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Welcome to Kings Hill G.C. Seniors' Section

 

 

September 15th

 

Hi everyone a few bits for you to cogitate over the pipe and slippers.

First of all a warm welcome to our latest members Steve Bojczuk and Jeff Kyle. Steve already has his feet under the table as you will see later.

 

31st August Seniors Medal

 

A great number of good scores for this competition with one outrageous winning score. Obviously the Captain had decided that enough was enough and with 3 sevens on the card a return of 71 finally got yours truly into the frame this year!

1st Jon Janes 87- nett 65

2nd Brian Hewitt 91- nett 71

3rd Larry Davis 88 - nett 71

4th Peter Bryant 82 - nett 71

5th Steve Bojczuk 85 - nett 71

 

5th September Friendly away Westerham

 

Dodgy traffic made this a bit of a rushed start for some of us and it showed in the early play. Despite some heroics from a couple of our pairs we were soundly beaten by the home team

5 ½-2 ½ . Mentioning no names last year’s captain went down 9 and 8 with a courageous partner who had just returned from six weeks in his ancestral home in Scotland. However by my reckoning and away goals counting double we beat them overall home and away!

 

9th September The Captains Charity day

 

A great day well supported by the club which raised a good few quid towards the two club charities, KAB and Dandelion Times. This is one of the events that 5 day members can also take part in without paying a weekend green fee. Food for thought for 2018. Results and pictures are as ever on the website.

 

14th September Seniors medal

 

The last medal in our year-long Grand Prix series and the current leader made sure he stayed there with a super round of 76 nett 69, and it could have been better if he hadn’t been hindered by an inept but enthusiastic playing partner (99 nett 82). Plenty of good scores in again with a very tight leaderboard.

 

1st Steve Bojczuk 81 nett 67

2nd Roger Bennett 83 nett 69

3rd Phil Lennon 76 nett 69

4th Steve Hook 84 nett 70

5th Ken Copleston 89 – nett 70.

 

September 21st Elders v Saplings

 

Our next event which pitches the youngsters and not so young against each other in a friendly but hotly contested 4 ball better ball Matchplay. When I say youngsters the

cut-off point was 69! The up to date start sheet is on BRS which is slightly different to the paper one posted on the board yesterday. Team Captains will agin be Paul Saxby(52) and David Hinge (80). The cost will be £5 and there will be food after play.

 

Upcoming Diary Dates

 

21st October

Captains Dinner and Dance, a black tie event to celebrate the past year of the 3 Captains Trevor Barker, Judy Leadley-Woods and myself. It would be great of we could get a good number of seniors there as I would be very gratified to see some of the older generation busting some moves on the dance floor! Details are on the social event page on the website and around the club.

 

24th October

 

This is the date of the Mens AGM and details will be published in the usual way.Please do your best to attend.

 

25th October Seniors AGM

 

My final event as Captain as the committee prepare to introduce the incoming  Captain John Moss and Vice-Captain Mike Kavanagh. This is your opportunity to have your say and the details of the AGM along with the proposed new committee are on the Board. Minutes from the 2016 AGM along with the current Constitution are available both on the website and in the Book in the Mens locker room. I look forward to seeing all of you there.

 

Best Regards

 

Larry Davis

 

 

August 28th

 

Well what has been happening since my last missive? Quite a lot. Another reminder that the Kings Hill Charity Day is on September 9th and we would be very grateful for donations of raffle prizes to ensure a good return for both of our charities Kent Association for the Blind and Dandelion Times.

 

Seniors Stableford August 17th

 

Some great performances here with over 50 players taking part again. Peter Flack continues to impress and following another good round in the club medal he is now down to 16.3.

1st Peter Flack 41 pts

2nd Simon Webb 39 pts

3rd Nicholas Davidson 39 pts

4th Brian Hewitt 37 pts

5th Richard Yeo 37 pts

41st Larry Davis 27 pts

 

FULL RESULTS AND HANDICAP DETAILS CAN BE FOUND HERE ON OUR WEBSITE

 

Home friendly v Nevill August 21st

 

Due to the funeral of one of their members we had to move the day around a bit so they could all get away. The club helped us out by giving us earlier tee times and provided sandwiches and chips instead of our usual stunning carvery.

There was some sparkling golf from both sides and the match was decided on the last green of the last match where we narrowly won the day 4 ½ to 3 ½ .

 

Kent Vets League v Rochester and Cobtree August 23rd

 

This was the final match of the league season was has been transitional in many ways for us. R&C had already been crowned league winners courtesy of our result at Sittingbourne, but fierce pride was at stake to gain some more precious points for Kings Hill and the boys did not disappoint. As usual it was a tight contest but class is class after all and we made sure ours shone through to the end.

