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Kent Golf Christmas Jamboree - 4th December - Littlestone Golf Club
A superb day was had by all competitors in the recent Kent Golf Christmas Jamboree at the beautifully presented Littlestone Golf Club. A huge thanks to Littlestone Golf Club for hosting and for their superb hospitality throughout the day, hosting the festive lunch also. A huge thanks to our sponsors Powakaddy and Shepherd Neame for donating the wonderful prizes and their continued support of Kent Golf.
Congratulations to all of the prize winners:
1st place - Tita McCart (Sundridge Park) and Joanna Dennis (Knole Park)
2nd place - Colin Tait and Andrew Brzozowski (High Elms)
3rd place- David Coates and Robert Wild (Knole Park)
Vacancy: Kent Lead Course Rating Assessor
We have a vacancy arising for a Lead Course Rater – job description attached below. All of our course raters are volunteers and we are always looking for more helpers to assist with the ratings of courses in Kent.
Role – Lead Course Rating Assessor (one of several)
Objective – To lead some of the course rating assessments in Kent to establish SSS and SLOPE using the USGA Course Rating System to support the World Handicapping System.
This requires undertaking tasks before the event, on the day and afterwards by:
- Contacting the club to agree a date
- Obtaining course information from the club
- Putting together a team of raters for the day
- Preparing the paperwork for undertaking the rating, covering all tees on every hole and also to be gender neutral where necessary
- On the day assigning raters to the various tasks
- Arranging coffee and rolls beforehand as required and then lunch upon return
- Collecting in all the rating papers and discussing any problems on the day
- Noting down any issues on the course whilst going around eg. correct penalty area markers, tee blocks/markers in place, out of bounds markers, reviewing local rules on the card, and then reporting back to the club any discrepancies where necessary
- Upon completion of the data gathering across the course, using the completed rating sheets to compile the rating values per hole
- After completion of three course rating, then using the excel workbooks and supporting on line access to complete final course rating calculations
- To become an expert in rating; to be able to answer queries, etc from the clubs and their competition committees
- Gain knowledge of all England Golf course rating forms
- To re-assess courses/holes when required due to course changes, etc
- Maintaining the list of course rating information in Kent
- Once every four years undergoing rating accreditation – questionnaire and rating several holes against setstandards
If you would like to be considered for this role please contact County Secretary Sarah McDonald via: Tel: 01797 367725 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kent Golf Union hits the mark with national golf accreditation for safeguarding
Kent Golf Union has just achieved SafeGolf, demonstrating the county’s commitment to safeguarding children and young people, as well as adults at risk in the sport of golf.
Kent Golf Union was created to promote, administer and encourage the development of and participation in amateur golf in Kent. Kent Golf Union exists to provide assistance to all clubs throughout Kent in the management of the game and to act as the ruling authority on golf within the county. As part of this, they arrange championships, trophy events, matches and competitions across a whole range of ages and abilities. Kent Golf Union seeks to provide coaching and the development of players from junior to senior golfer’s with team’s representing the County from junior to elite amateur level.
Sarah McDonald, County Secretary, who led the county’s push to SafeGolf, said: “Kent is a very friendly, welcoming and forward-thinking county. This award helps us to spread that message and to tell people that children are safe and secure when taking part in our events, attending our player development and junior academy sessions and that we also understand about beginner golfers.”
The award was presented to the Kent Golf Union by Victoria Crosbie-Crowley, England Golf’s SouthEast and South Partnership Manager. “I’m delighted that the Kent Golf Union has achieved SafeGolf and that its efforts to grow the game can be nationally recognised.”
The SafeGolf is a partnership of UK golf bodies committed to promoting a safe and positive environment for all those participating, working and volunteering in the sport of golf.
The SafeGolf partnership consists of members from the golfing bodies across Great Britain & Ireland and has been established to help golf respond to the issue of child protection in sport. Its mission is to safeguard the welfare of children and young people, as well as adults at risk, in the sport of golf.
SafeGolf is firstly, a website – www.safegolf.org – through which anyone with a concern about the welfare of a player, or the behaviour or practice of a coach, volunteer, organiser, parent or a player, can contact the lead safeguarding officer at their national governing body.
Secondly, it is the safeguarding standard England Golf will promote to all their affiliated clubs to ensure all clubs provide a safe and positive experience to children and young people whilst playing golf. The PGA are also using the standards to apply to all their PGA professional Coaches.
A full list of clubs and facilities that that uphold the standards of SafeGolf can be found here – www.safegolf.org
For more information please contact:
Sarah McDonald, County Secretary - Kent Golf Union - email@example.com
Upcoming World Handicap System Presentations - Kent
The Kent World Handicap System workshops are now live on the England Golf booking site. Given the popularity of previous workshops, places will be sought after and therefore book on as soon as possible. Each club may send two delegates to any one presentation. Bookings will close one week prior to each event. As England Golf are operating the bookings via Eventbrite, places may only be booked via the links below and not via the Kent Golf Union.
10 March (2-5pm) Sundridge Park GC https://whssundridge.eventbrite.co.uk
10 March (6-9pm) Sundridge Park GC https://whssundridge2.eventbrite.co.uk
24 March (2-5pm) Canterbury GC https://whscanterbury.eventbrite.co.uk
24 March (6-9pm) Canterbury GC https://whscanterbury2.eventbrite.co.uk
For any further information regarding the World Handicap System please visit: https://www.englandgolf.org/handicaps-rules/whs-2020/
Royal Cinque Ports and Prince's to host The Boys' Amateur Championship 2021
The R&A have announced that another prestigious golf championship will be coming to East Kent in 2021. The Royal Cinque Ports and Prince’s Golf Clubs are to jointly stage the Boys’ Amateur Championship from 10-15 August in 2021, a little over a year after Royal St. George’s hosts the Open Championship in July 2020.
Royal Cinque Ports and Prince’s have both said they are “delighted” to have been chosen to host the Boys’ Amateur Championship, which will see the world’s leading boy golfers travel to East Kent to compete in what will be the 100th anniversary staging of the event.
Kent Seniors win the 2019 Inter-Counties League play off - Muswell Hill Golf Club - 16th October
Wednesday October 16th 2019, Muswell Hill Golf Club North London, the final of the league play off with the winner of the Northern Division - Essex. Muswell Hill being beautifully presented in autumn condition. Rain forecasted for Wednesday morning, it certainly rained when the team left the hotel at 08:15, but fortunately by tee off time of 10:00 the rain had cleared turning into a nice autumn day.
The Kent Seniors last won this final in 2008, we were last at the final in 2014 when the last putt on the last green of the last match went the way of BB & O. Could Kent go one better? Well, fortunately we did! A win 8 matches to 0 with 2 halved matches meaning a superb 9-1 victory, but this doesn't tell the story. Good wins by Bramall, Goodin and Davis but with seven of the matches going to the 17th green it was another nail biting victory. Well done to all for digging in and seeing the result out.
