County Championship (Men’s)

The Covid delayed County Championship was last week staged at St. Austell Golf Club by the kind permission of the club and its members, with the golf course presented in a great condition, as it was in 2011 when St. Austell previously staged the event, in what was their Centenary Year.

The Champion that year was Tom Fox and with a clear liking for the course he made his intentions clear on the qualifying day by leading the way with scores of 64 (-5) and 72 to claim the top seed.

Eight members from Tehidy Park Golf Club took their place in the starting line-up of 72 golfers, bidding to make the cut-off point of the top 32 from the 36-hole medal. Tehidy secured a 50% strike rate with Fox joined by Justin Barnard (71/69), Ian Veale (73/71) and Josh Chapman (78/73) who survived a play-off where 7 golfers fought it out for 6 places!

Not so fortunate this time were Tom Chapman, brothers Ben & Matt Lamb and the Cornwall President Andrew Clotworthy.

In the first round of the knock-out stages Fox accounted for Alex McHugh (Mullion), with Veale, playing immediately behind Fox, defeating another Mullion player in Jamie Greet to set up a second-round match with Fox.

Still in the top-half of the draw and Justin Barnard made comfortable work in beating Luke Hart (Newquay) on the 15th hole. The lone Tehidy player in the bottom half of the draw was Josh Chapman who was pitted against the runner-up from 2011, Josh Greenaway, and what a scalp it would prove to be for Chapman with a hard fought win on the first extra hole (19th). His reward was a second-round tussle with the 2014 County Champion, Matt Richards.

First up was Fox & Veale who led out the round of 16. Fox started with a birdie to take an early lead, and it was one that he would not surrender as Veale struggled to recapture the scintillating form that saw him cruise to a victory in the morning. Fox eventually signed off with a win on the 13th hole to book his place in the Quarter-Final.

Barnard once again made short work of his opponent, with a win on the 14th hole against Simon Hobbs (Bowood). When Chapman succumbed to the hugely experienced Richards just two Tehidy players remained and with both being in the top half of the draw they were on a collision course come the semi-finals if they could both notch up a win in the morning.

Once again, the top seed was up first, and Fox would earn a hard-fought victory over Joe Reynard (Trevose) on the 18th green. Could Barnard make it an all Tehidy Park semi-final? Of course he could with a superb win against the vastly experienced ex-Devon county player, Adam Bridgewater, who is now a member at Launceston. Barnard claimed a 17th hole win to set up the afternoon clash, and what a match it would prove to be…………..

Fox always had the lead but never more than two-holes with Barnard pushing him all the way. The short Par 3, 16th hole would surrender a birdie to Barnard to reduce the deficit to one-hole and when Barnard chipped to within five feet of the hole on the short Par 4, 17th hole it appeared the match would be squared up with one hole to play. By his own admission Justin said he hit a poor putt that would mean he remained 1-down and when both players parred the 18th hole Fox would contest another final in the Championship, but who would he play?

The answer to that question would be Jared Mortimore of Truro, who would be playing in his second final, having finished as the runner-up to Conor Wilson in 2017.

A beautiful day welcomed the players on Sunday at St. Austell Golf Club with the promise of some great golf for those that turned up to watch. Mortimore made the early running and after 12 holes of the 36-hole final he had built a three-hole lead. At this point he could never have imagined that he would take lunch trailing by two-holes, but this was to be the case as Fox reeled off five of the last six holes, including a classy birdie on the 18th to address the balance.

The afternoon was a typically nip and tuck affair with Fox taking the lead to three-holes on several occasions only to be pegged back. After 27 holes the lead was as it was at lunch. Fox would win the 28th but Mortimore the 29th (Fox 2-up). Fox won the 30th and Mortimore the 31st (Fox 2-up). Fox won the 32nd and yet again Mortimore would win the next (Fox 2-up with three holes of regulation play remaining).

The 34th hole (the short ‘postage stamp’ Par 3, 16th) faced the players. Mortimore’s tee shot on the green to 20 feet, Fox to 12 feet………… Mortimore flashed his birdie attempt past knowing he had to hole as Fox cushioned his birdie attempt to the hole side. The anti-climax of Mortimore missing his par attempt to keep the match alive did nothing to dampen the achievement of Fox claiming his second county title with dad Mark on the bag, and mum, brother and wife in close attendance for a truly great ‘Team Fox’ achievement and another County Champion to add to the honours boards at TR14.

Welcome to Tehidy Park Golf Club Tom; the club are truly proud of you and embrace your amazing performance in becoming the County Champion. Well done also to the other TPGC members who played in the championship.

