County Week Report successes on the first 2 days

Published: 22nd May 2012
An out of breath Mark Westlake
An out of breath Mark Westlake

County Week started at St Enodoc on Sunday 20th May with the course looking absolutely stunning with great definition thanks to the rain a week or so ago and the greens in as good condition as anyone can remember. It has been a huge credit to all the staff and a great advertisement for the Club. All the events have had better entries than for many years showing the great demand that there is to play St Enodoc.

The week kicked off with the Royal Cornwall Goblets a Foursomes event which attracted a huge entry of 112 pairs. For a long while the leaders in the clubhouse were our own John Paul and Kevin Francis with a net 69.5. John felt that they had had a very good round but not good enough which was proved right by late starters Andrew Clotworthy and the very experienced Ian Veale from Tehidy who came in with a net 67.5 to pip them. Mention must also be made of John Pease and Kevin “The Silver Fox” Richards who had a great round going till they came unstuck in the bunker on the 17th; they still managed to finish a very creditable 8th on 72.0.

Monday saw two events going on firstly with the Lawrence Cup a medal competition which with an entry of 72 saw a spectacular local win for Mark Westlake with a net 71. It was all very close with four tied on that score and our own John Rowe was 6th on 72.

The other event was Day 1of the A Teams knockout where each club had 3 pairs playing Foursomes. In Round 1 we played Launceston which we won, and in the afternoon in the second round we had a tough match against St Mellion. Our first pair of Steve Chapman and Joe Cruse looked comfortable to put the first point on the board but the second pair of Antony Nash and Steve Buse unfortunately lost. It all looked plain sailing for the third pair of Rob Davies and Jack Irwin who were dormie 3 up.

Unfortunately the wheels came of on both 16 and 17 thanks to the intervention of the bunkers so they only had the slenderest of leads on the 18th tee. Jack hit a perfect drive into Gook's Alley leaving Rob to put the ball on the green which he did but leaving a good two putter. St Mellion had a tricky shot to the green that just went through the back. The St Mellion chip for 3 was not that close so it left us with 2 for the match and Jack duly obliged with a great putt at which point the match was conceded.