Summary of early 2016 events
Old Rugbeian Golfing Society
This note is no more than a summary of our events. Full reports, and many photos, can be found on the new OR Golfing Society website http://rugbeian-golf.co.uk/ The site has been created for us by Robert Prior (C 81-86), a keen supporter of our events and to be from 2017 the organiser of our Northern Meeting. Please do take the time to look at the website. The Committee welcome comments, suggestions and indeed materials (whether words or photos) that may interest OR golfers.
Match v Rye GC.
The OR golfing season begins with a 54 hole match against Rye at the end of February. This year, the rain held off. However, Rye had taken a good lead by Friday evening and never lost that lead to win by a good margin (11.5:16.5).
Match v The School.
The practice round for the School team before they play in the Gerald Micklem Cup at Woking is hosted by OR golfers. This preliminary match ended in an ORGS win 6:2 (the two travelling masters also playing). In the main competition, the School team drew Wellington in round 1, a team of low handicap players who proved too strong. But the team overcame this disappointment admirably by beating Harrow and Stowe in the Plate. With a number of the boys leaving during the Summer, we look forward to welcoming them at ORGS events. We will always welcome bigger attendances at our meetings and, of course, new members. The ORGS is about fun.
Royal Worlington meeting.
This informal meeting found Worlington in great condition for mid-March, and Peter Mason (SH 49-54) ensures that all participants have much to enjoy. The there is a small competition over 9 holes before lunch, with the 18 hole foursomes afternoon match being keenly fought as the cost of the wine at lunchtime is paid by the losers.
Match v London Solicitors GS.
This new match, agreed between the Captains of the two Societies (both members of the LSGS), was played at Woking (a well known club for lawyers) in March. The ORGS team itself fielded 4 solicitors (two being LSGS members as well) and managed a win 6.5:3.5. Two past captains of the ORGS members played for the opposition – tut tut.
The Barron Cup.
2016 is the second year that a match has been played at Burnham & Berrow between SW members of the ORGS and The Rest for the Barron Cup. The SW players, despite home advantage, have yet to win. In March 2015, B & B provided conditions of almost no wind. Usual service was resumed in 2016 and there was a good breeze, some sunshine and, again, a course in excellent shape. After lunch, those who wished played the excellent 9 hole Channel course, play being in a format and with teams organised by the irrepressible Vice-President in his own way (a 6 ball twelvesome, with all
playing their own ball on the par 3 – and about as chaotic as it sounds).
Rugby’s campaign this year closed in the third round on Saturday morning with a very close match against Eton, which could have gone either way, just going to Eton on the 18th green. A great pity to fall before the quarter finals despite good wins against Felsted and Wellington in the previous rounds.
Michael Wildblood (Tu 59-64) was winner of the Northern Cup at Ganton. This could not have been a better result even if planned as this was the last Northern meeting organised by Michael having been our Northern Hon Secretary for 31 years. A small presentation was made to Michael at the dinner in Scarborough on the Saturday evening by our Vice-President, Jock Fraser (K 56-60). The Booth Osborn Cup (over 55) was won by Stephen Fontes (SH 52-57).
Match v Marlborough.
Walton Heath in sunshine: what could be better. And a win for Rugby, 6:2.
Happily, the deluge at Huntercombe in 2015 came a day or so before our 2016 meeting so, although the rain made the course play its full length, we enjoyed sunshine. The Duncan Salver (own ball, scratch) was won by Peter Stanbrook (T 62-67) (2nd: Nigel Cadbury (Tu 70-74)) and the Spring Cup (own ball, stableford full handicap) by Tim Watts (St 66-71) (2nd: Christopher Johnson-Gilbert (W 68-73))
Thanks, as ever, are due to the organisers of these events: Clive Pickerill (T 65-70) (Rye), Theo Williams (Sh 81-85) (match v the School), Peter Mason (Royal Worlington), our Captain Nick Hills (C 61-66) (match v London Solicitors), Christopher Gabbey (W 59-64) (SW v Rest), Michael Wildblood (Northern Meeting), Alex Fiott (SH 85-90) (match v Marlborough) and the Hon Sec (Spring Meeting). And all organisers thank those members who support and attend our events.
Tim Watts (St 66-71)