CTC Semi-Final

Tehidy's hopes were dealt a blow before the match commenced when they lost the services of Simon Knowles to 'man flu'! The absence of Knowles prompted a change in the pairings, and with James Barnard giving his services as 9th man (following a night shift at work) the match got underway on a bright, but bitterly cold day at Newquay GC.

Martin Langford & Alex Hinds led the way in the opening foursomes against the St. Enodoc pairing of Mike Weaver & Steve Chapman. A scrappy game culminated in a 16th hole win for St. Enodoc. Ian Veale & Thomas Rowe redressed the balance with a 17th hole win against Kristian Godfrey & Mark Justice, in a game where the Tehidy pairing notched up five birdies.

The fourth foursomes was the third to finish as a big victory for Joe Cruse & Jack Irwin (St. Enodoc) against Colin George & Andrew Clotworthy once again gave St. Enodoc the lead. With Richard & Peter Simmons taking a two-hole lead into the final two holes it seemed that the score-line would once again be levelled. However the St. Enodoc pairing of Steve Buse & Rob Davies had other ideas, and with wins on both of the last two holes the game ended all square, giving St. Enodoc a 2.5 – 1.5 lead.

With a win for Simon Welch against James Barnard in the 9th man singles the task of winning five of the eight singles was set for the Tehidy team.

A quick start was needed for Tehidy, and it was Ian Veale, playing on the course where he cut his teeth, that took up the challenge of leading out the team. For the third season in a row the draw matched Veale against Cruse, and for the third time the point was secured by Veale, with a last hole win. Playing in the third singles game Peter Simmons secured a 16th hole win against Bobby Moore, giving Tehidy a lead in the overall match (3.5 – 3.25) Could it be ?!

The heavyweight clash between Richard Simmons and Steve Chapman saw Simmons with the lead for much of the game, but a costly three-putt on the 17th green gave Chapman the lead for the first time, and a solid par on the last hole closed out the game (3.5 – 4.25)

Thereafter the match got away from Tehidy, with quick fire losses for Rowe against Weaver (17th hole), Clotworthy against Davies (14th) and George against Godfrey (15th) to secure the victory for St. Enodoc (3.5 – 7.25).

The remaining games on the course saw Hinds and Irwin finish all-square, and Justice making an outrageous par save on the 18th hole to deny Langford a one-hole win. Final score 4.5 – 8.25

The Tehidy Captain, Graham Sandercock wished St. Enodoc well in the final, where they will meet the winners of West Cornwall & St. Mellion on 24 March.

All attention now turns to the Frank Wills Salver Final where Tehidy will once again play St. Enodoc, at Perranporth on Sunday, 10 March.


Frank Wills Salver – Semi Final

Tehidy Park Golf Club overcame the stubborn challenge of a determined Looe side to reach the Final of the Frank Wills Salver, which will be played at Perranporth GC on Sunday, 10 March.

In a match marred by the weather it was to be a battle of attrition as the wind and rain never really gave the golfers an opportunity to produce their best golf around a difficult St. Enodoc Golf Course.

That said, Martin Trewhella & Greg Taylor defied the conditions to play the last 11 holes in level par, on their way to posting a two-hole win, which included a stunning birdie two on the short 15th hole.

Match two involved the experienced and dogged pairing of David O'Mahony & Bob Cope. This match had more ups and downs than a trampoline, as first O'Mahony & Cope slipped to a two-hole deficit after 5 holes. By the 10th tee thay had forged a two-hole lead, only to be pegged back again, eventually falling one hole behind as they stood on the 16th tee. However, the Tehidy pair were not to be outdone as they recorded a 'trio' of pars, with O'Mahony holing from five feet on the last to win by a score of one up.

An uncharacteristic loss for the pairing of Mike Eddy & Andy Kearney, who had started brightly enough to be two-up after five holes kept the Looe contingent interested in the game, with the match eventually going the way of Looe on the 16th hole.

However, any nerves the Captain, Graham Sandercock and Tehidy supporters may have had were to be quickly allayed, as first the pairing of Nathan Hancock & Justin Harrington, who were never in any trouble won their match in some style on the 15th green, which was to be followed by an even more handsome win by the pairing of Ryan Curnow & Andrew Teuton, who shook the hands of their opponents on the 14th green, after firing off four holes in a row from the 11th tee.

Tehidy await the winners of St. Enodoc and Trethorne, who play later today at Perranporth.