In contrast to the weather for the recent CTC semi-final it was a cold, blustery day with high seas that welcomed the teams of Tehidy Park and Mullion for the 2019 Final.
Following the morning foursomes the match really couldn’t have been closer as the teams shared the four matches, with only the ninth-man singles separating the teams to the narrow advantage of Tehidy Park (2.75 – 2). As with the epic semi-final, Tehidy Park would once again require four of the eight afternoon singles matches to regain the title they won in 2017.
Justin Barnard would get the series of singles matches underway and was desperately unlucky not to win a full point when his putt stayed above ground on the 18th green; spoils shared in the top singles. Undoubtedly the surprise result of the singles matches was a win for Chris ‘Chats’ Harris over the imposing opposition of Rob MacGregor, with Chats producing the form that would lead to a 14th hole victory and hand Mullion the lead for the first time. The ever impressive Josh Chaplin would then extend that lead when he recorded a 15th hole win against Martin Langford.
Club Secretary, and County Captain Ian Veale, would offer some resistance for Tehidy Park when he ground out a 17th hole victory over Jamie Greet as the wind continued to gust in excess of 40 mph (Check out the flagstick in the image below as Ian sets himself to putt on the 15th hole!)
With the score-line now poised at 4.5 – 4.25 in Mullion’s favour they would need 2 more points from the remaining four matches to win the title they last held aloft in 1980, and with that finishing line in sight they grasped the opportunity with both hands. The next point came from Alex McHugh, who holed a 15 foot putt on the 17th green to defeat Matt Lock (5.5 – 4.25). George Popperwell then won the 18th hole for a 1-hole victory against Andrew Clotworthy to ‘seal the deal’ for Mullion before Lindsey Dale added a further point, also winning on the 18th green against James Barnard. Peter Simmons would pick off the final point on offer with a 17th hole victory over Nick Martin, but to Mullion, the long awaited spoils of being crowned 2019 Cornwall Team Champions with a 7.5 – 5.25 victory.
Club Captain, Julian Ridge was magnanimous in defeat when speaking on behalf of Tehidy Park Golf Club at the presentation, congratulating Mullion on their historic victory in addition to thanking Newquay Golf Club for the hospitality on the day. Ridge went on to thank his team for their efforts, the ever present caddies and also made note of the loyal supporters from Tehidy Park who never fail to get behind the teams.