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.