The scoreline of a 4-1 win against Trethorne belies the truth of very close matches with 2&1 the largest margin of victory as all 5 games could have gone either way. A dreadfully wet and very windy day looked on the cards for this Semi-Final Frank Wills match at Perranporth , the last place to play under those circumstances in early February. Captain Bob Cruse therefore did a terrific job in inspiring his players before play commenced.
First up were Kevin Brenton and John Pease giving 3 shots to Jim Carswell and James Gardener and having lost the second got back on level terms and then just got their noses in front and hung on to run out winners 2&1. “Topsy Turvey” can be the only description of match 2 between Rich Matheron & Nick “Beamer” Evans against Pete Hodgins and Darrell Shovell who started off by going 4 down! By the turn our boys had their act together and began to motor but were still 2 down after 14. It was a real surprise to see their confidence heading for 15 - the only explanation, at the time, was that their opponents had used up their 3 shots. They won the match on the 18th green having played the back 9 in 1 over par – some score in those 3 club winds and squally rain.
The 2 Richs Hawken and Lawrence also had a match of varying fortunes against Simon Schofield and Andrew Dance having been 2 up after 9 only to successfully go 1 down. They eventually got themselves together to win by the narrowest of margins. The 2 youngsters Joe Combellack and Sam Jarvis started off in real style 4 up after 4 holes against Geoff Saunders and Keith Smith. Thereafter the match looked as if it was really slipping away from them but they staged a terrific finish from 1 down on the 15th tee and promptly won the 15th, 16th and 17th to close out the match 2&1.
The final pair of the old soldier Keith Hawke and young Jake Sanders who have proved to be a formidable, if slightly unlikely, pairing had a real ding-dong match 2 up after 2, 2 down after 9 then back to 2 up then back to all square and finally to be 1 down on the 18th tee. It was not to be a shut out for a birdie on the last from Ben Bowen and Simon Cockle meant that Trethorne deservedly went away with a point.
The final, of 36 holes duration, will also be played at Perranporth on March 10th against Tehidy; we can only hope that the weather by then will be warmer drier and less windy as much for the loyal band of very hardy spectators who braved the elements and did duty today. This was a great result for Captain Bob and his boys who played magnificiently in such dire weather. Well done and roll on the Final which will see St Enodoc represented for the first time in many a long year.