So near and yet ........... might sum up the efforts of St Enodoc representatives on the penultimate day of Mens County Week. On a day of brilliant sunshine but with a increasing easterly wind averaging 18 mph and gusting to 29 mph golf was not easy for the Men\'s \"B\" team or Antony Nash in the singles.
Antony was playing Mike Reynard ex England International golfer and Trevose stalwart. In a very tight match Antony went two down around the turn but got it back to one down playing 17. Reynard underclubbed against the wind and ended up a long way down the approach slope. Antony played an excellent tee shot which ended up pin high on the fringe. However a brilliant chip from Reynard and a \"so\" close putt from Antony left the match score unchanged and needing a win on 18 to take the match into extra holes. Reynard was never on the fairway on 18 and a long way back from the pin in 3 whilst Antony was very close in 3. Reynard then drained a 30 foot put for the half and the match.
Our Men\'s \"B\" team took on St Austell in the morning quarter final in what turned out to be a close fought affair. First pair Bunt and Hawken won easily, the second pair Moore and Matheron lost two down and the final pairing of Combellack and in form Westlake found themselves 1 up on the 18th tee. They were never on the fairway and managed to reach the green in 4; their opponents struggled as well and eventually the hole was halved in 6 - and the match won.
The afternoons semi-final against St Mellion was also tight and not without incident. Captain Bunt changed the order of play and first up were Combellack and Westlake who raced away to 6 up after 10 holes. Tiredness or perhaps anticipation of an easy win then allowed St Mellion into the match and the pair were forced to wait until the 17th for their win. Moore and Matheron exchanged holes on a regular basis with their opponents in a tight match until the 16th when an odd incident occurred. Apparently St Mellion putted, whilst on the green, and their putt hit the unattended flag stick. If this is so (and a Committee Member says it is) then according to Rule 17-3 of the Rules of Golf this is loss of hole in match play. The matter went uncontested by our boys and they went on to lose one down. Finally it came down to Captain Bunt and Hawken who lost 17 to a birdie to go one down and were unable to get the win they needed on 18. Thus ends our \"B\" Team campaign this year - well done boys.
The other competition was a Stableford for the Seniors (over 55) and Founders Cups. Our own Pete Liddicoat, who is not embarrassed to be over 55, swept both with an excellent 36 points on a day that became very difficult with the blustery winds. 3rd was Lewis Wotherspoonwith 34 points followed by Kenton Williams on 33, in 6th was Kevin (that man AGAIN) Richards on 32 and David Barber on a brave 31 having injured a knee.