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.

President’s Trophy Semi-Final

At the third time of asking the Semi-Final of the President’s Trophy went ahead with Tehidy Park taking on Looe Golf Club at an overcast and sometimes wet Newquay Golf Club.

Club Captain Peter Simmons was there to welcome his players and to request a big effort in order to reach the Final which is to be played at Bude & North Cornwall Golf Club next Sunday, (18 March) with West Cornwall waiting the identity of their opposition.

His call to perform was answered by his players as one by one they bagged the points on offer from the nine singles matches. Sean Pollard, playing at number two in the order was the first to complete his match, with a win on the 16th green (3&2), and this was closely followed by the point of Darren Vincent, in the first match, winning on the 18th (1 up). The third point of the game was claimed by Alex Hinds. Despite playing in the penultimate match of the nine singles he claimed his point with a handsome 14th hole win (6&4), meaning Captain Simmons was looking for two more points to seal a visit to Bude next week.

The fourth point was delivered courtesy of Simon O’Mahony in the fourth match, securing a two-hole win on the 18th green (4-0). With both Simon Inwards and Graham Elliott standing at 2 up with two holes to play the match was sealed as both were guaranteed a minimum of half a point, meaning the magical number of 5 points would be reached, but they had other ideas, and both signed off with a win (6-0).

Tehidy Park’s player of 2017, young Josh Chapman reached the 16th tee 2-down in his match but mustered a birdie on the par 3 to give him hope. In receipt of a shot on the long 17th he made full use and squared up his match as he stepped onto the 18th tee. The magical comeback was completed when he also won the 18th hole under the watchful eye of Captain (Uncle Pete) Simmons and in doing so earning the seventh point.     In match seven it was the turn of another youngster, Joe Venn to answer the call of the Captain as he too signed off with a point (8-0).

With a whitewash on the cards all attention turned to the ninth match on the course, between two stalwarts of Cornwall Golf, youngsters Andrew Clotworthy and Andy Rowe of Looe.    Upon completion of the 16th hole Clotworthy held a slender 1-hole advantage. With the prospect of walking 440 yards away from the lure of the clubhouse to then walk 440 yards back again on the 18th hole the seasoned campaigners agreed to shake hands on a halved match, to leave the overall scoreline at 8.5 – 0.5 in Tehidy’s favour.

As is often the case each and every Tehidy Park player had a caddie, and despite the weather the team received support from the membership. The Club Captain acknowledged and thanked both caddies and supporters, in addition to thanking Newquay Golf Club for their hospitality.

The Final will take place at Bude & North Cornwall next Sunday, 18 March.     Bude will also host the CTC Final between Perranporth & West Cornwall on the same day.      Whilst awaiting confirmation as I type I imagine the President’s Trophy Final will commence around 10 a.m.


  • Darren Vincent – Won 1 Up
  • Sean Pollard – Won 3&2
  • Simon Inwards – Won 2&1
  • Simon O’Mahony – Won 2 Up
  • Graham Elliott – Won 2&1
  • Josh Chapman – Won 1 Up
  • Joe Venn – Won 2&1
  • Alex Hinds – Won 6&4
  • Andrew Clotworthy – Half

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

Philip Andrew (Club President)






Maxam Cup Defence

The Tehidy team turned up at St. Austell Golf Club on a rare beautiful August day in defence of the Maxam Cup, which they won at Launceston last year, but were never really in contention as first, Truro took a lunch-time lead on 135 (-3), before being overhauled by Perranporth, who won the trophy for the first time with a total score of 280 (+4).

The format sees each Club field three pairs playing foursomes, off scratch, with the best two scores to count in the morning and afternoon.

Tehidy reached lunch in fifth place on 148, following scores of 74 from James Barnard & Matthew Lock, a score to be matched by Ian Veale & Rob MacGregor.      The Simmons brothers, Richard & Peter would record a 75.

Tehidy improved their position to third place overall with scores of 73 from Barnard & Lock, and 70 from Veale & MacGregor (143), with a discounted score of 77 from the Simmons brothers.

Perranporth 141 + 139 = 280

Truro 135 + 152 = 287

Tehidy Park 148 + 143 = 291

Gammon Trophy Semi-Final

Lady Captain, Shirley Beer and her team of Ladies suffered the disappointment of a semi-final loss against Carlyon Bay in a closely fought match at Perranporth.

The first two matches were won by Carlyon Bay as England International Emily Toy defeated Rachael Lloyd-Phillips, and Lyn Saget defeated Gloria Sandow.

Tehidy Park then got back on a level footing as first Lyn Newby won, which was followed up with another win from Katie Sandow (2 -2).

The next two matches were shared, as first Christine Williams won before Karen Langford was beaten (3 – 3), with all attention now turning to the match involving Steph Curnoe. All square after the regulation 18 holes, extra holes beckoned, which was to turn out in favour of Carlyon Bay as Steph’s opponent won the 19th hole.


Gammon Trophy (16 July)

The Ladies of Tehidy Park avenged last years defeat at the hands of St. Mellion by today beating them at Carlyon Bay by a score-line of 4.5 – 2.5 to reach the semi-final of the Gammon Trophy, which is scheduled to be played on Sunday, 13 August.

Wins for Gloria Sandow, Lyn Newby, Christine Williams, Caroline Phillips and a half from Vice-Captain, Sue Pascoe secured the win.

The opposition in the semi-final will be the winners of the match between Truro & Carlyon Bay.

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.