During August 2018 two unofficial matches have taken place.

First, in early August, six fine men from Royal North Devon (RND) headed east at my invitation and a match was arranged for them at Rye. I raised a team of six ORGS/Rye members, Jamie Clark, Clive Pickerill, Tim Watts, Antony Aitken, Charles Maisey and myself – all ORGS stalwarts.

We lost – 2 matches to 1, Aitken and Pickerill being our winners. Watts & Clark and Maisey & Hills were defeated by the very steady RND men, most of whom play on average 6 days a week.

I have been asked to take a small team to RND early next August for a return match – and will ensure this is entirely made up of ORGS/Rye members.


Royal Porthcawl

At the end of August eight of us went to Royal Porthcawl, I think, for the third time. This year, our dear friend and former host, Gareth Griffiths, has departed in perpetuity to play golf in the Elysian Fields and we duly observed his memory before dining. But this in no way diminished the enjoyment which was proceeded with just as he would have wished it.

This is a dead man’s shoes fixture because the club, course and company (including the refreshments both solid and alcoholic) are of unparalleled attraction. This year the team comprised Antony Aitken, Colin Passmore, Jamie Clark, Martin Lee-Warner, Rob Prior, Peter Strother-Smith, Tim Watts & myself. Our quiet and retiring Vice–President, a former regular for this event, had “gone sailing” and will need to play himself back into the team.

We won by 6 matches to 2.

On the first afternoon each of our pairs, Aitken & Lee-Warner, Passmore & Strother-Smith, Clark & Prior, and Watts & Hills were all victorious … a very unusual ORGS state of affairs.

News of the West Indies Test Match success afflicted two of our second morning pairs: Lee-Warner & Prior and Passmore & Hills (whose round probably qualified them for bunker raking jobs at major championships). But the sturdy Clark & Strother-Smith and Aitken & Watts held firm and secured a victory for the ORGS.

Plans are afoot for ORGS/Rye members to reciprocate hospitality at Rye next June but this will not be an alternative to the Porthcawl visit scheduled again for the end of August 2018 … but selection for Porthcawl remains very much “dead man’s shoes”.   Fraser … to note.

There is much to be said for “informal/unofficial” matches against members of friendly and prestigious golf clubs, which, if developed, may well further enhance the joys and conviviality of ORGS golf without involving enormous green fees, even though our invariable practice is to pay for our hosts’ wine at lunch or dinner.

Nick Hills

 

FIXTURES

September 2020

Mon 7th & Tue 8th - TBC
Match v Royal Porthcawl
Royal Porthcawl Golf Club

October 2020

Fri 11th & Sat 12th - TBC
Grafton Morrish Finals
Hunstanton & Royal West Norfolk

Wed 21st - TBC
ORGS v London Solicitors
The New Zealand Golf Club
Register to play

November 2020

Saturday 7th - TBC
ORGS v Meteors
Royal St George's

December 2020

Mon 7th - TBC
Informal Advent Meeting
Burnham & Berrow

March 2021

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

May 2021

Thursday 6th
Spring Meeting
Huntercombe 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

July 2021

Thursday 8th
2021 Northern Meeting
Notts Golf Club (Hollinwell)

August 2021

Monday 16th & Tuesday 17th
Match v Royal Porthcawl
Royal Porthcawl Golf Club

September 2021

Wednesday 1st
Match v Veteran Lady Golfers
Ashridge Golf Club

Friday 10th & Saturday 11th
Autumn Meeting & AGM
Rye Golf Club

Royal Porthcawl