One of the highlights of the men's year is always the match Cornwall v The Rest of the World. Only place of birth determines which team each of the 80 players represents and membership of the Cornish team is a jealously guarded birthright. In recent years for whatever reason Cornwall has reigned supreme having not lost since 2008 and even prior to that rarely - but why? Whoever can answer that could well be required to captain the Rest of the World side next year as 2014 will be inscribed on the pasty trophy as yet another win for Cornwall.
It was a perfect day for golf, bright sun, a light wind and at long last the hot sunny weather of the last week or two has started to take the sting out of the rough as it begins to wilt. The format is 4 Ball Better Ball match play and this year's match was in the end really quite close with Cornwall running out the winners 10 1/2 to 9 1/2. Many of the individual matches were close with a surprising number of five of them being halved. There were two 7 & 6 Cornish wins for Tony Rounsevell & John Radford, thanks to John playing the front 9 in level par, and Kevin Brenton & Dave Flew; they were ably supported by Mike Kent & Paul Honey who won 6 & 5. There was only one easy win for the Rest of the World thanks to Geoff Jones & Andy Golding with a 7 & 6 victory. Notice how the names of their victims are not mentioned to avoid their blushes.
Thanks must go to Mike Jarvis who acted both as starter and scorer. Prior to the excellent meal the Captain Tony Rounsevell had the very generous sponsor Terry Carter of T & D Carter (who have done such a splendid job on the clubhoue renovation) present the prizes for the Magor Gold Medal , our Club Championship. The winner of the medal for the best gross score was Josh Greenaway who won the event convincingly last Saturday. We were entertained after the meal by the two Captains firstly Julian Darnell for the "foreigners" and Norman Hawkey for the "natives". Kenton Williams acted in his usual role of "Fine Master" on behalf of the Captain's Charity ably assisted on the collections by his young assistant "The Enforcer" Malcolm Knight. As usual everyone one agreed that this day is one of the highlights of the Club's year and this year was as good as ever thanks to the glorious weather.