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Kent Under 16’s vs Sussex vs Surrey (L) (A) – Goodwood (The Downs) Golf Club – 16th June
Sunday 16th June saw the Kent Under 16’s Team in their triangular match versus Sussex and Surrey at Goodwood (The Downs) Golf Club. Sadly the Under 16’s were faced with some exceptional Golf and narrowly lost out to both Sussex and Surrey.
Many thanks to Goodwood for presenting the course superbly and their hospitality throughout the day and well done to the players for maintaining a good demeanour and team spirit despite the loss and looking forward to the rest of the season.
Kent Golf Sixes League Event - 15th June - Littlestone Warren Golf Club
Saturday 15th June saw a bright and breezy day for the Kent Golf Sixes League event being hosted at Littlestone Warren Golf Club with 4 Kent Clubs entering 3 pairs of Juniors.
Littlestone Golf Club, Stonelees Golf Centre, Birchwood Park Golf and Country Club and Tonbridge Golf Centre competing and the scoring as follows:
Congratulations to Littlestone Golf Club the winners, and many thanks to all of the players and families for supporting the Golf Sixes League and to Littlestone Warren Golf Club for their hospitality.
Kent Seniors vs Surrey Seniors (H) (L) – Bearsted Golf Club – Monday 10th June
Monday the 10th of June saw a very wet day for the Kent Seniors against Surrey Seniors at Bearsted Golf Club.
Bearsted was presented in excellent condition and held up extremely well considering the vast amount of rain throughout the day. Furthermore, the hospitality of Bearsted Golf Club was fantastic and mentioned by both teams, especially allowing the matches to tee off half an hour before the scheduled time to ensure the players finished before the worst of the conditions.
Kent Seniors Team players Richard Punyer and Phil Judge teeing off
A day of superb play from the Kent Seniors resulted in a 7.5 to 2.5 win over Surrey, an excellent start to the year (results displayed below).
The next match for the Kent Seniors is against Sussex on the 4th of July, follow the results on Social Media and the Kent Golf website.
Kent Amateur Championship 2019 - Friday 7th – Sunday 9th June
A sunny start to the Kent Amateur Championship at Sittingbourne and Milton Regis Golf Club was sadly short lived on Friday’s qualifying rounds, as the heavens opened, and the scores rolled in. A superb 36-hole total from Liam Burns (Chislehurst Golf Club) winning the qualifying with a two-round total of 140 (-2) closely followed by Rochester and Cobham’s Jamie Wood one stroke behind, with 7 over par 149 qualifying into the top 16.
Rochester and Cobham's George Crow Teeing off
Saturday’s Matchplay weather was also not filled with hope for the Top 16 players and it was commendable the effort that Sittingbourne and Milton Regis’s Greenkeepers put in to keeping play going, but sadly as the heavens continued to open it was a short break for the players on Saturday to escape the weather with rain delays. Fortunately, the Green Staff worked tirelessly to ensure the greens were cut and squeegeed to ensure play could continue. After an exciting day of Golf Saturday narrowed the Top 16 into the Semi-Finalists, Cameron Lombard (Canterbury Golf Club), Kipp Popert (Wildernesse Golf Club), Charlie Hickling (Wildernesse Golf Club) and Jamie Wood (Rochester and Cobham Golf Club).
Sittingbourne and Milton Regis Golf Club Green Staff keeping the course in superb condition
Sunday’s semi-finals had more of a promising start to the day with the rain holding off and Sittingbourne and Milton Regis Golf Club being once again beautifully presented for the final day of the Kent Amateur. In a closely fought match between Charlie Hickling and Cameron Lombard, Charlie managed to secure a 3 and 1 win and some absolutely faultless Golf from Jamie Wood against Kipp Popert resulted in a 4 and 3 win and a Wood vs Hickling Final.
Finalists Charlie Hickling and Jamie Wood with Kent Golf President Jim Pocknell before the Final
In a closely fought final supported by a number of County officials, Sittingbourne and Milton Regis Golf Club members, and friends and family, a display of superb Golf was performed by both Charlie Hickling and Jamie Wood, however Charlie took the win on the 16th Green 3 and 2.
