The greens were especially tricky, recently slitted and with a sharp nap that made putts run fast in one direction and slow the opposite way. No-one seemed able to cope with the greens and the top score over the two days was 31 by this year's Captain, Edward Sawbridge.
Day one saw Edward in front with 31 from Alex Heath (1996-97) on 30 and three players two shots back on 28 - Colin Griffith (1986-87), David Hardy (2005-06) and Bernard Murphy (1994-95). The average score for the first round was 23 points.
After a superb dinner and overnight stay and the second day dawning warm and sunny, the players went out in reverse order of scores. The first threeball of Clem Danin (1989-90), Jan Rommer (1992-93) and Colin Griffith failed to overtake the leaders and the fourball that followed, Martin Prevezer (1998-89), Bill Smit (2006-07), Steven Spencer (2004-05) and Derek Raphael (2008-09) did not fare any better. It was all now down to the last fourball, containing the first day's leaders.
Neither Alex Heath nor Bernard Murphy could reach the heights of the previous day, making for a head-to-head battle between the Captain and David Hardy, which culminated in a tie on a combined 54 points. The trophy will be shared.