On 26th April the golfers of East Kent, armed with passports, travelled north of the Thames for the annual challenge match for the Russell John Race Claret Jug, this year hosted by Metropolitan Grand Lodge at West Essex Golf Club, Chingford.
Under threatening skies interspersed with occasional glimpses of the sun, the teams had to contend with gusting winds and occasional rain, along with intermittent sleet and snow showers as well as a course that, on the day, was a tough test of golf.
The keenly fought match, played in the best of spirits, resulted in a draw which meant the East Kent golfers retained the Russell John Race Claret Jug for the fourth successive year.
The guest of honour at the post-match dinner was Chris Frankland, Deputy Metropolitan Grand Superintendent. On presenting the Claret Jug to East Kent captain, Keith Hodgson, Chris congratulated the East Kent golfers on retaining the trophy.
In response, Keith thanked the Metropolitan team for their hospitality and said he looked forward to renewing rivalries in 2017.
Full match result:
- Keith Hodgson & Roy Croucher halved with Simon McCarthy & Eric Mould
- Bob Appleby & Jeremy Parkin beat Michael Horley & Peter Gatty 4 & 3
- Keith Stoner & Gerry Miller lost to Matthew Beckwith & Steve Brown 4 & 3
- Derek Reed & Mark Dutton beat Geoff Ellis & Sian Lan Choo 2 & 1
- Peter Knott & Peter McKay halved with Kevin jones & Ian Jardine
- Roger North & Peter Marno lost to Philip Bechwith & Steve Pollock by 1 hole
Finally the sun comes out to welcome Peter McKay and Peter Knott as they close out their match on the 18th green.
The East Kent team: Peter Knott, Peter McKay, Derek Reed, Roger North, Keith Hodgson, Bob Appleby, Jeremy Parkin, Gerry Miller, Keith Stoner, Roy Croucher, Peter Marno and Mark Dutton.