Golf: West Briton county round-up
ENGLAND international Sarah-Jane Boyd, of Truro, was due to start the defence of her British Ladies' Open Amateur Strokeplay title at Prestwick yesterday.
The 21-year-old became the pride of Cornwall this time last year when she so memorably won the prestigious championship by two shots at Shandon Park in Belfast.
The British title was her crowning achievement in a year that saw her win not only her fourth county title but also the South West crown.
And she has followed up her achievements in 2012 by winning this year's English Amateur Strokeplay Championship at Kings Norton in Worcestershire, as well as being capped by her country several times.
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Boyd decided to pull out of last week's English Women's Open Mid Amateur Championship to concentrate on the defence of her national title this week.
But she will be joined in Scotland by her county colleague Sammie Giles, of St Mellion, who achieved the best result of her career to date by winning through to the semi-finals of the Mid-Amateur event at 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 closed out a 2&1 win with yet another birdie at the 17th.
However, 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.
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).
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 2 up to leave Mortimore needing to win his match, but he came up against an inspired opponent and lost 4&3.
A huge field of 96 players will be taking part in the Cornwall Seniors Championship over 18 holes at Mullion today.
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.
West Cornwall's England Under-16 international Harry Hall made it through to the last 32 of the knockout stages of the British Boys Championship at Royal Liverpool last week before being knocked out at the first extra hole by Ben Robinson, of The Vale GC.
It was a remarkable achievement by the Cornish youngster, who has only just turned 16, against boys as much as two years older than himself.
Hall comfortably qualified for the matchplay stages in joint 25th place after rounds of 73 and 75 for a four over par total of 148.
He then easily beat Ben Brewster 6&5 in his opening match before narrowly losing to Robinson.
Former West Cornwall assistant Maria Tulley became the first female golfer ever to win the Sussex Professional Golf Union Championship when she lifted the title at the first extra hole of a play-off at West Hove last week.
Against a field of male professionals from all over Sussex, Tulley, who is now teaching pro at Wellshurst Golf and Country Club, shot an opening round of 72 to lie in third place, five shots off the lead.
She followed up with a 71, the lowest score of the second round, to find herself in a play-off against Giles Velvick.
And she went on to secure the title at the first extra hole and become the first female champion in the event's 101-year history.
Her victory followed up her record-breaking achievement in the previous week's SPGU Willingdon Pro-Am.
She fired a superb round of 65, four under par on the men's card and eight under on the ladies' card to set a new course record, beating the previous best by four shots.
"I'm now looking forward to the rest of the season," said the in-form Tulley.
"I have a few more SPGU events and then the Ladies European Tour Access events, October in Greece, November in Turkey and Tour School in Morocco in December, which is what I'm now getting ready for."