County Week – Saturday

The week ended on a high for the host club as Tehidy Park recorded an empahtic win in the B Team Championship over opponents St. Austell, to give Club Captain, Simon Gregor the 'A' Team / 'B' Team double (to add to the CTC & Frank Wills victories earlier in the year).

Leading out the B Team once again was the pairing of Martin 'Bonny' Langford & Colin 'Chicken' George who wasted no time at all in dispatching their opposition on the 12th green (7&6). Not to be outdone the middle pairing of Ryan 'Sto' Reed & Tom Rowe also recorded a win on the 12th green, this time by a score of 8&6 ! With the match won the final game involving David O'Mahony & Chris Hoyle agreed to take a halve with their match evenly poised at all square after 11 holes.

A quite amazing 'stat' in that the win provided a victory for Colin George over five separate decades during his time as a member representing Tehidy Park….well done Chick.

The week concluded with Matthew Richards (West Cornwall) securing victory in the Amateur Championship Final over Adam Curtis (Bude) by a score-line of 5&4 in the 36-hole final.

Following the presentation of the respective trophies for the week, Tehidy Park member, and County Captain, Richard Simmons announced his Cornwall Team to play at Royal North Devon in the South West Championship during the week of 8th – 13th June, and the Club is proud to announce that the team includes both Robert MacGregor & Ian Veale (the full line-up can be viewed here http://www.cornwallgolfunion.org.uk/News?newsitem=356

The week was a huge success for Tehidy Park Golf Club in more ways than one. Whilst it is always a great honour for the Club to stage the Championship Week the understanding of the membership is not taken for granted, and we thank you for your patience. Hopefully some of you will have enjoyed the opportunity to play some of our neighbouring Cornish courses, and equally we thank them for their courtesy.

In addition many of you took part in the proceedings; some by way of playing in the daily competitions, and others by helping with the administration of the week, be it ball spotting, starting, assisting the green keepers on Thursday and general assistance to the officials. Thank you 'one & all', your help was appreciated by Competitors, Club & County.

Now then, time to find the Head Green Keeper……Andrew, cut the bl***y rough, and when you find a Pro V1 to the right of the tree in the rough on the 16th it is mine !!

County Week – Friday

The weather abated for Friday, which was very welcome when considering the schedule allowed for the Seniors Cup and Founders Cup in addition to the B Team Championship, and Quarter Finals & Semi Finals of the Amateur Championship.

First up for the home club was the B Team Championship, who were attempting to emulate the achievements of their A Team colleagues. Their opposition in the quarter-final was Bude & North Cornwall Golf Club, and it proved to be a nail biting match. The opening pair for Tehidy Park was Colin George & Martin Langford, who eventually signed off with a win on the second extra hole (20th). The middle pairing would see Tom Rowe & Ryan Reed (Sto) themselves involved in an epic match, which required three extra holes (21st), and once again going in favour of Tehidy Park. Despite a 17th hole loss for David O'Mahony and Chris Hoyle (their time would come) the match was won by a scoreline of 2 – 1.

Following the B Team matches was the four quarter finals in the Amateur Championship. Local interest centred around Club Secretary, Ian Veale being the sole Tehidy Park survivor from round two. 10 holes into his match against the leading qualifier and number one seed, Harry Hall (West Cornwall) things were not looking good for Veale as he trailed Hall by 4 holes ! However a dramatic turnaround ensued with Veale claiming the next three holes to cut the deficit to 1 hole. Holes 14 & 15 were shared before Veale birdied the 16th hole to square the match. With holes 17 & 18 also shared extra holes was the order of the day. It would only take the one extra hole (19th) as Veale holed a thirty foot putt across the slope to end Hall's dream of becoming the youngest Amateur County Champion at age just 16. Veale progressed to the semi-final with opponent Adam Curtis (Bude) waiting for him after defeating Niall Hutton (St. Mellion).

In the other quarter finals Tom Fox (China Fleet) overcame Richard Jasper (Launceston), with Matt Richards (West Cornwall) defeating Matt Lock (Newquay).

