Gammon Trophy Final – 9 Sept

Lady Captain, Sue Pascoe led her troops into battle with defending champions Perranporth in the final of the Gammon Trophy which was played today at Trevose Golf Club.

It was always going to be a tough ask to budge the Perran ladies from their perch and so it proved as their strength on paper shone through in each of the seven individual matches. 

Lead out player for Tehidy Park was Rachael Lloyd-Phillips and she would push Danielle Price all the way, leading for large parts of the game, but eventually falling on the 17th hole. Similarly Lyn Newby had a royal tussle with Olivia Trewhela before just missing out on the 18th hole!

In the third singles game Katie Sandow couldn’t capture the form that had put paid to previous opposition, and it was Nikki Hodge who would avenge the heavy defeat suffered in the final of the Championship Plate at Mullion to Sandow when she made the score-line 3 – 0 in favour of Perranporth.

When past County Champion, Jan Sargeant inflicted a defeat upon Dawn Emmerson the match was sealed with an unassailable 4 – 0 lead, before further wins followed for Jo Rysdale over Christine Williams, and Angie Chapman over Steph Curnoe.

Karen Langford ensured the whitewash was avoided when a halved match was taken with Perranporth Lady Captain, Vicky Lee-Comyn.

As always the Tehidy ladies drew fantastic support from the ‘green army’ of Tehidy and showed a great fighting spirit of which made the club very proud. Even in defeat the Tehidy ‘maids’ had fun and exhibited a fantastic club spirit…..well done to you all.

Glowing Testimonial

The following is a copy of an email received from a visitor who recently played at Tehidy Park Golf Club. The stand out point here ‘for me’ as the Manager is the importance of the role that the member has in making the visitor experience one to remember; well done and thank you………………….

“My son Thomas and I (Tom is a PGA Pro) played your wonderful course last Friday. I feel compelled to write to thank you regarding your staff, members and your Professional, Jonathan Lamb for the wonderful welcome that we received on that day.

From the moment we arrived in the car park members were saying good morning to us, welcome and have a great day. The hospitality staff in the clubhouse were similarly welcoming and Jonathan was very helpful with a few course tips etc.

At xxxxxx Golf Club I was a club council member for over 18 years (chairman & trustee director for over 8 of those years). I tried so very hard to impress our members of the need for kindness and consideration to visitors – sadly some didn’t listen!

Tom and I were hugely impressed with friendliness of your club as well as the great condition of your very fine course. An enjoyable visit which we hope to repeat in the near future. Please pass on our sincere thanks to all at Tehidy Park – your club is a beacon for others to follow”.

Gammon Trophy Semi-Final

On an overcast Sunday morning with low clouds promising imminent rain the Tehidy Park ladies Gammon Team made their way to Falmouth Golf Club to play their semi final against St Mellion. It was the second time this year Lady Captain Sue Pascoe had made the journey to Falmouth Golf Club for a Gammon match, but only the first time that she was actually due to be there: the first journey was made instead of a drive to Killiow AGAINST Falmouth !
 
As always the ‘green army’ were out in force to support the team despite the forecast, bringing pride as ever to Tehidy Park.
 
Rachael Lloyd-Phillips was to lead the ladies out, playing Megan Giles, the current Ladies County Champion, who would give St. Mellion an early lead winning on the 17th hole. St. Mellion would then double the advantage when Lyn Newby also succumbed on the 17th.     The Tehidy ladies would now require four of the remaining five matches if they were to progress to the final in September.
 
Playing at number three Katie Sandow would claim her point with a birdie on the 16th hole to win 3&2, which was immediately followed by a point from Christine Williams, making a welcome return to the team, winning on the same hole to level the score-line.     
 
With Steph Curnoe playing the 16th hole with her match poised at all square and Dawn Emmerson playing the 17th hole also at all square Karen Langford was securing her point on the 15th hole to afford the Tehidy ladies a narrow lead (3 – 2)
 
With players and supporters gathering around the 17th green, Dawn halved the hole and continued down the 18th all square, but Steph would lose the 17th hole which meant she would follow Dawn down the 18th, but 1 down. Tension mounted as Dawn again halved the 18th hole, taking her back to the 1st tee (19th) while Steph, given an opportunity by her opponent, took her chance and chipped close to win the 18th to also advance to the 19th. 
 
