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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


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

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

Bristol & Clifton Golf Club