Golf: West Briton county round-up
CORNWALL girls turned in a marvellous performance to win the South West Inter Counties Jamboree, held at Bristol & Clifton Golf Club, and take the Shield for the first time since the event featured six counties.
The team of Eugenie Knight (Carlyon Bay, captain), Emily Toy, Annie McKelvey (Merlin), Lucy Lund (St Austell), Victoria Pawley (Merlin), Charlotte Brook (Trevose), Megan Giles (St Mellion) and Gemma Marsland (Newquay) won four of their five matches.
In their opening match against Devon on the Sunday, they started with a 4-2 win, but the following morning suffered a narrow 3½-2½ defeat against Wiltshire.
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In the afternoon they took on Somerset, who had just beaten Gloucestershire, but Cornwall came out on top winning 3½-2½.
Tuesday morning was always going to be the toughest match to win against Gloucestershire.
Cornwall however, fought very hard and after securing three wins it was all down to Annie McKelvey to sink a tricky eight foot putt on the 18th green to halve her match and secure the win for Cornwall, which she calmly did.
Tuesday afternoon was going to decide if Cornwall or Gloucestershire were to take home the Shield and the girls were determined it was going to be them and raised their game to win 5-1 thanks to empahtic victories by Emily Toy (7 & 6), Eugenie Knight (4 & 3), Megan Giles (7 & 5), Lucy Lund (8 & 7) and Annie McKelvey (5 & 4).
Rookie Gemma Marsland lost her match, but did very well as a new team member.
County Junior organiser Jacqueline Wheeler said: "The girls knew now that the trophy was theirs and could not be beaten, they were so excited. It was hard for them to keep quiet, while other matches were still to be finished.
"I am so very proud of the team, they have worked hard on their coaching and matches since last October and they deserved to win this year, well done to all of them.
"They behaved impeccably on and off the course and were a delight to be with for four days.
"A really big thank you to Gloucestershire for the smooth running of this year's event and making us feel very welcome.
"To our captain Jan Harrison, Abi Maude, my assistant and the support from parents and grandparents, a huge thank you."
Cornwall seniors enjoyed their second successive Channel League 10-5 victory when they travelled to play Wiltshire at Salisbury & South Wilts Golf Club.
They dominated the morning foursomes, winning 4-1, with victories by Colin Ross and David O'Mahony (3&2), Mike Marshall and Rob Stacey (two up), Dave Goodman and Trevor Robinson (one up) and Mike Eddy and Duncan Powell (3&2).
The afternoon singles though were a much tighter affair, with Cornwall coming out on top 6-4.
There were wins for Trevor Robinson (7&6), Mike Marshall (3&2), Dave Goodman (one up), Mike Eddy (2&1) and Rob Stacey (one up), while Harry Walker and David O'Mahony halved their matches.
The result means Cornwall are second to Gloucester in the League on the same points, but have played a game less, which adds extra importance to the county's next match against Gloucester at Bristol and Clifton on September 1.
Defending champions St Enodoc will meet Perranporth in the final of the Gammon Trophy at Trevose on Sunday September 15 after Sunday's semi-finals.
But St Enodoc were given a fright by West Cornwall at Newquay, while Perranporth thrashed Mullion 7-0 at West Cornwall.
Truro's Sarah-Jane Boyd finished 33rd on 313 in the English Women's Open Strokeplay at Mannings Heath last week, while Sammy Giles (St Mellion) missed the cut after rounds of 78 and 82.
Both are playing in the English Women's Open Mid-Amateur Championship at John O'Gaunt GC this week.
Truro GC juniors Emily Wilson, Laura Andrew and Joe Reynard represented club and county at the English Junior Champion Club event at Woodhall Spa, Lincs over the weekend after qualifying to do so with their impressive win at Cape Cornwall GC back in early Apri.
Of that April winning team unfortunately Jack Andrew was unable to take part after suffering a broken arm in the intervening period.
However, the family name was maintained in the form of sister Laura. Truro competed against 29 other winning counties in the two day event at the Headquarters of England Golf.