A huge congratulations to all of the prize winners, Charlie Hickling for Winning the Kent Amateur 2019, Jamie Wood for Runner-up, Top Under 25, best overall qualifying nett score, and winning the Team Shield with Rochester and Cobham (Ryan Godwin, Nick Panting, Shaun Macklin and Jamie Wood). Cameron Lombard and Kipp Popert for their Semi-Finalist medals and to Liam Burns for winning the best overall gross qualifying score.
A huge thanks to Sittingbourne and Milton Regis Golf Club for their superb hospitality and tireless work to keep the course in perfect condition and playable throughout the challenging weather conditions of the weekend. Kent Golf’s thanks were presented with a shield for Sittingbourne and Milton Regis from Kent President Jim Pocknell to Sittingbourne’s President (Pictured above). Furthermore, a huge congratulations to all of the players for competing in great spirits and all the supporters of the Kent Amateur Championship, and to our Kent Amateur Champion 2019, Charlie Hickling for his kind words and superb Golf all weekend.
Close finish for Ben Quinney in Welsh Open Youths Championship – 2nd June
Huge congratulations to Kent First Team Player Ben Quinney (Bearsted Golf Club) for a superb 2nd Place finish in the Welsh Open Youths Championship at The Glamorganshire Golf Club with a final two rounds of 66 (-4) and 67 (-3) to finish in 2nd place.
View the full scoring from the Welsh Open Youths Championship here.
Kent Under 14’s vs Essex and Hertfordshire – Kings Hill Golf Club – 2nd June
The Kent Under 14’s team had their triangular match against Essex and Hertfordshire at Kings Hill Golf Club on Sunday 2nd of June in the blissful summer sun.
Fantastic Golf from all the team meant that Kent secured the win with 32 points, closely followed by Essex on 30 points and Hertfordshire finishing 3rd with 10 points, with maximum points coming from Jake Antoun (Captain), Jack Lee, Luke Jenkins, Lucas Dennison, Jack Swift and Riley Dowle.
Congratulations to the Kent Under 14’s team and special thanks to manager Kim Brusadelli for fantastic organisation, Under 14’s coach Peter Parks for his contribution and to Kings Hill Golf Club for their hospitality.
Fantastic finish for Jacob Kelso in the German Boys Championship 2019
Kent Colts and First Team player Jacob Kelso had a superb week in the German Boys Championship 2019 finishing with 3 rounds of two under par 70 (-6 for the tournament) at St. Leon Rot Golf Club and placing him as the highest placing English Player in 11th place.
Congratulations to Jacob for such a superb overseas performance and for being the highest placing English Player.
To view the full results of the German Boys Championship please view here.
Kent Golf Sixes League Event – 1st June – Tonbridge Golf Centre
Saturday 1st of June saw a beautiful day of sunshine for the Kent Golf Sixes League being hosted at Tonbridge Golf Centre with 4 Kent Clubs competing and entering 3 pairs of Juniors.
Stonelees Golf Centre, Birchwood Park Golf and Country Club, Tonbridge Golf Centre and Littlestone Golf Club being the 4 clubs who entered Junior Teams and success for Tonbridge Golf Centre being victorious with 108 points from their 3 pairs, closely followed by Stonelees on 106 points.
A fantastic day of fun and competitive Golf was had by all players and supported well by parents and coaches and everyone looking forward to the next Kent Golf Sixes League event being held at Littlestone Golf Club soon.
Race to St. George’s East Kent Qualifier - Walmer & Kingsdown Golf Club - 31st May
A bright and breezy day of Golf for the competitors in the Race to St. George's East Kent Qualifier at Walmer and Kingsdown Golf Club on Friday 31st May. Walmer and Kingsdown was beautifully presented and ready for the 41 entrants to experience the great course and sea-views.
Great scoring from Jack Maher (Sundridge Park Golf Club) winning the Handicap competition with 39 points and a superb 2 over par 74 winning the gross prize from Oliver Gainsford (Tenterden Golf Club).
Congratulations to all of the players for a great day of competitive Golf played in a superb spirit throughout the day, and many thanks to Walmer and Kingsdown Golf Club for their hospitality throughout the day.
See the full list of results here.