It was now once more the turn of the B Team, who would face Newquay Golf Club in their semi-final. Once again the pairing of George & Langford would lead the way, but this time they recorded a 1 hole loss to Charlie Phillips & Nigel Dunstan. Rowe & Reed ensured that Tehidy Park would stay in the game with another win, this time on the 18th hole (1 up). All attention turned to the third and pivotal match, O'Mahony & Hoyle. The Tehidy Pair were 1 down on the 17th tee, but a solid par would win them the hole, and provide 18th hole drama for the spectators. Hoyle sent his drive into the right hand rough on the last hole, but a sensible shot to the green from O'Mahony would set up the opportunity for a birdie three. Hoyle duly obliged the expectant crowd as he holed a 15 foot putt across and down the slope to rapturous applaude form the partisan gathering. Match again won with a 2 – 1 scoreline, with St. Austell the opposition in the final tomorrow morning.

Attention now turned back to the Amateur Championship semi-finals, in which Veale & Curtis were enjoying a close tussle. At first Veale took a one-hole advantage, only to see that swing to Curtis' favour as he led by one-hole after the 12th hole. Veale would square things up when winning the 13th hole, and then re-establised his one-hole advantage with a birdie on the 14th. The next two holes were shared to see Veale leading by one with two holes to play. Both players missed the green at the Par-3 17th, and when Veale failed to save par the match was once again level after Curtis calmly chipped to the hole-side for a conceeded par. Both players drove into the right hand rough on the 18th hole with Veale's approach shot being slightly overhit, just off the back of the green. Curtis played his approach to 20 feet under the hole to cease a slight advantage. It was to prove crucial as Veale played a poor chip, which would run some 30 feet away, and when he failed to hole the long par putt his opponent would have two putts to win the match, a challenge that he was very much up to.

Curtis will play Matt Richards in the 36-hole final, after Richards enjoyed a wonderful afternoon on the course by beating pre-tournament favourite Tom Fox by a score-line of 5&4, in the process being -5 par.

In the Seniors / Founders Cup there were some strong performances from the home Tehidy contingent, with Julian Ridge recording 39 points, and Peter Hocking (37 points). Ridge was understandably delighted to win the Seniors Cup, whilst in first place in the Founders Cup was Chris Durkin (Perranporth), also with 39 points.

 

County Week – Thursday

The rain returned for the commencement of play today, and right from the off it was evident that the day would be one where the officials and green keepers would be kept very busy !

By 10.30 a.m. the course could take no more and the klaxon was sounded for the suspension of play. It was to prove a lengthy delay, with play not resuming until 2.35 p.m. and only then after a gargantuan effort from the green keeping staff and many volunteers armed with squeegees and rakes.

Whilst the weather was somewhat inclement the first round results were rather more encouraging for the Tehidy Park delegation, with only Ross Lawrance falling at the first hurdle, which was by no means a disgrace considering his opposite number was Tehidy Park course record holder, and number two seed, Tom Fox.

Ian Veale overcame Richard Ackland (2&1), Tom Rowe beating Ryan Curtis (4&3), Peter Simmons claiming the scalp of Joe Cruse (5&3), Robert MacGregor defeating Phil Weaver (4&3), and finally Andrew Clotworthy dealing with the challenge of Josh Walsh (5&3).

The race was now on to complete the second round before darkness (or more rain) fell. Peter Simmons was the first of the Tehidy players to commence his second round match against Niall Hutton at 4.35 p.m. and it proved to be the game of the round. Simmons who was 3 down thru 11 holes, reduced the deficit to 2 holes standing on the 17th tee. A safe par won him the 17th hole, and when Hutton three-putted the 18th hole extra holes were required. The 19th was shared in pars, with more drama to follow on the 20th. Simmons tee shot fell within 7 feet of the hole (Par 3, 2nd) with Hutton finding the greenside bunker. His escape ended 30 feet from the hole, leaving a putt across and down the slope, which he duly holed ! Simmons still had his putt to win the match, but it stopped agonisingly on the lip of the hole. The 21st was again shared in pars before Simmons played his tee shot on the 22nd safely short of the ditch guarding the green. Hutton let fly for the green with a Driver, and received a fortunate break when his ball struck the big Oak Tree only to rebound over the ditch, just short of the green. Simmons played his approach to 20 feet, with Hutton chipping to 10 feet. Minutes later the match was decided as Simmons putt stayed above ground, with Hutton holing for his birdie three and more importantly the game.

