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Potter finishes three clear of the pack to take University event

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: October 31, 2012

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University of Exeter amateur ace and golf team captain Laurie Potter topped the British Universities and Colleges Sports leaderboard at Woodhall Spa.

The accomplished Potter – who won the Gloucestershire amateur championship in summer – won the 36 holes BUCS Golf Tour individual event over the famous Bracken Course at EGU HQ after carding 71 and 70.

Potter's three-under-par total meant he finished three strokes clear of a chasing pack all on 144 and including his University of Exeter Golf team-mate Nick Wildman, who was the joint halfway-stage leader after also carding a first-round 71.

University of Exeter's Welsh international Katie Bradbury finished runner-up in the women's event, despite a second-round level-par 72.

Bradbury – a Wales winner in the 2012 women's home international series – totalled 150 to finish four strokes behind Ami Storey, representing Northumbria.

The University of Exeter team is managed by Craig Townsend, who doubles up as county golf partnership development officer.

All three players will be in action for the University when they play Devon rivals Plymouth at Dawlish Warren today in a BUCS Premier South match and again on Wednesday, November 14, in a top-of-the-table clash against defending champions Bournemouth, who have won the title for the past three years.

Woodbury Park and Devon's Tom Jessamine – representing University of Birmingham – finished ninth at Woodhall Spa after posting 147, following rounds of 75 and 72.

Cornish amateur Tony Marsland scored a hole in one as Newquay beat Truro 7-5¾ at West Cornwall to reach the Cornwall Team Championship last eight.

Marsland scored his ace while partnering Dave Chapman in the morning foursomes as Newquay teed up a CTC quarter-final tie against West Cornwall on Sunday, November 18.

Holders Trevose will meet north coast neighbours St Enodoc, who triumphed 9¾-3 over St Austell in the clash of the saints at Camborne's Tehidy Park.

Bude beat St Austell club Carlyon Bay 8¼-4½ at Perranporth to set up a quarter-final clash against Tehidy Park while last season's runners-up Perranporth have already been drawn to play St Mellion.

All the quarter-final ties are due to be held on Sunday, November 18, weather permitting, with venues to be confirmed.

Trevose, Tehidy Park, Perranporth, St Mellion and West Cornwall received first-round byes.

Next weekend, Cornwall Golf Union Frank Wills Salver second-round ties are being played across the county.

On Saturday, Trethorne play Cape Cornwall at Merlin, Lostwithiel meet St Enodoc at Trethorne, and Praa Sands face St Austell at Killiow.

Sunday ties: Falmouth v Whitsand Bay (at Carlyon Bay), Trevose v Truro (Newquay), Carlyon Bay v Tehidy Park (Perranporth), Treloy v Killiow (West Cornwall), St Mellion v Looe (Whitsand Bay).

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