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This year Rugby was drawn against Westminster School in the first round of the Bernard Darwin competition. We had about as good a side as we were able to field, albeit four of the team of six are over the age of 65 and therefore eligible to play in the Senior Darwin. I am particularly indebted to Alick Hay who agreed to play at short notice and travelled from Scotland to Woking for the second time in a few weeks having played in the Senior Darwin.

The Team
Alex Fletcher and Simon Maisey
Nigel Cadbury and Peter Stanbrook
Clive Pickerill and Alick Hay

Simon Maisey was so concerned about his form that he thought he should not play with our best player Alex Fletcher but form is temporary class is permanent and the first pair got their noses ahead early did not let go winning on the 14th hole and secured our first point.

The second pair stuttered along without playing particularly well but found themselves three up on the 15th tee when the opposition lost their drive in the trees on the left but decided to carry on with a second ball. At that point the third pair were called through two up. Not surprisingly the second pair won on the 15th green, signalled their win to the third pair who were on the 16th green and they quickly agreed a half although they appeared to be on their way to a win.Upon our return to the clubhouse we discovered that Highgate had beaten Eton and we looked forward to the afternoon match. Sadly it did not go according to plan. All three matches were very close. The first pair went all the way to the 18th hole all square by which time the second pair had just lost 2 and 1. Nigel and Peter played steadily but sadly did not putt well enough and lost a match that was eminently winnable. They watched the first pair reach the 18th green when Alex played a superb bunker shot giving Simon the chance of winning the hole with a 5 foot putt. Simon struck it firmly into the middle of the hole to square the match. The third pair had enjoyed a three hole lead after nine holes but we knew it was much closer going down the 15th fairway. We could see a shake of hands on the 17th green and moments later learned that they had also lost 2 and 1 as had the second pair.

So a little disappointing to have lost to Highgate by a fairly close margin but an improvement on last year’s first round loss.

Harrow beat Highgate the following day in the semi final but lost to Malvern in the final.

I am honoured to Captain the Bernard Darwin team, I believe we are making progress and I am optimistic about the future.

Nigel Cadbury
Captain

FIXTURES

February 2022

Saturday 19th
27 hole foursome
Royal Worlington & Newmarket

March 2022

Friday 4th & Saturday 5th
Match v Rye Golf Club
Rye Golf Club

Tuesday 8th March
Match v The School
Woking Golf Club

Monday 14th March
South West v The Rest
Burnham & Berrow

Friday 18th
Match v London Solicitors
The New Zealand Golf Club

April 2022

Friday 8th
Halford Hewitt
Round 1: 08:55
Royal St. George's

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

May 2022

Thursday 5th
Spring Meeting
Huntercombe Golf Club

Sunday 8th
Grafton Morrish Qualify
Royal Wimbledon Golf Club

Thursday 19th (PM)
Golf & Dinner
Edgbaston Golf Club

Friday 20th (AM)
Match v Blackwell
Blackwell Golf Club

June 2022

Monday 6th
Public Schools Putting
Royal Wimbledon Golf Club

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
Luffness New

Wednesday 22nd
Public Schools Meeting
Little Aston Golf Club

Thursday 30th
Bernard Darwin Trophy
Woking Golf Club

July 2022

Friday 1st
Bernard Darwin Trophy
Woking Golf Club

August 2022

Wednesday 10th
Northern Meeting
Hollinwell Golf Club

Wednesday 17th
Match v OUGS
Luffenham Heath

Sunday 21st
Match v Malvern
The Berkshire

September 2022

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

Friday 9th & Saturday 10th
Autumn Meeting & AGM
Rye Golf Club

October 2022

Wednesday 5th
Match v LVGA
Burhill Golf Club

Friday 7th - Sunday 9th
Grafton Morrish Finals
Hunstanton & Royal West Norfolk

November 2022

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

December 2022

Monday 5th
Advent Meeting
Burnham & Berrow

Woking Golf Club