England and Wales (South West) Region
04 Apr 19
Craig Shave, one of the Midlands’ most consistent players, stepped closer to winning the Asbri Golf Cornish Festival for the first time with an impressive 69 at the Point at Polzeath.
His three-under-par return took him one shot clear of overnight leader Laurie Canter from Camberwell Park who returned two-over-par 71 at St Enodoc, the toughest of the three courses.
Shave, winner of the Lombard trophy last year, is hoping for another impressive display that would represent the best of his three visits to Cornwall after 12th and 13th place finishes in the last two years.
He made birdies at the second and eighth and only dropped one shot at the 11th on a day which started in rain but finished in sunshine.
Shave, a professional at Cosby Golf Club in Leicester after switching from Derbyshire club Whetstone Park, usually wins half a dozen times a season and is playing with quiet consistency.
Canter remains a formidable opponent and a sub-par round at Trevose could be enough to reverse the leading positions again
Mark Rowe, the Carlyon Bay head professional is the first Cornish player who is lying in third place two shots behind as only the third player under par after 69 at Polzeath.
Peter Rodgers, the New Milton professional, achieved the seventh ace of his career with a seven iron at the 161-yard fifth hole at Polzeath. Nicola Jones, a member of Lee-on-the-Solent James Ablett’s all female team, also holed in one on the 16th at the Point.
Nick Gammon, the Trevose executive, recorded an eagle two with a wedge from 140 yards at the last at St Enodoc.
Several big names faltered on a freezing day. But youngsters Luke Derrick (Henbury) and Adam Curtis (Bude) still have a chance as do experienced Welshman Cennydd Mills, defending champion Matt Cort (Beedle Lakes) , Trevose professional Gary Lenahan and Staysure Tour player George Ryall (Mendip Spring).