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This match, postponed from April 2020 by Covid, was played at the Bristol & Clifton club, home to a substantial number of Cliftonians.  And, exactly as happened in the corresponding ‘home’ match at Burnham & Berrow in 2019, the contest finished in a tie.  Maybe that tells us something about the historically close relationship between the two schools.

The format of play decided by our opponents was American Greensomes which, for a predominantly foursomes society like the RGS, took a little time to fathom out.  However, Rugbeians being the most adaptable of creatures soon got the hang of it and a great time was had by all.

The top match had Christopher Gabbey and Peter Strother Smith teeing off against two excellent Clifton lads who were probably young enough to be their grandchildren!  Youth soon began to prevail and they were 4 up after 8 holes.  Although a mini fightback followed, defeat could not be avoided.

Two matches were then halved with Robert Derry-Evans partnering Nick Hills and Robin Staunton playing with Tim Stubbs.

Luckily the cavalry, or perhaps it was two faithful old cart horses, arrived in the shape of Jock Fraser ably carried by Charles Walker and they stormed home to victory, thus saving a few blushes, particularly those of your correspondent.

Roll on 2022 and back to Burnham & Berrow.

Peter Strother Smith


February 2022

Saturday 19th
27 hole foursome
Royal Worlington & Newmarket

March 2022

Friday 4th & Saturday 5th
Match v Rye Golf Club
Rye Golf Club

Tuesday 8th March
Match v The School
Woking Golf Club

Monday 14th March
South West v The Rest
Burnham & Berrow

Friday 18th
Match v London Solicitors
The New Zealand Golf Club

April 2022

Friday 8th
Halford Hewitt
Round 1: 08:55
Royal St. George's

Tuesday 26th & Wednesday 27th
Match v Royal North Devon
Royal North Devon Golf Club

May 2022

Thursday 5th
Spring Meeting
Huntercombe Golf Club

Sunday 8th
Grafton Morrish Qualify
Royal Wimbledon Golf Club

Thursday 19th (PM)
Golf & Dinner
Edgbaston Golf Club

Friday 20th (AM)
Match v Blackwell
Blackwell Golf Club

June 2022

Monday 6th
Public Schools Putting
Royal Wimbledon Golf Club

Tue & Wed 14th - 15th June
Senior / Veteran Darwin
Woking Golf Club

Tuesday 14th June
Match v Goswick GC

Wednesday 15th
Scottish Meeting

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

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

November 2022

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

December 2022

Monday 5th
Advent Meeting
Burnham & Berrow

Bristol & Clifton Golf Club