A huge thanks to all of the Kent Players, officials and supporters this season and a thanks to Essex Golf Union, with the play off being competed in great spirits and to Muswell Hill Golf Club for hosting the event. A magnificent win for Kent and, we hope, a sign of things to come, and a lovely way to top off a superb season for the County.
Kent Under 17’s Vs Hertfordshire Under 17’s – South Herts Golf Club – 13th October
Sunday 13th of October saw the Kent Under 17’s take on the Hertfordshire Under 17’s at the wonderfully presented South Herts Golf Club. Sadly it was a challenging morning for team Kent with the only point of the morning foursomes coming from Captain of the day Ollie Gaisford and Henry Warnock-Thompson, both of whom continued their run of form throughout the day gaining maximum points, the other notable performances being Miles Gray and Jack Shipton winning their afternoon singles matches, but sadly resulting in a 10-5 loss for team Kent in a toughly fought day of match play.
Congratulations to the Hertfordshire team for their performance and all of the officials for making it such a pleasant and enjoyable day for all. Many thanks also to South Herts Golf Club for hosting the match and presenting the course wonderfully for all of the players.
Kent Under 14’s win the Inter Counties League Final against Surrey – Rochester and Cobham Park Golf Club - 6th October
The Kent Under 14’s team after their superb season of development had their final fixture of the year on Sunday 6th of October at the beautifully presented Rochester and Cobham Park Golf Club.
The team for the Inter Counties League final against Surrey was as follows: JAKE ANTOUN (Capt.), LUKE JENKINS, JACK LEE, LUCAS DENNISON, JAKE POTTER, JACK SWIFT, RILEY DOWLE, JOSEPH DUGARD, MAX MOSELEY, TOM PATERSON, ABE BIGNELL, BLEU LANDAU, ETHAN HALL
In a nail-biting finish going down to the last match the Kent Under 14’s showed their class to win the final, with a fantastic number of supporters watching. A huge thank you to all of the parents and supporters for making the afternoon fantastic for the players.
A special mention to Manager Kim Brusadelli, Coach Peter Parks, Kent Golf President Jim Pocknell, Ray Saunders, Mark Ward, James Marshall and Tim Milford and Kent Golf Chairman Peter Long for their attendance and support and for assisting with the smooth operation of the final. A huge thanks to Rochester and Cobham Park Golf Club for hosting the final and for the superb hospitality throughout the day.
Kent Win the English Men's County Championship - Huddersfield Golf Club - 27-28th September
Kent became men’s County Champions for only the second time after a dramatic finals weekend at Huddersfield Golf Club.
A 4-3 victory over Northumberland in their final match on Saturday afternoon was enough to earn captain Danny Curtis and his team the trophy for the first time since 1978.
Bearsted’s Ben Quinney was mobbed by his jubilant team-mates after holing the putt which earned Kent their title-clinching victory after they had earlier beaten Nottinghamshire 4.5-2.5 on Saturday morning and tied 3.5-3.5 with Somerset on Friday.
It meant that Kent topped the leaderboard with five points from their three matches and afterwards a delighted Curtis said: “You couldn’t write it, winning the title with the final putt of the last match, but these boys deserve it.
“Benn Barham has been brilliant as coach and our team of volunteers have also played their part.
“We’ve waited a long time to get back to his position and I’m thrilled for everyone associated with our county.”
With Northumberland only needing a half against Kent to win the title the odds were in their favour but Kent got off to a “flier” with Tom Sherreard, Liam Burns and Joshua Bristow all winning their matches to put Kent 3-0 up. Sherreard, in particular, was on fire with five birdies in a row to close out his match 5&4 against Andrew Minnikin.
But Northumberland then hit back with three wins of their own to level the match score at 3-3, and so leave the outcome down to the final game where, with two holes to play, Quinney was one up. But he then lost three-putted the 17th to allow Sean Heads to level the match and set up a dramatic finale, with Quinney holing a 10-foot birdie putt to bring Kent victory.
After being swamped by his team-mates Quinney emerged from the scrum and said with a wide smile: “I knew it was important, but I didn’t know it was to win the championship.
“Even so, that’s the most pressure I’ve ever been under because you just want to win a point for the team and for Danny.”
The Kent team, which had an average age of 24, was: Tom Sherreard (Kings Hill), Ben Quinney (Bearsted), Josh Bristow (Canterbury), Liam Burns (Chislehurst), Jacob Kelso (Kings Hill), Mason Essam (Dartford), Jensen Hull (Hever Castle). Captain: Danny Curtis (Knole Park); Coach: Benn Barham.
Golf Sixes Final – Littlestone Warren Golf Club – 15th September
Another blissful day of sun nearing the end of the summer for the junior competitors in the Golf Sixes final at Littlestone Warren with the course in excellent condition for everyone. A very well attended day with many parents and supporters enjoying the golf on display from the 4 teams. A huge congratulations to Littlestone Golf Club for finishing tied 1st on the day with 100 points and winning the league overall for 2019! A superb performance from the Birchwood Park team also with 100 points and a close 3rd place from Stonelees with 97 points.
Many thanks to the Golf Foundation for helping organise the Golf Sixes league 2019 and for all of the parents and supporters for ensuring that the Golf Sixes league is as well attended as possible. A huge thanks also to all of our Kent Golf representatives and officials for always being so helpful with these events and a special thanks to Kent Golf President Jim Pocknell for presenting the prizes and to Kent Under 14’s manager Kim Brusadelli helping with the league and the final.
The 4 teams from the Golf Sixes final pictured with Kent Golf President Jim Pocknell
The Golf Sixes final and 2019 league winners Littlestone Golf Club pictured with Kent Under 14's manager Kim Brusadelli, Kent Golf President Jim Pocknell and Coach Bruce MacDonald.
England Golf County Champion of Champions – Frilford Heath Golf Club – 14th- 15th September
Kent representative champions Charlie Hickling (Wildernesse Club), John Coupe (Canterbury Golf Club) and Ollie Gaisford (Tenterden Golf Club) won their places at the England Golf County Champion of Champions event held this year at the beautifully presented Frilford Heath Golf Club in Oxfordshire.
A huge congratulations to Kent Seniors Champion John Coupe continuing his successful season finishing in 3rd place for the England Golf Senior Men’s Champion of Champions event with superb scores of 74 and 72 for a combined total of (+2) and losing out on second place due to count-back.
Kent Junior Champion Ollie Gaisford in the Boys’ Champion of Champions finished in 18th place on a challenging day on the Red Course at Frilford Heath Golf Club.
Kent Amateur Champion Charlie Hickling also had a tough day at Frilford Heath finishing in 26th place in a difficult day of conditions, but was still smiling.
A huge congratulations and thanks to all our County Champions for qualifying for this event and representing the County. Many thanks also to County Captain Danny Curtis for his time over the weekend and Kent Golf President Jim Pocknell for assisting with this event also.