Kent Under 16’s vs Kent Junior Girls – Walmer and Kingsdown Golf Club – 26th May
A sunny yet very blustery lay ahead of the Kent Under 16’s at Walmer and Kingsdown Golf Club on Sunday 26th May.
A friendly day of fourball betterball matchplay saw a defeat for the Under 16’s with the only point of the day coming from Jack Shipton and Max Brigely, resulting in the final score being Kent Girls 4 - Kent Under 16's 1, with the entire match being played in tremendous spirits and on the superbly presented Walmer and Kingsdown Golf Club.
Congratulations also to Henry Warnock-Thompson the 2019 Kent Under 16’s Captain.
Many thanks to Walmer and Kingsdown Golf Club for their hospitality and to all the players for enjoying the day and playing great golf.
Kent Vs Hampshire (L) (H) – Redlibbets Golf Club - 26th May 2019 - Redlibbets Golf Club
A blissful day of sunshine lay ahead of the Kent 1st Team on Sunday 26th of May at the beautifully presented Redlibbets Golf Club.
A tough morning of foursomes matches with some superb golf being played by Hampshire to finish the morning foursomes at 4-0 meant that there was plenty to be done from Kent after lunch.
A well fought afternoon session with wins from Liam Burns (Chislehurst Golf Club), Mason Essam (Dartford Golf Club), Jamie Guppy (Littlestone Golf Club) and Joshua Bristow (Canterbury Golf Club) meant that the afternoon score was 4-4 and put the overall score at Hampshire 8 – Kent 4.
A huge thanks to Redlibbets Golf Club for their hospitality and presenting the course so beautifully for this fixture, and well played to Hampshire for great golf being played in a good spirit.
Inaugural Kent Golf Sixes League event - 18th May 2019 - Stonelees Golf Centre
Saturday 18th of May saw the inaugural Kent Golf Sixes League event hosted by the Golf Foundation at Stonelees Golf Centre.
A fantastic day for weather and for participation with four Kent teams participating, and a well supported event by parents attending.
Congratulations to all the players for their exemplary behaviour and well done to the winners Littlestone Golf Club.
Canterbury Golf Club become Kent Golf Approved Junior Academy
Congratulations to Richard Wallis and Gareth Bailey (PGA Professional coaches at Canterbury Golf Club) on receiving their Kent Golf Approved Junior Academy certificate and shield from Kent Golf President Jim Pocknell.
Kent Vs Sussex (A) (L) - 12th May - Copthorne Golf Club
The Kent First Team had their first league match of the season on Sunday 12th of May away to Sussex at Copthorne Golf Club.
A blissful day of sunshine lay ahead of the First Team for this league match and looking to start the season on a high Kent got off to a good start with the first foursomes pairing of recent Kent Closed PGA winner Ben Quinney (Bearsted Golf Club) paired with Jensen Hull (Hever Castle Golf Club) winning their match 1up against Thomas Thurloway and Lewis Gurr. Secondly to extend Kent's morning points were Kent stalwarts Liam Burns (Chistlehurst Golf Club) and Mike Bush (Rochester and Cobham Golf Club) in a very well fought half against Steve Mitchell and Ashley Reeves. Kent's third pairing of Josh Bristow (Canterbury Golf Club) and Alfie Hickman (Langley Park Golf Club) had a tough match against Lee Drew and Steve Watts losing 3 and 2 to a great performance from Sussex. In the final foursomes pairing of Ed Richardson (Redlibbets Golf Club) and Charlie Hickling (Wildernesse Golf Club) narrowly losing out to George Goddard and Ollie Smith. Placing the score after the morning foursomes at Kent 1.5 - Sussex 2.5.
After lunch came the afternoon singles matches in which Kent were looking to close the gap on Sussex after the morning foursomes, starting strongly with Kent winning 3 of the first 4 matches with strong performances and placing Kent in a good position. However, after some superb Golf Sussex came back to win all 4 of the final matches in the afternoon session, placing the final score at Sussex 7.5 - Kent 4.5.
Many thanks to Copthorne Golf Club for their superb hospitality, and for both teams playing in such superb spirits after such a closely fought day of Golf.
To view the full results please visit: https://www.kentgolf.org/uploads/kentunion/File/Results%202019/County%20Team%20Result%20Sheet%20Kent%20v%20Sussex%202019.pdf