CTC Final

Tehidy Park completed a disappointing weekend when they lost the title of Cornwall Team Champions (CTC), which they have held for the last three years to Trevose Golf Club.

In stark contrast to the weather that abandoned the original match at the halfway stage, the teams re-convened on a glorious spring afternoon at the links of St. Enodoc Golf Club.

All was to play for as the eight singles matches required completing with Tehidy Park holding a slender lead 2 1/2 – 2 1/4.

Ian Veale gave Tehidy the perfect start when he defeated John Tremain in the top match on the 16th hole and this was quickly followed with a further point from Richard Simmons, who defeated Dave Marshall on the 15th hole. Yet more good news was to follow for Tehidy Park as Peter Simmons delivered a third point when he defeated Trevose General Manager, Nick Gammon on the 12th hole, leaving the defending champions requiring just one more point from the five remaining matches on the course.

Trevose responded to their inauspicious start when Ben Westgate prompted a comeback by defeating Martin Langford on the 15th hole. Mark Pawley then added a second point for the challengers as he beat Aaron Ashcroft on the same hole, and it wasn’t long before the scoreline from the singles matches was squared up as Guy Norris defeated John Piner on the 17th, leaving Tehidy with the slender advantage held over from the original match (5 1/2 – 5 1/4).

Ross Lawrance faced the toughest match of his young years as he was pitted against the experience of ’past’ Tehidy player Mike Reynard. They stood on the 17th tee all square, with Lawrance knowing nothing less than a win would do as his team mate Colin George was three down with three holes to play against Richard Ackland. Sadly for the Champions Lawrance was to bogey the difficult par 3 17th hole, whilst Reynard secured a par and a one hole lead.

Although George rallied with a 16th hole birdie to reduce his deficit to two it proved not to be enough as Ackland held on for a 17th hole win as Reynard halved the 18th hole for a one hole win and a final score-line of 7 1/4 – 5 1/2 to Trevose.

Trevose will now represent Cornwall in the English Golf Union Champion Club event, which is to be played later in the year and Tehidy wish them all the best.