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In accordance with recently established tradition the ORGS held its “informal” winter meeting at Burnham & Berrow on the first Monday of December in relatively mild, dry and blissfully still conditions. The course was as ever in superb shape as was the case with some but certainly not all of the golf.

Our convenor, “manager du jour”, was Colin Passmore, to whom we are all very grateful and who assembled a motley band of 16 golfers from various corners of the UK. The morning was consumed with a needle match on the Championship Course played under “holes up” rules between Team Fraser (led by the shy & retiring vice-president) and Team Hills (led by a very incompetent golfer). Passmore selected (or should one say, gerrymandered) the teams so that he was in Team Fraser which inflicted a crushing victory and the lunchtime wine bill on Team Hills.

The matches were as follows:

  • Jock Fraser & Colin Passmore v James Percival & Nick Hills
  • Antony Aitken & Peter Strother-Smith v Richard Lloyd & Jonathan Hobson
  • Tim Hobson & Charles Maisey v Tim Watts & Andrew Midgley
  • John Roberts & Christopher Johnson-Gilbert v Richard Jones & Martin Lee-Warner

Unfortunately poor Lloyd, having come all the way from the Midlands, was felled by an Italian meal and forced to leave mid-round. Rest assured that there is no suggestion here of foul play by the winning team.

The evidence of imbalance is manifest. But the losers are too well brought up to seek a recount or an annulment.

A feature of the day was the introduction to ORGS golf of James Percival who had previously managed to survive 79 years without it. We hope that he will not be deterred by the appalling play of his partner in the morning and the quite extraordinary (even by his standards) post-luncheon exuberance of the vice-president.

The usual afternoon frolic was coordinated (or not) by the shy & retiring vice-president in the customary format of a 7 ball fourteensome on the Channel Course. The photographs indicate that anybody watching would have regarded this as more of a primary school outing than a dignified gathering of the alumni of Britain’s finest public school. Luckily in the gloom nobody was watching.

Needless to say, every hole in the afternoon was competitively halved as between each pair. The annual award for closest to the pin at the 8th was won in the twilight by Maisey who took home the half-drunk bottle of Kümmel out of which all contestants were obliged to drink a tot on the 8th tee.

A big thank you to Colin Passmore for arranging wonderful fun.

Nick Hills

2017 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

Burnham & Berrow Golf Club