Cornwall golf round-up by Peter Heyman, May 1
CORNWALL Ladies comfortably defeated the county's Under-18 boys' team in their annual friendly fixture at Carlyon Bay on Sunday.
The series of 10 matchplay singles, played off handicap but with the ladies receiving two courtesy shots, saw the women run out convincing 8-2 winners and thus reverse the trend of recent years.
The biggest ladies' win of the day came from veteran Judith Ryder, of West Cornwall, who used all her experience to see off Sam Church (China Fleet) 7&5, while for the boys Connor Jenkins (Bude & N Cornwall) defeated former county champion Jan Sargeant (Perranporth) by the same margin.
Among the winners for the ladies was newly crowned county champion Emily Toy (Carlyon Bay), who defeated Truro's Matt Williams 2&1.
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Results (Cornwall Ladies names first): Sammie Giles (St Mellion) bt Adam Curtis (Bude & N Cornwall) 4&3; Judith Ryder (West Cornwall) bt Sam Church (China Fleet) 7&5; Jan Sargeant (Perranporth) lost to Connor Jenkins (Bude & N Cornwall) 7&5; Nikki Hodge (Perranporth) lost to Jack Screech (China Fleet) 2&1; Emily Toy (Carlyon Bay) bt Matt Williams (Truro) 2&1; Eugenie Knight (Carlyon Bay) bt Louis Gough (Carlyon Bay) 1 up; Jan Harrison (Launceston) bt Ben Burrows (Mullion) 3&1; Fiona Telfer-Brunton (Perranporth) bt Jamie Greet (Mullion) 4&3; Abi Maude (Carlyon Bay) bt Ben Pill (St Austell) 1 up; Lynn Saget (Carlyon Bay) bt David Hanley (West Cornwall) 4&2.
Cornwall were due to open their Seniors Channel League campaign against Glamorgan at Newquay today. Full result and report in next week's column.
Cornwall Seniors team: Dave Goodman (Bowood Park), Colin Ross (Falmouth), Mike Marshall, Alan Poole (both St Mellion), Harry Walker (China Fleet), Mike Hayes (Budock Vean), Rob Stacey, Trevor Robinson (both Newquay), Dave O'Mahony (Tehidy Park) and Peter Groocock (St Austell).
Only two of Cornwall's six representatives in the 116-strong field for the West of Open Strokeplay Championship made the cut at Saunton over the weekend.
St Mellion's Joe Yorke finished in a tie for 13th place after rounds of 79-76-72-77 for a 304 total, one shot ahead of St Enodoc's Rob Davies on 305 (82-72-74-77) for joint 18th spot.
But missing the cut made on 156 were China Fleet's Tom Fox (82-76=158), West Cornwall's Matt Richards (84-79=163), Perranporth's Chris Fleming (79-84=163) and Bude and North Cornwall's Lawrie Bridges (84-82=166).
Killiow professional Richard Sadler lifted the individual professional award and with his partner Matt Richards (West Cornwall) also took the Brian Gripe Trophy at the Championship meeting of the Cornwall County Professional Golfers' Alliance at Launceston last week.
Sadler, who shot a fine four under par round for 40 Stableford points, also won the Order of Merit for the 2012/13 season. The amateur champion was Max Billingsley (The Point at Polzeath) with 38 points off his two handicap, one ahead of Falmouth's Alan Price on 37, who pipped Steve Smith (St Enodoc) on countback.
Results. Amateurs – 1, Max Billingsley (The Point at Polzeath) 38 pts; 2, Alan Price (Falmouth) 37; 3, Steve Smith (St Enodoc) 37; 4, Hugh Christophers (Launceston) 36; 5, Mark Swift (Launceston) 35: 6, Brian Craig (Falmouth) 35; 7, Matt Richards (West Cornwall) 35; 8, Ryan Bowers (The Point at Polzeath) 35; 9, Steve Churchill (Carlyon Bay) 35. Brian Gripe Trophy - 1, Richard Sadler & Matt Richards 75 pts; 2, Max Billingsley & Ryan Bowers 73; 3, Grant Slater (Trevose) & Will Sumner (Carlyon Bay) 71. Professionals – 1, Richard Sadler 40 pts; 2, Grant Slater 37; 3, Andy Welch (Whitsand Bay) 34; =4, Antony Nash (St Enodoc), John Tozer (Launceston) 33.
St Enodoc has moved up the rankings to 14 place in the top 100 clubs in England named by the prestigious magazine Golf World.
The magazine's report said: "St Enodoc continues to evolve since the astute changes by Peter McEvoy.
The amateur legend wanted merely to tighten the course up, not change it markedly. This he has and it remains one of the most charismatic pieces of golf property in England."
British Women's strokeplay champion Sarah-Jane Boyd, of Truro, had to settle for a share of 25th place after shooting two rounds of 80 either side of a 73 for a 233 total in the Helen Holm Scottish Open Strokeplay Championship at Troon over the weekend.
This week the 21-year-old will be a member of the three-woman team representing England in the Nations Cup, which is being played in conjunction with the Welsh Amateur Strokeplay Championship, at the Vale of Glamorgan from May 3-5.
Touring pro Rhys Enoch, of Truro, returns to competitive action when he lines up in the latest Alps Tour event, the Open International de Rebetz, north of Paris today.
One of the most famous caddies on the elite professional circuit will be reminiscing about his experiences with some of the world's best golfers at two celebrity golfing dinners to be held at Boringdon Park Golf Club in Plymouth and at Lostwithiel Golf and Country Club at the end of May.
One of the game's real characters, Billy Foster has caddied for many of the sport's superstars, including Tiger Woods, Seve Ballesteros, Darren Clarke and Lee Westwood.
He will be entertaining his audience with tales ranging from his time with Tiger and Seve's infamous shot through the trees to Ryder Cup highlights with Clarke and Westwood.
As well as Foster's entertainment, the evenings include a curry meal, fun and games and an auction. Tickets are priced at £25 per person, £20 for members and £200 for a table of 10 people.
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