Playing directly behind the Simmons / Hutton match was the game between Veale and former Tehidy Park member, Simon Knowles. This match lacked any of the excitement of the previous game with Veale securing a quarter-final berth with a straight forward win on the 14th hole (5&4).

More Tehidy interest followed in the next match, with Tom Rowe squaring up to the younger brother of his first round victim, Adam Curtis of Bude. Rowe stamped his authority on this match from the off, and was rarely troubled, eventually standing on the 17th tee with a two-hole lead. Curtis made a par 3 on the tough 17th, which was good enough to win the hole, and he then birdied the 18th hole to extend this match into extra holes also. Sadly for Rowe he was to three-putt from distance to allow Curtis to claim the win.

Andrew Clotworthy was next up for Tehidy Park, playing the 1995 County Champion, Matt Lock, who won the championship at Tehidy Park. Once again it was the Tehidy player who commanded the play to arrive at the 13th tee with a two-hole advantage. However he wasn't able to do much to combat the finish of his 'oppo' who played the final six holes in four under par to win on the 18th hole (1 up).

Just before the light faded at 9.10 p.m. there was to be more disappointment for the Tehidy Park collective as Richard Jasper recorded an impressive win over Robert MacGregor on the 17th hole (2&1).

Veale is now the lone survivor from the host club and will line-up in tomorrow's Q/F against leading qualifier and top seed, Harry Hall of West Cornwall. They tee-off at 9.44 a.m. (weather permitting !!).

Prior to the Q/F action of the individual championship the 'B' Team championship will get underway, with Tehidy Park playing Bude & North Cornwall (8.48 a.m.) with Club Captain, Simon Gregor hoping to add to the 'A' Team success that was delivered on Tuesday.

Full details of the individual championship, and the full line-up of the Quarter Finals can be viewed here…..  http://www.cornwallgolfunion.org.uk/knockout.php?compid=455#

County Week – Wednesday

72 competitors descended upon Tehidy Park Golf Club for the individual qualifier in which the top 32 would go forward to the knock-out stages after 36 demanding holes of stroke play.

At 16 years of age England Boy International, Harry Hall of West Cornwall Golf Club led the field with rounds of 67 & 70 (-5), to edge out Tehidy Park course record holder Tom Fox (China Fleet), who recorded rounds of 66 & 72 (-4).

There was a mixed bag from the Tehidy Park contingent, and the scores / qualifiers are listed below……

Qualifiers:

  • Ian Veale 71 / 75
  • Robert MacGregor 74 / 73
  • Tom Rowe 71 / 76
  • Peter Simmons 79 / 74
  • Andrew Clotworthy 77 / 76
  • Ross Lawrance 76 / 79

Non – Qualifiers:

  • Martin Langford 81 / 74
  • Aaron Ashcroft 76 / 80
  • Colin George 80 / 77
  • David O'Mahony 75 / 82
  • James Barnard 78 / 80
  • Chris Hoyle 76 / 82
  • Richard Simmons 78 / 82

There proved to be a bitter sweet moment for the Tehidy Park collective as the score of 155 demanded a sudden death play-off, which would see 5 players vying for 4 spaces. The play-off included our own Martin Langford and Ross Lawrance, and whilst Ross and three others managed a Par 4 at the 1st hole, Martin saw his par putt edge past the hole to leave him as the unfortunate participant to miss out !

A full list of the days scores can be seen here : http://www.cornwallgolfunion.org.uk/competition.php?compid=421 with Thursdays full 1st round draw accessible here : http://www.cornwallgolfunion.org.uk/knockout.php?compid=455

 

 

County Week – Tuesday

Day three of Championship Week commenced with a glimmer of sunshine and warmth at Tehidy Park, but very soon turned to torrential rain as the course began to show signs of flooding ! The team of greenkeepers were on hand, armed with squeegees, and were called into action during the morning, but fortunately the rain abated in time and allowed play to continue through the day.

