Making the most of the ‘lifeline’ thrown to them, the Tehidy Park team edged past Bude & North Cornwall in the semi-final of the CTC, played at Trevose Golf & Country Club, on a day when the weather made golf virtually unplayable at times!
Club Captain, David Ryder will not only lead his Cornwall Bowl side out in the Final to be played at Perranporth this coming Sunday (5 March, 9 a.m.) against Newquay; he will be bidding for double success after the CTC semi-final victory will see Tehidy Park play Bowood Park, who beat defending champions West Cornwall, at Newquay on Sunday 19 March.
Play got underway at 8 a.m. with Andrew Clotworthy & Matt Lock leading out the foursomes for Tehidy Park against a strong Bude pair in the shape of Ryan Curtis & Danny Vanstone. Bude raced into a three-hole lead, but by the time the match reached the 18th tee they stood all square. It was the Bude pairing however, who would hold their nerve, and secure the first point of the day. Parity was restored for Tehidy Park when Rob MacGregor & Ian Veale secured a point with a 17th hole win against the experienced Laurie Bridges and partner James Swart.
The brothers Simmons, Richard & Peter were involved in a ‘ding dong’ of a battle against Tim Greenslade & Dan Knight, standing all square with two holes to play. A two-putt on 17 would have afforded the Simmons’ a one-hole lead, but a short putt stayed above ground; 18th tee, all square. It looked like Peter Simmons had won the match on the 18th green when his birdie putt seemed destined for the bottom of the cup, but when it caught the lip of the hole it spun out and drifted four feet past the hole. Richard stood over the putt to win the match, sent it on its way, only to see the ball again catch the lip and stay out, for their match to finish all square (1.5 – 1.5).
In the last of the foursomes matches Martin Langford and James Barnard took on the Bude pairing of Mark Jenkins and Gary Stone, and a solid win from the Tehidy Park pairing (3&2) would secure a valuable point to afford Tehidy Park the lead at lunch (2.5 – 1.5). This was added to further when Tom Chapman, playing as ninth man for Tehidy Park defeated Shaun Gifford, to ensure that three and a half points from the eight points on offer in the afternoon singles matches would see Tehidy Park into the Final.
MacGregor would lead the line in the afternoon, and set Tehidy Park on their way with a near flawless display in ever increasing winds to defeat Vanstone on the 14th hole. Curtis, playing against Clotworthy in the second singles would take that point by a similar margin. Despite playing number six in the line-up, Team Captain Peter Simmons, made certain of his point with a handsome 6&4 victory on the 14th green also. Five matches remained on the course, and apart from the match involving Lock & Bridges, where the former was building a steady lead, the remaining four matches were very close. Lock would deliver the third point of the afternoon for Tehidy Park, winning on the 16th green, leaving Tehidy Park requiring just half of a point to secure a berth in the final, which they last reached in 2014.
Playing at number three in the singles line-up the match between Veale & Swart would go the full distance, but when they shook hands on the 18th, their match finishing all square, a place in the final was secured as Tehidy Park held an unassailable lead of 6.75 – 3. In the final three singles matches Simmons (R) recorded a victory on the 17th green over Greenslade, before Bude rallied to win the matches involving Langford against Stone (1 up) and Barnard against Jenkins (3&2) to provide a final score-line of 7.75 – 5.
- Lock & Clotworthy lost to Curtis & Vanstone
- MacGregor & Veale beat Bridges & Swart
- Simmons & Simmons (a/s) Greenslade & Knight
- Langford & Barnard beat Jenkins & Stone
- Chapman beat Gifford
- MacGregor beat Vanstone
- Clotworthy lost to Curtis
- Veale (a/s) Swart
- Lock beat Bridges
- Simmons. R. beat Greenslade
- Simmons. P. beat Knight
- Langford lost to Stone
- Barnard lost to Jenkins
The Captain, David Ryder thanked the host club for their hospitality on the day in his post match speech. He also paid tribute to the caddies and those supporters who braved the wild conditions.
Sunday 5 March – CAW Cornwall Bowl Final at Perranporth…….Tehidy Park v Newquay (9 a.m.)
Sunday 19 March – CTC Final at Newquay………Tehidy Park v Bowood Park (8 a.m. Foursomes / 12.30 p.m. Singles)