Duchy end campaign in second after win
CORNWALL finished their Channel League season in the same runners-up spot as last year after defeating Glamorgan in cool but dry conditions at St Enodoc on Sunday.
Their 81/2-61/2 victory meant they ended their campaign with the same number of points as Devon with four wins and two defeats, but lost out to their rivals for the title on number of games won.
However, county captain Steve Rickard pronounced himself "pretty satisfied" with his side's campaign throughout the league season.
"The most disappointing result, though, was against Wiltshire away when we were in a winning position but managed to grab defeat from the jaws of victory. If we had won that, as we should have done, then we would have taken the title.
"But the most promising thing for us is that we've now got a nucleus of young players going forward for future years. But we will continue to need competition for places in the team to give us that competitive edge."
Against Glamorgan Cornwall opened up a crucial 31/2-11/2 lead in the morning foursomes thanks to wins from Tom Fox and Joe Cruse, Antony Nash and Conor Wilson and Matt Locke and Jon Hancock, with Richard Ackland and Josh Greenaway adding a half.
The ten afternoon singles proved to be full of twists and turns right from the start. In the top match Cornwall managed to extend their advantage with Nash, playing his final game for the county before turning professional, beating Luke Thomas 3&2.
But when Glamorgan took the next two games, with both Fox and Wilson suffering defeats, the visitors were right back in the match. However, the ever-reliable Cruse, who has lost just one singles match in two years during Rickard's captaincy, won his match yet again and once more Cornwall had the edge.
"Joe's (Cruse) record is absolutely phenomenal and Tom's (Fox) is pretty good too. It was also nice for Antony (Nash) to win both his matches on his last appearance for the county," Rickard added.
Matt Richards lost his match on the final green and with Locke also being beaten, Glamorgan were suddenly able to eye the possibility of a turnaround in fortunes.
However, with Hancock a comfortable winner and Richard Jasper closing out his match on the 18th green, Cornwall were then in sight of the magic eight points they needed.
It was left to county stalwart Josh Greenaway, who came back from two down, to clinch his team's overall victory with a two-hole win.
Cornwall scores: Foursomes – Richard Jasper & Matt Richards lost 3&2; Tom Fox & Joe Cruse won 2&1; Antony Nash & Conor Wilson won 4&3; Matt Locke & Jon Hancock won 1 up; Richard Ackland & Josh Greenaway halved. Singles – Nash won 3&2; Wilson lost 2&1; Fox lost 1 down; Cruse won 3&1; Richards lost 1 down; Jasper won 1 up; Hancock won 5&4; Locke lost 5&4; Greenaway won 2 up; Ackland lost 3&2. Overall match result: Cornwall 81/2, Glamorgan 61/2.
Truro's Rhys Enoch recovered from a recent back injury to comfortably qualify for the second stage of the European Tour Qualifying School at Frilford Heath in Berkshire last week.
The 24-year-old former Wales amateur international, who turned professional in the summer, opened with a one over par 73 in wet conditions before turning on the style with four birdies on the back nine for a two under 70 on the second day that left him in a share of 11th place.
He lost a bit of concentration in his third round of 77, but fought back brilliantly on the final day with a four under 68 that included five birdies and just one bogey. It was the fourth best closing round of the tournament and his 72-hole total of level par 288 saw him qualify with five shots to spare in joint 11th place.
The Q School's second stage will be played on four courses in Spain next month and Enoch will find out next week the venue he will be playing at.
Trevose's Ben Westgate was part of Wales' three-man team that finished in joint 17th place out of 72 teams that entered the World Men's Amateur Team Championship for the Eisenhower Trophy at Antalya Golf Club in Turkey last week.
Westgate shot rounds of 75, 73 and 72 for a six over par total of 220 that saw him comfortably into the top half of the individual placings in a share of 81st spot out of 215 competitors.
The tournament, which was cut to three rounds after the third day was lost to heavy rain, was won by the USA.
Niall Hutton, of St Mellion, won the CGU 2012 Junior Order of Merit after a solid performance in the St Enodoc Junior Open on Sunday.
With the best five results from seven events counting towards the OoM, two handicapper Hutton recorded the lowest gross 73 to take maximum points at St Enodoc by just one shot from China Fleet's Sam Church (74).
The third best score of 75 came from county junior captain Justin Barnard (Tehidy Park), while the fourth best gross score of 76 by Jack Screech (China Fleet) was good enough to see him take the first prize on the day on countback with a net 71.
