Cornwall golf review by Peter Heyman, August 28
ST MELLION'S Joe Yorke completed a memorable double when he added the Cornish Closed Championship to the county men's title he won back in May, over the demanding Jack Nicklaus course at his home club on Sunday.
In a field of 71 players, which included six of the current Cornwall team as well as a host of juniors who have similarly represented the county, Yorke posted two medal rounds of four over par 76 (152) to claim the title by two shots from four other players.
Joshua Walsh (St Enodoc) was second (80+74=154) on countback, with the West Cornwall duo of Matt Richards and Harry Hall also on 154 after both recording 78+76 to finish third and fourth respectively on countback.
Bude & North Cornwall's Danny Vanstone, also on 154, was fifth overall (76+78), with Trevose's Richard Ackland sixth on 155 (81+74).
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After the first 18 holes, Vanstone was tied with Yorke on 76, while two other St Mellion players, Niall Hutton and Mark Cottingham, recorded 77s. Hall and Richards, along with Truro's Jake Finn, posted 78s.
The best scores of the day came in the second round for Walsh and Ackland as they carded 74s, but the damage had been done for them earlier in the day as Yorke's second 76 showed him to be the most consistent in the field.
The net competition was won by Vanstone (74+76=150) with Yorke the runner-up. Third place went to Ackland (80+73=153), Walsh was fourth and Cameron Kenworthy (China Fleet) was fifth (79+75=154).
The Under-21 element to the competition saw further success for Yorke, with Walsh second and Richards third.
Bude & North Cornwall's Mike Wigley was crowned the new County Seniors champion after recording a gross 72 at Mullion last week to claim the title by four shots from former CGU Seniors captain Mike Marshall, of St Mellion.
On a glorious day of wall-to-wall sunshine and light breezes a large field of 95 competitors from across the county participated in the event, sponsored by Ocean BMW (Falmouth).
Wigley's steady round included one birdie, but this was eclipsed by his chip-in eagle 2 at the par 4 17th hole which helped set up a level par back 9 to add to the two over gross front 9.
Third place with a gross 77 went to Mike Eddy (Tehidy Park), who pipped St Mellion's Alan Poole into fourth place by virtue of countback on the last three holes. Carlyon Bay's Duncan Powell was fifth with a 78 matched by longstanding Mullion member John Roseveare.
Running in tandem with the medal event was a Stableford competition in four different age categories. Mullion secretary Ray Griffiths claimed the first spot in the 55-59 age bracket with 36 points, while Wigley was the winner of the 60-64 group after his gross 72 gave him 37 points.
The 65-69 age group was won by Andrew Taylor (Perranporth) with the highest individual score of the day of 38 points.
In a new category introduced for the first time this year for the over 70 age group, the winner was Les Baker (Carlyon Bay) with 33 points.
Following his victory Wigley will now go on to represent the Duchy in the English Seniors Champion of Champions event at Woodhall Spa on September 14/15.
He will be joined there by Harry Hall (West Cornwall) and Joe Yorke (St Mellion), who will play in the Junior and Men's Champions events respectively.
Reigning champion Sarah-Jane Boyd, of Truro, put up a valiant defence of her British Women's Amateur Open Strokeplay Championship before having to relinquish the title to runaway winner Jing Yan, of China, at Prestwick last week, finishing in a share of seventh place.
Her county compatriot, 18-year-old Sammy Giles of St Mellion, made the cut with rounds of 77 and 78. Her final two rounds of 82 and 81 saw her finish in 38th place on 318.
Cornwall Under-18s went down to a 9½-6½ defeat at the hands of a strong Somerset side at Trethorne last week.
In the morning foursomes, captain Adam Curtis, playing with Niall Hutton, won 2 up. Connor Jenkins and Kieran Faulkner fought hard with Faulkner holing a 20 foot putt on the last for birdie and a half.
Behind them Tom Valentine, playing with his clubmate and debutant Louis Gough, won 3&2. With Somerset one player short the last match was conceded giving the home team a 3½-1½ lead.
In the afternoon singles, Somerset's superior quality showed with a near-whitewash. Only House managed to score a point.
The last match was a "walkover" giving Somerset an 8-2 singles victory and an overall win of 9½-6½ as they retained the Greenaway Shield in the process.
There was further disappointment for Cornwall's junior teams earlier in the week when the county's Under-14 and Under-16 teams both lost to Somerset at Long Sutton.
In their final, Jack Roberts Trophy match of the season, the Under-14s went down to a 5-4 defeat. In the morning foursomes, the Cornish top pairing of Connor Davidson and Finn Rule won 3&2.
Tom Lentern and Bradley Barnes combined well to win 4&2 and leave Cornwall 2-1 up at lunch.
Somerset won the top two singles in the afternoon but in the third match, Leigh with a 2&1 win made it three wins out of three in his singles matches this season.
But Barnes' second win of the day was not enough.
The Under-16s were also beaten by the hosts, going down 8-4.
In the opening foursomes, the pair of Jake Finn and Kieran Faulkner (Looe) gained a half which was followed by a 4&3 win for Ryan House and Jared Mortimore buy they were their only points as Somerset led 2½-1½ at lunch.
In the afternoon singles the Somerset team took five out of the eight matches. The Cornish winners were House (3&2) and Chapman (4&3), while Annear managed a half in his game.
County captain Steve Rickard has announced the team to play in next month's vital Channel League match against Gloucestershire at Newquay on Sunday, September 8.
A win could see Cornwall take over at the top of the table from Devon on games differential with one game left to play away to fellow title contenders Glamorgan in October.
Cornwall team: Conor Wilson, Chris Fleming, Chris Johnston (all Perranporth), Richard Jasper (Bude & N Cornwall), Joe Cruse (St Enodoc), Tom Fox (China Fleet), Matt Richards (West Cornwall), Joe Yorke (St Mellion), Josh Greenaway (Bowood Park), Jon Hancock (Newquay).
Cornwall Ladies Captains' Society celebrated its 50th anniversary with a round of golf followed by a three-course meal at Carlyon Bay last week.
Muriel Roskrow founded the society for lady golf club captains in 1963 and 120 former captains from around Cornwall attended the event.
Playing partners were drawn, thus providing the opportunity to socialise with members from across the county – a "social society" being one of Muriel's aims when founding the club. Members felt she would have been pleased with the celebration.
After the celebrations, the presentations included a brief history of the society followed by prizegiving, including a special prize for Jenny Hamilton, of Tehidy Park, who achieved the rare feat of scoring a hole-in-one on her birthday.
Results. Winners: Chris Dymond (St Enodoc), Jane Wooldridge (Falmouth) & Geraldine Howley (St Mellion). Runners-up: Linda Brooks (Tehidy Park), Kay Copplestone (Lanhydrock) & Gill Harper (St Austell). Third place: Audrey Pitts (Falmouth), Mary Robson (Truro) & Jill Mewton (Carlyon Bay).
West Cornwall were comfortable winners of the prestigious seniors' team event for the Fred Rothwell Shield at Perranporth last week.
They totalled a fine score of 198 points to finish well ahead of the host club on 183, with Trevose and St Enodoc tied for third place on 176. A total of ten teams played in the event, which raised £270 through a raffle for the Cornwall Children's Hospice.
Other prizewinners. Nearest pin at 4th: Gerald Cramp (Launceston). Nearest pin at 16th: David Gove (Trevose). Longest drive on 10th: Brian Ben David (Launceston). Best pair Peter Verran & Reggie Kemp (West Cornwall) 45 pts.