President’s Trophy – Q/F

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.

Results:

  • 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