Cornishman sports round-up (1): May 9
WEST PENWITH WINTER LEAGUE KNOCKOUTS:
Division Three Singles:
The Bath Inn's Mike Hooley lifted the title, beating the Trevelyan's Keith Rushton in the final.
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Mike first defeated Neal Morris (Gwinear B), Richard Davidson (Trevelyan), Brian Douglas from the Mexico in the quarter final and John Tither from Trevelyan.
Keith had got to this stage with wins over Standard Gwinear's Steve Squires, Ludgvan's Jim Berriman, Gwinear's Gary Hollow who he threw a 17 leg against, to set up a semi final win over Ludgvan's Richard Green, where he hit a 19 leg.
The final was again tight with Mike winning the first leg only to see Keith level with an 85 finish (15, 20 bull). In the third leg, Keith left 50 before Mike won the title with a 40 finish (1, 7, double 16).
All the winners and runners-up in all four of the knockouts have qualified for the end of season Grand Slam knockout at the Astro Park on May 17.
Tomorrow night at Ludgvan SC it's the Ladies' Singles knockout and the Hodges knockout, when one person from each team will go head to head, with Trewellard having two entries has Danny May has already qualified after winning the competition last year.
The winners and runners-up from these two knock outs will also be in the Grand Slam.
Hotshots: (for Bath Inn) G Jenkin 15 & 18 legs; J Rice 104 & 108 out shots plus 21 leg; (for Trevelyan) J Tither 102 out; (for Ludgvan A) R Green 18 leg and 130 finish.
Division Three Doubles:
The Standard Gwinear pair of Peter Squires and Dave Symonds won the title, beating Trevelyan's John Tither & Ed Verrier in the final.
Peter and Dave first beat Trevelyan's Keith Rushton and Richard Davidson, the Bath Inn's Jason Rice and Gary Jenkin in the quarter finals, to set up a 2-0 win over team-mates Steve Squires and Neal Morris in the semi final.
John and Ed had reached the final after wins over two London Inn pairs, Wendy Dennis and Ed Baily and Mike Adams and Bill Farington.
In the semis they defeated Gwinear B's Mel Negus and Wayne Berry before losing out in a tense final.
Division Four Singles:
Robbie Gribble completed the double, winning this knockout with wins over three Buff Club players.
He overcame Grant Porterfield in the first round, Wes Mitchell in the quarter final, where he threw an 18 leg, before defeating Anton Saunders in the semi final.
In the final he faced team-mate Billy Tanner, who had a first round bye, followed by wins over Buffs players Jordon Gambrill in the quarter final and Wishe Baron in the semi final.
In the final, both players missed doubles before Robbie hit double one to win 2-1.
Division Four Doubles:
Robbie Gribble and Dicki Bown from the Fishermans won this competition, beating RAOB D pairing Roy Landricome and Ray Davies 2-0 in the final.
Starting with wins over Anton Saunders and Grant Porterfield from the RAOB, they then beat another Buff C pairing, father and son Kevin and Tyler Brockman in the semi finals.
Other losing semi finalists were Sophie Nicholls and Kai Edwards again from RAOB D. Kai had finished on 111 in the first round.
Summer Super League results and hotshots, Digest page 83.
LOCAL CLUBS' ROUND-UP WITH PETER HEYMAN:
West Cornwall's Sue Barlow, from Marazion, beat odds of more than 12,500-1 to score a hole-in-one and become the first winner of an exclusive Boss Watch, courtesy of a new hole-in-one club.
Sue, 69, recorded her 127-yard ace on the par three 15th hole at West Cornwall to become the first to receive the exclusive timepiece awarded to golfers who record the elusive ace in club competitions, following the launch of the Boss Watches H1 Club on April 15.
The 19-handicapper recalled: "It was a very windy day, with the tee shot straight into the wind. I eventually chose the driver which proved to be the right decision. It ricocheted off the bank and rolled across into the hole.
"We could see it happen from the tee but I didn't believe it was in the hole until I actually saw it there. I've been playing golf for 30 years and this is my first hole-in-one!"
The two-time West Cornwall lady captain added: "It was a great feeling and I feel honoured to be the first to receive the Boss watch."
Stephen Brydon, commercial director for MGS Distribution, the official licenced UK distributor for Boss Watches, said: "We are delighted to hear that Sue is the first winner of the exclusive Boss watch and we hope it will provide her with a constant reminder of the moment."
Two of last year's winners Martyn Churchill and James Gibbon, this time partnered by John Cook, recorded their second consecutive win in the ever popular Coast and Country event hosted as usual by West Cornwall and Tehidy Park last week.
The Tehidy Park trio added what proved to be a match-winning 79 points on their home course to their opening day 75 at West Cornwall to finish one point clear of clubmates Martin Trewhella, Ron Ignaczak and Ryan Curnow.
