Mens County Championship

Bidding for a record breaking seventh Championship title Ian Veale set off in his quarter final against Conor Wilson (Perranporth), but surely could not have realised the extent of what was about to hit him.

With both players making birdies on the 10th hole, Wilson moved to 5 under par for his round and in doing so had built a healthy 5 hole advantage over Veale.

Veale was running out of time and holes, and needed something to turn in his favour if he was to have any hope of advancing to the semi-final. Cue wins on holes 11, 12 & 13 to cut the deficit to two holes, and when Veale then birdied the 14th hole nobody could have blamed him for thinking he might have pinched another hole. Wilson however, had other thoughts as he to holed his putt to keep his lead at 2 up.

A half in pars followed on the 15th before Veale claimed yet another win on the 16th hole to move to the 17th tee now only trailing by one hole. Solid pars from both players on the 17th led them to the new 18th tee and a Par 4 measuring 478 yards! Both players hit good drives, and with Veale slightly the longer it was left to Wilson to play first. Although hitting his 4 iron approach thin it left his club on line for the green and to Wilsons delight ran up the entrance to the green to settle 25 feet from the pin.

Veale responded with a sweetly struck 5 iron, which landed in the heart of the green and ended up 20 feet from the pin. Wilson putted first and must have thought he had denied Veale any hope of holing his putt to take the match into extra holes as his ball looked to be in the centre of the hole, but a late borrow settled the ball at the hole side for a conceded Par 4.

Veale carefully chose his line as he attempted to complete an amazing comeback, but his antics over the last eight holes were eventually  to bear no fruit as his putt slipped by the hole to award Wilson a well deserved one hole victory and a semi-final showdown with close friend and Truro College team mate, Joe Cruse (St Enodoc), who had accounted for tournament favourite Billy Downing in their quarter final.

 

In the 'B' Team Championship Tehidy Park were attempting to go one better than their runners-up result of 2009 and the team of Martin Langford & Ian Morgan, Bob Cope & David O'Mahony and Nathan Hancock & Carl Band opened their account with a comfortable win over near neighbours, West Cornwall.

Into the afternoon semi-final and a date with St. Enodoc awaited the Tehidy team, which was sadly as far as the 2010 campaign was to go as the team slipped to a 2-1 defeat affording St. Enodoc a final showdown with Newquay Golf Club.

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