On 4 May the Baltic Exchange Golf Society (BEGS) hosted the BEGS versus Japan match at The Shire London golf course.
Each team had 12 players, with representatives from Sumitomo, Mitsui London, Iino, Marubeni, Japan Marine United, MK Centennial Maritime, NSS United for the Japanese team and from EDF Man, SSY, Clarksons, MUR Shipping, Lavinia, JP Morgan, Gray Page for the Baltic.
A morning nine holes match play was followed by an afternoon 18 holes, four ball.
Baltic Exchange’s James Pendered delivered an enthusiastic match report, stating:
“The Baltic surged to a 5-1 lead after the morning matches and perhaps enjoyed the lunch too much as the Japanese won the first two afternoon matches to make the score 5-3. However, the Baltic won the third match to take a 6-3 lead, only for the next two matches to be won by the Japanese. The overall result hinged on the final match of Kuroda san (Japan Marine) partnering Jamie Freeland (Nomikos) versus the JP Morgan pair (Nick Meer & Mike Stepp) and the Japanese team came out on top thereby ensuring a gentleman’s draw for the overall result.”