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Cornwall golf review March 19

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: March 19, 2014

  • CHAMPIONS: Bowood Park captain Len Flower holds the President's Trophy after their thrilling win over Merlin at Perranporth on Sunday

  • HELPING HAND: Merlin Professional Karl Morgan helps out a young golfer. See story above.

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TREVOSE staged a fighting comeback in the afternoon singles but it was not quite enough to prevent Tehidy Park from claiming their first Cornwall Team Championship (CTC) title since 2008 at an overcast and chilly Perranporth on Sunday.

Tehidy got off to a great start by winning three of the four morning foursomes.

Their only loss came in the third match where Andrew Clotworthy and Justin Barnard were beaten 4&3 by the strong Trevose pairing of Welsh international Ben Westgate and Somerset county player Phil White.

Elsewhere, there were good wins for the three other Tehidy pairs. Former multiple county champion Ian Veale and Tom Rowe took care of Guy Norris and Mark Pawley, while Robert MacGregor and Ross Lawrance delivered a 6&4 thumping to Mike Reynard and Richard Ackland.

The ever-dependable brothers, Richard and Peter Simmons, defeated another strong Trevose pairing of Nick Gammon and Steve Davies.

But Tehidy's ninth man Aaron Ashcroft was unable to deliver the important three-quarter point from his singles match as he was beaten 2&1 by Jon Tremain.

Needing three and a half points from the eight afternoon singles to win the title, Tehidy increased their lead through Barnard's victory over Norris in the top match.

But Trevose hit back to take the next two matches, White beating Lawrance by one hole and Westgate taking revenge over Veale for his defeat in the 2003 county championship final with a comfortable 3&2 win.

Rejuvenated former county player MacGregor restored Tehidy's two-point cushion with a 2&1 win over Davies, but Trevose then came storming back as Gammon outgunned Richard Simmons 2&1 and Clotworthy was beaten 5&4 by Reynard to put the 2012 champions ahead 53/4-5.

However, the evergreen Peter Simmons steadied the Tehidy ship with a 3&2 victory over Pawley to edge his side ahead again before the pivotal moment came at the 16th hole of the final match.

Tehidy's Rowe had looked in control of his match against Ackland, leading three up after 14 holes before Ackland pulled one back at the next with a birdie.

Ackland then struck a long iron on to the par 3 16th green to crank up the pressure on Rowe, who pulled a three-iron into the hill left of the green. But Rowe produced a wonderful chip with soft hands to give himself a chance to save par.

The Trevose player putted up to a short distance from the hole, but Rowe holed out in positive fashion to clinch at least his own personal half and his side's overall victory. In the event, Ackland missed his short putt to gift Rowe a 3&2 win that made the final match score 7-53/4 in Tehidy Park's favour.

Results (Tehidy Park names first): Foursomes - Ian Veale & Thomas Rowe bt Guy Norris & Mark Pawley 3&2; Robert MacGregor & Ross Lawrance bt Mike Reynard & Richard Ackland 6&4; Andrew Clotworthy & Justin Barnard lost to Ben Westgate & Phil White 4&3; Richard Simmons & Peter Simmons bt Steve Davies & Nick Gammon 3&1. Ninth man match: Aaron Ashcroft lost to Jon Tremain 2&1. Singles - Barnard bt Norris 2&1; Lawrance lost to White 1 down; Veale lost to Westgate 3&2; MacGregor bt Davies 2&1; Richard Simmons lost to Gammon 2&1; Clotworthy lost to Reynard 5&4; Peter Simmons bt Pawley 3&2; Rowe bt Ackland 3&2. Final match score: Tehidy Park 7, Trevose 53/4.

Bowood Park retained their President's Trophy title by the narrowest possible margin in a thrilling final against Merlin that went to a sudden death play-off, also at Perranporth on Sunday.

For a long time it looked like Merlin were going to make their first appearance in a county final a winning one as they built up a 4-1 lead that took them to the brink of victory.

Robert Hall and Ben Crossley won the top two matches for Merlin by 7&6 and twp up respectively before Mike Barrett (2&1) pulled one back for the holders

Big wins by Adrian Steele (5&4) and Dave Osgood (6&4) soon put Merlin back in the driving seat and when Ricky Hughes halved with Bowood's Rob Pedlar, they needed just a half point from the three remaining singles matches to lift the trophy for the first time.

But Bowood were not going to surrender their title easily and wins by Ryan Bowers (2&1), Rob Cook (6&4) and Josh Greenaway (2&1) levelled the match score at 4½ apiece.

