The TPGC Frank Wills Salver team emerged victorious against West Cornwall in weather that can only be descibed as seriously brutal at Mullion Golf Club today.
For the first 30 minutes of the match it was purely the 40 mile per hour gusty winds to contend with…..but then the rains came to turn the match into an endurance test!
Tehidy were led out by Martin Trewhella & Greg Taylor, and were seemingly comfortable playing the 17th hole, on the green in regulation with a two-hole lead. Their opponents had missed the green, and then played a poor chip to the green, which meant it was still them to play. How we love match-play as West Cornwall holed their putt from length, before the Tehidy pair three-putted to lose the hole. Moments later Trewhella & Taylor lost the 18th hole when their opponents made a birdie to see the match go into extra-holes!
19th hole….West Cornwall have a putt to win, which they miss. 20th hole….West Cornwall 'horse-shoe' the hole to win, onto the 21st hole where the Tehidy pair eventually secure the point (1 – 0)
In match two it was the experienced pairing of David O'Mahony & Bob Cope, who held a three-hole lead with just six holes to play. Fast forward to the 17th tee and the match stood all square! However, a solid win on the 17th hole, followed by a half on the 18th hole secured a 1 hole win (2 – 0)
In match three was the pairing of Justin Harrington & Mike Eddy, who found themselves three-down with three holes to play. As in the first two matches a comeback commenced with wins for the Tehidy pairing on 16 & 17, but it turned out to be in vain as they eventually lost by 1 hole (2 – 1)
In the absence of Ryan Reed (who was on holiday) a debut was handed to young Tom Chapman, who partnered the 'ever-young' Martyn Chuchill. It turned out to be an inspired replacement from Captain Gregor as Chapman & Churchill took command of their match from the very start, and ran out comfortable winners on the 15th hole. (Well done Tom, a proud moment for you and your family). (3 -1)
The final pairing of Andrew Teuton & Ryan Curnow never got into their stride, and lost on the 15th hole, but with the match already won they could breathe a sigh of relief, as could a thoroughly drenched set of supporters, players & caddies.
The win sets up a re-match of last years final in the Semi, where TPGC will face St. Enodoc (weekend of 1st/2nd Feb). In the other S/F Newquay will play Killiow.