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.