Home pro-am win caps Week
A HOME victory in the final event of the week last Friday was the icing on the cake of another highly successful Truro Golf Week.
The team honours in the Truro Pro-Am went to home professional Nigel Bicknell partnered by the city club's amateurs Chris John, Jacko Sanders and Simon Lord with a medal score of 126 on a blustery day.
They pipped Bournemouth pro Gary Emerson's team by a single shot and the latter in turn edged Nicholas Cook's team into third place on countback.
Porthpean's Tony Nash and Emerson shared the individual professional's prize after both returned two over par rounds of 69, two shots clear of Falmouth's Nick Rogers, Cook and Dinnaton's Paul Hendriksen.
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A further shot away on 72 sharing sixth place were Cornish professionals Bicknell, Richard Sadler (Killiow), Scott Richards (Cape Cornwall/Carlyon Bay) and Gary Lenaghan (Trevose), along with Parkstone's Martyn Thompson.
The week was blessed with glorious summer weather and the club's revamped clubhouse and catering was much praised, as was the superb condition of the course.
A highlight of the week was the introduction of two new trophies in memory of the late K Sivathondan, who ran the Golf Week for many years. His wife Yaso donated the trophies to the club on behalf of her husband, who died last year, and presented them to the male and female winners of Tuesday's Individual Stableford competitions.
Results. Sunday - Texas Scramble: 1, Tony Manahan, George Champion, Barbara Sage, Grant Champion net 50; 2, Gary Andrew, Andy Wilson, Emily Wilson, Laura Andrew 50; 3, Nigel Bicknell, Nigel Blake, Jacko Sanders, Andrew Beazley 50.2.
Monday – Threeball Medal: Men - 1, D Mitchell, D Salter, N Maker 121; 2, S-J Boyd, K Coad, D Trudgen 127; 3, R Salmon, H Oates, R Penhaligon 130. Ladies – 1, Jenny Hosen, Anna Sendall, Kim Mundy 132; 2, Bev Horton, Sheila Caruana, Mary Robson 138.
Tuesday: Individual Stableford: Div 1: 1, Matt Gunn 41 pts; 2, Graham Cowls 38; 3, Dave Street 38; 4, J Irwin 36. Div 2: 1, Len Catchpole 41; 2, Norman Pritchard 39; 3, Peter Grant 38; 4, Neil Sawkins 37. Ladies: 1, Barbara Prigg 37; 2, Ann Harvey 37; 3, Kim Mundy 36. Overall winners of the Sivathondan Trophies: Len Catchpole and Barbara Prigg
Wednesday – Twoball Betterball: Men - 1, A Beazley & J Hampton 46 pts; 2, D Downing & B Downing 45; 3, M Gunn & D Dunleavy 43. Ladies – 1, Janet Baker & Bev Horton 37; 2, Gill Aveyard & Vikki Stevenson 36; 3, Jan Keast & Pat Pearce 35.
Thursday - Threeball Betterball: Men - 1, S Drew, P Turpin, J Flaherty 46 pts; 2, A Beazley, J Hampton, D Richards 45; 3, S Tunnicliffe, J Brown, J Barnett 45; 4, M Salmon, G Pascoe, S Halford 45. Ladies – 1, Vikki Stevenson, Gill Aveyard, Natalie John 43; 2, Pat Pearce, Kathy Bennett, Judith Bourner 43; 3, Val Pitman, Pauline Deal, Gail Gessey 41.
Friday - Pro-Am. Individual professionals: =1, Tony Nash (Porthpean), Gary Emerson (Playgolf Bournemouth) 69; =3, Nick Rogers (Falmouth), Nicholas Cook (Nick Cook Golf Shops), Paul Hendriksen (Dinnaton) 71. Teams: 1, Orbiss (Nigel Bicknell (pro), Chris John, Jacko Sanders, Simon Lord) net 126; 2, Vice-Captain (Gary Emerson (pro), Andy Parkin, Jim Sheehan, Andy Watson) 127; 3, TR1 Fitness (Nicholas Cook (pro), Scott Whitfeld, Ben Treleaven, Lee Daniels) 127.
Cornwall finished in a disappointing fifth place, some 46 shots behind winners Gloucestershire, in the South West Counties Seniors Championship played over 36 holes of strokeplay at Marlborough last week. Best of the Cornwall team was Falmouth's Colin Ross, who shot rounds of 82 and 81 for a 163 total and a share of 20th place in the individual rankings. Next best was Harry Walker (China Fleet) on 164.
Cornwall team scores: Colin Ross (Falmouth) 82+81=163; Harry Walker (China Fleet) 83+81=164; Alan Poole (St Mellion) 83+82=165; Peter Marshall (St Mellion) 84+83=167; Mike Marshall (St Mellion) 79+92=171; David Goodman (Bowood Park) 86+86=172. Team result: 1, Gloucestershire 778; 2, Dorset 797; 3, Devon 802; 4, Wiltshire 804; 5, Cornwall 824; 6, Somerset 839. Other Cornish scores: Steve Douglas (Isles of Scilly) 87+91=178; Richard Brown (St Mellion) 93+85=178; Ian Brown (West Cornwall) 106+94=200.
The county's seniors will be back in action at Bowood Park on Monday in a Channel League match against Wiltshire.
Cornwall's Under-16 team defeated their counterparts from Devon 7½-4½ to win the Ben Enoch Trophy at Wrangaton last week, but on the same day at the same venue the county's Under-14 team went down in the Jack Roberts Trophy to their hosts by the narrowest of margins, 5-4.
Results. Cornwall Under-16: Foursomes - Harry Hall & Jake Finn lost 4&2; Niall Hutton & Rory Guy won 7&6; Jack Screech & Josh Chaplin halved; Connor Jenkins & Ryan House won 1 up. Singles - Hall won 3&2; Hutton lost 4&3; Guy won 3&2; Chaplin won 5&3; Jenkins halved; Finn lost 2&1; Screech won 1 up; House halved. Match result: Cornwall 7½, Devon 4½.
Cornwall Under-14: Foursomes - Connor Davidson & Jordan Musitano lost 4& 3; Jared Mortimore & Lewis Annear lost 3&2; Zak Omlo & Mikey McKelvey won 2 up. Singles - Davidson won 2 up; Mortimore won 2&1; Omlo lost 1 down; Musitano lost 4&3; Annear won 1 up; McKelvey lost 2 down. Match result: Cornwall 4, Devon 5.
The Cornwall Boys' Under-18 to face Devon in a Greenaway Shield match at Perranporth on Monday is:
Cornwall team: Justin Barnard (Tehidy Park, capt), Adam Curtis (Bude & N Cornwall), Niall Hutton (St Mellion), Harry Hall (West Cornwall), Sam Church (China Fleet), Kyle Fraser, Josh Chaplin (both Mullion), Sam Chivers (Perranporth), Jake Finn, Ryan House (both Truro).
Cornwall's selectors have announced the team that will represent the county in the South West Girls' Inter-county Championship at Launceston on August 8-10.
Cornwall team: Abi Maude (Carlyon Bay, capt), Victoria Phillips (Whitsand Bay), Emily Toy, Eugenie Knight (both Carlyon Bay), Lucy Lund (St Austell), Shannon Ashcroft (St Enodoc), Annie McKelvey (Marlin/St Enodoc), Charlotte Brook (Trevose).
Newly-crowned South West Ladies' champion Sarah-Jane Boyd, of Truro, will be testing her progress at national level when she competes in the English Ladies' Strokeplay Championship over 72 holes at Little Aston next week from August 6-8.