CTC Match v Perranporth at St Enodoc, Sun 30th Oct 2016

An unusually still early morning saw the CTC team take on last year’s runners up and number two seeds Perranporth at St Enodoc.

The early stages of the morning foursomes matches saw our pairings of Dan Olver and Billy Couzens, Shaun Harvey and Biff Bertho, Simon Harper and Dave Johnson and Alex Symes and Matt Knowles all engaged in close fought games with their highly ranked opposition.

However as the morning wore on Perranporth gradually took control of three of the four matches with only Simon and Dave looking likely to gain a result being two up with three to play. Unfortunately Perranporth took the last three holes in that match to record a four nil win in the foursomes.

The only bright note was Nigel Tucker’s convincing six and five victory in the ninth match leaving us at four points to three quarters of a point down at lunch.

After a quick lunch the singles matches teed off on an increasingly sunny and warm afternoon.

With six wins required from the eight games, the chances of a meaningful come back looked slim but the team were determined to give it a go.

Six of the eight games were developing into very close encounters but Shaun, playing some great golf, went up early and continued to extend his lead, finishing early doors with a 6 and 5 victory. In the final game the tables were turned with County regular Connor Wilson running up an early six hole lead over Dave. However, Dave managed to pull the game back into the reckoning, reducing the deficit to three down before eventually losing out 4 and 3.

Dan’s match with another County regular Sandy Kirton saw some great golf played with both players 2 under gross after 12 holes. Dan eventually managed to see off his opponent to secure a notable 2 and 1 win. Alex Symes in the top game reached the 13th all square despite spraying the ball in all directions off the tee. A change of tactics saw big Al taking an iron to the last few holes and also gain an impressive 2 and 1 victory.

Simon gradually took control of his game after the turn and steadily stretched his lead to take yet another point for the team with a 4 and 2 win.

Matt was engaged in a very tight affair, all square after 12, but slowly tightened the screw and shook hands on the 17th with another 2 and 1 win.

At this stage we has secured 5 of the required 6 wins with Biff and Billy both having played up the 18th, all square and one down respectively in the tightest matches of the afternoon. With most of players and supporters from both teams watching Matt secure his point on the 17th we all walked up the 18th with the overall result still in doubt. Unfortunately Perranporth had managed to secure both of the last two games with one up victories on the last and we had come so tantalisingly close only to miss out by a solitary point.

The great quality of golf throughout the day from both teams, the fighting spirit shown by St Austell to almost achieve an incredible come back together with fantastic weather for the end of October will live long in the memory. Many thanks to the players, their caddies and all of our supporters.