Dawn on Saturday, and the day potentially promised much fruit to the table of Tehidy Park Golf Club with Rob MacGregor lining up in the final against Joe Cruse (St. Enodoc) and both the ‘A’ & ‘B’ Teams lining up in the semi-finals of their respective events.
On the Friday MacGregor had accounted for the defending champion, Conor Wilson in the quarter-final before ending the hopes of Kieran Faulkner (Looe) in the semi-final to reach his first final.
Saturday was a beautiful day with barely a breath of wind and the quality of golf matched the conditions from the two giants (literally) of the Cornish game. Cruse would take a three-hole lead into lunch having posted three birdies, one bogey and the rest pars to be around in two-under par.
Meanwhile the starter and dessert were erased from the menu as first the Tehidy Park A Team would fall to Trevose, before the B Team would also suffer a defeat to Truro. If of any consolation to the teams of TPGC both Trevose and Truro would go on to capture the titles of A & B Team Champions!
Back to the main event and MacGregor would get the start he needed with a birdie two at the first (19th) hole of the final, but Cruse instantly reinstated the three-hole lead by winning the 20th. A rare three putt from Cruse gifted MacGregor the 24th hole and when Macgregor chipped in for birdie on the 25th the lead was down to one-hole. Both players then birdied the 26th, Cruse following the birdie of his opponent to maintain his slender lead.
Yet another birdie, this time from Cruse on the 27th hole would seem him turn into the final nine holes with a two-hole lead, which was instantly extended to three after a bogey from MacGregor on the 28th. Birdie time again for MacGregor on the 30th to reduce the deficit to two-holes, and with the players matching each other shot for shot on the following three holes it was Cruse who stood on the 34th tee still with a two-hole advantage.
Both players found the green on the Par 5, but MacGregor was some distance from the hole. His putt from 40 feet edged the hole but the pace of the putt which was accentuated by the lip out saw the ball finish seven feet past the hole. Cruse edged his putt forward but the nerve ends were being tested as he left the putt two and a half feet short of the target. Drama as MacGregor missed leaving Cruse a left to right downhill putt for the championship, which he would convert to regain the title he won at Newquay in 2016.
Well done Joe Cruse and a great effort from ‘Big Mac’ in an exceptional final, fitting of the occasion.