St Enodoc's ladies make it six of best in Gammon
ST ENODOC'S ladies clinched their sixth Gammon Trophy title when they defeated last year's losing finalists Tehidy Park in a closely fought final at Trevose on Sunday.
The winners' latest triumph, by a 5-2 margin, came in the 42nd holding of the event, which is the principal ladies' club team tournament of the season.
Although the final scoreline was emphatic in St Enodoc's favour, there were some close matches. St Enodoc's Jean Tatum led Nikki Hodge early on, but then had to withstand a brave comeback by the Tehidy player before sealing a one hole victory on the 18th green.
Sue G Jones led Tehidy's Chris Williams for a while, but was pegged back to all square on the 17th and lost the final hole.
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It was one of only two defeats for the north coast side as wins by Sue Ofield, Bev Vann, Sarah Sandercock and Lauren Williams ensured the St Enodoc team, captained by Meg Godfrey, deservedly claimed the title.
Results (St Enodoc first): Sarah Sanderson lost to Rachael Phillips 6&4; Jean Tatum bt Nikki Hodge 1 up; Sue Ofield bt Hilary Wood 5&3; Sue G Jones lost to Chris Williams 1 down; Bev Vann bt Gloria Sandow 3&2; Sarah Sandercock bt Lyn Brooks 3&1; Lauren Williams bt Amanda East 6&4. Match result: St Enodoc 5, Tehidy Park 2.
County champions Trevose finished in a highly creditable 13th place in the 32-strong field in the English Champion Club tournament at Stoneham Golf Club, near Southampton, at the weekend. The trio of Nick Gammon, Mike Reynard and Philip White returned an aggregate score of 452 in the scratch medal event over 36 holes in which all three scores counted.
All three players improved on their first round scores on the second day, Gammon following his opening 80 with a 76, while Reynard shot 78 and 71 and White 76 and 71.
Cornwall pulled off an impressive Channel League win away to Gloucestershire at Henbury, Bristol.
The morning foursomes saw Cornwall take a 3-2 lunchtime lead with convincing wins for Joe Cruse and Tom Fox and also for Richard Ackland partnering Richard Simmons. Matt Richards and Richard Jasper managed a halved match, as did Josh Greenaway and Anthony Nash.
In the afternoon singles matches the first two games went the way of Gloucestershire, but the next six members of the Cornish team all secured wins to ensure victory for Cornwall by a score of 9-6. Cornwall play their final match of the 2012 Channel League season at home to Glamorgan at St Enodoc on Sunday, October 7, but only an unlikely 15-0 whitewash would enable them to overtake Devon and win the title. But victory would at least ensure they take the runners-up spot for the second consecutive year.
Cornwall scores v Gloucestershire: Foursomes – Matt Richards & Richard Jasper halved; Matt Lock & Jon Hancock lost 3&2; Joe Cruse & Tom Fox won 4&2; Antony Nash & Josh Greenaway halved; Richard Simmons & Richard Ackland won 4&2. Singles – Richards lost 7&6; Jasper lost 2&1; Hancock won 2&1; Fox won 2 up; Cruse won 4&3; Greenaway won 1 up; Nash won 5&3; Lock won 1 up; Ackland lost 3&2; Simmons lost 2&1. Match result: Gloucestershire 6, Cornwall 9.
In the final match of the 2012 Seniors Channel League season Cornwall took on old rivals Devon at Tehidy Park. Following their defeat by Gloucestershire the previous week, Cornwall could not catch the five straight winning Devon, who were already assured of being league champions, but second place in the league was still up for grabs.
The match was nicely poised at 3-2 in favour of Devon at the lunch interval after the morning foursomes.
The afternoon singles were led off by Tehidy Park's Dave O'Mahony, who gained a creditable half, but then followed three singles losses, at which point overall defeat in the match seemed likely.
However, a great fightback saw Cornwall gain four wins and two halves from the last six matches to secure the 7.5 points necessary for a drawn match and the half point that clinched second place in the final league table.
The result was secured by wins from Alan Poole (St Mellion), Mike Hayes (Budock Vean), Mike Eddy (Tehidy Park) and Peter Marshall (St Mellion), plus halves from Mike Marshall (St Mellion) and Dave Goodman (Bowood Park).
Merlin's current vice-captain Lennie Spark and his partner Gerald Smith took the honours in winning the Lord Lieutenant's Trophy held on their home course on Sunday.
The competition, which raises money for the Cornish St John Ambulance charity and was first held in 1994, was the re-run of the event which had fallen victim to heavy rain at the beginning of August.
Spark and Smith scored 42 points in the betterball competition played off three-quarters handicap to pip Falmouth's Brian Shovlin and Marek Churcher, who scored 41.
In third place were late replacements Steve Harvey and David Lawry (Merlin), also with 41. Fourth place went to the captain and vice-captain pairing from Falmouth, Mike Hodges & Bob Croft, with 40.
Jamie O'Hara, 29, has been appointed the new professional at Lanhydrock following the departure of Richard O'Hanlon to become head coach at The Point at Polzeath.
He decided to turn professional nine years ago and completed his training at East Devon before taking an assistant's job at St Mellion.
He then became teaching pro at Boringdon Park in Plymouth before landing his new job at Lanydrock. He said: "I see my job as more of a club role, helping to boost the membership and teaching youngsters through the club's links with Bodmin College."