Sammy says farewell with title hat-trick
ST MELLION'S Sammy Giles made it a hat-trick of Cornwall Junior crowns when she won the County Girls Championship for the third successive year over 18 holes at Looe on Sunday.
The 17-year-old's one under par round of 71 on her last appearance in the junior championship before moving up into the senior ranks next year would have been a course record, but it could not be ratified as such as the bunkers were out of play due to heavy overnight rain.
There was more success for the Giles family when Sammy's younger sister Megan easily lifted the Handicap Cup with a superb net 64.
Newquay's Gemma Marsland won the Under-15 Salver with a fine gross 95, while St Enodoc's Shannon Ashcroft lifted the Stableford Cup with 39 points.
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Full results. Scratch Cup: 1, Sammy Giles (St Mellion) gross 72; 2, Emily Toy (Carlyon Bay) 76. Under-15 Salver: 1, Gemma Marsland (Newquay) 95; 2, Laura Andrew (Truro) 96. Handicap Cup: 1, Megan Giles (St Mellion) net 64; 2, Olivia Trewhela (Truro)73. Stableford Cup: 1, Shannon Ashcroft (St Enodoc) 39 pts. Longest drive - Silver: Emily Toy; Bronze: Megan Giles. Nearest the pin – Silver: Sammy Giles; Bronze: Victoria Pawley (Merlin).
Fourteen-year-old Harry Hall became one of the youngest winners of the Cornwall Junior County Championship when he was the only player in the 72-strong field to beat par over 36 holes on his home course at West Cornwall on Sunday.
Playing off a handicap of one, he opened with a level par gross 69 and went one better in the afternoon with a one under par round of 68 for a total of 137 that saw him to a two shot victory over nearest rival Justin Barnard, of Tehidy Park, with Adam Curtis, of Bude and North Cornwall, third on 144.
Hall also lifted the Under-16 scratch prize by a massive 13 shots from runner-up Sam Church, of China Fleet, on 150, with Truro's Jake Finn third on 153.
After the presentation of prizes the team that will represent Cornwall at the South West Boys Championship at Tehidy Park on Wednesday, July 11 was announced.
Cornwall team: Justin Barnard (capt, Tehidy Park), Adam Curtis (Bude & N Cornwall), Harry Hall (West Cornwall), Niall Hutton (St Mellion), Max Irwin, Kyle Fraser (both Mullion), Jake Finn (Truro), Sam Chivers (Perranporth).
Cornwall Junior Championship prizewinners. Under-18 Gross: 1, Harry Hall (West Cornwall) 69+68=137; 2, Justin Barnard (Tehidy Park) 70+69=139; 3, Adam Curtis (Bude & N Cornwall) 71+73=144; 4, Max Irwin (Mullion) 73+75=148. Under-18 Net: 1, Anvesh Kumar (Truro) 67+64=131; 2, Kyle Fraser (Mullion) 68+70=138; 3, Josh Small (Carlyon Bay) 69+70=139; 4, Sean Williams (Newquay) 73+67=140.
Under-16 Gross: 1, Harry Hall (West Cornwall) 69+68=137; 2, Sam Church (China Fleet) 74+76=150; 3, Jake Finn (Truro) 84+69=153; 4, Jack Screech (China Fleet) 77+76=153
Under-16 Net: 1, Noah Badcock (West Cornwall) 61+65=126; 2, Anvesh Kumar (Truro) 67+64=131; 3, Jordan Musitano (West Cornwall) 66+66=132; 4, Tomas Newman (West Cornwall) 72+62=134.
St Mellion's James Ruth carded rounds of three under 69 and a level par 70 for a 141 total, to claim a share of fifth place in the latest Jamega Tour event at Frilford Heath in Berkshire last week.
He finished four shots behind winner Miles Mackman, of Broome Manor, but his prize money of £700 helped lift him up to 26th place in the Tour's Order of Merit
Welsh international Ben Westgate, of Trevose, tied for 15th place in the prestigious Berkshire Trophy at The Berkshire at the weekend.
His 72-hole total of 295 was made up of two rounds of 76 either side of a one under par second round of 71 before he closed with a level par 72. But it was some 15 shots behind winner Josh White, of Chipstead, who retained the title he won last year.
Joe Yorke, of St Mellion, was the only other Cornish player to make the cut, sharing 38th place with a total of 303 (72+76+81+74). St Enodoc's Antony Nash missed the cut and his clubmate Joe Cruse withdrew.
Trevose professional Gary Lenaghan and his assistant Grant Slater finished in a three-way tie for first place in the rain-shortened West Region PGA Fourball Championship at Teign Valley last week.
They were one of three pairs to card a score of eight under par 62 on the first of the two scheduled days, but the second day had to be abandoned after incessant rain flooded the course. But the tournament organisers were determined to get a "proper" result and it was decided to have a play-off in the rain at the short 10th hole.
After the group had made 17 successive pars between them, Barry Austin (Downes Crediton) sank a 25 foot putt to seal victory for himself and his partner Robin Goodey, leaving Lenaghan and Slater in a share of second place. But at least they had the consolation of picking up prize money of £1,100.
Earlier the Trevose pair had made birdies at all the par fives and added birdies at the second, fourth, ninth, 10th and 12th before dropping their only shot at the par three 17th.
Further down the field in a tie for 11th place were Killiow's Richard Sadler and Lanhydrock's Richard O'Hanlon with a five under par 65.
Truro's ladies had a one-two in the Baron Rose Bowl 36-hole medal foursomes event played in miserable conditions at Newquay last week.
County champion Sarah-Jane Boyd and Natalie John (74½+76½=151) just pipped last year's runner-up Anna Sendall, playing with Jenni Hosen (69+83).
Eighteen-year-old Georgia Price, who had such a successful record at the South West Inter County Match Week at Trevose earlier this month, continued her outstanding form when she fired a brilliant gross 72 to set a new ladies' course record at Bude and North Cornwall, beating Susie Curry's record of 73 set 20 years ago.