Noble is golfing great

Mark Noble and Gary O'Neil were the stars of the course at West Ham United's Corporate Golf Day.


Scratch golfer O'Neil lived up to his billing as pre-day favourite by shooting a level-par round of 71 at Maylands Golf Club near Romford, giving him an impressive 36 Stableford points - but that tally was only good enough for fifth place!

It was 14-handicapper Noble who took first place after registering an eight-over par round of 79 for a mammoth 42 Stableford points.

Second place went to development squad coach Ian Hendon, who tallied 37 points and held off the challenge of third-placed Steve Cheek from Call Print and fourth-placed George Moncur on count-back.


Midfielder O'Neil, who was given the all-clear to play by the club's medical department as he continues his comeback from a long-term ankle injury, was delighted to take part in the successful event.

"It's a good day for everyone. A few of the fans have paid decent money, so it's important that we make it a good day for them whatever way we can.

"The physios said it would be good for me to have a game and get involved a little bit with the lads because I've been in the gym on my own for a little while."

Although disappointed by his own performance after winning a mini-golf tournament at the Hammers' pre-season training camp in Switzerland, Tomkins enjoyed rubbing shoulders with the club's corporate supporters.

"It's a good event for everyone and gives us a chance to spend time with the fans and the fans to spend time with us, so it's all good," said the newly-crowned SBOBET Player of the Month for August.

"We weren't allowed to use golf buggies by the manager, which is a shame because I did a lot of walking covering the course to look for my ball! Seriously though, it was all good and I really enjoyed it."

Despite early-morning concerns about the weather, the sun shone brightly as O'Neil and Noble, Tomkins, Hendon, Moncur, Freddie Sears, assistant manager Neil McDonald and Academy Director Tony Carr teed-off.

The Hammers split up to join teams representing event sponsors Woodycouture, par-three hole sponsors Renault, as well as groups from Call Print, England Environmental and Compass.

Unsurprisingly, none of the participants were able to nail a hole-in-one to win a Renault Megane Coupe-Cabriolet, but there were still prizes galore on offer, with O'Neil winning the Longest Drive, Hendon Nearest the Pin and Noble and Renault's Neil Grottick both beating Club Professional Darren Parker on the par-three ninth hole.