THE experienced St Enodoc pairing of Kevin Brenton and John Pease fought their way through gale force winds to lift the prestigious Perranporth Open Winter Foursomes title for the first time on Sunday.
In the process their 3&2 victory over last year's winners Alastair and Sam Chivers ended the father and son duo's bid to become the first pairing ever to retain the title in the 38-year history of the event.
With the wind gusting up to 50mph at times, the host club pairing won the last two holes of the 36-hole final to go into lunch with a slender one up lead.
But in the afternoon the St Enodoc pair turned things round to go three up after 10 holes. And they went further ahead when Pease holed a fine 15-footer at the 11th .
The next two holes were exchanged before the Perranporth pair won two holes in a row to reduce their deficit to two holes with three to play.
The short 16th hole proved decisive to the outcome. Sam Chivers' fine tee shot landed just 20 feet from the pin and when Brenton was through the green, it looked odds on that the St Enodoc pair's lead would be reduced still further.
But as so often happens in golf, the unexpected duly happened. Pease chipped back to 10 feet from the pin, while Chivers senior's putt came up four feet short. Brenton duly holed his 10-footer, while Sam Chivers missed the four-footer he was left with to leave Pease and Brenton to celebrate their 3&2 victory.
Falmouth pro Nick Rogers and China Fleet amateur Colin Kitt, who won the Main competition in 2009, lifted the Plate final for the second time in seven years by the same winning scoreline.
They were all square at lunch against Perranporth club president Martin Edwards and Sandy Kirton, but gradually pulled away in the afternoon to secure a 3&2 victory.
The day's supporting event was won by Killiow pro Richard Sadler and clubmate Kim Mundy with 39 Stableford points on countback from Carlyon Bay's Paul Gay and Paul Wilkinson.
Results. Main competition: Kevin Brenton & John Pease (St Enodoc) bt Alastair & Sam Chivers (Perranporth) 3&2.
Plate competition: Nick Rogers (Falmouth) & Colin Kitt (China Fleet) bt Martin Edwards & Sandy Kirton (Perranporth) 3&2.
Support competition: 1, Richard Sadler & Kim Mundy (Killiow) 39 pts; 2, Paul Gay & Paul Wilkinson (Carlyon Bay) 39; 3, Andy Parkin & Scott Richards (Truro) 38; 4, Peter Darlington & Gareth Evans (West Cornwall) 38; 5, Richie Perrin & Steve Briers (Falmouth) 38.
The finals of two of the county's top winter team competitions will make for a busy day at West Cornwall on Sunday.
In the 36-hole final of the Frank Wills Salver six times former winners Tehidy Park will take on Newquay, who have won the event three times before, the last time being in 2012. The match gets under way at 9am.
Newquay: Matt Dixon, Dave Pryor, Sean Williams, Keith Entwistle, Carl White, Nigel Dunstan, Dick Rundle, Brian Green, Shaun Allen and Charlie Phillips.
Teams. Tehidy Park: Martin Trewhella, Greg Taylor, Martyn Churchill, Andrew Teuton, David O'Mahony, Bob Cope, Justin Harrington, Mike Eddy, Ryan Curnow and Ryan Reed.
The CAW Cornwall Bowl final, which starts at 10am and is played over 18 holes, sees Trethorne take on Bowood Park. Both clubs have won the competition twice before in its 25-year history, most recently Trethorne in 2012.
Teams. Bowood Park: Simon Hobbs, Ben Arnott, Ron Bosley, Darren Burden, Chris Simmonds, Paul Menhinick, Ryan Cathrae, Mark Kempthorne, Martin Bakewell, Calum Macdonald.
Trethorne: (from) Paul Gray, Les Jewell, Gary Shirley, Paul Stanbury, Ivor Edmunds, Simon Price, Jason Howes, Alex Manuel, Ian Burn, Martin Brooks, John Grainger, Andrew Froude.
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