David Edwards signed off his year as Club Captain of Tehidy Park Golf Club as he guided his team to victory by a margin of 2 shots over Perranporth and Truro.
The Cornwall Golf Union Maxam Cup format sees a team of six (x3 foursomes) play 36 holes medal, with the best two scores (gross) from three to count in the morning & afternoon.
Played at Perranporth the day commenced in benign conditions, but as is typical at Perranporth, it was not to stay that way as a stiff breeze made scoring conditions difficult as the day unfolded.
First out for Tehidy Park was the experienced pairing of Andrew Clotworthy & Colin George, who gave the team a perfect foundation to build on with a score of 73. Simon Knowles & Ian Veale then added a 74 to record a lunch time score of 147, which was to trail both Perranporth and Truro by 3 shots.
The 'youthful' final pairing of Thomas Rowe & Justin Barnard registered a score of 76 for their morning efforts, despite suffering from a poor finish to their round.
The afternoon rounds proved to be a damage limitation exercise as the wind showed no sign of abating. George & Clotworthy were understandably disappointed with their score of 78, which included back to back double bogeys on the 5th & 6th holes (their 14th & 15th). Rowe & Barnard steadied the ship with a solid round of 73, a score which belied their inexperience at this level.
When Knowles & Veale added a steady round of 75 there was little to dictate what was to follow as the team headed to the clubhouse. Both Perranporth and Truro faded from their morning positions to post a total of +9 for the day. With Tehidy sneaking an advantage of 2 shots (+7) they had an anxious wait for Falmouth, who were on the course at +7 after the morning. It was always going to prove difficult for Falmouth to register level par for the afternoon, and despite a fine effort of 148 (+4) the spoils belonged to Tehidy Park as they regained the trophy they last won in 2008 under the captaincy of David O'Mahony.
With all three Tehidy pairs in the top 10 of the individual pair scores, they underlined the consistency required to win this event. Thanks must also go to the caddies, a great all round effort.