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Jan steps up as Cornwall ladies' captain

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: December 14, 2012

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LAUNCESTON'S Jan Harrison took over the reins as Cornwall Ladies' captain from Jean Reed at the CLCGA's annual meeting held at Killiow.

Harrison, who plays off a low single figure handicap and has been a regular member of the county first team, had been vice-captain for the past two years.

Other new officers elected at the meeting were Tehidy Park's Nikki Hodge as vice-captain, Sara Taylor as competitions secretary and Margaret Swayne as treasurer.

In addition Jacqueline Wheeler will continue as junior organiser for another year, while a raffle raised more than £200 for county funds.

The draw for the 2013 Gammon Trophy was also made, with defending champions St Enodoc opening the defence of their title against Bude and North Cornwall in a second round match on June 2.

Gammon Trophy draw. First round (to be played on Sunday, May 5): Tehidy Park v West Cornwall; St Mellion v Carlyon Bay. Second round (to be played on Sunday, June 2): Falmouth v Killiow; St Enodoc v Bude & N Cornwall; Truro v Looe; Newquay v Tehidy Park or West Cornwall; Porthpean v St Mellion or Carlyon Bay; Perranporth v Trevose; Launceston v China Fleet; Mullion v St Austell.

The fourth leg of this season's Cornwall Winter Golf Series is due to be played at Newquay on Sunday, with 42 of the county's top single figure handicappers in the starting line-up.

After the scheduled first round of the series at West Cornwall was cancelled due to poor weather, Matt Richards (West Cornwall) eased to victory in the second round at Trethorne in October.

In last month's event at Perranporth he finished in joint second place behind Trevose's Welsh international Ben Westgate, who shot a sparkling four under par round for 40 Stableford points.

However, Richards' high finish was enough to see him retain his No 1 spot in the Order of Merit, just over six points clear of Bowood Park's Josh Greenaway.

There is an exciting line-up for the Cornwall and Devon Golf Development Conference at Trethorne GC on Wednesday, January 16, says county golf development officer Simon Wood.

The conference will focus on key areas for future golf club development and brings together some of the 'best practice' examples from the last four years across the two counties.

There will be nine different speakers covering a range of topics, but the keynote speaker will be England Golf's director of coaching and four-time Walker Cup player Nigel Edwards.

Wood says: "Each topic at the conference has been carefully chosen to add value to clubs, with all speakers having many years' experience in a variety of golf performance and development scenarios.

"The conference is suitable for club secretaries and managers, club captains, PGA professionals, committee members and junior organisers."

To book a place at the conference, which starts at 9am, or for more information please contact Simon Wood on 07971 624313.

Former West Cornwall assistant professional Maria Tulley, who is now teaching pro at Wellshurst Golf and Country Club in Sussex, missed the cut by six shots in her attempt to win her player's card for the Ladies European Tour in Morocco.

The 24-year-old, faced with two rounds on each of two courses at Amelkis and Al Maaden Golf Resort, Marrakech, opened with a five over par 77, but hit back with her best round of the pre-qualifying tournament, a level par 72 containing three birdies that wiped out her one bad hole, a triple bogey at the par 3 sixth.

Rounds of 75 and 76 followed for a 72-hole total of 300, 12 over par and six shots outside the qualifying mark for this week's final stage of qualifying over five more rounds.

Adam Curtis (Bude and North Cornwall) was named as the County junior captain for the forthcoming year at the CGU Junior Section annual meeting held at Newquay. Adam, who is already a two handicap player, has impressed with his consistent golf over the past year, during which he finished runner-up in the Junior Order of Merit.

Adam is one of a trio of brothers, with elder brother Ryan, also a two handicapper, at the North Cornwall club. CGU junior president Phil Linaker welcomed Adam to the role and at the same time thanked the outgoing junior captain Justin Barnard (Tehidy Park) for his efforts. Justin was presented with a small memento in recognition of his time as captain by Under-18 team manager Antony Richards.

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