Open Winter Foursomes Winners
Blustery, cold but, on the whole, fine conditions greeted the finalists playing in the 42nd PGC Open Winter Foursomes over 36 holes on Sunday 12 March 2017. Professional, Billy Downing, and his partner, (3-handicapper) Paul Suddes both of Truro GC, took on James Taylor (professional) and Abbie Crosswood (handicap - 12) both of Newquay GC. Billy had won the event before, in 2005/06, and the pair were returning after narrowly losing out in last year's final to winners Carl Burley and Victoria Pawley of Trevose GC. The players were also competing for some serious prize money with the winners set to receive £500 each and the runners-up £200 each. The professionals were also battling for the 'last' and penultimate professional vouchers of £250 and £100 respectively.
So, giving a total of 5 shots in each round to James and Abbie, the Truro pair forged their way to a three hole lead through 8 holes before losing the 9th to a nett birdie 3. However, they managed to double their advantage to take lunch after 18 holes with a four hole halfway lead. By James's own admission it was perhaps only because of some excellent putting that the Newquay pair still left themselves with a chance in the afternoon. The second round, however, continued in much the same vein with Billy and Paul eventually running out 6&5 winners, becoming worthy champions and making up for last year's disappointment.
The Tehidy Park GC pair of County Vice-Captain, Ian Veale (event winner in 1990/91) and County player, Matt Lock (who won in 1999/2000), took on Keith Smallman and Ian Harry, both of Whitsand Bay GC. The respective handicaps of 0, +1, 11 and 16 meant that Ian and Matt were giving the not insignificant total of 14 shots per round to their opponents! The match was closely- and keenly-fought with many holes halved in the early stages before the Tehidy Park pair won the (against the wind) 12th and 13th to go three holes clear. However, turning back towards the clubhouse and with the wind at their backs the Whitsand Bay pair won three holes on the trot to draw level after 17 holes before Ian and Matt won the 18th to go in to lunch at 1up. The County players gradually pulled away in the afternoon round and finally took the match by 4&3 to win the OWF Plates for the first time.
The 18-hole better-ball Support competition saw a large field of 92 players compete for five prizes. The winners with a quite amazing score of 47 stableford points were George Popperwell (Falmouth) and Ritchie Perrin (Mullion) who took first place by a massive 5 points from Truro's John Yeates and Chris Pashley (42). Perranporth's David Thomas and Ian McKechnie took third place, edging the Newquay pair of Chris Gill and Gemma Marsland into fourth on countback, with the better of the two scores on 41 points. County players, Conor Wilson and Danielle Price both of Perranporth, took 5th place with the best of the eight pairs returning 40 points!
Captain Mike Smith congratulated all of the participants who took part over the winter, competing in what was another fine OWF competition.