ST ENODOC'S ladies narrowly failed to win the Gammon Trophy for a second successive year when they went down to a 4-3 defeat at the hands of Perranporth in brutally wet and windy conditions at Trevose on Sunday.
The decisive moment in a closely fought final came in the match between Perranporth's Fiona Telfer-Brunton and St Enodoc's Sarah Sandercock, who had pegged her opponent back from two down to all square after 17 holes.
At the final hole Sandercock was on the green and quite close to the hole in four.
Her opponent chipped on to the green in three but was further away from the hole, leaving a halved match as the most likely outcome.
But Telfer-Brunton, playing first, sank her long putt for a birdie to win the hole and end St Enodoc's hopes of retaining the title as Perranporth claimed the prestigious trophy for the fourth time.
Results (St Enodoc names first): Kath Biddle lost to Jan Sargeant 7&6; Jean Tatum lost to Nikki Hodge 3&2; Sarah Sandercock lost to Fiona Telfer-Brunton 1 down; Sue Ofield bt Jo Rysdale 4&2; Meg Godfrey bt Sara Taylor 4&3; Bev Vann bt Lauren Hulston 1 up; Trudie Tensjo lost to Vicky Lee-Comyn 7&6. Match result: St Enodoc 3, Perranporth 4.
Truro's Sarah-Jane Boyd lost just one of the six matches she played for England in her debut in the Women's Home Internationals at Scotscraig in Scotland last week.
But despite her efforts, England could only finish in third place behind Wales and Ireland, with Scotland fourth.
The 21-year-old England strokeplay champion, partnered by Heswall's Rachael Goodall, was unbeaten in the foursomes, winning two of her matches and halving the other. In her three singles matches she halved twice and narrowly lost the other 2&1 to her Scottish opponent.
"I was pretty pleased with my performance overall, though I had chances to win all of my matches," Boyd said.
"I don't think I've ever had so many halves – the 18th hole wasn't very kind to me."
Cornwall's representatives in the County Champion of Champions events at Woodhall Spa met with mixed fortunes at the weekend.
First up in the Juniors' event was Harry Hall, of West Cornwall, who finished a highly creditable ninth in a 31-strong field with back-to-back rounds of 77 for an eight over par total of 154.
The 16-year-old's efforts were duly rewarded by the England selectors, who have named him in the England Under-16 teams to play Scotland at St Andrews on October 6 and Ireland at Portmarnock on October 12-13. In the Seniors' event Mike Wigley, of Bude and North Cornwall, also performed with some distinction, finishing in joint eighth place in the 32-strong field after posting rounds of 78 and 79 for a 157 total.
But St Mellion's Joe Yorke had to withdraw in the Men's event with a back injury after 10 holes of the first round.
It was all the more unfortunate for the 20-year-old county champion as he was level par at the time and well up with the leaders.
Cornwall Seniors' tails failed to wag as they went down to a 10-5 defeat at the hands of Devon in their final Seniors Channel League match of the season at Yelverton last week.
Sharing the morning foursomes, Cornwall were only one point adrift with four singles matches still out on the course. But all four were lost as the hosts ran out comfortable winners in the end.
After a highly promising start to the season, Cornwall had to settle for fourth place in the table after defeats by Gloucestershire and Devon in their last two matches.
Captain Dave Goodman, of Bowood Park, thanked all members of the county squad for their support over the past two years and looked forward to backing new captain Mike Marshall, of St Mellion, next year.
Cornwall results: Foursomes – Colin Ross & David O'Mahony halved; Mike Wigley & Mike Eddy won 2&1; Mike Marshall & Rob Stacey halved; Dave Goodman & Trevor Robinson lost 1 down; Alan Poole & Harry Walker halved. Singles – Poole lost 1 down; Wigley halved; Ross halved; Robinson halved; Marshall lost 3&2; Walker won 5&4; Goodman lost 2 down; O'Mahony lost 3&2; Eddy lost 2&1; Stacey lost 1 down. Match result: Devon 10, Cornwall 5.
Treloy won the CGU Summer Handicap League for the third year in a row when they defeated Budock Vean 4-3 at Truro on Sunday.
A three-man team from St Enodoc will be travelling to Dudsbury in Dorset to compete in the English Champion Club tournament this weekend.
Joe Cruse, Steve Chapman and Rob Davies will be combining their gross scores over 36 holes of scratch strokeplay as they bid to become England's leading club team.
The Cornish trio of Richard O'Hanlon (The Point at Polzeath), Richard Sadler (Killiow) and Grant Slater (Trevose) narrowly missed out in their bid to reach the final of the inaugural Skycaddie Inter-County Championship in the regional qualifier at Exeter last week.
They finished one shot adrift of South Wales in this new event in which teams of three leading PGA professionals from each county do battle in their region to qualify for the £10,000 36-hole final, which will be held at The Belfry on October 14-15.
Earlier in the month at the same course O'Hanlon had won the Exeter Golf and Country Club Pro-Am with a four-under-par 65, while Sadler carded 67 to share third spot.
Chris Gill (Newquay), returning to his original club, and Stuart Little (Minchinhampton New) were the only other players to break par and shared fifth spot on 68.
Launceston has become the 13th golf club in Cornwall to achieve Golf Mark status.
Head professional John Tozer, secretary Alan Creber and junior organiser Beth Ratcliffe have set up a first class structure for junior golfers at the club, which has seen junior membership grow from just six to 58 in the space of six months.
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