CTC Quarter-Final

On a day when the wind never dropped below 35 mph the CTC teams of Tehidy Park & Truro met at a bright, but blustery Mullion Golf Club on the south coast.

 

 

(The sea was quite a sight at Mullion with a huge swell and strong off shore winds creating spectacular waves)

 

 

In the morning foursomes Rob MacGregor & partner Justin Barnard got Tehidy Park off to a winning start with a victory on the 16th hole, and the Tehidy points tally was soon doubled when Peter Simmons & Martin Langford added their point, winning on the 15th hole.

Tom Chapman & James Barnard appeared to be in danger of losing their match when they stood 3 down after 11 holes, but a winning streak of five holes in the next six meant they would record a further point for the reds. Truro did however manage to record a point before lunch when Ian Veale & Tom Rowe were defeated by the junior pairing of Tom Stephens & Liam Wilson by a score of 3&2.

Matt Lock, playing at 9th man secured the three-quarters of a point available in this contest, winning on the 17th hole.

With three points required from the eight singles battles to secure victory it looked like Tehidy Park were going to achieve that from the top three matches with MacGregor defeating Kneebone, Veale defeating Suddes and Barnard (Justin) standing over a four-foot putt on the 18th green to beat Alec Penrose 1 up. However the putt stayed above ground meaning a half point was still needed.

It didn’t take long to come as Simmons stood on the 18th tee with a 1-hole lead thus meaning the half a point was secured. That was in fact the outcome as Simmons’ opponent Mark Wilson won the 18th hole.

 

 

(Simmons drives from the 18th in the afternoon)

 

 

 

With further wins for Langford and Barnard (James), and losses for Chapman & Rowe the overall scoreline was 8.75 – 4 in favour of Tehidy Park, who will now face Trevose Golf Club in the semi-final in February at a venue to be announced.

The Club Captain, Julian Ridge thanked Mullion Golf Club for their hospitality in addition to Truro Golf Club for the sporting way in which the match was contested as well as the caddies who braved the elements for his players.

Next up for the Captain is the second round of the Frank Wills Salver on Sunday, 25th November against Newquay at West Cornwall, starting at 10.30 a.m.

Frank Wills Salver – Rd.1

The coldest day of the autumn so far saw Tehidy Park’s Frank Wills’ team see off a resilient St Mellion side at a windswept Point at Polzeath – but only just.

With the pairings of Nigel & Brian James and Dale Band & Justin Harrington holding seemingly unassailable leads, and David Bailey & Graham Elliott and Andrew Teuton & Jordan Harvey looking unlikely to rein their opponents in, all eyes turned to the Scott Downing/ Danny Chambers match.

Downing & Chambers were nip and tuck with their opponents until the St Mellion pair missed short putts on holes 15 and 16 to hand the game to Tehidy Park. However, Tehidy Park’s victory celebrations were cut short after it transpired that the James brothers’ big lead had been whittled away, and their match was going up the 18th. Thankfully, the experienced pairing rediscovered their form to pinch the hole and send Tehidy Park into the second round, where they will face Newquay at a venue to be confirmed on the weekend of 24/25 November 2018.

A big thanks to all the players and caddies.

Julian Ridge

Club Captain

CTC 1st Round

For the second time in a week the teams of Tehidy Park and St. Mellion would lock horns with Tehidy Club Captain, Julian Ridge hoping for the same outcome, when last week Tehidy Park defeated St. Mellion in the President’s Trophy preliminary round.

The weather that the UK has enjoyed for most of the summer returned and bathed St. Austell Golf Club, venue for the match, in sunshine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8 a.m. saw the commencement of the foursomes and after two hours of golf had passed St. Mellion found themselves in the lead of all four matches. The Tehidy Park pairings promptly responded with first Rob MacGregor and Justin Barnard turning a three-hole deficit into a one-hole victory.

Matt Lock and Tom Chapman couldn’t quite work the same magic, losing the 18th hole for a one-hole loss. Martin Langford and County Vice-President Andrew Clotworthy found themselves three-down after just three holes, but ground out an 18th hole victory, which was further complemented by James Barnard and Ian Veale with a win on the 17th hole. When Tom Rowe, playing at 9th man scooped the three-quarters of a point available for his match Tehidy Park would take lunch with a welcome 3.75 – 1 advantage.

MacGregor would get the team off to a flyer in the afternoon singles, when he signed off on a 15th hole win. The next point would come from Justin Barnard, playing at number four in the order. Justin was disappointed when he missed an eight foot putt on the 11th which would have taken him to seven under par, however his six under performance was good enough for an 8&7 win. 

Tehidy Park now needed just one more point to replicate the victory against St. Mellion from the week before and it was not long in coming when Tom Chapman, playing at number five recorded a 6&4 win to secure the match. The remaining singles were all played to a finish, which culminated in a comfortable 10.25 – 2.5 win.

Tehidy Park will now play Truro on the 18 November at a venue to be confirmed.

Results – Foursomes:

  • MacGregor & Barnard (Justin) – Won 1 up
  • Lock & Chapman – Lost 1 down
  • Clotworthy & Langford – Won 1 up
  • Veale & Barnard (James) – Won 2&1

9th man:

  • Rowe – Won 6&4

Singles:

  • MacGregor – Won 4 &3
  • Lock – Won 1 up
  • Barnard (James) – Halved
  • Barnard (Justin) – Won 8&7
  • Chapman – Won 6 &4
  • Clotworthy – Lost 3&2
  • Veale – Won 5&4
  • Langford – Won 7&5

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.