It was also a sad day for the team as the Godfather of the league team, David “ I’ve got an idea” Lake bowed out after 3 years of cajoling, praising and firing up all the players that have taken a ride on our Kent League roller coaster. His enthusiasm and attention to detail, ably assisted by Dave Sealey and Mike Gibson, inspired result after result and the never say die attitude was carried by all as we went from last to champions 2 years running in his 3 seasons at the helm. I am personally grateful for including me in the first 2 seasons and I take from that a great sense of both satisfaction and pride at our accomplishments. Thank you David, you can now reflect on your achievements as you sit in your West Ham seat with a cup of Bovril and a blanket over your knees!

 

5 Club pairs competition August 24th

 

John Holt really does come up with some interesting comps and I have to say I really enjoyed this one. I was lucky enough to play with a great partner, Cavan Breslin, and the eventual winners Peter Flack and Andy Sale. 48 pts is a serious score, but there were several teams that weren’t far behind. I have asked John to put that in the calendar again of possible for next year.

 

1st Peter Flack and Andy Sale 48 pts

2nd Jim Guard and Steve Faulkener 46 pts on countback from

3rd Jon Janes and Keith McCarmick 46 pts

 

Nine Wine and Dine August 25th

Another top notch social event with over 40 players enjoying an evening fun 9 hole competition followed by a Mexican buffet prepared by Chef Mike and the team. When I say evening, the last 2 groups managed to finish in the darkness that fell very quickly. Next time perhaps we could get some torches or maybe start a little earlier! Thanks to Louise Fenn, Captain Trevor and Captain Judy for making it such a good evening. Interestingly most of the men playing were all members of the seniors which shows how active we really are when it comes to club events.

 

That is just about it from me. Please remember that Thursday 7th and Friday 8th the course is closed for most of the day for the Southern PGA Championship.

 

Best Regards

 

Larry

 

August 14th

 

Hi chaps, not a great deal to report this week, with the exception of a fine result in the League.

 

August 8th

KVL Away to Sittingbourne

A few words from our on course reporter (it is Dave Sealey so it could take a while to read):

Early doors, the news was quite encouraging and this remained the case until half way when we heard from Sittingbourne’s on course spy that we were up in 2, drawing 2 and down in just one match.

Peter & Jim’s match ahead of us was very tight but was not helped by Peter tripping over a rabbit hole on the 11th and thereafter suffering from a sore hip. As the back 9 progressed, Andy and I slowly edged ahead of our opponents and won our match on the 16th green. Unfortunately, by now we had heard that Mike & Malcolm were 2 down in the leading match, Graham & Jon were 4 down and dormy in the match behind us and David & Steve were also down – albeit by just one hole. It looked even bleaker as we saw Peter & Jim then go 1 down on the 16th.

Things looked brighter when we saw Peter & Jim teeing off first down the last and got even brighter still when ahead of us we saw Jim celebrating a match winning putt on the final green. The on course reporter then gave us the excellent news that Mike & Malcolm had fought back to force a draw so all eyes looked  to the last 2 groups to see if we could sneak an unlikely and unbelievable win.

The match behind us was Dormy 3 down. But the fightback started and with their opponents in trouble down the last, both our guys were safely on in par.  Jon then sank a long putt for a birdie to win the hole, to secure a magnificient come back and gain the half for what we thought had guaranteed us the overall match win.  In the final match, David and Steve lost 2&1.

Then, in the carpark, Andy met and congratulated Mike who imparted the news that their reporter had got it wrong; Mike & Malcolm had unfortunately lost on the 18th  green.

So, we ended up with a very creditable draw, a great result in itself and so close to being even better. I believe it’s the first time they have failed to win at home for several years. It also ends their faint hopes of winning the league as Rochester are now confirmed as champions. We might just, for once, now be in their good books  – albeit only temporarily!

Dave S

 

August 10th

Friendly away to Lamberhurst

 

Always a pleasure to visit this fine course and having beaten them 5 ½ to ½ at KH they were looking for revenge. I teed off first with Simon Webb and the match swung first one way then the other. One up, one down, level, nothing in it. Then the Ian Poulter vibe kicked in. Par 15th win and level, Par 16th  and one up, lost 17th level. Down the last both our drives in place on the fairway, Webb just short in two , Captain 10 feet away in 2. Webb makes a great two putt four. They have a putt to tie but lip out so the Captains birdie putt conceded and KH win on the last. Ours was not the only match to do so. Although in the end we were defeated 3 ½ - 2 ½, it was a magnificent performance by the team overall. Home to Nevill next Monday

 

August 10th Stableford

 

My thanks go to Ken Cop for taking the helm on this rather cocked up day. Unfortunately when I moved the American Greensomes I did not notice that we had an awy match the same day. This was then compounded by BRS being set up incorrectly. We have ensured that from 2018 no friendly matches will be played home or away on a Thursday. Thank you for your patience and understanding with this.

