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#