This meant the result had to be decided by a sudden death play-off between a nominated player from each side, with plus twp handicapper Greenaway having to give a shot to 11 handicapper Osgood on the first extra hole.

Greenaway safely found the green in two, but his opponent missed the green on the left, with his ball ending up in an awkward spot off the green. He took two more to get back on to the edge of the green in four.

With Greenaway stone dead in three, Osgood needed to hole a long distance putt for a half with his shot allowance. But it was not to be, leaving Bowood Park to celebrate a notable double, having already won this year's CAW Cornwall Bowl.

Meanwhile, Merlin captain Dave Fenton was delighted that it had been such a closely fought contest. "Obviously we're disappointed to have lost, but we're just really pleased to have taken part in such a great day," he added.

Results (Bowood Park names first): Lee Bowers lost to Robert Hall 7&6; Len Flower lost to Ben Crossley 2 down; Mike Barrett bt Peter Lawrie 2&1; Tom Francis lost to Adrian Steele 5&4; Rob Pedlar halved with Ricky Hughes; Nigel Connolly lost to Dave Osgood 6&4; Ryan Bowers bt Zac Burrough 2&1; Rob Cook bt Cary Clark 6&4; Josh Greenaway bt Carl Burley 2&1. Overall match score: Bowood Park 4½, Merlin 4½. Sudden death play-off: Greenaway bt Osgood at first extra hole.

Cornwall captain Richard Simmons has named a strong side for the annual season-opening friendly fixture against the Royal Navy at Tehidy Park on Saturday.

Stalwart Joe Cruse is unavailable for this match and Trevose's Steve Davies comes into the side in his place.

"I've named a strong side because I wanted to get as many of the squad together as possible before our opening Channel League match of the season against Gwent at Perranporth on April 20," Simmons said.

Cornwall team v Royal Navy: Tom Fox (China Fleet), Ian Veale, Rob MacGregor (both Tehidy Park), Harry Hall, Matt Richards (both West Cornwall), Conor Wilson, Chris Fleming (both Perranporth), Richard Jasper (Launceston), Adam Curtis (Bude & N Cornwall) and Steve Davies (Trevose).

Merlin's Carl Burley and Rob Cook, of Bowood Park, have been named as the two wild cards in the Winter Golf Series amateur team that will take on Cornwall's professionals in the annual fixture that will be played this year at West Cornwall on Sunday, April 6.

Burley and Cook will join the top eight players in the WGS Order of Merit in the amateur team that was announced on Monday by Cornwall golf development officer Simon Wood, who also released the names of the 10 professionals who will be opposing them.

Teams. WGS Amateurs: Josh Greenaway (Bowood Park), Steve Chapman (St Enodoc), Phil Weaver (West Cornwall), Adam Taylor (Perranporth), Rob MacGregor (Tehidy Park), Adam Curtis (Bude & N Cornwall), Mike Reynard (Trevose), Joe Cruse (St Enodoc), Carl Burley (Merlin), and Rob Cook (Bowood Park).

Cornwall Professionals: Richard Sadler (Killiow), Chris Gill (Newquay), Grant Slater (Trevose), Richard O'Hanlon (Point at Polzeath), Antony Nash (St Enodoc), Scott Richards (Truro), Andy Welch (Whitsand Bay), Jamie O'Hara (Lanhydrock), Dan Wood (Ivyleaf), Paul Turpin (Carlyon Bay).

Merlin Golf Club, near Newquay, will be featuring a range of group coaching sessions and taster days as part of its commitment to this year's nationwide Get Into Golf (GIG) scheme, which aims to inspire people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to take up the game.

These sessions, with the club's resident professional Karl Morgan, are designed to give anyone interested an introduction to golf at low prices.

The events at Merlin include: a five-week GIG beginner course at £25 on Thursday evenings from 6pm to 7pm (March 27 to April 24) and Sunday mornings from 11am to 12pm (April 13 to May 11); a free GIG Open Day on Wednesday, May 21 to try out the game with a PGA professional, learn a bit about the regulations and have a light lunch (all equipment provided at no extra cost).

In addition to the Get Into Golf programmes, Karl is also running daily Junior Easter group coaching sessions costing £10 per child over the Easter holidays from April 7-18 (excluding weekends) at 9am-11am.

To reserve a space please either call 07704 788943 or e-mail: karlmorganpga@hotmail.co.uk or visit websites: www.karlmorgangolf.com or www.merlingolfcourse.co.uk

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