32 turned up, some cancelled, some unlisted.

  1st.       Pat  Mc Gory.           £16.        40 points.  Count back 

  2nd.      Keith McCarmick.       £11.        40 points 

  3rd.      R Howlett.                 £5.         38 points

 

A quick reminder that the Club Charity Day is on September 9th and any donations of auction items or raffle prizes will be most welcome. There will be lots going and it would be great if we can have a good showing from the section.

The day will support both  Kent Association for the Blind and Dandelion Times and your support is vital to our charity drive this year.

 

That’s all for now and I will see you on the course

 

Larry

 

 

August 4th

 

Hi chaps, I am back from sunnier climes and looking forward to the next couple of months before my time runs out.

 

 Latest news as follows:

 

July Stableford

1stMike Gibson 41 pts

2nd Mike Kavanagh 40 pts

3rd Dave Sealey 38 pts

4th Maurice O’Connell 38 pts

5th Mike Corbett 38 pts

 

Kent Vets League

 

We played Bearsted away on the 28th and despite best efforts we were defeated 3 ½ to 1 ½. I think we can call this year “transitional” and look forward to 2018 when we have teams running on both the Vets league and the Super seniors.

 

Friendly v Ashford Away

 

After arriving home from Spain at 0100 it was up and away at 0700 to have breakfast at Ashford before teeing off at 0830. The match was played in great spirit and Dave Lakes speech at the end gave everyone a smile. Once again it was a close match but we were beaten 4-2 in the end.

 

Captains Charity Day

 

I would like to thank Ken Cop, Graham Bentham and Roger Bennett for helping to make our day very successful, along with all those that donated prizes for the raffle.

 

Despite some serious wind conditions, for which Ken apologises, it was a great day with 47 players contributing to our charities and playing some good golf too. The blind pairs idea stemmed from the fact that one of our charities is the Kent Association for the Blind. Of course it meant that you could have played a great game but got paired with me (22pts sucks).

The winners of the golf were

1st David Chalk and Rob Swainston  71 pts

2nd DPJ and Cavan Breslin 70 pts

3rd David James and Chris Broughton 68 pts

4th John Moss and Peter Norman 68 pts

 

However the real winners were the captains charities as we raised a total of £547 from your contributions and the raffle. I hope you all get a warm glow from that news.

 

Next week we have the American Greensomes and an away friendly v Lamberhurst. I hope whichever you are playing you enjoy your game and I will see you on the course soon.

 

 

 

Best Regards

 

Larry Davis

 

 

July 21st

 

Dear all, I think we have all recovered from last week’s tour and can look forward to a quiet summer at Kings Hill. The tour was very successful with 39 members attending and the last night made the Thursday golf a tad complicated with more buggies used than ever before due to the inability of some members to actually walk to the first tee.

 

Yesterday The traffic defeated me and I was unable to reach the club and the rain made life a little difficult for everyone but we still had 51 players signed in and the results were as follows:

 

2nd Andy Sale, Peter Flack, Graham Bentham and Jim Guard 59.5 net

 

1st Steve Fletcher, Chris Broughton, Steve Jones, Brian Elson 58.3 net

 

Kent League

 

Unfortunately we were defeated at home by Sheerness, who recorded their first away win ever in the league. It just shows how much more competitive clubs are and, after winning the league 2 years running, we have become the team to beat. The next match is away to Bearsted where we hope to win at their place for the third year in a row. Good luck to all the boys.

 

Friendlies

 

Our next friendly is against Ashford on 31st July. The team will be announced by John over the weekend.

 

Captains Charity Day August 3rd

 

The Seniors Charity day is always a fun day and I hope that you will all come and support the worthy causes we have chosen for the year. As you know KAB, Kent Association for the Blind, is close to my heart so we will be playing a blind pairs stableford in fourballs. The draw will take place once everyone has teed off so wait and see at the end! There will be Pimms and nibbles on the balcony hosted by Ken Cop at halfway. All the players will get a strip of raffle tickets before they go out and if you want to purchase more, Ken will be happy to sell them at £1 per strip. We have some good prizes including a 4 ball at Reigate Hill and I hope we can raise a good sum. The cost of the day will be £10, all of which will also go to the charity.

 

That’s all from me for now. I am away until 31st July and I look forward to seeing you all on the Charity or at Ashford.

 

Best Regards

 

Larry Davis

 

 

July 9th

 

Just a quick one this week as I am preparing for next week’s Seniors Tour to Belton Woods.