A final well done to the Cornwall Golf Union who were driven by Tehidy Park GC member and County President, Andrew Clotworthy to ensure that as many of the Union fixtures as possible could be staged in a safe and responsible manner – well done Andrew.

Team Fox – Mrs. Fox (wife), Tom, Mrs. Fox (mum), Mr. Fox (dad, Mark), Brother Matt

Report from the Captain of the Ladies Section

I started this report with the second paragraph stating that the weather was a problem.  Little did I know.   We have had to suspend the fun competitions and you will see below the other competitions that have been affected.  We will consider the April Medal in a week or so as it may be possible to organise this with Anne receiving the names of people wanting to play, setting it up online etc.  But we will go into that later

It has been a very difficult month as far as golf is concerned but we managed to play the Sense of Humour in appalling weather.  We did all 18 holes but it could not be a qualifier as the bunkers were GUR. It was won by Pat Mitchell Firth

The Medal and Rose Bowl was due to be played on 3 March but as the course bunkers were GUR it became a non qualifier and as such the Rose Bowl element had to be cancelled and we have made provision for the Rose Bowl to be played on the 7th April alongside medal and Hitchens qualifier.   This now may or may not go ahead. The Australian Spoons due to be played 14th will also have to be considered

The ladies invitation Coffee Morning was a great success as you will see from the treasurers report. We made a substantial amount and were also able to donate to the captains’ charity.  The game was won by Sue Houghton and Jo Body.   I would like to thank all of you for your help and donations and to thank Jean for her generous donation of bracelets and to Kim for the cake stall wrapping provisions, Penny for St Austell golf Voucher, Cath for Tregenna Golf Vouchers and Trish for lesson with Wayne and head cover from Hayle driving range.  We will send letters thanking people who made the donations that we cannot thank personally.  Also a letter of thanks will go to the Greenkeepers and the kitchen and bar staff.

Unfortunately the County Champs have been cancelled and the Annodata and League matches postponed/suspended 

There was a delegates meeting at Merlin on the 19th February and Angela will put the minutes up in the changing room.   There are two vacant posts within the CLCGA and the information is also in the changing room

Green Committee – We are looking into extra drainage on the 14th. There are also going to be trees planted on the right-hand side of the 18th hole.  There are also plans for all bunkers to be completed/renovated and have new sand by the Centenary year.

General Committee – the Captain was going to an auction to bid for some trees. Also the Green Staff need two new machines for the upkeep of the course and are getting quotes

Centenary – I was unable to attend but work was moving on with ideas.



Frank Wills Salver Semi-Final

With their CTC team-mates doing battle at Trevose the Frank Wills team of Tehidy Park set about their own challenge with a semi-final at West Cornwall against Perranporth.

Both teams fielded high quality sides with all of the 20 players possessing a single-figure handicap in this event which sees five foursomes matches go head to head off handicap. With the teams being so closely matched there was just the one shot being conceded in all five matches; three in Perranporth’s favour and two to Tehidy Park.

Perranporth would strike first with a victory in the opening match, but parity was quickly restored when Tehidy Park, courtesy of Ryan Curnow & Martin Trewhella claimed their point.

Sadly, this was as good as it would get for Tehidy Park as Perranporth knocked off the final three matches for a comfortable 4 – 1 victory to set up a final against The Point at Polzeath who defeated Newquay.

Matt Lamb & Nigel James – L

Ryan Curnow & Martin Trewhella – W

Chris Hoyle & Ryan Reed – L

Tom James & Ben Lamb – L

Steve Watkinson & Lee Chambers – L

CTC Semi-Final

The cliche ‘a game of two halves’ belonged to the weather today as the players of Tehidy Park and St. Enodoc started the morning foursomes in a 30 mph wind and constant mizzle.

Honours were shared at two points a piece after the foursomes, and despite Tehidy Park gaining the advantage, courtesy of a win from Alex Hinds in the 9th man singles match, St. Enodoc would no doubt be the happier team taking lunch having fought hard for halves in the top two matches, having been 2-down in both in the latter stages.

As the weather improved so did the form of the St. Enodoc players as one by one they set about their task. Although Rob MacGregor took the opening point for Tehidy Park when he defeated Dave Lupton the next four points would all go the way of the North Cornwall club.

Two-time past County Champion, Steve Chapman used all his experience in defeating Tehidy Park rookie Josh Chapman. Jack Irwin beat Ian Veale on the 17th after Veale three-putted both the 14th & 17th. Josh Greenaway gained the early impetus against Peter Simmons and never let go in winning on the 16th, and when Guy Hovil defeated Richard Simmons on the 18th it left St. Enodoc requiring just half a point more from the final three games.

