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Review

Formidably organised by Christopher Gabbey (to whom we owe our thanks) this annual event was as enjoyable as ever –notwithstanding the latter part of the morning’s activities being conducted in monsoon conditions.

As is traditional the match took place on the Championship Course in the morning and (as is equally traditional) Gabbey exercised a degree of geographical poetic licence in allocating the teams.

However, form was reversed and the South-West avenged their two previous defeats and secured the Barron Trophy for the first time by 2 ½ points to 1 ½ points.

The matches were as follows (South-West names first):

  • John Roberts & Nick Hills beat Antony Aitken & Tim Watts
  • Jock Fraser & Colin Passmore beat Richard Jones & Guy Steele-Bodger
  • Tim Hobson & Martin Lee-Warner lost to Keith Irwin & Robert Prior
  • James Percival & Christopher Gabbey halved with Peter Strother-Smith & Jonothan Ward (guest star)

The course was in exceptional condition; and having dried their exteriors the players embarked on lubricating their interiors over a very respectable lunch.

The afternoon as usual involved an eccentric activity – this time a five ball tensome on the Channel Course in benign if breezy weather. This involved some remarkably accomplished golf and the competition (such as it was and managed & gerrymandered by the ever-unassuming Vice-President) resulted in a tie between the Fraser/Strother-Smith combination and the Gabbey/Hills team.

The regular Kümmel prize for closest to the short 8th was won by Fraser who failed to disguise his happiness at doing so.

Great fun as always; and it is worth recording that this is a very inexpensive day’s golf – for non-members a green fee of £30 + lunch & drinks at £31.

So we shall hope to see another good turnout for the informal Christmas Meeting at Burnham & Berrow in December which is managed by Colin Passmore.

Nick Hills

2016 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

Burham & Berrow Golf Club