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Nec vi nec clam nec precario (et nec Covid-19) Rugbeian Society golf emerged from the plague with a vengeance at Westward Ho !

Under the firm but brilliant direction of Colin Passmore (to whom we owe a big “thank you”),11 male Rugbeian golfers and 1 female Rugbeian golfer assembled in order to accept our regular humiliation at the hands of our wonderful friends at Royal North Devon.

Tuesday afternoon saw us thrashed in pouring rain (with only Tim Watts and Tim Stubbs recording a point); and Wednesday morning witnessed a repeat performance (with only Jock Fraser and Robin Staunton troubling the scorer).  This was not just due to weak golf by us; because some of the golf thrown at us was unreasonably good. For example, the “heavy brigade” (selected on weight by Passmore) comprising Charles Walker & Hills were opposed by two men from the wild west who must have been very nearly on par.  These Devonians play a lot of golf on a course which requires a certain amount of local knowledge and they are very difficult to beat – and reluctant to be beaten !

But they are lovely people and their hospitality is exceptional as was the dinner (involving perfect beef) which we enjoyed with them on Tuesday and the lunch (sea bass of quality one rarely ever tastes) after golf on Wednesday.  Enormous thanks are due to Dick Ford and his team and to the management and staff at Royal North Devon.

Needless to say after dinner on Tuesday evening there was some prolonged liquid “relaxation” in the Seagate Hotel where most of us were billeted.  Much of the conversation was incoherent and some of it seemed to be conducted in a semi-comatose condition. None of it is worth recording and this probably didn’t help Wednesday’s performance on the links. But it was gratifying to hear that at least one of the opposition had so muddled his arrangements with his wife about collecting him after dinner that he was observed proceeding home on foot over the Torridge Bridge. It is not only Rugbeians who are capable of over-training.

The prize for most noise was shared between Fraser (when he as awake) and Rebecca Garner; and there was a dead heat involving all Rugbeians as to who ate the most roast potatoes (another delicacy from the Royal North Devon caterer).

We look forward to entertaining 8 of our western friends at Rye in November. The match manager for that event is trying to muster a strong team of Rugbeian Rye members which may well mean that he will be relegated to the subs’ bench.

Rebecca has taken some great pictures which for some reason display some very florid complexions.

The Rugbeian team was Colin Passmore, Christopher Gabbey, Tim Watts, Tim Stubbs, Rebecca Garner, Jock Fraser, Rob Prior, David Jackson, Robin Staunton, Tim Hamilton, Charles Walker and Nick Hills.

FIXTURES

October 2021

Sunday 10th
27 Holes of Foursomes
Royal Worlington & Newmarket

November 2021

Tuesday 16th
Match v Royal North Devon
Rye Golf Club

December 2021

Monday 6th
Advent Informal Meeting
Burnham & Berrow

March 2022

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

Tuesday 8th March
Match v The School
Woking Golf Club

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

April 2022

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

May 2022

Thursday 5th
Spring Meeting
Huntercombe Golf Club

June 2022

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

Tuesday 14th June
Match v Goswick GC
Goswick

Wednesday 15th
Scottish Meeting
Muirfield

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

September 2022

Monday 5th & Tuesday 6th
Match v Royal Porthcawl
Royal Porthcawl Golf Club

Friday 9th & Saturday 10th
Autumn Meeting & AGM
Rye Golf Club

November 2022

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

Royal North Devon Golf Club