The Perranporth Golf Club had arranged for a society to play on the same day, Thursday, 19 May, as their Piranos (Seniors). Consequently, the match was brought forward to an earlier start time. Suspicions were widespread about the tactical significance of this move. It is common knowledge how much our Seniors enjoy a leisurely breakfast contemplating the rigours of the day. Muscles of our ageing team require a slow regeneration and a gentle coaxing into activity. Such suspicions must be misplaced in a club which shares our James Braid heritage. But with the home match having been halved the phrase “marginal gains” comes to mind.
The forecast was not encouraging nor the fact that windscreen wipers were heavily employed on the journey down to Perranporth. There are two rocks off St Agnes Head called Bawden Rocks or “Man and his Man”. During the round they disappeared beneath threatening clouds massing on the horizon, and the surf thundered on to the beach below.
“another storm brewing;
I hear it sing i' the wind: yond same black
cloud, yond huge one, looks like a foul
bombard that would shed his liquor.”
However by and large it chose to pass in land, and brollies were only occasionally employed.
As always the course is a challenging golfing test. The matches were played in the usual good spirit and many of them went to the 17th hole if not the very last., but the Old Saints came out with a commendable 5 - 3 victory and won the overall result 9 - 7.
Jim Crouch & Bill Hughes lost 2 and 1
Nearest the pin on the 18th: Nigel Thomas