A gripping encounter took place at Worplesdon in glorious early autumn golfing weather.
Worplesdon being a two ball course on Thursday mornings, the teams fought out a set of foursomes in the morning, the format perhaps not suiting the Sugar team as the LMEGA won the morning 3-1. Alex Heath and Brian Collins won 1 up, Steven Spencer and James Proudlock won 2 and 1 and Allan Kerr and David Farrar won 4 and 3. Only Dr Colin Griffiths and Seamus O'Connell went down and by 6 and 5 to a pair led by Ben Horton of Stonex, which should have sounded a warning bell. Ben is off scratch and had contemplated turning professional.
The afternoon singles were a nail biting affair. Alex heath went down 4 and 3 to Barry Cunninham but James Proudlock beat Des Monteith 1 up. Then two swift reverses came with David Farrar beaten 4 and 3 and Steven Spencer, tackling Ben Horton who shot a gross 66 including 4 birdies and an eagle 3 losing by 4 and 3. The scores were now level.
Seamus O'Connell then beat Howard Jenkins 4 and 3 but Brian Collins was beaten by the same score. All was hanging on the last two matches.
Dr Colin Griffiths managed to halve his match and then last year's Captain Allan Kerr scraped a vital point with a win by one hole to seal a narrow victory for the LMEGA.
In honour of the late John Paine, whose inspiration created this fixture back in 2004 over an extended lunch (what else) at the Hyde Park Hotel, it was decided to create a new trophy to replace the Commodity Cup to be called the John Paine Trophy. This will be played for at Worplesdon in September next year.