ST ENODOC made a solid start to the defence of the Frank Wills Salver they won earlier this year with a comfortable first round victory over Mullion at windswept Tehidy Park on Saturday.
The top pair of Kevin Brenton and John Pease were never really troubled on their way to a 3&2 win. Youngsters Joe Combellack and Sam Jarvis gained a second point with a 2&1 victory, but Nick Evans and debutant Dan Witts lost by the same scoreline to talented Mullion juniors Ben Burrows and Guy Leathley.
The ever reliable Richard Hawken and Richard Lawrence had a convincing 5&4 win before Jake Sanders and Keith Hawke saw the holders to an overall 4-1 victory.
Last year's beaten finalists Tehidy Park defeated St Austell 3-2 at Truro, while the only whitewash of the weekend saw China Fleet overcome Falmouth 5-0 at St Austell. Elsewhere there were wins for Truro, Lostwithiel, West Cornwall, Lanhydrock, Bude and North Cornwall and Killiow on Saturday.
As well as Tehidy Park and China Fleet, Sunday's other winners were Whitsand Bay, Merlin, Trethorne, Newquay, Perranporth and Budock Vean.
The second round is due to be played over the weekend of November 2/3 at venues to be announced shortly by CGU secretary Chris Pountney.
Results. Saturday - St Enodoc 4, Mullion 1; Truro 4, Praa Sands 1; Porthpean 2, Lostwithiel 3; West Cornwall 3, Radnor 2; Launceston 2, Lanhydrock 3; Bude & N Cornwall 31/2, Treloy 11/2; Killiow 3, Looe 2. Sunday - Falmouth 0, China Fleet 5; St Mellion 2, Whitsand Bay 3; Tehidy Park 3, St Austell 2; Merlin 3, Point at Polzeath 2; Clowance 2, Trethorne 3; Newquay 3, Trevose 2; Perranporth 31/2, Bowood Park 11/2; Cape Cornwall 11/2, Budock Vean 31/2.
Second round draw (matches to be played on the weekend of November 2/3): St Enodoc v China Fleet; Truro v Lostwithiel; Whitsand Bay v West Cornwall; Tehidy Park v Merlin; Trethorne v Lanhydrock; Bude & N Cornwall v Newquay; Perranporth v Killiow; Budock Vean v Carlyon Bay.
Cornwall junior champion Harry Hall, of West Cornwall, retained his unbeaten singles record for England Under-16s with a stunning victory in his country's 13-3 win over Ireland at Portmarnock at the weekend.
He was in dazzling form as he romped to a 6&5 win over his opponent, finishing off in style with his second eagle of the match at the 13th hole. With four birdies on his card as well, Hall was standing at five under par when the match finished.
It was an all-conquering weekend for the 16-year-old as he also won both Saturday's foursomes (3&1) and fourball betterball (6&4) matches with his partner Lewis George, much to the delight of England coach John Jacobs.
Sixteen first round matches in the CAW Cornwall Bowl are due to be played this weekend.
Holders Bude and North Cornwall start their campaign with a tricky tie against West Cornwall at The Point at Polzeath on Sunday, while last year's beaten finalists Mullion take on Launceston at Carlyon Bay on the same day.
First round draw. Saturday – Killiow v Treloy, at Radnor (1pm); Cape Cornwall v Lanhydrock, at Killiow (9.30am); Whitsand Bay v Carlyon Bay, at Looe (11am); Newquay v Perranporth, at Merlin (10am); Trethorne v Clowance, at Porthpean (10.30am); China Fleet v Bowood Park, at Launceston (10am); Merlin v Looe, at Trethorne (11.03am); Trevose v Tehidy Park, at Treloy (10am).
Sunday – St Enodoc v Falmouth, at Perranporth (12.30pm); Launceston v Mullion, at Carlyon Bay (8.44am); St Mellion v Lostwithiel, at Whitsand Bay (9am); Porthpean v Praa Sands, at Tehidy Park (10.30am); Truro v Budock Vean, at Falmouth (11.04am); St Kew v Radnor, at St Austell (11.30am); West Cornwall v Bude & N Cornwall, at Point at Polzeath (10am); Point at Polzeath v St Austell, at Lostwithiel (10am).
Holders Alastair Chivers and his 19-year-old son Sam will be hoping to take the first step towards retaining their Perranporth Open Winter Foursomes title when the first round of this ever-popular tournament gets under way on Sunday.
