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Cornwall golf by Peter Heyman, Cornish Guardian June 26

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: June 26, 2013

  • WINNERS: The Newquay ladies' side who won the team trophy at last week's rain-hit Baron Rose Bowl foursomes at St Austell. From left: Michelle Burgess, Joyce Cain, Fiona Pocklington, Ann Poole (capt), Sally Ann Stacey and Sue Phillips. See story above.

  • CARD SCHOOL: Checking their scores on the 18th green at St Austell in Sunday's Cornwall junior Championships are Bude's Connor Jenkins, Carlyon Bay's Tom Valentine and China Fleet's Sam Church. Pictures by John Wood.

  • HOLED: A windswept Louis Gough (Carlyon Bay), battles the elements to sink his putt on the fifth green.

  • CONCENTRATION: About to sink his putt on the first green St Austell's 11-year-old Ricardo Sanchez .

  • POWER: Driving from the 13th tee Bowood's Jon Rowe watches the flight of the ball at St Austell.

  • POISE: Michael McKelvey from St Enodoc keeps his balance as he drives off the 12th tee.

  • ELEMENTS: Cornwall Junior captain Adam Curtis (Bude) is wrapped up against the wind and rain, as he putts.

  • CHAMPION: Harry Hall of West Cornwall who retained his Cornwall junior title at St Austell on Sunday.

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TALENTED West Cornwall teenager Harry Hall made an overnight dash back from Kent to retain his title as Cornwall Junior champion at a windy St Austell on Sunday.

The 15-year-old England Under-16 international, who the previous day had missed the cut by an agonising one shot in the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters at St Nizels, Kent, followed up his morning 74, with a 72 for a total of 146 to win by six shots from Tom Valentine (Carlyon Bay 77+75=152).

Third was county junior captain Adam Curtis (Bude 75+78=153) and fourth went to his clubmate Connor Jenkins (78+76=154).

The competition has categories for both Under-16 and Under-18 players and Hall's score was enough to win both gross prizes.

The Under-16 gross category saw Truro's Ryan House (75+76=151) finish as runner-up with clubmate Jake Finn third (76+79=155) and Mullion's Connor Davidson fourth (78+82=160).

House also took the Under-18 net prize with a total of 139 from Liam Miller (Porthpean, 140), Finn (145) and James Trew (Killiow, 147).

The Under-16 net prize went to Truro's 12-year-old Joe Reynard whose reputation is growing fast. He improved on his morning round of 91 by 11 shots to record a net 61 in round 2 for a total of 133 and a five-shot margin over his nearest rival.

Second, third and fourth places went to host club St Austell members. Ricardo Sanchez, a year younger than Reynard, put together a net total of 138 for second place, whilst Cameron Warne (145) and Zak Omlo (146) were third and fourth respectively.

The prizes were presented by St Austell club captain Simon Harper, who said how pleased he was to see the lifeblood of future golf in the county in such safe hands. CGU Junior President Phil Linaker thanked St Austell for their excellent hospitality and praised all those who had competed on what had been a long, hard and tough scoring day.

In his speech Hall thanked the Cornwall Golf Union and its member clubs for their efforts in promoting junior golf, as well as father Phil for all his driving and support. The team to represent Cornwall in the South Western Counties Boys' Amateur Championship at Weston-super-Mare on July 10 has also been selected.

Cornwall team: Harry Hall, Adam Curtis (capt), Niall Hutton (St Mellion), Sam Church (China Fleet), Tom Valentine, Connor Jenkins (Bude & N Cornwall), Jake Finn and Ryan House (both Truro).

Newquay's Fiona Pocklington and Pat Greenwood lifted the rain-shortened CLCGA Baron Rose Bowl at St Austell last week, pipping Truro's Anna Sendall and Jenny Hosen, who had to settle for the runners-up spot for the third time, on countback.

The second round of the scheduled 36-hole medal foursomes competition had to be called off when heavy rain flooded the greens, leaving the event to be decided on the first round scores.

Pocklington and Greenwood duly won the event with a better back nine than the Truro pair in their score of 69, while third place went to Emma Burrows and Sue Dickinson, of Killiow, with 70.

Pocklington and Greenwood's score was a major factor in Newquay also winning the team trophy with a score of 221.5, just half a shot better than Perranporth on 222.

Andy Rowe harnessed gale force winds to record his second win in the 36-hole Saunders Cup at Trevose on Sunday, with a net day score of 151.

One stroke adrift in second place was former county champion Tom Fox (Trevose) on 152, with Tom Rowe (Tehidy Park) third on 155.

But Fox had the consolation of winning the scratch prize with a total of 148, six strokes ahead of Josh Greenaway (Bowood Park) on 154, with Andy Rowe third on countback from Nick Gammon (Trevose) after both players finished on 157.

In spite of the conditions, three-handicapper Rowe, who first won this event in 1984, set the early morning pace with an outstanding four over par 76 (net 73) to lead both the gross and net categories.

In the second round Fox turned on the pressure with a one under par total of 71 (73 net), recording the lowest gross score of the day and move into second place.

But Rowe, in spite of dropping strokes like confetti on the opening holes of the front and back nine, played the last five holes with four threes and a four to take the prestigious title by one shot.

Results. Saunders Cup: 1, Andy Rowe (Looe Bin Down) 73+78=151 net; 2, Tom Fox (Trevose & China Fleet) 79+73=152; 3, Tom Rowe (Tehidy Park) 78+77=155; 4, Josh Greenaway (Bowood Park) 79+77=156; 5, Nick Gammon (Trevose) 77+80=157. Scratch prize: 1, Tom Fox 77+71=148 gross; 2, Josh Greenaway 78+76=154; 3, Andy Rowe 76+81=157; 4, Nick Gammon 77+80=157; 5, Tom Rowe 80+79=159.

Trevose's Wales international Ben Westgate finished in a highly creditable tie for eighth place in the prestigious Berkshire Trophy at the weekend.

After comfortably making the 36-hole cut with rounds of 73 and 70, he followed up with another 73 before closing with 71 for a 287 total, just eight shots behind winner Ryan Evans, from Wellingborough.

Trevose professionals Gary Lenaghan and Grant Slater took the runners-up spot in the Teign Valley West Region 4Ball Championship last week.

Rounds of 65 and 61 for a 126 total saw them into a tie for second place, just a single shot behind the winners.

Two shots further back in a tie for sixth place were China Fleet pros Sam Miscowicz and Andrew Michael on 128 (65+63).

St Enodoc assistant pro Antony Nash decided to go ahead with playing in Monday's Regional Qualifying for this year's Open at Remedy Oak despite two recent trips to hospital for treatment to an injured thumb.

Also in the field at the Dorset course was Newquay's Chris Gill, while Tom Murtagh (Truro) and Joe Yorke (St Mellion) were also trying to make it through to the Final Local Qualifying stage at Mere and East Sussex National respectively.

Their results will be in next week's column.

St Enodoc honorary member Scott Godfrey is one of ten experienced golf coaches appointed by England Golf to spearhead its revamped U16 girls' regional coaching programme from September 2013. Scott, already England Under-16 girls' lead coach, will take charge of the South West Region.

The new programme will have ten regional Under-16 girls' squads. Players will each receive 20 days of coaching and an equivalent of 10 days physical development. The changes follow a successful restructuring of the boys' regional coaching programme in 2012/13.

Scott's next assignment with England Girls is the European girls' team championship at Linkopings Golf Club, Sweden, on July 9-13.

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