The Upcoming England Golf Mens County Finals 2019 - Huddersfield Golf Club (27 – 29 September 2019)
After a superb performance recently in the South Eastern Group County Finals Qualifier at Ashford (Kent) Golf Club, the Kent 1st Team qualified for the upcoming Final at Huddersfield Golf Club between the 27th and 29th of September. Kent will take on Nottinghamshire, Northumberland and Somerset later this month. The very best of luck to the Kent team for the National Finals 2019 and read on below to check out the format and opposition...
The format for the England Golf Men's County Finals 2019
Friday 27th September
Saturday 28th September
- Match 1 - Match 1 Winners v Match 2 Losers
- Match 2 - Match 2 Winners v Match 1 Losers
Sunday 29th September
- Match 1 - Complete ‘Round Robin’
- Match 2 - Complete ‘Round Robin’
The order of play shall be that the team with the most match points shall play in Match 2.
The opposition for the Men’s County Finals 2019
Somerset Golf Union
After an excellent win at Parkstone Golf Club over last year’s South Western Counties Champions Gloucestershire, Somerset qualified for the National Final at Huddersfield Golf Club, winning by 11 shots with a combined total of 14 under par.
The following players in alphabetical order have been selected to represent Somerset in the National Final:
Craig Adams (Farrington Park), Tom Burley (Burnham and Berrow), Sam Fernley (Burnham and Berrow), Tom Plumb (Yeovil), Will Poole (Mendip Spring), Taylor Stote (Enmore Park), Phil White (Burnham and Berrow)
Northumberland Golf Union
Northumberland Golf Union won the Northern Counties team championship at Alnmouth by 8 shots from Cheshire, with a total score of 872. The 36-hole event was played on Wednesday 7th August at Alnmouth (Foxton) Golf Club.
The team of: Matty Lamb, Sean Heads, Mark Wharton, Christian Brown, Gary Donnison and Andrew Minnikin.
Nottinghamshire Golf Union
It has been 40 years at least since the last qualifiers from Nottinghamshire Golf Union despite several close finishes over the years, the successful team from the qualifier at Chesterfield Golf Club in the Midland Qualifier from Nottinghamshire were: Mark Porter (Sherwood Forest), Jordon Boulton (Notts), Darren Kirton (College Pines), Cole Betteridge (Sherwood Forest), Adam Dorricott (Chilwell Manor), Ross Overton (Sherwood Forest).
Oscar Ash Cups – Walmer and Kingsdown Golf Club – 11th September
Wednesday 11th September saw the Oscar Ash Cups on a very windy day at Walmer and Kingsdown Golf Club. The competitors enjoyed the beautifully presented course and kind hospitality throughout the day despite the challenging conditions.
Congratulations to the winner of both the gross and the nett prizes Kevin Cooper (Shortlands Golf Club) and the runner-up in both the gross and the nett prizes John Boyd (Walmer and Kingsdown Golf Club). Third place in the gross was Ian Smith (Sittingbourne and Milton Regis Golf Club) and third place in the nett was Graham Biggin (Redlibbets Golf Club).
A huge thanks to all of the competitors for enjoying this event and the assistance of Walmer and Kingsdown Golf Club and all of the County officials which always help make these events operate so smoothly.
Pictured L-R: (Graham Biggin, Ian Smith, Kevin Cooper and John Boyd)
Kent Seniors vs Hampshire Seniors – Liphook Golf Club – 5th September
Thursday 5th September, Liphook Golf Club, a late summer day with slight chill and a brisk wind. A great day for golf and on a beautifully presented course. Our thanks to Liphook Golf Club for their superb hospitality throughout the day.
Unfortunately the day got off to a tricky start with John Coupe (unbeaten for us this year) and Seniors Champion unwell and unable to play, such news broke at 08.30am with phone calls made over breakfast but to no avail meaning that team manager Mark Singfield elevated to player, but not just playing, taking John's spot at No. 2!
Well, despite losing match No. 2, the team played a magnificently, with 6 matches going to the last hole and Kent winning the hole on 4 occasions. Richard Partridge winning 5 and 4 was the only winner out in the country. An overall win for Kent 7-3 but that is in no way a reflection of this game which was as close as it could have been without giving the manager palpitations!
A day of golf played in the best of competitive spirit with both Kent and Hampshire capable of winning the league title.
Next up, the League play-off at Muswell Hill on 16th October.
Kent Golf Vets (Club) Championship – Sundridge Park Golf Club – 3rd September
Tuesday 3rd of September saw the Kent Golf Vets (Club) Championship at the beautifully presented Sundridge Park Golf Club. The final being played between Nizels Golf and Country Club and Wrotham Heath Golf Club.
In a superb match, Nizels Golf and Country Club claimed victory in exciting style in a sudden death playoff against Wrotham Heath Golf Club winning on extra holes.
Congratulations to the winners Nizels and commiserations to the runners-up Wrotham Heath. A huge thanks to Sundridge Park Golf Club for hosting the event and for their hospitality throughout the day and to their green staff for setting the course up superbly for the competitors.
Kent Seniors vs Dorset Seniors - Remedy Oak Golf Club - 2nd September
Remedy Oak Golf Club, 2nd September, a slightly chilly overcast day with a hint of rain, that never quite arrived. But what a venue, Remedy Oak is a gem!
A strong Kent Seniors team (perhaps the strongest we have fielded in many years) assembled to see if we could win our third match of the league season. After 6 holes this was looking "interesting", well up in the first 3 matches, the rest were much closer. Up in 5 and down in 5 after 9 holes!
But the strength of the team shone through over the closing holes. 3 matches got to the last hole. Good wins by Haffenden, Coupe and Davis at the top of the order got us well on the way. Partridge at number 6, and the "tail" wagged with wins by Farbrace, Bramall and Punyer. Overall a fantastic win 8-2.
A huge thanks to Remedy Oak for hosting the event and to our friends from Dorset. A match played in true Seniors spirit. Hard fought but friendly.
Next up in the Seniors hectic schedule is the match against Hampshire at Liphook on Thursday 5th September. The decider as Hampshire too have won 3 matches.
South East of England Links Championship – 29th– 31st August
The South East of England Links Championship at the superb Kent venues of Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club and 2020 Open Championship venue of Royal St. George’s Golf Club were well contested with Kent players and those from further afield for this superb World Amateur Golf Ranking event.
The initial day of Golf saw a superb Kent 1,2,3 with Kent First team player Mason Essam leading with a gross 69 (-3) and Kent Colt team player Sam Robertson in a close 2nd place with a gross 70 (-2) and Rochester and Cobham’s John Ingham in a close 3rd with a gross 71 (-1).
As the week progressed the Kent success didn’t waiver with Mason Essam finishing in tied 2nd place with a total score of 288 (+2) and Ben Quinney and defending champion Jamie Guppy both in the top 8.
Furthermore, a first in the Prince of Wales Challenge Cup ever with a 5-way tie for 1st place! Three of the five players being Kent’s Jamie Guppy, Ben Quinney and Mason Essam, thus rounding off a fantastic event for team Kent, congratulations to all of the successful competitors.
