Roger Charter putting-out on the 18th green with Peter MacKay, Stephen Woodward and Peter Smith looking on

Roger Charter putting-out on the 18th green with Peter MacKay, Stephen Woodward and Peter Smith looking on

On Thursday 4th August the golfers of East Kent gathered at King’s Hill Golf Course for their annual challenge match against the neighbouring province of Surrey. On a well prepared course of generous fairways and tricky greens, Peter Rodd partnered by Geoffrey Dearing tee’d-off first to lead the way to a resounding 6 matches to 1 victory to retain the Sureken Salver.

At the post-match dinner, on receiving the trophy from Surrey Captain Wally Coleman, East Kent Captain Peter Rodd thanked his team for a splendid effort. Had Keith Hodgson not lost his match, we would have had a clean sweep, said Peter. Struggling to hold back the tears, Keith said he was as sick as a parrot, adding it takes rare talent to maintain such a consistent level of incompetence!

Enjoying the post-match dinner

Enjoying the post-match dinner

The best individual scores of the day were recorded by Peter Rodd for East Kent and Paul Martin for Surrey. Roger Stevenson and Kevin Mann of Surrey took the nearest the pin prizes, while Peter Marno of East Kent hit the longest tee-shot to win the longest drive prize.

Derek Reed and Darren Horne, the East Kent vice-captain's minders, relaxing before teeing-off

Derek Reed and Darren Horne, the East Kent vice-captain’s minders, relaxing before teeing-off

Peter Marno teeing-off

Peter Marno teeing-off

The successful East Kent team - Geoffrey Dearing, Chris Metherell, Bob Appleby, Peter Rodd, Darren Horne, Keith Hodgson, Derek Reed, Jeremy Parkin, Peter Marno, Peter Knott, Ian Blowers, Roger North, Roger Charter and Peter MacKay (kneeling)

The successful East Kent team - Geoffrey Dearing, Chris Metherell, Bob Appleby, Peter Rodd, Darren Horne, Keith Hodgson, Derek Reed, Jeremy Parkin, Peter Marno, Peter Knott, Ian Blowers, Roger North, Roger Charter and Peter MacKay (kneeling)

Match Result:

Peter Rodd and Geoffrey Dearing beat Wally Coleman and John Keen 5 & 4

Bob Appleby and Jeremy Parkin beat Seb Riemann and Tony Rastalls 4 & 3

Chris Metherell and Peter Marno beat John Fulton and Kevin Mann 2 & 1

Keith Hodgson and Peter Knott lost to Paul Tookey and John Trow 2 & 1

Darren Horne and Derek Reed beat Paul Martin and John Irish 4 & 2

Roger Charter and Peter MacKay beat Stephen Woodward and Peter Smith 2 & 1

Ian Blowers and Roger North beat Roger Stevenson and Richard Garbett by 1 hole

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