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.
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!)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
After starting the defence of the title won last year with a win last weekend it all came crashing down today when in the first round proper Tehidy Park Golf Club suffered a defeat at the hands of Carlyon Bay at Lanhydrock.
Match report and results to follow……………
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
- Rowe – Won 6&4
- 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
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.