Whilst Club Captain Peter Simmons was doing battle in the CTC match at Newquay against Trevose, the Club Vice-Captain, Julian Ridge was on hand to oversee the President’s Trophy Quarter-Final match with Mullion, which was played at an inclement West Cornwall. And quite a match it turned out to be as first one team took the initiative before it was snatched back again, eventually culminating in a tied match, which meant a sudden death play-off was required………… read on !
Darren Vincent got Tehidy Park off to a flyer with a 7&5 win, which was followed up with a win from Sean Pollard (4&3) to provide for a 2-0 lead. Back came Mullion with a win in the third singles before the fourth singles (Simon O’Mahony -v- Nick Avery) finished in a halved match. In this match O’Mahony built a 5-hole lead on the front nine before being pegged back to a stage where he stood 1 down on the 17th tee. To his credit he picked off one of the last two holes to secure the half. Graham Elliott, in the fifth singles was also having a battle, again standing 1 down on the 17th tee, but when we won the final two holes Tehidy Park edged into a 3.5 – 1.5 lead……..5 points being required to win in a match that consists of nine singles matches.
Matches six & seven would go the way of Mullion to level the match at 3.5 points apiece, before Alex Hinds would again establish the lead for Tehidy Park, winning his match on the 18th green. With 4.5 points in the bag a half would now suffice in the final match, which pitted Andrew Clotworthy against Jamie Greet, but when Greet snatched an 18th hole victory the overall match score stood at 4.5 – 4.5 with a sudden death play-off now needed.
From the nine players in each team one player is nominated before the match commences in the eventuality that the match finishes level, and rather ironically the play-off would see Clotworthy take to the tee against his victor, Greet ! The Par 3 first hole at West Cornwall would be the starting point for the play-off, and both players found the green with their tee shot. Greet would be the first to putt, and with the adrenaline of the occasion pouring through his veins he would send his putt six feet beyond the hole. Clotworthy would summons all of his experience to guide his putt to within two feet of the hole. Greet first, and to the disappointment of his Mullion team mates he would miss. Clotworthy to win a semi-final berth for Tehidy Park, playing in the President’s Trophy for the first time………and he casually converted his par putt to the pleasure of the Tehidy Park contingent.
Tehidy Park will now play the 2016 Champions of the President’s Trophy, Looe Golf Club, who defeated Newquay in their Quarter-Final. The Semi-Final is scheduled to take place on 25 February 2018.
- Darren Vincent – Won 7&5
- Sean Pollard – Won 4&3
- Simon Inwards – Lost 5&4
- Simon O’Mahony – Half
- Graham Elliott – Won 1 Up
- Josh Chapman – Lost 2&1
- Joe Venn – Lost 2 Down
- Alex Hinds – Won 1 Up
- Andrew Clotworthy – Lost 1 Down
* Sudden Death Play Off – Andrew Clotworthy won on the first extra hole
Tehidy Park lost their grip on the title they won last year when losing a tense quarter-final battle with old friends, Trevose Golf & Country Club.
On a bitterly cold morning at Newquay Golf Club the teams lined up with many layers on to combat the cold! Ian Veale & Robert MacGregor got the defending champions off to a winning start by securing their point with a win on the 18th green against Mark Grootz & Steve Davies, despite having been 2 down after 11 holes. The Barnard brothers, Justin & James followed this with a 1 up win of their own over the pairing of former tour player Matt Morris and Mark Hilton, himself a former England International. Trevose secured their first point of the day, courtesy of Nick Gammon and John Tremain over Richard & Peter Simmons. When Matt Lock & Tom Chapman shook hands with opponents Carl Burley & Guy Norris for a hard fought half Tehidy Park took possession of a slight lead (2.5 – 1.5) at lunch.
In the 9th man singles match Joe Ibbs-George (Trevose) got the better of Paul Collins which gave Trevose the knowledge of winning the eight singles to win the overall match.
Newly elected County Captain and Tehidy Park Secretary/Manager, Ian Veale would lead the team out in the singles on the course that he learnt to play the game, and he would use that local knowledge to record a 16th hole win against Grootz. In the second singles it was the turn of Trevose, courtesy of Davies against MacGregor to notch up a point. Richard Simmons then lost against Morris (1 down) before brother and Club Captain Peter, defeated Tremain. The first four singles were shared two apiece, with all to play for in the remaining four matches.
Trevose gained the impetus when Burley literally putted Lock out of the game, in the process winning on the 18th. James Barnard kept hopes alive when finishing all square with Hilton. Tehidy Park now needed a win and a half from the two matches on the course, both standing at 1 down on the seventeenth tee. It proved not to be as Gammon won the 17th hole to secure a win against Chapman and the match winning point to book a semi-final berth for Trevose against West Cornwall. Justin Barnard & Norris finished all square for a final score-line of 7.25 – 5.5 in favour of Trevose.
- Veale & MacGregor – Won 1 up
- Barnard & Barnard – Won 1 up
- Simmons & Simmons – Lost 3&2
- Lock & Chapman – Half
- Veale – Won 3&2
- MacGregor – Lost 2&1
- Simmons (R) – Lost 1 down
- Simmons (p) – Won 3&2
- Lock – Lost 1 down
- Barnard (James) – Half
- Chapman – Lost 2&1
- Barnard (Justin) – Half
Club Captain, Peter Simmons and his Frank Wills Team secured safe passage to the Quarter Finals of this County Team Competition with a win against Falmouth in a match played at Perranporth.
Having already won three points from the four matches completed the remaining match involving Martyn Churchill & Mark Prouse agreed to shake hands on a halved match.
- Chris Hoyle & Nigel James – Won on the 19th
- David O’Mahony & Mike Eddy – Won 6&5
- Churchill & Prouse – Half
- Scott Downing & Danny Chambers – Won 5&4
- Andrew Teuton & Steve Dawe – Lost 4&2
Tehidy Park will now play neighbours West Cornwall in the Quarter Final on the weekend of 20/21 January at a venue yet to be confirmed.
There will be no rest for the Club Captain as next weekend (26th) he will dig out his own clubs to lead out the Tehidy Park Cornwall Team Championship (CTC) team as they commence their defence of the title with a mouth watering challenge against Trevose at Newquay. The foursomes will commence at 8 a.m. with the eight singles matches set to start at 12.30 p.m.
On the same day (26th) the Tehidy Park President’s Trophy team, competing in this event for the first time, will face the challenge of Mullion Golf Club in their Quarter Final match which is to be played at West Cornwall Golf Club, commencing at 9 a.m.
On a bitterly cold and blustery day at Perranporth Golf Club, Club Captain, Peter Simmons steered his Tehidy Park team to the safety of the second round with a hard fought win over Whitsand Bay by a score line of 3 – 2.
Although the score line looked comfortable on paper, with Tehidy Park winning the first three matches, as is often the case the battle on the golf course was very close, with two matches on a knife edge until daylight was eventually put between Tehidy Park and the opposition.
Tehidy Park will now play Falmouth in the second round, again at Perranporth on Sunday, 19 November with a start time of 10 a.m.
- Chris Hoyle & Nigel James Won 4&3
- David O’Mahony & Bob Cope Won 2&1
- Martyn Churchill & Mark Prouse Won 3&2
- Scott Downing & Danny Chambers Lost 1 down
- Dean Richards & Steve Dawe Lost 5&4