Full results. Overall: 1, M Churchill, J Gibbon & J Cook (Tehidy Park) 75+79=154; 2, M Trewhella, R Ignaczak & R Curnow (Tehidy Park) 80+73=153; 3, D Saget, K Martin & M Bullock (Carlyon Bay) 78+74=152; 4, A Trerise, R Casley & C Piper (Mullion) 75+74=149; 5,, N Hancock, S Retallick & J Old (Tehidy Park) 68+81=149. Day 1 – West Cornwall: 1, M Trewhella, R Ignaczak & R Curnow 80; 2, D Saget, K Martin & M Bullock 78; 3, M Churchill, J Gibbon & J Cook 75. Tehidy Park: 1, B Hill, G Champion & D Healey (Truro) 78; 2, I Patterson, W Park & P Suddes (Truro) 77; 3, R Faull, D White & J Hutchings (Tehidy Park) 75. Day 2 – West Cornwall: 1, R Simmons, A Clotworthy & T Clotworthy (Tehidy Park) 76; 2, N Fletcher, D Tulley & K Day (West Cornwall) 75; 3, A Baigent, B Hazeland & K Stone (Lostwithiel) 75. Tehidy Park: 1, N Hancock, S Retallick & J Old (Tehidy Park) 81; 2, M Churchill, J Gibbon & J Cook (Tehidy Park) 79; 3, D Olver, P Lund & B Couzens (St Austell) 77.
West Cornwall beat last year's finalists Tehidy Park 5-2 at Falmouth in one of only two first round matches played in this year's ladies' Gammon Trophy on Sunday. They will now face Newquay in the second round on Sunday, June 2.
In the other match Carlyon Bay comfortably defeated St Mellion 6-1 at Looe and will meet Porthpean in the next round.
An elite sports programme designed at fostering the champion golfers of the future is being developed at Gems Bolitho School in Penzance.
Last month head teacher Clive Keevil was particularly delighted to see Australian duo Adam Scott and Jason Day take first and third places respectively at last month's US Masters in Atlanta, Georgia.
They were just two stars to emerge from the elite sports school he ran while working in Queensland. Many others of the 50 children on the school's golf programme have also turned professional and are currently making their mark on the circuit.
"We are running exactly the same programme here as we developed in Australia, so I see no reason why we can't also produce golfing stars of the future," he said.
"It's all about giving kids the chance to progress to the elite level while not interfering with their academic studies. Children here can aspire to win the Masters because they are no different to the ones I took on in Australia."
But he warned they must devote at least 15 hours a week to working on their game so that they can feed into the excellence programme.
For details contact the school's director of excellence programmes Gary Randall on 01736 363271.
Francis Vickerstaffe won the men's Anniversary Trophy at Praa Sands on Sunday with a fine 44 points. Dave Miners was second with 41, Lester Pickhaver third (39) and Lee McGarraghy fourth (38).
In the first round of the men's Summer League Steve Strick was first with 39pts. John Friggens was second (37), Simon Phillips third (36) and Andy Holmes fourth (30).
Alison Jacka won the ladies' Anniversary Trophy on Saturday with 33 points. Judy Thomas was second with 29, Carole Jones third with 27 and Gail Hatch fourth with 26 on the last nine holes from Barbara Wilkins.
Other results: Ladies' 9-hole Wednesday Stableford: 1, Jennifer Chambers 17pts; 2, Caroline Hardman 17; 3, Judy Harris 14. Caroline also won the putting. Ladies' Star Cup (handicaps 30+), 2nd round: 1, Lily Hiscott; 2, Wendy Keys; 3, Barbara Wilkins; 4, Gail Hatch; 5, Diana Kelynack.
Spring has finally arrived at Cape Cornwall and nomadic golfer, Barrie Higgins, who flits between the Cape and West Cornwall, won Tuesday's seniors' competition with 39 points, beating Alan Pengelly on countback. Lester Ross was third with 37.
The May monthly medal was played the following day and Steve Dicker returned a net 65 to win, followed by Roger Nicholas (67) and Cyril Leiworthy (69).
Sue Dicker matched her husband's win 24 hours later and came first in the ladies' nine holes competition, with Val Graham and Sonia Cottle just behind.
Cloudy conditions settled over the Cape on Saturday when the ladies played their monthly medal, which was won by Sarah Blight with a net 67. Just behind were Judy Richards (71), Lindsay Sawdon (72) and Doris Simm (74).
Sunday's greensome competition was won by father and son team Roger and Ryan Hosken. Their score, net 61, was five better than second-placed Roger Nicholas and Steve Taylor. Chris Williams and Jeff Thomas came third.
NEWS FROM MOUNTS BAY ANGLING SOCIETY:
There were 19 seniors and one junior member fishing the annual westward Competition last Sunday, writes David Cains.
