FALMOUTH Golf Club took on Launceston Golf Club in the first round of the Cornish Bowl on Sunday at St Enodoc Golf Club, writes Keith Rashleigh.

The match was played on the smaller Holywell course rather than the famous Church course, which is considered to be the best in Cornwall.

The course was in excellent condition and did not disappoint. The Falmouth team, led by Vice Captain Phil Jones, consisted of a mix of youth and experience. The latter led the way, with Steve Briers and Bert Coulls first off, followed by Adam Cooper and Ronnie May, Chris Pellow and Darren Horton, Tom and Adam Pryor, and Andy Parry and Mike Davies at the tail.

Adam Cooper and Ronnie May put Falmouth's first point on the board with an emphatic six and five win, coming in at one over gross. Darren Horton and Chris Pellow also won six and five, coming in at two over gross. This was a brilliant start, especially for debutants Ronnie and Chris.

Attention then turned to match one, with Steve Briers and Bert Coulls level after 18 holes. This is where experience and cool heads prevailed, and they brought home the winning point needed on the 20th hole. The icing on the cake came with Adam and Tom Pryor winning three and one, and Andy Parry and Mike Davies winning two and one, giving Falmouth a resounding 5-0 victory and the perfect start to the GCU Winter Knockouts.

A big shout-out must go to the hospitality received at St Enodoc, which was first class. Falmouth will now go on to play Radnor Golf Club in the second round, at a venue to be confirmed.

Meanwhile back at Falmouth, the Greenkeepers Shotgun Texas Scramble was held on Saturday, with 18 teams of four turning out on a fabulous day for golf. The winners were the quartet of Dave Drewett, Duncan Ayres, Iain McConnachie, and Neil Bennetts, who romped home with a superb net 49, including 12 birdies.

Runners-up were the team of Ian Renshaw, Andy Morris, Rob Edgson, and Roger Scorse with a net 53, including eight birdies. Third were James Dempsey, Ronnie May, Ray Longstaff, and Dave Kerwin with a net 54, including 6 birdies.