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

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 – 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.


County Championship Week

Perranporth Golf Club played host to the Men’s County Championship Week during the week of 14-20 May, with Tehidy Park representation ensuring silverware returned to the club.

The week as ever opened with the Royal Cornwall Goblets, in which TPGC had five pairs playing, and James Barnard partnered by David Bailey got the club off to a flying start by posting a winning score of 41 points. Their score belied their own start; just two points after the opening three holes, but then the following 15 holes would prove to be very profitable as they secured the trophies.

The Amateur Championship commenced on the Wednesday with a 36-hole medal, in which 69 of the counties top players would do battle for the top 32 spots, which then turn to match play on Thursday. The four players from TPGC, Matt Lock, Rob MacGregor, James Barnard and Andrew Clotworthy would all secure safe passage to provide a 100% qualification success rate.

The examination would prove to be somewhat harder on Thursday morning, with MacGregor the sole survivor after a 19th hole win over Jack Mewton of Truro. In the afternoon he would face Richard Jasper, who defeated Clotworthy earlier in the day, and after a hard fought battle it would prove to be a good day for Jasper against the Tehidy contingent as he squeezed through to the quarter finals with a last hole victory.

As the Amateur Championship continued on Friday (see Cornwall Golf Union website for details) the Lawrence Cup, an 18-hole individual stableford was staged for all members of Cornwall Golf Clubs to play in, and with a score of 37 points the ‘ever young’ Clotworthy would top the leader board at the close of play to bag the trophy.

The Saturday would witness the conclusion of not only the week itself, but also the A and B Team Club Championships in addition to the Amateur Championship. TPGC had representation in the A Team, facing Bude in the morning semi-final, and after an intensely competitive match TPGC would prevail with wins from Richard and Peter Simmons (2&1) and also James Barnard & Tom Chapman (19th) having been 2 down with three holes to play. In the game involving the pairing of Rob MacGregor and Matt Lock a half was agreed, with the match already won, their game standing at all square after 17 holes.

St. Mellion would stand in the way of the Tehidy Park team as they sought to win back the trophy last won in 2014, and what a match it would prove to be. Whilst ahead in all three matches for most of the afternoon, clear water was never established, and by the time the games stood on the 17th tee Barnard & Chapman held a two-hole advantage, with the remaining two games stood at all square. Barnard & Chapman would close out their match on the 17th (2&1) with the pairings of Simmons & Simmons and MacGregor & Lock both winning the 17th hole to establish one-hole leads playing the 18th.

St. Mellion were not finished, and a birdie against the Simmons brothers on the 18th hole would send that game into extra time! All attention turned to MacGregor & Lock; could they close out their game on the 18th hole and secure the title? With his approach shot MacGregor would fire long and through the back of the green. St. Mellion found the putting surface, 15 feet from the flag. Lock nudged a deft shot to within five feet of the flag, after which the St. Mellion pair putted to within inches of the hole for a safe par. MacGregor now with a five foot putt for the title as the crowd looked on (except for Rob’s mum who couldn’t watch). The crowd included Matt Lock’s caddy, none other than the Club Captain, David Ryder, the colour draining from his face……..but fear not as MacGregor stroked home the putt to the delight of the Tehidy Park support and that of the Simmons brothers who were looking back from the 19th fairway.

At the presentation the Captain remarked that he was very much relieved and also proud to be associated with the talent within his team and might just celebrate with a couple of ‘jars’ tonight !

Conor Wilson would close out the perfect week for his home club, Perranporth, in regaining the Amateur Championship he won in 2015, following his victory over Jared Mortimore of Truro Golf Club.

Well done Perranporth Golf Club and the Cornwall Golf Union (Chris Pountney in particular) and we’ll see you all at West Cornwall in 2018.

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. 

CTC Final

Tehidy Park secure victory over Bowood Park by a score of 9.25 – 3.5 to claim the CTC title for a twelfth time.

A report will follow, but for now we are celebrating at the Clubhouse. Come join us :-)………..and 12 hours later, here it is!!

Tehidy Park Golf Club overcame the spirited challenge of Bowood Park Golf Club to claim the Cornwall Team Championship (CTC) for a twelfth time in their history on a windy, but dry day at Newquay Golf Club.

