Cornwall vs The Rest of the World is one of the events on the Mens golfing calendar at St Enodoc; eagerly anticipated, noisy and very competitive are perhaps the words which most readily come to mind.
Churchill once said that "Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm". Well that is normally the case for the RoW team as they rarely succeed in this match and have not done so since 2008 and no doubt Tris Lang the Cornwall Captain will have started the day (a good day for golf it must be said - dry and sunny) full of confidence. The scoring system agreed upon for this year was based on the match score after eighteen holes; thus even if a match was decided 4 & 3 it was played to a finish giving the losers an opportunity to recover some pride. A win gained one point and every hole difference won another. So a pair winning by three clear holes would win four points for their team.
Tris's confidence was somewhat dented when he and his partner lost to the RoW Captain Andy Golding, but no doubt rebounded when Cornwall won the next two matches. But slowly and inexorably RoW came back into the match with a purple patch in the middle order with thirty-one points won in six matches. Despite winning the last two matches Cornwall were well beaten 19 - 41.
The after match dinner was perhaps not quite as noisy as some in recent memory but an upbeat and happy occasion all the same. Tris was gallant in accepting defeat whilst Andy was brief and not at all triumphant in accepting the Oggie trophy. Nick Williams hoovered up the usual fines for crimes both real and imagined to the benefit of the Club Captain's charity.
News of the RoW win has spread quickly and it is rumoured that Andy Golding will be granted a peerage in the next honours list and will take the title of Lord Golding of Pennard.