Westgate at double after Winter win on countback
WALES amateur international Ben Westgate, of Trevose, made it two wins in a row as he carded 35 Stableford points to win the latest round of the Cornwall Winter Golf Series at Newquay on Sunday.
But Westgate, who also won the previous round at Perranporth in November, needed countback to pip Bowood Park's Josh Greenaway. In third place was Joe Yorke, of St Mellion, with 34 points, one ahead of West Cornwall pair Matt Richards and Phil Weaver. With two rounds remaining Richards still leads the Order of Merit with 48.83 points, just ahead of Greenaway on 47.5, with Westgate hot on their heels with 38.5 from just two appearances.
Results. Scratch – 1, Ben Westgate (Trevose) 35pts; 2, Josh Greenaway (Bowood Park) 35; 3, Joe Yorke (St Mellion) 34; 4, Matt Richards (West Cornwall) 33; 5, Phil Weaver (W Cornwall) 33. Handicap – 1, Matt Williams (Truro) 36 pts; 2, Connor Davidson (Mullion) 35; 3, Phil Weaver (W Cornwall) 35; 4, Joe Yorke (St Mellion) 34.
Truro's Spike Drew took the amateur honours at the latest meeting of the Cornwall Professional Golfers' Alliance played in bitterly cold conditions at St Enodoc.
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Despite the weather 100 players took part in the event, Drew carding 38 Stableford points and having one shot to spare in pipping Gary Hooper, of St Austell, on 37.
St Austell pro Russell Binney took the individual professional's prize with a two over par 34 points, three clear of Mark Arrowsmith (St Enodoc), Richard O'Hanlon (The Point at Polzeath) and Paul Turpin (Carlyon Bay), all on 31.
The next Alliance meeting will be at Trevose on Thursday, January 10.
Full results. Amateurs: 1, Spike Drew (Truro), playing with Carlyon Bay teaching pro Scott Richards, 38 pts; 2, Gary Hooper (St Austell), playing with his club pro Russell Binney, 37; 3, Graham Hawken (Carlyon Bay), playing with his club pro Paul Turpin, 36; 4, Antony Nash & Martin Biddle (St Enodoc) 36; 5, Michael Hayes (Budock Vean) & Mike Eddy (Tehidy Park) 36; 6, Steve Liddicoat (Newquay), playing with his club pro Joe Cant 36; Mark Swift & Phil Martyn-Uglow (Launceston) 36.
Team professionals: 1, Scott Richards (Carlyon Bay) 38 pts; 2, Russell Binney (St Austell) 37; 3=, Paul Turpin (Carlyon Bay), Joel Cant (Newquay) 36. Individual professionals – 1, Russell Binney 34 pts; 2=, Mark Arrowsmith (St Enodoc), Richard O'Hanlon (The Point at Polzeath), Paul Turpin (Carlyon Bay) 31.
Despite doubts about his fitness after a recent bout of glandular fever, Truro's Rhys Enoch is still hoping to set out on the next stage of his quest for golfing stardom in the coming few weeks. The 24-year-old former Wales amateur international, who won his first tournament on his debut as a professional on the Jamega Tour at Bowood in Wiltshire in September, is this week competing in the final stage of the Alps Tour's Qualifying School played over three days at La Cala Resort near Marbella in Spain.
In a practice round on Sunday he displayed impressive form with eight birdies and two eagles. But his father Steve warned: "Rhys is still recovering from the after-effects of the glandular fever and had to use a buggy for the last nine holes as he was too tired to walk."
Nevertheless, in the opening round of Q School on Monday Enoch shot a one under par 71, including four birdies.
He returns from Spain at the end of this week to spend Christmas a home in Cornwall and is then due to fly back to Spain for a few days of practice with Neil Matthews, his coach at Celtic Manor where he is the resort's touring pro, and European Tour player Philip Price.
Enoch Snr said: "Rhys needs some match practice, so that's the idea behind the trip."
In the New Year he is hoping to be fit enough to jet out to South Africa in search of a player's card on the Sunshine Tour. The qualifying school is being held at Schoeman and Bloemfontein Golf Clubs from January 15-19.
"He's not sure at the moment if he's going to be fit enough to go to South Africa, but we'll decide after Christmas," said his father.
"If he does manage to make the trip, it's all about giving himself different options because as well as the Sunshine and Alps Tours, he already has several events lined up on the Challenge Tour in Europe."