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Royal Artillery Golf Society (RAGS)

The Gunner Corps team at Royal St George’s, 5 Oct 16, ahead of recapturing the Crowley cup from the RE.

Photograph by Cpl Herron

RAGS Mission

The RAGS mission is to encourage participation by all ranks, male and female, of the Royal Artillery, Regular and Reserve, serving or retired, in RAGS meetings, matches and championships and the representation of RAGS in wider golf events in order to raise the standard of golf, the profile of the Royal Artillery and the commitment of its personnel.

The RAGS fixture list is updated annually and currently comprises over 30 fixtures in England and Scotland between March and October. 
The most prestigious fixture is the annual match against the Royal Engineers. This 2-day event for the Corps team is the longest running amateur match between two teams played at the same venue. It was first played in 1895 and, with some interruptions due to the war years, there have been 108 matches played so far.
It is held every year at Royal St George's Golf Club in Sandwich, Kent, an Open Championship venue.

RA Golf Society Contact details

Telephone: 01793 314414

Email: gwhatmough.jscsc@da.mod.uk

Lt Col GJ Whatmough

Royal Artillery Championships

2016 Royal Artillery Championships

End of 2016 Season Climax

Winter 16/17 sees no fixtures for the RAGS until the Fixture List is published in the New Year.  The last two major events of the season were the RA Championships at glorious Frilford Heath  and the Gunner v Sapper match at the magnificent Royal St George’s club, Sandwich.

The Royal Artillery Individual Strokeplay Championships took place on Wed 14 Sep16 at Frilford Heath, hosting the event for the 6th time and providing a good test for all levels of golfer on two Championship courses. Frilford Heath GC offers excellent facilities and a professional shop available to all players during the event. This year’s event was again kindly sponsored again by Hurst Financial Services of Salisbury. 

The Gunner v Sapper match was contested at Royal St George’s between 4-6 Oct 16.  This is the oldest amateur golf match played continuously anywhere in the world and, at 122 yrs, the Army’s oldest inter corps sporting fixture.  To celebrate the joint regimental Tercentenary this year, additional matches were played between veterans of the match.  A Tercentenary Dinner was held in the clubhouse on 5 Oct in the presence of the Club President, Mr Michael Attenborough, and Lt Gens Sir Mark Mans and Sir Andrew Gregory.  The Gunners recaptured the Crowley cup in the gloom of the last evening.  The successful team are shown above.

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