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Our Spring Meeting is held at Huntercombe, situated atop the Chilterns near Henley-on-Thames with red kites circling above and fine views down to the Vale of Oxfiord.  Huntercombe always gives a warm welcome to Rugby golfers.  The Spring Meeting is just one day and, slightly unusually for the ORGS, begins with a morning round playing your own ball before, after lunch, we revert to the more usual format of drawn stableford foursomes.  The endless laughter is evidence of how much the day was enjoyed by all participants, whether or not they were in contention for prizes.
The weather was warm and sunny this year (a welcome contrast to the deluge last year), although rain on the previous couple of days meant that the course played at its full length with the greens more slow for the time of year than many playing would expect.  In other words, although the course was beautifully presented, a good score was a real challenge.
The Duncan Salver, named after Tony and George Duncan who were two very fine OR (and international) golfers of a previous generation, is the prize for the best scratch medal score and was won this year by Peter Stanbrook (T 62-67), with a score of 78; one stroke behind was Nigel Cadbury (Tu 70-74).  Peter found the greens a particular challenge after his previous rounds on lightening quick seaside courses, recording more shots on the greens than he took playing from tee to green showing just how good his game was off the greens.
Over the morning round the whole field also competes for the Spring Cup, a stableford competition under handicap.  Tim Watts and Nigel Cadbury both scored 36 points and the Captain decided, using his own and very individual set of tie-break rules, that the cup should be awarded to Tim Watts (St 66-71) with the runner-up prize going to Christopher Johnson-Gilbert (W 68-73).  Eh – why not Nigel?  It is our rule that you can only win one prize in the same competition, so Nigel’s prize was the more important one as runner-up in the scratch medal.
The usual Rugby handicap rules applied to the afternoon round of drawn stableford foursomes (which means that half a point counts), and the best score was a very impressive 40 points from Stanbrook and Cadbury.  Peter and Nigel both play in our Bernard Darwin team (Woking, 30th June) and we hope their fine form will continue in that event.  Runners-up with 37.5 points were Antony Aitken (M 57-62) and Field Walton (C 54-58), a more usual countback procedure being applied to distinguish them from the other, unfortunate, pair on the same score (ahead of 2 pairs on 37 points – all very close).
Tim Watts
Hon Secretary
Old Rugbeian Golfing Society

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

Huntercombe Golf Club