Coast & Country 2016

Report from West Cornwall GC web-site………….

The joint event held between West Cornwall and Tehidy Park Golf Clubs saw 95 3-person teams compete over 2 days playing each course and enjoying a fine meal at each venue. The event, sponsored by St Austell Brewery, continues to prove extremely popular.

On day 1 at West Cornwall, a cold hard wind caused plenty of problems and the scoring was well below the usual standard. Early leaders in the Clubhouse were West Cornwall players, Ian Hodge, Mark Hughes and Phil Weaver who managed 69 points. Surprisingly this was not matched until 2 hours later when John Knapman, Nat Petulegro and Martin Hopkins from Saunton also managed 69. A few groups later and a team from Staddon Heights, Steve Tripp, Gerry Brown & Bob Bridgett also carded a 69. The conditions continued to prove very difficult and it was not until the very last card of the day that a team from Tehidy Park, Mark Hollis, Nigel James and Rob MacGregor beat that score with an incredible 77 points including four 2’s.

Meanwhile at Tehidy Park the trees provided welcome shelter from the wind and the scoring was much better. Annual contenders, Ron Ignaczak, Martin Trewhella and Greg Taylor scored 79 points, a score matched by an eclectic team consisting of Peter Verran (West Cornwall) Jason Hampton (Stover) and Peter Simmons (Tehidy Park), with another Tehidy Park team, Dale Band, Carl Band and Justin Harrington and Andrew Hitchens (West Cornwall), Mark Prisk & Dean Goddard (Cape Cornwall) also managing 79 points. However, it was a team from Downes Crediton, John Davis, Tony Rowe and Paul Edgecumbe  who took the honours with 80 points.

Day 2 didn’t get any easier and the scores were again lower than expected. At Tehidy Park, the teams were again struggling to break 70. The Truro team of Derek Saunders, Chris John and Jonny Verran managed 69 as did Saunton’s Chris Brooks, Peter Day and Laurence Whittal-Williams. Grahame Sanford, David Roberts and Chris Baggott from Staddon Heights then managed the magical 70 but it was the late starters where the best scores were seen. Last out, home players Mark Hollis, Nigel James and Rob MacGregor managed 72 but it was the Newquay team of Charlie Phillips, Nick Datson and Jon Hancock who won the day with an excellent 79.

At West Cornwall, 69 was also enough to get in the top 5. Antony Richards, Joel Cameron and Jon Coleman managed that score. Another West Cornwall team managed 72 in the form of father and son Mark & Ross Hutchings together with Jordan Musitano. This score was matched by Tehidy
Park’s Dale & Carl Band with Justin Harrington and the eclectic team of Hampton, Verran & Simmons. However the winners on the day came from Porthpean, Gary & Chris Sullivan together with Michael Rooney.

The overall scoring was up and down with some high scorers on day 1 falling away and some lower scorers sneaking up the leader board. Following their 77 on day 1, Hollis, James & MacGregor managed 72 to post 149 and hold a strong position. However the eclectic team of Hampton, Verran & Simmons surpassed this adding 72 to their 79 from day 1 to total 151. The only team left to topple them was Band, Band and Harrington and they also managed 72 to add to their first day 79 to tie the lead at 151. The count back method then came into effect and it was Hampton, Verran and Simmons who took overall victory to become this year’s champions.

Due to the fantastic value for money this tournament offers, many teams have already signed up for next year.