The 'A' Team of Tehidy Park were first to take to the golf course at 8 a.m. against opponents Truro Golf Club in the first of two semi-finals. It was business as usual for the Tehidy Park team as Richard & Peter Simmons got proceedings underway, and were soon into their stride to be 2 up after 13 holes. It was to be a lead that they wouldn't relinquish, ending up with a win on the 16th green (3&2) over David Kneebone & Joe Reynard. Robert MacGregor & Ross Lawrance got off to an indifferent start, trailing by 1 hole after 5 holes played, however the middle stretch of holes proved rewarding for them as they took control, eventually winning, also on the 16th green (4&2) against Jake Finn & Sam Crocker. With the semi-final won, the third match involving Andrew Clotworthy & Ian Veale, playing Jack Mewton & Paul Suddes stood all square after 15 holes, a position that witnessed a hand shake and a halved match.

Tehidy's final opponents were to be Newquay Golf Club after they defeated Bowood Park in a very close semi-final between the two teams.

Tehidy kept the same order for the final, and whilst the Simmons brothers were making very short shrift of Ashley Fieldhouse and Carl Williams in the top match, it was the Newquay pairing of Matthew Lock & Aaron Stephens that took command of the third match against Veale & Clotworthy, racing to a 5 hole lead after only 7 holes played ! Simmons & Simmons secured their fourth point of the campaign with an 8&6 win, and whilst Veale & Clotworthy attempted to salvage something from the wreckage of their match they eventually lost on the 16th green (3&2).

All attention turned to the see-saw match involving 'self proclaimed stalwarts' MacGregor & Lawrance against Jon Hancock & Peter East. After 14 holes the match stood all square, with Newquay looking the slight favourites to take a 1 hole lead on the 15th; however as often is the case in matchplay the Tehidy Park pairing stole the hole with a superb greenside bunker save to pinch a 1 hole lead of their own.

Hole 16 was halved in pars, and when MacGregor safely found the green with his tee shot on the par-3 17th things were looking good for the host club when East left his tee shot short of the green. Newquay would need something special to stay in the match, and Hancock duly obliged when his chip shot rattled the pin, and very nearly dropped straight down the hole, eventually settling 18 inches from the hole ! Lawrance rolled his putt close enough for a concession, and East complemented his partners chip shot by holing out for the half, which would take the game to the 18th hole.

After the respective tee shots and approach shots both pairs found the green on the par-4 18th, with Tehidy Park 30 feet away as against the 15 feet of the Newquay pairing. Lawrance once again rolled his putt to the hole side for a 'gimme' par leaving Hancock requiring to hole his putt to force extra holes. An anxious Club Captain, Simon Gregor, six team members, six caddies, and many Tehidy supporters watched as the putt slid perilously close to the edge of the hole, but refused to go in to enable Tehidy Park to regain the trophy they last won in 2011 (St Austell), and for the poignant celebrations to take place.

The presentation took place on a sun drenched putting green immediately following play, with County President, David Inch presenting the trophy to the Tehidy Club Captain and good friend, Simon Gregor. 'Captain Gregor' thanked the many well wishers of the past 48 hours, in addition to the Newquay team for an outstanding final, before paying tribute to his team for putting a smile back on his face in very difficult circumstances.

The action on Wednesday will see 72 competitors take to the course for 36 holes of medal play, with the top 32 progressing to the matchplay stages on Thursday. Tehidy Park will be hoping for more success as the field of 72 contains 12 TPGC members. Watch this space…………!!

 

County Week – Monday

Day two of the Championship Week was once again blessed with beautiful weather as 16 Clubs commenced battle in the Cornwall Club Championship (A Team) first round.

Host club Tehidy Park were drawn to play Mullion Golf Club, with the Simmons brothers, Richard & Peter leading out the three pairs of foursomes; and they gave the team the perfect start with a flawless 6&4 win over the opposition. Robert MacGregor and partner Ross Lawrance then continued their success as a pairing with a bigger win still, shaking hands with their opponents after an 8&6 victory. With an unassailable lead the third pairing of Andrew Clotworthy & Ian Veale shook hands with the final Mullion pairing with their match poised at all square after 13 holes…..the clubhouse beckoned !!

The afternoon Quarter-Final saw Tehidy Park face St. Mellion, and once again the Simmons brothers set about their task with gusto, as this time they shook hands after an 8&6 win. Veale & Clotworthy, playing as the third pairing notched up their first point with a win on the 13th green (6&5), minutes prior to another emphatic win for MacGregor & Lawrance on the 14th green (5&4).

Tomorrow's Semi-Final line-up will see Tehidy Park play Truro Golf Club (8.00 a.m.) and Newquay Golf Club against Bowood Park.

