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

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

Burnham & Berrow Golf Club