The maximum points Hutton earned from the event saw him jump over Bude and North Cornwall's Adam Curtis to clinch the OoM title, pushing Curtis into second spot with Barnard third.
St Enodoc Junior Open results: 1, Jack Screech 76-5=71; 2, Niall Hutton 73-2=71; 3, Sam Church 74-3=71; 4, Sam MacWilliam 77-5=72; Justin Barnard 75-2=73; Kyle Fraser 79-5=74; Alex McHugh 85-11=74.
Newquay will start the defence of the Frank Wills Salver they won earlier this year with a first round match against Trethorne at Lostwithiel on Sunday, while the previous day beaten finalists Trevose face Bowood Park at Lanhydrock.
First round draw: Saturday, October 13 – Falmouth v Merlin, at Truro (1.30pm); Trevose v Bowood Park, at Lanhydrock (1pm); Bude & N Cornwall v Whitsand Bay, at Launceston (12pm); Lostwithiel v The Point at Polzeath, at Trethorne (12.15pm); Praa Sands v Mullion, at Budock Vean (12pm); St Austell v Lanhydrock, at Looe (9.30am); Tehidy Park v Budock Vean, at Killiow (9.30am); Treloy v Radnor, at Merlin (10am); Truro v West Cornwall, at Tehidy Park (10am). Sunday, October 14 – Killiow v Launceston, at St Enodoc (8.28am); Trethorne v Newquay, at Lostwithiel (9.03am); Cape Cornwall v Clowance, at Mullion (10.30am); Perranporth v St Enodoc, at Newquay (11am); St Mellion v China Fleet, at Launceston (12.30pm); Porthpean v Carlyon Bay, at St Austell (11.30am).
Two of Cornwall's top professionals, Richard O'Hanlon (The Point at Polzeath) and Richard Sadler (Killiow), teamed up to finish in a share of eighth place in the Skins PGA Fourball Championship at Forest Pines last week.
The Cornish pair shot rounds of 70, 64 and 68 to finish on a 17 under par total of 202, six shots behind the winners.
But they had the consolation of having no bogeys throughout the entire 54-hole competition, as well as recording the joint lowest round of the second day – a 64 that included an eagle and seven birdies – and picking up prize money of £1,100.
Falmouth's Tristan Gurd and Phil Cooke pipped the host club's Justin Barnard and Ryan Reed to take the amateur honours on countback in the first Cornwall County Professional Golfers' Alliance meeting of the season at Tehidy Park last week.
Both pairs carded a fine 43 Stableford points, two more than five pairs on 41. St Austell pro Russell Binney shot a level par 36 points to pip China Fleet's Andy Michael by one point and take the individual professional's prize.
The next Alliance meeting will be at Lanhydrock on Thursday, October 18.
Full results: Amateurs: 1, Tristan Gurd & Phil Cooke (Falmouth) 43 pts; 2, James Barnard & Ryan Reed (Tehidy Park) 43; 3, Simon Borley (St Mellion), playing with his club pro Ben Waters, 41; 4, Alan Lund (St Austell), playing with his club pro Russell Binney, 41; 5, John Sanders (China Fleet), playing with his club pro Andy Michael, 41; 6, Nigel Goodman & Terry Carthew (Trethorne), 41; 7, Mervyn Hegarty & Ryan Curtis (Bude & N Cornwall) 41. Team Professionals: =1, Ben Waters (St Mellion), Andy Michael (China Fleet), Russell Binney (St Austell) 41 pts. Individual professionals: 1, Russell Binney (St Austell) 36 pts; 2, Andy Michael (China Fleet) 35; 3, Paul Turpin (Carlyon Bay) 34; =4, Andy Welch (Whitsand Bay), Ben Waters (St Mellion), Nick Rogers (Falmouth) 33.
The home trio of Suzanne Courtney, Shirley Percy and Liz Underwood carded a net medal score of 67.4 to win the CLCGA Jubilee California Scramble at Bude and North Cornwall last week.
In second place on 68.0 were Launceston's Jan Harrison, Barbara Murton and Liz Hicks, with the trio of Lou McCartney (St Mellion), Heather Tilsley (Lanhydrock) and Nikki Hodge (Tehidy Park) third on 68.1.
Thirty-three teams from 18 clubs took part in his last county event of the season to raise money for county captain Jean Reed's charity, the Air Ambulance. Last year £900 was presented to the Cornwall Air Ambulance, while this year £750 went to the Devon Air Ambulance.