Gammon Trophy – 1st Round

The Tehidy Park Ladies Team commenced their 2017 Gammon Trophy campaign against China Fleet on a bright and breezy day over the links of Trevose Golf Club.

Two new faces stepped into the frame, with Steph Curnoe and Vice Captain of the Ladies’ section, Sue Pascoe making their debut in the team.

Leading out the team, Rachael Lloyd-Phillips gave the ladies the perfect start, winning her match on the 13th hole. Whilst it was a closer affair in match two, involving Gloria Sandow, matches three and four would also finish on the 13th hole, Lyn Newby recording a 7&5 victory and Katie Sandow winning 6&5. Added excitement, which reverberated around the course, was the fact that Katie registered a hole in one on the Par 3, 3rd hole.

Playing fifth in the order, Tehidy Park stalwart, Christine Williams was to secure the fourth and decisive point winning her match on the 14th green.

Gloria Sandow (17th), together with debutantes Steph Curnoe (14th) and Sue Pascoe (16th) securing their maiden victories, enabled Tehidy Park to complete a 7-0 winning score-line.

The second round of the Gammon Trophy will see Tehidy Park come up against St. Mellion on Sunday 16 July at a venue to be confirmed.


TPGC Fixture List Date Changes

Having won the Cornwall Team Championship in March, Club Captain, David Ryder will name a team of three to compete in the England Golf Champion Club Event to be played at East Devon Golf Club on Saturday & Sunday 23/24 September 2017.     Tehidy Park will represent the Cornwall Golf Union as Cornwall’s Champion Club.     Qualifying for this prestigious event will in turn dictate some changes to our own calendar.        Please see below for the details :

The Captain v Secretary fixture will now be played on Saturday 9 September (moved from 23/9)

The Lanyon Cup will now be played on Saturday 22 July (moved from 9/9)

England Golf Champion Club Event – 23/24 September at East Devon.    Each County in England will be represented by their Champion Club in a 36-Hole, three-man scratch team with all scores to count. There will be some great players on show, including our nominated players. All support would be greatly appreciated. 

Daily Mail Foursomes

Following comfortable wins in the first two rounds of the Ladies Daily Mail Foursomes event, the Tehidy Park pairing of Katie Sandow and partner Steph Curnoe received a home draw against the qualifiers from Praa Sands.

Conceding ten shots to their opponents proved to be a tough proposition, and when the Tehidy Park pairing fell three holes behind after the 14th hole the writing appeared to be on the wall, especially with two shots (15th & 17th) still to come for the Praa Sands pairing.

A halve on the 15th kept the match alive, which was followed by wins on the 16th & 17th holes. They couldn’t, could they ?!     Sadly not, as a mistake on the 18th hole by the Praa Sands ladies wasn’t taken resulting in a one-hole loss for the home team. Unlucky ladies, and best wishes to the Praa Sands pairing going forward.

Daily Mail Foursomes

Having previously defeated opponents from Truro Golf Club in the first round of the Daily Mail Foursomes, Steph Curnoe & Katie Sandow were at it again when they safely negotiated a potentially tricky away tie against their Killiow opposition today.

Conceding 9 shots to their opponents the Tehidy Park pairing put in a sterling performance, eventually winning on the 15th hole, and now await the third round draw.

Gammon Trophy Semi-Final

In an intensely close fought match the Tehidy Ladies lost out on a place in the Final to St. Mellion by a score-line of 4 – 3, with the deciding match narrowly losing out on the 19th hole…….

The teams arrived at The Point at Polzeath to find a golf course presented in ‘tip top’ condition, with the greens quick and true. The sun shone throughout the day, and with little wind to speak of the day was set up well for some fine performances.

Whilst played in handicap order the matches are played off scratch, and therefore it was always going to be a tall order for the Tehidy Park Ladies in the first two matches, with Rachael Lloyd-Phillips (4) playing against England International, Sammie Giles (+3), and Gloria Sandow (7) playing Sammie’s sister, Megan (2), and so it proved to be the case with the Giles sisters both winning on the 13th hole to establish a 2 – 0 lead for St. Mellion.

