At last some competitive inter-county golf took place as Cornwall took on local rivals Devon at Launceston Golf Club in a 4 ball better ball matchplay comprising of 6 matches.
Devon fielded a strong team for the cross Tamar match with Eliot Baker (Fingle Glen) and Matt Lyne (Stover) making their debut for the team. Partnerships were Leigh Jones (East Devon) and Jack Pope (Exeter); Jay Scott (Tiverton) and Matt Millar (Dainton Park); Tom Woodhouse (Exeter) and Eliot Baker (Fingle Glen); Matt Lyne (Stover) and Sam Dunn (Warren); Fred Bishop (Exeter) and Lewis Beer (Exeter), George Robinson (Exeter) and George Bryant (Staddon Heights). Jack Pope, Matt Millar and George Bryant were fresh from their outing in the English Amateur Championship at Woodhall Spa the week before.
Cornwall County Captain Charlie Phillips selected 6 senior 1st team players to partner 6 debutants in order to test the county's strength and depth.
Leigh Jones and Jack Pope took on Cornwall's top pairing Josh Greenaway (St Enodoc) and debutant Josh Chaplin (Mullion). The Devon men were in sparkling form, winning 4-3 to get Devon off to a flier.
Jay Scott and Matt Millar played Newquay's greenkeeper Joe Ibbs-George and the in-form Matt Richards (West Cornwall). It was a close run match but Matt Millar's immaculate 4 iron second shot to the par 5, 18th hole to 6 feet closed out the match 1 up.
It was a nip and tuck affair with Tom Woodhouse and Eliot Baker playing former Cornwall Champion Conor Wilson (Perranporth) and young Alec Nile (Carlyon Bay). The birdie 2 on the long 17th from Tom and Eliot pairing proved to be the final winning blow.
Matt Lyne and Sam Dunn didn't fare quite so well against Richard Jasper and Justin Barnard (Tehidy Park). Cornwall went 2 up early on and secured Cornwall's only win of the day 2-1.
Fred Bishop and Lewis Beer had a roller coaster match against Josh Chapman (Tehidy Park) and Tom Fox (Mullion). Devon looked a shoe-in, 4 up with 6 to play, to 1 up on the 18th tee. Devon did what Devon do, a superb chip to 6 inches sealed a birdie 4 for Fred Bishop & Lewis Beer. Neither Cornwall players could hole their eagle attempts but, again, a really close match.
George Robinson & George Bryant finished the day on a high for Devon against Jamie Greet (Mullion) and Aaron Stephens (Newquay). Some creative golf from Stephens produced the shot of the day from under a tree with no clear path to the green. 240 yards out, in the rough, rubbish lie.... Well, what a fantastic 2 iron to the back of the green - surely that would halve the match. But Devon stiffed their 3rd shot, Stephens missed his eagle attempt and Devon won 1 up to bring home a 5-1 win against the Auld Enemy.
As always, all matches were played in great spirit and thanks to Launceston for their hospitality.