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West Briton Golf round-up May 8

By West Briton  |  Posted: May 08, 2014

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PERRANPORTH county regular Conor Wilson lifted the Cornish Closed Championship for the second time in three years at Newquay on Sunday.

Playing off a plus two handicap, Wilson shot impressive rounds of 67 and 69 for a 136 total, four shots clear of runner-up and fellow county player Tom Fox, of China Fleet, with back-to-back 70s for a 140 total, with third place going to St Enodoc's Josh Walsh a further shot behind on 141 (73+68).

Wilson's morning round of two under par 67 was the lowest of the first round and saw him take a one shot lead over Jon Hancock, of Newquay. Two more players from the host club, Matt Lock and PGA professional Chris Gill, followed on 69.

But these three players fell away during the afternoon with Hancock shooting 78 and Lock and Gill both returning 74s. Meanwhile, Wilson shot another fine round of level par 69 as he closed out a comfortable win. However, the best afternoon round came from St Enodoc's Steve Chapman with a superb 67, while Walsh was also under par with a fine 68.

The handicap section of the event was won by Jon Behennah (St Mellion). Playing off five, he returned net rounds of 71 and 69 to claim victory on countback from Wilson (69+71), with Walsh (73+68) in third place. Walsh's total gross score also won the Under-21 element of the event from Adam Curtis (Bude & N Cornwall, 72+70), with Niall Hutton (Trevose, 72+74) in third place.

In the battle of the professionals Josh Hancock pipped his employer Chris Gill by one shot, while Scott Richards (Truro, 73+75= 148) and Dan Wood (Ivyleaf, 76+73= 149) were the other professionals competing.

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Cornwall will be hoping to build on their victory in their opening match of the Channel League season at home to Gwent last month when they take on Gloucestershire at Stinchcombe Hill on Sunday.

Cornwall team: Tom Fox (China Fleet), Adam Curtis (Bude & N Cornwall), Jon Hancock (Newquay), Joe Cruse (St Enodoc), Richard Jasper (Launceston), Robert MacGregor (Tehidy Park), Josh Greenaway (Bowood Park), Harry Hall (West Cornwall), Adam Taylor and Sandy Kirton (both Perranporth).

Touring pro Rhys Enoch, of Truro, shot a stunning nine under par 63 in the second round of last week's Jamega Tour event at Dummer GC in Hampshire to take a share of fifth place.

The 24-year-old former Wales amateur international, who had carded a 71 in the first round, was the clubhouse leader until being overhauled in the closing stages of the event as he finished three shots adrift of the winner.

Newquay pro Chris Gill shot a one under par round for 37 Stableford points to become the individual professional champion at the Cornwall County Professional Golfers' Alliance championship meeting - the final one of the season - at Carlyon Bay last week.

He was also part of the three-man team, with Mike Richards (Whitsand Bay) and Richard Johnson (Carlyon Bay) who won the Brian Gripe Trophy with 101 points. Six handicapper Chris Jackson, of the host club, took the amateur championship with an impressive 39 points, while Killiow pro Richard Sadler won the Professional Order of Merit Trophy and Will Sumner, of Carlyon Bay, lifted the amateur equivalent.

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St Kew professional Richard O'Hanlon shot a superb three under par 66 to win the Exeter Ladies Pro-Am last week.

He only dropped one shot on the par three sixth. But he birdied three of the other par threes after his first birdie on the par five third in the event that raised money for the club's charity, the Exeter Leukaemia Fund.

Richard Sadler (Killiow) took second place, just one shot behind O'Hanlon after shooting a 67 that included an ace at the 144-yard 12th hole using a nine iron. This sparked his round as he added birdies at the 13th, 14th and 16th before a bogey at the 17th ended his chances of sharing top spot.

Sadler's Killiow team of Emma Burrows, Sue Dickinson and Mel Byrne swept to the top with 85 points in the team event, three more than O'Hanlon's group of Hacker Browning, Erika Vierk and Lesley Pocklington.

West Cornwall's England Under-16 international Harry Hall shot the joint eighth best score of the second round in the prestigious Fairhaven Trophy at the weekend, but his three under par 72 was not enough to see him make the halfway cut, which he missed by two shots after his first round 81.

Cornish pair Sarah-Jane Boyd (Truro) and Sammie Giles (St Mellion) both finished in the top half of the field in the Welsh Ladies Open Strokeplay Championship at Prestatyn at the weekend.

Boyd started with a fine one under par 74 that put her in the top 10 after the first round. But she slipped back with rounds of 78 and 77 for a four over par total of 229 that left her tied for 27th place which was not enough to win her a "wild card" spot when the GB & I Curtis Cup team to play the USA was announced on Tuesday.

Giles started with a disappointing 80, but bounced back with an excellent two under par 73 before closing with a 78 for a six over par 231 and a share of 36th.

The consistency of the mixed club trio of Andy Beazley (Truro), Jason Hampton (Stover) and Peter Simmons (Tehidy Park) saw them to victory in the ever popular Coast and Country competition.

The event, which is rapidly becoming the county's biggest early season tournament, was played as usual at West Cornwall and Tehidy Park, with 83 teams of three taking part this year in a format that saw two scores from three to count on a Stableford basis and the field split between the two courses on both days.

Day one saw much better scoring at Tehidy Park than West Cornwall, with the home team of Ryan Curnow, Martin Trewhella and Ron Ignaczak posting an excellent 83 points. The eventual winners also posted a fine score of 79 points to take third place.

Meanwhile, at West Cornwall the conditions were proving much harder to handle and the scoring was considerably lower. However, the team of Lee Medlen, Rob MacGregor and Chris Robbins, from Tehidy Park and Boringdon Park, managed a creditable 75 points to win the day by two points.

Although conditions on day two improved, scoring was still difficult. This time it was West Cornwall that produced the best score of the day, with St Austell captain Gary Hooper, together with Simon Harper and Alan Lund, scoring 81 points. They were closely followed by Beazley, Hampton and Simmons on 78.

At Tehidy Park, the top score of the day was from David Roberts, Graham Sandford and Chris Baggott, from Staddon Heights, with 79 points.

But in the end it was the steady scoring of Beazley, Hampton and Simmons, who totalled 157, that saw them take the spoils. Three points behind on 154 were Marc Bicknell, Matt Gunn and Darragh Dunleavy, of Truro, who also has two consistent scores, just missing out on the top three on each day.

Third place went to Medlen, MacGregor and Robbins with 153, just beating the Tehidy Park trio of Ryan Curnow, Martin Trewhella and Ron Ignaczak on countback.

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