In late September 5 Old Rugbeians (Jock Fraser, Colin Passmore, Christopher Gabbey, Peter Strother-Smith & Nick Hills) made a spectacular visit to Royal North Devon at Westward Ho !

This was intended to be a return for the six man match played the previous year at Rye; but, because of fixture clashes, injuries, unavailibilities and a deficient match manager, we fell a little short of players so that in the end it was just a very enjoyable party in which we and 8 RND members mixed and matched for an afternoon round on Tuesday 24 September and a morning round on Wednesday 25 September. Very competitive golf was played with RND members who are becoming very good friends to the substantial ORGS contingent in the south-west. Passmore & Hills are country members of RND and it would not be surprising if others followed and joined this historic golf club.

RND is the oldest golf course (not quite oldest club) in England and it provides golf as it was meant to be played over natural terrain with dunes, giant sea rushes, beautiful views, roaming sheep and horses as well usually as a challenging breeze. This time we played in perfect conditions – glorious sunshine and hardly a zephyr. The greens were first class.

The hospitality was unsurpassable. We had a very jolly and humorous dinner in the clubhouse in the evening; and on the Wednesday, a great lunch (delicious bream). In accordance with our invariable custom we bought the wine for dinner which (very hospitably) inspired the hosts to forego any green fees, which was extremely generous. We stayed in the Seagate Hotel in Appledore and were not unduly abstemious there either.

Two ORGS/RND events are arranged (with the authorities at each venue) for next year (2019):
Tuesday 16 (PM) & Wednesday 17 April 2019 (AM):
Informal ORGS match v RND members at RND – match manager, Colin Passmore

Wednesday 23 October 2019:
ORGS v RND members at Rye (36 holes) – match manager, Nick Hills. We will need our team to contain at least 4 Rye members which will not be too demanding.

We need 8 ORGS members for each of these matches. Enormous fun can be guaranteed.

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
More info......

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 North Devon