On Sunday 15th November a day of high wind, drizzle and wet ground at Truro Golf Club this year\'s Cornwall Bowl team met their match and were beaten by a Tehidy Park team who played some excellent golf, particularly on the back nine, and were worthy winners 3 1/2 to 1 1/2. It was not that Captain Terry John\'s boys lost holes more that the Tehidy players won holes with good play.
First out were Colin Reynolds and Keith Thompson who are renowned for short matches and today was no exception but sadly not to their advantage this time as things went from bad to worse and even managed to be penalised for hitting their own trolley not once but twice – when it\'s not your day it\'s not your day! In the end they went down 8&6 by Mike Jacka & David Bailey. Game number two Terry Carthew & Ben Chapman against Bobby Stephens & David Collins, in the end, was the last match on the course and a half was agreed on the 18th green as the overall result was by then known. On the 6th Ben successfully struck the pin from off the green with a shot that would have cleared the green with an almighty bang and the ball plummeted vertically downwards into the hole to be greeted by absolute stunned silence from the assembled gallery and players. At one point our boys had been 3 up but Bobby & David fought back to level; it was a titanic battle.
Ryan Perring & Paul Honey played well but we up against Simon Davey & Dale Band whose short game served them really well and was of the highest standard and they ran out the 3&1 winners. Game four was meant to be Phil Hoare and John Glynne Jones but John had to cry off 24 hours before with a bad back to be replaced by Ian Day. Now here was the Cinderella story to tug at the heart strings as Ian was scheduled to be the website reporter on the match; away went the pen and paper and out came the golf sticks for his first appearance for the Bowl team. In true fairytale style he played really well and he and Phil won 5&4 against Peter Turner & David Spencer having won their last 5 holes on the trot. Someone else had to do the report!
The final match was Derek Rushton & Joe Tamblyn against Phil Robbins & Malcolm Bennetts; our boys played steady stuff but their opponents turned on some really good Par golf over the last few holes to which St Enodoc had no answer and Phil & Malcolm ran out worthy 5&3 winners.
Joe Tamblyn with a delicate chip over the bunker at the 13th
So that is it for another year Terry Johns and his able young (??) assistant Derrick Daniels deserve full credit and thanks for all the hard work and effort that they put into getting the squad together and the preparation before each match particularly arranging such good caddies. Good luck to Tehidy in the next round; two teams down and one to go with just our CTC team left in contention this year and next Sunday (22nd) they will be playing Newquay at Trevose so please come and support.