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Golf: West Briton round-up August 14

By West Briton  |  Posted: August 14, 2014

  • KILLIOW: From left John Cardew, winner of the Handicap Trophy, captain, Roger Hoare, and Rob Pople, winner of the Scratch Trophy at the club's Open Week.

  • SO CLOSE: The Cornwall junior girls' team who just missed out retaining their South West Girls Inter-County Match Week title at Dudsbury, losing to Dorset on the last day. Back row, from left: Laura Andrew (Truro), Victoria Pawley (Trevose), Megan Giles (St Mellion), Emily Wilson (Truro), Lucy Lund (capt, (St Austell), Gemma Marsland (Newquay) Olivia Trewhela (Truro). Front row: Jan Harrison (county captain, Jaqueline Wheeler (county junior organiser) and Abi Maude.

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TRURO'S England international Sarah-Jane Boyd produced a stunning final round of six under par 65 to finish in joint third place in the English Women's Open Amateur Strokeplay Championship at Tandridge last week.

The 22-year-old, who had finished in the same place in the English Women's Amateur Championship at St Enodoc a fortnight ago, was on fire in the final round at Tandridge as she went out in 34 thanks to an eagle at the par 5 ninth hole.

But even better was to follow on the back nine. After a birdie at the 10th, she fired a second eagle at the par 5 12th before closing with a birdie at the last hole to come home in four under par 31. Her round was only bettered in the tournament by the third round 64 posted by eventual winner Hayley Davis, of Dorset.

Earlier Boyd had kept in contention with three consecutive rounds of 74, which contributed to her final total of three over par 287.

Next week she will be trying to regain the Ladies' British Open Strokeplay Championship she won in Ireland two years ago at Ashburnham from August 20-22.

Cornwall's other representative in the championship, St Mellion's Sammie Giles, also left her best to last. After comfortably making the cut with rounds of 78 and 74, she then shot another 78 before closing with a fine 73 for a 303 total that put her in a share of 26th place.

Truro College teenager Harry Hall was a key member of the England team which won the Boys Home Internationals at Western Gailes GC in Scotland last week.

The West Cornwall youngster was one of the stars for England in their dramatic triumph over holders Ireland on the final day, winning the last two holes of his singles match to clinch a one hole victory that proved crucial for his team.

In the opening match against Scotland Hall partnered Marco Penge to a morning foursomes 2&1 win over Calum Fyfe and Niall McMullen before losing his afternoon singles match 5&4 to Adam Fisher. However the England team ran out 8.5-6.5 winners.

On Day 2 Hall again partnered Penge, but this time they suffered a reversal in losing 3&2 to the Welsh pair of Gaelen Trew and Thomas Froom. Hall sat out the afternoon singles but again the team was successful as they beat Wales 10.5-4.5.

On the final and deciding day Penge and Hall were again paired and returned a 3&1 win over Ireland's Thomas Mulligan and Jamie Fletcher. In the afternoon Hall completed a memorable tournament for himself and the team with his dramatic singles victory over Cathal Butler.

Hall, who celebrated his 17th birthday during the Home Internationals, will again be playing in Scotland this week as he chases further success in the British Boys Amateur Championship at both Prestwick and Dundonald Links from August 12-17.

The first stage of the Championship involves 252 players, each of whom plays two rounds of 18 holes, one to be played on each of the two courses. The 64 lowest scores over the 36 holes and ties will compete in the matchplay stage of the Championship.

Perranporth's ladies remained on track to retain their Gammon Trophy title with a comfortable 4½-2½ semi-final victory over West Cornwall at St Austell on Sunday.

In the final they will face Carlyon Bay, who reached the final for first time in the 45-year history of the inter-club competition with a 5-2 victory over Trevose at a windy Truro.

With the course still recovering from heavy overnight rain, the conditions proved to be a true test of the players' character and ability. But Carlyon Bay coped with the elements far better than their opponents and soon booked their place in the final with wins in the first four of the seven singles.

Trevose will host the final on Sunday, September 14 when Perranporth will be hoping to prevent Carlyon Bay from making it first time lucky on their first final appearance.

Cornwall Girls finished a close-up second in the annual South West Girls Inter-County Match Week at Dudsbury last week as they made a gallant attempt to defend the title they won last year.

They made a great start to the competition with a 5-1 victory over Wiltshire and followed up with another good win over Somerset by 4½-1½.

After losing to Gloucestershire 4-2, they bounced back with victory by the same scoreline over eventual winners Dorset before losing their final match against Devon, also by 4-2.

Final placings: 1, Dorset 19.5; 2, Cornwall 17.5; 3, Gloucestershire 16; 4, Devon 14; =5, Somerset and Wiltshire 11.

