A bitterly cold and blustery day awaited the finalists from Tehidy Park & St. Enodoc when they gathered at Perranporth for today's final of the Cornwall Golf Union Frank Wills Salver.
The 36 hole final demanded patience and endurance from the players and after the morning 18 holes it was St. Enodoc who had built an advantage.
Trewhella & Taylor 3 Down
O'Mahony & Cope A/S
Eddy & Kearney 2 Up
Harrington & Hancock 7 Down
Curnow & Teuton 4 Down
As the afternoon round unfolded St. Enodoc maintained their advantage with Trewhella & Taylor finding themselves 6 down with only 7 holes left to play. A remarkable fightback witnessed the game culminating on the 36th green with the Tehidy pair coming up just short eventually losing by 1 hole.
The match score was immediately levelled when the ever reliable pairing of O'Mahony & Cope added to their solid record with a comfortable win on the 33rd green (1 – 1).
Meanwhile in the basement game (Curnow/Teuton) the St. Enodoc pairing gave a masterclass of controlled 'wind' golf, building an 8 hole lead with only 9 holes to play, eventually closing out the game on the 29th green, the highlight of which was an eagle two on the 8th hole. (1 – 2)
Tehidy were now in need of some help, as despite Eddy & Kearney maintaining their two-hole, with 9 holes to play, Hancock & Harrington were 6 down at the same stage! Cue some hope as Harrington & Hancock won the next four holes to stand just two holes behind with 5 holes left.
Sadly it was all in vain as the next two holes were won by the St. Enodoc pair with a birdie and a par to close out the game (and match) on the 33rd green (1 – 3).
With the one remaining match involving Eddy & Kearney playing the 35th hole (1 down) the players agreed to settle on a half game leaving the score-line at 1.5 – 3.5 in favour of St. Enodoc.
Both Captains thanked the Cornwall Golf Union for their organisation, and Perranporth Golf Club for admirably playing host venue to the Final.
Tehidy Park players, caddies, supporters and Club Captain…you are a credit to the Club; well done 'One and All'.