The eagerly awaited first match of the season on 9th May saw Hertfordshire host London at Welwyn Garden City. Several old friends met up and the fourballs set off on time hopeful of a close match, with a home win and more importantly that the predicted thunderstorms stayed away until we had finished. Well, that didn’t quite go to plan !

 Although the Captains and a few of the matches finished the rest of the field were caught out at the furthest point from the clubhouse when the downpour arrived. Thunder and lightening meant we had to stop and then we had the hailstones the size of peas that initially made the greens white and by the time we arrived back at the clubhouse the course was flooded.

 So, we started in decent golf conditions and there was some great golf being played before the deluge that sunk us all. My thanks to the caterers at the club who managed to bring forward the meal which was warmly welcomed by everyone. As always the match was played in the right spirit with plenty of banter, good natured and friendly. The Captains rose to make their speeches at the end and thanks were duly offered and dependent on your viewpoint the match when suspended means an honourable draw due to the inclement weather or as it stood 7 ½ – 2 ½ to Hertfordshire, I will let the membership decide that one.