Despite teeing off in the final singles match, Katie Sandow was the third match to finish, and secured a point for Tehidy Park, with a huge win on the 12th hole (8&6), with a display of golf that overpowered her opponent, Sam Peach. (St. Mellion 2 – 1 Tehidy Park).

The two point gap was to open up again in St. Mellion’s favour when Donna Weeks was victorious against Hilary Wood. Although Tehidy Park were up in two of the remaining three matches, St. Mellion were three up with four holes to play in the third, and looking comfortable at that stage.

Cue the beauty of match-play, and team sport, as first Christine Williams won holes 15 & 16 to secure a 3&2 win over Sue Wenmoth, which was to be followed by Lyn Newby (nee Brookes) recording a 1 hole victory against Lou McCartney to level the score-line at three matches a piece !

Whilst Dee Peake was three up with four to play, the determined figure of Karen Langford was making inroads to the deficit, and now found herself on the 18th tee one down, needing to win the hole to force sudden death; a challenge to which she was a match to, meaning extra holes would decide this semi-final.

The first hole at The Point is a Par 5, and despite being some distance from the hole both players found the green in regulation. Langford’s putt from 40 feet was judged well and came to rest within three feet of the hole. Peake played an equally good putt, to be slightly closer than Langford.       Langford for Par first, and with slight movement evident on the putt her Par effort was to catch the edge of the hole before agonisingly staying above ground.   Peake made no mistake with her putt to her huge relief, and that of her team mates as they celebrated a berth in the Final at Trevose on September 11.

The match was played in a great spirit, with the Tehidy Park Ladies Captain, Anne Fitzhenry wishing the St. Mellion team all the very best in the Final, where they will play the winners of Perranporth & Launceston.



Gammon Trophy Q/F

As Hugo Boss ambassador Henrik Stenson was becoming the first Scandinavian to win a Major Championship, the Ladies of Tehidy Park were putting paid to Truro’s defence of the Gammon Trophy at West Cornwall Golf Club.

The teams were led out by former County Champion Rachael Lloyd-Phillips (Tehidy) and this years Runner-Up, Emily Wilson (Truro). Whilst these two were engaging in a ‘nip and tuck’ match that would go to extra holes, it was the final match between Katie Sandow (Tehidy) and Kat Stopford that would finish first and draw first blood for Tehidy, with Sandow winning on the 13th hole, after a fine display of long hitting and clinical finishing.

This match was cancelled out by Kat’s daughter Jas, as she defeated Hilary Wood on the 14th hole (1 – 1). The experience of Christine Williams would once again afford Tehidy the lead as she won on the 14th hole (2 – 1).  The match would then turn in the favour of Truro, as first Laura Andrew defeated Gloria Sandow, andthen Olivia Trewhella defeated Lyn Newby (2 – 3).

Karen Langford then levelled matters with a win on the 17th, which turned the attention back to Lloyd-Phillips and Wilson who were by now playing the 20th. With Lloyd-Phillips finding the green on the Par 5 hole with her second shot the pressure was on Wilson, and it was to tell as Wilson mishit her approach shot to hand the win to Lloyd-Phillips and her Tehidy team, who were jubilant to reach the semi-final, where they will now play St. Mellion on Sunday, 14th August at a venue yet to be confirmed.

Baron Rose Bowl Success

Captained by Anne Fitzhenry, the Ladies team of Lyn Brookes & Jane Hollis, Gloria Sandow & Hilary Wood, and Karen Langford & Steph Curnoe captured the prestigious County Ladies Baron Rose Bowl title, which was played at Tehidy Park last week.

The format of three pairs, playing foursomes medal, sees all scores to count in both the morning and afternoon rounds.      Led out by Gloria & Hilary the team established a sound base with a net score of 72.5. Although the pairing of Karen & Steph struggled in the morning (81) the third pairing of Lyn & Jane enabled the team average to be 73.5 after they returned a best of the day net score of 67.

