DICKINSON'S REAL DEAL:
Constable could not have painted a better picture than what we had at Falmouth Golf Club for Terry Dickinson's President's Putter day, writes Brian Shovlin.
Some 150 members teed off in three categories, Men's, Ladies and Juniors in full handicap Medal format. Cool conditions on a course as good as any in the South West Region provided some great scoring.
No day as big this can be achieved on your own and Terry had the Cornish cream of assistants to thank for the success in raising more than £1,500 for his chosen charity, Motor Neuron Disease South West, a charity very close to all our hearts at Falmouth.
Janet Barnicoat and Wynn Wolcott, in charge of the card checking, got everything in order, and Harrold Jefferies ensured the starting on time of players.
Ladies' winner was Pam Annear with a net 68, Jane Wooldridge the Scratch (87), and in the Juniors competition the winner was Liam Ashley with a net 64.
Angus McArthur won the men's section with a round of 64, ahead of runner-up Kieran McVey and third placed Steve Opie. Overall winner was Gary Muchan (net 64).
Special mention to two of our members from one end of the rainbow to the other. Ben Browning, in his first appearance for Cornwall at under16 level, won 4 and 3 at Whitsand Bay.
And surely one of the biggest trophies ever to come Falmouth Golf Club, the South West Seniors, was won by Colin Ross, at East Devon (see also Page 102).
MARGARET A GOOD CHOICE:
Lady golfers from all over West Cornwall converged on Budock Vean to play in the Ladies Invitational.
Each home club member invited a member from another golf club to partner her in a greensome Stableford competition. Moira Hooper made a very wise choice when she invited Margaret Wallis of Falmouth Golf Club, the two players combining superbly to score 47 points.
This was enough to win by four shots from Tricia Blatter and Lynne Chitty (Cape Cornwall), with Barbara Craig and Barbara Roker (Falmouth) third with 42 points
The day was a great success and was thoroughly enjoyed by the visitors who found the golf course in superb condition and are looking forward to returning next year.
Among the other prize winners were Shirley Mildren and Angela Cortis (Falmouth) for the best front nine, Jenny Wake and Helen Carter (Mullion) for the best back nine, Shirley Mildren and Samantha Tolchard for the longest drives in their respective divisions and Barbara Roker for nearest the pin at the ninth hole.
On Sunday the men were also playing in pairs for the Gardner Salvers. The competition is played in the very demanding format of a foursome medal and means that each player must play from where his partner has put him.
Winning pair were Tony Ramsden and Dave Gudzij, who were on song until the 18th, where Tony over-clubbed to go out of bounds.
But the pair held their nerve and escaped with a five to score a net 65 and took the trophy by one shot from Paul Upperton and Dave Tippett, who were left bemoaning their luck on the greens.
Third were Geoff Mills and David Townsend with a fine net 66.5.
OPEN CHARITY DAY:
On Sunday August 11, Budock Vean Golf Club are holding their annual open charity day for Macmillan Cancer Support and ShelterBox.
The format is four ball better ball and there are still some tee off times available. All golfers are welcome and a time can be booked by ringing 01326 252102.
LATER GOLF FOR LOCALS:
The Falmouth Pitch & Putt at Golden Bank has just announced its new opening hours will be from 9.30am to the last tee time of 7.30pm, thus remaining open until dusk seven days a week (weather permitting).
This is to give locals a chance to also come along and enjoy a game during the summer evenings after a working day.
As well as offering challenging holes up to 120 yards in length on the Pitch & Putt course, the popular family venue also has an 18-hole Crazy Golf course and is also ideal for children's parties.
All equipment is provided including clubs for the left handed players and is an excellent way to keep fit and give golf a try. Highlight of the year so far is the hole in one by Callum Davis at the ninth.
The well maintained venue is often used on Saturday mornings by Falmouth Golf Club PGA professional Nick Rogers, who passes on his invaluable knowledge to local junior golfers who do not have to be a member of a golf club.
The accompanying Caddy Shack Cafe with its budget priced menu is also proving a hit and they are open every day from 11am with the last hot food orders at 3.30pm.
Pitch & Putt can be contacted on Telephone number 01326 317311 during working hours.
FALMOUTH PLAYERS GET HOLIDAY BONUS FROM EMMA
Falmouth Hockey Club members were very fortunate when Emma Thomas volunteered to run a coaching session when she was on holiday in the area.
Emma plays for National League club Reading and is a member of the England and GB squads, missing out on being in the Olympic squad last year because of injury.
Emma's coaching was inspirational as she introduced players to some of her training routines and how to develop passing skills.
She also demonstrated and helped players with their reverse stick shooting. All members are hoping that Emma will be on holiday in this area again soon.
Falmouth Hockey Club are meeting for some club games over the summer. Training resumes on Thursday August 29 at Penryn College at 7pm when Back to Hockey sessions are also starting.
Anyone interested in playing hockey who would like further information should phone 01326 315958.