A really close and sporting second round Cornwall Team Championship tie saw St Enodoc narrowly defeat a spirited Newquay side at Trevose on Sunday 22nd November. With the preceding days\' high winds thankfully gone we were left with some heavy overnight rain and then several squally showers to make things tough for the players. The morning Foursomes ended with honours even from the very close games with wins for the “young blades” Jack Irwin & Joe Combellack for St Enodoc and Aaron & Nick Stephens for Newquay. With the other two matches halved we went to lunch 2 points a piece but the 9th man match (used as tie decider only) was emphatically won by Mike Masters for St Enodoc.
So to the Singles and all to play for which started really well for St Enodoc with wins for Joe Cruse (3&2 over Aaron Stephens ) and Steve Chapman (6&5 over Nick Stephens). Match number 3 saw the best golf of the day with Newquay\'s Lee Cunningham winning 6&4 over Simon Welsh, this was no disgrace to Simon who was level Par but Lee was an amazing 6 under after 15 holes!
The remaining 5 matches all could have gone either way with both Robbie Moore (doing a passable impersonation of Shane Lowry with his new beard) and Mark Westlake losing on the last green to Peter Rogers and Nigel Dunstan respectively. The most amazing match of the day was between Joe “Splashini” Combellack and Trevor Robinson with an age difference between them of 48 (yes forty eight) years; at one stage Joe was 2 down but fought back to win 2 up – what a game!
Jack Irwin tee shot at the Par 3 8th
The penultimate match was between Jack Irwin and Ashley Fieldhouse which in the end proved decisive but started with Jack winning the first with a triple bogey 7 as they both had lost balls! Jack got his nose in front 1 up after 14 holes and won 2 up on the 17th green which was sufficient for St Enodoc to win the tie. As a result in the anchor match between Steve Buse and the very experienced Charlie Phillips a half was agreed on the 17th green with Steve Dormie 1 up even though after 14 holes he had been 3 up!
A narrow win therefore 6 ½ to 5 ½ for St Enodoc in what had been a great match with no quarter being given but all the players had smiles on their faces throughout, so the real winner was Cornish Golf. We will learn shortly who we will be playing in the next round so keep reading the website!