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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

June 2022

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

Saturday 29th
Match v The Meteors
Royal St. George's
REGISTER

November 2022

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

December 2022

Monday 5th
Advent Meeting
Burnham & Berrow

March 2023

Wednesday 29th
Match v London Solicitors
New Zealand Golf Club

Thursday 30th - Sunday 2nd
Halford Hewitt
Royal St George's &
Royal Cinque Ports

April 2023

Tues 25th & Wed 26th
Match v RND
Royal North Devon

May 2023

Thursday 11th
Spring Meeting
Huntercombe Golf Club

Burnham & Berrow Golf Club