Consistency the key as Truro's super six clinch Maxam Cup
HOLDERS and hosts Tehidy Park were unable to match the consistency of Truro's six-man team as the city club swept to victory in the prestigious Maxam Cup with four shots to spare at Tehidy Park on Sunday.
With two of their three pairings finishing in the top three individual scores, Truro were worthy winners with a two-round total for their best two pairs of 299 ahead of runners-up Perranporth on 303, with Tehidy Park third on 304 and St Enodoc fourth on 305.
Favourites Tehidy Park were looking good after the morning round as they shared the lunchtime lead with St Enodoc on an aggregate of 148 with Truro (149) and Perranporth (150) hot on their heels.
Tehidy's Ian Veale and Andrew Clotworthy shot a morning level par 71, matched by the Perranporth and Cornwall county pairing of Chris Fleming and Conor Wilson.
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Truro's former county player David Kneebone and county junior Jake Finn recorded a 72, while established county pair Antony Nash and Joe Cruse (St Enodoc) registered a 74 which was equalled by clubmates Jack Irwin and Steve Buse as well as Merlin's Carl Burley and Cary Clark.
In the afternoon with increasingly strong winds Veale and Clotworthy fell away to a disappointing 83 and despite a 75 from the home club's brothers, Richard and Peter Simmons, the Tehidy team dropped down to third place.
The best afternoon rounds came from the Newquay pairing of Aaron Stephens and Andy Hancock with 73, but more importantly Truro's George Champion and James Trewren came in with the same score.
With team-mates Ryan House and Matt Williams carding a 77, this left Truro four shots clear of Perranporth, whose best afternoon score came from Chris Johnston and Adam Taylor (75).
The individual winners on the day were Fleming and Wilson (Perranporth) on 149, one ahead of Truro's Finn and Kneebone and Champion and Trewren, both on 150. Next best were the Simmons brothers on 152 alongside Cruse and Nash.
Team scores: 1, Truro 149+150=299 (Jake Finn & David Kneebone 72+78=150; Ryan House & Matt Williams 80+77=157; George Champion & James Trewren 77+73=150); 2, Perranporth 150+153=303 (Chris Fleming & Conor Wilson 71+78=149; Martin Edwards & Chris Llewelyn 79+80=159; Chris Johnston & Adam Taylor 79+75=154); 3, Tehidy Park 148+156=304 (Andrew Clotworthy & Ian Veale 71+83=154; Peter and Richard Simmons 77+75=152; Justin Barnard & Tom Rowe 78+81=159); 4, St Enodoc 148+157=305 (Joe Cruse & Antony Nash 74+78=152; Andy Bunt & Charlie Runnalls 79+80=159; Steve Buse & Jack Irwin 74+79=153).
Cornwall captain Steve Rickard has announced his team to take on Glamorgan in their final Channel League match of the season at St Enodoc on Sunday.
Mathematically, Cornwall could still lift the title if they beat Glamorgan on home soil, but they would have to take all but one of the 15 points available in order to overhaul leaders Devon on games won.
"At least if we beat Glamorgan we'll finish joint top of the table and are likely to lose out only on games won in all matches," said Rickard.
"Our 8-7 defeat by Wiltshire earlier in the season after we had been in a strong position effectively killed off our chances of winning the league outright.
"But we're stronger in depth now as a squad and that is why we can sustain our challenge for the title these days. I'm confident we can beat Glamorgan, which will ensure we finish in second place with four wins and two defeats, the same as last year."
However, next year Cornwall will have to do without the services of a regular member of the side as Antony Nash (St Enodoc) has decided to turn professional.
Cornwall team (v Glamorgan): Joe Cruse (St Enodoc), Tom Fox (China Fleet), Josh Greenaway (Bowood Park), Richard Ackland (Trevose), Jon Hancock, Matthew Locke (both Newquay), Matt Richards (West Cornwall), Antony Nash (St Enodoc), Richard Jasper (Launceston), Conor Wilson (Perranporth).
Truro's Rhys Enoch, now touring pro at Celtic Manor, was due to have lined up on Tuesday alongside 111 fellow competitors in the first stage of the Qualifying School for next year's European Tour at Frilford Heath in Berkshire.
If he finishes in the top quarter of the field after the 72 holes have been completed on Friday, he will progress on to the second stage of qualifying in Spain in November.
St Enodoc's Katie Rule, who turned professional last month, finished in a highly creditable tie for fifth place when she played in her first Pro-Am event at Woodbury Park last week.
The field for the tournament, sponsored by Titleist and Footjoy, attracted a field of 35 male and five female young professionals under the age of 30.
And despite dreadful weather conditions Rule was the best of the lady professionals with a level par 72 playing off the men's tees.
Out in two over par 38, she then bogeyed the 11th. But even though the weather deteriorated further during her round, Rule bravely managed to claw back those three dropped shots with birdies at the 12, 14th and 18th holes. A shot further back was St Mellion's Jack Stevenson, who finished in a share of 10th place on 73.
In the Pro-Am Rule teamed up with Cornwall amateur stalwart Antony Nash, also of St Enodoc and himself about to turn professional, and the pair finished in eighth place with a betterball score of 41 points.
Earlier last month Rule, who lives in Falmouth and until recently played most of her golf at Budock Vean where she holds the ladies' course record with a two under par 68, made her professional debut in the last event of this season's WPGA One Day Series at Little Aston, finishing down the field with a disappointing 10 over par 84.
Truro's Vicky Stevenson defeated Cape Cornwall's Sue Dicker to win the final of the Cornwall Ladies' Captains Society's Millennium Trophy at Porthpean.