A huge thanks to Royal Cinque Ports and Royal St. George’s for presenting the courses so brilliantly for this event and their constant hospitality throughout the week. Likewise, an enormous thanks to all of the Kent Golf officials which assisted in this event.
England Golf Boys’ County Finals – 27th– 29th August
Tuesday 27th August marked the start of the England Golf Boys’ County finals at the beautiful Kent venue of North Foreland Golf Club near Broadstairs. The 1st day of play began in a match against Devon in the bright yet calm conditions in the morning foursomes the team got off to a good start with a 7 and 5 win from County Captain Jacob Kelso and George Young and a tremendous half from Jack Shipton and Ollie Gaisford after being 4 down at one point which left the team at a 1.5 – 1.5 tie after the morning foursomes, sadly narrowly missing out in the afternoon singles with an extremely closely fought 3.5 to Devon and 2.5 to Kent separating the teams by just a single point and all of the individual matches being extremely close.
Wednesday 28th August saw Kent take on Lancashire looking to better their performance and get points on the board. A superb start to the day with Team Kent taking a 2.5 – 0.5 lead after the morning foursomes with fantastic Golf from all of the players. The afternoon singles were packed with exciting Golf from the very start and some matches finishing in superb style such as Oliver Lewis-Perkins holing his bunker shot on the 17th Hole to take a 3 and 1 win in the afternoon singles! The team finished the afternoon singles 2 – 4 meaning a 4.5 – 4.5 draw against Lancashire and the first point on the board for team Kent.
Thursday 29th August saw Kent take on Northamptonshire in the final day of the Boys’ County Finals, and team Kent were looking to take the win to finish a potential 2nd overall for the week. A turbulent morning of weather for the final day of play with looming dark clouds and a major drop in temperature everyone feared for the worst weather possible, however it managed to hold off and returned to summer conditions by mid-morning. The foursomes against Northamptonshire saw a tough morning session in all matches with a close 2 – 1 loss in the foursomes looking to improve in the afternoon singles matches sadly Northamptonshire were extremely strong winning the first 5 matches and Kent losing the afternoon singles session 5 – 1, therefore an overall total of a 7-2 and sadly a fourth place finish for Kent overall.
A huge thanks to all of the fantastic volunteers from North Foreland Golf Club without which this event would not have been possible and all of the assistance from England Golf volunteers and referees.
Thanks also to the constant support of all of the Kent Golf officials and fantastic spirits of all of the players throughout the week and a special thanks to Manager Paul Cannons and the assistance of Duncan Kelso, Kent Golf Secretary Sarah McDonald and Kent Golf President Jim Pocknell throughout the week, and to the thorough assistance of Squad Coach Tim Milford all week. Congratulations to the champions Devon and good luck to all of the players for the rest of their playing season.
Race to St. George’s Final – Royal St. George’s Golf Club – 28th August
A beautiful day lay ahead of all of the qualifiers to the Race to St. George’s Final being held at the 2020 Open Championship venue Royal St. George’s Golf Club. The course was presented in immaculate condition for the qualifiers and a thoroughly enjoyable day was had by all players.
Congratulations to all of the prize winners from the Race to St. George’s:
Pictured from Left to Right: Ellena Slater, Megan Baldwin, Zara Gardam, Ellen Wilson, Tom Bennett, Jack Maher, Tom Chapman and Max Murray
A huge thanks to Royal St. George’s Golf Club for hosting this event superbly and for their fantastic hospitality throughout the day, and a huge well done to all of the qualifiers and winners of this years Race to St. George’s.
Kent Vs Surrey (A) (L)– Kingswood Golf and Country Club – 25th August
Sunday 25th August Kent took on Surrey away at Kingswood Golf and Country Club in the blissful August sun.
An important fixture for Kent as it was the last game of the season and also the last game for County Captain Danny Curtis, as Captain and in good spirits to the fantastic work Danny had achieved in the past 7 years working with Kent, the team performed accordingly and after being a point down after the morning foursomes (2.5 to 1.5) the team performed superbly in the afternoon singles with a win for Danny Curtis also to bring the final singles score to (5-3) meaning an overall win of 6.5 to Kent and 5.5 to Surrey.
A fitting send-off to Captain Danny Curtis and a great performance to the 1st team to bring the league to a close with a win against Surrey, pictured below being presented with a thank you from Coach Benn Barham on behalf of the Players, Team Professional & President for his superb work as County Captain.
A huge thanks to Kingswood Golf and Country Club and Surrey Golf for hosting the match and playing in such superb spirits, and an enormous thanks to County Captain for his commitment to Kent Golf over the past 7 years.
Race to St. George’s West Kent Qualifier – The Darenth – 21st August
A bright and warm day of Golf for the competitors at the Race to St. George’s West Kent Qualifier at The Darenth on Wednesday 21st August with a field of 38 Juniors competing.
A successful day for Joshua Watts (Jnr) (Chestfield Golf Club) winning both the gross prize and the nett prize for the day with a superb nett 66. The leading girl in this event being Ellena Slater (Marriott Tudor Park Golf & Country Club) being the leading girl in both gross and nett.
Congratulations to all of the competitors for a superb day of Golf and a special thanks to all of the volunteers and supporters of this event. Further thanks to The Darenth for hosting the event and the hospitality throughout the day.
England Golf South Eastern Group Junior Foursomes – Old Fold Manor Golf Club – 21st August
Wednesday 21st of August saw the Kent Juniors take on 6 other counties to compete for the England Golf South Eastern Group Junior Foursomes Championship at Old Fold Manor Golf Club.
In a toughly fought morning of Foursomes Golf Kent were down the leader board with a good afternoon round needed from all of the pairings to give Kent a chance but sadly even with some solid afternoon performances it wasn’t enough, and Kent finished in 5th place.
Congratulations to the winners Sussex and a huge thanks to Old Fold Manor for hosting the event in such superb conditions and faultless hospitality throughout the day. Many thanks to the players and supporters of this event and to Kent Junior Manager Paul Cannons and Coach Tim Milford for their time over the past two days with this event.
Kent Golf Summer Stableford – The Ridge Golf Club – 20th August
Tuesday 20th of August saw the competitors in the Kent Golf Summer Stableford enjoying the beautiful summer sunshine at The Ridge Golf Club.
Congratulations to the Winner Darren Read from Redlibbets Golf Club who finished with 32 points to take the win, pictured below with his new Powakaddy cart bag.
Many thanks to The Ridge Golf Club for hosting the event and their superb hospitality throughout the day and presenting the course so beautifully for all of the players.
Kent Under 13’s Triple Shield vs Sussex Under 13’s and Surrey Under 13’s – Knole Park Golf Club – 19th August
Monday 19th of August saw the Kent Under 13’s take on Sussex and Surrey Under 13’s in the Triple Shield at the beautifully presented Knole Park Golf Club.
A crowded start to the day for the players with around 15 officials and 50 deer standing right by the 1st Tee to see the players off, the superb wildlife throughout the course being one of the many beautiful features of Knole Park.
