However, nothing daunted by weather or the competition, we played an 8-a-side match with singles matches going out in fours, making for a very friendly mix. This year the match was restricted to only 18 holes, followed by the usual excellent Berkshire lunch, although there is a majority vote for next year's match to revert to morning fourballs and afternoon singles.
Sadly none of the younger working LMEGA members applied to play in this match despite this being one of the premier courses in Britain and the venue having been expressly booked to attract more members who said they would only be prepared to take time off work if they could play the top courses. It is to be hoped that the RAC and Walton Heath drag them out. it is a shame that the pressure is consistently put on the old guard.
The first singles between The Captain and Gary Holloway ended in a nail-biting half with Allan Kerr sinking a putt on the last green, while their companion match ended with Edward Sawbridge winning so the score stood at 1 1/2 to 1/2.
The second pair of singles saw the President go down but Alex Heath salvage a good win, the score standing now at 2 1/2 - 1 1/2 to the LMEGA. Surely this could not last, but in the third pair of matches John Ambery recovered form to record a 7 and 6 victory while Jan Rommer gave way, but the score was now 3 1/2 to 2 1/2.
There was all to play for in the final pairs but sadly it was not to be. Colin Griffiths slipped up and Steven Spencer went down 2 and 1, leaving the Scrap winners by 4 1/2 to 3 1/2, the trophy remaining with the BSMA for another year.