Every September the Combined Services and the Civilians come head-to-head in their Elwyn Parry Ryder Cup tournament.

The competition is the culmination of the seasons matches in which 24 golfers have qualified for the event and another eight are captain’s wild cards.

The competition originated in 1992 and since then little has changed with the formalities and format - match-play foursomes in the morning and match-play singles in the afternoon, each player having one point available to them for victory in each of their matches.

The players assembled in the clubhouse the evening prior to the competition for the much awaited draw which resulted in a challenge that ‘on paper’ was too close to call.

Both teams were optimistic that they could break the deadlock on the coveted honours board; apart from one year when there was a draw, the Combined Services now have 11 wins to their name and the Civilians, after being victorious last year, also stand at 11.

At exactly 8am, with jokes and light-hearted insults abundant, the first match teed off and the battle commenced, all competitors striding out with purpose.

Elwyn Parry (to whom the tournament is named) had a permanent smile engrained on his face as the Civilian pairings stormed the leaderboard, winning six of the matches and halving the remaining two.

It was the first time in history that the Combined Service team would start the afternoon singles matches with no chance of any of them getting two points alongside their name.

Undeterred they were all aware that winning the overall challenge was the main purpose of the event and even though they had a mountain to climb it was still achievable.

Alas, as the matches concluded, they, and their team captain Gary Bohun, were dismayed to see that the leaderboard was becoming increasingly weighted in favour of their opponents.

It soon became apparent that the Civilians would have their name appended onto the honours board and their captain, Craig Sherman, was ecstatic to watch them do it in style – match after match returning in with points being added.

For them the afternoon games produced nine wins, only three losses and four matches were halved, resulting in a truly remarkable overall victory, 18-6.

The Combined Service team were gracious in their defeat however they fully supported their captain when he ‘threw down’ the challenge for 2017 by performing the traditional gauntlet across the face.

Gary was over-exuberant and the gauntlet had been struck before Craig had the chance to accept, so with much hilarity it was declared null and void, forcing a replay of the said challenge, thankfully all captured on video for prosperity!

Formalities finalised it was agreed by all present that the Elwyn Parry Ryder Cup is one of the most significant dates in the club diary.