KILLIOW professional Richard Sadler has claimed three top ten finishes in his last three appearances on the PGA West Region circuit after overcoming a mystery back spasm that threatened to bring his season to an early finish.
Having fully recovered from his injury, he shot a superb three under par 68 to share first place with St Mellion's Jack Stevenson and two others in the SAS and Trewarthas Pro-Am at Trethorne last week.
In fifth place on his own was Trevose assistant Grant Slater on 70, with China Fleet's Dominic Rehaag a further shot away in sixth place on 71.
Earlier in the week Sadler was the top Cornish finisher in the Marstons PGA West Championship at Saunton. He posted back to back rounds of level par 71 for a 142 total and a share of eighth place. Slater tied the first round lead after a brilliant four under 67, but slipped down the field after a second round 77 for a 144 total.
On Sunday Sadler was in contention again as he took sixth place in the St Austell Pro-Am with a level par 69, three shots behind Lanhydrock's Richard O'Hanlon, who fired an impressive three under par 66 to win the event. St Enodoc's Nick Williams and Slater shared third place on 68.
The latest event on the West Region circuit was yesterday's Falmouth Pro-Am.
West Cornwall's Harry Hall won the prize for the best Under-15 player at the prestigious South East Boys Championship due to have been played over 72 holes at Yeovil and Sherborne last week.
The 14-year-old fired a fine first round one over standard scratch score of 72 at Yeovil before the second round was washed out by torrential rain.
At Sherborne on the second day he carded rounds of 77 and 75 for a 224 total that saw him finish in joint 17th place overall in the 63-strong field of players mostly older than himself.
China Fleet's Sam Church finished down the field after rounds of 80, 74 and 84 for a 238 total.
The Bude and North Cornwall team of youngsters Adam Curtis, Connor Jenkins and Harry Macauley finished in a highly creditable 14th place in the England Junior Champion Club competition at Woodhall Spa Bracken on Saturday and Sunday.
With two scores to count in the handicap Stableford event, all three youngsters contributed to their team score of 146. The trio were led by two-handicapper Curtis with 39 and 34 points, while five-handicapper Jenkins weighed in with 36 and 33.
Macauley, who plays off a handicap of 24, contributed 30 and 37 as the team finished in the top half of the 32-strong field.
St Enodoc two-handicapper Martin Biddle was crowned Cornwall Seniors champion when he shot a fine two over standard scratch score of 77 in testing conditions at Bowood Park last week.
He had two shots to spare in seeing off the challenge of Cornwall Seniors captain David Goodman, who carded a fine 79 on his home course.
Goodman also had to settle for the runners-up spot in the overall handicap Stableford placings. He posted 35 points, two behind winner Leslie Baker, of Carlyon Bay with 37.
Stableford results by age group. Age 55-59: 1, Roy Sargeant (Perranporth) 34; 2, Martin Biddle (St Enodoc) 34; 3, Mike Hackett (Porthpean) 34. Age 60-64: 1, David Goodman (Bowood Park) 35; 2, Gary Marson (Perranporth) 32; 3, Robert Cope (Tehidy Park) 32. Age 65+: 1, Leslie Baker (Carlyon Bay) 37; 2, Michael Hayes (Budock Vean) 33; 3, John May (Perranporth) 32.
Cornwall's Under-18 team went down to a disappointing 12½-2½ defeat at the hands of their counterparts from Somerset in a Greenaway Shield match at Taunton & Pickeridge last week.
After losing all five of the morning foursomes, they could only add singles wins by Justin Barnard and Josh Chaplin and a half from Jack Screech in the afternoon singles.
Cornwall scores. Foursomes - Niall Hutton & Sam Church lost 2&1; Justin Barnard & Sam Chivers lost 7&5; Josh Chaplin & Kyle Frazer lost 5&4; Connor Warne & Ryan House lost 1 down; Jake Finn & Jack Screech lost 4&2. Singles – Hutton lost 4&3; Barnard won 2&1; Church lost 3&2; Chivers lost 3&1; Chaplin won 2&1; Frazer lost 2&1; Warne lost 2 down; Screech halved; Finn lost 5&4; House lost 8&7. Overall result: Somerset 12½, Cornwall 2½.
Cornwall ladies' second team defeated Devon 2½-1½ in a match played in a new format of four fourball betterball matches at Launceston last week.
Cornwall team: Jan Harrison, Emily Toy, Suzanne Courteney, Lynn Saget, Eugenie Knight, Abi Maude, Paula Coleman and Bev Vann.
Early starters in the field of 140 players in the fourth annual charity golf day in aid of the Cornish Heart Unit Fund had to endure appalling conditions before the rain relented at lunchtime.
Conditions favoured the four-man teams in the afternoon and the quartet of Dave Saget, Glyn Rowett, Michael Hawke and Martin Bullock took full advantage to win the main competition with 88 points (two best Stableford scores to count).
Kevin Rowett, who organised the event, said: "In terms of monies raised, donations are still coming in and the final total will be around £1,800 to £2000, which is a fantastic effort.
"The generosity of people never ceases to amaze me when it comes to supporting this charity and over the past four years a fantastic sum of more than £10,000 will have been raised. Thanks to Steve Andrews Tyres in particular who have been so supportive this year."
St Enodoc Seniors lifted the Fred Rothwell Shield last week with six points to spare from the Piranos of host club Perranporth, with Bowood Park in third place a further point behind.
Ten teams of five pairs, with every player over 60, competed in one of Cornwall's premier seniors' competitions and the high scoring pairs in the early part of the day made for a thrilling finish when the rain earlier in the day finally relented.
The raffle in aid of Cornwall Children's Hospice raised £200. Piranos captain Adam Bareham presented the prizes and praised organiser John Fallick for a great day of golf.
Results. Teams: 1, St Enodoc 185 pts; 2, Piranos 179; 3, Bowood Park 178; 4, Falmouth 172; 5, West Cornwall 171; 6, Carlyon Bay 167; 7, Perran Seniors 165; 8, Launceston 164; 9, Trevose 163; 10, Truro 159. Nearest the pin at 4th: Donald Dunn (Perranporth); at 16th: Des Britton (Falmouth). Longest drive at 10th: Steve Brooking (Piranos). Best pair: David Bee & Alan Price (Falmouth) 42 pts.