The morning foursomes got underway with the Tehidy Park pairing of Rob MacGregor and Ian Veale facing Max Stockwell and Jon Rowe, and it was the Bowood Park pair who would signify their intentions in winning the first hole to take an early lead. After twelve holes the match was all square, before MacGregor & Veale showed why they are unbeaten in the current campaign by winning the next three holes, before a half on the Par 3, 16th hole secured the first point of the day.

The lead was soon doubled for Tehidy Park as James Barnard and Martin Langford, despite playing in the fourth foursomes match recorded an emphatic win on the 14th hole against Richard Langham and Neil Childs.

Bowood Park hit back in the second match with their Head Green Keeper, Rob Cook partnered by Simon Hobbs taking the scalps of Matthew Lock and Justin Barnard with a win on the 17th hole.

All attention turned to the match involving the irrepressible pairing of brothers Richard & Peter Simmons against Bowood Parks number one, Josh Greenaway and partner Tom Haley, and when the Simmons’ safely two-putted from length on the 18th green to win by one-hole Tehidy Park had built a 3 – 1 lead, which was added to by Tom Chapman in the 9th man singles match, winning on the 16th hole to maintain his 100% record this season, meaning Tehidy Park needed to win three of the eight singles matches to secure the title.

Once again, MacGregor, who plays off +3 would lead out the Tehidy Park team and faced the challenge of youngster Jon Rowe. Rowe would push MacGregor all the way, but eventually it would be another point for Tehidy Park as MacGregor sealed a 17th hole win to afford him a 100% record in the four matches played through the 2016/17 competition.

With Richard Simmons and Josh Greenaway involved in a titanic battle that would go the distance it was Simon Hobbs of Bowood in match three that chalked up the next singles point, with a comprehensive win over Justin Barnard on the 14th hole.

When Matthew Lock edged Tehidy Park to within one point of the title, as he comfortably defeated the challenge of Cook on the 15th hole all eyes returned to the 18th hole with Simmons, 1 up against Greenaway, and one hand seemingly on the shield. Greenaway had other thoughts as he stole the final hole to leave Simmons disappointed, albeit taking his team now to within half a point of a twelfth victory.

Four singles matches remained, six points being the requisite total, and Tehidy Park led 5.5 – 2.5. Veale stood on the 17th tee, 1 up against Stockwell, as team mate Peter Simmons stood over a four-foot birdie putt on the 15th green. Simmons did what Simmons does, and duly holed the putt as Veale looked on, but wasn’t sure if the holed putt meant a two-hole lead or a match winning three-hole advantage, which would in turn seal the half point required?

As Veale continued he was met by Langford, who was walking in from the 14th green having suffered the same fate as Justin Barnard, with opponent Childs putting in a sterling performance for Bowood (5.5 – 3.5). Veale’s second shot with a three-wood finished just short of the treacherous 17th hole green, before Stockwell hit an errant second shot from the fairway to leave himself in trouble. A bad lie and a mishit escape from Stockwell handed the hole to Veale, and in turn a 2&1 win to get the Tehidy team over the line. After both Peter Simmons and James Barnard signed off with 17th holes wins over Tom Haley and Richard Langham respectively it transpired that Simmons’ birdie putt on the 15th green afforded him the three-hole lead that had in fact sealed the title, which was apt as Simmons had performed the role of Team Captain for the 2016/17 campaign, a fact not lost on Club Captain, David Ryder during his speech as he held the CTC Shield close.

There were further thanks from the Club Captain to the Cornwall Golf Union for the work involved in organising the calendar of events; to Newquay Golf Club for their hospitality in hosting the Final; to Bowood Park for the sporting match that took place during the day, acknowledging that the score-line of 9¼ – 3½ did not reflect how close the match was during the afternoon, and to the ever-present band of caddies and loyal supporters that follow the Tehidy teams in all weathers.

Club Captain, David Ryder and President Terry Chapple with the coveted CTC Shield.                                           









Tehidy Park will now go forward to represent Cornwall in the English Champion Club event in September as the CTC winners, which is to be played in neighbouring County Devon, at East Devon Golf Club.


