In brutal, near Arctic, conditions our Frank Wills team mastered the elements rather better than Tehidy to run out winners by 3.5 to 1.5 points and claim the Frank Wills Salver for the first time since 1998 and only the second time in the history of the competition.
Played at Perranporth in 25 mph, gusting to 40 mph, winds this was not a day when normally anyone would play and nor would supporters choose to watch. There was no escape after 18 holes either - this was a 36 hole final. Stamina, patience and lessons learned in the wind at St Enodoc were at a premium; our team showed all these and well deserved their win. This was no lucky result the team are worthy champions. Not that Tehidy rolled over, on the contrary they fought well as we knew they would.
St Enodoc had a good morning 18 holes the highlight of which was the match between Tehidy veterans Mike Eddy and Andy Kearny and Richard Hawken and Richard Lawrence. The Tehidy pair played nine holes of super golf in level par to be six up after nine holes; slowly they were reeled in and the two Richards went into lunch only two down. So at lunch the match situation was
In the afternoon Pease and Brenton went 6 up after 29 holes and then had to weather a storm as Tehidy fought back losing only on the 36th hole. Evans & Matheron too struggled against a resurgent Tehidy losing 4 &3. In the meantime Hawke & Sanders were building up a commanding lead and eventually ran out easy winners 9 & 7. Jarvis & Combellack too had to hold their collective nerve, losing several holes before closing out 4 & 3 and securing the point which won the Salver. By this time the only match left on the course was Lawrence & Hawken and who went one up on the 16th; a half was agreed.
This has been a fine winters golf for the team and Captain Bob Cruse, not forgetting Guy Hovill and Charlie Runnalls who also played in the early rounds. Congratulations to the entire team and caddies.