Peter Simmons and Ian Veale commenced their Quarter-Final match by sharing the first four holes and halving the fifth before Simmons pounced on three consecutive bogeys from Veale to reach the turn leading by three holes.
Veale managed to reduce the lead by making a birdie three on the dog-leg 10th hole, but another mistake on the 13th hole enabled Simmons to regain his three-hole lead, and a potential match winning position with just five holes to play.
A three putt from Simmons on the 14th hole gifted Veale a life-line, and when Veale won the 16th hole the lead was just one. Veale then delivered a further blow to Simmons’ semi-final aspirations when he birdied the long par-3 17th to square the match.
With the 18th hole playing 469 yards straight into the wind the tee-shot would prove pivotal and Simmons was dealt a cruel blow when his well struck tee shot found a bush, forcing a penalty drop. Although Veale had already hit a poor tee shot he was able to advance it forward, before finding the putting surface with a 4-iron. Simmons also found the green with his shot, but had crucially played one shot more. From distance Veale only managed to get his putt to within 8 feet of the hole, but when Simmons missed, Veale then converted to secure his place in the semi-final.
The Semi-Final pitted Veale against Mike Reynard, a re-match of the second round match from last year, which Veale won. With the match delicately poised at all square on the 11th tee Veale made three consecutive bogeys to afford Reynard a three-hole lead. Any hopes of repeating his morning heroics were to be shattered when Reynard holed from 15 feet and 5 feet respectively on holes 14 and 15, both for halves.
With Veale playing an error strewn 16th hole it was to be Reynard who would this time be the victor to set up a Final showdown with Matthew Richards of West Cornwall. (For those of you who recognise the name Matthew works in the Tehidy Pro-Shop on a Saturday morning, but not tomorrow!)
The first round of the Championship commenced with favourite, and number one seed, Joe Cruse taking on Tehidy Park member Justin Barnard. Cruse exhibited why he has the tag of favourite, beating Justin on the 13th hole.
Andrew Clotworthy also struggled in his first round match, losing out to Nick Gammon of Trevose by a score of 4&3.
There was better news for the remaining Tehidy Park qualifiers, as Richard Simmons defeated Alex Glover of St. Mellion on the 18th, with brother Peter beating Richard Jasper of Launceston by the same score-line. Ian Veale completed the trio recording a victory over Carl Burley, the number two seed, on the 17th hole.
In the afternoon second round matches Richard Simmons was pitted against Antony Nash of St. Enodoc, with Nash eventually running out the winner on the 17th hole.
Peter Simmons emerged victorious against Lawrie Bridges of Bude, but only after a titanic battle saw him win on the second extra hole (20th).
Ian Veale played Jon Coleman, a repeat of the quarter-final match from 2008. Fortunately for Veale he reversed his fortunes of 2008, this time beating Coleman on the 13th hole.
With just two Tehidy players remaining (P. Simmons & Veale) fate has dealt a cruel blow as they will now play each other in the quarter-final on Friday morning.
For full details of all of the matches from the first & second round please click on the following link : http://www.cornwallgolfunion.org.uk/knockout.php?compid=338
Tehidy Park secured a 100% pass rate (just) in today’s 36 hole qualifier for the individual County Championship. The top 32 golfers secure a berth in the first round of the knock-out stages, which commences tomorrow.
A score of 150 was required for the two rounds and the Tehidy Park players scored as follows:
Richard Simmons 145
Peter Simmons 147
Justin Barnard 147
Andrew Clotworthy 149
Ian Veale 150
Details of the full draw for the knock-out stages can be viewed on the Cornwall Golf Union web-site; see the following link : http://www.cornwallgolfunion.org.uk/ scroll to the bottom of the page for ’Thursday’s Match Play Draw’
Tehidy Park relinquished their hold on the ’A’ Team Club Champions title with defeat at the hands of St. Enodoc in the semi-final.
Despite a fantastic victory from Thomas Rowe & Justin Barnard in the top game (15th) against former County Champion, Antony Nash & partner Martin Biddle their heroics could not be matched by their team mates.
Richard & Peter Simmons succumbed to the strength of the pairing of Steve Chapman & Joe Cruse (16th), and with the match delicately poised at one game apiece the final game stood on the 18th tee with the score standing at all square.
Sadly for Tehidy Park Andrew Clotworthy & Ian Veale could not reproduce the form that saw them win the Royal Cornwall Goblets on the opening day of the Championship as they made a bogey five on the final hole. With two putts for victory Rob Davies (playing with Stev Buse) calmly rolled in his putt for a birdie three and a win that would set up a final against their local rivals, Trevose, who accounted for Perranporth in the other semi-final.
Update : St. Enodoc beat Trevose in the final (2 – 1) to claim the title of ’A’ Team Club Champions.
Attention now turns to the individual Championship, which starts tomorrow, with the word that local player Joe Cruse starts as hot favourite, as Tom Fox makes a bid to defend the title he won at St. Austell last year.
Tehidy Park commenced their defence of the ’A’ Team Club Championship with a win over Falmouth, albeit they didn’t have everything all their own way as some might have expected !
Richard & Peter Simmons got the team off to a winning start with a victory on the 16th hole, but there was a slight ’hiccup’ in match two as the young pairing of Thomas Rowe & Justin Barnard fell to the experienced pair of Dave Holland & Richie Perrin, before order was restored by yesterdays winning Cornwall Goblets pairing, Andrew Clotworthy & Ian Veale (13th hole).
Tehidy’s next opponents would be Newquay, who accounted for Mullion in the morning. The afternoon quarter-final proved to be more comfortable for the defending champions as they surged to a 3-0 score-line.
Rowe & Barnard won on the 14th hole, with the Simmons brothers claiming their second point of the day, this time on the 15th hole, before Clotworthy & Veale secured the white-wash with a one-hole victory.
The stage is set tomorrow for two monumental semi-finals as Tehidy take on hosts, St. Enodoc, and Perranporth have the opportunity to avenge their CTC Final defeat as they once again take on Trevose.
The Men?s County Championship got underway today with the playing of the Royal Cornwall Goblets, and the Tehidy Park pairing of Andrew Clotworthy & Ian Veale raised the curtain with a vintage performance to secure victory by two shots from a field of 114 pairs.
Clotworthy & Veale played a flawless round of golf to record a gross score of 69 (67.5 nett).
For full results see : http://www.cornwallgolfunion.org.uk/competition.php?compid=325
Tomorrow will see the commencement of the A Team Club Championship, which Tehidy Park are looking to successfully defend. The team of Richard & Peter Simmons, Thomas Rowe & Justin Barnard and Andrew Clotworthy & Ian Veale will open their defence with a match against Falmouth.