ST AUSTELL NAMED GOLF MARK CLUB OF YEAR:
St Austell Golf Club has been named Cornwall's Golf Mark Club of the Year for 2013, in recognition of the part they have played in getting more people into golf.
The club has seen increased membership in every category of player as a result of the great team effort put in particularly by club secretary Andy Mellor, junior organisers Gary Warren, Simon Ferguson Smith and Alan Lund ably supported by their club committee and a host of club member volunteers.
One of the club's PGA professionals, Russell Binney ,has introduced more than 50 adults into the game in 2013 and was involved with every Cornwall Golf Partnership initiative throughout the year, including Cornwall Golf Week and the Royal Cornwall Show.
St Austell is a Golf Foundation HSBC Golf Roots Centre and Binney also delivered tri-golf at six local primary schools and golf x-treme at two secondary schools over the summer period.
This linked in well with the junior programme at St Austell, one of the healthiest in Cornwall, which sees more than 50 juniors regularly attending both the weekly competitions and Sunday junior coaching sessions.
Cornwall Golf Partnership's chairman Gerry Fitter presented the Cornwall Golf Mark Club of the Year Trophy to St Austell men's and ladies captains Simon and Elaine Harper and congratulated them on their excellent achievements.
MINI FUTSAL COMPETITION FOR GIRLS IN JANUARY:
Following the launch of futsal competitions in Newquay during September, more Cornish football players and coaches are getting involved in futsal, the fastest growing indoor sport in the world.
Coinciding with the 2014 futsal European championships, @futsal mid Cornwall and the Cornwall County FA have teamed up to launch January mini futsal festivals for local girls youth teams.
January is usually a quieter time for girls football so the introduction of mini leagues for age groups under 10's to under 16's will provide competitive action without being ruined by waterlogged pitches and foul weather.
Teams from all over the region have signed up to take part in weekly Sunday morning fixtures at the Treviglas Sports Dome in the hope of being crowned mid Cornwall futsal champions.
Mark Turner from @futsal in mid Cornwall said: "Futsal is a fantastic game for helping to improve a player's technical and tactical skills. It is fast paced and a lot of fun to play."
Warren Parker, development officer for female football at the Cornwall county FA, has done an exceptional job in highlighting the benefits of futsal participation over the years and futsal tournaments continue to grow in popularity because of his and his colleagues' hard work.
He said: "Futsal in Mid Cornwall are excited to be part of the January programme and we hope that players, coaches and parents will get a lot of benefit and enjoyment from the matches."
Also being launched in January are the local qualifying leagues for the FA futsal cup, a nationwide competition with the finals being held at the Olympic Copper Box venue in London.
Parker said: "It is an exciting time to be part of futsal in the UK and Cornwall. The game is recognised as a complimentary game to football as well as a viable alternative for players who can no longer commit to 11 a side teams.
"Leagues are available in Newquay, St Austell and Truro."
If you would like to join the league or would like further information on futsal in mid Cornwall, contact Mark on 07765 487158 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The annual Cornwall East v West Snooker match took place last weekend and the honours were shared at 8-8.
Phil Lane drew his match with Barrie Mac in what was a high quality encounter. Phil made a 65 break in the first and followed this with a 46 in frame two before Barrie hit back with 52 break eventually winning the frame on the pink.
Carl Boundy drew his match with East's Gary Spencer – Gary making a fine 50 break in the first. Next up, Graham Denning shared a tight match with Andy Ridgman in which both could have claimed a win.
Alan Hurley cleared the colours to pinch the first frame against Tony Farrant who stormed back to level the match. With the match tied a 4 frames all, Andy Best put the East in control win a fine 2-0 over Antony Connor making breaks of 47 and 35 in the process.
Simon Hosking (48 break) drew another competitive match with Andy Pearce (40 break) before Rob Johns (38 break) shared the spoils with Ryan Bilson who made an excellent 35 clearance to win the 2nd frame.
With the West 8-6 down, captain Chris Timmins saw off East's Darren Lock 2-0 to level the scores at 8-8.
HARRIS DELIGHTED BY SURPRISE GP RETURN:
Chris Harris has admitted his delight at gaining a surprise return to the 2014 World Championship Grand Prix series, less than six months after he considered quitting the sport.
Harris, from Probus, was eliminated from the World Championship at the end of the 2012 season, but he qualified as a first reserve for next year's series in the GP Challenge at Poole in August.
