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

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

October 2020

Friday 11th & Saturday 12th
Grafton Morrish Finals
Hunstanton & Royal West Norfolk

Wednesday 21st
ORGS v London Solicitors
The New Zealand Golf Club
Register to play

November 2020

Saturday 7th
ORGS v Meteors
Royal St George's

December 2020

Monday 7th December
Informal Advent Meeting
Burnham & Berrow

Burnham & Berrow Golf Club