Golf: Cornwall round-up by Peter Heyman January 29
REIGNING English Amateur Strokeplay champion Sarah-Jane Boyd, of Truro, jetted out to Portugal at the weekend as part of a three-woman team representing England Golf in the Nations Cup event at this week's Portuguese international ladies' amateur championship.
The 72-hole championship takes place at the Montado Hotel and Golf Resort, near Lisbon, from today until Saturday.
The Nations Cup will be played simultaneously with the first 54 holes of the event and the best two scores from three will count each day.
Boyd, who won the British amateur strokeplay title in 2012 and thus qualified to play in last year's Women's British Open at St Andrews, will be accompanied by fellow internationals Gabriella Cowley (Hanbury Manor) and Alex Peters (Notts Ladies).
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The 22-year-old Cornwall star was runner-up in the 2013 England Golf women's order of merit behind Peters, while Cowley won the girls' order of merit title.
Trevose will host a re-match of last year's Frank Wills Salver final when holders St Enodoc and Tehidy Park battle it out in a mouth-watering semi-final clash on Saturday (9.20am start).
In last year's final at Perranporth, St Enodoc emerged as worthy winners by a 3½-1½ scoreline.
They will be looking for a repeat performance that would put them just one step away from retaining their title and gaining their third Salver success.
In the other semi-final at West Cornwall (11.30am start), 2012 winners Newquay, who have won the Salver three times in all, will take on Killiow, who have never won the event in their 27-year history.
However, Killiow will not fear playing on a links course as their three previous victories en route to the semi-final have all been achieved on seaside courses.
Bowood Park golf manager Josh Greenaway, three times former winner of the Winter Golf Series Order of Merit, goes into the fifth and penultimate round of this year's series once again at the top of the rankings.
Greenaway, who is also the current holder of the OoM title, has accumulated 47 points and holds a narrow 2.5 point lead over St Enodoc's Steve Chapman (44.5) with Perranporth's Adam Taylor (42) a further 1.5 points away in third spot. Tehidy Park's Rob MacGregor is in fourth place on 38 points, while Merlin's Carl Burley (35.5) and West Cornwall's Phil Weaver (33.5) are also in contention.
Newquay professional Chris Gill and amateur clubmate Jon Hancock shot an impressive 41 Stableford points to win the pairs award at the latest meeting of the Cornwall County Professional Golfers' Alliance on a breezy, sunny day at St Enodoc last week.
In second place with 39 points were Trevose pair Nick Gammon and Dave Cowan, who pipped their club's assistant pro Grant Slater and Lanhydrock amateur Martin Nicholas on countback.
Gill also won the individual professional's prize with a one under par round for 37 points to win by two from Slater, with home professional Mark Arrowsmith a further point back in third place.
The next Alliance meeting is at Trevose on Thursday, February 6.
Results: Pairs: 1, Chris Gill & John Hancock (Newquay) 41 pts; 2, Nick Gammon & Dave Cowan (Trevose) 39; 3, Grant Slater (Trevose) & Martin Nicholas (Lanhydrock) 39; 4, Antony Richards (West Cornwall) & Joe Cruse (St Enodoc) 38; Mark Rowe & Richard Johnson (Carlyon Bay) 37. Individual professionals: 1, Chris Gill 37; 2, Grant Slater 35; 3, Mark Arrowsmith 34; 4, Richard Sadler (Killiow) 31; 5, Tony Pitts (St Austell) 30.
Leading professional golfers in the West and South Wales will be competing for a prize fund of more than £300,000 this year.
After unveiling the fixture list last week, Glenn Ross, the PGA of England and Wales (South West) secretary, said: "This will be our most valuable season ever with almost 50 events and I am delighted that after three years working in a difficult financial climate we have continued our success in increasing rewards for the players."
Early season features the Cornish Festival at Trevose, St Enodoc and Newquay on April 1-3, which is one of the UK's most popular events.
Entries have already been received from Ryder Cup players, last year's winner Peter Baker, the joint winner in 2012 Paul Broadhurst, Steven Richardson and Welshman Phillip Price.
More than 70 per cent per cent of the field has already been filled.
The full fixture list can be found on the PGA website www.pga.info and follow the links through to the England and Wales (South West) Region and on to tournament information.