Newquay pair fight back to clinch spot in foursomes final
NEWQUAY'S David Pryor and Andy Hancock will make their maiden appearance in the final of the Perranporth Open Winter Foursomes, sponsored by West Country Properties, after coming from behind to defeat Hayle Golf professional Wayne Graham and West Cornwall scratch player Matt Richards on Sunday.
One down after the first nine holes, the Newquay pair, who were receiving seven shots from their opponents, hit a rich vein of form to win the next four holes.
It proved to be a match-winning lead as they halved the next two holes before closing out the match on the 16th green for a hard-fought 3&2 victory.
"To be honest, it wasn't the best golf, but that was mainly because of the weather, which was mizzly and breezy," said Pryor.
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"But we're delighted to be in the final in only our second year in the competition."
They will face the host club's Alastair Chivers and his 18-year-old son Sam, who defeated another Perranporth father and son duo, Norman and Sandy Kirton.
The Chivers, who had gone out at the quarter-final stage in both of the last two years, were three up at the turn and increased their lead to five up at the 11th.
Despite losing the 13th, they duly booked their place in the final with a net birdie at the next for a 5&4 win.
"The match was played in a good spirit and the final is going to be interesting as we have exactly the same handicaps as our Newquay opponents, so effectively it will be played off scratch."
The final will be played in a fortnight's time on Sunday, February 17, over 36 holes.
Trethorne will be hoping to take another step towards setting up the first leg of what could be a notable double when they take on St Enodoc in the semi-final of the Frank Wills Salver at Perranporth on Sunday (11.45am start).
The club has also reached the semi-final stage in the CAW Cornwall Bowl where they will face Mullion at Trevose on Sunday February 17.
The winners of Sunday's Salver semi-final will face either Tehidy Park or Looe, who meet at St Enodoc, also on Sunday (10am).
Both the finals of the Frank Wills Salver and CAW Cornwall Bowl will be played at Perranporth on Sunday, March 10.
Touring professional Rhys Enoch, from Truro, made the most of his invitation to play in the Gujarat Kensville Challenge at Ahmedabad, India last week when he posted a hugely impressive four under par 72-hole score of 284 for a share of eighth place and 4,700 euros in prize money.
The 24-year former Wales amateur international opened with a one under par round of 71 that included a near eagle at the 621-yard 17th. After a 359-yard drive, his 259-yard three iron to the green landed 20 feet from the pin, but he had to settle for a birdie when his putt lipped out.
A level par second round 72 saw him easily make the cut with four shots to spare and he followed up with a fine 70 that included three birdies and just one bogey before finishing with another 71.
His four birdies in the final round took his tally for the Challenge Tour event to 14, with just eight bogeys and one double bogey – proof of his return to form after a long layoff with glandular fever.
Despite his high finish in India only the top five get automatic entry into next week's Challenge Tour event, the Barclays Kenya Open in Nairobi.
Unless he gets an invitation to that event, he may have to wait until the first week in March for the season's opening Alps Tour tournament – the Red Sea Little Venice Open in Egypt. Enoch won his Alps Tour card when he finished in second place in the Qualifying School in Spain last December.
This season's Cornwall Winter Golf Series draws to its conclusion on Sunday when the final event in the five-round series will be played at St Enodoc.
At stake will be a place in the Cornwall Amateurs team that will take on the County Professionals at Trevose on Sunday, March 17. The amateur team will comprise the top eight in the Order of Merit plus two wild cards.
Matt Richards (West Cornwall) currently leads the OoM with 48.83 points from last year's winner, Bowood Park's Josh Greenaway, on 47.5 points, with Ben Westgate (Trevose) third on 38.5.
Cornwall's juniors defeated a County Ladies' team on a cold day of intermittent heavy showers at Carlyon Bay on Saturday.
There were five fourball betterball matches played off handicap and the girls came out on top with a 4-1 winning margin.
Results (girls' names first): Emily Toy & Amy Wellington bt Judith Ryder & Lauren Hulsten 1 up; Megan Giles & Lucy Lund bt Nikki Hodge & Suzanne Courteney 3&2; Eugenie Knight & Charlotte Brook bt. Wendy Briggs & Abi Maude 1 up; Laura Andrew & Gemma Marsland halved with Louisa McCartney & Victoria Pawley; Annie McKelvey & Shannon Ashcroft halved with Jan Harrison & Sara Taylor.
St Austell Golf Club has been chosen as one of the 30 venues nationwide that will be hosting the Lee Westwood Golf Camps, a brand new coaching initiative.
The three-day coaching camps are aimed at seven to 16-year-olds and PGA professionals will deliver tuition following the structure set in place by Westwood and his team. During the course of the camp there will be a number of skills challenges which will create a national leaderboard.
The top golfers at the end of the season will win a place at the Lee Westwood Golf Camps National Final, where the best performers will compete for the chance to visit his golf school in Florida and, schedule permitting, the chance to meet the former World No 1 himself and maybe take him on for a few holes.
At St Austell, club professional Russell Binney will be delivering the coaching and there are two separate three-day camps booked during the summer holidays on Wednesday, July 24 to Friday, July 26 and Tuesday, August 27 to Thursday, August 29.
To book a place on the Lee Westwood Golf Camp, or for more information on the event, call 01829 730753 or go to the website www.leewestwoodgolfcamps.com