FALMOUTH FESTIVAL WEEK:
Falmouth's Festival Week started on Monday with a two-ball betterball, sponsored by Brian Craig from Trecare Homes.
This very popular open could not have been much more closely contested, with three pairs on 44pts but the winning team coming from Okehampton on 45.
Results: 1 D Williams/C Beardwell 45 pts; 2 A Macarthur/R Weeks 44; 3 S Briers/ T Rowe 44pts.
Tuesday was devoted to the seniors' section with a three man team event best two scores to count. Last year's winning combination of Brian Craig, Gerry Storey,and Chris Beer managed to post another winning score.
On Wednesday the ladies took over the course. Despite the rain and wind , a huge number of ladies participated in the March Hare Team Stableford.
Wednesday was Ladies' day and the event was sponsored by March Hare clothes store in Falmouth. Angela Cortis member of the golf club and March Hare proprietor was thrilled to see so many ladies participating despite the challenging conditions.
Angela and ladies' captain, Ella Richards presented a whole host of team and individual prizes to the winners. Angela was also presented with the Mitchell Trophy which she won last week.
In the team event there were three teams that had the best score of 72 points and so they could only be sorted on the back nine holes as follows; in third place were Jenny Storey, Pam Annear and Donna Craig; in 2nd place Sue Short, Liz Shone and Carmel Connors and in 1st place Brenda Arch, Wendy Plummer and Carol Mitcham.
Thursday is normally a rest day, giving the green staff a chance to catch up, but this year the club tried out an 11-hole individual Stableford with tee times from 3.30pm to 5.00pm, this proved to be very popular with 60 entrants.
Angus MacArthur (27pts) won a putter donated by Falmouth club professional Nick Rogers; there was also a two competition included and with only one two recorded netted Paul Huckle 39 ProV1 golf balls.
Friday's, Texas Scramble team of four event was won by the team of ; L Lynch / G Martin / P Martin / M Mahan 56.4.
Steve Robbins' Hole in One only secured fourth spot for his team playing in the worst of the weather.
Saturday's Team of Four, three scores to count, was won by Steve's team, with a superb effort by Paul Collins, by one point to Dicky Browning's team.
Sunday and the Penance Cup, Mixed Greensome, went ahead despite the dreadful forecast and winners were Liz Thomas / Paul Evans on 41pts.
Steve Burrows, director at Falmouth Golf Club, thanked all his sponsors for the week – Brian Craig (Trecare) Angela Cortiss (March Hare) and Hine Downing (solicitors) for their support. Special thanks to Harold Jeffries, Wynne Woolcott, Nick Rogers, Donna and her team, Simon Johson and team, John and the catering staff for all their hard work.
Despite the mixture of mizzle and rain throughout most of Sunday the President's Putter attracted a very good entry at Budock Vean.
Club president, Captain John Loughnan, had sadly passed away in February and immediate past president Julian Joffe was invited to do the presentation.
Julian paid tribute to John by recognising his organisational skills including donating the putter in advance. Julian also congratulated the committee in not filling John's position and arranging for the putter to be presented posthumously.
Indeed when the putter was presented, much to everyone's amusement, John's favourite long handled putter was given over before the true putter was produced.
Geoff Mills was the deserving winner with a superb net 63 including a terrific one over par back nine 35. Runner-up on the day was Sue Parsons with another good score of net 64, just pipping David Tippett on the countback.
Third was David Penrose also with another fine net 64. Runner-up in the ladies' section was vice captain Jenny Wake with a one under par net 69.
The back nine twos was shared between Dennis McQuillan and Roger Mildren.
The ladies competed for the prestigious Champion of Champions on Wednesday in wet and blustery conditions.
Lesley Upperton played well to card a net 71 to win by one stroke from Fay Joffe. Third was Barbara Craig with a net 76.
This Sunday is the Bill Rowe Memorial Trophy. Bill was a very popular figure was a member at Budock Vean and founded the WC Rowe bakery chain.
The morning and afternoon players will be treated to a pasty and various snacks at the end of their rounds, courtesy of WC Rowe.
EMILY A STAR OF FUTURE:
The athletics season has unearthed a potential star of the future among the students of Truro High School, Penryn's Emily Williams.