However, with former world champion Tomasz Gollob choosing to quit Grand Prix racing at the age of 42, Harris has been elevated into the line-up for 2014.
The 31-year-old Harris has also recruited his former Birmingham Brummies team boss, Phil Morris, to act as his manager in the Grand Prix pits next year.
Harris said: "The last couple of years in the Grand Prix weren't good. I had a lot on my mind. I had a few health problems and my Mum lost her partner, which had a big effect on the whole family and myself.
"My mind and my hunger weren't there anymore, and I was ready to walk away from the sport altogether (in June or July) because I was so down about it.
"But after talking to my partner Emma-Louise, she got me to realise why I got into the sport in the first place, because I enjoy riding my bike, and I have to thank her for that."
CAIRLEY'S HOLE-IN-ONE COSTS HIM PLENTY:
Bill Cairley chose the Christmas Harlyn at Trevose to have his first hole-in-one but even with a reduced turnout due to the weather, it still cost him plenty during celebrations at the bar, writes Ray Ramm.
His ace was at the third hole and with a strong following wind he watched as his partners hit through the green. Erring on the side of caution, he hit a three-quarter eight iron and watched as it pitched on the green and then disappeared into the hole.
Cairley didn't win however; that honour went to Chris Wood who won round 16 of the Harlyn Cup with 36 Stableford points. Brian Carroll finished second on 34 points followed by Paul Hodge and Andy Beazley with 33 points; separated after a count-back.
ANOTHER WIN FOR THOMAS:
Clive Thomas followed up his win in round 15 of the Harlyn Cup last week with another win; this time in the annual Turkey Trot.
His score of 34 Stableford points finished ahead of a three-way tie on 33 points and a count-back placed Jeremy Knight in second place, Paul Hodge third and Steve Gunner fourth.
Knight got off to the best start but he was caught by both Thomas and Gunner at the third hole. Knight fell behind with a no-score on the sixth, allowing Thomas to reach the turn one ahead of Gunner on 19 points.
Heading for home; Thomas was caught at the sixteenth by Knight and Gunner. All four leaders were tied after playing the seventeenth and the result came down to who played the final hole best.
That honour went to Thomas, who picked up two points, and another win, where the others could only score one point.
Christmas Harlyn Cup (round 16): 1 Chris Wood 36pts; 2 Brian Carroll 34; 3 Paul Hodge 33; 4 Andy Beazley 33.
Turkey Trot: 1 Clive Thomas 34pts; 2 Jeremy Knight 33; 3 Paul Hodge 33; 4 Steve Gunner 33.
ST ENODOC'S PANDORA BOX:
The pre-Christmas festivities at St Enodoc continued with the men's Pandora's Box.
The day was warm for the time of year with threatening rain which never really materialised but with very strong winds which averaged 25 mph with gusts of up to 46 mph.
Pandora's is a made up cross country course in teams of four playing a Texas Scramble format and as usual, the course designer, this year Mike Buse, sets the pins in quite impossible positions, right on the edges of greens and almost always on dire slopes.
Add in the high wind this made putting on several of the holes almost impossible and it was only by sinking long putts that prevented the ball ending further from the hole than where the putt was played from.
The 9th (played from the lower Ladies' 10th tee) , and the 14th (played from the Blue 5th) were the most wind affected and difficult greens. Other memorable holes were over the reservoir to the blind 2nd green and 3rd tee to 6th green.
The 17 hole course kept 68 Members fully occupied for the afternoon clambering up hill and down dale and the scores under the circumstances were really very good.
Prize winners: 1 Andy Beare, John Westlake, Dennis Lemarchand, & Simon Trevan 59.2 net; 2 Rob Cook, Mike Buse, Tristan Lang & Danny Hoare 60.4; 3 Kevin Francis, Mark Knight, Pete Liddicoat & Rich Helleur 61.
Latest results from Porthpean Golf Club:
Tues Dec 10. Seniors Medal: 1 John McFall gross 90, net 65; 2 Terry Richards 86-65; 3 Philip Beasley 94-68.
Wed Dec 11. Captains Day – Stableford – full h/c: 1 Ian Smith 23pts; 2 Steve Cheeseman 21; 3 Tom Endean 20.
