CTC 1st Round

From the moment that the CTC draw matched up Tehidy Park and Truro in the first round, it was destined to be a close run affair, as was proven earlier in the month when Tehidy Park captured the Maxam Cup, when beating Truro by a single shot !      This CTC encounter didn’t disappoint, and had players, caddies & supporters from both sides on the edge right up to the point of the last match finishing.

The teams arrived at Newquay Golf Club to be greeted by a mild October day, with little wind, and it was Tehidy Park who got off to the best possible start in the morning foursomes when the pairings of Ian Veale & Robert MacGregor (6&5), and Richard & Peter Simmons (5&4) secured the first two points of the day.   A two point deficit sparked Truro into life as first Jack Mewton & George Champion won the 18th hole for a one-hole win against Matthew Lock & Justin Barnard, before arguably Truro’s strongest pairing of Jamie Crocker & Jared Mortimore defeated Martin Langford & James Barnard on the 16th hole (2-2).

In the 9th man singles match, Tom Chapman was to give Tehidy Park the crucial edge when he secured the three quarters of a point up for grabs by beating Mark Wilson on the 18th hole, which meant Tehidy Park would go into the singles series knowing that four points would secure a win (Truro needing four and half to take the honours).

MacGregor led the way for Tehidy Park and secured a valuable opening point when he defeated Mewton on the 18th hole after a see-saw afternoon battle (3 – 2).      James Barnard was thrust into the number two slot and showed fighting qualities to gain a half point against the impressive George Champion (3.5 – 2.5).   Albeit playing in the fifth singles match to start it was Jamie Crocker who would level the scores with a handsome victory on the 13th hole over Justin Barnard (3.5 – 3.5).      The fourth singles encounter would match up the current County Captain, David Kneebone against his Vice-Captain, Ian Veale, and although it was the County Captain that led the way after the first six holes, Veale ground out a win on the Par 3, 16th hole, hitting his tee shot to within 8 inches of the hole when already holding a three-hole lead (4.5 – 3.5)

Back came Truro, with wins from Jared Mortimore on the 18th hole against Matt Lock, and a further win from Paul Suddes over Peter Simmons on the 15th hole to give Truro the lead for the first time in the day (4.5 – 5.5).      Just two matches remained on the course, Tehidy Park needing one and a half points from them, and Truro needing a full point because of the fact that Tehidy Park held the now vital 9th man singles !

Martin Langford held a two-hole advantage as both he and opponent Jake Finn found the green on the Par 3, 16th with their tee shots. Finn putted first and rolled his attempt close enough for a conceded par. Langford’s putt was dead on line from twenty five feet, but agonisingly stopped a roll short from dropping into the hole. However Tehidy Park were now guaranteed half a point from this match; Langford remaining two up with just two holes to play. Behind Langford in the eighth singles match was Richard Simmons (County Champion at Newquay in 1984) playing against Joe Reynard. From the view point of the 16th green the collective could see Simmons & Reynard putting on the 15th green, and when Reynard missed his putt he offered a hand shake to Simmons, who claimed the point that meant the victory was guaranteed (5.5 – 5.5) as Langford would achieve the half a point required at the very least. Just for good measure Langford was also to close out his match on the 17th (6.5 – 5.5) which with the 9th man singles win from Chapman would give an overall score-line of 7.25 – 5.5 in favour of Tehidy Park.

Despite the healthy rivalry between the two clubs there are many close friendships that exist within the players, and this was clear for all to see in the spirit in which the match was played; a point alluded to by both Captains when they spoke following the after match meal.

Tehidy Park will now play Perranporth in the quarter-final on November 27th at a venue to be arranged, after they overcame St. Austell in a match played at St. Enodoc.

Next up for the Captain (his fourth weekend in a row) is the second round of the Cornwall Bowl, which is to be played this coming Saturday, at Merlin (9:00 a.m.) against Trevose.


Frank Wills Salver – Rd 1

Having won his first match in charge of the Cornwall Bowl team last weekend, it was sadly to be the taste of defeat this weekend for new Club Captain, David Ryder, as the Frank Wills Salver team lost out to a Mullion side that handled the ‘sometimes’ gale force winds better, in a first round match played at Falmouth.

  • Martin Trewhella & Tom Chapman lost 4&3
  • David O’Mahony & Chris Hoyle lost 2&1
  • Martyn Churchill & Mark Prouse won 1 Up
  • Ryan Curnow & Andrew Teuton lost 3&1
  • Nigel Thomas & Steve Dawe won 4&3

Attention now turns to the CTC match against Truro, which is to be played at Newquay on Sunday, 30th October. Foursomes commence at 8:00 a.m. with the Singles to commence at approx. 12:30 p.m.



CAW Cornwall Bowl – Rd 1

The Cornwall Bowl team of Tehidy Park got the new Club Captain, David Ryder off to a winning start with a 4- 1 win over Falmouth Golf Club in a match played at Killiow.