The day was tinged with sadness as news filtered through of the passing of the father (Owen Gregor) of Club Captain, Simon. It goes without saying that everyone associated with Tehidy Park Golf Club and afar send their best wishes to Simon and Alison.

 

Ladies – Park Life

May 2014 Park Life Volume 2 Issue 7

Inside this Issue:

April Round-Up

Other News

Did you know?

What’s on in May

Lady Captain’s Column

Contact Us

And Finally…..

APRIL ROUND-UP

Our monthly medals started this month on Tuesday 1st, this also was the Hitchens qualifier and the following ladies have made it into the knock-out competition: Anne Stone, Shirley Beer, Amanda East, Lin O’Keefe, Karen Langford, Angela Anderson, Jackie Prouse and Monica Grigg.

Sunday 6th saw Truro playing host to the first of our biannual mixed greensome matches and it was played in miserable wet conditions. Truro won by 30 points setting us a good target for the return match later in the year.

The fun competition on Tues 8th was reduced to 13 holes as buggies were not allowed due to the rain over the preceding couple of days. The competition seemed to tax the brain as much as the golfing skills! The winners were Chris Williams and Jenny Hamilton, 2nd Jane Hollis and Jill Philips, 3rd Barbara Gray and Rosemary Chadwick, 4th Eileen Goundry and Gill Collins.

The Mail on Sunday team were in action again on Sunday 13th playing Perranporth and, unfortunately, playing at Perranporth making a tough draw even harder. Although the team played really well they just missed out and will not be going on.

Saturday 19th was the club Texas Scramble, 120 members played over the course of a sunny but very cold day. The winning ladies team were Amanda East, Sue Pascoe, Linda Brooks and Jane Hollis.

The Australian Spoons Foursomes Stableford competition was held on Tuesday 22nd, a competition for handicaps 15-36 with the winners competing in the regional final, this year at Honiton. Lower handicap ladies also play in the competition but are obviously not eligible to qualify. The winners were Lyn Brookes and Pauline Penna with 32 pts, and 2nd Rosie Wright and Jackie Thomas with 29 pts. 3rd place and going forward to represent Tehidy Park are Lady Vice Jackie Prouse and Anne Fitzhenry.

Saturday 26th must have been the wettest and coldest day for weeks and was, unfortunately the day of the ETS cups. Conditions were horrendous with, (mostly), scores to match. Winning the cups this year were Pauline Penna, Louise Eslick and Margaret Richards, 2nd place went to Lyn Brookes, Linda Toy and Angela Anderson. Later that day due to the forecast the decision was made to cancel the Dingle Cups Competition for the following day which, predictably turned out to be a fine dry afternoon!

The final fun comp of April was the “Trifecta” and was won by Jackie Prouse and Anne Fitzhenry, 2nd were Amanda East and Ro Lowson with Barbara Gray and Kathy Mann taking 3rd place.

OTHER NEWS

Following a recent Ladies Committee meeting and in response to a request in the “Suggestions Book” the first tee time for all 18 hole fun competitions will now be 11.30am instead of 12.30pm. For those who haven’t played for a couple of weeks there is now a new system for showing pin positions on the greens. A Red flag means the pin is at the front of the green, Yellow for middle and White for the back. The new system is proving very popular with the members.

This month saw the introductory offer to new members – £400 together with 4 half-hour sessions with Jonathan Lamb and a Cygnets restaurant voucher. To date we have attracted 47 new members with more in the pipeline. Whatever your personal thoughts are on this offer, the influx of new members has to be good for the club.

Did you know?

If you require a handicap certificate your first stop is Ian Veale, however you can always print your own certificate from the How Did I Do website. You need to be registered on the site and you will also need your CDH number – found on your existing certificate. Once you have logged on go to Personal Profile and then View My Statistics. Click on Certificate and follow the instructions.

WHAT’S ON IN MAY

May is “National Golf Month” and Jonathan Lamb is hosting sessions to attract new lady members to Tehidy Park. Posters and flyers have been sent out advertising that on Friday May 9th and 16th and Friday June 6th at 5pm ladies can come along, have a cup of tea or coffee, enjoy a short coaching session and then play a 5 hole Texas scramble with existing lady members. These sessions are aimed at beginners but all ladies are welcome.

