Huntercombe (at a village called Nuffield near Henley-on-Thames) was in splendid condition for the Society’s Spring Meeting played on Thursday 10th May.  The date was a bit earlier this year, so the bluebells were a very fine sight (and, if off target, it was more easy to see a ball in them than when in other years at Huntercombe when we have been a bit later and they are going over!).  The greens were firm and quick making it tricky to stop approach shots and the speed of the greens accentuated all the nuances of the slopes when putting.  Added to this was a stiffish breeze, and all-in-all it was not easy to record a good score.

In the morning, the ORGS departs from the usual format of foursomes golf to play a medal/stableford round.  The scratch competition was won by Nigel Cadbury (Tu 70-74) with a fine 78 gross, with Peter Stanbrook (T 62-67) the runner-up. The Duncan Salver was accordingly presented to Nigel.

The Spring Cup, one of our oldest trophies having been presented in 1925 (the ORGS was only formed in 1924), is played for as a Stableford during the same round –  not all compete for the scratch competition –  and this year saw the Cup won by Chris Mackenzie (M 64-69) with 34 points (scoring was not easy).  Runner-up was Robin Staunton (W 70-75), a new member of the Society and playing in his first event, beating last year’s winner, Richard Lloyd (Tu 81-86), on a count-back ( ie both had the same number of points, but Robin scored better on the last nine holes).

The players then took a rest by enjoying the usual excellent Huntercombe lunch before returning to the course for a second round but this time played in the more usual ORGS format of drawn foursomes stableford where the pairs add half their combined handicap at the end of the round and score points against the card; this is a format used by the ORGS for many years as a way of speeding play to which we now add the well known principles of “Ready Golf” again to ensure that a full day on the course finishes sufficiently early for journeys to be made at a sensible time.

The afternoon foursomes was very close with the winners on 36.5 points being Bertie Garforth-Bles (SF 62-67) and Antony Aitken (M 57-62) just half a point ahead of John Drysdale (Tu 62-67) and Paul Yates (W 70-75).  And a special mention to John for taking part, as Huntercombe is a good way from home in Edinburgh.

All in all the 26 attending (this included Charles Maisey (K 65-70) a non-player as he is recovering from a shoulder injury) had a thoroughly enjoyable day at a great course in superb condition and in good weather.

Tim Watts Hon Secretary

FIXTURES

October 2019

Wednesday 23rd
ORGS v Royal North Devon
Rye Golf Club

November 2019

Saturday 2nd
ORGS v The Meteors
Rye Golf Club

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December 2019

Monday 2nd
Informal Advent Meeting
Burnham & Berrow Golf Club

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

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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

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

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

Huntercombe Golf Club