CTC Final

Tehidy Park secure victory over Bowood Park by a score of 9.25 – 3.5 to claim the CTC title for a twelfth time.

A report will follow, but for now we are celebrating at the Clubhouse. Come join us :-)………..and 12 hours later, here it is!!

Tehidy Park Golf Club overcame the spirited challenge of Bowood Park Golf Club to claim the Cornwall Team Championship (CTC) for a twelfth time in their history on a windy, but dry day at Newquay Golf Club.

The morning foursomes got underway with the Tehidy Park pairing of Rob MacGregor and Ian Veale facing Max Stockwell and Jon Rowe, and it was the Bowood Park pair who would signify their intentions in winning the first hole to take an early lead. After twelve holes the match was all square, before MacGregor & Veale showed why they are unbeaten in the current campaign by winning the next three holes, before a half on the Par 3, 16th hole secured the first point of the day.

The lead was soon doubled for Tehidy Park as James Barnard and Martin Langford, despite playing in the fourth foursomes match recorded an emphatic win on the 14th hole against Richard Langham and Neil Childs.

Bowood Park hit back in the second match with their Head Green Keeper, Rob Cook partnered by Simon Hobbs taking the scalps of Matthew Lock and Justin Barnard with a win on the 17th hole.

All attention turned to the match involving the irrepressible pairing of brothers Richard & Peter Simmons against Bowood Parks number one, Josh Greenaway and partner Tom Haley, and when the Simmons’ safely two-putted from length on the 18th green to win by one-hole Tehidy Park had built a 3 – 1 lead, which was added to by Tom Chapman in the 9th man singles match, winning on the 16th hole to maintain his 100% record this season, meaning Tehidy Park needed to win three of the eight singles matches to secure the title.

Once again, MacGregor, who plays off +3 would lead out the Tehidy Park team and faced the challenge of youngster Jon Rowe. Rowe would push MacGregor all the way, but eventually it would be another point for Tehidy Park as MacGregor sealed a 17th hole win to afford him a 100% record in the four matches played through the 2016/17 competition.

With Richard Simmons and Josh Greenaway involved in a titanic battle that would go the distance it was Simon Hobbs of Bowood in match three that chalked up the next singles point, with a comprehensive win over Justin Barnard on the 14th hole.

When Matthew Lock edged Tehidy Park to within one point of the title, as he comfortably defeated the challenge of Cook on the 15th hole all eyes returned to the 18th hole with Simmons, 1 up against Greenaway, and one hand seemingly on the shield. Greenaway had other thoughts as he stole the final hole to leave Simmons disappointed, albeit taking his team now to within half a point of a twelfth victory.

Four singles matches remained, six points being the requisite total, and Tehidy Park led 5.5 – 2.5. Veale stood on the 17th tee, 1 up against Stockwell, as team mate Peter Simmons stood over a four-foot birdie putt on the 15th green. Simmons did what Simmons does, and duly holed the putt as Veale looked on, but wasn’t sure if the holed putt meant a two-hole lead or a match winning three-hole advantage, which would in turn seal the half point required?

As Veale continued he was met by Langford, who was walking in from the 14th green having suffered the same fate as Justin Barnard, with opponent Childs putting in a sterling performance for Bowood (5.5 – 3.5). Veale’s second shot with a three-wood finished just short of the treacherous 17th hole green, before Stockwell hit an errant second shot from the fairway to leave himself in trouble. A bad lie and a mishit escape from Stockwell handed the hole to Veale, and in turn a 2&1 win to get the Tehidy team over the line. After both Peter Simmons and James Barnard signed off with 17th holes wins over Tom Haley and Richard Langham respectively it transpired that Simmons’ birdie putt on the 15th green afforded him the three-hole lead that had in fact sealed the title, which was apt as Simmons had performed the role of Team Captain for the 2016/17 campaign, a fact not lost on Club Captain, David Ryder during his speech as he held the CTC Shield close.

There were further thanks from the Club Captain to the Cornwall Golf Union for the work involved in organising the calendar of events; to Newquay Golf Club for their hospitality in hosting the Final; to Bowood Park for the sporting match that took place during the day, acknowledging that the score-line of 9¼ – 3½ did not reflect how close the match was during the afternoon, and to the ever-present band of caddies and loyal supporters that follow the Tehidy teams in all weathers.

