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…………!!