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Cornwall golf round-up by Peter Heyman October 23

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: October 23, 2013

CHAMPIONS: The victorious Cornwall ladies' second team who won the South West final, beating Somerset at Okehampton. From left: Abi Maude (Carlyon Bay), Wendy Briggs (St Mellion), Emily Toy (Carlyon Bay), Eugenie Knight (Carlyon Bay), Lyn Saget (Carlyon Bay) and Jan Harrison (Launceston) with captain Nikki Hodge. See story below.

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HOLDERS Bude and North Cornwall got the defence of their CAW Cornwall Bowl title off to a perfect start with a comfortable 4-1 first round victory over West Cornwall at the Point at Polzeath on Sunday.

In the second round they will meet Looe, who defeated Merlin 3-2 at Trethorne on Saturday.

Last year's beaten finalists Mullion also had a convincing 4-1 victory over Launceston at Carlyon Bay on Sunday.

This was one of several matches that were affected by rain, thunder and lightning, but all were completed except Truro's clash with Budock Vean at Falmouth, which had to be abandoned for safety reasons and will be replayed at a future date.

First round results. Saturday – Killiow 2, Treloy 3; Cape Cornwall 1, Lanhydrock 4; Whitsand Bay 2, Carlyon Bay 3; Newquay 2, Perranporth 3; Trethorne 5, Clowance 0; China Fleet 2, Bowood Park 3; Merlin 2, Looe 3; Trevose 1, Tehidy Park 4. Sunday – St Enodoc 31/2, Falmouth 11/2; Launceston 1, Mullion 4; St Mellion 2, Lostwithiel 3; Porthpean 3, Praa Sands 2; Truro v Budock Vean, abandoned; St Kew 3, Radnor 2; West Cornwall 1, Bude & N Cornwall 4; Point at Polzeath 1, St Austell 4.

Second round draw (matches to be played on November 9/10 at venues to be announced): Treloy v Lanhydrock; Carlyon Bay v Perranporth; Trethorne v St Enodoc; Mullion v Lostwithiel; Porthpean v Truro or Budock Vean; Bowood Park v St Kew; Bude & N Cornwall v Looe; Tehidy Park v St Austell.

Perranporth father and son duo Alastair and Sam Chivers romped to an easy 7&6 victory over clubmate Tom Ringsell and Phil Adams, of Radnor, as they opened the defence of their Perranporth Open Winter Foursomes title in style with the joint biggest win of the day on Sunday.

Last year's beaten finalists Dave Pryor and Andy Hancock, of Newquay, also eased into the second round with a 3&2 win over Carlyon Bay's Jeff Hammett and Mike Rowe.

Seven of the 11 professionals taking part fell at the first hurdle, including former champions Nick Rogers (Falmouth) and his amateur partner Colin Kitt (China Fleet). The four pros who are safely through are Tony Nash (unattached), Richard Sadler (Killiow), Paul Turpin (Carlyon Bay) and Antony Nash (St Enodoc).

Also through are Gary and Laura Andrew, of Truro, who defeated Newquay's Kevin Mula and Matt Lock by one hole. They are believed to be the first father and daughter team to have entered the event.

The second round of the main competition will be played on Sunday, November 24, along with the first round of the Plate.

Results and draw, see page 100.

The highlight of last Friday's CGU annual dinner at the Hotel Bristol in Newquay was the presentation of the Channel League Salver to county captain Steve Rickard by immediate past president of England Golf, Paul Baxter.

The award was made following Cornwall's success earlier this month in winning the title for only the second time in the league's 42-year history.

A number of other awards were presented on the night by CGU president Malcolm Jones. The 2013 Young Player of the Year award went to Bude & North Cornwall's 18-year-old Adam Curtis, who as county junior captain had led by example both on and off the course, as well as making a winning debut for the county men's team in their title-clinching match against Glamorgan.

The award for 2013 Player of the Year went to St Mellion's Joe Yorke, who received the Ben Enoch Salver for winning both the County Championship and the Cornish Closed Championship this year.