Thirty-one other pairs will be doing battle for the prestigious tournament, sponsored by Brakes, including the 2013 beaten finalists Dave Pryor and Andy Hancock, from Newquay, as well as several Cornish professionals.
First round draw: M Cock & D Powell v Mrs J Sargeant & Miss L Hulston; J Davidson & J Coleman v D & S Perkins; J Hammett & M Rowe v D Pryor & A Hancock; M & J Reynard v R Perrin & S Briers; B Treleaven & S Davison v P Gay & P Wilkinson; M Edwards & S Kirton v I Veale & P Simmons; Miss S Roworth & Miss B Vann v N Ryan & R Button; Mrs V Eade & C Eade v A Morris & S Hirst; D Fairbrother & D Bloor v M Smith & K Westaway; J Gay & K Martin v C Brown & J Watts; T Ringsell & P Adams v A & S Chivers; P Gould & L Hammond v K Smallman & J Doherty; L Wheston & M Rowe v D Gregory & A Milton; R Fairburn & M Butland v J Hancock & Neil Ivamy; D & T Savage v P Huckle & M Doust; M Pinhey & T Bean v P Medlin & J Sampson; M & D Hawkey v T Nash & G Powell; D Phillips & partner v G Evans & P Darlington; R Sadler & Miss K Mundy v P Trewhela & M Salmon; T Reynolds & B Postle v D Thomas & B Skews; C Gill & Miss G Marsland v P Turpin & D Saget; G Andrew & Miss L Andrew v K Mula & M Lock; S Powell & K Silcocks v P Matthews & M Cleverly; G Marson & A Taylor v A Nash & J Greenaway; I Doocey & M Norfolk v D Dunleavy & J Mewton; R Page & partner v M Chadwick & A Rundle; A Welch & G Smith v J Brierley & C Case; J Pease & K Brenton v J & H Yeates; M & J Bevan v T Griffin & S Pearce; M Noble & R Pople v T Benney & D Murrish; A Fieldhouse & G Russell v S Richards & A Parkin; N Rogers & C Kitt v T Stevens & M Richards.
Trevose professional Gary Lenaghan and his amateur clubmate Mike Hayes pipped St Enodoc assistant pro Katie Rule and Tehidy Park's Ryan Reed on countback in the pairs section at the latest meeting of the Tulip Cornwall County Professional Golfers'Alliance at Tehidy Park last week.
Both pairs carded 41 Stableford points, while Paul Turpin won the individual professional's award with a fine three under par round for 39 points.
Results. Pairs – 1, Gary Lenaghan & Mike Hayes (both Trevose) 41 pts; 2, Katie Rule (St Enodoc) & Ryan Reed (Tehidy Park) 41; 3, Paul Martin (Carlyon Bay) & Spike Drew (Truro) 40; 4, Paul Turpin & Graham Hawken (both Carlyon Bay) 40; 5, Richard O'Hanlon & Andrew Turner (both The Point at Polzeath) 40. Individual professionals: 1, Paul Turpin 39; 2, Richard O'Hanlon 37; =3, Dan Wood (Ivyleaf), Gary Lenaghan, Richard Sadler (Killiow) 36.
St Mellion's Niall Hutton lifted the prestigious Westlake Trophy at Trevose on Sunday.
The two-handicapper shot net rounds of 71 in the morning and 70 in the afternoon for a 141 total. Full report in next week's column.
This year's County Dinner will have a special presentation as its highlight when the 2013 Channel League Salver is presented to Cornwall captain Steve Rickard and his team at the Hotel Bristol in Newquay on Friday.
The presentation will be made to the new champions by Paul Baxter, immediate past president of England Golf, who will also be the guest speaker. Various presidents of neighbouring golf unions will be in attendance, with entertainment provided by Cornwall comedy export Johnny Cowling.
Touring pro Rhys Enoch, of Truro, shot the lowest round of the tournament to finish joint fourth in the Alps Tour's Sardegna Is Molas Open in Sardinia last week.
The 24-year-old former Wales amateur international was in dazzling form as he put in a storming finish to the final round, coming home in just 30 shots on the back nine as he carded a brilliant 64.
Altogether he fired an eagle and eight birdies in his superb round, with just one double bogey the only blemish in an otherwise flawless card that saw him rocket up the leaderboard after opening rounds of 70 and 72 for a 54-hole total of 10 under par 206.