The annual contest between the ORGS and LSGS took place as usual at Woking on Friday 23 March. Ellie Evans, as the LSGS match manager, organised the day with her usual brilliance and we are really grateful to her for doing so; the weather was spectacular, the course was in fantastic condition taking into account the recent snow and the greens were incredibly fast and true. Woking is a wonderful place and the ideal venue for this early season match.

Hitherto the ORGS had been unbeaten in this fixture so that the LSGS particularly keen to win and it was clear that Ellie had fired up her men so that they took advantage of a slightly delayed lunch (with extended pre-lunch drinking time) to ensure that the ORGS (who held a narrow lead after the morning) were utterly out-lunched and thrashed in the afternoon. Ellie assured us that the delayed lunch was not a planned tactic but it worked.

It is a credit to both Societies that we were able to stage a 12 a side match and 14 ORs played (with Ted Rose and Greville Cater coming off the bench at lunchtime to replace Nick Clement-Jones and Michael Wright- albeit to no avail.

It was altogether a very enjoyable day even though it is difficult to identify any highlights in the ORGS golf. A significant “lowlight” was the ORGS match manager’s abject golf in the morning about which the less said, the better.

Next year’s match is fixed for Friday 22 March – same place, same times. Please put this in your diaries.

The matches were as follows (ORGS names first);

AM
John Newton & Colin Passmore lost to Scott Perry & Bill Richards
Simon Beazley & Antony Aitken halved with Stuart Murray & Richard Ireland
Dick Grillo & Charles Walker beat Terence Kyle & Robert Muir
Christopher Johnson-Gilbert & Tim Watts beat Alexander Wood & Huw Jenkins
Michael Wright & Nick Clement-Jones beat Charles Lilley & William King
Rob Prior & Nick Hills were thrashed by James Hudson & Ellie Evans

ORGS 3 ½ – LSGS 2 ½

PM
Christopher Johnson-Gilbert & Ted Rose lost to John Hargrove & Bill Richards
Antony Aitken & Dick Grillo lost to James Hudson & Alexander Wood
Rob Prior & Greville Cater lost to William King & Robert Muir
Colin Passmore & Charles Walker lost to Charles Lilley & Stuart Murray
Tim Watts & Simon Beazley lost to Scott Perry & Ellie Evans
John Newton & Nick Hills beat Terence Kyle & Richard Ireland

ORGS 1 – LSGS 5

MATCH RESULT – LSGS (7 ½) best ORGS (4 ½)

FIXTURES

August 2020

Sunday 23rd
Match v Malvern
The Berkshire Golf Club

September 2020

Wednesday 2nd
ORGS v Veteran Ladies
Ashridge Golf Club

Monday 7th & Tuesday 8th
Match v Royal Porthcawl Golf Club
Royal Porthcawl Golf Club

Friday 11th & Saturday 12th
Autumn Meeting & AGM
Rye Golf Club

October 2020

Friday 11th & Saturday 12th
Grafton Morrish Finals
Hunstanton & Royal West Norfolk

Wednesday 21st
ORGS v London Solicitors
The New Zealand Golf Club
Register to play

November 2020

Saturday 7th
ORGS v Meteors
Royal St George's

December 2020

Monday 7th December
Informal Advent Meeting
Burnham & Berrow

Woking Golf Club