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

March 2021

Tuesday 9th
Match v The School
Woking Golf Club

Friday 19th & Saturday 20th TBC
Winter Meeting & HH Squad
Burnham & Berrow Golf Club

Wednesday 24th
Match v London Solicitors GS
The New Zealand Golf Club

April 2021

Thursday 8th  - Sunday 11th
Halford Hewitt 2021
Royal St George's & Royal Cinque Ports

Tuesday 13th - Wednesday 14th
Match v Royal North Devon
Westward Ho!

May 2021

Thursday 6th
Spring Meeting
Huntercombe Golf Club

Sunday 9th
Grafton Morrish Qualifying Event
Royal Wimbledon Golf Club

Friday 21st
Match v Blackwell Golf Club
Blackwell Golf Club

June 2021

Friday 11th AM
Match v Luffness New
Luffness New Golf Club

Friday 11th PM
Scottish Meeting
Luffness New Golf Club

Saturday 12th
Scottish Meeting
HCEG - Muirfield

Tuesday 15th & Wednesday 16th
The Senior Darwin
Woking Golf Club

Wednesday 16th
The Veteran Darwin
Woking Golf Club

Wednesday 23rd
Public Schools Midlands Meeting
Little Aston Golf Club

July 2021

Thursday 1st & Friday 2nd
The Bernard Darwin
Woking Golf Club

Thursday 8th
2021 Northern Meeting
Notts Golf Club (Hollinwell)

August 2021

Wednesday 18th
Match v Uppingham
Luffenham Heath Golf Club

Sunday 22nd
Match v Malvern
The Berkshire Golf Club

September 2021

Wednesday 1st
Match v Veteran Lady Golfers
Ashridge Golf Club

Monday 6th & Tuesday 7th
Match v Royal Porthcawl
Royal Porthcawl Golf Club

Friday 10th & Saturday 11th
Autumn Meeting & AGM
Rye Golf Club

October 2021

Friday 1st - Sunday 3rd
Grafton Morrish Finals
Hunstanton & Royal West Norfolk

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

Woking Golf Club