The enduring contests between the ORGS and Royal Porthcawl resumed on 2nd & 3rd September in windy but otherwise temperate conditions.

This year the size of the match again increased to become 12 a side with the diehard ORGS team of Jock Fraser, Colin Passmore, Christopher Gabbey, Tim Watts, Antony Aitken, Rob Prior, John Newton, Bertie Garforth-Bles and Nick Hills being augmented by Charles Maisey and Charles Walker. Nine of us stayed in the dormy house, where Prior and Fraser continued happily to bond, and three stayed in the nearby Rose & Crown.

It will be recalled that selection for this fixture follows a “dead man’s shoes” policy and this year’s team (so long as it behaves which it just about did) gets picked for next year. Drop-outs, however, at the match manager’s discretion may fall to the bottom of the waiting list. That said, there must be a strong case for dropping the match manager whose golf was disgraceful.

The golf was not easy. The course was in fine condition with true but slow greens; but we soon appreciated what a difficult test it is with a fairly strong wind and very cruel rough. Porthcawl is a great test of golf with some spectacular holes and with the sea visible from all 18.

Nonetheless both rounds were highly competitive; and the ORGS came out equal both after the first round and in the final result. A tied match – 6 matches all. Aitken and Walker “brought home the bacon”. Indeed, on the first afternoon Aitken “aced” the seventh hole and consequently made a generous contribution to subsequent activities at the bar.

Our hosts entertained us regally starting with a sandwich lunch with plenty of wine (and a supplement of post prandial Kümmel) and a very enjoyable dinner in the evening which was again enhanced by some fine singing by Peter Owen, the home team’s leader. Our Captain responded as best we can, without singing the Floreat, by making a speech which was both funny and (for him) reasonably concise.

After dinner (at which in accordance with ORGS practice we bought the wine) there was the usual refreshment in that wonderful panelled bar and mirabile dictu the entire ORGS team survived without any broken limbs and managed to traverse (or to tack) its way across the car park to the dormy house where there were no serious complaints about snoring. A highlight of Tuesday morning was a brace of exceptional Moscow Mules imbibed by the usually abstemious Vice-President and the match manager.

This is a wonderful match which is always the greatest fun. Our opponents are both charming and singularly hospitable and the club is by any standards exceptionally welcoming. It is a golfing paradise.

The 2020 date is fixed – Monday 7th & Tuesday 8th September – and the dormy rooms duly booked. Roll on 2020!

Nick Hills

FIXTURES

September 2020

Mon 7th & Tue 8th - TBC
Match v Royal Porthcawl
Royal Porthcawl Golf Club

October 2020

Fri 11th & Sat 12th - TBC
Grafton Morrish Finals
Hunstanton & Royal West Norfolk

Wed 21st - TBC
ORGS v London Solicitors
The New Zealand Golf Club
Register to play

November 2020

Saturday 7th - TBC
ORGS v Meteors
Royal St George's

December 2020

Mon 7th - TBC
Informal Advent Meeting
Burnham & Berrow

March 2021

Wednesday 24th
Match v London Solicitors GS
The New Zealand Golf Club

April 2021

Thursday 8th  - Sunday 11th
Halford Hewitt 2021
Royal St George's & Royal Cinque Ports

May 2021

Thursday 6th
Spring Meeting
Huntercombe Golf Club

June 2021

Friday 11th AM
Match v Luffness New
Luffness New Golf Club

Friday 11th PM
Scottish Meeting
Luffness New Golf Club

Saturday 12th
Scottish Meeting
HCEG - Muirfield

July 2021

Thursday 8th
2021 Northern Meeting
Notts Golf Club (Hollinwell)

August 2021

Monday 16th & Tuesday 17th
Match v Royal Porthcawl
Royal Porthcawl Golf Club

September 2021

Wednesday 1st
Match v Veteran Lady Golfers
Ashridge Golf Club

Friday 10th & Saturday 11th
Autumn Meeting & AGM
Rye Golf Club

Royal Porthcawl