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A reduced number of players, just 18 (we used to be about 30), gathered for our Spring Meeting on Thursday 9th May at Huntercombe where we have held this meeting for about 10 years. 6 players had to withdraw from playing in the couple of days before the meeting for a variety of very good, and not quite so good, reasons compounded with one more going on the sick list on the day itself.

Perhaps they had an inkling of the weather, which was not kind to us. We all know that the Spring has been very dry but it was a pity that the forecast of showers in the afternoon became showers in the morning (some quite heavy), dry over lunch, and then pretty steady rain for the curtailed afternoon round of 11 holes.

The course itself showed, as most courses in the SE still are showing, the bare patches that follow on from last year’s summer. The greens, however, were in great condition and, even with the rain on them as we played, remained true and quick. There are some pronounced slopes on these greens so putting was far from easy.

The morning round at our Spring Meeting is one of the few times in the year when we play our own ball. The best players play a scratch medal round with the majority playing a stableford; there are prizes for both sections. In the conditions, the winning scratch score of 76 gross by Nigel Cadbury (Tu 70-74) was most impressive. Nigel thus retains the Duncan Salver awarded to the scratch winner, with Tim Stubbs (Sh 81-86) runner-up.

The Spring Cup, played for from 1925 (the ORGS was only formed in 1924), is awarded for the best stableford and the winner was Christopher Johnson-Gilbert (W 68-73) with 34 points. On the basis that you shouldn’t win prizes in both categories, Nigel Cadbury’s better stableford score was ignored for this purpose, as Christopher was ignored as tying for the runner-up place in the scratch competition. Peter Strother-Smith (SF 60-64) was runner-up in the Sableford with the Hon Secretary coming third.

The clubhouse was, as ever, most welcoming after the weather on the course and a good lunch was enjoyed by all. The Steward and his colleagues look after visitors extremely well.

The afternoon round was played as foursomes but over 11 holes (the 11th finishes near to the clubhouse) and Jonathan Derry-Evans (C 71-75) and Nick Clement-Jones (Sh 58-62) had the best of the score just pipping Clive Pickerill (T 65-70) and Peter Strother-Smith.

Tim Watts
Hon Secretary

FIXTURES

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Sunday 10th
27 Holes of Foursomes
Royal Worlington & Newmarket

November 2021

Tuesday 16th
Match v Royal North Devon
Rye Golf Club

December 2021

Monday 6th
Advent Informal Meeting
Burnham & Berrow

March 2022

Friday 4th & Saturday 5th
Match v Rye Golf Club
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Tuesday 8th March
Match v The School
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Friday 18th
Match v London Solicitors
The New Zealand Golf Club

April 2022

Tuesday 26th & Wednesday 27th
Match v Royal North Devon
Royal North Devon Golf Club

May 2022

Thursday 5th
Spring Meeting
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June 2022

Tue & Wed 14th - 15th June
Senior / Veteran Darwin
Woking Golf Club

Tuesday 14th June
Match v Goswick GC
Goswick

Wednesday 15th
Scottish Meeting
Muirfield

Thursday 16th
Match v Luffness New
Followed by Black Tie Dinner
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Wednesday 22nd
Public Schools Meeting
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Thursday 30th
Bernard Darwin Trophy
Woking Golf Club

July 2022

Friday 1st
Bernard Darwin Trophy
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August 2022

Wednesday 10th
Northern Meeting
Hollinwell Golf Club

September 2022

Monday 5th & Tuesday 6th
Match v Royal Porthcawl
Royal Porthcawl Golf Club

Friday 9th & Saturday 10th
Autumn Meeting & AGM
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November 2022

Tues 15th & Wed 16th
Match v Porthcawl
At: Rye & Royal St. George's

Huntercombe Golf Club