Newquay and district grassroots sport, August 7
POINT at Polzeath professional Richard O'Hanlon completed a brilliant double when he lifted the Jack Gale Cup for the second successive year in the Tehidy Park Pro-Am last Friday.
The 41-year-old made a perfect start with birdies at the first, fourth, tenth and 11th before he dropped his only shot at the 12th. But he completed his round in level par to finish with a three under par 68.
O'Hanlon is currently in a rich vein of form as his triumph at Tehidy Park was his second inside a week and his fifth win of the season.
The previous Sunday he had captured the PGA Midlands Region's Enville Pro-Am, with a superb four under par 68 and en-route to Tehidy Park finished joint sixth in the Forest Classic at the Forest of Dean and Forest Hills Golf Clubs with rounds of 67 and 74 for an even par total of 141.
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He is now looking forward to continuing his run of success in this week's British Par 3 Championship at Nailcote Hall where he will be partnered in the celebrity Pro-Am by former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel.
At the Tehidy Park Pro-Am, James Ruth (St Mellion) threatened to take the course apart by making an eagle two at the fourth and another with a three at the sixth. But he dropped three shots in four holes from the 12th to add to bogeys at 5 and 7. He added birdies at the tenth and 16th to sign for 69, one shot adrift of O'Hanlon.
Trevose's Gary Lenaghan tied for sixth place on one under par 70, with Newquay's Chris Gill in a share of ninth place a shot further back on 71.
Sidmouth professional Kevin Harper led the Car Lettings amateur trio of Trevor Johnston, Chris Johnston (both Perranporth) and Spike Drew (Truro) to the team prize on 86 points, winning on countback from O'Hanlon, John Alton, Tom Crocker and Pat Coombe, with the Reckitt Two team of David Langford, Steve Retallick and Andy Gill, led by Trethorne's Wayne Basford, a further shot behind in third.
Reigning British and English Ladies' Amateur Strokeplay champion Sarah-Jane Boyd, of Truro, described her debut alongside the world's top professionals in the Ricoh British Women's Open as "one of the best weeks of my life".
Despite failing to make the cut at St Andrews last Friday, the 21-year-old was upbeat about her week among the world's elite women professional golfers.
"I loved the experience and it showed me where I need to improve areas of my game," she told me after her return from the Home of Golf, where she started her opening round with a birdie at the first hole but finished with a 77.
Her second round 82 left her in joint last place on a 36-hole score of 159.
After nearly a month out of action through injury St Enodoc touring professional Antony Nash made a stunning return to tournament action when he finished third in the South West PGA Assistants' Championship at Cotswold Hills last week.
Despite being a bit rusty after his long lay-off, he carded a one over par 73 in the first round, which put him five shots behind the leader.
In deteriorating conditions after lunch Nash put in a strong burst after the turn to get to two under par for the second round, which he maintained to the finish for a best-of-the-afternoon score of 70 and third place overall.
In the same event, Nash's fellow St Enodoc pro Katie Rule fought back from a disastrous start to her first round in which she dropped seven shots in the first six holes to fire five birdies and a bogey in a topsy-turvy 75.
Her second round 74, including an eagle and two birdies, saw her into a tie for 13th place.
Both players competed in last Friday's Tehidy Park Pro-Am, with Rule in joint 12th place on two over par 73 and Nash a shot further back in a share of 16th place on 74.
The St Enodoc pair are this week competing in the Powerade National Assistants' Championships at Coventry GC. They qualified for the three-day event, which gets under way today, at Honiton in May.
Home pair James Barnard and David E Hughes finished two points clear of the rest of the field in winning the Lord Lieutenant's Trophy at Tehidy Park on Sunday.
They carded an impressive betterball score of 43 Stableford points, with Merlin's Luke Donaghy and James Merryfield runners-up on 41.
Killiow's Rob Pope and Nick Rowarth took third place with 40 points on countback from Tehidy Park pair Justin Barnard and Mark Paull, with Launceston's Mark Cowling and Jamie Baker fifth on 39.
The Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall, Lt Col Edward Bolitho OBE, presented the prizes and thanked all the participants for their support for the event's charity, the St John Ambulance (Cornwall).
Radnor's Mike Kent shot net rounds of 69 and 71 to lift the Learmouth Bowl played over 36 holes of medal in testing conditions at West Cornwall on Sunday.
He finished a shot ahead of the host club's Andy Postans, who pipped his clubmate Phil Weaver on countback.
In the scratch section Perranporth's Conor Wilson clinched victory with a great two under par second round of 67 to take the spoils on countback from China Fleet's Tom Fox, who also had a fine second round of level par 69.
A shot back in third place was Perranporth's Sandy Kirton on 141, who also returned a 69 in the afternoon.
Full results: Handicap – 1, Mike Kent (Radnor) 69+71=140; 2, Andy Postans (West Cornwall) 75+66=141; 3, Phil Weaver (West Cornwall) 72+69=141. Scratch – 1, Conor Wilson (Perranporth) 73+67=140; 2, Tom Fox (China Fleet) 71+69=140; 3, Sandy Kirton (Perranporth) 72+69=141. Best AM – 1, Paul Sandow (WCGC) 69; 2, Ian Hodge (WCGC) 72. Best PM – 1, Tony Watling (WCGC) 69; 2, Peter Darlington (WCGC) 70. Best visitor – Fraser Sidebottom (Ashton under Lyne) 77+70=147.
Earlier in the week Conor Wilson missed qualifying for the matchplay stages of the English Men's Amateur Championship at Frilford Heath in Berkshire by just one shot after shooting rounds of 71 and 74 for a 145 total.
St Enodoc's Joshua Walsh also missed the cut after rounds of 75 and 74 for a 149 total.
Megan Giles, of St Mellion, finished in the top half of the field in the English Girls' Under-15 Open Amateur Championship at Tiverton last week.
After opening with her worst round of the tournament (85), she fought back with a best round of 79 before closing with 84 and 83 for a 331 total and a highly creditable share of 32nd place.
St Mellion pro Ross Whitelock claimed a share of second spot in the PGA West Region's Tavistock Pro-Am last week.
He shot a fine three under par 68 to finish a shot ahead of St Mellion touring pro James Ruth and former St Mellion amateur Adam Frayne, now professional at Yelverton, who tied for fourth place on 69.
Mullion won the Cornwall Golf Mark Championship with 75 Stableford points in the four player team event (two scores to count) at Killiow last week, pipping the host club on countback.
Both Mullion and Killiow have qualified as Cornwall's representatives in the regional final to be played at Came Down GC this Sunday.
Results: 1, Mullion (Tony Bayliss, Gill Bayliss, Damian Hallett, Sam Bisson) 75 pts; 2, Killiow (Mike Noble, Pat Rose, David Harrison, Ben Cousins) 75; 3, St Austell (Andy Mellor, Jane White, Mike Rogers, Lucy Lund) 73.
St Enodoc's Church Course has risen to 14th spot in Golf World's latest ranking series of the Top 100 Golf Courses in England, up two from 16th place when the list first came out just over two years ago.