Review

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 2019

Wednesday 23rd
ORGS v Royal North Devon
Rye Golf Club

November 2019

Saturday 2nd
ORGS v The Meteors
Rye Golf Club

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December 2019

Monday 2nd
Informal Advent Meeting
Burnham & Berrow Golf Club

Register to Play

February 2020

Saturday 22nd
27 Holes of foursomes
Royal Worlington Golf Club

March 2020

Friday 6th & Saturday 7th
ORGS v Rye Golf Club
Rye Golf Club

Tuesday 10th
ORGS v The School
Woking Golf Club

Monday 16th
South West v Rest
Burnham & Berrow Golf CLub

Friday 20th
ORGS v London Solicitors
The New Zealand Golf Club

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April 2020

Thur 2nd - Sunday 5th
Halford Hewitt
Royal Cinque Ports &
Royal St. George's

Tues 14th / Wed 15th
Match v RND
Royal North Devon

Thursday 23rd
Match v OCGS
Bristol & Clifton Golf Club

Sunday 26th
ORGS v Marlborough
Rye Golf Club (Members Only)

May 2020

Thursday 7th
Spring Meeting
Huntercombe Golf Club

Thursday 21st
ORGS v Blackwell Golf Club
Blackwell Golf Club

June 2020

Tues 16th & Wed 17th
Senior Darwin
Woking Golf Club

Wednesday 17th
Veteran Darwin
Woking Golf Club

Friday 19th
Match v Luffness New (am)
Scottish Meeting (pm)
Luffness New

Saturday 20th 
Scottish Meeting
Muirfield

Wednesday 24th
Midland Public Schools
Little Aston Golf Club

July 2020

Thursday 2nd & Friday 3rd
Bernard Darwin
Woking Golf Club

Thursday 9th
Northern Meeting
The Notts Golf Club

August 2020

Sunday 23rd
Match v Malvern
The Berkshire Golf Club

September 2020

Wednesday 2nd
ORGS v Veteran Ladies
Ashridge Golf Club

Monday 7th & Tuesday 8th
Match v Royal Porthcawl Golf Club
Royal Porthcawl Golf Club

Friday 11th & Saturday 12th
Autumn Meeting & AGM
Rye Golf Club

Burnham & Berrow Golf Club