Above l to r: Neil Bradley - Team Captain , Steve Bonham , James Hutchings , Paul Clemens , Adrian Halling , Bob Cruse , Andrew Grills , Stuart Fleet , Danny Runnalls , Charlie Runnalls , Daniel Witts.
On Sunday the 16th of January, St Enodoc GC played host to Newquay GC in the quarter finals of the 2021-22 Frank Wills Salver.
Newquay GC Men’s Team’s always present a formidable challenge, St Enodoc’s Men were under no illusion as to the task ahead if they wished to progress to the Semi Finals. The match was played on arguably one of the nicest days this Winter with very little wind and no Rain.
The Visitors having the honour, proceedings got underway at 10.30 am. With lots of onlookers now gathering and the 5 matches spaced at 10-minute intervals, everyone hit fantastic drives down the 1st, setting up what promised to be a gritty local Derby.
All the matches were now well into the front nine and with some early nerves settled, it was quite clear that St Enodoc’s pairings had taken a firm grip on Games 2 and 3, being 4 and 5 up respectively thru 6 holes. After hearing that the pursuing Games were nip and tuck, St Enodoc’s supporters quickly moved to the 10th Tee, hoping to catch up with the front game.
But alas, too late, on arrival, the front game was well down the 10th fairway, however, the news that St Enodoc were 1 up after 9 holes was encouraging.
As the Games passed the halfway point, St Enodoc’s Men were convincingly ahead in all but one game, with Game 4 being 1 down at the turn.
Supporters, keen to view proceedings around the Church Courses loop, met the 1st Game involving St Enodoc’s James Hutchings and Steve Bonham on the 14th Tee, 1 up after 13 holes, was the status.
Attention from the crowd now firmly on Game 2, St Enodoc’s pairing of Bob Cruse and Adrian Halling were putting on the 13th Green, a shake of hands with the Newquay pair, confirmed a 6&5 win for St Enodoc.
Then, just a short while later in Game 3, Daniel Witts and Andrew Grills recorded another solid 6&5 win for the Home Team.
With the front Game now 2 up after 15 holes, it seemed probable that one of the remaining pairs could secure St Enodoc the vital 3rd point, but which would it be??
The front Game, now well out of sight up the 16th fairway, most of the onlookers had gathered on the 10th tee, eagerly awaiting scores from the final two games.
Game 4, consisting of Stuart Fleet and Paul Clemens, still battling hard, found themselves 2 down thru 15, but determined as ever, proceeded to the 16th tee.
Looking back up to the 14th Green, a mass of players and caddies were shaking hands, St Enodoc’s brothers, Charlie and Danny Runnalls had secured the 3rd point with a brilliant 5&4 victory over the Visiting Pair.
With the day won, Fleet and Clemens played the 16th safe in the knowledge that their eventual 3&2 loss was overshadowed by a brilliant 4 – 1 victory to St Enodoc. The front match winning 2 up.
The Speeches exchanged by both Team Captains afterwards were full of praise, congratulating the players and supporters on the Respect, Conduct and Sportsmanship displayed between each other and wished both Clubs well for the coming year. Thanks were given to our Green staff for the excellent presentation of the Course and the entire Clubhouse Staff for enabling such a smooth running event.
Special mention to the kitchen for an excellent Roast Beef post-match Meal.
Well done, Lads, onwards to the Semi Finals scheduled for Mid-February.
Report by Match Captain, Neil Bradley.