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Tehidy Park off to a flying start

By West Briton  |  Posted: October 26, 2012

Clydesdale Bank's David Rogers (left), winner of the 2012 Worldwide Financial Planning Business Service Golf League, collects his trophy from organiser, Matt Higham. See story right.

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LAST year's beaten finalists Tehidy Park, got their campaign in this year's CAW Cornwall Bowl off to a flying start with a convincing 4-1 win over Praa Sands at Falmouth on Sunday.

In the second round, to be played over the weekend of November 3/4, they will meet Bude and North Cornwall, who recorded a thumping 5-0 victory over St Mellion at Launceston on Saturday.

Holders Trethorne also had a comfortable passage into the second round with a 4-1 win over The Point at Polzeath at Merlin on Saturday and will face Perranporth, themselves 4-1 winners over West Cornwall at Newquay on Sunday, in the next round.

Results and draw, page 102.

The first round of the Perranporth Open Winter Foursomes threw up its usual fair share of shock results in perfect golfing conditions on Sunday.

Early casualties in this year's event were former winners, Falmouth pro Nick Rogers and China Fleet amateur Colin Kitt, who went out by a 2&1 margin to Carlyon Bay pair Trevor Stevens and Mike Richards.

Another experienced pairing, six times county champion Ian Veale and former Tehidy Park club champion Peter Simmons, were defeated 3&2 by the Perranporth father and son team of Alastair and Sam Chivers.

The longest match of the day, one of seven that went into 'extra time', saw Truro pair Simon Bray and Steve Tunnicliffe finally see off Falmouth's David Holland and Ritchie Perrin at the fourth extra hole.

The second round will be held on Sunday, November 25, when the first round of the Plate competition will also be played.

Results and draw, page 102.

West Cornwall teenager Matt Richards shot a fine one under par round for 37 Stableford points to win the second round of the Cornwall Winter Golf Series at Bowood Park on Sunday.

The first round at West Cornwall last month had to be cancelled due to torrential rain and gale-force winds. But conditions were perfect this time and the long-hitting 19-year-old, who plays off a plus one handicap, took full advantage.

He had two points to spare ahead of Perranporth's Chris Brown on 35, who pipped the host club's Josh Greenaway for the runners-up spot on countback.

Richards was also second in the handicap section on 36 points, one behind two-handicapper Brown on 37, while Bowood's head greenkeeper Rob Cook was third on 35.

The next round of the Series is due to be played at Perranporth on Sunday, November 11.

Leyton Hardwick, from Wentworth, and professional Michael Lowe, of Leatherhead, improved on second place last year to win the Trevose International Pairs Championship with a 72 hole net score of 356.5.

In second place on 361.5 was Trevose assistant professional Grant Slater and Martin Bullock, of Carlyon Bay, while third place went to last year's winners Antony Nash (St Enodoc) and professional David Wilson, of Eaton GC, on 362.5.

Billy Hemstock, of Tynemouth, won the concurrent 36-hole individual professionals' event with a two round total of 140 from Wilson on 144, with Jon Langmead (Exminster Golf Centre) third on 145.

Now in its 28th consecutive year, the event is uniquely the only 72-hole tournament with a different playing format each day. This year 56 pairs, including 27 professionals, played 18 holes each day with two ball better ball on day 1; rye greensome on day 2; foursomes on day 3; pairs aggregate on day 4.

Results. 1, Leyton Hardwick & Michael Lowe 61+ 78+73.5+144=356.5; 2, Grant Slater & Martin Bullock 68+78+71.5+144=361.5; 3, Antony Nash & David Wilson 67+76+78.5+141= 362.5; 4, Andy Beazley & Jon Langmead 67+70+75.0+151=363.0; 5, Mark Blaber & Paul Hendy 70+79+73.0+142= 364.0; 6, Tom & Tony Hilton 68+73+ 78.0+148=367.0. Professionals' Prize: 1, Billy Hemstock 71+69=140; 2, David Wilson 73+71=144; 3, Jon Langmead 72+73=145.

