Ritchie and Steve ‘fashion’ a winning round at Falmouth Golf Club
4:00pm Thursday 26th January 2012 in Cornish golf
It was more a day for kite flying at Falmouth Golf Club last Saturday, but it didn’t deter the competitors in the Ted Hitchen’s Winter League.
It was even suggested that Ted himself might have given it a miss, as the windy conditions took charge at Falmouth Golf Club.
The scores were surprisingly good, as the pairs battled all the way to the end of their rounds. In third place with a very respectable score of 41 points, were Glenn Fortune and Kearan McVey.
Kearan set off with a birdie at the first and Glenn chipped in at the right times for a final score, five better than par.
In second place with the same score, but a better back nine, were the fastest postman in the west, Gerry Storey and Falmouth Docks’ straw weight, cage-fighting champion, Brian Shovlin.
It was Gerry’s day off and you might have thought he would have avoided going out in the January weather, but he scored consistently well and had a great run of pars on the back nine, with Brian chipping in with a birdie on the 16th.
The winners on the day were Falmouth Golf Club’s very own fashion experts, Steve Thomas and Ritchie Perrin. They had a slow start, scoring only a point on each of the first two holes, but they had been distracted, as they were discussing Gok’s latest tips on the dos and dont’s of golfing trousers. They soon got their focus back and after a couple of pars and a discussion of the pro’s and con’s of pastel coloured jumpers, Ritchie secured a birdie on the tricky fifth. The back nine went even better, with back-to-back birdies at 12 and 13. This was followed with a quick comparison of turtle and roll neck shirts. They finally scored a grand total of 23 points on the back nine, for a final total of 43 points.
Results: 1st Ritchie Perrin and Steve Thomas 43pts; 2nd, Brian Shovlin and Gerry Storey 41pts; 3rd, Glenn Fortune and Kearan McVey 41pts; 4th, David Holland and Chris Slade 41pts.
Last Sunday, Falmouth Golf Club’s Cornish Bowl team were in action in the quarter finals at West Cornwall against Carlyon Bay. Conditions were extremely tough and both teams had to fight their way round the exposed course. Lead off pair, Peter Gaylard and Robert Tongue, were down for most of their tie, they fought back well, but finally succumbed on the 17th, losing 2 and 1.
It was similar in the second game, with Nigel Molin and Arthur Clay also going down 2 and 1. The middle match was a roller coaster, with Roger Fairburn and Gary Wall coming back from 2 down to secure a win on the 18th, 2 up. The comeback of the day was Brian Shovlin and Richard Marsh who had been 4 down but came back strongly to go all square on the 17th. It was all down to the last match and with their great win in the last round hopes were high for Grant Nicholls and Ben Short. They seemed in control around the turn, but having to give five shots proved a bridge too far and losing three holes in a row put paid to their challenge, as they lost their match on the 16th. The final score was three-and-a-half to one-and-a- half. Captain Mike Hodges wished Carlyon Bay good luck for in semi-finals.