South West -v- Midlands

Tehidy member and Golf International Editor, Richard Simmons captained the South West team in the annual fixture against their Midlands counterparts, played at Saunton last weekend.

The fixture sees the six South-West counties (Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Wiltshire, Gloucester & Dorset) take the captaincy on a 6-year rota, making the position of Captain a much respected and coveted position.

The Captain selects 10 players from the best of the six South West counties for the fixture, which consists of 5 foursomes & 10 singles matches played on a single day, with a reception dinner for the players and officials on the evening before the match.

Historically the Midlands have had the upper hand in the annual fixture, however over the past 10 years the South West have rallied with six wins and 2 halved matches.

Richard and his team sustained the record with yet another half, which could so easily have turned into a win had Nick Day (Gloucester) holed either of the four-foot putts he sadly missed on the 16th & 17th holes of the last singles match out on the course.

Richard, who has represented both Tehidy Park & Cornwall since the early eighties has won the Cornwall County Championship on two occasions, and has also participated in a playing role in the South West – Midlands match, playing against none other than the recently crowned Portugese Open Champion & World number 5, Lee Westwood in the singles!

Well done Rich; TPGC & Cornwall are very proud of the honour bestowed upon you, which is richly deserved.