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

February 2019

Sunday 4th
Halford Hewitt Trials
Princes Golf Club, Sandwich

March 2019

Friday 1st & Saturday 2nd
ORGS v Rye Golf Club
Rye

Tuesday 12th
ORGS v The School
Woking Golf Club

Monday 18th 
South West v The Rest
Burnham & Berrow Golf Club

Friday 22nd 
ORGS v London Solicitors
Woking Golf Club

Saturday 30th
27 Hole Foursomes
Royal Worlington

April 2019

Thursday 11th - Saturday 14th
Halford Hewitt Cup
Cinque Ports & St George's

Tuesday 16th & Wednesday 17th
ORGS v Royal North Devon
Royal North Devon

Sunday 28th
ORGS v Marlborough
Rye (Rye Members only)

May 2019

Thursday 9th
Spring Meeting
Huntercombe Golf Club

Sunday 13th
Grafton Morrish Qualifying
Royal Wimbledon

Friday 25th
ORGS v Blackwell Golf Club
Blackwell

June 2019

Friday 7th June (PM) & Saturday 8th 
Scottish Meeting
Gullane 3 & Muirfield

Tuesday 18th & Wednesday 19th
The Senior Darwin
Woking Golf Club

Wednesday 19th
The Veteran Darwin
Woking Golf Club

Wednesday 26th 
Midlands Public Schools Meeting
Little Aston Golf Club

July 2019

Thursday 4th & Friday 5th
Bernard Darwin
Woking Golf Club

Thursday 11th July
Northern Meeting
Notts Hollinwell Golf Club
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August 2019

Sunday 18th
ORGS v Malvern
The Berkshire Golf Club

TBC
ORGS v Uppingham
Luffenham Heath

September 2019

Monday 2nd & Tuesday 3rd
ORGS v Royal Portcawl
Royal Porthcawl Golf Club

Friday 13th & Saturday 14th
Autumn Meeting & AGM
Rye Golf Club

October 2019

Wednesday 23rd
ORGS v Royal North Devon
Rye Golf Club

November 2019

Saturday 2nd
ORGS v The Meteors
Royal St. George's Golf Club

December 2019

Monday 2nd
Informal Advent Meeting
Burnham & Berrow Golf Club

Royal Porthcawl