Wednesday, 12 September 2018

County Junior Finals

Truro and The Point are Winners
Merlin GC yesterday hosted the finals of the Junior Bolitho League and Kernow Cup competitions and Truro and The Point at Polzeath emerged as the respective winners. On a dry occasionally sunny and breezy day a total of 47 juniors took part.
George Bolitho League
(L to R: Thomas Stephens, George Bray, Liam Wilson, Laura Andrew, Jack Andrew, Ricardo Sanchez and Josh Hodge)
With five teams having progressed to finals day the organising Junior Committee had to find a way of reducing the number to four and it was decided to stage a morning Stableford Qualifier with six scores to count towards a total for each of the teams of seven players. The two teams with the highest points tally would progress to the final and those in 3rd/4th place would make a playoff.
Truro topped the stableford totals with 212 as their best score was compiled by Laura Andrew (above) with an excellent 41 points whilst brother Jack Andrew and Thomas Stephens both returned 36 points. Bude & North Cornwall made it into the final on 197 just pipping Tehidy Park (196) with Perranporth on 193. Carlyon Bay (191) were the unlucky ones. For Bude the top scorers were Connor Vanstone with 37 and Harry Macauley (36). Tehidy’s top scorer was Declan Allan (35) whilst for Perranporth Will Price scored 39. Whilst Carlyon Bay had two excellent 39 point tallies from Alec Nile and Lewis Gay the rest of their team were unable to match.
The afternoon final then saw Truro take on Bude and whilst this was a competitive encounter it was in the end one sided as despite giving shots in all of the matches, Truro retained their title 5.75 - 1. Bude had to concede one game from the outset with only 6 players and the only point for them came from Morgan Bryant who beat Ricardo Sanchez 1 up. The Truro wins were recorded by Liam Wilson (3&2 over Harry Macauley), Laura Andrew (3&2 over Elliot Pates), Thomas Stephens (1 up on Connor Vanstone), Jack Andrew (8&6 over David Currie) and George Bray (7&5 over Jack Cottle).
In the 3rd place playoff Tehidy despatched Perranporth 5.5 - 1.5.
Stableford Scores
Kernow Cup
(L to R; Kai Dingle, Archie Carnegie, Jay Dingle)
The Point at Polzeath 3 man team, playing in their first season in CGU junior competitions, became Kernow Cup winners for 2018.Brothers Kai and Jay Dingle teamed up with Archie Carnegie to record a 2-1 win for the Polzeath based club in what proved a very close and exciting final against a plucky Carlyon Bay side.
Before that in the morning semi finals The Point had beaten St Mellion 2-1 with wins for the Dingle brothers (Kai 2 up on Ryan Gregory and Jay 4&2 over Evie Palmer) with St Mellion’s Harry Taylor defeating Carnegie 3&2.
In the other semi Carlyon Bay beat Truro 3 x 1 up wins for Maddie Watson (over Sam Hawkey), Lizzy Nile (over Sam Rogers) and Quinten Tse (over Thomas Miller).
The final as stated was a very close affair with two games going to the 19th hole - Merlin’s par 3 first. Kai Dingle was 3 up over Maddie Watson through 14 holes but Maddie fought back to level things and take the game to the first again. Unfortunately she hit a wayward shot at the first whilst Kai was just short of the green. Whilst Watson made a good recovery she could not get up and down and Kai made a good 3 to put a point on the board.
As Carnegie went down 2&1 to Lizzy Nile it was now down to Jay Dingle and Raymond Tse who had replaced brother Quinten after the morning semi. Tse was one down playing 18 but managed to win the hole with a 5 and this game too headed to the first.
Jay Dingle the victor shakes hands with Raymond Tse
Tse found the water left of the 1st hole and with Jay nicely positioned on the front left fringe he held the advantage and so it panned out as a comfortable three for Jay gave The Point victory amid joyous scenes.
In a crowded clubhouse CGU Secretary Chris Pountney thanked those who had remained at the end of a long day. He first thanked Richard Burrough and all at Merlin GC for the sterling efforts they had made across the day from first light in providing three sets of meals to those participating and also for the condition the course had been presented in. The scores achieved in the morning stableford were a testament to what was possible. He also thanked Gary Andrew and Dave Watson for their help throughout the day, before presenting the prizes.Article courtesy of the CGU. Well played Truro Golf Club , The Point at Polzeath !!! ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐ŸŒ️‍♂️๐ŸŒ️‍♂️๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ

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