On Friday 4th August the golfers of East Kent travelled to Chiselhurst Golf Club to try to regain the Lukes-Smith-Kelly Silver Salver Trophy from their hosts, West Kent.
Despite a valiant effort, lead from the front by Geoffrey Dearing and Peter Mackay, the East Kent team were unfortunately beaten 3 ½ to 2 ½ by the West Kent team, thus allowing our opponents to temporarily retain the trophy for another year.
At the excellent post-match dinner the West Kent captain, John Maxfield, was magnanimous in victory and warmly welcomed and toasted the visitors, but Peter Mackay advised him to keep the trophy in safe order for the East Kent team to claim it back to their rightful ownership next year!
A highlight of the team’s efforts was Geoffrey Dearing, managing to retain his marker on the Nearest the Pin prize hole, after leaving a note to the following players to ‘pause and reflect’ when comparing their tee shots to the green.
Despite several players peppering the green with excellent shots, it cannot be a coincidence that none of them managed to beat Geoffrey Dearing’s shot!
An excellent day was had by all on a course in fantastic condition and with the post-match dinner being held in fine surroundings in a very historical club house.
Report by Keith Hodgson
East Kent Masonic Golfing Association.