A MARATHON effort was put in by players at Falmouth Golf Club on Saturday as the prestigious Rider Cup was contested over 36 holes, writes Keith Rashleigh.

The competition, sponsored by Miller Countrywide, was graced by fine weather conditions and saw youth and skill overcome old age and treachery as three of the top four were claimed by juniors.

Leading the way was Brodie Kemp with a net aggregate of 137 with two very solid rounds of 70 & 67.

Runner-up was another talented junior Tom Matthews also with an aggregate of 137 following rounds of 70 & 68 including birdie at the 13th, 17th and 18th in the morning and birdies at the first, seventh and 14th in the afternoon.

Glenn Fortune was third with a total of 138 with rounds of 70 & 68, while fourth place went to Connor Davidson, whose handicap is currently at Mullion, with two consistent rounds of 69 each for a 138 total.

The best morning round was carded by Ross Pascoe with a superb net 61 and the afternoon saw vice-captain Pete Brierley come out on top with a 66.

Best gross score of the day was fired by Dave Holland whose impressive rounds of 72 and 75 saw him finish with an aggregate of 147.

Club professional Nick Rogers sponsored a nearest to the pin prize on the ninth hole with Dave Walsh taking the honours.

Another nearest to the pin was held on the 18th and won by Dave Brown while Rik Shaw hit the longest drive at the first hole, with both these contests sponsored by Miller Commercial.