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The 2018 tournament, where past pupils of 64 schools play a knock-out completion at Royal Cinque Ports, Deal (some matches on the first two days are also played at the neighbouring Royal St George’s), began on Thursday 5th April in sunny but windy conditions.

Rugby were drawn to play Felsted and won all 5 matches in the rubber (each team is 5 foursome pairs) and moved to play Berkhamsted in the second round on the Friday morning, with a breeze that if anything was stronger – it was certainly pretty chilly to be a spectator. The team moved to the third round winning 3.5:1.5 (to be fair, the last match would probably have been a Rugby win too, but the convention is that once a team has one, remaining matches are declared as halved and the players come off the course).

In the third round Rugby met Winchester. Some very good golf was played in these matches but, sadly, with the score at 2:2 the final pair succumbed on the 17th to go down 2 & 1 in that match. Winchester went forward to win the entire competition and their 3:2 win over Rugby was the closest result Winchester had in the tournament.

Alex Fiott (SH 85-90) captained the Rugby side and the ORGS is grateful to Alex Fletcher (SF 75-79) for again providing accommodation for the side. The Rugby pairs were:

Rory Browne (K 07-12) & Jonny Brewer
Jamie Plews (SH 88-93) & Hugh Phillips (T 06-13)
Johnny Walker (Sh 92-97) & Michael Colclasure (T 06-08)
Alex Walker (09-14) & Joe Phillips (T 09-16)*/ David Walker (Sh 93-96)
Alex Fiott & Alex Fletcher
*First round only

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

Royal Cinq Ports