St George's Park History
Port Elizabeth, South Africa

100 Seasons Ago St George's Park - 100 Seasons Ago
The week ending June 13, 1903

Added 12 / 6 / 2003

As was generally expected - in fact, it was practically certain - states the Daily Telegraph, the Royal and Ancient Club, at their spring meeting, endorsed the views of their committee in regard to rubber-cored golf balls.

It should be observed, however, that the matter is not finally disposed of; the door is left open to provide for possible future contingencies.

The time has not yet arrived, so runs the official statement, when the Royal and Ancient Club should legislate as to the kind of ball to be used.

In all probability it never will arrive, but it is as well to have a loophole. It may be remembered that some months ago, when professional opinion was strongly opposed to the new balls, their employment was forbidden in all competitions held under the auspices of the Professional Golfers Union.

The Union have exercised a wise discretion in withdrawing this restriction. It would have been incorrect, to say the least, had their regulations clashed with the opinions, officially expressed, of the ruling club.

Finality, perhaps has not yet been reached in the implements of the game, yet it seems doubtful if the future will bring improvements of so material a character as to render legislative interference necessary.

Doubtless a ball could be invented to carry further than a Haskell or Kempshall but developments in this direction are limited by the necessities of approaching and putting.

The Algoas opposition to the Crusaders being weak during their rugby match, enabled their three-quarter line to get some much-wanted practice in passing, and they made full use of their opportunities, the weakest of the quartet being Heddons, who, however, had few chances.

Hazell and Grey on the left wing played remarkably well together, the wing man having no cause to complain of his confrere transferring too late, and driving him on the touch line.

This enabled Grey to put in some useful work. Still Hazell was, on the whole, the best three-quarter of the afternoon, his unselfishness gaining him the good opinion of the spectators.

Several of his runs showed his fire burst of speed and agility in fending off attacks. Hunt seemed to have recovered from his shaking up of the previous week, and rendered good service to his side.

Hudson, at back, had little to do. Both of the halves opened the game with cleverness, but they could scarcely do otherwise, when playing behind such a strong pack.

As to the Algoa team, they played up exceptionally well in the first half, and had the satisfaction of crossing over having had as much of the game as their opponents but in the second half they were smothered particularly towards the close.

They made a gallant fight for it, but the difference in points represents the strength of the two teams. The Algoa halves, playing behind beaten forwards, had little scope, while the three-quarters were unable to withstand the onslaughts of their heavy and active opponents.

Mr Van Baart was the referee, and his first appearance in a cup match locally was quite satisfactory.

Final score:

Crusaders (1 goal from a try and 6 tries) - - - 23 points.
Algoas (1 unconverted try) - - - - - - - - - - - - - 3 points.
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