History is made as golfers earn Bowl glory
NEWQUAY Golf Club had a St Piran’s Day to remember as, for the first time in its 127 year history, they won the CAW Cornwall Bowl at a windy Perranporth.
Tehidy Park were bowled over in the final by a strong Newquay team that handled the gale force winds better on the day. Prior to play getting underway, officials had pondered whether to postpone the day’s play as winds gusted up to 70 mph. However, after a slight delay, it was decided that play would commence.
From the outset the Newquay pairings exhibited their links prowess as the first pairing of Martin Chapman and Dave Stephens raced into a five-hole lead after just six holes against the Tehidy Park pairing of Bobby Stephens and Peter Turner. Chapman and Stephens won the 15th hole with a par, drawing first blood with a 4&3 win.
Newquay would improve that position with a win on the 14th hole in match two when Sean Rooney and Guy Westaway put paid to the challenge of Vince Barton and Mike Jacka. The overall picture did not improve for Tehidy Park as news drifted in from afar of matches four and five going the way of Newquay with emphatic wins for Gareth Ward and Brendan Cavanagh (7&6) over David Collins and Steve Rogers, and David Moore and Micky Bowler (unbeaten in five matches) over Phil Robbins and Malcolm Bennetts on the 13th hole (6&5) to secure the victory.
With the remaining match between Tehidy Park’s David Bailey and Dale Band and Dave Goodwin and Colin Duke of Newquay standing at all square after 16 holes, the players agreed to shake hands on a halved match to leave the overall score-line in Newquay’s favour to the tune of 4.5-0.5, leaving Newquay to celebrate their maiden victory in the Cornwall Bowl team event.
Newquay captain Nigel Eustice told the Voice: "Although the playing conditions were extremely difficult, the Newquay players adapted to them well. All five pairs got off to a quick start and put Tehidy under early pressure which thankfully they were able to keep up.
"It was a great day for Newquay, as although having won many county competitions, this was the first time we have won the Bowl. I am extremely happy that this squad of players, including Richard Pryor and Ron Thom who played in earlier rounds, that have achieved something that the club has never done before. I would like to thank our caddies and the large number of supporters who followed us all along the way.
"I would also like to thank Perranporth Golf Club for looking after us on the day and on our practice days.
"We always knew Tehidy would be tough opponents but on the day the conditions probably played to our advantage.
"No doubt Tehidy will have their day again in the future. Indeed, I wish them well in the CTC final coming up shortly.
"As a Cornishman it was a great way to celebrate St Pirans Day!"