The Indian summer beamed its golden rays on Foxhills Golf Club as the British and Irish teams assembled for the second Ambassadors Challenge Cup.
Last year Ireland had a resounding win and this year, GB were out to even the score. This contest is a collaboration between the British and Irish Trade Alliance (BITA) and the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity, not only to promote networking and trade within the construction community but also to raise funds to support the charity.
Daniel Mulhall, the Irish Ambassador in London led the Irish team and due to a late schedule change for the British Ambassador in Dublin, the 2003 Rugby World Cup English hooker, Mark Regan stood in to lead team GB.
After rousing captain's speeches the shotgun blasted and the gladiatorial battle commenced against 18 pairings from each country in a "Ryder Cup" style contest.
The day was not for the Irish as their team failed to tame the long par 5s of the Bernard Hunt course and fell to the superior fire power of team GB, 11 points to 7.
However, as the Guinness poured and the wine was slurped the victory cries and the tears of defeat soon gave way to friendly banter and convivial conversations of stories of the one that got away and the possibility of doing a little business together.
With the score now even at one all, the stage is set for a competitive return match next year, however the real winner on the day was our industry charity with over £10,000 raised.
Thanks to the lovely Lucia Butler we have a huge number of photographs for you to download if you wish at Ambassadors Challenge Cup Photos and thanks to European Golf Challenge we have even more at this link Ambassadors Challenge Cup you can also see all the scores on this link from VPAR LEADERBOARD