The final of the Mens’ Amateur Championship on Saturday saw Joe Cruse lining up against Rob MacGregor from Tehidy Park.
On the Friday Joe had accounted for West Cornwall player, Alex Glasson in the quarter-final before ending the hopes of Aaron Stephens (Newquay) in the semi-final to reach his third final.
Saturday was a beautiful day with barely a breath of wind and the quality of golf matched the conditions from the two giants (literally) of the Cornish game. Cruse would take a three-hole lead into lunch having posted three birdies, one bogey and the rest pars to be around in two-under par.
Onto the second eighteen and MacGregor would get the start he needed with a birdie two at the first (19th) hole of the final, but Cruse instantly reinstated the three-hole lead by winning the 20th. A rare three putt from Cruse gifted MacGregor the 24th hole and when Macgregor chipped in for birdie on the 25th the lead was down to one-hole. Both players then birdied the 26th, Cruse following the birdie of his opponent to maintain his slender lead.
Yet another birdie, this time from Cruse on the 27th hole would seem him turn into the final nine holes with a two-hole lead, which was instantly extended to three after a bogey from MacGregor on the 28th. Birdie time again for MacGregor on the 30th to reduce the deficit to two-holes, and with the players matching each other shot for shot on the following three holes it was Cruse who stood on the 34th tee still with a two-hole advantage.
Both players found the green on the Par 5, but MacGregor was some distance from the hole. His putt from 40 feet edged the hole but the pace of the putt which was accentuated by the lip out saw the ball finish seven feet past the hole. Cruse edged his putt forward but the nerve ends were being tested as he left the putt two and a half feet short of the target. Drama as MacGregor missed leaving Cruse a left to right downhill putt for the championship, which he would convert to regain the title he won at Newquay in 2016.
Well done Joe and a great effort from ‘Big Mac’ in an exceptional final, fitting of the occasion.