 respectively). It was a close run thing and at one point it looked like we could have had a repeat of last year where Joe Cruse did the double. Unfortunately, for Jake winning both trophies for the best nett and gross scores was not to be even though he posted the lowest gross round for the afternoon with 69 he just missed out on the nett with a total of 143. Andrew improved on his morning round by two shots which gave a combined nett total of 142 to see him win the Goodman Trophy and receive a handicap cut of two shots!
St Enodoc's Club Captain Bob Cruse presented the Goodman Trophy and when it came to making a speech the slightly shocked and delighted winner said "I came from Burnham & Berrow to St Enodoc and I haven't been a member for very long, but I have been made to feel very welcome here and it's an honour and a privilege to have won this trophy on such a beautiful course. I would like to thank everyone involved in making this a fantastic day!" That sentiment was echoed by Jake when he received his trophy from the Ladies Vice Captain Kath Biddle. He said "as always it's a pleasure to play here and I couldn't think of a better place to win in my last amateur competition"
The Club Captain rounded off proceedings by congratulating everyone in the prizes, especially Andrew and Jake and to everyone who participated and hoped to see everyone next year!
St Enodoc's General Manager Simon Greatorex and Club Captain Bob Cruse oversaw the prize giving along with Lady Vice Captain Kath Biddle who presented the Rachel Biddle Memorial Trophy.
The results were as follows:
Goodman Trophy (Handicap) Nett
1st Andrew Jones - St Enodoc - Nett 142
2nd Jake Burnage - Saunton - Nett 143
3rd Gareth Hopkins - MInchinhampton - Nett 144
4th James Holland - Nett 146 - Woodbridge
Scratch - The Rachel Biddle Trophy - Gross
1st Jake Burnage - Saunton - Gross 133
2nd Gareth Jenkins - Kenilworth - Gross 147
3rd Josh Greenaway - St Enodoc - Gross 148
4th Richard Sadler - Moseley - Gross 151
AM Round Sweep
1st Robert Fynn - Minchinhampton - Nett 68
2nd Jake Burnage - Saunton - Nett 69
3rd Martin Trees - St Enodoc - Nett 70
4th Gareth Hopkins - Minchinhampton - Nett 71
PM Round Sweep
1st Neil Bright - The Players - Nett 68
2nd Trevor Johnston - Perranporth
3rd Andrew Jones - St Enodoc - Nett 70
4th James Holland - Woodbridge - Nett 71 c/b