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Cornwall U-14’s vs Devon U-14’s at St Enodoc

After the recent bad weather Cornwall and Devon Under 14s had a last minute change of venue from St Austell to St Enodoc and instead played their opening Jack Roberts League encounter on the Holywell Course. So a massive thanks to the club for allowing us to play. The course was presented in fantastic condition and the teams were well looked after during the day. The weather when the boys teed off was tough with the breeze getting up to 30-35 mph with rain and wind throughout the morning session.

With 9 holes played in the morning foursomes, it was the St Enodoc pairing of Alfie Chapman and Bobby Godfrey who got Cornwall off to a perfect start winning on the last with a birdie 2 having been 2 up with 3 to play. Next up was the newly formed pairing of Harry Gurd (Perranporth) and Harry Jolliff  (St Enodoc) who played well but unfortunately went down 3&2 to Harry Cann and Braydon Cotton. Harry Faull from St Mellion and Rory Hudson from West Cornwall lost 2&1 so it was down to our youngest pairing of Rory Julian (Falmouth) and Oli Hanton (St Enodoc) both making their under 14 debuts to try and make it 2-2 at lunch. They also lost 4&2 so it was all to play for in the afternoon to get a win in the first Jack Roberts league match of the season with Devon leading 3-1.

After a nice break for lunch and some dry clothes it was Harry Gurd who lead the team out for the 8 singles matches with Cornwall needing 5.5 points to get the win. Harry played great and won 4&2 against Harry Cann from Saunton. Alfie Chapman followed this up with a comprehensive win against Will Mulholland winning 5&4. A spirited comeback from Harry Faull in the 3rd match gaining a half point put Cornwall in a commanding position with 9 holes to play. Bobby Godfrey lost the 4th match 2 down after a great game with Archer Johnson. Harry Jolliff got Cornwall back in the driving seat with a great 3&2 win . Rory Julian in the 7th match was well up and won his game with Cyril Gosling. With Cornwall losing the last match (Oli Hanton) it was all down to Rory Hudson to try and find a win in the 6th match for Cornwall to gain a half point. With Rory up most of the way he eventually went down 3/1 to Braydon Cotton.

It was a great first match of the year and congratulations to Devon winning the match 6.5-5.5 and the boys have taken a lot from it. The squad have had some great coaching sessions
over the winter and come a long way and we look forward to the rest of the year. Bobby Godfrey was captain for the day and thanked St Enodoc Golf Club for their hospitality and
congratulated Devon on a fine win. Next match is against Wiltshire in June where we will be looking to get back on track with a win.

Steve Chapman – Team Manager