Golf: Cornish Guardian county round-up August 21
ST MELLION'S Sammie Giles came within touching distance of reaching the final of the English Women's Mid Amateur Championship at the John O'Gaunt Golf Club in Bedfordshire.
The 18-year-old led the ultimate winner of the title Charlotte Thomas, from Singapore, in the early stages of their closely fought semi-final, running up a two-hole advantage at one stage thanks to the quality of her short game before being pegged back to one up at the halfway stage.
Giles continued to reel off par after par over the closing nine holes. But she was then hit by a barrage of birdies by her opponent, who squared the match at the 10th with the first of three birdies in four holes.
The Cornish youngster stopped the rot with a birdie of her own at the long 15th to reduce her arrears to just one hole.
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The next hole proved to be crucial. "If my birdie putt hadn't lipped out at the 16th, it might have been different," Giles said.
Instead, she had to settle for a half before Thomas secured her place in the final with yet another birdie at the 17th for a 2&1 win. She went on to win the title with a 4&3 win in the final the following day.
But Giles can look back on a week that she admitted exceeded her expectations. "I went there to try to win it, but my form hasn't been that good this season, so I was very happy to have done so well, though disappointed not to have won," she said.
Earlier in the week, Giles had qualified for the matchplay stages in joint 11th place with rounds of 80 and 81. She then recorded 3&2 and 2&1 wins in her first two matchplay rounds before demolishing her opponent 8&7 in the quarter-finals.
Yesterday she flew up to Scotland to compete in the British Ladies' Open Amateur Strokeplay Championship at Prestwick, which gets under way today.
There she will be joining her county colleague Sarah-Jane Boyd, of Truro, who is defending the title she so memorably won at Shandon Park in Belfast last year.
Cornwall Under-18s narrowly lost their opening Greenaway Shield match to Devon at Staddon Heights GC last week, going down by an 8-7 scoreline.
The visitors had the edge in the morning foursomes, leading 3-2 at lunch thanks to wins by captain Adam Curtis and Niall Hutton (2 up), Josh Chaplin and Jack Screech (2&1) and the left-handed duo of Jake Finn and Ryan House (4&3). There were defeats for Connor Jenkins and Tom Valentine (2&1) and Jared Mortimore and Kieran Faulkner (4&3).
Devon turned on the pressure in the afternoon singles, winning the first four matches as Curtis (5&4), Hutton (2&1), Jenkins (4&3) and Screech (2 down) all lost.
But the remaining Cornish youngsters refused to give up the fight. Although Chaplin and House were both two up with three to play before being pulled back to halve their games, Valentine recorded a comprehensive 5&4 win and Faulkner recorded an impressive 3&1 win on his debut.
Finn fought hard to win two up to leave Mortimore needing to win his match, but he came up against an inspired opponent and lost 4&3.
Truro's Paul Suddes shot an excellent gross 69 on his home course to win the CGU Club Champions event and with it the Depot Cup on Sunday.
The four-handicapper's round included three birdies, one of which at the last hole proved crucial. His 69 was matched by Tom Julier (Mullion), but Suddes was declared the winner by virtue of the better back nine holes.
Other notable scores were recorded by Jon Hancock (Newquay) with a 70, Tom Fox (China Fleet) 72, Ryan Curtis (Bude & N Cornwall) and Carl Burley (Merlin) both with 73s.
Consolation for Julier came in the form of the Petherick Cup for the best net score of the day (69-5=64) which he won on countback from Trethorne's Kevin Wooley (80-16=64). In third place was another Truro player Simon Finn (79-14=65).
A huge field of 96 players will be taking part in the Cornwall Seniors Championship over 18 holes at Mullion on Thursday.
Sadly, last year's champion Martin Biddle, of St Enodoc, will not be defending his title and this year's South West champion Colin Ross, of Falmouth, will also be missing from the starting line-up, which will however, include several members of the current seniors county team.
Title-holder Conor Wilson, of Perranporth, will be defending the Cornish Closed title he won last year on his home course when this year's championship is played over 36 holes of strokeplay at St Mellion's Nicklaus course on Sunday.
The event is fully subscribed and there are a large number of younger players in the field who will also be competing for the County Under-21 title which is incorporated in the tournament. However, there will be no professionals competing this year as the event clashes with the St Austell Pro-Am.
The CLCGA Flag Day Salvers, which were started by Muriel Roskrow in 1959, were won by home players Tracey Peers and Jane White with 43 Stableford points at St Austell last week.
They finished a point ahead of last year's winners Jane Barrington (Falmouth) and Vicky Lee-Comyn (Perranporth). Third place went to St Austell's Annie Lund and Sue Horsfield on 41, with clubmates Trudy Metherell and Shirley Best fourth on 38.
Other prizewinners: First 9 holes: Liz Gillman & Chris Fogarty (Perranporth) 21. Second 9 holes: Sandy King & Sandra Neale (Looe) 23.
Challenge Tour player James Ruth, of St Mellion, romped to a three-shot victory in last week's PGA West Region's Falmouth Pro-Am with a brilliant six under par 66.
He shot three-under 33s for each nine, making birdies at the first,
third, seventh and ninth with just one bogey at the sixth. A trio of successive birdie threes from the 12th followed.
This left Paul Hendriksen (Dinnaton), Richard O'Hanlon (The Point at Polzeath) and Michael Watson (Wessex Golf Centre) to share second place.
O'Hanlon's chances looked forlorn after a second bogey at the sixth left him at one over par. But a birdie at the 13th and three in succession to finish corrected his early errors.
O'Hanlon also led the winning team on 127, followed by Grant Slater (Trevose) on 129 with Andrew Welch (Whitsand Bay) a further shot back in third.
Carlyon Bay was bathed in sunshine for the fifth charity golf day in aid of the Cornish Heart Unit Fund (CHUF).
Winners on the day were club captain Patrick Coombe, Tom Crocker, Will Sumner and Sam Crocker with a great score of 93 points.
Organiser Kevin Rowett was delighted with the day, which raised £2,561 for the charity. He said: "Unlike last year, we were blessed with fantastic weather. Everybody I spoke to had a great day, the course and playing conditions were superb and this was reflected in the excellent scores that were returned."
He added that more than £12,500 has been raised over the five years of the event and thanked Steve Andrews Tyres and Imerys Minerals in particular for their support this year.
Results. Team Competition: 1, Pat Coombe, Tom Crocker, Sam Crocker & Will Sumner 93 pts; 2, Mark Rowe, Paul Gay, Kev Martin & Jeff Hammett 88; 3, Nick Letcher, Charles Letcher, Rob Button & Jason Mallett 88; 4, Dave Saget, Martin Bullock, Mike Hawke & Glyn Rowett 87. Mixed team: 1, Paul Martin, Pearl Carne, Peter Hayward & Jean Hayward 77. Ladies' team: 1, Maisie Topping, Georgina Evans, Ann Clemo & Irene Roseveare 75.