(Report from Charlie Phillips, County Captain)
Conditions were perfect for this last channel league match against Devon. Not a breath of wind, slightly overcast, beautifully prepared greens and playing on Dartmoor with the amazing vista.
The morning foursomes did not go well. I have to say it was not that Devon outplayed Cornwall but it was Cornwall who hit too many errant tee shots that caused the defeat. It is a course where local knowledge plays a big part and a course that is rarely played by the Cornish team that proved their undoing.
5-0 down at lunchtime.
The afternoon saw improvements especially in driving.
Matt Richards ( West Cornwall ) produced some sparkling golf to take out Sam Dunn 4/3. Kieran Faulkner was having a ding dong game with Devon legend Ben Sandry. Both -5 after 11 the match was all square! Kieran maintained this form and edged a great win 2/1. Champion, McHugh and Jasper all had good performances but it was that one errant shot here and there that proved their demise. Adam Bridgewater ( Launceston ) who did know the course, had a start to finish win against Chris McGill 2/1 Tom Stephens had a great game against Lewis Beer until missing the 17th green and failing to up and down. There was some top quality golf played in this match!
Mark Grootz appeared to be well in command of his match until a couple of errors proved vital and Jack Jeffrey made a great save on 18 to secure a win 1 up. Papa Greenaway battled away but again a couple of errant tee shots were to seal his defeat 4/3.
Hancock who is great to watch and never a dull moment showed some bottle when 3 down with 5 to play. He was putting all his golf knowledge into use, shots around bushes, chips shots out of gorse, holing putts, it was great and he earned a well deserved half against Robinson
Nevertheless the final result was Devon 11.5- 3.5 Cornwall
It has been a tough year for selection but as I promised I have played a lot of players for various reasons and armed with that knowledge Peter and I now move on to plan for 2022.
I shall be cutting the size of the County first team squad and now look forward to winter training and a new season.