County Championship – K/O Stages

Richard Simmons got the Tehidy Park contingent underway in the individual knock-out stages of the Men's County Championship on a bright day at St. Austell, and in doing so put paid to the hopes of local player Darren Wisdom, defeating him on the 16th green.

His win inspired brother Peter, who playing in the match behind him accounted for Freddie Gould (Carlyon Bay) on the 15th green to set up a second round match with his 'big brother'.

Simon Knowles also exhibited his match-play skills by defeating Josh Hancock (Newquay), again on the 16th green. Directly behind the Knowles / Hancock match was Ian Veale who beat Ryan Berry (Trevose & Merlin) on the 15th green.

The only casualty from the Tehidy Park representatives was young Justin Barnard, who playing in his first Championship lost out to Jon Hancock (Newquay) by a score of 3&2. It was a bitter sweet result for Justin, who will now be available for the Tehidy Park 'B' Team, who commence their bid for glory tomorrow morning.

With four players through to the second round there had to be one casualty for the TPGC players as Richard & Peter Simmons shook hands on the 1st tee. On this occasion it proved to be Richard (County Champion 1984 & 1986) who prevailed, securing his win on the 17th hole.

Sadly for Tehidy Park the next casualty proved to be Simon Knowles, who lost out to Joe Cruse (Runner-Up 2010) in a fairly one-sided affair, eventually losing on the 14th hole.

The match-up of the second round proved to be the game of Ian Veale and Mike Reynard, who between them hold 15 County Championships. In a repeat of the 2006 semi-final there was nothing to separate the players, with the lead changing hands no less than 5 times. However, in a reverse of the 2006 match it was to be the turn of Veale on this occasion to advance to the next round, winning on the 17th hole.

The Quarter-Finals, which commence tomorrow morning see Richard Simmons take on local favourite Simon Harper and Ian Veale against Joe Cruse (St. Enodoc). For details of the other Quarter-Finals and all the details of the days matches follow the link : http://www.cornwallgolfunion.org.uk/knockout.php?compid=292