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This inaugural contest between the ORGS and the Old Cliftonians took place at Burnham & Berrow on April Fools’ Day. Because of the severe outbreak of OR golfers at Burnham & Berrow (there are now about 10) and its proximity to Bristol where a number of Cliftonians reside and play golf at Bristol & Clifton GC this match has emerged as a good “fit” and this initial small event proved that that was right; not least because it was played in the most idyllic Spring weather on a course which as ever was in supreme condition.

The match ended in a tie … so there is unfinished business in 2020.

Our top pair, John Roberts and Jock Fraser, were seriously outplayed by two members of the Clifton Governing Body; and the second match, in which we were represented by Christopher Gabbey and Nick Hills, resulted in a half, Hills having in typical fashion squandered the lead on the 18th tee by playing an impeccable lofted extra cover drive into a very distant gorse bush.

So it was left to the worthy Peter Strother-Smith, hitting his own ball because Charles Walker had been stricken by a lurgy in the night, to ensure that we were not disgraced. He duly obliged and won his match.

A cheerful and not very abstemious lunch was taken in the clubhouse and the seeds were further sown for an enduring very jolly fixture. Next year Clifton want to entertain us at Bristol & Clifton and our team will be managed by Peter Strother-Smith who is geographically well placed near Bristol; and this should not be too onerous because of the plethora of ORs who seem to have migrated west and focussed their affection on Burnham & Berrow as a home club.

 Nick Hills

FIXTURES

October 2021

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
Rye Golf Club

Tuesday 8th March
Match v The School
Woking Golf Club

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
Huntercombe Golf Club

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
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

September 2022

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

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

November 2022

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

Burnham & Berrow Golf Club