This was another fun ORGS weekend and the ingredients for the recipe of its success are not entirely weather-dependent, but also thanks to the enthusiasm of its participants, and this time it was the quite Magnificent Seven – teen!    Damp at Luffness – blame the “Over-organiser”; brilliant at Muirfield – credit the “Under-organiser” (once he enjoyed the title ‘Scottish Hon Secretary’). Well, change is inevitable, I suppose!

Nick Hills’s match against a strong team from Luffness who ‘thrashed us’ was lost – which was a first apparently, but I’m not convinced N H knew which team he was playing for, so the ORGS might even have won 3 ½  – 1 ½.  Never mind, it really is the lunch which we came for and wasn’t  it beautifully served.

And so to the afternoon and Round One of the Howard Thompson Trophy played on a course in peak condition.   The pairings were deemed fair so everyone should have produced a fairly similar score. Not a bit of it! Captain-elect, Alick Hay with former Captain Christopher Johnson-Gilbert somehow amassed 42 points! There was a hoard of runners-up a distance behind – 5 lengths. Results from the drugs test are expected before the ORGS AGM in September.

Dinner at the Open Arms was in a lovely private room – as in 2016. The staff didn’t sit us down until we had near-emptied their wine cellar, but from what little I can remember it went well. Authentication of the story told by the (Hon) Organiser will be sought soonest.

Rarely has the air been clearer and the views finer as the sun came out to shine on the worthy Old Rugbeians, and even in their 450th year and creators of the noble game, they headed out onto the links ignoring those who chose to watch the Lions draw the series. The course was in impeccable condition, especially the rough!

The morning Round Two was won by a margin of 5 ½ points – by, guess who? Yes, Alick Hay, this time carried by none other than Ultra-Organiser, Nick Hills. The rest of us languished behind and longed to attack the lunch.

On we go to the final Round Three. The Draw was carried out most expertly and independently (several times) in an attempt to somehow “fix” the Leader!   I failed!   He had as his partner, John Hendry, and they put up an excellent show to come storming in to 2nd spot. The scorer/Organiser/fixer played his own ball and won by 2 points to avoid Alick winning a clean sweep – he would never have found a hat big enough.

The Prize giving! Well, it started with fielding practice as golf balls were hurled at unsuspecting players in the Smoking Room before Trophies were awarded.

It will come as no surprise that the Winner, and a most worthy one, of the Howard Thompson Trophy for the best 3-Round score was Alick Hay.   A tremendous effort, and I believe his score is a record (115 ½ points). The runner-up, and equally worthy with all the effort he put in to organise half of the weekend, is Nick Hills (a mere 8 points adrift).

The parallel holes-up competition (which seems very popular and keeps contestants on their toes and engaged for every hole) was also won by the indefatigable Hay but not without a strong late challenge from you know who, who had the benefit o=f not being burdened by a partner.

Things went a little awry when it came to announcing the winner of the Coburn/Osborn Seniors Cup (Best 2 round + half age).    I failed at maths and handwriting and gave credit to John Hendry as the winner.   Being the stalwart he is, he demanded a recount, and how right he was!   Credit was not due to him (other than for honesty) but to the most delighted of surprised winners Nick Hills. The runner-up was the guy that can neither add nor read.

Those participating were HCEG Members: John Drysdale, Alick Hay (well done again!); John Hendry (sorry John!); David Fargus (aka Farclas); Harry Turcan; Niall Kennedy (a major threat after his lessons) and JRF.

ORGS Stalwarts comprised Peter Mason (defending title); Jamie Clark our Captain; Nick Hills (didn’t he do well!); Keith Irwin; Richard Jones; Christopher Johnson-Gilbert; Richard Lloyd; John Todd (first-timer) and of course our most loyal supporter, the ORGS Hon Secretary & Treasurer, Tim Watts, without whose dedication the ORGS might well collapse.

Next year’s date, I am happy to say has been confirmed at Friday/Saturday 8th and 9th June – back to a more familiar time. I have written to the Club to thank all who helped to make our weekend such fun.

Jock Fraser


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

Scottish Meeting 2016