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The Rugbeian Golfing Society



Jeremy Barron (SH 46-51)

Members of the Club will be very saddened to hear of the death of Jeremy Barron who is credited in the Illustrated History of The Old Rugbeain Golfing Society as having started the South-West Meeting in 1988 having migrated to Devon. For the first few years, it was played at Thurleston, before St. Enedoc and then to Saunton.

2021 British Amateur Championship at Nairn

Rory Browne (K 2007-12), a stalwart in the Rugby Halford Hewitt team, surpassed all his many previous achievements as an elite amateur golfer reaching the last 32 in the British Amateur Championship at Nairn in June. With rounds of 79 and 67, he qualified in 40th place for the match play field of 64, winning his first-round match, then losing on the first extra hole in the round of 32.

Rory, who came to golf during his time at The School and captained our last winning team in the annual inter-schools Micklem Trophy in 2012, is a leading member of the Berks, Bucks and Oxon County team, playing amateur golf at the highest level. His performance in The Amateur was the best by any Rugbeian since Michael Attenborough (K 1953 to 58) reached the last 16 at Formby in 1967.

Informal gathering at Royal Worlington – 1st October 2020

Under instruction from Peter Mason, Antony Aitken, Nigel Turner and Charles Maisey assembled for a glass of wine and sandwich lunch at Royal Worlington on 1st October. The host had randomly selected a strong home team of himself and Turner to take on the visitors. They may have initially wondered what was in the sandwiches as Aitken and Maisey achieved a degree of ascendancy in the first few holes. However, a combination of Sunningdale Rules and the unending challenge of this great course pegged the match back to the point that the home team were dormie as Mason and Aitken stood on the 18th tee. Maisey had the easier second shot to the green, which left Aitken with a 4-footer for a birdie and a halved match. A perfect result.

With much gratitude expressed to Peter for his generosity and for his foresight in picking an almost dry afternoon before storm Alex, a rematch was unanimously agreed.


An alternative Rye Meeting

Tadmarton Heath - 18th September

Despite the various difficulties experienced as a result of the Covid outbreak, the Rugbeian Golf Society having had to postpone or cancel most of 2020’s formal matches, is trying keep OR’s connected where possible.

Most clubs are now Covid aware and compliant and more importantly are allowing guests and visitors albeit on a generally smaller scale.

The Captain, Charles Maisey recently visited Tadmarton Heath, a short Par 69 Vardon designed course, soon to celebrate its Centenary in 2022.

In a tight match, in warm sunny but testing windy conditions, the Captain managed to come third out of three, with Mark Abrol accumulating 29 points the winner, mainly down to taking the ‘’expert’ advice given by Tadmarton member David Clews.

If other OR’s are organising predominantly Rugbiean golf matches, the Society would love to hear from them.

An alternative Rye Meeting

An alternative Rye

14 September 2020: With the Autumn Meeting and Annual General Meeting unable to take place at Rye Golf Club this year it was wonderful to see that four Rugbeian Golfing Society members (Pickerill, Aitken, Maisey C & Stanbrook) still managed to enjoy a day at Rye in wonderful weather.

As the Captain noted “The company, weather and even the golf achieved heights of enjoyment which made up in a small measure for the realisation that we were golfing when it should have been the RGS autumn meeting.

The conclusion was less about the three halved matches and more about wanting to do it again!”



Nick Hills and Charles Maisey playing in New Zealand in early 2019.
Is the the furthest from the School that any Rugbeian Golfing Society game has been played?




Sir Hugh Neill

Members of the Club will be very saddened to hear of the death of Sir Hugh Neill, who died peacefully at home on the night of Sunday 5th November 2017. He was 96 years of age.

Sir Hugh was elected a Member of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews in 1958, and was Captain of the R&A Club in 1981/1982. Prior to his death he was the senior Past Captain according to his year of office. He was also Captain of Lindrick Golf Club in 1964 and President from 1985 to 1987.

At the R&A, Sir Hugh served on the General Committee, Championship Committee, External Funds Supervisory Committee (golf development), and the Finance Committee as Chairman. At the 1978 Autumn Meeting he won the Pine Valley Plate (lowest net handicap score returned by a Member 55 years of age or over).

Sir Hugh is survived by his wife Anne, their son Michael, and daughters Jill and Sue from his first marriage to June Margaret Shuttleworth who died in 1980.

Following a Private Family Funeral, a Service of Thanksgiving will be held at 2.30 p.m. on Thursday 14th December 2017 at Sheffield Cathedral.




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

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

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