THIS competition was played in windy conditions with a strong south-westerly blowing throughout the day. The wind was strong enough to run a ship aground on Rock Beach but not strong enough to put off the 27 pairs who entered. John Paul and Guy Hovil won with 36 points, three points clear of the field. Their front nine was brilliant, garnering them 22 points with a string of birdies on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th.
Battle Trophy Round 1
It was the first round of the Battle Trophy Series at St Enodoc this month. Richard Lawrence won with a net 70, having played steadily throughout making par on 10 holes. Richard beat John Rowe on countback. John, having been disqualified last week, came back fighting with a net 70 but hit the lowest gross of the day with a 78 gross. Chris Jennings was 3rd with net 73.
Seniors begin the season with a win
St Enodoc’s Senior team has emerged from its hibernation blinking into the pale Spring light.
The course was looking inviting: The rough was trimmed back; the bushes were removed; the greens were slick and true. So, Bowood Seniors strode to the 1st tee in joyous anticipation.
However, after a promising beginning to the match, the strength in depth of St Enodoc’s Seniors overcame the visitors’, running out victors by 4½ to 3½.
Seniors v Truro
Having turned out only a couple of days before, the St Enodoc Seniors took to the field once more to confront the highly-regarded Truro Seniors.
Captain of the Day, Keith Hawke, assembled a powerful team that was just too strong for Truro. Each of the first seven matches were won comfortably, and the final pairing agreed a half, more out of sportsmanship than competitiveness.
… and the Seniors’ winning streak continues
With heavy rain falling and a cold wind blowing, St Enodoc’s home fixture against Launceston looked quite doubtful as the team met at the club on the appointed day. The Captain’s clever team selection came in to play with the home team losing only ½ a point during the afternoon. Most notable amongst the games was an 8 and 6 win for Mike Maberley and Tony Mindel. Match result: St Enodoc Seniors 6½, Launceston Seniors 1½.
Brave souls ventured out onto the Church Course to compete for the Bray Bowl, a fiendishly difficult format - Mixed Foursomes Medal. First held seventy-five years ago the Bray Bowl is amongst the oldest of all trophies and certainly the most coveted amongst the mixed golfers. The winners were Sue Rowarth and Russell Combellack net 75 and 2nd were Bev Vann and Kevin Brenton net 76.
It was a glorious day for the Stableford Bisque, in which all players play off their full handicap but can choose where to play their shots, using a maximum of two on any one hole.
Pete Liddicoat chose to play his card as normal off his 15 handicap and stormed the course with gross birdies on the 4th and the 6th finishing with 42 points in 1st place. Interestingly, last year’s winner also played his card as normal. Kevin Brenton finished with 40 points in 2nd place. He took full advantage of his choice to use one of his six shots on the 6th where he hit a birdie. Kevin also birdied 9, 11 and 14. Neil Bradley and Rod Frost both scored 39 points to take 3rd and 4th places respectively.
John Cory Cup Round 8
The penultimate round of the 2016-17 John Cory Cup Series was played in favourable conditions for the time of year. Jack Irwin took the top spot with his score of 34 points beating John Arnold on countback. Jack played steady off his 2 handicap with a birdie on the 16th and as a result has been cut to 1. John Arnold, playing off 5, birdied the 6th, 8th and 17th but had to settle for 2nd place on countback. In 3rd and 4th place, Colin Reynolds and Steve Chapman both scored 33 points.
Vice President’s Cup
The final of the Vice President’s knockout competition was played in testing windy and sometimes wet conditions between Bev Vann and Caroline Hume-Kendall. Both players rose to the occasion and an array of links golf shots were used in a well fought challenge.
Caroline’s all round steady play, (including birdies on the 2nd and 4th holes) gave her the edge on the day, winning on 18 ...2 up. Caroline now goes forward to represent St Enodoc in the County competition.
The Ladies’ season starts well
St Enodoc Ladies 2017 league campaign got under way with a testing home draw against Launceston who have always proved to be tough opponents in the past.
Ladies’ Captain Tamsin Blake fielded a strong team of players. Playing conditions were about as benign they get at St Enodoc with no wind and only a fine drizzle at times.
As always when meeting Launceston, the matches were played in friendly and competitive spirit and on this occasion the St Enodoc players got the upper hand in the early matches to bring home the first win of the season. The result: St Enodoc 4½, Launceston 2½.