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Golf round up Cornish Guardian September 25

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: September 25, 2013

  • BIG STAGE: The St Enodoc team who acquitted themselves well in English Champion Club event at Dudsbury, Bournemouth. From left: Steve Chapman, Joe Cruse, Pam Benka (England Golf President), Malcolm Jones (CGU President) and Rob Davies

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TRELOY made history when they became the first club to win the CGU Summer Handicap League for three years in a row when they defeated three-time previous winners Budock Vean in a closely fought final at Truro.

Up until the 13th hole all the seven matches were evenly poised except one, where Treloy's James Morpurgo had kept his impressive unbeaten campaign on track with another convincing victory. The club captains and supporters began to congregate around the par 3 16th hole to watch the games come to a climax.

The first game through gave Budock Vean a 3&2 victory to level the match with Dave Allen beating Mick Guard, but this was closely followed by a pinpoint tee shot from Carl Ashwell to within six feet of the pin to secure another game for Treloy.

The next tee shot from Treloy was not quite as impressive, with Carl Langslow firing a ball seemingly into the woods, only for it to hit a tree and deflect onto the edge of the green. However, this was still not enough, and despite Carl getting a half on that hole, Paul Upperton won the match on the 17th to square the match at two games each.

Pete Hazell re-established Treloy's lead with a 3&2 victory over Geoff Mills and kept his unbeaten record in the competition, before Richard Hamilton sank a four-foot putt to defeat Dylan Mason 3&2 and gave Treloy an unassailable lead in the match.

The final game was won by Steve Penrose for Budock Vean with a 3&2 victory over Matt Milburn to make the final match score 4-3 in Treloy's favour. It was the club's sixth win overall in the competition.

The trophy was presented by CGU vice-president David Inch to Treloy club captain Gareth Ward.

Three of Cornwall's best women golfers will be doing battle in the prestigious WPGA International Challenge at Stoke-By-Nayland this week.

The Ladies' European Tour Access (LETAS) event – equivalent to a men's Challenge Tour tournament – gets under way tomorrow with the top 20 amateurs in England Golf's Order of Merit especially invited to test their skills in a professional event. St Mellion's Sammie Giles, who finished 19th in the amateur rankings, will be Cornwall's only amateur competing in the event following the withdrawal of Truro's Sarah-Jane Boyd, who was pipped by a tiny margin for the top spot in the Order of Merit by fellow England international Alex Peters.

After a busy season competing at the highest level on the international scene Boyd has decided to end her season now so that she can spend more time working on her game in preparation for the early season tournaments in Spain and Portugal in January next year.

"I want to get off to a good start to next season as my ambition is to try to win a place in the 2014 Curtis Cup team," said the 21-year-old England amateur strokeplay champion.

There will also be Cornish interest in two of the professional players in the 123-strong field at Stoke-By-Nayland. St Enodoc assistant Katie Rule, who has made a successful start to her professional career this year, is also in the field alongside former West Cornwall assistant Maria Tulley, who is now teaching pro at Wellshurst Golf and Country Club in Sussex.

A three-man St Enodoc team finished in mid-table in the English Champion Club event at Dudsbury in Dorset over the weekend.

Having won the 2013 Cornwall Team Championship, St Enodoc were Cornwall's representatives in the 33-strong field.

But they had a tough opening day in the two-day event in which all three gross medal scores had to count.

In Saturday's first round. the ever-reliable Joe Cruse recorded a fine level par 71 and Rob Davies followed him with a creditable two over par 73. But former county champion Steve Chapman had a rare 'off' day in carding a disappointing 79 that left the Cornish club in 21st place.

But the St Enodoc trio recovered on the second day to make up a lot of lost ground.

With Chapman three under through nine holes, the team had started to climb up the leaderboard, but Chapman's round was spoiled on the back nine as he dropped five shots to finish with a one over 72.

Cruse again played solidly to register a one under 70 and Davies recorded a second 73 to leave the team in 17th place with a total of 438 (12 over par), 18 shots behind winners Coventry.

With Tom Fox (China Fleet) and Matt Richards (West Cornwall) unavailable, Cornwall captain Steve Rickard has been forced to make two changes to his team for the crucial final Channel League match of the season against Glamorgan at Radyr on Sunday, October 6.

He has named in his side Bude & North Cornwall's Adam Curtis and St Enodoc's Rob Davies, who will both be making their full county debuts in this must-win match.

Victory for Cornwall would see them overhaul Devon and claim the Channel League title for 2013.

Curtis is the current CGU junior captain and his selection caps a good year which has seen him reach a plus 1 handicap. Davies has been knocking on the door of the county team for some time and earlier this year he was a beaten semi-finalist in the County Championship at Launceston.

Cornwall team: Joe Yorke (St Mellion), Chris Johnston, Chris Fleming, Conor Wilson, Sandy Kirton (all Perranporth), Joe Cruse, Rob Davies (both St Enodoc), Adam Curtis (Bude & N Cornwall), Josh Greenaway (Bowood Park), Richard Jasper (Launceston).

Truro will be defending the Maxam Cup they won last year when this year's competition is held at Trevose on Sunday (8am start).

On a fine and warm day at St Enodoc on Sunday the Cornwall ladies' second team beat the county seniors 3-1 in their annual friendly fourball better ball match played off scratch. This year seven out of the eight players in the second team come from the junior ranks which indicates a great future for Cornwall. Scores page 97.

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