Without any training beyond PE lessons, 12-year-old Emily, a Year 7 pupil, finds herself ranked in the top ten performing pentathlon athletes for her age group in the UK.
Her most recent successes include winning the County Schools Combined Event with a score more than 300 points ahead of her nearest rival, the County Track and Field Championships and, at the County Athletics Championships, she won the high jump and came second in the 800m.
She also won the 800m at the county level Year 7 and 8 championships by more than half a lap and came second in the high jump.
Outside school Emily competes in tetrathlon for the Four Burrow Pony Club, last year qualifying to represent the South West in the under 15s age group.
She is also a talented netball player and has recently been promoted out of her age group on the county netball squad to the under 14s so she is eligible for selection to the county team.
Emily has been a pupil at Truro High since the age of three and has frequently demonstrated her sporting ability. This year, as a member of the senior school, there have been more competitive opportunities and her true potential has emerged.
Head of PE for Truro High School, Kathryn Barbery-Redd, said: "I am really pleased with Emily's commitment to sport.
"She is an extremely valuable member of many of our school teams, including our hockey team, the current county champions.
"She has a very unassuming manner and I don't think she herself realises quite the potential she has. She is definitely a name to watch out for in the future – be it in netball, athletics, cross country or tetrathlon.
"As an indication of what she could achieve, we've been working on her high jump technique in the last few days and in just one week Emily has improved her performance from clearing 1.21m to 1.35m.
"We've encouraged her to join an athletics club because who knows what she could achieve with that extra coaching."
FALMOUTH ROAD RUNNERS OUT IN FORCE AT STICKER:
Falmouth Road Runners were out in force once again representing the town at another exotic location in Cornwall, writes Jules Evans.
The Sticker 5 mile race is a super little race with a real village feel to it. The race starts and finishes at the local football ground with a long sprint at the finish to give an exciting spectacle to the crowd.
Some 31 brave Falmouth Road Runners turned out in the strong winds to do battle between themselves and the other clubs.
The rain stayed away and at some points around the course and out of the wind the temperatures did rise to cause the occasional bead of sweat on the forehead.
Rich Dalton was once again the first home for Falmouth coming in at 17th overall. Tammy Jenkin took the honours for the ladies finishing in 118th.
A total of 411 completed the course which goes out through the village and past the village pub where many supporters wait to cheer on the runners with a pint in their hands.
There are only a couple of decent hills on the course and the first of these is within mile one. This settles the race down and then it's off into some great countryside with fantastic views over the mid Cornwall area. The next test is at the three and a half mile point where a hill seems to go on and on forever, across the main road and back towards the relative civilisation of the village.
After a series of twists and turns you begin to hear the noise of the start finish area and you know that the end will soon be with you.
Eight of the Falmouth men finished within 90 seconds of each other making for some really competitive racing between club members.
There were a lot of tired bodies lying on the grass after crossing the finishing line who couldn't have given any more.
A fantastic effort from everyone again for getting themselves out there and putting Falmouth on the running map of the county.
Some members of the Falmouth Fast Feet junior running club took part in the one mile fun run prior to the five-mile race and all thoroughly deserved their finishers' medals for completing the event in super quick times.
NORMAN NICHOLLS EVENT PROVES POPULAR AGAIN:
The annual Norman Nicholls tournament at St Keverne on Saturday proved very popular with 11 teams entering the Primary School group and eight teams entering the Under 16 group.
The groups were played on a league basis and after some entertaining and exciting football, the final placings for the Norman Nicholls Shield in the Under 16 group and presented to the winners by Norman's grand daughter, Naomi Elliott, along with medals for each team was won by Constantine A with Parc Eglos runners-up.
In the under 16 category two leagues of four were drawn, with the winners from each group playing a final which was won 3-1 by Peters Posse, the Inevitables being runners-up. This trophy, together with medals for both teams, was presented by Norman's daughter Janet Elliott.
In a tight senior group the trophy was won by St Keverne, who had a superior goal difference to runners-up Ladyboys. Third position went to Peter's Posse, again the presentation was made by Janet.
Among the referees were Simon Richards, Tim Pound and Kevin and Luke Tripconey.
The ladies of the committee provided refreshments and a barbecue. Comperes for the day were Michael Williams and Ian Edwards.
The annual tournament is in aid of Playing Field funds.