William Blay Trophy  – Inter lodge event

East Kent Masonic Golfing Association

The annual inter lodge golfing tournament for the William Blay trophy was this year held at Tenterden golf club on Friday 27th May.

William Blay was a past deputy Provincial Grand Master in the East Kent Province and this prestigious trophy has been contested each year since 1949.   This valuable Trophy is about to become an exhibit in the museum and Library at Canterbury.

After a warm welcome and by the club and the obvious error by the secretary who had mistakenly issued the tee times for an hour earlier than, our captain Daren Horne took to the tee to launch the event.      Adorning his new, brightly coloured captains shirt and cheered by the waiting crowd, he launched his ball with a firmly struck 6 iron but alas, failed to hit the first green.

Back in the clubhouse, our captain welcomed the players back in where they were greeted by a light lunch and the usual “charity collection bucket”.   This raised £178 which will be donated later to the captains charity which is Dandelion time who offer help to children with challenging emotional issues often resulting from trauma, violence, or serious health issues within the family.

A total of 40 members and guests graced Tenterden Golf club who provided us with a warm welcome and glorious weather.   From the 40 players, there were 8 lodges who submitted a team of 4 players for the event.  In a change to the usual format, the rules were relaxed so that lodges could be included if they weren’t able to field a full team of four golfers.  The winner would be decided by the total of all 4 scores from each team.  So as that no one missed out, every member and guest were also entered into the individual competition for the day.

Individual Winner

Nigel Turner. (United Service Lodge – 3124) with 42 Points

Runner Up -

Steve Young (Prince Edwins Lodge – 125)  with 41 points

3rd Place -

Gordon Brown (Malling Centenary Lodge – 8068)  With 39 points

Team Event

Winners -

Prince Edwin Lodge (125) with 136 points

Team Runners Up -

Malling Centenary Lodge (8068) with 134 points

Third Place -

Douglas Lodge (1725)  with 124 points