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    County Salver win for West Cornwall

    bigpicFor the first time in 20 years, West Cornwall won the Frank Wills Salver, the County Knockout for 5-12 handicappers. Conditions were virtually unplayable at Perranporth with a constant wind of 40 mph gusting up to 66 mph in the morning and squally showers to add in to the equation. However, the team started well with Mark & Ross Hutchings leading the way and coming in 2 up after the morning 18. Match 2 saw Richard Bunch and Mike Masters take a commanding lead at the interval, 9 up. West Cornwall were also up in matches 3 & 4 with Lee Bushby & Perran Griffin 4 up and Rod Jenkin and Tom Ruhrmund 2 up. However Cape Cornwall had battled back in the last match leaving Jon Musitano and Keith Nash 4 down. It was certainly a day where the caddies played their part and it was noticeable that players weer able to stay much fresher and warmer with their caddies doing the hard work or pulling and pushing their bags around the course. The rain stopped in the afternoon but the wind speed actually increased and did lead to some greens where the ball was being blown so much that it was coming back to where the players had putted from. However to all the players credit they kept going. Richard Bunch and Mike Masters stayed in control and put the first point on the board with a comfortable 8&7 victory. The father and son partnership of Mark & Ross Hutchings added the next point with a 2&1 victory and when Tom Ruhrmund and Rod Jenkin clinched their match 4&3 the victory was assured. However this result was unknown in the third match out with Lee Bushby and Perran Griffin getting pegged back all the time but eventually winning their match on the last hole. Jon Musitano and Keith Nash could not complete the whitewash with Cape Cornwall managing to hold on to win that match. Both teams were given credit for their perseverance in the awful conditions and the excellent spirit in which the game was played.