The rain gods kept their distance despite the dire forecast for the final day of the South Western Counties Championships with two counties Gloucestershire and Cornwall still in the race to win the Match Play Shield. if Cornwall were to win their tie with Dorset Gloucestershire would need to win theirs against Devon to take the shield for the week. The morning Singles saw Cornwall win the honours 5½ to Dorset's 2½ Matt Richards won convincingly 5 & 3 and Chris Fleming avenged his opening day trouncing by winning 8 & 6. Josh Greenaway had an excellent 2 up win, Conor Wilson won 1 up despite playing 3 off the last tee and Big Mac brought in the final point winning 2 & 1. In the other critical match at lunch the score was Gloucestershire 3½ Devon 4½. So with 6 points on offer in the Foursomes (1½ for a win ¾ for a half) the week was still undecided at that point so it was to be a grandstand finish - just as it should be!
The afternoon went well for Cornwall with the most spectacular finish for the first pair of Joe Cruse and Matt Richards who found themselves 2 down and 3 to play. A win on 16 and a half on 17 and they were still Dormie 1 down on the last tee. Matt's tee shot left Joe 212 yards to the pin and with his Rescue club he put the ball to about 7 feet which Matt subsequently drained to win the hole and half the match, more to the point it kept Joe's unbeaten record for the week. A text message from Vice Captain Ian Veale "You beauties" got the reply back from Matt "That was filthy" ! By comparison the other matches were more straightforward where Josh Greenaway & Richard Jasper kept their early lead in tact running out impressive 3 & 2 winners. Chris Fleming & Conor Wilson were All Square at the turn then pulled out a 2 hole lead after 12 but lost the 13th. A win on 15 put them 2 up and three and the match was won on the 17th green 3 & 1.
Tail gunner all week Rob McGregor with partner, the baby of the team, 17 year old Jared Mortimore won 3 & 2 after Big Mac continued to sink monster putts in this round the 8th and 15th come to mind. So the match was won 10¾ - 3¼ a splendid way to end a highly successful week for the "Kernow Kids". All credit also to the "engine room" of Captain Dave Kneebone, Vice-Captain Ian "blisters" Veale, County Secretary Chris Pountney and President Glyn Rowett who worked their socks off and kept a happy squad firing on all cylinders. So how about Gloucestershire? With 3 wins and a half in the Foursomes they beat Devon and are to be congratulated on winning the Match Play Shield by the narrowest of margins from Cornwall.
It has been a great week showing St Enodoc off to its finest with a course manicured by Scott Gibson and his team helped by some wonderful golfing weather. We can now look forward to Cornwall representing the South West at the English Counties final at Sandwell Park 23rd-25th September. At the prize giving Joe Cruse won the Clifford Burden Cup for the most points earned over the week and Harry Hall won the Youth Championship. With Harry Hall unavailable Joe Cruse, Rob McGregor and Josh Greenaway have been selected to represent the South West Counties in the National Regional Finals to cap off a fine week for Cornish golf.