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

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

October 2020

Friday 11th & Saturday 12th
Grafton Morrish Finals
Hunstanton & Royal West Norfolk

Wednesday 21st
ORGS v London Solicitors
The New Zealand Golf Club
Register to play

November 2020

Saturday 7th
ORGS v Meteors
Royal St George's

December 2020

Monday 7th December
Informal Advent Meeting
Burnham & Berrow

Alwoodley Golf Club