This was duly delivered by Mike Masters when he beat James Barnard. Small consolation for Tehidy Park came in the form of a halved match for Matt Lock against Ian Jolliff and a win for Justin Barnard over Steve Buse….. but the final tale of the tape was a 7.5 – 5.25 victory for St. Enodoc who will now face North Cornwall neighbours Trevose in the final to be played at Perranporth on 15 March.

Foursomes

Rob MacGregor & Justin Barnard – Halved

Richard & Peter Simmons – Halved

James Barnard & Josh Chapman – Lost 2&1

Ian Veale & Matt Lock – Won 5&4

9th Man

Alex Hinds – Won 1 up

Singles

MacGregor – Won 4&3

Chapman – Lost 3&2

Veale – Lost 2&1

Simmons (P) – Lost 3&2

Simmons (R) – Lost 1 down

Lock – Halved

Barnard (James) – Lost 2&1

Barnard (Justin) – Won 1 up

Frank Wills Q/F

Tehidy Park Golf Club today defeated Falmouth Golf Club at West Cornwall to secure a place in the Semi-Finals where they will play Perranporth GC on the weekend of 8/9 February at a venue to be confirmed.

The winning score-line was 3.5 – 1.5

Results:

M Lamb & N James – Lost

M Trewhella & R Curnow – Won 20th

C Hoyle & R Reed – Won 2up

T James & B Lamb – Won 2&1

S Watkinson & L Chambers – Half

Frank Wills Salver – Rd 2

The Tehidy Park Frank Wills team eased through to the Quarter-Finals at the expense of Mullion Golf Club by a score-line of 4 – 1, albeit as is often the case, the contest was much closer than the score suggests.

The match, which consists of five pairs playing foursomes was very quickly locked at one match apiece as Mullion won the third game on the 14th green, which was immediately balanced out as Tehidy Park won the fourth game on the same green.

The top foursome was a closely fought affair which eventually saw Tehidy Park come out on top with a win on the 17th hole (2 – 1). The remaining games both went the full distance with Tehidy Park edging both games on the 18th green.

Tehidy Park now await the winners of Budock Vean or Falmouth in the quarter-final, scheduled for the weekend of 18/19 January at a venue tbc.

Results:

Matt Lamb & Nigel James – Won 2&1

Martin Trewhella & Ryan Curnow – Won 1 up

Chris Hoyle & Ryan Reed – Lost 5&4

Steve Watkinson & Lee Chambers – Won 5&4

Tom James & Ben Lamb – Won 1 up

CTC Quarter-Final

The CTC teams of Tehidy Park and Launceston Golf Clubs convened at Perranporth Golf Club, venue for their quarter-final clash on the most benign of November days (see above).

The players of the Tehidy Park team were quick out of the blocks and built comfortable leads in the first three foursomes matches, eventually winning all of them to lead 3 – 0. Launceston did win the final foursome before Tehidy Park Club Champion, Josh Chapman secured the ninth man singles contest.

Tehidy Park would need to win three of the eight singles points on offer and that cause was helped when the opponent of Ian Veale had to retire due to injury. Veale was leading by three-holes after the seventh before the point was conceded. With Mark Hollis, the Club Captain in action as a caddy for Matt Lock, Veale wondered out to discover how the other matches were shaping up.

He would discover somewhat of a rout taking place as MacGregor led by four holes with just four holes to play against county team-mate Richard Jasper. Justin Barnard was three-up with four to play, whilst his brother James Barnard had won on the 13th green. Matt Lock was six-up with six holes to play. The Simmons brothers were four-up (Peter) and two-up (Richard) both playing the twelfth hole, and bringing up the rear was Tom Chapman leading by three-holes playing the eleventh.

With the exception of the match involving Richard Simmons, who agreed to take a half with his opponent, all of the matches were played to a finish in favor of Tehidy Park to afford an overall score-line of 11.25 – 1.5

Matt Lock plays to the 12th green during his afternoon singles victory, watched by Club Captain and caddy, Mark Hollis

Foursomes:

Rob MacGregor & Justin Barnard W 6&5

Richard & Peter Simmons W 5&3

Ian Veale & Matt Lock W 6&5

Tom Chapman & James Barnard L 1 Down

9th Man: Josh Chapman W 3&2

Singles

MacGregor W 4&3

Barnard (Justin) W 4&3

Barnard (James) W 7&5

Lock W 7&5

Simmons (P) W 6&4

Simmons (R) Halved

Veale W (w/o)

Chapman (T) W 3&2

Tehidy Park will now play St. Enodoc in the semi-final on 23 February 2020 at a venue yet to be decided.