Cornwall team: Lucy Lund (capt, St Austell), Emily Toy (Carlyon Bay), Victoria Pawley (Trevose), Megan Giles (St Mellion), Emily Wilson (Truro), Olivia Trewhela (Truro), Laura Andrews (Truro), Gemma Marsland (Newquay).

Carlyon Bay pair Jason Gay and Kevin Martin battled through gale force winds to lift the 36-hole Duchy Fourball tournament at Perranporth on Sunday.

In the slightly less testing afternoon conditions they returned a superb 41 Stableford points to add to their morning 35 for a total of 76, just one point ahead of the host club's Mike Norfolk and Simon Wordley (37+38=75), who pipped clubmates Tim Griffin and Ian McKechnie (37+38=75) on countback.

Other scores (Perranporth unless stated). Best AM: Steve & Lucas Wood (Rotherham) 38; 2, Simon Perkins & Mark Bracey (Truro) 35. Best PM: 1, Paul Gay & Jeff Hammett (Carlyon Bay) 39; 2, Bruce Edwards & Martin Cleverly 38.

After three consecutive away defeats Cornwall returned to winning ways with victory over Wiltshire in a Seniors Channel League match at Bude and North Cornwall last week.

The morning fourballs were keenly contested with halved matches being gained by the pairs of Colin Ross and David O'Mahony, Alan Poole and Duncan Powell (helped by a hole in one by Poole at the par three 4th) and Mike Marshall and Simon Harper.

A fine 3&1 win by Peter Verran and new recruit Rod Frost, followed by a closer 1 up victory by Andrew Clotworthy and David Goodman, gave Cornwall at 3.5-1.5 lead at lunch.

Tactical adjustments in the afternoon pairings saw Powell go out first, taking on one of the best SW Counties Seniors, Roger Searle. Powell forced his illustrious opponent to play at his very best in his 3&2 win, an effort that set the tone for the rest of the home players. Wins by Ross 4&3, Clotworthy 5&4, Harper 5&4, Frost 1 up, O'Mahony 3&2, Goodman 2 up and captain Mike Marshall 3&2 gave Cornwall a comfortable10.5-4.5 victory.

The Seniors next Channel League fixture is again at home against Devon at Launceston on August 22. Making his county debut will be Launceston secretary Alan Creber.

Truro youngster Joe Reynard missed the cut by five shots after shooting rounds of 84 and 81 in the Boys Under-14 Open Amateur Strokeplay Championship for the Reid Trophy at Enville GC last week.

Tehidy Park's juniors were left disappointed after being unable to strike a ball in Sunday's abandoned second round of the Junior Champion Club tournament at Woodhall Spa at the weekend.

The remnants of Hurricane Bertha were to blame after it left the Bracken Course unplayable, forcing officials to abandon the round after less than three hours play.

The Tehidy team of Amy Butt and brothers Tom and Josh Chapman played the first of two scheduled rounds on Saturday. Amy returned an excellent 37 points, while Josh and Tom scored 27 and 26 points respectively. In the format where the best two team scores were to count Tehidy Park were left in 22nd place out of the 34 clubs competing.

Cornwall Under-18s went down to a narrow defeat at the hands of Somerset in a Greenaway Shield match at Taunton Vale last week.

Trailing 3-2 after the morning foursomes, the visitors fought hard in the afternoon singles, but despite a massive 9&7 victory by captain Connor Jenkins and wins by Josh Chaplin, Kieran Faulkner and Ben Browning and a half from James Wirth, they were unable to close the deficit as they were defeated by 8½-6½.

Cornwall scores: Foursomes – Jake Finn & Niall Hutton lost 5&3; Kieran Faulkner & Connor Jenkins won 1 up; Josh Chaplin & Connor Davidson won 1 up; Ryan House & Jared Mortimore lost 1 down; Ben Browning & James Wirth lost 5&4. Singles – Finn lost 1 down; Hutton lost 4&3; Chaplin won 4&3; Jenkins won 9&7; Mortimore lost 1 down; Faulkner won 2&1; Davidson lost 3&2; Browning won 4&3; House lost 2&1; Wirth halved. Match result: Somerset 8½, Cornwall 6½.

The Under-18s will be playing another Greenaway Shield match at home to Devon on Friday.

The Cornwall Under 14s team to play Somerset Under 14's at Newquay on Monday has been announced. But the Under-16s fixture against the same county, scheduled to have been played alongside the Under-14s match at the same venue, has been cancelled as Somerset are unable to fulfil the fixture.

Cornwall Under-14 team: Finley Rule (capt, West Cornwall), Joe Reynard (Truro), George Leigh (Trevose), Jack Andrew (Truro), Rhys Kerton (Mullion); Tristan Barnes (West Cornwall).

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