Devon and Cornwall remain unbeaten in amateur championship
Devon and Cornwall have both made an unbeaten starts to the South Western Counties Golf Association amateur championship week at Dudsbury in Dorset.
Steve Rickards' Cornwall got their week off to a winning start by edging past Somerset 7½-6½ while Devon halved 7-7 with opening-day opponents and reigning English County champions Wiltshire.
In the day's other match, hosts Dorset let a 5-3 singles lead slip and were beaten 7½-6½ by Gloucestershire.
Adam Bridgewater's Devon side moved up a gear on day two to beat Dorset 9½-4½ after building up a 5-3 lunchtime lead with a solid singles display and wins for Exeter's Harrison Greenberry, Saunton's David Ashley, Bigbury's Sam Edwards and East Devon's David Blick and Jacob Tinsley.
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Ashley and Edwards, Blick and Saunton's Matt Wells, and Yelverton's Dan Rosevear and Royal North Devon's Jimmy Mullen combined to secure 4½ valuable foursomes points to ease Devon to victory.
It was nip and tuck all the way with opening-day winners Cornwall and Gloucestershire, who were level 4-4 at lunchtime and again, 7-7 at the end of play on day two.
Four of the morning singles were halved although Perranporth's Conor Wilson won at one – beating Minchinhampton's University of Exeter golf captain Laurie Potter three and two – and Launceston's Richard Jasper beat Tyler Hogarty (Rodway Hill) two and one.
Jasper combined with Bowood Park's Josh Greenaway to win the final foursomes match at the 18th to ensure a halved match following a top of the order two and one defeat for Perranporth duo Wilson and Chris Fleming by Henbury's Nick Day and Thomas Workman (Stinchcombe Hill).
Tom Fox (China Fleet) and Joe Cruse (St Enodoc) halved their foursomes match as did Chris Johnston (Perranporth) and new Cornwall champion Joe York (St Mellion).
Wiltshire – with talismanic Alia James (Cumberwell Park) leading the way at one – built on a strong 6-2 singles success over Somerset to record an emphatic 12-2 victory over Somerset and storm to the top of the match play leaderboard.
The back-to-back English champions are set to face a sterner test today as they encounter unbeaten Gloucestershire, while Dorset start the day's matches against Cornwall and Somerset bid to recover against border rivals Devon.
Cornwall play Devon tomorrow, when Gloucestershire meet Somerset and Dorset bid to upset Wiltshire.
That job is handed over to Cornwall on Friday, as they finish the week against Wiltshire while Devon play Gloucestershire and Somerset encounter a Dorset side that will want to sign off with a win.
The annual 36 holes South West men's amateur stroke play championship and 2013 English County Finals qualifier took its traditional Tuesday South West Week place yesterday.