In a match that was interrupted by thunder and lightning, the Tehidy Park team were eventually triumphant over a resilient Falmouth side. When play was halted Tehidy Park were in a commanding position; up in four matches, and all square in the fifth. Whilst the Falmouth team might have been hoping for continued rain, which was starting to flood the greens, the Tehidy Park Captain was desperately looking to the weather gods for the bright afternoon weather that was forecast !

His prayers worked, as the rain ceased, and blue sky dominated the scene as the teams returned to the golf course. In keeping with the weather the Tehidy Park team continued to dominate the proceedings and already possessed an unsurpassable 3 – 0 lead before Falmouth claimed a consolation point in the third match on the course. Tehidy Park eventually wrapped up a 4 – 1 win with a final point in the fifth foursome.

Match scores……………….

  • Bobby Stephens & Peter Turner won 3&2
  • Dale Band & David Bailey won 2&1
  • Mike Jacka & Malcolm Bennetts lost 5&4
  • David Collins & Steve Rogers won 5&4
  • Tony Barbagallo & Vince Barton won 3&2

Tehidy Park will now play Trevose  in Rd 2 at a venue to be announced on the weekend of 5/6 November.

Next up is the Frank Wills Salver 1st Rd match, which is being played on Sunday, 23 October against Mullion at Falmouth. The start time is 10:30 and support would be very welcome.

Maxam Cup

Under the guidance of Club Captain, Mike Eddy the Tehidy Park team continued their rich relationship with this event in beating Truro Golf Club by one shot at a sun drenched Launceston Golf Club yesterday (2 Oct).

A full report will follow on how the pairings of Richard & Peter Simmons, Ian Veale & Rob MacGregor and Matthew Lock & Justin Barnard took the honours………..(and here it is)

Six players and six caddies rose early on Sunday morning to travel to Launceston Golf Club for the annual Cornwall Golf Union, Maxam Cup, which sees 16 Cornish Golf Clubs field three pairs of foursomes to compete off scratch for the title over 36 holes.

The players were greeted to a course in fine condition and weather reminiscent of a summer’s day; wall to wall sunshine, and barely a breath of wind.

Leading out the troops for Tehidy Park was the pairing of Richard & Peter Simmons, and by the end of their first round they had signed for a 76 (+6), a score that was to be matched by the second pairing of new green keeper Matthew Lock, and in form partner Justin Barnard.     With the best two scores of three to count in the morning and afternoon a total of 152 from the first two pairings would place Tehidy Park three behind Truro & Bowood, who both recorded a score of 149.        However, Tehidy Park were set to improve their score as the mighty Rob MacGregor and playing partner Ian Veale would sign for a 71, to afford the team a two shot lead as they took lunch on 147.       Having started on the 11th hole in the morning MacGregor & Veale were hoping that the team would not rue a costly double bogey seven on the Par 5 18th hole when the title would be decided at the end of the day.

As the afternoon rounds unfolded it became evident that the Simmons brothers and MacGregor / Veale would need to deliver the goods as Lock & Barnard suffered on the greens, eventually signing for a score of 80.     Things were not looking good as the brothers struggled over the front nine (+4), and then dropped a further shot to be five over after 10 holes!     However, with their experience and ability they were resolute over the final eight holes in playing them in one under par to sign off on a 74 (+4).

The target was now set as Truro posted an afternoon effort of 145 to give them a team total of 294. Tehidy Park were 221 with three scores in, meaning MacGregor & Veale would need a 72 to take the honours for ‘Team Tehidy’.    A birdie on the Par 3 12th hole would get them back to level par, however bogeys on holes 13 and 15 would see them right on the mark of +2. The 16th hole at Launceston is ranked as stroke index 1, and a chip & putt par safely negotiated the first challenge. MacGregor would find the green with his tee shot on the Par 3 17th, but an uncharacteristic putt from Veale left his partner needing to hole from 10 feet, which he duly did (thank you Rob!).

Having hit a poor drive on the Par 5 18th in the morning, and knowing a par would suffice; Veale opted for safety and placed a 4 iron into the fairway. MacGregor would advance the ball a further 190 yards, which left his partner with just 130 yards to the pin, but from a heavy lie in the rough. Veale then proceeded to hit his shot heavy and saw it heading towards the tree which guards the green. With no chance of the ball carrying the tree it was heart in the mouth stuff as the Tehidy contingent waited to see which way the ball would deflect…….and to their combined delight (and the woe of the watching Truro team) it bounced out into the fairway! From 30 yards MacGregor showed his class, pitching the ball to within 5 feet of the pin, and Veale made amends for his earlier ‘duff’ by rolling home the putt to squeeze home by a shot.

Unknown to Veale & MacGregor was that their scores of 71/72 would also afford them the individual prize as the best pair on the day; a great day throughout for Tehidy Park and Club Captain, Mike Eddy.