Frank Wills Salver – Rd 1

Following the desperate weather of the previous 48 hours the teams of Tehidy Park Golf Club & Radnor arrived at Killiow Park to find the sun shining on a beautiful October day for what was a local derby in the first round of the Cornwall Golf Union Frank Wills Salver.

It was to be Radnor that dictated the early pace, which they converted into a 2 – 0 lead upon winning the first two foursomes. Tehidy Park would now need to win the remaining three games if they were to see the second round and a potential date with either Carlyon Bay or Mullion.

The pairing of Chris Hoyle & Ryan Reed would afford some hope when they recorded a 16th hole win, and that was backed up by the TPGC pairing of Justin Harrington & Carl Band who leveled the score-line with an emphatic 14th hole victory.

All attention turned to the fourth foursomes match on the course, and with the Tehidy Park pairing of Tom James & Ben Lamb holding a three-up lead with three holes to play the Tehidy Park Captain, Mark Hollis, could have been forgiven for starting to prepare his post match ‘winning’ speech !

The saying “it’s a funny old game” was never more apt when the Radnor pairing rallied to win the final three holes – into extra holes and the speech was tucked away for the time being. Testament to the pairing of James & Lamb when they held their nerve to win the 19th hole, which would send the Tehidy Park team, caddies and supporters to the ’19th hole’ to celebrate a hard fought win that would see Hollis once again editing his words !

Round 2 takes place on the 23/24 November with opponents and venue to be confirmed.

CTC 1st Rd

The teams of Tehidy Park and Bude & North Cornwall arrived at Trevose Golf Club on a bright yet cold morning to do battle in the first round of the 2019/20 Cornwall Team Championship.

Whilst Tehidy Park would take first blood with Captain, Mark Hollis winning the toss it was otherwise to prove a tough morning for last year’s beaten finalists as they trailed at lunch by a score-line of 3.75 – 1 (results below)

This would mean that Tehidy Park would require five and a half points from the eight singles matches to progress to the next round; a tall order against a Bude side with the bit between their teeth after a great morning performance.

Tehidy Park rolled back the years with their singles order, calling on the Simmons brothers to lead out the singles, and how it proved to be a great decision from Captain Hollis.

Richard Simmons recorded a superb one-hole victory against Bude’s top player, Ryan Curtis, just as younger brother Peter was making a birdie on the par four 17th to seal a 2&1 win over former Devon County Champion, Danny Vanstone – the comeback had commenced!

The two wins above weren’t the first points recorded for Tehidy Park in the afternoon as both James Barnard and Tom Chapman had swept aside their opposition, Gary Stone and Harry Wellington respectively, both by the huge margin of 7&6. These four wins had now edged Tehidy Park ahead in the match and the signs were looking good elsewhere as they searched for a further one and a half points.

Despite Harry MacAuley offering some resistance for Bude when he defeated Tom Rowe on the 15th hole, the remaining matches became somewhat of a procession for Tehidy Park as first Rob MacGregor defeated Laurie Bridges. Then Tehidy Park junior and club champion Josh Chapman defeated the experienced Steve Rickard on the 16th hole to seal the match, and when Matthew Lock secured the final game on the 18th green against Mark Jenkins the comeback was complete to the relief of the new Tehidy Park Golf Club Captain, Mark Hollis.

Meanwhile, across at Lanhydrock Golf Club the President’s Trophy match between Tehidy Park and opponents China Fleet was edged by the finest of margins by China Fleet, 5 – 4 (report to follow)

Foursomes:

MacGregor & Lock won 8&6

Simmons & Simmons lost 5&4

Chapman & Chapman lost 3&2

Barnard & Rowe lost 4&3

9th man – Alex Hinds lost 4&3

Singles:

Simmons (R) won 1 up

Simmons (P) won 2&1

Rowe lost 4&3

MacGregor won 3&2

Lock won 1 up

Chapman (J) won 3&2

Barnard (James) won 7&6

Chapman (T) won 7&6

A Team News

The Tehidy Park team / pairings of Rob MacGregor & Justin Barnard, Tom Chapman & James Barnard and Ian Veale & Matt Lock overcame the challenge of both Mullion (Rd 1) and St. Austell (Q/F) in challenging conditions at Mullion Golf Club to reach the semi-final of the A Team Club Championship where they will play Trevose during County Championship Week which is to be played at Mullion Golf Club during the week of 19th – 25th May.