Despite the nice weather, only three fish were brought to the weigh-in. Paul Robinson won the competition with a lesser spotted dogfish 2-2-15 (79.390%).
Paul will receive the Westward Trophy at the end of the year but also won the £19 optional pool money. In second place was Mark Putt with a garfish 1-2-9 (77.352%) and Peter Kessell was third with another garfish 1-2-6 (76.470%).
The next Competition that can be entered by both the seniors and juniors is the annual O'Shea Mullet Competition.
This competition is being held during the whole of June and there is no sign-on but the optional pool and Shore League Money has to be with Peter Kessell or David Cains before fishing and normal club weighing rules apply.
The next Junior Competition will hopefully be held on Sunday May 26 and all juniors should meet at Wherrytown car park at 2pm. The competition will start at 3pm at a venue to be agreed on the day.
SNOWBEE CORNISH OPEN:
The annual Snowbee Cornish Open Float tube fly fishing competition will be held this Saturday at Drift reservoir. Meet at 9.30am, fish from 10am-4pm, followed by pasty and a pint. For details call Dave Williams on 07976 184 109.
FILTHY WEEKEND FOR HARRIERS QUARTET:
Four Mounts Bay Harriers took part in the Filthy Foxes women's mountain biking weekend at Newnham Park, Plymouth.
Yvonne Turner, Linzi Chappell, Stacey Nicholas and Julie Ford put themselves through outdoor circuits, mountain bike skills and coached rides to complete a 5k multi-terrain race and then a 15k mountain biking challenge, doing laps of the 5k course. Stacey was first Harrier home in both events.
Yvonne also won the Queen of the Hill challenge where a runner races a mountain biker up a steep hill.
It was a well organised weekend, with athletes of all abilities from beginners to world champions. There was a question and answer session in the evening with top class riders, Lucy Allan and Kim Long, and Jo Meek who came second in this year's Marathon des Sables.
MOUNTS BAY SC:
Friday May 3 – Race 1:
Race Officer Paula Morcumb hosted the first evening race of the season with a WSW Force 3 filling the favoured Olympic flag, writes Wendy Nancholas.
Three lasers headed to the start area while Paul Carter was still trying to fix his rudder on the beach. With plenty of room on the start line Paul Broomfield opted for the pierhead end, Nick Stoten the middle and Denzil May the pin end.
The pin end paid and the three helms tacked to go right with Denzil leading the way. Paul Carter meanwhile crossed the startline some way behind. As Nick and Paul Broomfield continued right, Denzil headed out to sea playing the shifts and, at the windward mark, had opened up an unassailable lead.
With Denzil so far ahead and Paul Carter so far behind, it was now a race for second and third. Paul Broomfield and Nick had a good tussle for the first half of the race with Paul getting past Nick at the first leeward mark. Then, as the wind picked up Nick got away upwind.
Denzil crossed the line a leg ahead to take the honours, followed by Nick , Paul (Broomfield) and Paul (Carter).
In the 3-boat Mirror fleet, similarly Simon Chapman with crew Evie Luckhurst were soon way ahead of the others increasing their lead until they crossed the finish line well before the others. Behind them an exciting battle took place between Amy and Chloe George against Stan and Lisa Prichard. They kept overtaking each other throughout the race. In the last lap, they were neck to neck until Stan piped Amy on the finish line.
Results: Lasers: 1, Denzil May; 2, Nick Stoten; 3, Paul Broomfield. Mirrors: 1, Simon Chapman/Evie Luckhurst; 2, Stan Prichard/Lisa Prichard; 3, Amy George/Chloe George.
PENZANCE SHOW PROMISE:
Penzance under 10 boys travelled to Millfield School in Taunton for the regional hockey tournament.
Drawn in a pool of tough opposition their first game was against Bristol side Firebrands. Penzance dominated and were unlucky not to score in a 0-0 draw. They again dominated their second game against Bournemouth, and this time were rewarded with a text-book goal, with Jacob Pengelly and Sam Bottrell setting up Sam Oliver to score. Unfortunately, after some fine saves by keeper Finlay Gardner and tackles by Sam Williams, Bournemouth equalised in the dying seconds to clinch a 1-1 draw.
The third game against Cheddar Vale ended in a deserved 1-0 win for Penzance with another goal by Sam Oliver after a shot from Sam Bottrell was saved.
The penultimate game presented Penzance with their toughest opposition, a well-organised Gloucester City side, who ran out 4-0 winners before also going on to win the tournament.
However, Penzance stepped up again to earn a 0-0 draw in their final match against Devon side Isca, who topped the pool.
The boys played some excellent hockey and were unlucky not to have proceeded past the pool stage. Their efforts at training certainly paid off and they should all feel proud of their achievements.