Falmouth Golf Club kicked off their Summer Scratch and Summer Handicap League campaigns on Wednesday evening in brilliant sunshine, writes Phil Jones

Both club sides were up against Mullion Golf Club, with Falmouth having home advantage. The scratch format consisted of one foursomes and two single matches, with Chris Harris and Michael Clark representing Falmouth in the foursomes, who were up against Mullion’s Jamie Greet and Kyle Fraser, whilst Falmouth’s Ben Browning and Harry Drewett were playing Mullion’s James Mosley and Josh Chaplin in the singles.

All three matches were close affairs, especially the foursomes. Ben Browning put Falmouth’s first point on the board with a three and one win over his opponent. This was followed by Harris and Clark closing out their match on the 17th, winning two and one, with Drewett losing his match three and one to Chaplin. Falmouth won the match 2.5-1.

The handicap league is played as six singles matches with the format being matchplay with full handicap difference. Falmouth’s first point was won by Ray Clark coming in with a solid for and two win against Mullion’s Gary Marlow, only to be bettered by Falmouth’s Andy Morris with a five and three victory over Mullion’s Jamie Adam, putting Falmouth 2-0 up. Mullion then hit back with Mullion’s Malcolm Keen a past Falmouth member just getting the better of Falmouth’s Andy Hawkins two and one in a tightly contested match.

The Summer Scratch sideThe Summer Scratch side (Image: Falmouth Golf Club)

This was followed by Mullion’s Jago Crapp beating Falmouth’s Chris Pellow two and one. Chris was five down at one point and did well to battle back. This levelled the match 2-2 until Falmouth’s Ollie Dobell won his match on the 14th beating Mullion's Past Captain Hajalmar Wara four and two. This left Falmouth’s Darren Horton, whose match was all square after 17 needing just a half on the 18th against Mullion’s Tony Crapp to give Falmouth victory.

With Crapp coming up just short of the green with his tee shot and Horton putting his within ten feet. Horton required two putts for the win. He then holed his putt for a two to rapturous applause from the members' balcony, giving Falmouth the 4-2 win.

Saturday saw four competitions being contested at Falmouth Golf Club. The Evans Cup is for those whose handicaps are 21 and above, the Gibbons Cup for golfers between 12 and 20, while the Trevena Salver is a 36 hole handicap competition and the Hext Cup a 36 hole scratch competition - both for golfers with a handicap of 11 or below.

The Evans Cup this year had 13 entrants and coming in third place was John Pengelly with 39 points with four pars on the back nine. In second place, just beating John on countback, was Jeremy Trathen also with 39 points, whose round consisted of three pars and a birdie on 14th. The winner of this year's Evans Cup was Tim Mullholland with 40 points whose round included four pars.

Saturday winners, clockwise from top left: Trevena Salver winner Archie Fox, Hext Cup winner Ben Browning, Evans Cup winner Tim Mullholland and Gibbons Cup winner Bradley Cock (Image: Falmouth Golf Club)

The Gibbons Cup had a total of 41 entrants this year and in third place was Falmouth Golf Club's competition secretary Chris Old with a net 68, whose round included five pars and a birdie on the 11th. In second place was current Falmouth Golf Club Men’s Captain Phil Jones with a net 67 including seven pars in his round. The winner of this year's Gibbons Cup was Bradley Cock with eight pars and a net 66.

The Hext and Trevena had a total of ten entrants this year. In the Trevena Salver third place went to Harry Drewett with net rounds of 71 and73 totalling 144. In second place was Will Sercombe with two rounds of 72 also totalling 144, but just beating Harry on countback. This year's winner of the Trevena Salver was Archie Fox with rounds of 69 and 73 totalling 142.

In the coveted Hext Cup third place this year went to Michael Clark with rounds of 77 and 73 totalling 150, in second place was Harry Drewett with rounds of 72 and74 totalling 146. The winner of this year's Hext Cup was Ben Browning with rounds of 70 and75 totalling 145.