A Quad Anomaly
On 21 July 2017 the LMEGA participated in the annual Quadrilateral at Effingham GC. The weather was good and the course, although very dry, was in really good condition. Over the past winter, Effingham had Mackenzie & Ebert redesign and reposition the bunkers. White sand is now used in the bunkers and the effect visually enhances each hole. These are the same people who redesigned the holes at my club, the RAC in Epsom, and the holes are now infinitely better and more attractive to view.
A brief history of the Quadrilateral.
In 2003 the first match was played between the LMEGA, Forex GS, Bank of England and the Baltic Exchange GS. We were stretching to get enough players for each individual match, and shortly after starting the Quad we abandoned the bilateral matches against Forex and the Baltic. In the early years, the LMEGA either won the matches or alternated with Forex who were second. The competition is 8 out of 10 individual matches to count in the morning and 4 out of 5 Greensomes to count in the afternoon. One year we only had 7 players competing and still finished second. The Baltic had difficulty getting players and always-finished last, way behind the others, and eventually dropped out.
At this point in the series we thought that it would probably end, as it was not being competitive. However, the Bank suddenly won everything for the next 5 years. Corresponding to this time frame the LMEGA stopped letting the match manger pick the team and admin chose the players from those who wanted to play. We promptly became the new Baltic, finishing last each year and not being competitive. It became so bad that the others asked if we could try and field a competitive team or the event will probably end.
Last year the LSE took the place of the Baltic and we finished last a long way back.
Results of the match for 2017
The match manager was allowed to have some input into the team this year and we went with some youth and some seasoned veterans. Captain Yang welcomed 3 players from the LME, Jake Doran, Bill Green and Paul Lillis whom played in their first Quad. No, we did not win and yes, we did finish last. But……
After the morning matches the scores were LSE 264, Bank 263, Forex 261 and LMEGA 240.
The results of the afternoon matches were LMEGA 154, LSE 147, Bank 146, Forex 136. Jake and Bill promised they would make up for their morning round and promptly came back with 43 points. LSE won 411, Bank 409, Forex 397 and LMEGA 394.
The Morning winner Alex Heath, LMEGA, with 40 points
The Afternoon Winners Jan Rommer & Capt. Yang Liu 46 Points
The LMEGA finished last but won all the prizes, go figure.