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.