Cornwall Golf Union

Trethorne Top Team at The Bay

Mike Richards from host club Whitsand Bay

Trethorne are toast of the Cornwall Golf Union after their team led the way at the CGU Over 55sTeam Championship yesterday at a sun drenched warm and beautifully presented Whitsand Bay GC yesterday.

With 162 players from 27 clubs across the county competing in a betterball Stroke Play event off handicap, Trethorne's team of 6 combined to register an aggregate total of 202 and finish one shot ahead of fast closing Carlyon Bay and 3 shots clear of third placed Budock Vean.

Jeremy Davies (The Point at Polzeath) putts at Whitsand Bay's 8th Hole

For Trethorne Peter Rodgers and Andrew Wilson returned a nett 66 to which Club Captain Gary 'Chopper' Marquand and partner Ian Burn added a nett 67 before their 8 under par team total was completed by Andrew Dance and Andy Hardy with a nett 69.

The Carlyon Bay pairing of Dave Saget and Keith Martin returned a 64 and the team just failed to overhaul Trethorne as Mike Allen and John Alton (nett 69) and Shane Baines and Tom Crocker (nett 70). 

Saget and Martin's nett 64 was enough to see them finish as runners up in the individual pairs but winners honours went to Budock Vean's Tony Ramsden and David Gudzij with an excellent nett 63. Third individual spot was claimed by Phil Green and John Harris (Looe) with a nett 65.

John Percy (Bude & N Cornwall) watches his putt at the 2nd

From the beginning of the day there were light winds which increased slightly before almost dropping away entirely for the later starters leading to a still calm finish on a course which was not only in great condition but which delivered great views of the South Cornwall coastline.

Whitsand Bay proved to be excellent hosts yet again and thanks go to PGA Professional Andy Welch, Course Manager Kristian Summerfield, Club Captain Gary Smith, Men's Secretary Fred Kent, and all of the other staff who welcomed us warmly, were so hospitable throughout and who contributed to a splendid day for golf.

John Harris (Looe) on his way to finishing 3rd Individual pair with partner Phil Green

From an administrative point of view the only downside to the day was the overly long time it took for competitors to complete their rounds - something which has occurred in this competition previously. As a result the CGU Championship Committee will look at options for the future of this very popular event. Whilst the time taken to play may have taken the edge off for some, the course condition was impressive with many examples of the ongoing improvements and approach to sustainability for which the club received an award in 2021. The weather 100% played its part in adding to and ensuring a successful and enjoyable day for the majority of the field.

The CGU Over 55s Trophy donated in 2016 by then CGU President Glyn Rowett will now be presented to Trethorne.

Team Scores

Individual Scores

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