The weather was foul but yet again it produced another great win for our Frank Wills team in the Quarter Finals of this year's Frank Wills Salver against Lostwithiel at Newquay on Sunday 11th January. It is strongly rumoured that Captain Bob Cruse sent all the squad on the Royal Marines Survival Course in the Arctic, golf being quite secondary to the ability to play in all conditions however wet, cold and windy. The forecast was rain by lunchtime which proved correct by which time the match was nearly over but the biting cold wind gusting 35 mph made play hard and putting even harder.
The pathfinders were, as usual, John Pease & Kevin Brenton who played their usual steady golf and ran out winners 3&2 against Ben Graves & Colin Crittenden. The second match was a much closer affair for John Paul & Richard Matheron who were all square at the turn against Gavin Dowling & Paul Baron and then went 1 down on the 12th. Despite giving a shot up 13 they made great progress running out winners 2&1 with a tremendous second to the 17th green.
The Richards, Hawken & Lawrence, got off to a great start winning the first 2 holes but then lost the next 2; they recovered their composure and were 2 up at the turn and ran out 4&3 winners against Mike Dowling & Kenny Cook. Dan Witts & Sam Jarvis did not have the best of days and it all became a struggle being 2 down at the turn; they fought back bravely only losing on the 17th green 2&1 against Mark Gilbert & Mark Staniland. In the final match, the usual anchor pair of Keith Hawke & Jake Sanders, got off to a poor start but progressively ground their way back into contention against Sid Pascoe & Andy Baigent being 1 up at the turn they won handsomely 3&2 with some really excellent iron play.
Caddy Rodger Tremain (2nd from Left) and hardy St Enodoc spectators cleary show just how cold it was.
So we ran out 4 – 1 winners and all credit to both teams for playing well in such difficult circumstances. The Semi-Finals are on the weekend of 1st / 2nd February with our opponents as yet unknown but likely to be the winner of West Cornwall and Tehidy Park. All will be revealed along with the venue in sufficient time to put a note in your diaries.