On the hottest September day for more than 100 years, in temperatures approaching 34 degrees, the golfers of East Kent hosted this year’s inter-provincial challenge match against friends and neighbours from West Kent. On an immaculately prepared Sittingbourne golf course, the East Kent team suffered only their third ever defeat since the formation of the East Kent Masonic Golfing Association in 2011. Their record now stands at played 21, won 15, drawn 3 and lost 3.
Although Keith Hodgson (recovering from Parrot sickness) and partner Peter Knott defeated West Kent’s strongest pairing of Ian Betts and John Snowden, and Peter Shardlow and Bob Appleby defeated the almost equally as strong Gary MacDonald and Jonathan Winpenny, on the day the East Kent team were outplayed by 4 matches to 2.
At the post-match dinner, East Kent Captain Peter Rodd, congratulated and thanked the team from West Kent for a splendid match played in the best of spirits. In presenting the Lukes-Smith-Kelly Salver to West Kent Captain Dave Higgins, Peter said he hoped the West Kent golfers appreciated they were only “borrowing” the trophy for a year!
Peter Rodd and Terry Hall lost to Dave Higgins and Keith Reynolds 4 & 3
Peter Shardlow and Bob Appleby beat Gary McDonald and Jonathan Winpenny 3 & 2
Jeremy Parkin and Chris Metherell lost to Tony Middleditch and Jeff Turner 2 & 1
Derek Reed and Daren Horne lost to Roy Croucher and Vic Rampersad 4 & 3
Keith Hodgson and Peter Knott beat Ian Betts and John Snowden 2 & 1
Peter Mackay and Roger Charter lost to John Maxfield and Alan Ward 4 & 2