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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

October 2021

Sunday 10th
27 Holes of Foursomes
Royal Worlington & Newmarket

November 2021

Tuesday 16th
Match v Royal North Devon
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December 2021

Monday 6th
Advent Informal Meeting
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March 2022

Friday 4th & Saturday 5th
Match v Rye Golf Club
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Tuesday 8th March
Match v The School
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Friday 18th
Match v London Solicitors
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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
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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
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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
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November 2022

Tues 15th & Wed 16th
Match v Porthcawl
At: Rye & Royal St. George's

Royal Porthcawl