Coast & Country 2016

Report from West Cornwall GC web-site………….

The joint event held between West Cornwall and Tehidy Park Golf Clubs saw 95 3-person teams compete over 2 days playing each course and enjoying a fine meal at each venue. The event, sponsored by St Austell Brewery, continues to prove extremely popular.

On day 1 at West Cornwall, a cold hard wind caused plenty of problems and the scoring was well below the usual standard. Early leaders in the Clubhouse were West Cornwall players, Ian Hodge, Mark Hughes and Phil Weaver who managed 69 points. Surprisingly this was not matched until 2 hours later when John Knapman, Nat Petulegro and Martin Hopkins from Saunton also managed 69. A few groups later and a team from Staddon Heights, Steve Tripp, Gerry Brown & Bob Bridgett also carded a 69. The conditions continued to prove very difficult and it was not until the very last card of the day that a team from Tehidy Park, Mark Hollis, Nigel James and Rob MacGregor beat that score with an incredible 77 points including four 2’s.

Meanwhile at Tehidy Park the trees provided welcome shelter from the wind and the scoring was much better. Annual contenders, Ron Ignaczak, Martin Trewhella and Greg Taylor scored 79 points, a score matched by an eclectic team consisting of Peter Verran (West Cornwall) Jason Hampton (Stover) and Peter Simmons (Tehidy Park), with another Tehidy Park team, Dale Band, Carl Band and Justin Harrington and Andrew Hitchens (West Cornwall), Mark Prisk & Dean Goddard (Cape Cornwall) also managing 79 points. However, it was a team from Downes Crediton, John Davis, Tony Rowe and Paul Edgecumbe  who took the honours with 80 points.

Day 2 didn’t get any easier and the scores were again lower than expected. At Tehidy Park, the teams were again struggling to break 70. The Truro team of Derek Saunders, Chris John and Jonny Verran managed 69 as did Saunton’s Chris Brooks, Peter Day and Laurence Whittal-Williams. Grahame Sanford, David Roberts and Chris Baggott from Staddon Heights then managed the magical 70 but it was the late starters where the best scores were seen. Last out, home players Mark Hollis, Nigel James and Rob MacGregor managed 72 but it was the Newquay team of Charlie Phillips, Nick Datson and Jon Hancock who won the day with an excellent 79.

At West Cornwall, 69 was also enough to get in the top 5. Antony Richards, Joel Cameron and Jon Coleman managed that score. Another West Cornwall team managed 72 in the form of father and son Mark & Ross Hutchings together with Jordan Musitano. This score was matched by Tehidy
Park’s Dale & Carl Band with Justin Harrington and the eclectic team of Hampton, Verran & Simmons. However the winners on the day came from Porthpean, Gary & Chris Sullivan together with Michael Rooney.

The overall scoring was up and down with some high scorers on day 1 falling away and some lower scorers sneaking up the leader board. Following their 77 on day 1, Hollis, James & MacGregor managed 72 to post 149 and hold a strong position. However the eclectic team of Hampton, Verran & Simmons surpassed this adding 72 to their 79 from day 1 to total 151. The only team left to topple them was Band, Band and Harrington and they also managed 72 to add to their first day 79 to tie the lead at 151. The count back method then came into effect and it was Hampton, Verran and Simmons who took overall victory to become this year’s champions.

Due to the fantastic value for money this tournament offers, many teams have already signed up for next year.

Ladies County Championship

Day 4 and the Final Day of the Ladies County Championship at Trevose Golf Club gave way, at last, to some early season sunshine, and a mild northerly breeze.

Three finals would be contested, and once again Tehidy Park interest would be on that of the Championship Plate, where Katie Sandow would take on Olivia Trewhela of Truro Golf Club.    Olivia would win two of the first three holes to command a two-hole lead, before Katie levelled the match with a birdie on the fourth hole and a par on the difficult stroke one fifth hole.    Halves would follow on the next three holes before Katie edged ahead at the turn with a par 5 on the ninth.

The lead was doubled on the tenth, before Olivia struck a tee shot on the Par 3 eleventh that would hit the pin on the fly, and come to rest 30 feet from the flag, which was duly holed for a birdie 2 ! (Katie 1 up).

With the twelfth hole halved it was Katie’s turn to make a birdie of her own on the Par 5, 13th hole, reducing the 452 yard hole to a drive and a gap wedge ! (Katie 2 up)……….   Olivia was far from finished though, and two solid pars on the next two holes would once again see the match stand at all square on the 16th tee.    When holes 16 & 17 were halved the players would stand on the Par 5, 18th with all to play for.    Both players struck good drives, before Katie hit a 5-wood to the right of the target. Olivia’s second shot came up short of the green, leaving both players with difficult pitch shots. Katie played a superb shot from 60 yards to within 15 feet of the pin, applying the pressure back on Olivia. It was to be telling as Olivia under hit her shot into a greenside bunker, and failed to escape, graciously conceding the hole and match to Katie.