Another nail biting half from Dawn meant progressing onto the 20th and Team Tehidy held their breath as Steph hit an excellent drive on the 19th and her second shot short right of the green. Despite a long drive on the 19th Steph’s opponent again afforded Steph a golden opportunity, hitting her second shot into a bush to the left of the green. Steph once again maximised the chance, taking the winning point for Tehidy to the delight of the green army, enabling Dawn and her opponent to agree upon a half and a final scoreline of 4.5 – 2.5.
 
Both Lady Captains agreed matches between Tehidy and St Mellion are fantastic, with St Mellion wishing Tehidy Park all the best in the upcoming final against Perranporth, taking place on Sunday 9 September at Trevose. Lady Captain Sue Pascoe thanked Falmouth for their excellent hospitality and the Tehidy supporters, or “extra man”. 
 

Gammon Trophy Quarter-Final

On yet another day of wall to wall sunshine Lady Captain Sue Pascoe and her team would renew their friendly rivalry with near neighbours Truro at Mullion in the Quarter-Final of the Gammon Trophy.

Tehidy were dealt a blow when former County Champion and lead out player Rachael Lloyd-Phillips was forced to withdraw with an arm injury just 24 hours before the match, which meant Lyn Newby was elevated to the number one slot, and in doing so lined up against Laura Andrew, another former County Champion who won the championship at Mullion in 2017.

Andrew raced into a three-hole lead through the opening six holes but Newby showed stubborn resistance in pegging the score-line back to a one-hole deficit through 12 holes. It was to be Andrew however that eventually claimed the point with a 3&2 victory.

Directly behind them Katie Sandow took on Jas Stopford and despite losing the opening hole to Stopford’s par Sandow then played the next 11 holes in level par, highlights seeing her hit an 8-iron approach to the par 5 3rd, a 7-iron approach to the par 5 4th and driving the green on the par 4 6th to fifteen feet, to secure a 7&6 victory (1 – 1).

Dawn Emmerson and Steph Curnoe, playing at three and four in the order respectively would claim their point at the same time with Emmerson winning on the 16th as Curnoe triumphed on the 15th (3 -1).      However the match was far from over as Karen Langford, Caroline Phillips and Lady Captain, Sue Pascoe all stood all square in their respective matches after 16, 15 and 13 holes !

Langford won the 17th hole as Phillips lost the 16th and news emerged that Pascoe was now two down playing the 16th. Both Langford and Vicki Stephenson hit great drives at the 18th and by the time they had hit their approach shots Truro had claimed games six & seven to level the overall score-line at 3 – 3.

Mixed fortunes greeted the approach shots of Langford and Stephenson as the ball of Langford stalled on the gravel path 10 yards short of the green with the ball of her opponent running across the path to finish 20 feet from the pin. To all accounts it looked like the match would be going to extra holes………….but wait !      Despite being able to take a free drop from the path Langford instead preferred to play the shot from where it lay and nudged it to the front of the green, retaining the honour, from where she putted up to 18 inches. Stephenson slightly over hit her putt on the parched green surface and saw it go past the hole by three feet. Much to everyone’s surprise the par putt of Stephenson stayed above ground affording Langford one final chance to seal the game and book a semi-final berth; a chance she took to the joy of the Tehidy players, caddies and supporters.

Battles between Tehidy and Truro have always been close over the years and both Captains paid credit to their players, caddies and great support in addition to thanking Mullion Golf Club for their hospitality.

Word has it that St. Mellion put paid to the challenge of West Cornwall and this being the case will see Tehidy Park face St. Mellion on Sunday 12 August at a venue to be confirmed.

Ladies Gammon Victory

The Tehidy Park ladies today won 4.5 – 2.5 against Falmouth at Killiow and will now play Truro in the next round on Sunday 15 July…….

Tehidy’s first Gammon match didn’t get off to the best start as Lady Captain, Sue Pascoe with Team Captain, Sue Houghton in the passenger seat made their way to Falmouth Golf Course while the playing team were warming up at Killiow. Nonetheless arriving at the correct location before the first match teed up, Tehidy played against Falmouth at Killiow on a bright but blowy Sunday at 11:30am. 
Rachael Phillips led the way, followed by Lyn Newby, Katie Sandow, Dawn Emmerson, making her Tehidy Park Gammon debut, Karen Langford, Steph Curnoe and Caroline Phillips.
 
