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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

August 2022

Wednesday 10th
Northern Meeting
Hollinwell Golf Club

Wednesday 17th
Match v OUGS
Luffenham Heath

Sunday 21st
Match v Malvern
The Berkshire

September 2022

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

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

October 2022

Wednesday 5th
Match v LVGA
Burhill Golf Club

Friday 7th - Sunday 9th
Grafton Morrish Finals
Hunstanton & Royal West Norfolk

Saturday 29th
Match v The Meteors
Royal St. George's
REGISTER

November 2022

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

December 2022

Monday 5th
Advent Meeting
Burnham & Berrow

March 2023

Wednesday 29th
Match v London Solicitors
New Zealand Golf Club

Thursday 30th - Sunday 2nd
Halford Hewitt
Royal St George's &
Royal Cinque Ports

April 2023

Tues 25th & Wed 26th
Match v RND
Royal North Devon

May 2023

Thursday 11th
Spring Meeting
Huntercombe Golf Club

Woking Golf Club