The most beautiful February day greeted the teams of Tehidy Park and West Cornwall at St. Enodoc Golf Club as they set to do battle in the semi-final of the Cornwall Team Championship. On paper this always looked like being a close encounter, and so it would prove.
Following the morning foursomes Tehidy Park held a slight advantage with a score-line of 2.5 – 1.5, but West Cornwall claimed the three-quarters of a point on offer for the 9th man singles with a win on the 19th hole.
Tehidy Park would require four points from the eight singles matches being played in the afternoon to secure a berth in the final, which is to be played at Newquay Golf Club on 17 March, and they very quickly laid the foundations, winning 3.5 points from the first four singles. Justin Barnard defeated Jordan Musitano, as did Rob MacGregor against Adam Fletcher. In the third singles match Ian Veale fought back from three-down for a valuable half point against Alex Glasson, and when Matt Lock defeated West Cornwall team captain Luke Stevens, the signs looked good for Tehidy Park.
Cue the West Cornwall comeback. First Matt Richards beat Peter Simmons, which was quickly followed by victory for Jon Coleman against Andrew Clotworthy. The suspense continued as Phil Weaver then defeated James Barnard with one singles match still to finish. West Cornwall needed to win it; Tehidy Park needed a half point, and with Seamus Stevens two holes to the good stood on the 17th tee against Martin Langford the odds favoured West Cornwall………. read on !
Stevens would three-putt the par-3 17th, missing from four feet for the match. Onto the 18th ! Langford safely in the fairway as was Stevens. An under hit approach shot from Langford left him 20 yards short of the putting surface before Stevens found a plugged lie in the green-side bunker with his approach. Langford chipped up to 15 feet and looked on in astonishment, as did those watching as Stevens proceeded to hit his bunker shot clean across the green before then failing to move the ball with his first chip from thick rough. His next attempt would leave him just closer than Langford who now had two-putts to secure a place in the final for Tehidy Park. But still the drama would continue as he left his first putt just over two feet short. He needn’t have worried as when Stevens failed to convert his putt he once again had two putts for victory which Stevens conceded.
Tehidy Park had done it, by the narrowest of margins, and will now face Mullion Golf Club who defeated St. Enodoc at Perranporth in the other semi-final.
In the customary after match speeches the Tehidy Park Club Captain, Julian Ridge, commiserated with their opponents whilst paying huge credit and thanks to his own team. Ridge also thanked the caddies and made a special mention of the loyal supporters that never fail to encourage the Tehidy teams. Ridge also thanked the hosts for the match, St. Enodoc for their hospitality, acknowledging what a special place it is to play golf.