Overcast conditions and a chilly wind welcomed the teams of Tehidy Park & Trevose for the much anticipated final of the Cornwall Team Championship, which was played at Perranporth Golf Club.
Once again Tehidy had the better of the morning foursomes, taking lunch with a 3 – 1 advantage. Aaron Ashcroft wasn't able to add the all important three quarters of a point in the ninth man singles match against John Tremain, however Tehidy went into the afternoon series of eight singles matches knowing that three and a half points would secure victory.
Justin Barnard was chosen to lead the Tehidy team out and he delivered the perfect start with a 17th hole win over Guy Norris (4 – 1.75). Ross Lawrance once again exhibited a gutsy performance against 'Somerset' County player Phil White, but was eventually to fall just short with a one-hole loss (4 – 2.75).
In the third singles match was a repeat of the 2003 County Championship Final, in which Ian Veale defeated Ben Westgate for his fifth County title. However, on this occasion Westgate was to get the revenge he has waited 11 years for when he holed out on the 16th hole for a comfortable win (4 – 3.75)
The rejuvenated figure of Robert MacGregor restored the two-point cushion for Tehidy Park when he wrapped up a singles win over Steve Davies after a nip and tuck match, finally shaking hands on the 17th green (5 – 3.75).
Now it was the turn for the pendulum to swing in the favour of Trevose as Richard Simmons was putted off the course by General Manager Nick Gammon, and Andrew Clotworthy was beaten by the impressive Mike Reynard (5 – 5.75 !)
Cue the 'ever young' dependable Tehidy Park stalwart Peter Simmons, who put in a great days work by securing his second point of the day with a straight forward win over Mark Pawley on the 16th hole (6 – 5.75)
Now the Tehidy Park Captain, Simon Gregor and his team wanted a half point to secure victory from the match involving Tom Rowe and Richard Ackland. With Rowe playing the 15th hole with a three-hole lead, and in the hole for a par things were looking good for the Tehidy team, but Ackland slotted a birdie to cut the deficit to two holes! Ackland then struck a long iron onto the Par 3 16th hole to crank up the pressure on Rowe, who himself pulled a three-iron into the hill left of the green.
Rowe surveyed the lie of the chip before him before executing a shot with soft spanish hands that the legend Ballesteros himself would have been proud of to afford him the opportunity to save par. Ackland rolled his putt to within two feet of the hole to once again ask the question of Rowe, who wasn't short of an answer as he drilled home the putt to raucous applause from his team mates; the putt securing at least a half, thus maintaining a two-hole lead with just two holes to play. One final twist was to play out as a stunned Ackland missed from two feet to hand Rowe a 3&2 win, and in the process the coveted CTC shield to Tehidy Park. (7 – 5.75)
A jubilant Simon Gregor received the shield from the County President, Malcolm Jones, and in the process thanked his squad of players, the caddies and the ever present huge support from the members of Tehidy Park.
Yet another chapter is written in the proud history of the Club who just two weeks prior shared the spoils in the final of the Frank Wills Salver. They say things come in threes, and never a truer word spoken in respect of the Club Captain, who in the month of March can lay claim to two County Team Titles, and an engagement to the lovely Alison. (Care to put them in order skipper?! Don't answer that !!)
- Ian Veale & Thomas Rowe beat Guy Norris & Mark Pawley 3&2
- Robert MacGregor & Ross Lawrance beat Mike Reynard & Richard Ackland 6&4
- Andrew Clotworthy & Justin Barnard lost to Ben Westgate & Phil White 4&3
- Richard Simmons & Peter Simmons beat Steve Davies & Nick Gammon 3&1
- Aaron Ashcroft lost to John Tremain
- Barnard beat Norris 2&1
- Lawrance lost to White 1 Down
- Veale lost to Westgate 3&2
- MacGregor beat Davies 2&1
- Simmons (R) lost to Gammon 2&1
- Clotworthy lost to Reynard 5&4
- Simmons (P) beat Pawley 3&2
- Rowe beat Ackland 3&2
BOOM…….Get in there !