Kent v Sussex at Sene Valley

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On a humid and cloudy day the majority of the Sussex team arrived in good time for an excellent Ploughman’s Lunch – the late arrivals, Captain Peter Ward and VC Phil Williamson received rapturous applause when they eventually turned up – well either that or a slow handclap!


Apparently, Captain Peter wanted to take a slightly circuitous route to Sene Valley via Margate (approximately 40 minutes away from our intended venue).

After a candyfloss, an ice cream cornet and a ride on a donkey Peter felt he had better get a move on and think about playing some golf!  These satnavs can be very confusing if you put the wrong postcode in!


And so to the matches.


Match 1.  There is no doubt that the emotional rollercoaster of a journey upset the Captain – he didn’t even have time for his calming pre lunch pint of Guinness before he rushed onto the 1st tee.  It took Peter several holes to come to terms with his Round Britain Tour  - so much so that IPC Brian Street complained of backache at the halfway stage as the golfing burden of supporting Tarzipan was considerable.  However we breed ‘em tough in Sussex and Peter soon relaxed into a good back nine with our boys running out as winners 2 up!


Match 2.  Snooky and Nigel Wates were too strong for the men of Kent. Nigel continuing his excellent current form amassed 4 birdies in the first 9 holes and I am advised that Peter Snook was “solid” – not sure if that was a reference to his girth or his golf.  No matter, our opponents were gracious in defeat – super company and a good time was had by all.  Sussex won 3 & 2.


Match 3.  A hard fought match from start to finish was eventually settled with 2 winning puts on the 17th and 18th – fortunately, on this occasion in favour of our boys Eric Hardwick and Ifield Chairman Richard Cowlard. Richard commented that he felt the course was tough on his legs (he only has short ones) and that he enjoyed some very interesting walks.   Interesting comments in themselves?  Who selects these people?   Win for Sussex 2 up!


Match 4.  No brotherly love in this match!   With the opposing Lamb brothers – Richard  (Kent) v Andy (Sussex) both off 5 handicap this was always going to be a tough match – even though Andy was very well supported by President Neil Smith who amongst other things secured a net eagle on one of the par 5’s.   A closely contested affair saw Kent sneek over the line 1up.  Baa Baa!


Match 5.   A most enjoyable game where every player managed a birdie.  Our Hon Sec Mark Terry, very well supported by Tom Hutchinson, engineered an emphatic 5 & 4 win. Steve Olley’s (Kent) birdie on the 3rd might well have been contested by Tom if his ball had not hit the marker post!   What are the chances of that happening on a regular basis?  The Hon Sec was a little weary after the match – it was a bit uphill and down dale – one of the Kent boys commented that when heading downhill it’s uphill on the way back – bright these boys from Kent!


Match 6.   Suffice it to say that Dave Wilkins and partner John Payne received a right royal stuffing!  Lost 6 & 4.  Dave had a funny feeling that it would all turn out badly when he won the first hole played – The Kent boys became very upset thereafter and that was the key turning point in the match.  “Santa” has offered to send them something nice for Christmas if they leave him a mince pie and a glass of sherry when he calls in!


Match 7.   Dave Kemp and the VC (and editor on this occasion) secured a half in a game that ebbed and flowed from the outset.  At one stage our opponents were 2 up and then we got to 2 up only to get back to all square on our 18th (9th).  With Sene Valley former Captain Brian showing off his putting skills and Graham receiving 10 shots it was always going to be difficult but we had a good laugh and a beer or two afterwards.  Graham was Captain of Ashford only a few years ago and takes on the role again on the 1st January – may help to get his handicap down a bit before the next time we play!  Am I bitter or what – giving shots on par3’s !


Match 8.   Tim Ingram and President Elect, Ian Wood enjoyed a hard fought match but by their own admission were not firing on all cylinders – well we know what Woody’s like so that’s no surprise in his case!  Even so, and despite the fact that luck wasn’t with them (heard that before?) they battled on in true Sussex style.  Our 2 birdies were matched by 2 from Kent to maintain their slight lead through to the end.  Lost 2 & 1 but a close game played in a good spirit.


Match 9.   Big Andy Plowright (i.e. tall) and big Gordon Eaton (i.e. wide) had a very close contest with only one hole in it most of the way round with some great puts dropping in for both sides.  The terrain was getting the better of Gordon after the first 9 holes so a buggy was procured for the back 9.  The impact was immediate perking up his golf no end with great halves on 10 and 11. Our boys holed a “smelly” 7-footer on the 18th for a very good half.


Match 10.  ”Harry” Potter and David Sinden were unable to generate enough magic on this occasion to avoid defeat going down in the last match of the day 3 & 1.  After the first 15 holes, 14 were halved and our boys were only one down thanks to David’s steady game and Harry’s lucky chip ins.  However, with Kent’s Nigel playing their back 9 (front 9) in 1 over our fine team eventually succumbed.


Overall Result – Match Halved


Phil Williamson

Vice Captain 2018

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