Kent Vets League 2018
Kings Hill Seniors
Kent Golf Vets League
May 25th Away to Gillingham
I am dropping you all a line as I sit here sipping a lovely glass of Sav Blanc as a very proud Captain of the KVL team after a 2 1/2 2 1/2 Draw Away To Gillingham.
This means we picked up 3 points today giving us a fantastic total to date of 13 out a maximum of 14 (not sure about the Lake Factor but I think it’s + 10?
The results were as follows :-
Pav & Dave Kent were 3 down and managed to claw back to loose on the last 1 down
Mike Gibson & Peter Bryant were also 3 down and came back strongly to win 3 & 1 with some great golf and a hole in one at the 6th from Peter with the opposition making birdie to loose the hole!
Graham Bentham & Jim Davies won 2 up and seemed in control all the way through.
Steve Hook & Dave Seeley we up against a very strong pair who made par on many shot holes and lost 6&5
This made the match all square
Our last pairing was Jon Janes and late replacement John Thornewell who after being 1 down with three to play, turned it on it’s nose being 1 up with 1 ,to play got a credible half against their very strong Captain and his partner.
So all in all another great day
We have now played 3 games away from home and won 2 and drawn one. At home we have played just one and won that one.
Today as I have mentioned, we also had another hole in one, that makes three holes in one in the four league matches and one friendly match, I just cannot believe these stats, amazing. See the hole in one heroes by clicking the pictures button at the top of the page
May 9th Away to Mid Kent
Today was our 3rd KVL match and we played away to Mid Kent.
In cooler but lovely weather Kings Hill triumphed 3-2
The hospitality was extremely friendly and the course was in good nic so fun was had by all!!
The full match results are below.
So it’s onwards and upwards 3 games gone and it’s two Away wins and one Home win. There is a long way to go but we are all chuffed to bits with the start.
Our next match is another toughie away to Gillingham on Friday 25th May.
Following on from David Lake and the great results achieved in the last few years, this is going to be a tough challenge, however I am really up for it!
On paper we have a very strong squad to choose from and I can see that the hardest part of my role is going to be leaving out some of the very good Vets we have within our group. I do however see the coming season as being a real team effort and intend to pick pairs wherever posssible.
I have spoken to quite a few of the squad and have had some really enthusiastic feedback and I can feel that all are really up for it.
We have a Pre Season friendly booked away at Wilderness on Wednesday 25th March which will be an ideal pre season practice match on a great course against what should be a very strong team.
In addition we have some coaching arranged with Mark Trow on Monday mornings from the middle of Feb for those Vets that can make it (final dates TBC) More will follow if these prove to be popular.
I have also ordered the David Lake book of jokes and sarcastic comments and I will be studying this carefully and I shall continue to fly the flag.
Well that’s about all for now.
Come on let’s have um!!
KHGC Vets League Captain
Since 2014 Kings Hill Seniors have competed in the Kent Golf Veterans League. There are eight groups organised on a broadly regional basis. Our Group contains Rochester & Cobham Park. Bearsted, Mid Kent, Sittingbourne, Gillingham, Sheerness and of course ourselves.
It is a 4BBB match play competition and for 2016 there were six playing pairs. The minimum age is 60 and the maximum handicap is 18. Strokes are given on the basis of 90% of the difference from the lowest handicap in the playing group. League points are 3 for a home win, 1 for a home draw, 4 for an away win, 2 for an away draw and the losers get what they deserve. Additionally there is an end season “Jamboree” where all teams take part. The venue is on a rota.
A notice will go on the board at the end of February 2017 asking for those interested in playing in that season.
We had our first season in 2014. We were late joiners and did we did not know fixtures until the February that the season started. Therefore many of the matches clashed with holidays and we could never field our strongest team. So we came bottom with just two wins from the twelve matches. That is cut adrift bottom.
Our target for our second season (2015) was not to finish bottom. And that was a realistic and very challenging target until halfway through the season. Then we beat one of the strongest teams, Sittingbourne, 5-0 at KH. Only five playing pairs for that season. This was quickly followed up by a win at Bearsted. Their first home defeat for three seasons. Stand out performance that day was from Peter Bryant and Jim Davies who were five down after six, five down after ten and then won at the last.
The league was to be decided in the last match of the season at Sheerness. We had to win to win the league. A course where the home advantage is clear to all. They often win all of their home games in a season. We won 3-2 and that gave the Group 4 title at only our second attempt. The only time we were top of the league was after the last game. The only time that counts they tell me.
That qualified us for the all Kent final at Boughton. Practice rounds were had but the course set up on the day was totally different. Extremely fast greens and odd pin positions. Boughton qualified and won. We came eighth and last. Disappointed.
For 2016 our target was to be good members of our group. We started the season regarding the target of retaining our title as being out of reach. Afterall, nobody apart from Rochester & Cobham had ever retained the title.
Our season started at Rochester & Cobham with a resounding 4-2 victory. R & C are easily the strongest side historically and this result caused a few stirs around the league to say the least. It was the first time in at least seven years, and maybe considerably longer, that R & C had lost a home match. However, our early high spirits were soon dampened by Mid Kent who beat us home and away inside a week. From thereon it was very much uphill. It says much for the team’s togetherness and spirit that we came through this experience strongly. We had further away wins at Gillingham, never an easy place, and at Sheerness.
This leads us on to the last game of the season where we were at home to R & C. We had to win this game to win the league. They had to win this and the next one to win the league. And they obviously brought their strongest possible team. They had a certain confidence on the tee and the putting green that often look stronger than mere confidence. At the halfway stage it was not looking good. However, on the back nine we played extremely well in all of the matches. We won 5-1 and therefore the league. Their Captain gave quite an ungracious speech at the end. Perhaps it was meant to be funny but it certainly wasn’t.
Everybody clearly had the game of their lives but there were two notable incidents. Robin August off (16) was playing against Dave Jessup (4). Jessup is a current Kent and England player. On the back nine Robin had a run of five consecutive pars and on three of those holes he had a shot. I’ve never seen his partner Andy Sale smile so much. The second point of note was Steve Hook’s leap on the 17th green when his putt went in for par and thereby going dormy up in his game, winning the match overall and therefore the league. The green keepers are still struggling to this day to repair the damage. There is a meeting next to decide whether to prepare a new green for this hole as the damage seems to be irreparable.
In the thirty years of the league the annual end of season Jamboree has only ever been won the by the home team. This year we became the first team to be away winners. The magic point of this moment being, that everybody was there. Very fitting that our Captain Brian and Vice-Captain Larry sealed the victory with a fine 41 point better ball score in the final group.
So we qualified again for the All Kent final, this time at Hever. We came fifth out of eight. Much better than last year but there were some disappointed faces in our team at the end. Anyway, we all enjoyed the day immensely and this experience re fuelled our enthusiasm to qualify for next season’s final.
Vets League Captain