Defending a handsome lead the Ladies took to the course for the afternoon with hopes high. Once again Gloria & Hilary set the team on their way with a steady round of 77.5 (no damage done there). The mother & daughter pairing of Karen & Steph bounced back from their morning disappointment to record a round of 74, and when that was further backed up by Lyn & Jane (74) to team romped to success.

The honours didn’t end there though, as the score of 67 + 74 from Lyn & Jane was good enough to secure the silverware for the best individual pairing on the day. Well done to all involved; a great achievement.

Ladies – Gammon Trophy

On a glorious day at Trevose Golf Club the Ladies of Tehidy Park secured a victory over Bude to advance to the next round of the Gammon Trophy.

Wins from Lyn Brookes, Karen Langford, Gloria Sandow and daughter Katie Sandow ensured Tehidy Park won by a score-line of 4 – 3, and now face the possibility of defending champions Truro in the next round if they overcame their opponents.

All involved in the team would like to wish Geoff Houghton well in his recovery, and extend their best wishes to Sue.

MacGregor Defends Title

Report courtesy of the Cornwall Golf Union………….

Big Rob Retains Cornish Closed

2nd May 2016

Cornish Closed Championship Sunday 1st May 2016 Mullion GC

On a day where fog caused suspension of play with the first round almost complete, Rob MacGregor (Tehidy Park) retained the title of Cornish Closed Championship winner at Mullion Golf Club yesterday, recording two near perfect rounds of 70 and 71 for a 1 over par total of 141, pipping runner up and 2014 County Champion Matt Richards (West Cornwall 71 +71) by the one shot. Considering the prevailing weather and a considerable delay MacGregor took all in his giant stride and was delighted to retain the Trophy he won in 2015 at Perranporth.

MacGregor is pictured above with CGU President Glyn Rowett and Mullion GC Captain Glyn Summersall.

MacGregor said, “I am obviously really pleased to win this again. I wanted to retain it and was nervous at the start maybe putting extra pressure on myself but I am really pleased with the way I played. When play was suspended we were about to putt on the 17th.  I was playing with Adam (Curtis) and knew we were tied. I three putted 17 when play resumed and then holed a long putt on the 18th which at that stage I thought would get me into a play off with Adam and the possibility of the event being reduced to one round. Luckily we did get out again after a delay and this time I finished with birdies at my two finishing holes, the 8th and 9th. So yes I am really pleased.”

MacGregor started at a blistering pace in his first round. After a par at the 1st he made four consecutive birdies. A dropped shot at the 6th was cancelled out by a bounce back birdie at the par 3 8th and his front 9 saw him 4 under the card. He was unable to repeat the early surge on the back 9 as four bogeys brought him back to the field and to professional playing partner Adam Curtis (Bude & N Cornwall) as both finished with 70s.

After a murky morning with rain almost throughout the wind dropped and fog moved in across the links forcing CGU officials to suspend play at approx 1.30pm with some second round competitors already out on the course. At that stage the most likely outcome was a reduction to a one round event and the prospect of a play off between MacGregor and Curtis. With minutes to go before the deadline where a second round could not be completed the fog lifted sufficiently to allow the second round to go ahead shortly after 3pm.

Having endured some unpleasant conditions during their first round some competitors chose not to venture out again and this enabled a completion of round two by just after 7.00pm. Second round highlights saw Joe Cruse (St Enodoc) return the only sub par round of the day with a 69 which moved him up into 3rd place overall. West Cornwall’s Phil Weaver returned a level par 70 which meant a 6th place finish for him. Ryan Curtis (Bude & N Cornwall) had a personal highlight as he holed for an ace at the par 3 8th hole. Brother Adam slipped to a 73 to finish 4th and Perranporth’s reigning County Amateur Champion Conor Wilson shot 71 and 73 to finish 5th.

The U21 Championship went to 16 year old Finn Rule (West Cornwall), pictured above, who added to his rising pedigree with rounds of gross 72 and 74 to finish at the top of the pile by two shots from George Leigh (Trevose 74+74). Truro’s Jared Mortimore having made the dash back from Lancashire the previous evening after missing the cut in the Fairhaven Trophy, ended third after rounds of 73 and 75.

