The morning dawned with a spitty drizzle that faded away to a cloudy day. 28 players eventually turned out after a spate of injuries had put paid to the aspirations of ten players to win the Silver Challenge Cup. After coffee and bacon rolls, some intrepid players ventured on to the practice green to see what they should expect out on the course and left visibly shocked.
The Old Course is not a friend to high handicappers, of which we had many, and searches for balls lost in the heather stretched the morning round out to about 4 3/4 hours, delaying lunch and the afternoon foursomes.
The early leader in the clubhouse was Yang Liu with 33 points but as the back of the field came in two players had tied for the lead at 36, Brian Collins winning the Silver Challenge Trophy on a countback from Rakesh Gupta, with Steve Ball coming in third. The guest prize was won by Brian Watt, the guest of Rakesh Gupta.
The afternoon round was a foursomes competition and the afternoon grew hot and humid, sapping the energy of players drained by the efforts of the morning’s ball searches. The Charles Davis Salver, over 12 holes of the New Course, was won by Martin Abbott and Yang Liu for Sogemin with 24 points. The runners up were Seamus O'Connell and Colin Griffith for Mocatta. The open foursomes was won by Brian Watt and Phil Beck, both guests for the day, with Brian Collins and his guest David Heath coming in second.
Yang Liu won the Directors' Cup, the Captains' Cup and the Carr Sargant. The King Cup went to Brian Geddes and Steve Ball took the Scratch Prize.
The trophies are on display in the gallery at the L.M.E..
Bottom right: Rakesh Gupta, second prize in the singles.