Sat Dec 14. Turkey Trot – s/f , full h/c: 1 Marious Slevas 38pts; 2 Joe Miners 36; 3 c/b Preston Ford 35. 4 Jeremy Hore 35.
Ladies Turkey Trot: 1 Carly Johnson 31; 2 Jackie Oliver 30; 3 Liz, Andrew 29.
TREVOSE LADIES RESULTS:
The Trevose Ladies were lucky with the weather, being the only good day of the week to play the Chicken Chase, although very cold it remained dry.
The competition was played in 2 Divisions, with Bunty Pilgrim playing well to claim 1st place in the 1st Division with 34 points. In the 2nd Division Tarrian Spiers finished with 31 points. Results:
Division 1 - up to H'Cap 23: 1 B Pilgrim 34pts; 2 D Jeffery 33; 3 V Eldridge 31; 4M Oliver 30; 5 J Gledhill 29 (on count back).
Division 2 - 24 - 36 H'Cap: 1 T Spiers 31pts; 2 O Durnall 30; 3 S J Coode 29; 4 D Powell 27 (on count back); 5 J Symons 27 (on count back).
Division 1: Best front 9 - G Vivian, best back 9 - K Owen. Division 2: Best front 9 - D Huffaker, best back 9 - S Flood.
Gross 2's: D Tregoning on the 8th & K Owen & J Gledhill on the 16th. Nearest the pin Division 1 - 16th hole J Gledhill; Nearest the pin Division 2 - 8th hole E Lyon.
ST MELLION RESULTS:
Father Christmas came to St Mellion this week; however, he arrived not in snow but heavy rain which curtailed the planned golf competition.
Instead there was a fiendishly difficult quiz which was won after a play off by Trish Sobey, Janet Lyme and Carol Abbott.
Father Christmas then presented early presents to the Ladies ably assisted by his elf, Ross Whitelock, whose day job is assistant professional here at St Mellion.
Sue Poole, the Lady Captain also ran a raffle for the biggest Lindor Chocolate that has ever been made! This raised £143:40 for her charity, Jerimiah's Journey.
The division one monthly stableford played last week was won by Pam Heaton with thirty points on count back from Vera Nancekivell, third place was claimed by Evelyn Postles.
Second division winner was Jean Dransfield with a great thirty five points, Cheryl Bridgeman who seems to like the bridesmaids spot scored thirty four points and our captain Sue Poole came third with thirty three points.
This being the last competition of the year, we are all looking forward to doing away with all our bad habits and starting anew in 2014.
LISKEARD & DISTRICT:
Sports Club Lions suffered only their second defeat in 15 matches when edged out 6-5 at East Taphouse.
They have now had their advantage at the top of the table trimmed to just three points.
Second placed Rivercroft are now on their heels after an 8-3 victory at Cornish Ivy while White Hart B consolidated third spot with a 7-4 success when hosting Rally Club.
The visitors had Neil Libby and Andy Grant recording the only 180 scores of the week.
An outshot of 100 from Malcolm Warne was the highlight of Victoria B's 11-0 whitewash against Butchers Arms and there was also maximum points for Eliot Arms against Liberal Club B.
Marquee Bar secured all but one of the 11 points that were on offer against Climbing Ivy, boosted by an outshot of 113 from Mike Sissons.
Victoria A returned from White Hart A with a 9-2 victory while Con Club and Liberal Club A both emerged 8-3 winners against British Legion and Cheesewring respectively.
LISKEARD AREA LADIES:
White Hart B have now taken control at the top of the table and boast a lead of six points over the chasing pack after defeating their stable-mates White Hart A 6-1.
Second placed The Gypsies lost some ground when they went down by the odd game of seven at home to The Con Club and are now only a point in front of third placed The Ladettes who restricted Market Inn to a single point when winning 6-1.
Liberal Club lost 4-3 at Sportsmans but reversed that scoreline when beating White Hart A in a re-arranged fixture.
Marquee Bar had a convincing 6-1 success against Ivy Belles while winning by a 4-3 margin were Ivy X against Cheesewing.
There is no change at the top of the table after the joint leaders both won 7-4.
Sportsmans had Paul Shaddock checking out from 112 in their 7-4 success at Sports Club while title rivals Rally Club defeated Marquee Bar. Barbican Inn were the week's biggest winners when taking maximum points against White Hart while an equally impressive performance saw Halfway win 10-1 at Cheesewring.