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2017 Northern Meeting – Alwoodley Golf Club

The 2017 Northern Meeting of the Old Rugbeian Golfing Society saw participants return to Alwoodley Golf Club. This fantastic course was established in 1907 over a layout created by Dr. Alister MacKenzie on land which was originally part of the Harewood Estate. His prowess was immediately established and he went on to design a number of masterpieces including Augusta National, Cypress Point and Royal Melbourne.

Unusually the event was held midweek with our first round on the Wednesday afternoon after a soup and sandwiches and then a full day of play on the Thursday. With just six match-fit players we played our own balls on the Wednesday afternoon and then on Thursday we sought permission to play as a three-ball sixsome for two rounds. Despite a hail shower on the Wednesday afternoon as we played the 4th and 5th holes, the majority of the weather was otherwise kind to the players and Michael Wildblood (the previous Northern Secretary) who walked the course but was unable to swing a club due to a back injury.

Richard Jones triumphed playing his own ball on Wednesday afternoon. The morning round saw Richard Jones and Robert Prior home as winners and in the afternoon Jamie Clark (our Captain) partnered Richard Jones to a third win in three rounds. It was therefore no surprise that Richard Jones won the Northern Cup for 2017 and in the Booth Osborn (open to those over 55) with Richard Jones ineligible to compete the winner was Antony Aitken.

The Annual Dinner of the Northern ORGS took place on the Wednesday evening at Piccolino’s where those assembled enjoyed stimulating conversation, a few bottles of wine and two tasty courses of Italian food.

The Northern Meeting for 2018 has yet to be confirmed and it may be that we return to Ganton although exploratory work is underway to see if we might move to the North West with Formby certainly under consideration. The Northern Secretary will also ponder whether to maintain the new midweek status or whether we should return to the traditional Friday and Saturday. Please do let Robert know your preference if you are interested in playing next April/May in the 2018 ORGS Northern Meeting.

Those who participated:
Jamie Clark (Capt.), Nick Hills, Richard Jones, Christopher Johnson-Gilbert, Antony Aitken, Michael Wildblood and Robert Prior.

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

Alwoodley Golf Club