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.

Frank Wills Salver – Rd 1

On a bitterly cold and blustery day at Perranporth Golf Club, Club Captain, Peter Simmons steered his Tehidy Park team to the safety of the second round with a hard fought win over Whitsand Bay by a score line of 3 – 2.

Although the score line looked comfortable on paper, with Tehidy Park winning the first three matches, as is often the case the battle on the golf course was very close, with two matches on a knife edge until daylight was eventually put between Tehidy Park and the opposition.

Tehidy Park will now play Falmouth in the second round, again at Perranporth on Sunday, 19 November with a start time of 10 a.m.


  • Chris Hoyle & Nigel James Won 4&3
  • David O’Mahony & Bob Cope Won 2&1
  • Martyn Churchill & Mark Prouse Won 3&2
  • Scott Downing & Danny Chambers Lost 1 down
  • Dean Richards & Steve Dawe Lost 5&4


President’s Trophy

Making a debut in the President’s Trophy, Tehidy Park recorded a strong win against local rivals Truro in the match played at Newquay Golf Club on Sunday, 29 October.

The format sees three golfers from each of the handicap categories 1, 2 & 3 play singles matchplay off handicap, meaning the magic number required is 5 to win the match. Whilst Tehidy Park took first blood in the opening singles it was Truro who then took command, leading 2.5 – 1.5 after four matches had been completed. Tehidy Park came storming back with performances which would see them win all five of the remaining matches to record a 6.5 – 2.5 victory. 

Tehidy Park will now play the winners of Falmouth and Mullion in the Quarter-Final on the weekend of 26 November, which is also when the CTC team will begin the defence of the title they secured last year with a titanic match against Trevose.   Venues are yet tbc.

President’s Trophy results:

  • Darren Vincent – won
  • Sean Pollard – halved
  • Simon Inwards – lost
  • Simon O’Mahony – lost
  • Graham Elliott – won
  • Josh Chapman – won
  • Joe Venn – won
  • Alex Hinds – won
  • Andrew Clotworthy – won

Yet one more date for your diary is the revised date / venue for the first round Frank Wills Salver match that was previously cancelled. Tehidy Park will now play Whitsand Bay at Perranporth Golf Club next Sunday (5 November), starting at 11 a.m.

Cornwall Bowl – Rd 1

Club Captain, Peter Simmons and his Cornwall Bowl Team suffered a narrow defeat at the first hurdle in this years competition, losing 3 – 2 to Bowood.

A close game went to the wire with Bowood claiming the all important third point when the pairing of Paul Hatto and Dale Crausby birdied the 18th hole.

  • Simon Ford & Ben Lamb – Lost 4&3
  • Peter Turner & Bobby Stephens – Won 1 up
  • Dale Band & Steve Rogers – Won 1 up
  • Robert Churchill & Bobby Porter – Lost 1 Down
  • Phil Robbins & Malcolm Bennetts – Lost 4&3

Attention now turns to the Frank Wills Salver next Sunday (22nd) where Tehidy Park will play Whitsand Bay at Lanhydrock Golf Club, starting at 11:30 a.m.

