Left: Nick Williams presents "Tom Noggi" to Simon Greatorex
The season of Christmas Golf was finally completed on December 28th 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 and is amongst the most popular in the Mens Golfing calendar. At long last we had a day free of rain for the seventeen matches playing in 4BBB match play (with added banter and sledging thrown in for good measure) format for the coveted Tom Noggi trophy. Tom Noggi was a Cornish miner but his precise link with this event is not known.
Our General Manager's selection skills were justified with a 9.5 points to 7.5 points overall win and with it retention of the Tom Noggi Trophy for another year.
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 being unfourtunate to being on the losing team to having a different pudding to general wingeing; all in all thanks to the “enforcer” Malcolm Knight's insistence the Captain's Charity - Cornwall Wild Life Trust profited greatly. A great end to Christmas and 2019 and we are all looking forward to golf in 2020.
Thank you too to Iain Grey and his team for the excellent meal, also a special mention for Heather Clemens who stood out in the cold by the 10th tee to keep us provided with hot drinks.