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Newquay duo battle to claim semis spot

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: January 25, 2013

SARAH-JANE BOYD:  representing England in Colombia.

SARAH-JANE BOYD: representing England in Colombia.

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NEWQUAY'S David Pryor and Andy Hancock had a battle royal against Carlyon Bay's Gavin Rowett and Jeff Hammett before claiming their place in the semi-finals of this year's Perranporth Open Winter Foursomes, sponsored by The Money Group, on Sunday.

The Newquay duo finally closed out the match at the second extra hole and will now face Hayle Golf pro Wayne Graham and scratch amateur Matt Richards, of West Cornwall, who themselves had to birdie the 18th to win a hard-fought struggle by one hole against Richards' club secretary Gareth Evans and club stalwart Peter Darlington.

In the other half of the draw there will be a mouth-watering family affair after two father and son duos from the host club both won their quarter-final matches to book their place in the last four of the main competition.

Norman Kirton and his son Sandy edged past Falmouth pair Paul Huckle and Micky Doust 2&1, while Alastair Chivers partnered son Sam to a fine 4&2 win over clubmate James Davidson and Jon Coleman, of West Cornwall.

In the Plate competition Truro's Paul Trewhela and Matt Salmon, one hole winners over Mike and Dave Gregory (Carlyon Bay), will meet home pair Simon Wordley and Tim Griffin in the last four after the Perranporth duo saw off Tehidy Park's Ian Veale and Peter Simmons by 2&1.

Carlyon Bay's Jason Gay and Kevin Martin, who received a walkover into the semi-finals, will face Killiow's Mike Noble and Robert Pople, who defeated John Pease and Kevin Brenton (St Enodoc) at the first extra hole.

Quarter-final results: Main Competition - N & S Kirton bt P Huckle & M Doust 2&1; A & S Chivers bt J Davidson & J Coleman 4&2; W Graham & M Richards bt G Evans & P Darlington 1 up; D Pryor & A Hancock bt G Rowett & J Hammett at 20th. Plate Competition - P Trewhela & M Salmon bt M & D Gregory 1 up; S Wordley & T Griffin bt I Veale & P Simmons 2&1; J Gay & K Martin w/o N Ryan & R Button; M Noble & R Pople bt J Pease & K Brenton at 19th.

Semi-final draws (matches to be played on Sunday, February 3): Main Competition - N & S Kirton v A & S Chivers; W Graham & M Richards v D Pryor & A Hancock. Plate Competition – P Trewhela & M Salmon v S Wordley & T Griffin; J Gay & K Martin v M Noble & R Pople.

Defending champions Trethorne defeated Newquay 3-2 at Bowood Park on Saturday to reach the semi-finals of the CAW Cornwall Bowl and emulate their Frank Wills Salver side, who have also reached the semi-final stage of their competition.

In the last four they will face Mullion, who defeated Whitsand Bay at chilly Carlyon Bay on Sunday on a weekend when all four quarter-finals were decided by the same 3-2 scoreline.

Also on Sunday Porthpean produced a strong showing to overcome Lanhydrock at Perranporth, while at Trevose Bude and North Cornwall appeared to be heading for defeat before staging a storming comeback to pip St Austell and set up a semi-final clash against Porthpean.

The semi-finals will be played on the weekend of February 16/17 at venues to be announced by CGU secretary Chris Pountney.

Quarter-final results: Saturday, January 19 – Trethorne 3, Newquay 2. Sunday, January 20 – Bude & N Cornwall 3, St Austell 2; Whitsand Bay 2, Mullion 3; Porthpean 3, Lanhydrock 2.

Semi-final draw (matches to be played on the weekend of February 16/17 at venues to be announced): Bude & N Cornwall v Porthpean; Mullion v Trethorne.

CGU secretary Chris Pountney has announced the venues for next month's two Frank Wills Salver semi-finals to be played on Sunday, February 10.

Tehidy Park will face Looe at St Enodoc (10am start), while Trethorne will take on St Enodoc at Perranporth (11.45am).

The final will be played at Perranporth on Sunday, March 10.

Former England amateur international and current county champion Mike Reynard, of Trevose, jetted off to the Algarve in Portugal on Monday to prepare for the European Seniors Tour Qualifying School, which gets under way today.

Two rounds of pre-qualifying at the Pestana Golf Resort will determine the top 72 players who will go through to the final stages to be played over 72 holes from January 28-31.

"I was always going to do it," said 50-year-old Reynard. "If I win my tour card, which will mean I will have to finish in the top eight, I will give up my amateur status and turn pro."

Touring professional Rhys Enoch, from Truro, finished on five under par in the 90-hole Sunshine Tour Qualifying School in South Africa, but missed winning his player's tour card by a frustrating one shot last week.

His bogey at his final hole of the fifth round at Schoeman Park on Saturday proved costly as it meant he had to be content with a share of 37th place with six others on an aggregate score of 355, one shot outside tour card qualification.

Enoch opened with a one over par 73 at Schoeman Park, but hit back with a second round of three under 69 at Bloemfontein that included six birdies.

He followed with two 71s at both courses to make the cur for the fourth round with three shots to spare.

But another 71 in his final round left him a tantalising one shot short of the target. However, there was plenty of evidence that the 24-year-old has lost none of his ball-striking power.

Truro's British ladies strokeplay champion Sarah-Jane Boyd was yesterday due to open her campaign in the South American Amateur Championship at the Rincon de Cajica Golf Club in Bogota, Colombia.

She is representing England alongside English women's strokeplay champion Alex Peters in the 72-hole individual event, which runs until this Saturday.

Full report on how she got on in next week's golf column.

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