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Golf: West Briton round-up March 27

By West Briton  |  Posted: March 27, 2014

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CORNWALL'S men delivered a resounding victory to new county captain Richard Simmons in his first match in charge, thumping the Royal Navy 13-2 in the annual friendly fixture at Tehidy Park on Saturday.

Simmons, of Tehidy Park, was delighted with the team's performance.

He said: "The result was never in doubt, but a good run-out all the same.

"There was some great early-season golf on a course that has suffered over the last few months, but turned out in terrific condition – and will be quite stunning come County Week in May."

Tom Fox (China Fleet) was in electric form, leading out the side in both the foursomes and singles. The quality of his ball striking was acknowledged by the players he beat in the morning and afternoon.

His singles victim, a solid two-handicap player, was unable to live with the power and shot-making of his plus-two opponent.

After being demolished 7&6 by the former county champion, who rattled in a flurry of birdies that left him five under par when the match came to an early end after 12 holes, his shell-shocked opponent said: "It's just a different game altogether."

But Fox's singles victory was not the biggest of the day as Launceston's Richard Jasper registered an even more one-sided 8&7 win. There were other comfortable victories right through the order, including wins for former six times county champion Ian Veale and Rob MacGregor, both of Tehidy Park, and Perranporth pair Conor Wilson and Chris Fleming.

The only Cornish player to miss out was Steve Davis (Trevose), who battled hard from five down with six to play to take his match up the 18th, where he jammed the back of the hole with his birdie putt only to see the ball pop out.

Earlier, the hosts had won three and halved the other two morning foursomes with Fox and Adam Curtis (Bude and North Cornwall) setting the tone for the rest of the match with a fine 3&1 win as Cornwall led 4-1 at lunch.

Simmons' men will be looking for a repeat of this performance when they take on Gwent in their opening Channel League match at Perranporth on Sunday, April 20.

Stalwarts Joe Cruse (St Enodoc) and four-time Winter Golf Series champion Josh Greenaway (Bowood Park) will be available to return to the side for this all-important opening fixture.

Cornwall results. Foursomes – Tom Fox & Adam Curtis won 3&1; Ian Veale & Steve Davis halved; Harry Hall & Matt Richards won 6&5; Rob MacGregor & Richard Jasper won 6&5; Conor Wilson & Chris Fleming halved. Singles – Fox won 7&6; Veale won 4&3; Hall won 4&3; Davis lost 1 down; MacGregor won 3&2; Jasper won 8&7; Curtis won 3&2; Richards won 4&3; Wilson won 3&2; Fleming won 3&2. Overall match score: Cornwall 13, Royal Navy 2.

Truro's reigning English ladies strokeplay champion Sarah-Jane Boyd faces a crucial few weeks in her bid to be selected for this year's Curtis Cup team, which will be announced in May.

Her first engagement is the prestigious 36-hole Leveret Trophy at Formby in Lancashire on Saturday, April 5.

Depending on her result there, she may also play in another top one-day tournament over 36 holes, the Hampshire Rose, at North Hants on April 13.

She then moves north of the border to play in the Scottish Ladies Open Championship at Troon over 54 holes from April 25-27 before going on to Prestatyn for the Welsh Ladies Open on May 3/4.

The PGA South West season kicks off in earnest with the traditional and ever popular seasonal opener, the Cornish Festival, which is played over three of the county's top courses at Trevose, St Enodoc and Newquay from next Tuesday, April 1 to Thursday, April 3.

Entries for the festival have been received from four former Ryder Cup players - last year's winner Peter Baker, joint winner in 2012 Paul Broadhurst, Steven Richardson and Weshman Phillip Price.

Guy Norris, of Trevose, and Falmouth's Tristan Gurd overcame strong winds and rain to card 39 Stableford points and win the pairs prize at the latest meeting of the Cornwall County Professional Golfers'Alliance at Mullion last week.

They finished just a point ahead of Newquay professional Chris Gill and China Fleet amateur John Sanders on 38.

Gill also shared the individual professional's prize with Killiow's Richard Sadler after both shot three over par rounds for 33 points. The next Alliance meeting is at Falmouth on Thursday, April 10.

Full results. Pairs – 1, Guy Norris (Trevose) & Tristan Gurd (Falmouth) 39 pts; Chris Gill (Newquay) & John Sanders (China Fleet) 38; 3, Matt Richards (West Cornwall) & Marek Churcher (Falmouth) 36; 4, Paul Martin & Will Sumner (Carlyon Bay) 36; 5, Richard Sadler (Killiow) & Max Pocklington (Newquay). Individual professionals – 1=, Chris Gill, Richard Sadler 33 pts; 3, Grant Slater (Trevose) 31; 4, Paul Turpin (Carlyon Bay) 30; 5=, Paul Martin, Antony Nash (St Enodoc), Richard O'Hanlon (The Point at Polzeath), Dan Wood (Ivyleaf) 29.

Mother and son Debbie Sedgeman and Martin Harding, from West Cornwall, shot a fine round of 38 Stableford points to win the Cornwall Ladies' start-of-the-season Mixed Greensomes at a bright and breezy Newquay on Sunday.

They were closely followed by home members Sue and Charlie Phillips on 37, with Newquay ladies' captain Janet Cox and her husband Frank third on 35.

Results: 1, Debbie Sedgeman & Martin Harding (West Cornwall) 38 pts; 2, Sue & Charlie Phillips (Newquay) 37; 3, Janet & Frank Cox (Newquay) 35. First 9 holes: Helen Carson (Mullion) & Scott Willett (Praa Sands) 19. Second 9 holes: Liz & Robert Gillman (Perranporth) 19.

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