Tehidy Park avenged the defeat inflicted upon them in the Cornwall Bowl last weekend by defeating Bude in the Quarter-Final of the CTC, which was played today in glorious November sunshine at Trevose.
After the first two foursomes matches went the way of Tehidy with wins for the Simmons brothers (17th) and Veale & Ashcroft (15th) the match threatened to be one-way traffic, but a first defeat in five years for Andrew Clotworthy & Colin George (1 down) gave Bude hope. Despite that Knowles & Rowe secured a third point for Tehidy, which was added to when Justin Barnard clinched the ninth-man singles match on the 18th green.
With Richard Simmons leading the team out for the eight afternoon singles the Tehidy team required just three points to book a place in the semi-final, and Simmons gave the team the perfect start with a comprehensive victory on the 16th green. Bude pegged back a point with a win over Ashcroft in match two, and when Peter Simmons suffered a rare defeat in match four (15th) Bude suddenly found a spring in their step.
Veale, who in match three had led by two holes with only three holes to play suddenly found himself standing on the 18th tee all square, as news filtered through that George, in match seven had lost (14th) as Knowles in match eight had also lost (13th). Tehidy now needed to win two of the remaining three matches, and Veale settled 'some' nerves when he captured his point with a rock solid par four on the bunker ridden 18th hole.
Cue the youngest member of the team, Thomas Rowe, and the elder statesman Andrew Clotworthy. Rowe exhibited the talent that so many have belief in when he delivered the all important third point with a win (16th) just as Clotworthy, drawing on all of his reserves and experience provided yet another impressive point with a win over English Senior International, Mike Wigley on the 15th hole.
Tehidy will now face St. Enodoc (Feb 24) who defeated last years champions Trevose, with West Cornwall and St. Mellion squaring up in the other semi-final.