Champion Club Event – 23/24 September 2017

The Tehidy Park Golf Club squad of Robert MacGregor, Matt Lock, Ian Veale & Peter Simmons travelled to East Devon Golf Club on Friday for the practice round of the England Golf Champion Club event, which sees the Champion Club of each English County competing for the right to represent England in the European Champion Club Tournament later in the year, to be played in Italy.
At East Devon Golf Club the competition was played over 36 holes off scratch, with three players from each club playing 18 holes on both Saturday and Sunday, with all three scores to count towards a six-round aggregate total.       Following the practice round it was agreed amongst the squad that MacGregor, Lock & Veale would be the three nominated players for Tehidy Park.
The Tehidy Park trio were amongst the morning starters on Saturday. They were greeted by warm, dry conditions and a wind that focused the mind, especially on slick, contoured greens that would see the CSS on Day 1 become reductions only !       The trio registered a score of 226 (+16), which would see them finish Day 1 in a tie for third, just six shots behind the leaders.     MacGregor signed for a 71, the second best score of the day, whilst Veale (77) and Lock (78) were both disappointed with rounds that contained two double-bogeys apiece.    However, the team were in the mix, and looking forward to the challenge ahead on Day 2.
On Day 2 the Tehidy trio occupied the last three start-times of 1:30/1:40 & 1:50, and by the time Lock arrived at the first tee the team from the City of Newcastle Golf Golf Club, Northumberland had posted a total of 431 (+11) helped by scores of 67, 71 & 72 on Day 2, which was exceptional scoring in the conditions.       The Tehidy trio would need to post a Day 2 total of –5 par between them, a tall order in the conditions, but unfazed they set about the task in hand.
It was clear from an early stage that the Tehidy contingent would not be faced with ensuring their passports were in date for a trip to Italy, when after just 5 holes of the second round Lock was +4, with both MacGregor & Veale standing at +2.        Now the challenge was to finish as high as possible. After 14 holes a podium finish was still within their grasp with Lock at +6, and MacGregor & Veale both now at +4, leaving the boys in lone possession of fourth place…………but then the mist descended over the course and the tournament was thrown into what some may say farcical scenes.         
Thirty of the thirty three Counties had completed their rounds, with the Tehidy (Cornwall) trio playing with the teams from Burnham & Berrow (Somerset) and Parkstone (Dorset) the only teams left on the golf course.     Whilst vision was down to 50 yards two things however were clear; nobody was going to catch the team from Northumberland, and the mist wasn’t going to lift !!       The nine players were informed of the predicament facing the England Golf officials (who would be a golf official?!).     If the tournament was to be reduced to a number of holes it could not be decided over 27 or 32 holes (32 being the amount of holes every golfer had completed)………the rules of golf do not allow for this, and therefore, if reduced it would have to be decided over 18 holes, which would mean that the City of Newcastle Golf Club would no longer be the winners, as they were in second place after the first days play.    To a man everybody decided that could not possibly be ethical, bearing in mind that their aggregate lead was 14 shots and they were clearly the best team on the given two days, which led to scenario number two………….
The tournament would be called over 36-holes…… but if Tehidy Park, B&B and Parkstone did not complete the 36-holes they would effectively be recorded as Nil Returns, thus finishing in the bottom three places. The options were laid out; come back the following morning and play the final four holes, or somehow with the assistance of the officials play the final four holes now, in the mist, and fast diminishing daylight !      Option one was not really an option at all with all 9 players needing to be at work on Monday morning, and therefore to ensure that the right outcome for all concerned was reached, the players somewhat dubiously stepped on to the tee as three officials / volunteers accompanied each group home; one on the tee with radio comms indicating to the other two who flanked the fairway into the distance, when the player had struck their shot. This continued with the second shot, and so on until the final group putted out in darkness at 7:30 pm, some 5 hours and 40 minutes after they had teed off ! (See the picture on this link……… showing our Secretary/Manager, together with playing partners Ben Pritchard & Ron Schroder having literally just putted out on the 18th green……..the image above this one shows our Club President, Terry Chapple and wife Carole carefully navigating their way back to the clubhouse).
All’s well that ends well I guess ?    Tehidy Park would eventually finish in a tie for 4th place.      The England Officials were most thankful of our efforts; it saved them having to make a ludicrous decision.     It was a shame not to see the winning team after we finished, but they had to catch a flight back to Northumberland. If ever near the City of Newcastle Golf Club I should hope that we might have a pint or two of Newcastle Brown lined up for us !
They were the deserved winners, well done them, and best of luck in Italy.      The Tehidy Park Golf Club representation, along with the Captain, President, Vice-Captain and loyal supporters did the Club & County proud; roll on the next trip……. Huddersfield 2018 ??
Ian Veale

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