St. Enodoc Golf Club - Semi-Final loss for the Frank Wills Salver team

Semi-Final loss for the Frank Wills Salver team

At 11am, on Sunday the 13th of February, the Semi Final of the 2022 Cornwall Golf Union Frank Wills Salver got underway at Newquay GC, with St Enodoc up against Falmouth GC.

Despite a gritty and determined effort from the St Enodoc Team, a spot in this years Final was not to be, with Falmouth taking the honours and thus a well-deserved place at Finals Day in mid-March.

Just as our CTC team had endured seven days earlier, the weather was brutal in every sense of the word, cold, wet and extremely windy, from start to finish.

However, with many supporters from both Clubs present, competitors entertained the galleries with a lot of fine golf, recovery shots galore and classic Match-Play tactics.

Game 1, With Falmouth not entering this year’s CTC Competition, James Hutchings and Steve Bonham had a challenge on their hands from the outset, facing Falmouth’s pairing of Ben Browning and Matt Morrison, with the Falmouth Pair edging the victory on the 17th Green, winning 3&1.

Game 2, Daniel Witts and Andrew Grills playing Ashley Bennett and Dave Buzzard. Yet again, as with the 1st game, Daniel and Andrew played solid and focused golf, being in control of the game for much of the round, it was unfortunate that the tide turned and this game also concluded on the 17th Green, Falmouth now taking the second point.

Game 3, Mark Westlake and Stuart Fleet battled hard against Luke Geach and James Dempsey. Despite some wonderful Golf, putting in the high winds was proving tricky to say the least, slowly but surely the Falmouth pair developed a 3-hole lead, with the final blow being delt on the 16th Green. A shake of hands confirmed that Falmouth had secured the vital 3rd point and St Enodoc’s 2022 Wills campaign had come to an end.

Games 4 and 5, were firmly in control of the St Enodoc pairings of Bob Cruse, Adrian Halling and Brothers, Charlie and Danny Runnalls, playing Charlie Scorse, Malcolm Cowls, Nick Chinn and Grant Nicholls respectively.

On the news that the deal was done, and once again the weather getting progressively worse, both remaining games agreed that the lure of the Clubhouse and a change of clothes seemed far more appealing than claiming ownership of the last two points. Much to the delight and relief of the hypothermic crowd, gentlemanly halves were agreed with a shake of hands, and a mass retreat to shelter ensued.

Charles Rayment led the speeches, he congratulated Falmouth for an excellent win, their sportsmanship and wished them the best of luck in the Final. Charles then thanked the Staff at Newquay GC for the excellent presentation of the Course, the warm welcome to the facilities and the lovely Carvery which both Teams enjoyed post-Match. Turning to the St Enodoc Troops, he gave a heartfelt thankyou for the way in which the Team members (present and previous rounds), Supporters, Caddies and Staff had made this years Competition such a success, and for the way in which they had represented their Club , Win Or lose ,always smiling .

Match Report by Neil Bradley