A titanic battle in awful conditions saw St Enodoc through against Tehidy in the Frank Wills Quarter Finals at Perranporth on Sunday 11th January. St Enodoc and Tehidy Park have been the two most successful Wills sides in recent years; St Enodoc beat Tehidy in the Final in 2013, Tehidy won the competition in 2014 having beaten St Enodoc in the Semis so both sides knew the match had all to play for but made all the harder for the players with the high winds which averaged over 20 mph and gusting over 35 at times; rarely was it less than a 3 clubber. Needless to say putting on such an open cliff top course as Perranporth was extremely difficult.
Before play began it looked as if we were at a meeting of the Leeds United Supporters Club thanks to the presence of the Combellack and Veale families, it was all talk of the good old days, Don Revie, Norman Hunter, Jack Charlton etc etc – all a bit sad really! There was however serious golf to be played.
First out was meant to be Kevin Brenton and John Pease the acknowledged “Pezza Meisters”, John cried off with (man) flu to be replaced very ably by Rich Matheron. Our boys steadily built up a 3 hole lead against Martin Trewella and Greg Taylor. All of a sudden things began to change and by the 16th tee the match was pegged back to All Square with the Tehidy boys winning 16 thanks to an excellent chip. St Enodoc won the 17th through better putting so it was All Square and one. By the time they reached the last tee it had become obvious that this could be the critical point for the overall match. A chance slipped by for St Enodoc to win with what could have been the last putt of the match but it was not to be so down the 19th it continued. Thanks to a better positioned second shot and an excellent third the match was won for the vital point.
Whilst all this was going on Paul Dingle and Mike Masters had gone down 3 & 2 to Neil James and Ryan Curnow, “The Chuckle Brothers” Rich Hawken and Rich Lawrence had won convincingly 5 & 4 and Dave Flew and late replacement Russell “Splashy” Combellack had beaten the very experienced Cornwall Seniors Team players David O\'Mahoney and Bob Cope. It needs pointing out the size of their win 7 & 5 was indicative of some real quality play by Dave and Russell - a match won by us rather than lost by our opponents, they hardly put a foot wrong all day. It shows that at Wills level we have quality in depth thanks in no small measure to the efforts of Captain Bob Cruse. By now the match was all over and our final pair of Keith Hawke and Sam Jarvis played well but in view of the overall result having been settled they agreed a half on the 16th.
A handsome 3 1/2 – 1 1/2 win for St Enodoc against a cracking Tehidy side in very difficult playing conditions even though we thankfully stayed dry. Credit all round to Cornwall Club golf.