The final act of Christmas golf is the Tom Noggi match between teams from the General Manager and the Professional. The men at St Enodoc look forward to the match as one of the real highlights of the year and 2014 was no exception for the 80 players who took part. The matches are played in a wonderful spirit even if there is a serious competitive edge in each match and all that was at stake was the Tom Noggi trophy and the losing team paying for wine at the meal afterwards. The General Manager with Tuck Clagett at the helm had won for the last 2 years so could he make it a hat trick?
The omens on the weather were far from favourable and there was even talk of postponing the match early in the week but with the Captain Tony Rounsevell's luck with the weather we only had 2 holes of rain and the wind was but a light Zephyr at 25 mph and gusting – ideal for match play! All was set for the usual action packed day of Four Ball Better Ball golf and with the first 2 matches in the bag Tuck must have thought that it was going to be his day again.
At the half way point the score was 5-4 to the Pro with good wins of 4&3 for Richard Hawken and Kevin Brenton and 6&4 for Keith Hawke & Stuart Morley for the Pro and 7&6 for Geoff Jones and late replacement Richard Heis for the General Manager. A big 7&6 win for Vice Captain David Elliott and new Member Stuart Fleet was countered by a 4&2 win for Rich Helleur and Danny Hoare. Special mention for even later replacement Adrian “ The Axeman” Miles rarely seen on the Church these days who bravely stepped in and partnered Keith Thompson for a fine 3&2 win. Thereafter the matches tended to drift to the Pro and the final score in favour of Nick Williams' team was 12-8.
The meal of Wappo's home made pasties beans and chips was greatly enjoyed by all in anticipation of the prize presentation between the 2 captains and more to the point the simply enormous number of fines for the Captain's charity levied by Nick (and collected as usual by the Enforcer Malcolm Knight with whom no one would dare argue) which ranged from Steve Buse for birdieing the First into the strong wind to Geoff Jones wingeing for having to play and then winning 7&6 for the other team! As usual a great day and great for the Club, now we can all look forward to 2015 and more golf!