CARLYON Bay's Gavin Rowett and Jeff Hammett will take on Newquay pair David Pryor and Andy Hancock in the quarter-finals of the Perranporth Open Winter Foursomes, sponsored by the Money Group, after they both came through tough third round matches on Sunday.
Rowett and Hammett had to go to the first extra hole before clinching their place in the last eight, while Pryor and Hancock were only slightly less hard pressed in their 2&1 win.
Elsewhere, two Perranporth father and son pairings eased through to the quarter-finals on their home course. Norman and Sandy Kirton were taken to the last green before eventually triumphing by one hole, while Alastair and Sam Chivers had an easier time on their way to a 3&2 victory.
The two family pairings will avoid each other in the last eight, but could meet in the semi-finals if they both win their quarter-final matches.
The Kirtons will face the Falmouth partnership of Paul Huckle and Mickey Doust, who were 2&1 winners, while the Chivers take on Perranporth's James Davidson and former county champion Jon Coleman, of West Cornwall, who clinched their match on the final green.
In the tightest match of the day, Hayle Golf professional Wayne Graham and county amateur Matt Richards, of West Cornwall, finally prevailed at the third extra hole over Perranporth pair Graham Burn and Clive Martin.
In the last eight they will face West Cornwall secretary Gareth Evans and his clubmate and former county champion Peter Darlington, who emerged as winners by two holes.
The quarter-final matches will be played on Sunday, January 20, as will those in the Plate competition, which has reached the same stage.
Results. Main competition, third round: P Huckle & M Doust bt Mrs S Taylor & J Watts 2&1; N & S Kirton bt T Stevens & M Richards 1 up; J Davidson & J Coleman bt T Reynolds & B Postle 1 up; A & S Chivers bt D Saget & P Turpin 3&2; W Graham & M Richards bt G Burn & C Martin at 21st; G Evans & P Darlington bt M Pinhey & T Bean 2 up; D Pryor & A Hancock bt P Matthews & M Cleverley 2&1.
Plate, second round: P Trewhela & M Salmon bt P Gay & P Wilkinson 4&2; M & D Gregory bt M & D Hawkey 5&4; S Wordley & T Griffin w/o Churchill & M Prowse; I Veale & P Simmons bt G Russell & A Fieldhouse 4&3; N Ryan & R Button bt S & D Briers 4&3; J Gay & K Martin bt T Ringsell & P Adams 3&2; J Pease & K Brenton w/o L Hammond & P Gould; M Noble & R Pople w/o A Welch & G Smith.
Quarter-final draws (matches to be played on Sunday, January 20). Main competition: P Huckle & M Doust v N & S Kirton; J Davidson & J Coleman v A & S Chivers; W Graham & M Richards v G Evans & P Darlington; G Rowett & J Hammett v D Pryor & A Hancock. Plate – P Trewhela & M Salmon v M & D Gregory; S Wordley & T Griffin v I Veale & P Simmons; N Ryan & R Button v J Gay & K Martin; J Pease & K Brenton v M Noble & R Pople.
This year's Frank Wills Salver competition resumes after the festive break with four quarter-final matches due to be played this weekend.
Trethorne face Falmouth at Trevose tomorrow before the remaining three matches are played on Sunday. Among those in action will be St Enodoc, who take on Truro at Newquay, and St Austell, who face Tehidy Park at Perranporth.
Quarter-final draw. Saturday, January 12 - Falmouth v Trethorne, at Trevose (9.30am start). Sunday, January 13 – Truro v St Enodoc, at Newquay (11am); St Austell v Tehidy Park, at Perranporth (11.15am); Treloy v Looe, at St Enodoc (9am).
A strong field of the county's top amateurs will compete in the penultimate event in the Cornwall Winter Golf Series at Trevose this Sunday.
However, a likely absentee due to business commitments will be Wales international Ben Westgate (Trevose), who will miss out on the chance to make it a hat-trick of wins after his victories in the previous two rounds at Perranporth and Newquay.
He lies in third place in the Order of Merit having also missed the first event of the series at Bowood Park, which was won by current OoM leader Matt Richards, of West Cornwall, with former champion Josh Greenaway, of Bowood Park, in hot pursuit in second place. The final event of the series is due to be played at St Enodoc on Sunday, February 10.
The Cornwall and Devon Golf Development Conference, to be held at Trethorne Golf Club next Wednesday, January 16, is now full, with 85 people signed up for the event.
The conference will focus on key areas for future golf development in the two counties and the keynote speaker will be England Golf's performance director Nigel Edwards.
Cornwall golf development officer Simon Wood says: "Each topic at the conference has been carefully chosen, with all the speakers having many years' experience in a variety of golf performance and development scenarios."
A reserve list is currently being compiled, so anyone wishing to add their name to the list should contact Simon on 07971 624313 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jason Avery has been appointed as the new Golf Academy manager and PGA professional at St Mellion.
After turning pro in 2007, he spent five years as assistant at Saunton Golf Club in Devon before moving to Cornwall. His main aim now at St Mellion will be to develop the teaching side of the Academy and increase the level of coaching for both juniors and beginners.
He will also be delivering tri-golf and golf x-treme coaching at local schools and plans to take the sport into the local community.
Avery has already signed up for the Cornwall Open Golf Weekend in late March and the Cornwall Golf Week in April. Both events are designed to attract more people to try their hand at the game.
A new state-of-the-art Golf Lounge opened in Truro last month to help golf enthusiasts to improve their game throughout the year.
There are three bays fitted with a GC2 launch monitor, which is one of the most accurate and realistic golf simulators on the market. It allows players to practice on a virtual driving range or play on the Belfry's famous Brabazon course.
Situated at Unit 1, Higher Newham Lane, Newham, Truro TR1 2ST, the Golf Lounge is open seven days a week and customers can either book by the hour or pay for a bucket of balls.
More information about the facility can be found on the www.trurogolflounge.co.uk website or call 01872 272676.