The first day saw the team finish the day in a very creditable 12th position with the two best aggregate scores from the three team members counting.
Joe and Laura both registered 36 points for a team total of 72 while Emily followed up with 31. The runaway leaders were Gloucester GC with a fantastic 86 points.
The second day ended in disappointment for the Truro youngsters as collectively they were unable to replicate the good scoring of the day before.
Laura again performed well and scored 33 points but Joe and Emily could only manage 27 and 26 points respectively.
This saw the team slip down the leaderboard and finish in 23rd position with an aggregate score of 132. Winners of the event were Gloucester on 162.
There was some exceptional scoring in the Duchy Fourball, sponsored by Macsalvors, at Perranporth on Sunday.
Seventy six players entered and light winds made it perfect for golf.
The top three spots were all taken home members.
Winners, with a two round total of 92 points (45, 47), were former county champion Chris Llewelyn and Scott Powell.
They finished a point ahead of Conor Wilson and Ben Williams (43, 48), with Leigh Hammond and Phil Gould third on 87 (46, 41).
Other placings: 4 Dave Saget (Carlyon Bay) 86 (39, 47); 5, Dan Hawkey and Matt Dowson 86 (40, 46). Beat am: Dave Savage and Tom Savage (Newquay) 42, 2 Andrew Taylor and Robbie Ham 42. Best PM: 1 Ashley Fieldhouse and Connor Eade 46; 2 Paul Matthews and Martin Cleverly 44.
Killiow's Annual Open week opened last Sunday in August with the Mixed Greensomes which was won by the brother and sister team of Jackie Mallet (Perranporth) and Tony Zee (Killiow).
Scoring 40 points, they beat second placed Angie Chapman and Kevin Clemo from Perranporth by two points. Killiow's Pat Rose and Ben Cousins were third with 36 points.
The excellent weather on the first day didn't last and the three man competition on Monday had to be cancelled because of torrential rain.
However, the sun came out again for the 37 teams competing in the Ladies Open on Wednesday. The winners were the Killiow team of Gina Mitchell, Mel Heard and Ruth Middleton who scored a magnificent 87 points. Daiwi Richards and Cara Rowe, also from Killiow, but playing with Shirley Gay from St Austell came second with 86 points whilst another Killiow team, Pat Crowson, Jean-Anne Evers and Indu Kumar, were third with 84.
The Bude team of Liz Underwood, Shirley Percy and Angela Houghton were fourth with 83. Brenda Arch, Carol Mitcham and Barbara Brown from Falmouth won the prize for the best visitor outside the prizes with a score of 78.
On Thursday the four person team event was held. The winners were Mark Main, Matt Patton, Paul Meredith and Dave Bolitho with 81 points, followed in second place by Matthew Berks, Bob Franklin, Steve Whitford and Trevor Hewitt with 80 points.
Steve Ashby, John Pascoe, Mel Byrne and Sue Dickinson were third with 79 on countback from Kevin Dabb, Shaun Keane, Alex McHugh playing with Perranporth's Bruce Edwards.
Saturday saw the mixed Texas scramble which was won by Craig Helgesen, James Reburn and Trevose's Matt Williams with a score of 56.4.
Mark Main, Matt Patton and Trevor Hewitt were second with 56.8 and Shean Keane, Alex McHugh and Paul McHugh were third with 57.2. Hilary Pryor, Gill Tregay and Julie MacGregor were third with 59.2.
The final event was the Men's Open on Sunday.
Played over 36 holes in superb weather conditions, the winner of the nett trophy was Adam Groves with 143, and the winner of the scratch trophy was Men's Captain, Mike Noble.
John Horner was second in the nett competition with 144 while John Crowson was third with 145. Howard Yates from Truro was second in the scratch competition with 163 and Jack Mewton, also from Truro, was third with 164. Prize for the best morning round went to Richard Atkinson who scored a nett 71, while a score of 69 was enough to give Alex Reed the prize for the best afternoon score.