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Enoch launches Challenge Tour campaign in top ten

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: February 06, 2013

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Rising Cornwall golf star Rhys Enoch teed off the 2013 PGA Challenge Tour with a top-ten finish in India.

Enoch – a former top Wales amateur ace now attached to Celtic Manor as a touring professional – finished joint eighth in the Gujurat Kensville Challenge at the Kensville Golf and Country Club in Ahmedabad on his Tour debut.

Enoch, from Truro, was consistency personified in the opening Challenge Tour event of the season, sandwiching a second-round 72 and third-day two-under 70 with opening and closing 71s for a four-under-par 284 finish.

The score ensured Enoch a share of eighth spot with three other players, India's Rahil Gangjee and Ganganjeet Bhullar as well as France's Riu Victor.

The quartet finished ten strokes behind runaway winner Shiv Kapur, who set his stall out with a scorching third round course-record 65 on the way to a 274 winning total.

St Mellion touring professional James Ruth was one of seven players to miss the cut by a shot, after a four-over second round of 76 following his level-par opener.

Ruth is scheduled to compete in the second 2013 Challenge Tour event, next week's Barclays Kenyan Open in Nairobi, which starts on Thursday, February 14.

Despite his eye-catching start to the season, Challenge Tour debutant Enoch just missed out on the top-five finish in India that would have secured him a starting spot in Kenya.

St Enodoc stages the fifth and final round of the Cornwall Golf Union 2012-13 Winter Series on Sunday.

West Cornwall's Matt Richards (48.83 points) leads the series heading into the final round, closely followed by last winter's winner Josh Greenaway of Bowood Park (47.5). Ben Westgate of Trevose is third (38.5).

Cornwall vice-captain Richard Simmons (Tehidy Park ) won round four of the series at Trevose with a level-par round of 36 scratch points. In second place on count back was Richard Ackland (Trevose). Chris Fleming (Perranporth) was third with 35 points.

Cornwall Girls made a 4-1 winning start to the year by beating a senior county ladies side made up of first and second-team players at Carlyon Bay.

The unbeaten girls – back at Carlyon Bay for elite coaching on Saturday – won three and halved two of the five foursomes matches.

They are due to play Devon Girls at Launceston Golf Club on Monday, February 18 (11am start).

New British Universities and Colleges Sport Premier South champions University of Exeter defend their unbeaten record when they visit last season's winners Bournemouth at Dudsbury GC in the final round of BUCS golf league fixtures today.

University of Plymouth are set to play basement side Cardiff Met at Whitchurch (Cardiff) Golf Club.

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