President’s Trophy Semi-Final

At the third time of asking the Semi-Final of the President’s Trophy went ahead with Tehidy Park taking on Looe Golf Club at an overcast and sometimes wet Newquay Golf Club.

Club Captain Peter Simmons was there to welcome his players and to request a big effort in order to reach the Final which is to be played at Bude & North Cornwall Golf Club next Sunday, (18 March) with West Cornwall waiting the identity of their opposition.

His call to perform was answered by his players as one by one they bagged the points on offer from the nine singles matches. Sean Pollard, playing at number two in the order was the first to complete his match, with a win on the 16th green (3&2), and this was closely followed by the point of Darren Vincent, in the first match, winning on the 18th (1 up). The third point of the game was claimed by Alex Hinds. Despite playing in the penultimate match of the nine singles he claimed his point with a handsome 14th hole win (6&4), meaning Captain Simmons was looking for two more points to seal a visit to Bude next week.

The fourth point was delivered courtesy of Simon O’Mahony in the fourth match, securing a two-hole win on the 18th green (4-0). With both Simon Inwards and Graham Elliott standing at 2 up with two holes to play the match was sealed as both were guaranteed a minimum of half a point, meaning the magical number of 5 points would be reached, but they had other ideas, and both signed off with a win (6-0).

Tehidy Park’s player of 2017, young Josh Chapman reached the 16th tee 2-down in his match but mustered a birdie on the par 3 to give him hope. In receipt of a shot on the long 17th he made full use and squared up his match as he stepped onto the 18th tee. The magical comeback was completed when he also won the 18th hole under the watchful eye of Captain (Uncle Pete) Simmons and in doing so earning the seventh point.     In match seven it was the turn of another youngster, Joe Venn to answer the call of the Captain as he too signed off with a point (8-0).

With a whitewash on the cards all attention turned to the ninth match on the course, between two stalwarts of Cornwall Golf, youngsters Andrew Clotworthy and Andy Rowe of Looe.    Upon completion of the 16th hole Clotworthy held a slender 1-hole advantage. With the prospect of walking 440 yards away from the lure of the clubhouse to then walk 440 yards back again on the 18th hole the seasoned campaigners agreed to shake hands on a halved match, to leave the overall scoreline at 8.5 – 0.5 in Tehidy’s favour.

As is often the case each and every Tehidy Park player had a caddie, and despite the weather the team received support from the membership. The Club Captain acknowledged and thanked both caddies and supporters, in addition to thanking Newquay Golf Club for their hospitality.

The Final will take place at Bude & North Cornwall next Sunday, 18 March.     Bude will also host the CTC Final between Perranporth & West Cornwall on the same day.      Whilst awaiting confirmation as I type I imagine the President’s Trophy Final will commence around 10 a.m.

Results:

  • Darren Vincent – Won 1 Up
  • Sean Pollard – Won 3&2
  • Simon Inwards – Won 2&1
  • Simon O’Mahony – Won 2 Up
  • Graham Elliott – Won 2&1
  • Josh Chapman – Won 1 Up
  • Joe Venn – Won 2&1
  • Alex Hinds – Won 6&4
  • Andrew Clotworthy – Half