Katie Sandow and Steph Curnoe were the first to finish, winning and losing respectively on the 12th hole, with a close match still taking place around them.
Caroline won on the 15th shortly after and Dawn also closed down her match with a point for the Tehidy Park team.
It was a close battle for Rachael, who unfortunately lost her point but Lyn Newby finished her game with a win, leaving Tehidy Park with the victory.
Karen took her match to the 18th with a very respectable half and Tehidy Park walked away with a fantastic result of 4 1/2 – 2 1/2.
Lady Captain Sue Pascoe thanked the team, but with special thanks to the fantastic support once again given to the team by the supporters who turned up in droves to watch the match, vastly outnumbering support from Falmouth members, once again setting Tehidy apart from the other clubs in the county. 
 
The next round of the Gammon will be against Truro, location to be confirmed. 
 

County Week – Conclusion

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.

County Week – K/O Stage

Rob MacGregor is the sole survivor from Tehidy Park Golf Club in today’s quarter-final line-up as he goes head to head with the defending champion and county colleague Conor Wilson.

Round 1 saw MacGregor account for home favourite Jon Coleman, before comfortably defeating Paul Suddes in the afternoon.

James Barnard put up a heroic effort against Wilson in the first round, eventually losing 1 down, but can be hugely proud of pushing the defending champion all the way.

Club Captain, Peter Simmons ground out a one-hole victory in the first round against Rod Handyside of West Cornwall before mounting his challenge against County player Aaron Stephens in round two. A great game ensued with both players under par after 18 holes and nothing to separate them. To the 19th they would go, the par 3 first hole, and both players would find the green with their tee shots. A narrow miss from Simmons gave Stephens the opportunity to win the game, and when he holed from 12 feet for a birdie two he would book his place in today’s quarter-final matches.

Also today the B Team Championship will re-commence at the Q/F stage which will see the Tehidy Park team in action……. we wish them well

County Week – Qualifying Day

Tehidy Park golfers achieved a 50% pass rate yesterday as Robert MacGregor (137), James Barnard (148) and Peter Simmons (149) survived the cut mark of 151 to progress to the matchplay stages.

MacGregor will play Jon Coleman, who was the winner when the championship was last played at West Cornwall in 2008.     Barnard will play the defending champion Conor Wilson, while Club Captain Simmons will play another local player in Rod Handyside.

Not surviving the cut were the trio of Richard Simmons, Andrew Clotworthy (both 153) and Joe Venn (162)

President’s Trophy Success

The Tehidy Park President’s Trophy team eventually arrived at Bude & North Cornwall Golf Club for the long-awaited final against West Cornwall following an earlier postponement due to the weather. It was well worth the wait as they were treated to a most beautifully sunny day with little wind and a clear blue sky.

In the format which sees three category 1, three category 2 and three category 3 golfers playing singles match-play off handicap, Darren Vincent would once again get the Tehidy Park team underway. What a lead man he has proven to be when he not only secured his point but in doing so maintained a 100% record during the campaign.

Sean Pollard would follow his club mate and it would take the whole 18 holes to separate him and his opponent. Pollard stood two down with four holes to play. His opponent holed a putt from 20 feet to retain his advantage only for Pollard to then win the 16th and 17th to stand on the 18th tee all square. With both players a long way from the pin on the 18th green a three-putt from the Tehidy man would hand his opponent a 1-hole victory.

Elsewhere out on the course the three category 2 matches were signed, sealed and delivered by the Tehidy Park trio of Simon O’Mahony, Graham Elliott and Josh Chapman in double quick time (4 – 1) with 5 points required for victory.

That victory was edging ever closer as Simon Inwards in match three held a two-hole lead standing on the 17th tee, which was a guaranteed half a point and Joe Venn in match seven was two-up playing the long 16th. Inwards would lose the 17th and the drama continued as he pulled his tee shot on the par 5,18th hole out of bounds!

The crowd didn’t know where to look………Inwards on 18 or Venn on 16? With a half point guaranteed in the Inwards match the attention focused on Venn as just a half on the 16th hole would guarantee another match winning half point, but Venn wasn’t going to settle for that as he calmly stroked home a putt from 5 feet to claim a 3&2 win and more importantly an all-important fifth point.

With the Inwards game eventually finishing all square, combined with the half points agreed in the matches involving Alex Hinds and Andrew Clotworthy a final score-line of 6½ – 2½ would secure the Cornwall Golf Union President’s Trophy for Tehidy Park Golf Club for the first time in their long and established history.

