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.

CTC Final

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!)

The Headland Hotel provides the backdrop as Veale prepares to putt on the 15th green.

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.

CTC Semi-Final

Phil Weaver walks down the first fairway just after 8 a.m. with mum Pat on bag duty

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.

Team Tehidy gather around Martin Langford (front centre) after he secured the half point that would send Tehidy Park to the CTC Final to be played at Newquay on 17 March.

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.

Frank Wills Q/F

Tehidy Park were given a lesson in match-play in the quarter-final of the Frank Wills trophy on yesterday by a buoyant St Austell team.

The match began in murky conditions on the splendid St Enodoc course, and unfortunately things did not get any brighter for Tehidy Park as the morning progressed. Giving a shot in each of the five matches, the Tehidy Park’ boys battled hard throughout, but never managed to take the initiative.

The disappointing 5-0 defeat, however, masked the closeness of the contest, with three of the matches only being decided on the 18th hole.

A big thanks to the whole squad of players, the caddies and the small band of loyal supporters.

Results:

Trewhella and Curnow lost 3/2

James and James lost one down

Bailey and Teuton lost one down

Elliott and Prouse lost one down

Band and Harrington lost 2/1

Frank Wills – 2nd Rd

Expecting a wild west showdown, Frank Wills’ teams from Tehidy Park and Newquay were treated to unexpectedly benign conditions at West Cornwall Golf Club.

Cloudless skies and just a gentle breeze brought out the best in both teams, with players from both sides racking up birdie after birdie.

But with the support of a posse of loyal supporters, Tehidy Park gradually edged in front, thanks to sizeable wins from Martin Trewhella and Ryan Curnow (5 and 4) and David Bailey and Andrew Teuton (5 and 3)

Andy Hancock and Nicolas Murlowski briefly gave Newquay hope with a 6 and 5 win over Danny Chambers and Scott Downing, before the James brothers, Nigel and Brian, sealed victory for Tehidy Park, with a two-up win.

Dale Band and Justin Harrington agreed a half with Dave Goodwin and Jack Cavell for a final score of 3.5 to 1.5.

Afterwards,  club captain Julian Ridge praised West Cornwall Golf Club for their hospitality and the presentation of their course, and thanked the players, caddies and supporters.

Tehidy Park will now play St. Austell on the weekend of January 19/20 at a venue to be announced.

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