Following success in the Men’s Cornwall Team Championship in March and the double victory achieved by the Ladies in winning the Western Morning News Cup and Rachael Phillips in becoming the new Ladies County Champion at Bude & North Cornwall Golf Club in April, Tehidy Park Golf Club continue to dominate the Cornwall Golf scene with their showing at the Men’s County Championship.
The week commenced with the ‘A’ Team Club Championship and the team of Richard & Peter Simmons, John Piner, Ian Veale, Darren Smith, Mike Roach and Martin Langford secured victory over host club Newquay in a closely fought final by a score of 2 – 1.
On Wednesday attention turned to the individual title with 72 competitors attempting to secure a place in the top 32, who then progress to the match-play stage. Defending Champion, Ian Veale, was quickly into his stride posting a two round total of 146 (75, 71) in blustery conditions to claim the top seeding from Steve Chapman (74, 72) of St. Enodoc. Since the 2001 Championship Veale has led the qualifying stage every year before going on to win the title on three of the five occasions.
Among the other qualifiers from Tehidy Park Golf Club were:
Peter Simmons 73 74 147
Mike Reynard 72 78 150
Richard Simmons 77 78 155
Nick Pepper 80 78 158
Richard Simmons fell at the first hurdle, narrowly losing out to the number two seed, Chapman. With Peter Simmons suffering defeat at the hands of Chris Sears in round two and the draw matching up Pepper & Veale in the same round Tehidy were guaranteed to lose another player. After a considerable battle Veale emerged with a one hole victory over Pepper.
The players returned on Friday morning for their quarter final matches and with wins for both Veale & Reynard, Tehidy were guaranteed a presence in the Final as the draw threw together the Champions of the last two years in the semi-final. The other semi-final matched Chapman, of St. Enodoc against Richard Ackland of St. Mellion in a repeat of the 2001 semi-final at Mullion Golf Club.
Little was to separate the Champions of 2004 & 2005 and when Veale missed a putt of 15 feet on the last green to extend the match into sudden death it was Reynard who triumphed by a score of one hole. His final opponent was to be Ackland who reversed the result of 2001 to set up his first final.
Ackland had the better of the early exchanges in the 36 hole final, forging a two hole lead after playing 11 holes. Reynard was soon to show the class that earnt him 20 caps for England in the Home Internationals when he rattled off five of the closing seven holes to reach the halfway stage of the final with a lead of three holes. Try as Ackland might Reynard delivered a master class of golf in the afternoon session playing the front nine holes in -1 par in wet and blustery conditions. With 27 holes played Reynard was five holes to the good and after completing the next four holes in birdie, par, par, par he was to be crowned Cornwall County Champion for the second time by a winning score of 6 & 5.