A hard-fought day for the Under 13’s with some superb Golf from team Surrey to take the win overall on the day. Kent coming a close 2nd with superb Kent performances such as maximum points for Riley Dowle!
A huge thanks to all of the parents and supporters of the Players of this event and Team Manager Kim Brusadelli and Coach Peter Parks for preparing the players for this event, and helping organise the day fantastically. A further huge thanks to Knole Park Golf Club for hosting this triangular match superbly and for their consistent hospitality throughout the day.
Kent Youths Championship - Knole Park Golf Club - 16th August
Connor Byers of Langley Park Golf Club won the Kent Youths Championship for the second year running at Knole Park GC on Friday.
Connor fired rounds of 73 and 70 for a three-over-par total of 143 to finish one shot in front of the joint runners-up, George Dale (West Malling) and Sam Statham (Knole Park).
This was the 50th anniversary of the championship, which was won in its inaugural year in 1969 by Peter Hedges who went on to represent Great Britain & Ireland in the Walker Cup.
West Kent Futures Championship – The Darenth Golf Club – 12th August
An extremely challenging day of weather at The Darenth Golf Club on Monday 12th of August for the West Kent Futures Championship, a mixture of August sun and a very wet English Summer.
Congratulations to all of the players for competing in such challenging conditions and enjoying their day. Congratulations to all of the winners and a huge thanks to all of the parents and supporters of the West Kent Futures Championship. Further thanks to The Darenth Golf Club for hosting the day superbly and for their fantastic hospitality throughout the day.
Kent Under 16’s vs Surrey Under 16’s vs Hampshire Under 16’s – Pyrford Golf Club – 11th August
A day of mixed success for the Kent Under 16’s team in their league triangular match against Surrey and Hampshire at Pyrford Golf Club in Surrey. A closely fought but successful match against Hampshire with a 5-3 win but the reverse against Surrey in a 3-5 loss with 3 matches going to the 18th Hole.
A huge thanks to Surrey Golf and Pyrford Golf Club for hosting the triangular league match and well played to the Under 16’s team and Manager Duncan Kelso on an extremely closely fought day of Golf and enjoyable day of Golf played in the correct spirits.
Kent Under 14’s vs Essex Under 14’s vs Hertfordshire Under 14’s – Rochford Hundred Golf Club – 11th August
Congratulations to the Kent Under 14’s on winning their triangular league match at Rochford Hundred Golf Club with fantastic wins over both Essex and Hertfordshire.
A fantastic result with 6 Kent players winning both matches and a successful day of scoring for the team. Congratulations to all of the players and team manager Kim Brusadelli and coach Peter Parks.
Many thanks to Essex Golf Union and Rochford Hundred Golf Club for hosting the match and for presenting the course fantastically for all the players.
Kent Junior Captain Jacob Kelso wins the Boys’ Home Internationals with Team England – Ashburnham Golf Club – 8th August
A huge congratulations to Kent Junior Captain Jacob Kelso for a fantastic week with team England at the Boys’ Home Internationals at Ashburnham Golf Club, Wales.
Jacob contributed 4 of a maximum 6 points to the overall win for team England and helped with the nail-biting final day 8-7 win over Ireland for the second year running.
Kent Golf Life Members Meeting – Shooters Hill Golf Club – 8th August
Thursday 8th August at Shooters Hill Golf Club saw the Kent Golf Life Members meeting on a gloriously sunny summers day with Shooters Hill in perfect condition for the competitors.
Congratulations to the winners Bill Belton (North Foreland Golf Club) & Jeremy Cox (Littlestone Golf Club) with 38 points.
Kent Seniors Southern Counties Foursomes Qualifier – Highgate Golf Club – 8th August
Thursday 8th August at Highgate Golf Club North London (the second closest golf course to the City). A short course of just 6033 yards however with some tricky short fiddly holes, and some long tough par fours. All in excellent condition for the South Eastern Group Senior Foursomes Qualifying event with Kent, Hertfordshire, Essex and Middlesex all competing in a round robin format.
The morning saw a fantastic performance, but sadly from Hertfordshire, winning all 5 matches. A half in the afternoon’s matches against either Kent or Essex being enough to ensure qualification for Hertfordshire with Kent and Essex both sadly resulting in 2 further wins for Hertfordshire.
In the afternoon’s games, Kent rallied to win 3.5 points. Hertfordshire continued their winning ways by gaining 3 points to emerge comfortable winners. Good luck to Hertfordshire in the final at Exeter Golf Club in September.
A huge thanks to Middlesex Golf Union and Highgate Golf Club for hosting the event and for their superb hospitality throughout the day.
Next up for Kent Seniors are league matches on 2nd and 5th September against Dorset and Hampshire.
New England Golf Club Support Officer for Kent – 5th August
Kent Golf are pleased to announce Alison Boozer as the newly appointed Club Support Officer with England Golf and will be covering Kent and the South East.
England Golf have a network of Club Support Officers to help clubs grow their business with support that’s tailored to their needs and the Club support officers are the first point of contact with England Golf.
The network can assist clubs in a number of areas such as; driving participation and membership growth, informing of new resources, best practice and national trends, connecting clubs to local and national initiatives, programmes and campaigns.
We look forward to working with Alison and hope that Kent Clubs also make use of her expertise to assist in any way possible.
Kent Vs Dorset (L) (H) – Kings Hill Golf Club - 4th August
Sunday 4th August saw Kent take on Dorset at Home at Kings Hill Golf Club in their home league match. After an extremely closely fought morning foursomes session with Match 1: Oliver Daws and Joshua Bristow going down to the final putt and sadly a narrow loss at 1 down, similarly to Match 4: George Crow and Danny Jones also coming down to the final hole for a 1 down loss, however two superb wins from Match 2: Connor Byers and Alfie Hickman winning 5 and 4 and Match 3: Mason Essam and Jensen Hull winning 4 and 3, poised the morning foursomes score at 2-2.
After the delicious carvery lunch provided by Kings Hill Golf Club teams Kent and Dorset were ready for the afternoon singles matches, off to a competitive start in an extremely close game between Oliver Daws and Dorset’s David Cook finishing on the 18thGreen with David Cook winning by just one hole. Joshua Bristow claiming a 5 and 3 win over Dorset’s Andy Rideout meant that the teams were tied 4-4. Superb golf from Dorset’s Luke Hurst and Harry Mitchell put Dorset 6-4 ahead with 3 games left. A fantastic 6 and 5 win from Danny Jones and a 3 and 2 win from Connor Byers put the score at 6-5 with 1 game left to play but Dorset’s Giles Legg closed out the final game to a half against George Crow leaving the overall match at Kent 5.5 and Dorset 6.5.
Many thanks to Kent Rules Officials Jane Marr and Kent Golf Chairman Peter Long for assisting all of the matches and to Kent Golf Secretary Sarah McDonald and Kent Golf President Jim Pocknell for assisting Kent Captain Danny Curtis with the day. Many thanks to the hard work of Danny Curtis and Coach Benn Barham over the weekend and to all of the supporters of both Kent and Dorset for coming out and spectating.