Club Captain, David Ryder and President Terry Chapple with the coveted CTC Shield.                                           

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tehidy Park will now go forward to represent Cornwall in the English Champion Club event in September as the CTC winners, which is to be played in neighbouring County Devon, at East Devon Golf Club.

 

Open Winter Foursomes – Perranporth

Former County Champions, Matthew Lock & Ian Veale eventually broke down the stubborn resistance of their opposition, Ian Harry & Keith Smallman, both of Whitsand Bay, to claim the Plate Competition of the Open Winter Foursomes at Perranporth, now in its 42nd year of being played.

Both Lock (1999) & Veale (1990) have won the main competition of the Open Winter Foursomes in the past, but this year had to settle for doing battle in the Plate having lost in the first round of the main event.

Giving 14 shots in each round of the 36-hole final it was always going to be difficult for the Tehidy Park pairing, but with wind speeds consistently around 25 mph on a day that was blessed with blue skies, some holes into the wind would prove difficult for Harry & Smallman, who play off handicaps of 16 & 11 respectively.

After 14 holes of the morning round Lock & Veale had built a three-hole lead, but would see that quickly disappear as their opposition won the next three holes. In winning the 18th hole the Tehidy Park ‘boys’ would take lunch with a one-hole lead, but knew they had it all to do when they stepped out for the afternoon round. Lock & Veale got away to a slow start after lunch which included two three-putts in the first three holes, and when Harry & Smallman made a nett birdie on the Par 5, fifth hole they would acquire the lead for the first time in the match.

This served to kick start Lock & Veale into action, as they played the next four holes in one-under par to command a two-hole lead after 27 holes. The Bay pairing threw one last salvo at the Tehidy Park pair in winning the 10th hole, but with the next three holes playing straight into the wind, three pars from the scratch pairing would re-establish a three-hole lead once again. When Lock holed from a distance of six feet on the 15th hole the match was won by a score-line of 4&3 to the joy of the Tehidy Park pairing who were pushed all the way.

Matt Lock tees off on the Par 3, 4th hole in the afternoon.

Cornwall Bowl Final

Tehidy Park Golf Club were bowled over in the final of the CAW Cornwall Bowl by a strong Newquay team that handled the gale force winds better on the day.

Prior to play getting underway at Perranporth officials pondered whether to postpone the day’s play as winds gusted up to 70 mph, but after a slight delay it was decided that play would commence.

From the outset the Newquay pairings exhibited their links prowess as the first pairing of Martin Chapman & Dave Stephens raced into a five-hole lead after just six holes against the Tehidy Park pairing of Bobby Stephens & Peter Turner.       Stephens & Turner battled away and made some inroads into the deficit, but when they lost the 15th hole to a par it was Newquay that would draw first blood with a 4&3 win.

Newquay would improve that position with a win on the 14th hole in match two when Sean Rooney & Guy Westaway put paid to the challenge of Vince Barton & Mike Jacka, and the overall picture did not improve for Tehidy Park as news drifted in from afar of matches four and five going the way of Newquay with emphatic wins for Gareth Ward & Brendan Cavanagh (7&6) over David Collins & Steve Rogers, and David Moore & Micky Bowler (unbeaten in five matches) over Phil Robbins & Malcolm Bennetts on the 13th hole (6&5) to secure the victory.

With the remaining match between Tehidy Park’s David Bailey & Dale Band and Dave Goodwin & Colin Duke of Newquay standing at all square after 16 holes the players agreed to shake hands on a halved match to leave the overall score-line in Newquay’s favour to the tune of 4.5 – 0.5.

Both Captains thanked their teams, caddies, ever present supporters, the Cornwall Golf Union and Perranporth Golf Club for their hospitality on the day.

Whilst Newquay will undoubtedly celebrate their maiden victory in the Cornwall Bowl team event during the remainder of the day, and maybe in the days to follow, for Tehidy Park, and Club Captain David Ryder, attention will now turn to the CTC Final in two weeks time (19 March) where they will take on Bowood Park at Newquay Golf Club, as they bid to win the title for a twelfth time in their history.

Well played Newquay Golf Club; enjoy your celebrations, they are well deserved……..oggy, oggy, oggy 🙂

Results

  • Bobby Stephens & Peter Turner lost 4&3
  • Mike Jacka & Vince Barton lost 5&4
  • Dale Band & David Bailey – Halved
  • Dave Collins & Steve Rogers lost 7&6
  • Phil Robbins & Malcolm Bennetts lost 6&5