Three first round matches are due to be played in the Cornwall Team Championship, the county's premier club team event of the winter, this Sunday.

The winners from the six clubs involved will join five other clubs who have been given byes into the quarter-finals, including last year's finalists Trevose and Perranporth. Trevose claimed their 12th CTC title after a nail-bitingly close encounter at St Enodoc last March.

First round draw (all matches start at 8am): St Enodoc v St Austell, at Tehidy Park; Bude & N Cornwall v Carlyon Bay, at Perranporth; Newquay v Truro, at West Cornwall.

Quarter-final draw (matches to be played on Sunday, November 18): Trevose v St Enodoc or St Austell; Bude & N Cornwall or Carlyon Bay v Tehidy Park; West Cornwall v Newquay or Truro; St Mellion v Perranporth.

The first round of the inaugural President's Cup, which replaces the former CTC Plate competition and is for clubs not wishing to enter the CTC, is due to be played this Sunday.

As with the CTC event, the winners of the three first round matches will join five other clubs who have been given byes into the quarter-finals.

As Whitsand Bay, who were due to have played Merlin at Trethorne on Sunday, have withdrawn from the competition, Merlin have been awarded a walkover into the last eight.

First round draw: Merlin w/o Whitsand Bay; Looe v Mullion, at Truro (9am); Falmouth v Killiow, at Mullion (10.30am). Quarter-final draw (matches to be played on Sunday, November 18): Merlin v China Fleet; Looe or Mullion v Falmouth or Killiow; Launceston v Lanhydrock; Bowood Park v Lostwithiel.

Most of the county's top young players will be representing their clubs in the Junior Maxam Cup at Perranporth next Wednesday.

St Enodoc's Katie Rule made history last week as she became the first woman professional to play in a Cornwall County Professional Golfers' Alliance meeting.

And despite heavy showers that delayed the start of play at Lanhydrock for an hour, the 18-year-old carded a fine 34 points to take third place in the individual professionals' section, which was won by Killiow's Richard Sadler with a dazzling 41 points.

Rule, who had 14 pars, three bogeys and one birdie on her card, also finished third in the pairs' section with her father John behind winners Max Billingsley (Lanhydrock) and Ryan Bowers (The Point at Polzeath).

Results. Amateurs: 1, Max Billingsley (Lanhydrock) & Ryan Bowers (The Point at Polzeath) 45 pts; 2, Pete Risely (Killiow), playing with his club pro Richard Sadler, 41; 3, John Rule (Merlin), playing with St Enodoc pro Katie Rule, 39; 4, Paul Chivers & Bill Ferguson (Lanhydrock) 39; 5, Nigel Goodman & Terry Carthew (Bowood Park) 39. Team professionals: 1, Richard Sadler (Killiow) 41 pts; 2, Katie Rule (St Enodoc) 39; 3, Richard O'Hanlon (The Point at Polzeath) 38. Individual professionals: 1, Richard Sadler 41; 2, Richard O'Hanlon 35; 3, Katie Rule 34; =4, Paul Turpin (Carlyon Bay), Andy Michael (China Fleet) 33.

A banker from Truro has enjoyed a bonus after being crowned the Worldwide Financial Planning Business Services Golf League 2012 champion.

Clydesdale Bank's David Rogers turned the disappointment of finishing as runner up in 2011 by coming out top against a 26-strong field from Cornwall's business community.

David became the fifth winner of the annual tournament after beating Worldwide's Jeff Lenihan 5&3 in the final at Truro.

"The final was nip and tuck for the first eight holes but David won a string of holes round turn and there was no way back for Jeff after that," said event organiser and independent financial adviser at Worldwide, Matt Higham.

The competition, which features golfers from Cornwall's business community, takes in a variety of the county's courses and started in May with a group format, which was followed by the knockout rounds.

Entries for the 2013 league are now being accepted. For further information please email Matt Higham at Worldwide Financial Planning on mhigham@wwfp.net or call on 01872 222422.

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