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Hemstock and Enoch join Ruth in progressing to Tour Qualifying School

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: October 10, 2012

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Devon professional Billy Hemstock and Truro's Rhys Enoch have both won through to the next stage of PGA European Tour Qualifying School.

Teignmouth's Hemstock and Enoch – touring professional at Celtic Manor – will both join last month's qualifier James Ruth (St Mellion) after carding four-under-par scores of 68 during their four rounds of first qualifying stage at Frilford Heath in Berkshire.

Hemstock finished tied seventh with Northern Ireland's Chris Devlin on three under par 285 for his four rounds, nine shots behind runaway leader Liam Bond of Wales on 276.

Hemstock's 68 came at the start of his 72 holes, Enoch's in his final round to rocket him up 24 places to joint 11th and level par on 288.

Ruth's qualification at Wychwood Park matched that of Enoch in that he saved his best until last, carding a five-under-par 67 to finish joint-11th.

All three are now set to head out to Spain next month for the second qualifying stage, from November 7-10. Final qualifying is again at the PGA Catlunya Resort in Girona, Spain, from November 24-29.

Cornwall's 8½-6½ victory over Glamorgan at St Enodoc ensured they finished as runners-up in the men's amateur Channel League while sealing Devon's status as 2012 regional league champions.

In the morning foursomes Cornwall built up a 3½-1½ lead with wins for Tom Fox and Joe Cruse, Antony Nash and Conor Wilson, and Matt Lock and Jon Hancock. Richard Ackland and Josh Greenaway halved their match.

In the first singles game Cornwall extended their advantage, with Nash beating Luke Thomas 3&2.

Cruse – who remains unbeaten in captain Steve Rickard's team – won his game and once more Cornwall had the edge, 5½-3½.

Jon Hancock was a comfortable winner in his game and when Richard Jasper closed out his match successfully on the 18th green Cornwall were just half a point from victory.

It was left to county stalwart Josh Greenaway, who came back from two down to clinch the victory by winning his game two up.

Cornwall's win enabled them to leapfrog Somerset and finish second in the seven-team table, level on four wins and match points with Adam Bridgewater's Devon side, but behind their cross-Tamar rivals on game points by 5½. Bridgewater, 38, from Yelverton, admitted he was "over the moon" to win the Channel League in his first year as county player-captain.

He said: "It's a fantastic achievement when you consider we lost our first game to Cornwall, by a point, at Mullion back in March.

"We have such a young side, I think the average age is around 18, but they have done really well.

"It shows the standard of golf now in Devon and Cornwall because Steve's side pushed us all the way and it has been a while since we both finished in the top two."

Cornwall team: Joe Cruse (St Enodoc) Tom Fox (China Fleet) Josh Greenaway (Bowood Park) Richard Ackland (Trevose) Jon Hancock, Matt Locke (both Newquay) Matt Richards (West Cornwall) Antony Nash (St Enodoc) Richard Jasper (Launceston) Conor Wilson (Perranporth).

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