Golf: St Enodoc win Maxam Cup for second time
ST ENODOC completed a very successful year by winning the 36-hole Cornwall Golf Union Maxam Cup for the second time at Trevose on Sunday. The foursomes scratch cup competition began in 1979 and St Enodoc's previous win came in 2000.
On a warm and dry day, with a course in excellent condition, the prevailing south easterly wind provided little favours for the 96-man field made up of six players in three pairs from the 16 qualifying clubs and this was reflected in the day's scoring overall.
Playing a composite course with a mix of blue and white tees, the majority of the teams struggled to return competitive scores. This was not true of St Enodoc however, as they strolled to an eight shot winning margin over West Cornwall.
The morning round suggested a much tighter result as St Enodoc (147) led defending champions Truro by just two shots (149) in this team format, where the best two morning foursomes scores are added to the best two afternoon scores to produce a team result.
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For St Enodoc, Joe Cruse and Steve Chapman led the way with a 75, but team partners Rob Davies and recent club addition Josh Walsh eclipsed them with a 72.
For Truro, Paul Suddes and Ryan House scored 77, but George Champion and Andrew Maycock kept their team right in the mix with a further 72.
Newquay GC were third after the morning session on 150 with 73 from Aaron Stephens and Matt Lock, followed by a 77 from clubmates Trevor Robinson and Lee Cunningham.
County stalwarts Andrew Clotworthy and Ian Veale (Tehidy Park) also shot a joint best morning round of 72 to ensure the club remained in the thick of things on 153. West Cornwall (154) and Perranporth (156) were fifth and sixth in the standings at lunchtime, with host club Trevose a disappointing seventh on 157.
For West Cornwall, England Boys' International Harry Hall and Jon Coleman returned a 76, while Perran's best morning return was a 77 from Chris Llewelyn and Sandy Kirton, which was matched by the Trevose pairing of Richard Ackland and Ben Westgate.
In the afternoon, Trevose improved their overall position to finish fifth with rounds of 75 (Ackland & Westgate) and 77 (Jon Tremain and Steve Davies) for a day total of 309.
Truro and Newquay moved in the opposite direction as they were unable to repeat their morning performances to finish sixth and seventh respectively on 309 and 313. Tehidy Park finished fourth overall (308) with their best afternoon round coming from brothers Peter and Richard Simmons (76).
The best afternoon team performance came from Perranporth as Adam Taylor and Chris Johnston registered a 79 and team mates Chris Fleming and Conor Wilson shot the best round of the day with 70 to leave their team on a total of 305 and in third place.
The round of 70 also saw Fleming and Wilson claim the runners-up prize in the overall individual pairs event on the day.
West Cornwall improved on their morning score to move into the runners-up position by virtue of countback on 305 also. Jon Clatworthy and Rob Tempest registered a 78 and Hall and Coleman improved on their morning score with a 73.
It was St Enodoc however, who lifted the title after the team returned further good scores of 76 from Cruse and Chapman and 74 for Davies and Walsh.
The combined morning and afternoon rounds by Davies and Walsh (72+74) saw them claim the individual pairs prize.
Trevose captain Ian Jeffrey welcomed the competitors and the Union to the club and the prizes were presented by Ocean BMW Falmouth's General Manager Anthony Scrivener.
CGU President Malcolm Jones thanked Trevose and the Gammon family for their long standing and continued support of the Union. He also thanked Ocean BMW for their much valued contribution to golf In Cornwall.
With all 10 of the Cornwall men's team playing he took the opportunity to wish them in their last Channel League match of the season away to Glamorgan at Radyr GC on Sunday, where a win for Cornwall would see the county claim the Channel League title.
Tehidy Park assistant pro Katie Rule was the only one of three Cornwall women to make the cut in the WPGA International Challenge at Stoke-on-Nayland last week.
In the Ladies' European Tour Access (LETAS) event, which is equivalent to a men's Challenge Tour tournament, she shot rounds of 74, 72 to make the cut by two shots and a third round of 75 saw her finish tied 27th, winning 409 euros.
St Mellion amateur Sammy Giles missed the cut by two shots after shooting two rounds of 75, while Maria Tully, formerly assistant at West Cornwall, had rounds of 77 and 80 to miss the cut comfortably.