Looking back on the season, Allan recapped the wonderful venues at the RAC Club for Captains Day, Walton Heath for the Autumn Meeting and The Buckinghamshire, where the inaugural International Competition was held and which was won by a Chinese team. He thanked Martin Pratt and Yang Liu as the main organisers and we hope the event will be repeated in 2020. He also recalled with delight the Summer Tour, which was in Portugal this year. Another first for his captaincy was the LMEGA Knockout Competition, which was won by Yang Liu from Tanya Epshteyn in the all lady final. In matches, the LMEGA retained the Beckermet Trophy against the Iron and Steel and the Commodity Cup against the Sugar Association but lost to the Stock Exchange and the Scrap and also failed to hold on to the City Quadrilateral plate. Sadly, and for the first time, the match against the Bank of England was abandoned in the deluge of mid-October.
The weather turned very cold for the Xmas Fayre, with 4C the highest temperature for the day with a 10mph breeze providing further air conditioning making the “real feel” sub zero. It was also lightly foggy on the day and although the greens were true and firm for the time of year, the fairways were slow but played well despite the stupendous amounts of rain that had fallen in the last few weeks.
Rob Draisey pipped Colin Griffith for the Nearest the Pin prize and Steven Smith outdrove Dominic Boyle to win the Longest Drive.
In the competition, the average score in difficult conditions was just 27 points. The Guest Prize went to Richard Pelly with 34 points by one point from Nick Cartwright.
Melanie Wells, Alison Ellman and Tanya Epshteyn suitably swaddled against the cold
Third place went to Adam Sussmes with 35 points, Edward Sawbridge coming second, also with 35 points on a countback over the back nine holes but the outright winner with 37 points was John Ambery, who declared in his thankyou speech, clutching the Winchester Cup and two bottles of champagne, that this was the first trophy he had ever won.
The last presentation of the day was the Harry Scott Trophy, inaugurated by Triland in memory of Harry, for the highest score by a player who had worked on or around the Ring. This went to Steven Smith with 34 points, despite labouring under a handicap of just 12 following his victory at Captains Day. Martin Pratt, CEO of Triland, presented the trophy.