County Championship – Day 1

The Monday of Men’s County Championship Week commenced with the ‘A’ Team Championship, and it was a buoyant Tehidy team that commenced the defence of the title they have won for the past two years when they swept aside the challenge of Mullion Golf Club 3 – 0 in the first round.

 

The event sees each Club field a team of six players, with the format being foursomes match-play.

 

Tehidy were led out as ever by the Simmons brothers, Peter and Richard, followed by Andrew Clotworthy & John Piner (snr), with Ian Veale & Aaron Ashcroft making up the six.

 

In the afternoon it was a determined Newquay team that stepped up to the challenge, and soon stamped their authority on the first match when Antony Nash & Robert Randell defeated the Simmons’ on the 14th green.

 

Andrew Clotworthy & John Piner levelled the score-line when they beat the pairing of Charlie Phillips & Rob Tredinnick on the 16th green,

 

With Veale & Ashcroft standing on the 18th tee with the score one hole in their favour the outlook was bright for a continuation of the defence; however a weak bogey on the last hole saw the match go into extra holes!

 

The sudden death episode was classic match-play with the Newquay pairing of Sam Cullen & Jon Hancock extending the match beyond the 19th when Cullen holed an eight foot par putt.

 

The Tehidy pair must have again fancied their chances on the 20th hole when first Veale holed from eight feet for a par, only to again be followed in by Cullen from a similar distance.

 

Having halved the 21st in pars both pairs stood on the 22nd green in regulation figures. Ashcroft was to putt first from 25 feet and raced his attempt eight feet past. When Newquay rolled their putt to the hole side it was left for Veale to hole to extend the match. It was not be, and Newquay progressed to the semi-final to play St. Austell.

 

In the other half of the draw Bude sprung a surprise by beating Truro and will now play Trevose.

 

Tehidy Park Golf Club wishes Newquay all the best for the remainder of the tournament.