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.