The first league match for May is home to St Austell on Friday 2nd. Our first open of the year is the Malvary Trophies on Wednesday 7th followed a day later by the CLCGA Bronze Spring meeting at Looe. The league team is in action again on Friday 9th when they host the match against Whitsand Bay. Sunday 11th is the Ping 4BBB, winners will go forward to play at Gainsborough.

Sunday 18th through to Saturday 24th is the Men’s County Championship at Tehidy and the course will be closed. Sunday 25th is the Stuart Smith Salvers Open Mixed competition, an 18 hole foursomes medal and two days later is the Jubilee Cup, an 18 hole individual medal in the morning followed by a 13 hole foursomes competition in the afternoon. Start sheets are already on the locker room notice board for most of the May competitions.

The first Ladies Friendly match is on Friday 30th May at home against Looe. Good luck to our Gammon Team who play West Cornwall at Falmouth on Sunday 1st June.

Also look out for Ladies Eversden Cup on Tues 3rd June and Leonard Holman Cup on Sunday 8th June.

Did you know?

We now have a section in our Locker Room for notices from our Pro. Details and sign-up sheets for coaching and playing opportunities are up at the moment. There is also a list for any lady who can help on any of the “National Golf Month” dates.

OTHER NEWS

Congratulations to Jenny Hamilton who becomes President of the Cornwall Veteran Ladies County Golf Association and Pat Mac who becomes Vice Captain of the Association at their AGM in October.

You will have seen lots of activity around the outside of the clubhouse this month. The patio and front area has been power washed and volunteers have begun cleaning and preparing the exterior walls for painting. All the paint for this job has very kindly been donated by Liz Shrivell. One of our 83 year old lady social members said “she wouldn’t be much help up a ladder” but has donated £20 to help with expenses.

LADY CAPTAIN’S COLUMN

Another very busy month with successes and disappointments. Our Juniors, Tom Chapman Steph Curnoe and Amy Butt won the County Junior Team Open at Launceston and now go on to the prestigious Woodhall Spa in August. Many congratulations and good luck to them. It was also very nice to see 2 Juniors turn up for a rollup! We need to encourage the future of our club! Well done also to Harriett Rowe who was selected to play for the County Juniors in a friendly match.

Our Mail on Sunday Team played their 2nd round v Perranporth at Perran. It was always going to be a tough ask but I thank them all for fighting so hard. Most matches going to the 18th. Unfortunately we lost 3 ½ to 1 ½. Our in house competitions continue to be well supported, well done to all prize winners and thanks for your support. Good luck to Jacky Prouse and Anne Fitzhenry who go on to Honiton, in July, representing Tehidy in the Australian Spoons. Good luck also to Pauline Penna who plays Gill Prodger at Truro in the Vets Knock out Final very shortly. Well done to the winners and runners up of the ETS Cups. What appalling weather it was but well done everyone (45) for finishing!! Do please sign up in the locker room, for the Coaching Course over 4 weeks. Improve your short game and learn how to play awkward lies! If you can make at least 2 dates, sign up, you will get a reduced rate for 2!! Finally the League Teams are still going strong with a home win 5/2 v Lanhydrock. Well done. We look forward to a busy month ahead now. Our 1st Open and our  aptains Away day to Mullion as well as 2 more Leagues and the 1st Friendly match. Hospital Corner!! Fortunately good progress is being made by Eileen Goundry. Carol Williams is out and about, Barbara Shaw is now allowed to drive…Look Out!!

Nicky Martin is making good progress. Unfortunately Carol Harvey is still struggling and under the Chiropractor (not literally)!! We wish her well and hope to see her again soon.

Good Golfing everyone Liz Plechowicz

CONTACT US

So, have you seen a great film this month? Enjoyed a good meal at a restaurant? Been or done anything exciting? Then share it with the rest of the Ladies Section. Please send any items for inclusion in next months issue to the editor: cj.hollis@btinternet.com

All and any mistakes are firmly the fault of the editor and apologies are offered for any contained in this issue.

And Finally……

Golf is a funny game. It’s done much for health, and at the same time has ruined people by robbing them of their peace of mind. Look at me, I’m the healthiest idiot in the world. Whenever I play with him (President Ford), I usually try to make it a foursome – the President, myself, a paramedic and a faith healer. Bob Hope

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