The Seniors’ return match on 22 May at Perranporth proved to be an eventful occasion. Because of the weather, the captain had received several early morning telephone enquiries about postponement, but he remained resolute. For the same reason, a heavy cloud of reluctance hung over the old boys as they sipped their pre-match coffees and bacon sandwiches, some bemoaning the fact that they had even got out of bed.
Meanwhile outside the clubhouse, torrential rain of biblical proportions continued to fall and when it was announced that play was to go ahead, colourful, MacEnroe-type mutterings, not suitable for early evening broadcasting could be heard. However, whilst observa tions questioning the sanity or sadism of the two captains continued for the first 2 hours of play, things did change. Like Noah before them perhaps, we have to assume that the leaders in question also had influence with a higher, golf-loving authority, because the second half of the round was played in warm sunshine.
As for the match itself, the Piranos managed to gain revenge for their heavy defeat two weeks earlier, as they won 5½ - 2½, but as Captain Nigel, was quick to point out, the aggregate score was 9½ - 6½ in the Old Saints\' favour !
It was so nearly 5 – 3. On the 18th green Paul Godfrey sank a Salman Rushdie birdie putt (which he will talk about into his dotage if anyone will listen !) to win the match, or so thought all four players, only for it to be equalled by an almost-as-good-but-not-quite-so-difficult birdie putt by the opposition.
NTP: David Elliott