Ladies Gammon Trophy

Under the guidance of Lady Captain, Linda Ryder, the Ladies of Tehidy Park commenced their defence of the Gammon Trophy with a comfortable 5.5 – 1.5 win against Newquay in a match played at Truro Golf Club.

The Ladies are now drawn to play neighbours, West Cornwall on Sunday, 11 July at a venue to be confirmed.

Mens County Championship

Antony Nash (Newquay) is the new Cornwall Amateur Champion after he defeated Joe Cruse (St Enodoc) by a score of 2&1 in the 36 hole final played at Trevose Golf & Country Club.

It was to prove a day of double celebration for Newquay Golf Club as their 'B' Team defeated St Enodoc in the days other final.

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Mens County Championship

Bidding for a record breaking seventh Championship title Ian Veale set off in his quarter final against Conor Wilson (Perranporth), but surely could not have realised the extent of what was about to hit him.

With both players making birdies on the 10th hole, Wilson moved to 5 under par for his round and in doing so had built a healthy 5 hole advantage over Veale.

Veale was running out of time and holes, and needed something to turn in his favour if he was to have any hope of advancing to the semi-final. Cue wins on holes 11, 12 & 13 to cut the deficit to two holes, and when Veale then birdied the 14th hole nobody could have blamed him for thinking he might have pinched another hole. Wilson however, had other thoughts as he to holed his putt to keep his lead at 2 up.

A half in pars followed on the 15th before Veale claimed yet another win on the 16th hole to move to the 17th tee now only trailing by one hole. Solid pars from both players on the 17th led them to the new 18th tee and a Par 4 measuring 478 yards! Both players hit good drives, and with Veale slightly the longer it was left to Wilson to play first. Although hitting his 4 iron approach thin it left his club on line for the green and to Wilsons delight ran up the entrance to the green to settle 25 feet from the pin.

Veale responded with a sweetly struck 5 iron, which landed in the heart of the green and ended up 20 feet from the pin. Wilson putted first and must have thought he had denied Veale any hope of holing his putt to take the match into extra holes as his ball looked to be in the centre of the hole, but a late borrow settled the ball at the hole side for a conceded Par 4.

Veale carefully chose his line as he attempted to complete an amazing comeback, but his antics over the last eight holes were eventually  to bear no fruit as his putt slipped by the hole to award Wilson a well deserved one hole victory and a semi-final showdown with close friend and Truro College team mate, Joe Cruse (St Enodoc), who had accounted for tournament favourite Billy Downing in their quarter final.

 

In the 'B' Team Championship Tehidy Park were attempting to go one better than their runners-up result of 2009 and the team of Martin Langford & Ian Morgan, Bob Cope & David O'Mahony and Nathan Hancock & Carl Band opened their account with a comfortable win over near neighbours, West Cornwall.

Into the afternoon semi-final and a date with St. Enodoc awaited the Tehidy team, which was sadly as far as the 2010 campaign was to go as the team slipped to a 2-1 defeat affording St. Enodoc a final showdown with Newquay Golf Club.

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Mens County Championship

As the only two representatives from Tehidy Park to make the match-play stages of the County Championship, Peter Simmons and Ian Veale were paired against each other in the first round.

Peter struck first with a Par at the 2nd hole being good enough to open a one-hole lead, however Veale responded immediately with a birdie at the 3rd hole to level things up. The next seven holes were halved before Veale made another birdie at the 11th and a chip-in eagle at the 13th to forge a two-hole advantage.

Simmons, not to be outdone, responded with a birdie of his own at the 15th hole to cut the deficit to one as they approached the 16th tee. The 16th was halved in Par, before a poor drive from Simmons forced a lay-up on the 17th. With Veale on the green in regulation a two putt would be good enough to win the game, however in a game plagued with sub-standard putting from both players, Veale missed a three foot putt to win.

With both players missing the 18th green in regulation in came down to a chipping competition and with Veale holding a slender lead he played a more cautious chip than his opponent. When Veale missed his Par putt it was left to Simmons to have to hole a 10 foot putt to extend the match into extra holes. His attempt slid narrowly past the side of the hole, and Veale was to progress to the second round with the narrowest of victories.

Josh Hancock (Newquay) was to be the second round opponent for Veale and buoyed with the confidence of his morning victory Veale quickly moved into a three-hole lead after nine holes. Although Hancock made a birdie at the 10th hole to close the gap, Veale then won holes 12 & 13 for a four-hole lead before eventually winnng on the 15th green.

Veales 1/4 final opponent will be Conor Wilson (Perranporth) when they line up on Friday morning. For more information and full details of the draw visit: www.cornwallgolfunion.org.uk

Mens County Championship

Tehidy Park players registered a 50% success rate in the 36 hole stroke play qualifier today as two of the four representatives progressed into the match-play stages.

The qualifier sees the top 32 players go through to Thursday morning for the 1st round of the championship and with the 'cut' falling at 159, Peter Simmons (147) & Ian Veale (153) safely found a way through.

It was not however to be such good news for Past County Champion, Richard Simmons (161) or beaten finalist (1983), Andrew Clotworthy (167).

With the 32 competitors awaiting the excitement of the draw for the first round it was to be a cruel twist of fate that awaited the Tehidy Park players as Simmons & Veale were drawn against each other!!

Billy Downing (Truro) goes into the match-play stage as the number 1 seed and favourite to win his first County Championship following a flawless display of golf that saw him post an 8 under par total (136) for the two rounds.

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Mens County Championship

Despite a lost hole win for Ian Veale & Alan Lieske in the lead pairing against Billy Downing & Darren Booker the 'A' Team of Tehidy Park eventually lost an epic encounter to defending champions Truro, by a score of 2 – 1 in the semi-final.

With John Piner & Colin George losing on the 15th hole to County Champion, Tom Murtagh & partner Alex Boyd the outcome rested on the match between brothers Richard & Peter Simmons, who were pitted against George Champion & Jack Mewton.

With the game poised at 'all square' as they approached the 18th green, Champion faced a 6 foot putt for Par as Richard Simmons stood over an 8 foot Par attempt.

Advantage Tehidy as Simmons holed his putt, but Champion stood up to the challenge as he also holed out. Extra holes ensued, and when Mewton narrowly missed his birdie attempt on the 19th it was now the turn of Peter Simmons to have to hole a 5 foot putt to extend the match, which he safely negotiated.

To the 2nd extra hole and when Richard Simmons holed his 6 foot Par putt, Champion again followed his lead to extend the game to the 21st.

Champion found the green at the Par 3, 3rd hole, but sadly for Tehidy Richard was to leave his approach shot short of the putting green, and with a safe two putt for Par Truro advanced to the final.

The final was to be a repeat of the 2009 encounter, as Newquay defeated Trevose in the days other semi-final, and the result of the final was also to be a repeat as Truro prevailed by a score of 2 – 1.

Mens County Championship

The Tehidy Park 'A' Team, consisting of:

Richard & Peter Simmons, Colin George & John Piner and Ian Veale & Alan Lieske won through the first days play of the 'A' Team Championship with wins against Bude & North Cornwall in the morning (2.5 – .5), followed by an afternoon victory over opponents Launceston (3 – 0).

Tehidy Park now face Truro in the semi-final on Tuesday morning, with host venue Trevose taking on Newquay in the days other semi-final.

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