Congratulations also to Kent First Team members Jensen Hull, Alfie Hickman, George Crow, Connor Byers and Mason Essam who were awarded their Kent First Team ties after now playing 3 or more matches for the Kent First Team. Pictured here being presented by Kent Golf President Jim Pocknell.
A huge thanks to Kings Hill Golf Club for hosting the County League match and for presenting the course superbly for the players and for their great hospitality throughout the weekend.
Kent Under 16’s Vs Hampshire Under 16’s Vs Sussex Under 16’s (L) (H) – Lamberhurst Golf Club – 4th August
Sunday 4th August saw the Kent Under 16’s team take on Hampshire and Sussex in their triangular League Match at Kent Venue Lamberhurst Golf Club.
A difficult day for the Kent Under 16’s team and manager Duncan Kelso coming up against some strong competition from Sussex and Hampshire and having a very close scoring day out on the course which were not reflected in the overall scoring. Congratulations to Hampshire on winning the overall day and for Sussex for finishing runner’s up.
A huge thanks to Lamberhurst Golf Club for hosting this match and looking after all of the players and officials superbly throughout the day and for setting up the course in such superb condition.
Kent Golf Sixes League Event - Stonelees Golf Centre – 3rd August
Saturday 3rd August saw the Golf Sixes League event hosted at Stonelees Golf Centre with 4 Kent clubs competing: Littlestone Golf Club, Stonelees Golf Centre, Birchwood Park Golf and Country Club and Tonbridge Golf Centre.
Congratulations again to the winners Littlestone Golf Club for another superb performance from their team finishing up with 113 points, closely followed by Birchwood park and Tonbridge Golf Centre tied on 109 points.
Many thanks to Stonelees Golf Centre for hosting this event and to all of the officials and parents for helping this event go so smoothly.
Kent Under 18’s Captain Jacob Kelso selected to represent England in the Boys’ Home Internationals – 2nd August
A huge congratulations to Kent Under 18’s Captain Jacob Kelso for being selected to represent England in the Boys’ Home Internationals at Ashburnham Golf Club, Wales on Tuesday 6th – Friday 9th August.
A fantastic achievement after a superb season with a 3rd place at the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters, 10th at the Fairhaven Trophy and 11th at the German Boys’ and a well-deserved achievement after lots of hard work.
Good luck Jacob and you have the entirety of Kent Golf behind you.
Nick Pink resigns from his role as CEO of England Golf and accepts the role of CEO of England Hockey - 1st August
On Thursday 1st August Nick Pink formally resigned from his role as CEO of England Golf and accepted the role of CEO of England Hockey. Nick will remain with England Golf throughout his notice period, with his last day at the end of October.
The England Golf Board has a conference call planned to discuss the appointment of a new CEO, and will look to convene the Nominations Committee soon after this time to identify a successor as early as possible.
Kent clear up at the East Berkshire Junior Stag – East Berkshire Golf Club – 1st August
A day of endless fun and success for the Kent Junior competitors at East Berkshire Golf Club on the 1st of August in the blissful summer conditions.
Kent went to win all the trophies at the East Berkshire Junior Stag and were successful in that challenge winning the Under 18's trophy, the Under 16's trophy and the overall win for Ollie Lewis Perkins with also a joint second from Callum Tibbs and 3rd overall for Jacob Kelso!
Well played to the Under 16's Jack Shipton, Lewis Beeden and Bailey Korkis for a superb result coming back from a difficult morning to win the overall Under 16’s event. Congratulations to Team Kent for another win and to the managers Duncan Kelso and Paul Cannons for another superb result!
Many thanks to East Berkshire Golf Club for hosting the event and presenting the course beautifully for all of the competitors.
Kent Junior Championships – Canterbury Golf Club – 30th July
Tuesday 30th July saw the Kent Junior Championships at Canterbury Golf Club on a day of very windy and testing conditions.
Congratulations to the winner of the Handicap Riley Dowle on his win over 18 holes which was tied with Tom Chapman and ended on the 4th extra-hole of the playoff in an exciting end to the championship for both players.
Congratulations also to Oliver Gainsford for winning the overall scratch event and finishing on a 36-hole total of 144. Finishing closely behind in 2nd place Miles Gray on 147 and 3rd place going to Oliver Lewis-Perkins on countback at 147 also. Miles Gray also winning the A. E. Packman trophy for the best 36-hole total for an Under-16 player. The winner of the handicap cup, The Richard Young Cup being Adam Davis on a 36-hole total of 139. The girls event was won by Elena Slater on a 36-hole total on 163.
Many thanks to Canterbury Golf Club for hosting the Junior Championships and presenting the course superbly for the players and for their fantastic hospitality throughout the day.
COUPE CUTS THE MUSTARD IN NORFOLK - 24th-25th July - Thetford Golf Club
Canterbury GC member John Coupe was the highest-placed Kent competitor in the England Golf South Eastern Group Seniors Championship held at Thetford GC in Norfolk on Wednesday and Thursday, in a field of 71 players, 8 of which were from Kent Clubs.
Kent player Kevin Smale got off to a great start after leading the first day with a 1 under par 71.
John recorded a two-round total of six-over-par total of 150 (77 + 73) to finish five shots behind the winner, George Wilson from Calcot Park GC in Berkshire. John finished in 4th place overall, the next highest-placed Kent competitor was Phil Judge from Bearsted GC in seventh place on seven-over-par 151 (77 + 74) while Martin Farbrace from Sene Valley GC finished 15th on 11-over-par 155 (75 + 80).
Kent Colts vs Hampshire Colts – West Kent Golf Club - 21st July
Sunday 21st July saw the Kent Colts team take on Hampshire Colts in their final league match of the season at Home venue West Kent Golf Club in warm and fair-weather conditions.
The Colts performed well after being 3-1 down in the morning coming back to win 5 and halve 2 games in the afternoon to take the overall score to a nail-biting 7-5 overall!
The league very similarly to the Kent Under 18’s was also incredibly close with just a 1-point margin between the teams with Kent Colts having 11.5, Surrey 12, and Hampshire 12.5, for an extremely close and exciting end to the season.
Huge thanks to West Kent Golf Club for presenting the course so beautifully and looking after the players and officials so well with their fantastic hospitality throughout the day and best of luck to all of the Colts for the rest of their individual season of playing.
Kent U18’s vs Surrey vs Sussex – Royal Ashdown Forest Golf Club – 20th July
Saturday 20th of July saw the Kent Under 18’s team take on Surrey and Sussex in their inter-county league match at Royal Ashdown Forest Golf Club on an overcast and windy day.
The Under 18’s team performed superbly beating Surrey 6.5 -1.5 and Sussex 5 – 3. Sadly the Under 18’s narrowly missed out on winning the league by just 1.5 game points as the league overall was tied 8-8 for Kent and Surrey in match points.
