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

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 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.

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.

Results:

  • 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!

TPGC Golf

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.

TPGC SOCIAL

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

CTC Reprieve for Tehidy Park !

Tehidy Park are back into the CTC Team Event and will contest the Semi-Final against Bude, which is to be played at Trevose on Sunday 26 February (Foursomes Start at 8:00 a.m.).

Perranporth, who defeated Tehidy Park back in November in the Quarter-Final unknowingly breached a rule of the competition where one of their players wasn’t eligible, and following their disqualification from the event Tehidy Park were re-instated.

The honesty of Perranporth has to be commended in that they discovered the rule violation when discussing the pending Semi-Final amongst themselves.    We will attempt to make the most of our second chance!