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!


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.


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

Frank Wills Salver – Q/F

Following a second round victory in the Frank Wills Salver, Club Captain Peter Simmons, and his team returned to Perranporth Golf Club for a Quarter Final match with defending champions West Cornwall.   As can sometimes be the case at Perranporth the teams were greeted by a strong wind which was consistently blowing at 35 mph and at times gusting to 60 mph.

It was clear from the start that it would prove to be a battle of attrition as carry bags and trolleys were being blown over !   Whoever could make the least mistakes or will the ball into the hole would undoubtedly emerge as the victors in the conditions.

West Cornwall edged ahead with a hard fought victory in the top foursome, winning on the 17th hole after holing putts of 10 feet on both the 16th and 17th greens.    They would then double that lead as the Cameron brothers proved too strong for the Tehidy Park pairing of Mark Prouse & Mike Eddy in the third foursome match on the course.

The tried and tested pairing of Bob Cope & David O’Mahony were engaged in a tight battle in the second match, and when O’Mahony holed from two feet to win the 18th hole the match was heading into extra holes.     Behind them the news was better as match four stood all square on the 17th, but with the West Cornwall pairing having to play three off the tee after a lost tee shot, combined with the Tehidy pairing being 1 up on the 15th hole in the final match….. it was still a case of all to play for.

O’Mahony and Cope had the advantage on the 19th as both pairs were on the green in three shots, with Tehidy into 10 feet as West Cornwall stood over a 30 foot par attempt as the wind became ever stronger. As is so often the case in golf a match will come down to a holed/missed putt and when Lee Bushby stroked home his par attempt it was a case of now or never for Cope to keep the game alive. His attempt would threaten the hole but refuse to drop, which meant West Cornwall were now in possession of the three points required to go through to the semi-final.

As it happened it mattered not as Scott Downing & Danny Chambers contrived to lose the 17th hole despite their opponents having to play three off the tee, and when they halved the 18th hole the match score now stood at 4 – 0 in West Cornwall’s favour.

With Tehidy Park standing 1 up after 15 holes in the final foursome a half was taken which made for a final score-line of 4.5 – 0.5.

At the after dinner speeches the Tehidy Park Captain, Peter Simmons thanked his players and caddies for their efforts in a match that came at the end of a tough week for Tehidy Park with the passing of Club President, Philip Andrew.    Peter referenced the fact that Philip was ever present at team matches and would have been proud of all of the Tehidy Park contingent that battled so hard for the club.     Peter also acknowledged that West Cornwall had recently witnessed the passing of their own Club President, Malcolm Lack and noted that these sad events served to evidence that whilst we all strive to do our best to succeed……… at the end of the day it is just a game of golf !

Peter concluded by wishing the West Cornwall team all the very best as they seek to defend the title of Frank Wills Salver champions.


  • Chris Hoyle & Nigel James lost 2&1
  • David O’Mahony & Bob Cope lost 19th
  • Mark Prouse & Mike Eddy lost 6&5
  • Scott Downing & Danny Chambers lost 1 down
  • Steve Dawe & Andrew Teuton – Half

Philip Andrew (Club President)






President’s Trophy – Q/F

Whilst Club Captain Peter Simmons was doing battle in the CTC match at Newquay against Trevose, the Club Vice-Captain, Julian Ridge was on hand to oversee the President’s Trophy Quarter-Final match with Mullion, which was played at an inclement West Cornwall.     And quite a match it turned out to be as first one team took the initiative before it was snatched back again, eventually culminating in a tied match, which meant a sudden death play-off was required………… read on !

Darren Vincent got Tehidy Park off to a flyer with a 7&5 win, which was followed up with a win from Sean Pollard (4&3) to provide for a 2-0 lead. Back came Mullion with a win in the third singles before the fourth singles (Simon O’Mahony -v- Nick Avery) finished in a halved match.     In this match O’Mahony built a 5-hole lead on the front nine before being pegged back to a stage where he stood 1 down on the 17th tee.    To his credit he picked off one of the last two holes to secure the half.               Graham Elliott, in the fifth singles was also having a battle, again standing 1 down on the 17th tee, but when we won the final two holes Tehidy Park edged into a 3.5 – 1.5 lead……..5 points being required to win in a match that consists of nine singles matches.

Matches six & seven would go the way of Mullion to level the match at 3.5 points apiece, before Alex Hinds would again establish the lead for Tehidy Park, winning his match on the 18th green. With 4.5 points in the bag a half would now suffice in the final match, which pitted Andrew Clotworthy against Jamie Greet, but when Greet snatched an 18th hole victory the overall match score stood at 4.5 – 4.5 with a sudden death play-off now needed.