Many thanks to Royal Ashdown Forest Golf Club for their friendly hospitality and presenting the course so superbly for all of the players and to the Kent Under 18’s for their fantastic performance throughout the 2019 season.
Kent Seniors SE Group Qualifying – East Sussex National Golf Resort & Spa – 16th and 17th July
The 16th and 17th of July saw the Seniors England Golf South Eastern Group 6 man qualifier at East Sussex National Golf Resort & Spa East Course on two wonderful days of summer weather and a fantastic facility in the lovely Sussex countryside near Uckfield. The course was in fine condition and the greens, a feature, were large, interestingly contoured and fast.
Trying to replicate the success of the Under 18’s and the Men’s 1stteam sadly the Seniors finished in 6th place overall in the event. Sussex, on home ground were very strong. Well done Sussex on winning again, for the third time in succession and good luck to Sussex in the County finals in October.
Kent win the England Golf South East Group Men’s Qualifying - Ashford (Kent) Golf Club – 13th July
A huge congratulations to the Kent First Team for winning the England Golf South East Group Men’s Qualifying at Ashford (Kent) Golf Club with a tremendous day of Golf in overcast yet fair conditions.
Kent led the morning round at 1 under par, just two shots ahead of Surrey and after some superb afternoon Golf including a 5 under par 66 from Kent Under 18’s Captain Jacob Kelso Kent managed to extend the lead to 4 shots and a total of 7 under par.
A huge congratulations to the team and manager Danny Curtis and many thanks to Ashford Golf Club for hosting the event and presenting the course in such superb condition and their hospitality throughout the day. Best of luck to the team at the County Finals on the 29th September at Huddersfield Golf Club.
Kent Seniors Championship – Faversham Golf Club – 10th–11th July
Wednesday 10th July saw the initial day of the Kent Seniors Championship and Round 1 of the Kent Seniors Scratch Championship and the Kent Seniors “Handicap A” Championship on a beautiful day at Faversham Golf Club. The “Handicap A” Championship was won by Bryan Knope (Weald of Kent Golf Club) with a Nett 65, Second place and Winner of the Over 70’s Salver was Peter Stevenson (Chislehurst Golf Club) with a Nett 70, and 3rd place from Dave Vidgen (Bearsted Golf Club) also with a Nett 70.
Thursday 11th July saw John Coupe (Canterbury Golf Club) take the 36 hole title as new Kent Seniors champion. A field of 42 competitors aged 55 or over took part in the 36-hole championship at Faversham GC on Wednesday and Thursday and Coupe, whose plus-one handicap made him the lowest handicapper in the field, showed his quality with rounds of 69 and 73 for a two-over-par total of 142, leaving him four shots clear of the joint runners-up, Richard Partridge (The Wildernesse Club) and Richard Punyer (Chestfield Golf Club). Andrew Sait (Chestfield Golf Club) won the 36-hole Nett Championship.
The Kent Seniors “Handicap B” Championship also held on Thursday 11th July was won by Glenn Steward (Hever Castle Golf Club) with a Nett 77, Carlo Barbieri (Ashford Golf Club) finishing 2nd with a Nett 80 and Jeremy Gunter (Hever Castle Golf Club) finished 3rd with a Nett 81.
Many thanks to Faversham Golf Club for presenting the course so well for the players and for their continual hospitality throughout the Seniors Championships.
Kent U14’s vs Essex U14’s vs Hertfordshire U14’s (L) (A) – West Herts Golf Club - 7th July
Congratulations to the Kent Under 14’s team on Sunday 7th July who put in a fantastic performance beating both Essex and Hertfordshire in their triangular league match. Further congratulations to team manager Kim Brusadelli for another superb performance with the team.
A huge thanks to West Herts Golf Club for their hospitality throughout the day and hosting the match, and to all of the officials and the teams for organising the match and playing in such superb spirits.
Special congratulations to Kent Under 14's Captain Jake Antoun on maximum points, also Lucas Dennison, Jack Swift, Max Moseley and Bleu Landau for their 4 point day each!
Kent Golf Sixes League Event - Birchwood Park Golf and Country Club - 6th July
Saturday 6th July saw a blissful sunny day for the Kent Golf Sixes League event at Birchwood Park Golf and Country Club with 4 Kent Clubs entering 3 pairs of Juniors for the event.
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 on another win, and many thanks to all of the players and families for supporting the Golf Sixes League and to Birchwood Park Golf and Country Club for their hospitality and beautifully presented course.
Kent Seniors vs Sussex Seniors (H) (L) – Sittingbourne & Milton Regis Golf Club – 4th July
The Kent Seniors Team took on the Sussex Seniors on Thursday 4th July at Sittingbourne & Milton Regis Golf Club. The weather was beautifully hot and sunny with a gentle zephyr of wind, a lovely golfing day for a change for the Kent Seniors Team!
Sittingbourne & Milton Regis Golf Club was in excellent condition and thanks to manager Steve and his team for looking after both teams, the greenkeeper and his team for cutting the greens before the match and the catering team for their superb hospitality and service.
An excellent day of golf ensued. After 12 holes 9 of the matches were within two holes up or down, and Captain Mark Singfield wasn’t sure where the points would come from… The Kent Seniors team held fast, six of the matches going to the last hole and the 8-2 win certainly didn’t reflect the nature of the match, it was far tighter than that.
Thanks to our friends from Sussex for playing the games in a friendly and competitive manner and good luck to the Seniors in their next league match versus Dorset at Remedy Oak on the 2nd of September.
Kent U18’s back to back victory at South Eastern Group England Golf Boys’ Qualifier – Orsett Golf Club – 3rd July
A huge congratulations to Kent Under 18’s Jack Hooper, Jacob Kelso, Oliver Lewis-Perkins, Callum Tibbs, James Wright and George Young for a tremendous win at Orsett Golf Club on Tuesday 3rd July in the sun at the South Eastern Group England Golf Boys’ Qualifier.
After a solid morning performance Kent were in the lead at the event with the best 5 of 6 medal scores totalling 1 over par, two ahead of Surrey, but after a superb afternoon performance Kent managed to stretch the lead overall to 15 shots and a 36 hole total of 720 for the top 5 scores at level par! Kent U18 Captain Jacob Kelso was also successful with the overall low score of the day at a fantastic 36 hole total of 5 under par 139.
A tremendous win for Kent and congratulations to Team Manager Duncan Kelso, Coach Tim Milford and all of the players for another outstanding win back to back in the South Eastern Group England Golf Boys’ Qualifier, ready for the finals at North Foreland Golf Club in August. A huge thanks to Orsett Golf Club for their superb presentation of the course and the South Eastern Group for organising the event so well.
Kent County Captain Danny Curtis and Kent Golf Secretary Sarah McDonald - 2nd Place in the Armitage Trophy - 2nd July
Congratulations to Kent County Captain Danny Curtis and Kent Golf Secretary Sarah McDonald for their superb level par performance finishing in 2nd place in the Armitage Trophy on Tuesday 2nd July an invitational event for Club Captains and Secretaries running since 1982 set up by the late Mr J P Armitage at Littlestone Golf Club and has been played there ever since.
