This match took place in glorious Spring golfing weather on the challenging links of RND which are in spectacular condition – especially the greens which are firm, true and fast.  RND is a golfing paradise and our hosts are by any standards supremely hospitable, friendly and cheerful. The photographs demonstrate the extent of the fun.

However, around their own course the RND men remain rather too good for us at golf and we were again soundly beaten although we did manage to secure a point (through the skills of the Hon Sec) in both sessions and with one exception all the other matches extended competitively into the last two holes. RND is a course with which one needs to become familiar and the ORGS team is clearly gradually getting more familiar with it.

Sadly the match manager, Colin Passmore, was insufficiently recovered from his recent illness to lead the team which required the services of a very inadequate deputy; and the ORGS Captain, John Newton, likewise was still off games with his broken collar bone. Additionally, Dick Ford, the RND team captain was unable to play because of family illness. Each of these stalwarts was much missed.

Our pairings on Tuesday were Jock Fraser & Bertie Garforth-Bles, John Roberts & Tim Watts, Charles Maisey & Christopher Gabbey, Charles Walker & Peter Strother-Smith, and Nick Hills and Jonothan Ward (a guest star from Burnham & Berrow who kindly stepped in and played very well but was unable to coax his partner to a successful conclusion). In this last match we were also beguiled by a charming Egyptian doctor with a handicap of 20 and a short game of which T Woods would be proud.

On Wednesday morning Gabbey played his own ball, Roberts played with Walker, Maisey played with Fraser, Strother-Smith played with Watts and Garforth-Bles played with Hills. Rumour has it that there was quite a lot of clutching defeat from the jaws of victory …such is ORGS golf !

On the Tuesday evening a formidable and delicious dinner was enjoyed by both teams in the RND clubhouse and our team as usual was billeted in Appledore (7 in the Seagate and 2 in the Royal George). It is understood that under sedation the team slept very well – mainly in their bedrooms although one senior ORGS officer also slept very comfortably in an armchair in the bar, where in the late evening the Seagate’s bar profits were heavily boosted by a reunion of four School Field drinkers.

All very good fun and we look forward now to entertaining the RND men at Rye in October and very much hope to be invited back to Westward Ho ! next April. RND may be a long way west but it really is worth the journey – for the golf and the conviviality.  The clubhouse is a treasure trove and we were able to point out from the relevant results board that RND’s big open competition was won in 3 consecutive years in the 1960s by one or other of our President and John Bevan.

Nick Hills
Match Manager

FIXTURES

October 2019

Wednesday 23rd
ORGS v Royal North Devon
Rye Golf Club

November 2019

Saturday 2nd
ORGS v The Meteors
Rye Golf Club

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December 2019

Monday 2nd
Informal Advent Meeting
Burnham & Berrow Golf Club

Register to Play

February 2020

Saturday 22nd
27 Holes of foursomes
Royal Worlington Golf Club

March 2020

Friday 6th & Saturday 7th
ORGS v Rye Golf Club
Rye Golf Club

Tuesday 10th
ORGS v The School
Woking Golf Club

Monday 16th
South West v Rest
Burnham & Berrow Golf CLub

Friday 20th
ORGS v London Solicitors
The New Zealand Golf Club

Register to play

April 2020

Thur 2nd - Sunday 5th
Halford Hewitt
Royal Cinque Ports &
Royal St. George's

Tues 14th / Wed 15th
Match v RND
Royal North Devon

Thursday 23rd
Match v OCGS
Bristol & Clifton Golf Club

Sunday 26th
ORGS v Marlborough
Rye Golf Club (Members Only)

May 2020

Thursday 7th
Spring Meeting
Huntercombe Golf Club

Thursday 21st
ORGS v Blackwell Golf Club
Blackwell Golf Club

June 2020

Tues 16th & Wed 17th
Senior Darwin
Woking Golf Club

Wednesday 17th
Veteran Darwin
Woking Golf Club

Friday 19th
Match v Luffness New (am)
Scottish Meeting (pm)
Luffness New

Saturday 20th 
Scottish Meeting
Muirfield

Wednesday 24th
Midland Public Schools
Little Aston Golf Club

July 2020

Thursday 2nd & Friday 3rd
Bernard Darwin
Woking Golf Club

Thursday 9th
Northern Meeting
The Notts Golf Club

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

Royal North Devon