On Thursday 4 October the Old Rugbeian Golfing Society visited Blackwell for the first time (if we discount the rained off visit in May). Blackwell is a jewel of a golf club in the heart of the Midlands – close to Bromsgrove but in very beautiful country approached by roads which compete for narrowness with those in Devon & Dorset. It is just the sort of venue which is appropriate for ORGS golf; classy, understated and civilised.

This match was conceived by Nigel Cadbury & myself as a possible catalyst for Midland based ORGS golfers. Unfortunately our first effort to play at Blackwell in May (as per the fixture list) was frustrated by a torrential deluge but our hosts very kindly suggested trying again in October; and this produced a wonderful day’s golf on a great course.

As would be predictable at an unfamiliar course against pretty good golfers, the ORGS team was defeated 4 ½ to 1 ½ over two rounds but this in no way diminished the pleasure. Our heroes who troubled the scorers were Jock Fraser, ebullient as ever, (1 win and a half), David Jackson, making his ORGS debut, (one half) and Richard Caley in the afternoon, (a win). It will be perceived that both Jackson and Caley nobly put up with Fraser’s company.

Those who were less successful were Colin Passmore and Paul Wilson-Gunn (who was burdened with an injured match manager) and myself.

Blackwell’s hospitality is renowned. The day starts with a healthy dose of port & brandy on arrival; attendance at the informal bar after 9 holes is obligatory; and the lunch was delicious and only exceeded in perfection by the quality of the wine. This was and is civilisation at its peak.

Next year the match manager has sacked himself and assigned the role to Paul Wilson-Gunn. The match will revert to May and Nigel Cadbury and Paul will fix a date which will appear in the fixture list and on the website. It is hoped that this will draw Midland based ORGS members (although those who came afar will be pressing too for selection); and that we can play it with teams of at least 8 which was the intention this year.

Unfortunately Rob Prior was not there and I forgot to take any … so there are no photographs. Next time !

Nick Hills

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

Blackwell Golf Club