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DEVON DRAW AGAINST CORNWALL IN THE MEN'S CHANNEL LEAGUE

Sunday saw Devon versus Cornwall as they arrived at Tavistock Golf Club for the latest installment in the Channel League. 

Devon lined up with a strong team featuring Devon Captain Lawrence and his team Woodhouse, Bridgewater, Scott, King, Rosevear, Philpotts, Reed, McGill and Dunn. 

Devon got off to a flying start claiming the first point of the day with Jack Philpotts and foursomes partner Adam Bridgewater against Richards and Cruse.

Devon's Bradley Scott and King, who led most of their match in the morning against Irwin & Faulkner, had to settle for a half following an incredible matchplay moment from Irwin - chipping in on the last to claim half a point for the Cornwall team. 

The Trevose pairing of Joe Reynard & Steve Davies would restore parity to the match score as they claimed a 17th hole win over Chris McGill & James Reed, which was quickly followed by another Cornish win for Richard Jasper & Aaron Stephens over Dan Rosevear & Sam Dunn. It was left to the Devon Captain Peter Lawrence and his partner Tom Woodhouse to ensure that the spoils were shared after the morning foursomes when they defeated the Cornish pairing of Wilson and Gurd on the 16th hole (2½-2½).

All to play for going into the singles, but this time Cornwall started the better with Philpotts losing to Cruse who won on the 15th hole. This was quickly followed by 2 wins for Devon. Scott in game 2 against Davies (5&4) and Bridgewater in game 3 against Richards (4&3), before Cornwall's Irwin in game 4 levelled proceedings against Reed again (4½-4½).

Playing at number 8 King was dispatched by Jasper on the 14th hole. Again Devon bounced back with a 14th hole win for Dunn in the 10th game over Stephens (5½-5½)

Now it was Devon's turn to go ahead when Lawrence, playing at number 5, beat Faulkner on the 17th, only for Cornwall debutant Gurd to claim his point in game 6 against McGill (6½- 6½). Two singles remained on the course and in the 7th game Reynard would guarantee Cornwall a minimum of a halved match as he got the better of Woodhouse on the 16th hole (7½-6½).

Back on the 13th green Rosevear held a narrow 1 up lead in the 9th game against Wilson. The match now hung on this game. Wilson seemed favourite on the 13th when he found the green in regulation with Rosevear 15 yards short of the putting surface. Upon electing to putt Rosevear did the unthinkable, holing from off the green and when Wilson missed the gap was now 2, which quickly became 3 when Rosevear again holed from length on the 14th green. At the par 5 15th Wilson would make an eagle to reduce the deficit to 2 holes before both players made a par on the 16th. A wayward drive from Rosevear cost him the 17th and the match hung in the balance down 18. Dan Rosevear was in close for birdie and after Wilson missed his birdie attempt Rosevear had the luxury of a 2 putt from 6 feet which was conceded, leaving the overall match score tied up at 7½ points apiece.

Both Captains thanked Tavistock Golf Club for their hospitality in hosting the match and the respective teams for the spirit in which the match was played. 


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