It was a disappointing result for Cornwall on a benign sunny and warm opening day of the SWCGA Championship Week at Burnham & Berrow GC as the County Mens Team were convincingly beaten 9.25 - 4.75 by neighbours Devon.
At the lunchtime halfway point, following the 8 morning singles, the overall match was tied at 4-4 and there was everything to play for but things were to unfold badly for the Duchy.
First morning singles winner for Cornwall was Richard Jasper (Launceston) as he beat Sam Dunn by the odd hole at the top of the order. Rob MacGregor (Tehidy Park) was next as he claimed his second win in a week against Craig Passmore (2&1). Next up was Matt Richards (West Cornwall) with a 2 hole win over Jack Pope. There were halves for Jared Mortimore (Truro) and Mark Grootz (Trevose) against Matt Millar and Eliot Baker respectively.
The afternoon foursomes commenced with Jasper partnered by Joe Reynard (Trevose) and they were heavily beaten (6&5) by Dunn and Pope. Matches 2 and 4 were soon down and never recovered. Richards & Aaron Stephens (Newquay) lost 4&3 to Passmore & Millar and MacGregor and Adam Bridgewater (Launceston) went down by the same score to Baker & Fred Bishop.
The ony remaining match on the course saw Mortimore playing with young debutant Tom Stephens (Trevose). Both played well and after a sublime long iron to the par 3 12th by Mortimore had a 2 hole advantage. The par 5 13th was halved in birdies before their opponents, Devon stalwart Peter Lawrence and Lewis Beer reduced the deficit to one. At the next the match became all square before Cornwall got back ahead at the 17th to take the one hole advantage down the last. With both pairs on the last in 2, Lawrence (some might say cruelly) drained a 40 footer to deny the Duchy pair a win they felt they just deserved. The pair are pictured above.
Tomorrow's (Monday) opponents for Cornwall will be Gloucestershire who came from 5.5-2.5 down at luch to beat Dorset after claiming all 4 of the foursomes. In Sunday's other match Wiltshire edged host county Somerset 7.25-6.75.