Kent County Captain Danny Curtis and Kent Golf Secretary Sarah McDonald being presented their runner-up prizes from the Littlestone Golf Club Captain. Many thanks to Littlestone Golf Club for presenting the course so superbly and for a fantastic day for all teams involved and their tremendous hospitality throughout the day.
Kent Colts vs Surrey (A) (L) – Cuddington Golf Club - 30th June
The Kent Colts Team took on Surrey in their league match at Cuddington Golf Club in the sunshine on Sunday 30th June.
A difficult morning in the foursomes sadly being 4-0 down at lunch with everything to play for in the afternoon singles, however after some superb performances sadly the final score was still 7.5 Surrey – 4.5 Kent.
Many thanks to Surrey Golf and Cuddington Golf Club for their superb hospitality and congratulations to all of the players for competing in the correct spirits.
Kent U18’s vs Sussex vs Hampshire (H) (L) – Weald of Kent Golf Club - 30th June
The Kent Under 18’s Team took on Sussex and Hampshire in their triangular league match at Home venue Weald of Kent Golf Club in the sunshine on Sunday 30th June.
A semi-successful day for the Under 18’s beating Sussex 5-3 but sadly narrowly missing out to Hampshire by two points leaving 3-5 in a tightly fought day of competitive matchplay. Congratulations to Kent U18’s Captain Jacob Kelso and Callum Tibbs for maximum match points for the day.
A huge thanks to Weald of Kent Golf Club for their superb hospitality and presenting the course so beautifully for hosting this home game, and all the supporters of Kent Golf.
Starters Trophy – Royal Blackheath Golf Club - 27th June
The competitors at the Kent Golf Starters Trophy on Thursday 27th June at Royal Blackheath Golf Club thoroughly enjoyed the beautifully presented course in the delightful June weather.
Congratulations to the Winners of the Starters Trophy Craig Oliver and Jack Owen (Ashford (Kent) Golf Club) with 32 points, closely followed by Paul Copely and Richard P Elson (Prince’s Golf Club) and Kent Golf President Jim Pocknell and Past President Chris Tappin (Gillingham Golf Club/Park Wood Golf Club) on 31 points.
Congratulations to all of the players and a huge thanks to Royal Blackheath Golf Club for their superb hospitality throughout the day and for hosting the event.
The Open Championship Regional Qualifying at The Wildernesse Golf Club – 24th June
An overcast yet warm day for the 118 competitors battling it out for 13 places at The Wildernesse Golf Club. The course was beautifully presented for the Professionals and Amateurs competing, the Kent Amateurs competing were: Oliver Lewis-Perkins (Mid Kent Golf Club), Jamie Wood (Rochester and Cobham Park Golf Club), Sam Statham (Knole Park Golf Club), Kipp Popert (The Wildernesse Golf Club), Nick Panting (Rochester and Cobham Park Golf Club), Liam Burns (Chislehurst Golf Club), Joshua Bristow (Canterbury Golf Club), Jamie Guppy (Littlestone Golf Club), Danny Jones (The Wildernesse Golf Club), Jensen Hull (Hever Castle Golf Club), Mason Essam (Dartford Golf Club), Sam Robertson (Chestfield Golf Club) and Miles Gray (Etchinghill Golf Club).
Some superb scores were had in the fair June conditions including a course record equalling 64 (-8) from Stephen Shephard of the United States. Previous Kent Amateur (now professional) Oliver Sly shot an impressive 66 (-6) to place him in 2nd place and secure his place for Final Qualifying next week. Kent First Team player Liam Burns finished in 3rd place with a superb score of 68 (-4) tied with Kent First Team player Jensen Hull, fresh off a weekend at The Berkshire Trophy. Previous Kent Amateurs of Daniel Brown 70 (-2) and Freddie Price also managed to secure their places to Final Qualifying, Freddie in a nail biting finish in the 9 man playoff for 2 spots which included Kent Amateur Danny Jones who got into the play-off after a 71 (-1).
A superb day had by all and many congratulations to all those who secured their places for Final Qualifying next week, best of luck to everyone in the next round. Many thanks to The Wildernesse Golf Club for their hospitality towards Kent Players and Officials and presenting the course superbly and hosting such an exciting day of qualification.
Kent Success over a superb weekend of Golf – 22nd–23rd June
Kent Players competing in the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters and The Berkshire Trophy saw some fantastic Golf and results over the weekend of the 22nd to 23rd of June in the sun. Kent Under 18’s Captain Jacob Kelso, who was recently selected to play for England in the Nations Cup at The Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters at Nizels Golf Club put on a superb display of Golf from the beginning of the tournament and managed to finish in 3rd place with a 4 round total of 3 under par, Kent Under 16’s player Miles Gray also played well and made the cut in the 126 strong event.
Ben Quinney after a superb weekend of Golf finished in 4th place at The Berkshire Trophy on 13 under par! Kent First team players Ed Richardson and Jensen Hull made the cut finishing on level par for 4 rounds, and Kent First team and Colts player Connor Byers also made the cut at The Berkshire Trophy.
Inaugural Kent 9 Hole Championship – Eltham Warren Golf Club – 19th June
Wednesday 19th June saw the inaugural Kent 9 Hole Championship held at Eltham Warren Golf Club in the summer sun.
A huge congratulations to all the prize winners, as shown by their use of local knowledge with the winner being Ray Williams (Eltham Warren Golf Club) with a nett 31 (pictured in Grey Jumper), runner up being Dean Lisbon (Eltham Warren Golf Club) with a nett 32 (pictured in Blue shirt) and 3rd place for Andrew Morgan (Eltham Warren Golf Club) with a nett 34.
Many thanks to Eltham Warren Golf Club for their superb hospitality throughout the day and to all of the players for supporting the inaugural playing of the 9 Hole Championship.
The Cecil Leitch 5 Club Championship – St. Augustine’s Golf Club- 11th June
The event was held at St. Augustine’s Golf Club on Tuesday 11th June and it was fortunate to have sunny weather throughout the day despite the torrential rain on the Monday. We had 33 Men’s and 45 Ladies’ clubs throughout Kent, with 1900 players taking part in the preliminary rounds of the event.
Many thanks to all at St. Augustine’s Golf Club for their superb hospitality in particular office Manager Yvonne Scott, Catering Manager Gemma and her staff, and Green Keeper Gary Green for presenting the course in such fine condition and to all competitors.
The Men's Trophy winner was Ryan Braithwaite of Princes Golf Club, with a handicap of 7, scoring 38 points after count back on the last nine holes. Jeffrey Findlay Stone of Hythe Imperial Golf Club was runner up with a handicap of 23, also scoring 38 points. Third place went to Mark Murphy of Dartford Golf Club with a handicap of 6, scoring 36 points after count back on the last nine holes.
The Kent County Playing Fields Association Charity raised over £12,000 from the competition.
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.