Our traditional curtain raiser to the competitive golfing season never fails to disappoint and this year was no exception.

Scotland & RoW by a point in 2015, England by a point in 2016, and yet again in 2017 the result hung in the balance going into the final game.

The first of the 19 pairs matches teed off at 09:00 on Saturday morning spurred on by the enthusiastic chants of their teammates. Needless to say, nerves of steel, there were some ‘quality’ tee shots and the scene was set for the remainder of the day.

A record of 76 players turned out for the event and we heard stories of some epic battles out on the course. Birdies, chip-in’s, missed putts, drained putts, all the classic match play stuff with many games going up the 18th. It was hard to read which way the match would go as teams came in from the course and the tension built as we gathered in the Lutine Suite pending the announcements of the results.

Just as in the rugby the England team took an early lead and continued to push on as they reached the final stages, but this is where the similarity ends. Four up with four results to come in they should have been cantering across the touch line (a lá Danny Care) but alas with one result outstanding the England lead was down to one point.

The last pair standing, the anchor team of Lee Wood and Jacqui Cawley secured a valuable team point to pull England over the line with a final score of England 10.5, Scotland & ROW 8.5.

The banter, bragging rights, tales of woe and jubilation continued through the remainder of the afternoon and for some, long into the evening.

This event is a real testament to what Windlesham Golf Club is all about and a great day only made possible by the ladies and gents who gave up their time to participate, and to the many people who helped bring the day together. A special thanks must go to vice captains on the day Andy Fraser and Lynn Lambert, ‘sound man’ Mark Lambert, and Scotland & ROW team captain and event organiser Graham Robertson.

England make it two in a row, will it be three next year?