On what was possibly one of the nastiest bouts of weather experienced this year and following the LSE's failure to confirm the summer date, we finally managed to come to grips with the London Stock Exchange at Hankley Common.
A strong northerly breeze driving a mixture of rain and sleet made it difficult to get direction and club selection right, but it did not prevent one of our opponents holing his second shot at the 411 yard first hole for an opening eagle.
Despite that ominous omen, the LMEGA fought out a reformatted match with determination, playing only 18 holes of fourballs.
John Ambery and Derek Raphael won comfortably 5 and 4 although your Secretary and Martin Watkins failed to hold their opponents, one of whom was one over par gross for the first nine, leaving us with little chance, finally going down by a dog licence, 7 and 6.
Meanwhile, the Captain and Tanya Epshteyn were battling it out all square at the 16th when the Captain finally awoke from his hypothermic trance and had net birdies at the 17th and 18th to snatch the match 2 up.
Everything now came down to the final match where Bill Smit and Neal Avent were one down at the 18th tee, needing only a half to regain a trophy we have not won for many years. Sadly it all came down their opponents holing an 18 foot putt on the final green to leave the LSE winners 1 up.
The LSE thus retain the trophy and we have to wait till 16th July next year for our next chance, but consolation and warmth came in the form of Hankley's outstanding lunch.