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

September 2020

Mon 7th & Tue 8th - TBC
Match v Royal Porthcawl
Royal Porthcawl Golf Club

October 2020

Fri 11th & Sat 12th - TBC
Grafton Morrish Finals
Hunstanton & Royal West Norfolk

Wed 21st - TBC
ORGS v London Solicitors
The New Zealand Golf Club
Register to play

November 2020

Saturday 7th - TBC
ORGS v Meteors
Royal St George's

December 2020

Mon 7th - TBC
Informal Advent Meeting
Burnham & Berrow

March 2021

Wednesday 24th
Match v London Solicitors GS
The New Zealand Golf Club

April 2021

Thursday 8th  - Sunday 11th
Halford Hewitt 2021
Royal St George's & Royal Cinque Ports

May 2021

Thursday 6th
Spring Meeting
Huntercombe Golf Club

June 2021

Friday 11th AM
Match v Luffness New
Luffness New Golf Club

Friday 11th PM
Scottish Meeting
Luffness New Golf Club

Saturday 12th
Scottish Meeting
HCEG - Muirfield

July 2021

Thursday 8th
2021 Northern Meeting
Notts Golf Club (Hollinwell)

August 2021

Monday 16th & Tuesday 17th
Match v Royal Porthcawl
Royal Porthcawl Golf Club

September 2021

Wednesday 1st
Match v Veteran Lady Golfers
Ashridge Golf Club

Friday 10th & Saturday 11th
Autumn Meeting & AGM
Rye Golf Club

Blackwell Golf Club