Two weeks ago the rain from the storms meant that, once again, the Ladies and Seniors at Budock Vean Golf Club were unable to play their planned competitions, writes Brian Hoskins.

However, potentially, more damaging to the chances of playing golf were the hurricane force winds. 

When the course was inspected on Saturday morning, 14 trees had been felled.  Clearly, the first round match of the Mail on Sunday Classic, against Falmouth, could not be played that day. 
The two captains decided to postpone the match to Sunday afternoon. 

This was possible but only because of the tireless work done by the golf manager, Tony Ramsden, and his head green keeper, Warren Jeffreys, during the week, and by the club captain, Paul Upperton, on Sunday morning. 

As ever, the match between the club’s nearest golfing neighbours in golf was played in a very good spirit, and produced some excellent golf. 

The format for this competition is five singles matches, and the Budock Vean team was Paul Upperton, Stephen Penrose, Dave Gudzij, Daniel Phillips and Steve Gilkes.  Stephen won his match 5 and 4, Dave 4 and 3 and Daniel 6 and 5; with Budock Vean leading 3 - 1 Steve Gilkes and his opponent decided on a “gentlemen’s” half after the 16th.

Last week, despite getting wet, the Seniors and Ladies were, for the first time this year both able to complete their planned competitions.  The Seniors played the fifth round of their Winter League. 

This was won by Alan Mills and Keith Eccleston with 47 points; the pairs of TonyGrace/David Gibbons and Charlie Averiss/Andrew Varney both scored 46 points. The Ladies played a 12-hole Stableford, which was won by Shirley Mildren on count back from Mo Salome with 20 points; Barbara Craig was third with 18 points.

On Sunday the gentlemen played another round of their individual Winter League.  The weather was much better than forecast so there was a good turnout.  Barry Williams won with 37 Points and there were four members who scored 36: David Tippett, Charlie Averiss, Roger Mildren and Rod Butler.