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St Austell win top award for attracting players to the game

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: January 08, 2014

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ST AUSTELL Golf Club has been named Cornwall's Golf Mark Club of the Year for 2013 in recognition of the part it has played in getting more people into golf.

The club has seen increased membership in every category of player as a result of the great team effort put in by its staff and members, particularly club secretary Andy Mellor, junior organisers Gary Warren, Simon Ferguson Smith and Alan Lund, ably supported by their club committee and a host of volunteers.

One of the club's PGA professionals Russell Binney has introduced more than 50 adults to the game in 2013 and was involved with every Cornwall Golf Partnership initiative throughout the year, including Cornwall Golf Week and the Royal Cornwall Show.

St Austell is a Golf Foundation HSBC Golf Roots Centre and Binney also delivered tri-golf at six local primary schools and golf x-treme at two secondary schools over the summer period.

This linked in well with the junior programme at St Austell, one of the healthiest in Cornwall, which sees more than 50 juniors regularly attending both the weekly competitions and Sunday junior coaching sessions.

Cornwall Golf Partnership's chairman Gerry Fitter presented the Cornwall Golf Mark Club of the Year Trophy to St Austell men's and ladies' captains Simon and Elaine Harper and congratulated them on their excellent achievements in 2013.

Carlyon Bay professional Paul Turpin and his amateur clubmate Dave Saget set up a quarter-final clash against the only other professional left in the field after the third round of the Perranporth Open Winter Foursomes was played in appalling conditions on Sunday.

The Bay duo will face Killiow pro Richard Sadler and Kim Mundy in the last eight after they overcame St Enodoc assistant pro Antony Nash and Bowood Park golf manager Josh Greenaway, who was feeling under the weather in more ways than one, by the comfortable scoreline of 5&4.

The Killiow pair had a tougher time against 2012 winners Tony Nash (Porthpean) and Glen Powell (Truro) before emerging as 2&1 winners. Turpin and Sadler are now the only professionals remaining from the 12 who entered the event.

Two amateur father and son duos from the host club could meet in the semi-finals if both win their quarter-final matches.

Holders Alastair and Sam Chivers continued on their serene way with a 3&2 victory over Perranporth clubmates Chris Brown and John Watts, while Dick Perkins and his son Simon claimed the notable scalp of last year's losing finalists Dave Pryor and Andy Hancock, of Newquay, by two holes.

The rain and high winds proved too much for a couple of pairs. St Enodoc ladies' Sue Roworth and Bev Vann called time in their match against county stalwarts Ian Veale and Peter Simmons (Tehidy Park) when they found themselves five down at the turn.

In another match to come to an early end Whitsand Bay's Mike Pinhey and Trevor Bean surrendered after 11 holes as they stood eight down to Falmouth's Roger Fairburn and Mark Butland.

The eight remaining pairs left in each of the Main competition and the Plate will be hoping for more bearable conditions when the quarter-finals of both events take place on Sunday, January 19.

Results and draw, page 78.

Having narrowly overcome China Fleet in the last round, St Enodoc continue their defence of the Frank Wills Salver with a quarter-final clash against Lostwithiel at Newquay this Sunday.

If successful, they will play either West Cornwall or Tehidy Park in the semi-finals. These two old rivals from the west of the county meet at Mullion , also on Sunday.

In the other half of the draw Lanhydrock take on Newquay at St Enodoc and Killiow face Carlyon Bay at Trevose.

Quarter-final matches: St Enodoc v Lostwithiel, at Newquay (9am); West Cornwall v Tehidy Park, at Mullion (10.30am); Lanhydrock v Newquay, at St Enodoc (8.30am); Killiow v Carlyon Bay, at Trevose (9.36am).

Merlin's Carl Burley and St Enodoc stalwart Steve Chapman, who are currently joint leaders of the Cornwall Winter Golf Series Order of Merit, will be bidding to take an outright lead in the rankings when the fourth leg of the six-round series is played at Newquay on Sunday.

They both have 35.5 points, just two and a half points ahead of joint third-placed players Adam Taylor (Perranporth) and three-time previous OoM winner Josh Greenaway (Bowood Park).

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