Tehidy Park Ladies section were once again a credit to the club with their unrivalled support, which can’t be underestimated in helping to make a difference to the players competing throughout the week. Today was no exception as they travelled to Trevose in force, and were accompanied by the Club Captain, Mike Eddy in their support of Katie.


Katie with the Championship Plate    

In the 36-hole Championship Final Georgia Price (Bude) beat Emily Wilson (Truro) 7&6, and Jan Sargeant (Perranporth) defeated Michelle Burgess (Newquay) in the Advanced Plate.


Ladies County Championship

Day 3 of the Ladies Championship at Trevose Golf Club commenced with a cold, and ever strengthening northerly wind, which would test the competitors in the respective semi-finals.

Tehidy Park interest centred on the semi-final of the Plate competition, which involved Katie Sandow against Dawn Emmerson (Perranporth).     Katie raced out of the blocks, winning the first three holes with regulation pars. With holes exchanged for the remainder of the front nine the score still stood at 3 up to Katie on the 10th tee. A Par 5 at the long 10th hole increased the advantage to 4 holes, a score-line that was to remain as the ladies took to the tee on the Par 5, 13th.

Dawn claimed the 13th with a birdie, and pars on the following two holes for Dawn would reduce the deficit to a one-hole lead for Katie, and jangling nerves amongst the ever present Tehidy Park ladies support crew.    The ‘rot was stopped’ for Katie as both players made a par three on the short 16th, before taking on the treacherous 17th hole where a brave approach commands a second shot over water !    Dawn was forced to lay up from her drive, before Katie sent her approach shot with a wedge to within 15 feet of the hole.    Dawn’s pitch was played to a point just through the green, but a superb putt to within 2 inches of the hole secured a five. Katie now faced a fast downhill putt on the superb putting surface that Trevose are blessed with, and managed to lag the putt to within a foot of the hole, which was subsequently converted to secure a 2&1 win and a place in the final against Olivia Trewhela, who defeated Lyn Saget on the 18th hole.

Well done Katie, and rest assured the green army will be out in force supporting again tomorrow.

The Championship Final (36 Holes) will be contested by Georgia Price and Emily Wilson, with the final of the Advanced Plate (18 Holes) also taking place between Jan Sargeant and Michelle Burgess.


Ladies County Championship

Day 2 of the Ladies County Championship being played at Trevose Golf Club saw a bright start with the weather, and a bright start for Lyn Brookes of Tehidy Park, as she defeated Bridie O’Hagan in the first round of the Championship.

In the Plate competition (first round) there was mixed fortunes for the Tehidy Park contingent, as Katie Sandow defeated Sue Willmott of St. Enodoc, before Chris Williams tasted defeat at the hands of Penny Cartwright, also of St. Enodoc.

Into the afternoon Quarter-Finals, and a strong northerly wind was developing as the day unfolded. Lyn Brookes, in the first tier of the Championship ran into the in form Laura Andrew of Truro Golf Club, who advanced to the semi-final at Lyn’s expense.   Lyn had no complaints at the result, and was satisfied with her own game, accepting that Laura played a solid round of match-play golf.

Tehidy Park will, however have some interest in the weekends developments as Katie Sandow raced to a 6&5 win over the experienced Bev Vann (Perranporth/St.Enodoc).    Katie will now play Dawn Emmerson (Perranporth) in the semi-final, which is scheduled for a 9.40 a.m. start on Saturday morning.

Play well Katie……the club are routing for you.

Ladies County Championship

The Tehidy Park Ladies once again did the club proud with an entry of eight individuals into the 36 hole stroke-play qualifier, which was held at Trevose Golf Club today.

They enjoyed a mixture of weather; fine to start, with a steady breeze getting up during the day, which culminated in wet conditions for the late starters. Whilst the greens were presented in great condition, the combination of green speed, and a freshening breeze reflected in the scores.

At the end of the qualifying process Lyn Brookes made her way into the top 16 of the Championship qualifiers and will face Bridie O’Hagan in the first round of the match-play stages.

In the Plate, for the next 16 qualifiers Tehidy Park will be represented by both Christine Williams and Katie Sandow, who will play Penny Cartwright and Sue Wilmott respectively, who both play out of St. Enodoc.

Shirley Clark, Amanda East, Pat MacMichael, Sue Pascoe and Rachael Lloyd-Phillips (who would have qualified in the top 16, but opted not to continue through to the match-play stage) made up the Tehidy Park contingent.

Well done ladies, and enjoy the rest of your week.

CAW Cornwall Bowl semi-final

The dream of a Cornwall Bowl Final berth for Captain Mike Eddy and his team came to an end against a Truro team that were too good on the day, in a semi-final played at Trevose Golf & Country Club.

Truro ran out the winners by a score of 4 matches to 1.
•M Jacka & D Bailey lost on the 19th
•B Stephens & D Collins lost 2&1
•S Davey & D Band half match
•P Turner & D Spencer half match
•P Robbins & M Bennetts lost 4&3