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REVIEW

In this year’s Bernard Darwin competition at Woking GC, Rugby drew Eton. The sides were evenly matched on handicaps, and so it proved in the contest. We were up in all three matches, into the back nine, but whilst one went our way comfortably, the other two gradually declined until both were alive on the 18th hole. A chance to seal it was missed in the top match which then went down the 19th, alas to a defeat. The other close encounter lost the last few holes to lose the match on the 18th. Such are the margins in matchplay foursomes, sometimes!

The team was subject to the late withdrawal of Simon Maisey, through sudden illness. At very short notice, David Swanston made himself available, for which we are grateful. The pairings were:

  1. Clive Pickerill and Jamie Clark
  2. Robert Lyons and Peter Stanbrook
  3. Nigel Cadbury and David Swanston.

This was a match we could/should have won, but perhaps it was just Eton’s moment. They were themselves despatched in the second round.

On a brighter note, Rugby then went on to win the Bernard Darwin Goblet, for the Plate competition.

Rugby could do with additional players coming up to the qualifying age of 55, with a single figure handicap. Searches so far have unearthed just a few reasonable golfers off 9/10 handicap. Some of these may well come into the side, especially if they are good foursomes players, like Nigel Cadbury. But we are desperately short of good (5 or less) handicap players. There are few coming through.  Alex Fletcher (6) will reach the qualifying age this winter, so will be eligible for 2017. Other than him, we know of no other strong contenders for many years to come. So, our prospects in the Darwin are the opposite of those in the Senior Darwin. Thus are the cycles of strength in these competitions.

Peter Stanbrook (T, 62-67)
Captain

2016 FIXTURES

October 2021

Sunday 10th
27 Holes of Foursomes
Royal Worlington & Newmarket

November 2021

Tuesday 16th
Match v Royal North Devon
Rye Golf Club

December 2021

Monday 6th
Advent Informal Meeting
Burnham & Berrow

March 2022

Friday 4th & Saturday 5th
Match v Rye Golf Club
Rye Golf Club

Tuesday 8th March
Match v The School
Woking Golf Club

Friday 18th
Match v London Solicitors
The New Zealand Golf Club

April 2022

Tuesday 26th & Wednesday 27th
Match v Royal North Devon
Royal North Devon Golf Club

May 2022

Thursday 5th
Spring Meeting
Huntercombe Golf Club

June 2022

Tue & Wed 14th - 15th June
Senior / Veteran Darwin
Woking Golf Club

Tuesday 14th June
Match v Goswick GC
Goswick

Wednesday 15th
Scottish Meeting
Muirfield

Thursday 16th
Match v Luffness New
Followed by Black Tie Dinner
Luffness New

Wednesday 22nd
Public Schools Meeting
Little Aston Golf Club

Thursday 30th
Bernard Darwin Trophy
Woking Golf Club

July 2022

Friday 1st
Bernard Darwin Trophy
Woking Golf Club

August 2022

Wednesday 10th
Northern Meeting
Hollinwell Golf Club

September 2022

Monday 5th & Tuesday 6th
Match v Royal Porthcawl
Royal Porthcawl Golf Club

Friday 9th & Saturday 10th
Autumn Meeting & AGM
Rye Golf Club

November 2022

Tues 15th & Wed 16th
Match v Porthcawl
At: Rye & Royal St. George's

Woking Golf Club