The annual match against Malvern was held at The Berkshire on Sunday 19th August on a cloudy, warm (sticky, even) and breezy day. The heather, as ever, was in great condition and many holes were won or lost by whether or not a visit was made to the heather. Annual greens maintenance had taken place earlier on the Blue course where the greens played very well but the more recent tining and sanding on the Red course made the greens on that course a bit slow.
The start of play was slightly shambolic as there had been some confusion as to the tee off time – the starter had one time and the website showed a later time. No blame for this can be laid with our non-playing match manager, Charles Maisey (K 65-70), who despite being off games still after a shoulder injury in January, gamely attended to send off the teams; thank you Charles for organising things. However, it all worked itself out and five matches played foursomes in the morning on the Blue Course (the first is a par 3 with a 180 yd or so carry over a heather filled valley – a daunting first shot). The morning result was 3:2 to Rugby (2 wins, 2 halves and 1 loss).
After the excellent Berkshire lunch, a slightly diminished field (some had planned one round, at least one was injured and withdrew) three matches played the Red course in the afternoon. Mark Carr (C 77-82) was lent to Malvern and, as is to be expected from the Rugbeian Society Committee member with responsibility for Sports, competed keenly for Malvern to give them a win in his match meaning that Malvern won the afternoon matches 2:1, with the result overall thus tied at 4:4. Well played Mark!
Many thanks, as ever, to David Rocke the Malvern captain for the day who, as he has for some years, arranged for the match to be at The Berkshire; a real treat.
Rugby’s team was a mixture of experience and youth and it was very good that two recent leavers from the School, Sam Saunders and Rob Arthur, played in the match and we look forward to seeing them at our events over the years to come and wish them well as they start at Uni this autumn (respectively St Andrews and Durham).
Rob Arthur – John Bach – Mark Carr – Robert Lyons – Clive Pickerill – William Sandover
Sam Saunders – Paddy Skinner – Tim Watts – Paul Yates
Hon Sec, ORGS
Bernard Darwin Trophy
Woking Golf Club
Burnham & Berrow
Tues 25th & Wed 26th
Match v RND
Royal North Devon
Huntercombe Golf Club