Nothing can take away the pain and hurt suffered by Tricia Andrew and her family at the sad loss of her husband and Tehidy Park Club President, Phil Andrew. Phil’s passing was felt by all at the golf club and local community. Aptly named the President’s Trophy, it is a victory that Club Captain Peter Simmons has dedicated to the memory of Phil.

Well done and thank you to all concerned, players, caddies and supporters. The Club are very proud of you for writing yet another chapter in the history of Tehidy Park Golf Club.

Captain’s Newsletter – March 2018

No Longer Rain Man……. here’s Snowman!!

The Captain has now been upgraded from the ‘Rain Man’ to a ‘Snowman’!! What’s next Captain…….. Ice Man ?!
2018 is turning out to be an interesting weather year!!

March 2018

Having endured a very wet few weeks (feels like months!) we are now in the midst of a drier spell (I mean blizzard as I type!) which has been most welcome in terms of getting the golf course back in shape. After only a week or so of better weather the improvement to the golf course condition has been quite incredible. My thanks go to Andrew & his team for all their hard work, especially when the weather was at its worst. Although there is still some way to go I am confident that Tehidy Park will be in very good order over the next few weeks as the evenings draw out and Spring is upon us!

I would also like to thank all of you, the members, for remaining patient with the number of course closures and the trolley/buggy bans which on occasions have been a necessity. I appreciate this can be quite frustrating but thank you for your cooperation.

The funeral for our Club President, Phil Andrew was a most fitting tribute to a greatly respected man with over 500 people attending the service at Illogan Church followed by a gathering back at the golf club, where it was difficult just to get into the clubhouse due to the huge number of people who came to pay their respects and celebrate Philip’s life. To Les Driver I say ‘well done’… well done on delivering a wonderful eulogy which must have been an extremely difficult thing to do under the circumstances. In addition, the club thanks everyone who has supported Tricia over the past few weeks – I know she has been overwhelmed with the messages of support and the kindness shown by her friends and members here at Tehidy Park. 

Paddy Bradley has been a member at Tehidy Park since 1963 following his retirement from playing rugby and last month on the 26th February he celebrated his 85th birthday. Sadly, for Tehidy Park, Paddy has now made the difficult decision to end his membership after 55 years. I can only imagine this was an awfully tough decision to make but Paddy enjoyed and witnessed some great times at Tehidy Park and has many fond memories. During his time as a member, Paddy pretty much did everything – a competitive player (despite being left handed!!) Paddy held a single figure handicap for more years than he was double digits! He represented the teams regularly and played a lot of club and social golf as well as being an active committee member for many years. In 1994 Paddy was honoured to become Club Captain and then President in 2014-2015. Paddy will be greatly missed by his pals and the golf club in general and we wish him well for a happy ‘golf retirement’.

(On a personal note I would like to take this opportunity to thank Paddy for allowing me access to his historical collection of photos and memorabilia on TPGC – it was and is a delight to be able to view this collection and we will be looking to put many of these photos onto a digital platform for members to view over the coming months as we head closer to the club’s centenary in 2022)

Senior Section

The Senior Section have been busy and are getting ready for the golfing season ahead with the team matches starting on Friday 9th March at Trevose. They are then flat out through until October with 26 matches on the schedule. Having spoken recently with the Seniors Captain, Keith Oliver I know he would like on behalf of the Senior Section to relay their thanks to the endless work from the greens staff, by keeping the course open as much as it’s been possible as they have still managed to play 11 roll-ups that qualify towards the Senior roll-up league. On average they have had 20-30 players turning up for these events and then 40 players for their last competition; they are certainly supporting the club well. Keith also mentioned that many of the section had been making efforts to carry their clubs of which many are in their late seventies – this is greatly appreciated by the club, which benefits from this action.

I was sorry to hear that the Seniors Vice-Captain, Roger Paul has had to stand down because of ill health. I wish Roger well and hope he gets better soon. In the meantime, Sid Marsh has stepped up to the position of Vice-Captain.

Ladies Section

The Ladies have got their season underway with their first competition – the Sense of Humour Trophy! This was won by Lyn O’Keefe with 40 points. The Ladies County Championships will be played at Launceston GC this year between the 12-16 April. TPGC are hoping to enter a ladies team for the Western Morning News cup. Last year representatives from the Ladies section were successful in winning the Plate Championship (Katie Sandow) and the Handicap Cup (Amy Butt) but unfortunately neither can play this year so let’s cheer on the ladies that do play and wish them good luck! The Ladies have also asked to extend their gratitude to Andrew and his team for their continued hard work in trying to maintain and improve the golf course.

