AMATEUR GOLF Channel League tees off + women's golf

Justin Lane’s all-conquering Somerset side teed off their regional men’s Channel League defence with an 8½-6½ win over border rivals Wiltshire at Minehead & West Somerset GC.

Somerset topped the league by the narrowest of margins last year, level on four points with runners-up Glamorgan edging the title on one more game won and one less lost.

Lane’s team – who qualified for the English County Finals as South West stroke play champions on home turf at Weston-super-Mare last summer – are back in league action next Sunday against Devon at Teignmouth.

Gloucestershire – third last term - opened their title bid by rallying from 4-1 down to pip Cornwall 8-7 in a thrilling opening match at Minchinhampton.

Cornwall will be seeking to bounce back against Gwent at St Enodoc on Sunday April 29, new county skipper Ian Veale’s first home league game at the helm.

St Mellion GC's 18-year-old Megan Giles is the new Cornwall women’s amateur champion.

Giles – whose older sister Sammie also won the county crown before turning professional – beat Bude & North Cornwall’s 24-year-old England women's international Georgia Price after going one up at the 31st following a captivating 36 hole final at Launceston.

Both talented young players are set to lead Cornwall’s bid to end Gloucestershire’s dominance of the South West amateur county team championship.

Cornwall will have home advantage when St Enodoc hosts the week-long regional women's English County Finals qualifying tournament from Monday July 2.

St Enodoc is one of three courses playing host to this week’s regional PGA Cornish Festival, which teed off on Tuesday over the Church Course and at Carlyon Bay and Trevose.

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