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

October 2019

Wednesday 23rd
ORGS v Royal North Devon
Rye Golf Club

November 2019

Saturday 2nd
ORGS v The Meteors
Rye Golf Club

Register to play

December 2019

Monday 2nd
Informal Advent Meeting
Burnham & Berrow Golf Club

Register to Play

February 2020

Saturday 22nd
27 Holes of foursomes
Royal Worlington Golf Club

March 2020

Friday 6th & Saturday 7th
ORGS v Rye Golf Club
Rye Golf Club

Tuesday 10th
ORGS v The School
Woking Golf Club

Monday 16th
South West v Rest
Burnham & Berrow Golf CLub

Friday 20th
ORGS v London Solicitors
The New Zealand Golf Club

Register to play

April 2020

Thur 2nd - Sunday 5th
Halford Hewitt
Royal Cinque Ports &
Royal St. George's

Tues 14th / Wed 15th
Match v RND
Royal North Devon

Thursday 23rd
Match v OCGS
Bristol & Clifton Golf Club

Sunday 26th
ORGS v Marlborough
Rye Golf Club (Members Only)

May 2020

Thursday 7th
Spring Meeting
Huntercombe Golf Club

Thursday 21st
ORGS v Blackwell Golf Club
Blackwell Golf Club

June 2020

Tues 16th & Wed 17th
Senior Darwin
Woking Golf Club

Wednesday 17th
Veteran Darwin
Woking Golf Club

Friday 19th
Match v Luffness New (am)
Scottish Meeting (pm)
Luffness New

Saturday 20th 
Scottish Meeting
Muirfield

Wednesday 24th
Midland Public Schools
Little Aston Golf Club

July 2020

Thursday 2nd & Friday 3rd
Bernard Darwin
Woking Golf Club

Thursday 9th
Northern Meeting
The Notts Golf Club

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

Blackwell Golf Club