The Members of magnificent Walton Heath, venue of the 1981 Ryder Cup and the 2018 British Masters (and many major tournaments in between), gave the Society the warmest of welcomes yesterday but, with clubs in hand, were too good for us over the morning and afternoon of foursomes on both the Old and New Courses.
The result, in the end, was 9 & 1/2 to 2 &1/2, a comprehensive defeat but at lunch, with only 1 point between the sides, our Chairman and Match Manager Tony Pigott offered a confident and rousing challenge to his side to step up and grab the match. Sadly, his words of inspiration did not produce the desired result - at least for us - as we slumped to a 6 - 0 whitewash in the afternoon.
It may have been the excellence of both the lunch and the hospitality between rounds, or simply that the home side adapted better to the extreme winds which prevailed all day, but our intrepid dozen simply didn't perform in the afternoon. However, when all is said and done, the day was one to be savoured. Our hosts were, as always, wonderful and our thanks, as ever, go to Aaron Clarke, his team and, of course, Walton Heath Golf Club for another memorable day.