Eventually a course inspection was announced for 9.30 am, by which time most of the players had arrived while others, who had been called and told the day was cancelled, had to be recalled and start travelling.
Happily, by 10am the course was declared playable, albeit with standing water in places and with the bunkers out of play to be treated as ground under repair.
It was decided to play only the four ball better ball 18 holes to decide the match and the teams went out shortly after 10.15 in dazzling sunshine. As they say: “If you don’t like the climate in the British Isles…wait five minutes”.
The Bank had one player who could not get to the club, but luckily Seamus O’Connell had mistakenly turned up although he was not in the team. This meant we could lend the Bank Rakesh Gupta, who qualifies in some way as he works for a bank. That made no difference to the scoreline as luckily Rakesh’s pair lost!
The day did not however, despite our best efforts, go our way. Steven Spencer and Paul Lillis went down 3 and 2 to Charlotte Barton, the BoE captain and Brian Goode, which sadly set the tone for the rest of the morning.
Despite good wins by Bill Shao and Dr Colin Griffiths as well as another by Yang Liu and John Ambery by 6&5, the Vice Captain and Seamus O’Connell lost and the Captain and Steve Smith went down to a dubious 28 handicapper. The LMEGA went down 3-2 and the Salver goes back to the Bank