Open Winter Foursomes – Perranporth

Former County Champions, Matthew Lock & Ian Veale eventually broke down the stubborn resistance of their opposition, Ian Harry & Keith Smallman, both of Whitsand Bay, to claim the Plate Competition of the Open Winter Foursomes at Perranporth, now in its 42nd year of being played.

Both Lock (1999) & Veale (1990) have won the main competition of the Open Winter Foursomes in the past, but this year had to settle for doing battle in the Plate having lost in the first round of the main event.

Giving 14 shots in each round of the 36-hole final it was always going to be difficult for the Tehidy Park pairing, but with wind speeds consistently around 25 mph on a day that was blessed with blue skies, some holes into the wind would prove difficult for Harry & Smallman, who play off handicaps of 16 & 11 respectively.

After 14 holes of the morning round Lock & Veale had built a three-hole lead, but would see that quickly disappear as their opposition won the next three holes. In winning the 18th hole the Tehidy Park ‘boys’ would take lunch with a one-hole lead, but knew they had it all to do when they stepped out for the afternoon round. Lock & Veale got away to a slow start after lunch which included two three-putts in the first three holes, and when Harry & Smallman made a nett birdie on the Par 5, fifth hole they would acquire the lead for the first time in the match.

This served to kick start Lock & Veale into action, as they played the next four holes in one-under par to command a two-hole lead after 27 holes. The Bay pairing threw one last salvo at the Tehidy Park pair in winning the 10th hole, but with the next three holes playing straight into the wind, three pars from the scratch pairing would re-establish a three-hole lead once again. When Lock holed from a distance of six feet on the 15th hole the match was won by a score-line of 4&3 to the joy of the Tehidy Park pairing who were pushed all the way.

Matt Lock tees off on the Par 3, 4th hole in the afternoon.

Cornwall Bowl Final

Tehidy Park Golf Club were bowled over in the final of the CAW Cornwall Bowl by a strong Newquay team that handled the gale force winds better on the day.

Prior to play getting underway at Perranporth officials pondered whether to postpone the day’s play as winds gusted up to 70 mph, but after a slight delay it was decided that play would commence.

From the outset the Newquay pairings exhibited their links prowess as the first pairing of Martin Chapman & Dave Stephens raced into a five-hole lead after just six holes against the Tehidy Park pairing of Bobby Stephens & Peter Turner.       Stephens & Turner battled away and made some inroads into the deficit, but when they lost the 15th hole to a par it was Newquay that would draw first blood with a 4&3 win.

Newquay would improve that position with a win on the 14th hole in match two when Sean Rooney & Guy Westaway put paid to the challenge of Vince Barton & Mike Jacka, and the overall picture did not improve for Tehidy Park as news drifted in from afar of matches four and five going the way of Newquay with emphatic wins for Gareth Ward & Brendan Cavanagh (7&6) over David Collins & Steve Rogers, and David Moore & Micky Bowler (unbeaten in five matches) over Phil Robbins & Malcolm Bennetts on the 13th hole (6&5) to secure the victory.

With the remaining match between Tehidy Park’s David Bailey & Dale Band and Dave Goodwin & Colin Duke of Newquay standing at all square after 16 holes the players agreed to shake hands on a halved match to leave the overall score-line in Newquay’s favour to the tune of 4.5 – 0.5.

Both Captains thanked their teams, caddies, ever present supporters, the Cornwall Golf Union and Perranporth Golf Club for their hospitality on the day.

Whilst Newquay will undoubtedly celebrate their maiden victory in the Cornwall Bowl team event during the remainder of the day, and maybe in the days to follow, for Tehidy Park, and Club Captain David Ryder, attention will now turn to the CTC Final in two weeks time (19 March) where they will take on Bowood Park at Newquay Golf Club, as they bid to win the title for a twelfth time in their history.

Well played Newquay Golf Club; enjoy your celebrations, they are well deserved……..oggy, oggy, oggy 🙂


  • Bobby Stephens & Peter Turner lost 4&3
  • Mike Jacka & Vince Barton lost 5&4
  • Dale Band & David Bailey – Halved
  • Dave Collins & Steve Rogers lost 7&6
  • Phil Robbins & Malcolm Bennetts lost 6&5