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Bernard Darwin
There are three Darwin competitions, all played at Woking, between 16 schools.  The individual competitions are distinguished by the minimum age of the players who may comptete being, respectively 55 (Bernard Darwin – Rugby team Captain, Peter Stanbrook), 65 (Senior Darwin – Captain Robert Lyons) and 75 (Veteran Darwin- Captain Anthony Surtees).  The first two competitions are played as foursomes knock-out matches each rubber comprising 3 pairs.

Rugby were drawn against Radley in the first round of both the Bernard Darwin and the Senior Darwin.  In the Senior Darwin, we started as the Cup Holders.  Sadly, Rugby lost to in both.  Better news in the Veteran Darwin, where each school is allowed two foursomes pairs in a foursomes stableford competition, with Anthoney Surtees and Peter Mason coming fourth.

The Rugby teams were –
Bernard Darwin: Peter Stanbrook and Robert Lyons, Jamie Clark and Andy Swanston, Clive Pickerill and Nigel Cadbury.

Senior Darwin: Peter Stanbrook and Robert Lyons, Jamie Clark and Clive Pickerill, Christopher Gabbey and Jock Fraser

Veteran Darwin: Jonathan Gilbert and John Bevan, Anthony Surtees and Peter Mason

The Secretary of the Darwin competitions, Christopher Clarke (Radley), retired this year and Rugby made a presentation to him, informally as can be seen on the photo, for his hard work and friendship over the years.


Midlands Public Schools Meeting
This is a one day event, always played at Little Aston and this year just two days after the course had hosted a regional qualifier for the Open.  The main prize is in the morning round where the best three scores (each school is permitted to enter five stableford pairsbut must enter three pairs to compete) count.  The afternoon round of 15 holes is a separate competition for the individual pairs.

Unfortunately, the Rugby pairings had to be adjusted due to some last minute withdrawals, which probably cost us a few points; and the persistent drizzle for the morning round made the greens very difficult for those (ie Rugby) with an early starting time.  Rugby’s score kept them in the pack, an improvement on 2016 but well behind our very good showing in 2015.  Our scoring was better in the drier conditions in the afternoon, but no individual prizes were won.  Our players were Paul Wilson-Gunn and Jon Thompson, Charles and Toby Carver, Richard Jones and Rob Prior, Richard Caley and Tim Watts.

Tim Watts

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

Woking Golf Club