Saturday 26th May was the final day of County Week and the first event to finish was the B Team final between St Mellion who had beaten St Enodoc in the semis and Newquay who defeated Mullion. Newquay proved too tough and won by the same 2-1 score as both of the semis.
There was also a Stableford event The Jamieson Cup which had 41 brave entries on a day when the average wind speed was 19 mph gusting regularly to 35 mph. The scores show just how tough it was where the winning score was just 28 points by Mike Allen from Carlyon Bay from two of our own Nigel Thomas and Richard Hawken both on 28. 4th 5th and 6th were all home players Geoff Jones, Dave Pooley and Matt Mills on 26, 26 and 25 respectively.
So to the main 36 hole event for the Cornwall Amateur Championship between the very experienced Mike Reynard from Trevose 5 times Worcestershire Champion and once Cornish Champion and young up and coming Matt Richards from West Cornwall. Reynard was out of the traps starting the morning round Birdie, Birdie, Par, Birdie to take an early lead which he held onto all morning and went into lunch 3 up. Pars were hard to come by in such gusty conditions and both players were struggling. Reynard won the 10thto go 4 up and promptly lost the 11th. Both players were in the greenside bunker on 13 and played excellent shots for sand saves. On the 14th they both missed the green Reynard from below the green got up and down to win the hole to go 4 up and 4 to play.
On the Par 3 15th Matt played an excellent tee shot pin high and 10 feet right of the pin for a certain 3 whereas Mike was through the green and could only make Bogey so 3 up and 3 to play. Matt\'s tee shot on the 16thwas long but right which necessitated taking a penalty drop from behind a bush whereas Mike\'s was left and in a tricky lie on a slope from where he played an excellent controlled long iron up the left rough followed by a magical shot to the green which saw the ball go all the way round the back of the green which left him a relatively easy 2 putts for the match 3 & 2. A richly deserved victory despite being out driven by some considerable distance but very well played also by Matt Richards in such difficult circumstances.
So a very sunny County Week with no rain but plenty of wind on the last 2 days is now over and St Enodoc can be proud of its hosting which has seen fields for all the events bigger than County Secretary Peter Batty has seen in his 8 years in office. Peter had literally worked from morning to night dealing with all the administration required along with all our own inside and outside staff so smoothly managed by Tuck Clagett.
A tremendous selection of food has been available from early morning to late at night thanks to Iain Gray, chefs David and Matt and all the bar and catering staff. Outside the corps of course marshals have worked tirelessly throughout the week. The real, almost invisible, stars have been Scott Gibson and all his greenkeeping staff who have prepared St Enodoc magnificently and have received rave plaudits from all the visiting players without exception. Those of us who have been Members for some time have never seen the course look so good and play so well particularly the greens for which we are gaining a richly deserved national reputation.