The end of June saw the Law Society Golf Club in action in Belgium, a few miles south of the battlefield of Waterloo. Our opponents were the Brussels Bar. It was the 53rd match in this annual event.
Belgium is very well known for its moules et frites, but its splendid golf courses remain, for the most, a well-kept secret. We had the great privilege to play at Hulencourt, a beautifully maintained course in the heart of the Belgian countryside. The format followed that of the Ryder Cup, with foursomes and four balls on the first day and singles on the second. Day One left the LSGC with a 2 point advantage and although the Brussels lawyers fought back to win the singles we clung on to win by 1 point and so retain the trophy.
After the main event we played another competition in which a member of the Brussels Bar teamed up with a member of the LSGC and they played a better ball stableford for the Adam Kirkwood trophy. This year’s winners were Simon Barrett and Alexandre Chateau.
One of the highlights of a trip to Belgium was the impeccable hospitality of our hosts. They looked after us superbly and the match culminated in a very fine dinner at a family-owned restaurant just a few minutes from the golf club.