In Other News…….

Andrew Clotworthy is the official nomination of the Cornwall Golf Union to become Vice President of the CGU on Thursday 22nd March and then President in 2020. Congratulations Andrew on this distinguished role, we wish you well and I’m sure you will be a credit to the club during your tenure.

In recent months Mike Mills has taken on the role as the club’s handyman (as well as working for Kathy in the kitchen and bar – therefore if you need a loan Mike’s your man!) The clubhouse and grounds are benefiting from Mike’s hard work and they continue to improve so thanks Mike, please keep up the great work.

The volunteer group continue to be busy and a special thanks must go to Richard Brighton (with the help of Brian James) who helped re-site and ‘fit out’ the old shed which is now an office for our Head Greenkeeper, Andrew Eddison. By moving the shed from the car park, we have opened up at least another two car parking spaces which are much needed. Thanks Richard, your work and that of all the Volunteers is greatly appreciated and is a valuable asset to this club.

The Winter League continues to attract good numbers and although we have had to cancel some fixtures in January & February more dates were added in an attempt to make up for these lost fixtures. The Winter League is a great way to meet new members, socialise and hopefully enjoy some competitive but fun golf so once again my thanks go to Peter Hocking & Paul Phillips for all the hard work they do in running the Winter League.

The Coast & Country tournament has once again attracted a full field of 99 teams – great work Ian on filling the entries – all we need now is the sun to shine in April.

Socially the club has put on a number of great evening entertainment recently and during my year as Captain I am also trying to create & promote some ‘Friday Night at The Park’ band nights. These all have a different food theme and are great value at around £12-15 pp. The latest band to appear was BOO BOO who played on the 23rd February to a packed audience and I have received many comments saying how good they were. The next Friday Night at The Park session will be on the 13th April when the band ‘FlashBack’ return by popular demand. Full details will be on the notice boards very soon. Please come down if you can!

Team News

Our Frank Wills Team unfortunately lost their quarter final match against West Cornwall GC on the 21st January at Perranporth – despite some close matches the team were unable to get across the winning line this year. My thanks to all the players and caddies who played some great golf throughout the tournament and fought hard all the way but ultimately, we were beaten by a better team on the day. Good luck to West Cornwall GC who have since qualified for the final.

The Presidents Trophy team were due to travel to Newquay on Sunday 4th, but once again we have been thwarted by the weather! This match has now been rescheduled for Sunday 11th March at Newquay, start times 10 a.m. Let’s hope this will be 3rd time lucky!

TPGC Golf

Coming up…

Simmo’s ‘Egg-travaganza’ 25th March – Enter now in pairs (The entry list is on the main noticeboard in the hallway)

Diary of events…

10th March – Stableford
11th March – LGU Extra Medal
17th March – Final Winter League & Presentation
18th March – President’s Trophy Final ???
18th March – Friends of Tehidy Cups
25th March – ‘Simmo’s Egg-travaganza’
31st March – Texas Scramble

n.b. The first of my ‘Captain’s Roll Ups’ will start on Thursday 5th April – details on the main notice board soon.

TPGC SOCIAL

8/15/22/29 March – Quiz Night
11th March – Mothering Sunday Lunch (Don’t forget that day!!)

County Golf News

Our Secretary/Manager and Cornwall Golf Captain, Ian Veale is busy in his time off ensuring that all is in place for the season ahead. He has already held a get-together with his squad during the off season, which has included support from some of the leading Professional’s in the County. 


It is somewhat of a coincidence that Ian’s first game in charge of the team will be played at his Home Club, Tehidy Park, as the County will take on the Royal Navy on Saturday 7th April, which is the day before TPGC also put out a Club side for the bi-annual fixture against the Royal Navy. 

We wish you and your team well Ian, and I’m sure Ian would welcome support from the membership during the day (the match will consist of 5 foursomes in the morning, and 10 singles matches in the afternoon). For the Club match a sign-up will be affixed to the notice board shortly.

And Finally………..

The ever-popular August Golf Week at Tehidy Park. All the competitions and start sheets will be on show in the Clubhouse from Saturday 31st March (11 a.m.) for members to enter. As per usual entries will only be accepted with payment for this extremely busy week.

Thank you One & All and I look forward to seeing you at the Club very soon.

Pete Simmons
Club Captain