Best Professional and Amateur from the same club was won by Richards and PGA Assistant Matt Curnoe (West Cornwall)

As the light faded Mullion GC Captain Glyn Summersall welcomed competitors to the event and expressed how pleased the club was to have staged the competition. CGU President Glyn Rowett thanked Mullion for their hospitality and for the excellent condition the course had been presented in before presenting the prizes


Next up for the CGU is County Week at Newquay GC from 15th May 2016 where Conor Wilson will defend his Amateur Championship title. MacGregor will be aiming to claim that title for the first time himself.

County Week begins with the Royal Cornwall Goblets attracting a field of over 220 golfers from clubs across the Duchy. Spaces are still available in the daily competitions on the Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and anyone interested should contact County Secretary Chris Pountney.

Coast & Country 2016

Report from West Cornwall GC web-site………….

The joint event held between West Cornwall and Tehidy Park Golf Clubs saw 95 3-person teams compete over 2 days playing each course and enjoying a fine meal at each venue. The event, sponsored by St Austell Brewery, continues to prove extremely popular.

On day 1 at West Cornwall, a cold hard wind caused plenty of problems and the scoring was well below the usual standard. Early leaders in the Clubhouse were West Cornwall players, Ian Hodge, Mark Hughes and Phil Weaver who managed 69 points. Surprisingly this was not matched until 2 hours later when John Knapman, Nat Petulegro and Martin Hopkins from Saunton also managed 69. A few groups later and a team from Staddon Heights, Steve Tripp, Gerry Brown & Bob Bridgett also carded a 69. The conditions continued to prove very difficult and it was not until the very last card of the day that a team from Tehidy Park, Mark Hollis, Nigel James and Rob MacGregor beat that score with an incredible 77 points including four 2’s.

Meanwhile at Tehidy Park the trees provided welcome shelter from the wind and the scoring was much better. Annual contenders, Ron Ignaczak, Martin Trewhella and Greg Taylor scored 79 points, a score matched by an eclectic team consisting of Peter Verran (West Cornwall) Jason Hampton (Stover) and Peter Simmons (Tehidy Park), with another Tehidy Park team, Dale Band, Carl Band and Justin Harrington and Andrew Hitchens (West Cornwall), Mark Prisk & Dean Goddard (Cape Cornwall) also managing 79 points. However, it was a team from Downes Crediton, John Davis, Tony Rowe and Paul Edgecumbe  who took the honours with 80 points.

Day 2 didn’t get any easier and the scores were again lower than expected. At Tehidy Park, the teams were again struggling to break 70. The Truro team of Derek Saunders, Chris John and Jonny Verran managed 69 as did Saunton’s Chris Brooks, Peter Day and Laurence Whittal-Williams. Grahame Sanford, David Roberts and Chris Baggott from Staddon Heights then managed the magical 70 but it was the late starters where the best scores were seen. Last out, home players Mark Hollis, Nigel James and Rob MacGregor managed 72 but it was the Newquay team of Charlie Phillips, Nick Datson and Jon Hancock who won the day with an excellent 79.

At West Cornwall, 69 was also enough to get in the top 5. Antony Richards, Joel Cameron and Jon Coleman managed that score. Another West Cornwall team managed 72 in the form of father and son Mark & Ross Hutchings together with Jordan Musitano. This score was matched by Tehidy
Park’s Dale & Carl Band with Justin Harrington and the eclectic team of Hampton, Verran & Simmons. However the winners on the day came from Porthpean, Gary & Chris Sullivan together with Michael Rooney.

The overall scoring was up and down with some high scorers on day 1 falling away and some lower scorers sneaking up the leader board. Following their 77 on day 1, Hollis, James & MacGregor managed 72 to post 149 and hold a strong position. However the eclectic team of Hampton, Verran & Simmons surpassed this adding 72 to their 79 from day 1 to total 151. The only team left to topple them was Band, Band and Harrington and they also managed 72 to add to their first day 79 to tie the lead at 151. The count back method then came into effect and it was Hampton, Verran and Simmons who took overall victory to become this year’s champions.

Due to the fantastic value for money this tournament offers, many teams have already signed up for next year.