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Golf: West Briton round-up March 13

By West Briton  |  Posted: March 13, 2014

  • PRO OF THE YEAR: Former Truro professional Nigel Bicknell (left) receives his award from Peter Laugher, captain of the West Region, after being named the PGA professional of the year by the PGA of England and Wales (South West) in the annual awards ceremony at Woodbury Park.

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TRURO'S reigning England strokeplay champion Sarah-Jane Boyd had mixed fortunes when she represented her country in the European Nations Women's Championship at Sotogrande last week.

She started the event with a superb 73 that left her tied for second place in the individual championship.

But her disappointing second round of 86 dropped her down the field.

To her credit, she bounced back with a third round 77 and closed with a 79 for a 315 total that saw her into a tie for 17th place. With two scores to count in the three-woman team event, she contributed in every round except the second as England finished in fourth place, just missing out on the medals by one shot.

Nigel Bicknell, who retired as Truro professional after 40 years, was named the PGA professional of the year by the PGA of England and Wales (South West) in the annual awards ceremony at Woodbury Park.

Bicknell joined the PGA in 1965 and trained at Dyrham Golf Club in North London. He was instrumental in building Tall Pines Golf Club near Bristol in 1989.

His passion has always been for coaching and he has mentored more than 100 juniors to attain a minimum of county standard at junior or senior level with 16 becoming golf professionals.

Bicknell has taught a number of players who have represented their country including Billy Downing, Tom Murtagh, Matt Floyd who represented England Boys.

Perhaps his greatest success was with Rhys and Ben Enoch who both won Welsh national titles and were full Wales internationals.

Others included, Lynda Simpson, English Strokeplay champion and a Curtis Cup player, and Sarah-Jane Boyd who is a current England international, British Open Amateur Strokeplay champion in 2012 and the current English Women's champion.

Two clubs with a long history of success in the 61-year history of the Cornwall Team Championship (CTC) will lock horns in this year's final at Perranporth on Sunday (8.30am start).

Trevose have won the title 12 times before, while their opponents Tehidy Park have emerged as winners ten times. Only 16-times former champions Newquay have won the title on more occasions than this year's finalists.

An array of county players will be pitting their skills against each other, with three former county champions in the respective line-ups.

For Trevose Mike Reynard has a hat-trick of titles to his name, while on the Tehidy side are Richard Simmons, who has won the county crown twice, and Ian Veale, who has a record-equalling six titles to his credit.

Teams. Trevose: Phil White, Mike Reynard, Ben Westgate, Nick Gammon, Guy Norris, Richard Ackland, Steve Davies, Mark Pawley. Ninth man: Jon Tremain.

Tehidy Park: Richard Simmons, Peter Simmons, Andrew Clotworthy, Justin Barnard, Rob MacGregor, Ross Lawrence, Ian Veale, Tom Rowe. Ninth man: Aaron Ashcroft.

Bowood Park will be aiming to retain their President's Trophy title when they take on Merlin at Perranporth on Sunday (9.30am start).

The defending champions, who defeated Falmouth in a closely fought inaugural final last year, recorded an impressive 8-1 win over China Fleet in this year's semi-final.

Meanwhile, their opponents came through a tough semi-final against last year's losing finalists Falmouth, emerging winners by a narrow 5-4 margin. They will be making their first ever appearance in a county final.

Teams. Bowood Park: Lee Bowers, Len Flower, Mike Barrett, Tom Francis, Rob Pedlar, Nigel Connolly, Ryan Bowers, Rob Cook, Josh Greenaway.

Merlin: Robert Hall, Ben Crossley, Nigel Pryor, Adrian Steele, Ricky Hughes, Dave Osgood, Zac Burrough, Cary Clark, Carl Burley.

A brilliant three under par back nine, that included five birdies, saw Bowood Park golf manager Josh Greenaway to his fourth successive Winter Golf Series Order of Merit title under cloudless skies at Trevose on Sunday.

