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Golf by Peter Heyman November 13

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: November 13, 2013

FAMILY AFFAIR: Mark Jenkins and son Connor with their trophy for winning the Sky Sports European Father and Son Championship tournament in Spain. See story left.

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IT'S been quite a momentous two weeks in the young life of Bude and North Cornwall golfer Connor Jenkins.

The 17-year-old was last week appointed as the new Cornwall junior captain, taking over from his clubmate Adam Curtis, at the CGU junior section's annual meeting at Newquay.

This honour came just a matter of days after Connor and his father Mark had won the handicap element of the prestigious Sky Sports European Father and Son Championship tournament in Spain.

This tournament seems to favour golfers from the South West region as it was won in 2012 by the St Mellion-based pairing of Graham and James Ruth.

The Jenkins took part in the three-day competition, held under clear blue skies at Valle del Este, Almeria, alongside 46 other pairs from the USA, Germany, Czech Republic, Ireland, Denmark, Austria, Italy and the UK.

After day one the Bude pair were in joint second place after returning a seven under par betterball score of 43 points, which left them just one point behind overnight leaders and the previous year's runners-up David and George Mills.

Three-handicapper Connor and his father, who plays off five, also had a good second day when they registered 40 more points to see them join a group of no less than 10 teams all within five shots of the lead.

Day three saw the Mills pairing grab the scratch event title, leaving the door open for th

e others to fight for the handicap title. As the day went on the Jenkins were nip and tuck with their playing partners throughout and it became clear the winners would come from this game.

On the final tee they were all square, but when their opponents three-putted for bogey the Jenkins stepped up to the plate and made par for a further 41 points for a total of 124, which saw off their rivals by just the one point.

The Cornish golfing fraternity will soon be able to share in the Jenkins' family triumph when Sky Sports, who sponsored the event, broadcast their recording of the tournament in the near future.

Two Cornish golfers performed with great credit to finish in a share of fifth place overall in the UK Senior Golf Association's National Championship played on home soil at Trevose last week.

The host club's Mike Ellis not only finished joint fifth in the scratch event played over 36 holes on Thursday and Friday, his rounds of 76 and 74 for an eight over par 150 also saw him take the top prize in the 55-59 age group.

Current county seniors champion Michael Wigley, of Bude and North Cornwall, finished alongside his Cornish compatriot on 150 with rounds of 73 and 77, just four shots behind the winner Peter Harrison, of Wisley.

Five-handicapper Ellis, also took second spot outright in the overall handicap section with net rounds of 71 and 69 for a 140 total, while Wigley, playing off a two handicap, was joint 13th with net 71 and 75 for 146.

Holders Bude and North Cornwall continued their defence of their CAW Cornwall Bowl title with a 3½-1½ second round victory over Looe at Launceston on Saturday.

Last year's losing finalists Mullion also won, defeating Lostwithiel 4-1 at Carlyon Bay on Saturday, when there were wins for Carlyon Bay themselves and Bowood Park as well.

Sunday's winners were Lanhydrock, Trethorne, Porthpean and Tehidy Park, who join Saturday's successful teams in the quarter-finals to be played over the weekend of January 18/19.

Second round results. Saturday – Carlyon Bay 41/2, Perranporth ½; St Kew 2, Bowood Park 3; Mullion 4, Lostwithiel 1; Bude & N Cornwall 31/2, Looe 11/2. Sunday – Treloy 11/2, Lanhydrock 31/2; Trethorne 4, St Enodoc 1; Porthpean 3, Budock Vean 2; Tehidy Park 3, St Austell 2.

Quarter-final draw (matches to be played on January 18/19 at venues to be announced): Lanhydrock v Carlyon Bay; Trethorne v Mullion; Porthpean v Bowood Park; Bude & N Cornwall v Tehidy Park.

St Enodoc's Steve Chapman achieved a notable double in the first event of this season's Cornwall Winter Golf Series, winning both the scratch and handicap sections at Perranporth on Sunday.

The county stalwart shot a four under par gross round for 40 Stableford points to take the top spot on countback from the host club's Chris Johnston.

In third and fourth places, just one point behind on 39, were two more Perranporth players, Chris Llewelyn who pipped clubmate Chris Fleming on countback.

Chapman had no need of countback to win the handicap section with 41 points, one ahead of Llewelyn on 40, with Johnston third with 39 on countback from Truro's Paul Suddes.

Cornwall's golf development officer Simon Wood said: "We had a record 48 players who entered and it was great to see so many of the county's top single figure golfers in action."

The next event in the six-round series is at St Enodoc on Sunday, December 1.

The quarter-finals of the Cornwall Team Championship (CTC) are due to be played this Sunday, with holders St Enodoc taking on Truro in a mouth-watering tie at Trevose.

Trevose, who themselves won the title three times in four years from 2009 to 2012, face two-times former winners St Mellion at Newquay, while Tehidy Park, who had a hat-trick of wins from 2006 to 2008, take on Newquay, who were pre-eminent in the 1990s, at Perranporth.

Another intriguing match sees Perranporth, who have never won the event in its 60-year history, do battle with last year's beaten finalists West Cornwall at Mullion. All four matches start at 8am.

The quarter-finals of the President's Trophy, which was first played for last season, are also being held on Sunday, with holders Bowood Park beginning their defence of the title against Lanhydrock at The Point at Polzeath (8.58am start).

Mullion face China Fleet at St Austell (10.30am) and Merlin meet Lostwithiel at Trethorne (10.27am), while Carlyon Bay take on last season's losing finalists Falmouth at West Cornwall (11am).

The December 2013 edition of National Club Golfer, which features St Enodoc's 16th hole on the cover, has a list of its rankings of the Top 100 Courses in the UK with green fees of under £100.

St Enodoc is placed sixth in the rankings, which are topped by North Berwick, followed by Nairn, Woodhall Spa, Saunton East and Ganton.

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