Cornwall's Golfing Man 2013 was named as Ian Veale, Tehidy Park's golf manager and six time county champion Ian Veale. Presenting the award Mr Jones said: "Ian's high self-imposed golfing standards have probably prevented him from continued county representation, but nevertheless he continues to support and encourage county golf as an active member of the county executive."

The award for the 2013 Cornwall's Man of Golf went to county captain Steve Rickard. "Arguably Steve is the most successful county captain the Duchy has seen," Mr Jones said.

"In 1997 he led the team to Channel League success and only 12 days ago he repeated the feat having assembled, developed and gelled a young team of great strength and depth over the past three years."

Rickard had earlier told the gathering of his immense pride and pleasure at the Channel League title win and how his young team had promised great things for some time and had ultimately delivered the success they deserved.

He also introduced county vice-captain Richard Simmons, who will take over the county captaincy later this year.

Cornwall ladies' second team defeated Somerset 5½-3½ to be crowned South West champions at a rain swept Okehampton on Sunday.

The morning foursomes were halved, with Carlyon Bay youngsters Emily Toy and Eugenie Knight winning their match to cancel out Wendy Briggs and Abi Maude's defeat after Jan Harrison and Lyn Saget had halved.

County junior champion Eugenie Knight romped to an 8&6 win in the top singles, with Abi Maude also winning a one-sided encounter that included a hole in one in her 7&6 victory. Wendy Briggs also had a fine 5&4 win before county ladies' champion Toy sealed overall victory on the 17th green of her match.

Cornwall had defeated Devon and Dorset on their way to the final, while Somerset had got the better of Gloucestershire and Wiltshire.

Cornwall results. Foursomes – Jan Harrison & Lyn Saget halved; Wendy Briggs & Abi Maude lost 2&1; Emily Toy & Eugenie Knight won 3&2. Singles – Knight won 8&6; Harrison lost 3&2; Toy won 3&1; Maude won 7&6; Saget lost 3&2; Briggs won 5&4. Match result: Cornwall 51/2, Somerset 31/2.

Three first round matches in this season's Cornwall Team Championship (CTC) are due to be played on Sunday.

Launceston take on Truro at Perranporth, Newquay face Bude & North Cornwall at St Enodoc and Perranporth meet St Austell at Newquay. All three matches start at 8am.

Holders St Enodoc are seeded, along with last year's beaten finalists West Cornwall, Tehidy Park, St Mellion and Trevose, who have all been given byes into the second round to be played on Sunday, November 17.

Second round draw: St Enodoc v Launceston or Truro; Trevose v St Mellion; Tehidy Park v Newquay or Bude & N Cornwall; Perranporth or St Austell v West Cornwall.

Looe will take on Lanhydrock in the first round of the President's Cup at St Mellion's Kernow course on Saturday (11.08am start), while Killiow will face Mullion at Falmouth on Sunday (11.04am).

Last year's winners of the inaugural event Bowood Park and losing finalists Falmouth both receive byes, along with China Fleet, Merlin, Lostwithiel and Carlyon Bay. The second round will be played on November 17.

Second round draw: Bowood Park v Looe or Lanhydrock; Killiow or Mullion v China Fleet; Merlin v Lostwithiel; Carlyon Bay v Falmouth.

Carlyon Bay's Eugenie Knight pipped the host club's Nikki Hodge on countback to win Division 1 of the CLCGA's Autumn Meeting at Perranporth last week.

Both played two under their handicaps in returning net 70s, with Micah Carroll (Perranporth) two shots back in third place.

West Cornwall's Judith Ryder took the scratch prize with a gross 74 and also won the Aggregate Cup for the best net scores at the Spring and Autumn Meetings.

Full result. Handicap Cup: 1, Eugenie Knight (Carlyon Bay) net 70; 2, Nikki Hodge (Perranporth) 70; 3, Micah Carroll (Perranporth) 72. Scratch: 1, Judith Ryder (West Cornwall) gross 74; 2, Jan Sargeant (Perranporth) 80; 3, Fiona Pocklington (Newquay) 81. Aggregate Cup winner: Judith Ryder -3 net.

Several of the county's top young players will be representing their clubs in the Junior Maxam Cup at Lanhydrock next Wednesday.

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