Going into this sixth and final round of this season's series, sponsored by The Print Environment and eSchools, Greenaway was just one point behind leader Steve Chapman, of St Enodoc. The two were paired together and had a great battle throughout.

Playing off the blue tees, both were in good form, but Greenaway produced some outstanding golf to pip his rival by just a single point despite bogeying the final hole.

West Cornwall's Phil Weaver just pipped Tehidy Park's Rob MacGregor for third place in the final OoM standings.

However, winner on the day was St Enodoc's Joe Cruse, whose superb six under par round for 42 Stableford points earned him back-to-back victories in the scratch series, having won the previous event off the white tees on the same course. In second place with 41 points was Matt Richards (West Cornwall), just beating home player Mike Reynard on countback over the back nine.

In the handicap event, West Cornwall's 14-year-old junior James Worth carded 41 points to win by one point from Cruse and Richards in second and third places respectively.

Truro's county player Jake Finn, who has played consistent golf all winter, took the Junior Order of Merit title from West Cornwall's Harry Hall in second place and Falmouth's Ben Browning third.

The top eight in the OoM standings, plus two wild cards to be announced this Sunday, will now take on the Cornwall PGA professionals at West Cornwall on Sunday, April 6.

Those players automatically selected are: Josh Greenaway (Bowood Park), Steve Chapman St Enodoc), Phil Weaver (West Cornwall), Rob MacGregor (Tehidy Park), Adam Taylor (Perranporth), Joe Cruse (St Enodoc), Adam Curtis (Bude & N Cornwall)) and Mike Reynard (Trevose).

Round 6 results. Scratch - 1, Joe Cruse 42 pts; 2, Matt Richards 41; 3, Mike Reynard 41. Handicap – 1, James Wirth 41; 2, Matt Richards 40; 3, Joe Cruse 40.

Final WGS Order of Merit: 1, Josh Greenaway 56.5pts; 2, Steve Chapman 55.5; 3, Phil Weaver 45; 4, Rob MacGregor 44.5; 5, Adam Taylor 43; 6, Joe Cruse 40; 7, Adam Curtis 37.5; 8, Mike Reynard 36.5.

Final Junior Order of Merit: 1, Jake Finn (Truro) 43.33; 2, Harry Hall (West Cornwall) 28; 3, Ben Browning (Falmouth) 22.5.

Home pair Ashley Fieldhouse and Clive Bicknell took the pairs prize with an impressive 42 Stableford points at the latest meeting of the Cornwall County Professional Golfers' Alliance at Newquay last week.

The individual professional's prize was shared by Killiow's Richard Sadler and Newquay's Chris Gill, who both shot level par rounds for 36 points.

The next Alliance meeting will be at Mullion on Thursday, March 20.

Full results: Pairs – 1, Ashley Fieldhouse & Clive Bicknell 42 pts; 2, Gary Lenaghan (Trevose) & Richard Johnson (Carlyon Bay) 40; 3, Ross Whitelock & Cameron Kenworthy (St Mellion) 40; 4, Will Sumner & Chris Watkins (Carlyon Bay) 40; 5, Darragh Dunleavy & Matt Gunn (Truro) 39. Individual professionals – 1=, Richard Sadler (Kilkliow), Chris Gill (Newquay) 36 pts; 3, Ross Whitelock (StMellion) 34; 4=, Antony Nash (St Enodoc), Richard O'Hanlon (The Point at Polzeath) 33.

The final of this year's popular Golfbreaks.com PGA Fourball Championship, supported by BMW, is being staged on the Jack Nicklaus signature course at St Mellion from August 20-22 when 60 pairs of PGA pros will go head-to-head in the 54-hole final.

This is the first time the PGA has staged a national final at St Mellion since the venue hosted the 1978 PGA Cup. Competition to reach the event will be hot with more than 550 pros competing in seven regional qualifiers across the UK.

The first of the regional qualifiers will be staged on June 16 at Bush Hill Park with the remainder taking place at Swindon, Filton, Musselburgh, Headfort and Woodcote Park with the last one at Woodsome Hall on July 31.

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