From the nine players in each team one player is nominated before the match commences in the eventuality that the match finishes level, and rather ironically the play-off would see Clotworthy take to the tee against his victor, Greet !         The Par 3 first hole at West Cornwall would be the starting point for the play-off, and both players found the green with their tee shot.    Greet would be the first to putt, and with the adrenaline of the occasion pouring through his veins he would send his putt six feet beyond the hole.     Clotworthy would summons all of his experience to guide his putt to within two feet of the hole.         Greet first, and to the disappointment of his Mullion team mates he would miss.    Clotworthy to win a semi-final berth for Tehidy Park, playing in the President’s Trophy for the first time………and he casually converted his par putt to the pleasure of the Tehidy Park contingent.

Tehidy Park will now play the 2016 Champions of the President’s Trophy, Looe Golf Club, who defeated Newquay in their Quarter-Final.         The Semi-Final is scheduled to take place on 25 February 2018.


  • Darren Vincent – Won 7&5
  • Sean Pollard – Won 4&3
  • Simon Inwards – Lost 5&4
  • Simon O’Mahony – Half
  • Graham Elliott – Won 1 Up
  • Josh Chapman – Lost 2&1
  • Joe Venn – Lost 2 Down
  • Alex Hinds – Won 1 Up
  • Andrew Clotworthy – Lost 1 Down

* Sudden Death Play Off – Andrew Clotworthy won on the first extra hole

CTC Quarter-Final

Tehidy Park lost their grip on the title they won last year when losing a tense quarter-final battle with old friends, Trevose Golf & Country Club.

On a bitterly cold morning at Newquay Golf Club the teams lined up with many layers on to combat the cold!   Ian Veale & Robert MacGregor got the defending champions off to a winning start by securing their point with a win on the 18th green against Mark Grootz & Steve Davies, despite having been 2 down after 11 holes.   The Barnard brothers, Justin & James followed this with a 1 up win of their own over the pairing of former tour player Matt Morris and Mark Hilton, himself a former England International.     Trevose secured their first point of the day, courtesy of Nick Gammon and John Tremain over Richard & Peter Simmons.     When Matt Lock & Tom Chapman shook hands with opponents Carl Burley & Guy Norris for a hard fought half Tehidy Park took possession of a slight lead (2.5 – 1.5) at lunch.

In the 9th man singles match Joe Ibbs-George (Trevose) got the better of Paul Collins which gave Trevose the knowledge of winning the eight singles to win the overall match.

Newly elected County Captain and Tehidy Park Secretary/Manager, Ian Veale would lead the team out in the singles on the course that he learnt to play the game, and he would use that local knowledge to record a 16th hole win against Grootz.    In the second singles it was the turn of Trevose, courtesy of Davies against MacGregor to notch up a point. Richard Simmons then lost against Morris (1 down) before brother and Club Captain Peter, defeated Tremain.    The first four singles were shared two apiece, with all to play for in the remaining four matches.

Trevose gained the impetus when Burley literally putted Lock out of the game, in the process winning on the 18th. James Barnard kept hopes alive when finishing all square with Hilton. Tehidy Park now needed a win and a half from the two matches on the course, both standing at 1 down on the seventeenth tee.      It proved not to be as Gammon won the 17th hole to secure a win against Chapman and the match winning point to book a semi-final berth for Trevose against West Cornwall.      Justin Barnard & Norris finished all square for a final score-line of 7.25 – 5.5 in favour of Trevose.


  • Veale & MacGregor – Won 1 up
  • Barnard & Barnard – Won 1 up
  • Simmons & Simmons – Lost 3&2
  • Lock & Chapman – Half

9th Man:

  • Collins – Lost 5&4


  • Veale – Won 3&2
  • MacGregor – Lost 2&1
  • Simmons (R) – Lost 1 down
  • Simmons (p) – Won 3&2
  • Lock – Lost 1 down
  • Barnard (James) – Half
  • Chapman – Lost 2&1
  • Barnard (Justin) – Half

Frank Wills Salver – 2nd Rd

Club Captain, Peter Simmons and his Frank Wills Team secured safe passage to the Quarter Finals of this County Team Competition with a win against Falmouth in a match played at Perranporth.

Having already won three points from the four matches completed the remaining match involving Martyn Churchill & Mark Prouse agreed to shake hands on a halved match.

  • Chris Hoyle & Nigel James – Won on the 19th
  • David O’Mahony & Mike Eddy – Won 6&5
  • Churchill & Prouse – Half
  • Scott Downing & Danny Chambers – Won 5&4
  • Andrew Teuton & Steve Dawe – Lost 4&2

Tehidy Park will now play neighbours West Cornwall in the Quarter Final on the weekend of 20/21 January at a venue yet to be confirmed.

There will be no rest for the Club Captain as next weekend (26th) he will dig out his own clubs to lead out the Tehidy Park Cornwall Team Championship (CTC) team as they commence their defence of the title with a mouth watering challenge against Trevose at Newquay. The foursomes will commence at 8 a.m. with the eight singles matches set to start at 12.30 p.m.

On the same day (26th) the Tehidy Park President’s Trophy team, competing in this event for the first time, will face the challenge of Mullion Golf Club in their Quarter Final match which is to be played at West Cornwall Golf Club, commencing at 9 a.m.