Venue: Newquay Golf Club
The double is in the bag. Two extremely close Finals were fought out culminating in two victories.
Frank Wills: Tehidy Park 5 – 0 China Fleet
Cornwall Bowl: Tehidy Park 3 – 2 China Fleet
Well done to everyone involved. Next stop St. Enodoc, 16 March, CTC Semi – Final against Trevose.
Full report to follow.
When it comes to team spirit, support and camaraderie you don’t need to look any further than Tehidy Park Golf Club to understand why the historic Cornish Club have just completed the double by winning the CAW Cornwall Bowl and Frank Wills Salver as well as being the current Cornwall Team Champions.
With Tehidy Park and China Fleet contesting a unique double header in the final of both the Cornwall Bowl and Frank Wills it promised to be a great day out for both clubs and the golf produced didn’t fail to disappoint.
The Cornwall Bowl was the first final to be settled and it did not start in the fashion that Tehidy Park would have wished for as Simon Gregor and Nidge Hosking suffered a rare defeat on the 17th hole to afford China Fleet a 1 – 0 lead. The score-line was soon rectified as Ed McDonald and Mike Williams won on the same hole in a match that they were always in control of.
Tehidy Park were ahead by one hole in the remaining three matches but when the pairings of Carl Band & Danny Chambers and Mark Hollis and Graham Sandercock both lost the 17th and 18th holes respectively it was all too play for.
Cue Mark Hollis, 18th fairway, 173 yards to the pin with the wind helping. Selecting an 8 iron Hollis proceeded to hit his shot to within 6 inches of the hole for a conceded birdie and a one hole win.
Although Band and Chambers lost on the 1st extra hole, Les Driver and Mike Burr were closing out their match, again on the 17th green to secure the title of Cornwall Bowl Champions.
After their on-course celebrations attention quickly turned to supporting their club colleagues in a bid to win the double.
With the Frank Wills final played over 36 holes there is always the opportunity of a big score-line, and so it proved in the match involving the Tehidy Park Captain David O’Mahony and partner Bob Cope. By lunch-time they had built a lead of 7 holes and the Captain set the perfect example to his team when winning his match by a score of 10 & 8.
However, by finishing so early he was made to join the growing crowd of nervous supporters as each match swung one way and then another.
The lead match of the five foursomes lived up to its bill and it was not only fitting that it went the full distance of 36 holes, but also that it was won with a birdie when Nigel James (Tehidy) holed a putt from off the back of the green to the delight of his partner Martin Trewhella and to the roar of the approving fans.
A remarkable turn around was to ensue in the second match as Martin Langford and Mark Prouse (Tehidy) found themselves four holes behind during the afternoon round. A combination of fighting spirit and good golf got them into a position where they were level with two holes left too play. When they claimed the lead on the 35th hole of the day it was a lead they were not to relinquish and with an unassailable lead of 3 – 0 in Tehidy’s favour the double was secured.
With further victories from Chris Hoyle & Mike Roach (2&1) and Mike Eddy & Andy Kearney (4&3) a flattering score-line of 5 – 0 was recorded.
An immensely proud Club Captain, David O’Mahony, received the trophies on behalf of Tehidy Park to a rapturous cheer and heaped praise upon his team, caddies and supporters, whilst at the same time thanking China Fleet for the spirit in which the games were played as well as thanking Newquay Golf Club for their hospitality.