 

This week saw the 2nd round of the Championship. The sun shone, the course looked great and there were some stunning performances. No holes in one or trollies in bunkers (as far as I know!)

but following another splendid ploughman’s buffet from the catering team the presentations were made:

 

High Handicap Plate Peter Brooks 72-68 140 nett

 

Handicap Shield Cavan Breslin 73-66 139 nett

 

Seniors Championship 2017

 

3rd Phil Lennon 80-77 157 gross

 

2nd Richard Beadle 78-77 155 gross

 

1st Chris Broughton 79-75 154 gross

 

Congratulations not just to the prize winners but to all the competitors who played.

 

That’s all for now, I have to look for my Speedos for the steam room.

 

 

Larry

 

June 25th

Hi guys,

I have to tell you that the Summer party last night was a great success, with over 100 attendees enjoying Mike’s great BBQ including kangaroo and Lamingtons,, dancing till late and a fun golfer/non-golfer challenge.

 

It was great to see so many taking part once again in the Regional Challenge. Huge thanks go to Dave Sealey for getting the teams, matches and scoring set up. My thanks also go to the Captains Maurice, Ken Cop, Phil and Bill G for keeping their teams informed. As ever, last minute changes had to be dealt with and not without stress, but we got there in the end. Some notable performances from the teams, especially Roger Bennett’s gross 34 on the front 9 to just scrape past Andy Sale 15-3!

The eventual winners were The Vikings. A deserved victory that has been waiting to come for a while. Plans are already advanced for 2018 and ensuring a better showing from the Del Boys who fought hard to get 4th place!

 

The Tour will soon be upon us and all details for the tourers are with their Captains and will be distributed soon.

 

Thursday sees round 1 of our Championship with over 50 players signed up. Unfortunately the defending champion Michael Blanning will not be there due to a prior commitment, but there are several names in the frame for the 2017 title.

 

I was pleased to see recent absentees around the club once again. Rodney Webb is recovering from knee ligament surgery, Keith McCarmick is having treatment for his back condition and after an absence of nearly a year, John Sansom is down to play in the championship. We wish all of them well and look forward to all returning to full time play soon.

 

This is just a short note for now and I will update you all again before the 2nd round of the championship with news of league and friendly matches coming up.

 

 

Best Regards

 

Larry Davis

 

June 19th

 

Hi Chaps, another busy few days on the bridge. No sight of land but we are heading in the right direction.

 

June 8th Seniors Stableford

 

1st Cavan Breslin 39 pts

2nd John Parry 38pts

3rd David Kent 38 pts

4th Nick Davidson 38 pts

5th Peter Norman 37 pts

 

June 15th Yellow ball pairs

 

I could tell it was a tricky day as we did not get many yellow balls back. However 36 players went out in the wind and the results were:

 

1st Phil Lennon, John Holt, Pat McGrory and Len Firestone 178 pts back 9 87

2nd Andy Sale,Peter Flack, Cavan Breslin, Murray Tinworth 178 pts back 9 71

 

Kent League June 12th

 

A very good result in a hard fought home match against Mid Kent  3-2. We are now at the midpoint of the season and a full update will be in my next missive.

 

June 15th Friendly v Lamberhurst

 

We continued our good form in the friendlies with a convincing win 6-1 at home. Once again everyone played their part and it is great to see an eclectic mix in our teams now with newer members getting involved.

 

June 19th Seniors Open

 

A glorious day was had with 16 teams competing for a very good prize table supplied by the proshop. The hard work of John Moss, Steve Hook and John Holt promoting this event paid off and combining it with the Invitation day really worked. A special mention must go to Ken Cop, whose team were decimated the night before the event and he did not get a game, but in true Ken style he turned up early to do registration, and was there to collect the cards at the end. My special thanks go to him.

The results were:

 

1st Hever Castle hosted by Graham Bentham 91pts

2nd Wrotham Heath 2 hosted by Bob Ford 89 pts

3rd Southern Valley hosted by John Parry 88 pts

 

There were many good comments about the whole event set up, catering and course which is a feather in our cap.

 

Events are coming thick and fast now with the Regional Challenge on Thursday, Seniors Championship round 1 next week and round 2 the following week. The draw for The Championship will be made later this week and those that have entered will receive an email with their tee time. The start sheet will also bo p[ut onto the website and noticeboard.

 

So that’s it for now, see you on the course.

 

Best Regards

 

Larry Davis

Seniors Captain

 

 

 

June 6th

 

Hi everyone, a lot has happened since my last update so here goes.

 

Seniors Comps

 

May 25th 37 players competed in a team Tee Dance :

 

1st Keith Stoner, Roger Bennett, Jim Guard, Maurice O’Connell

2nd Steve Hook, Cavan Breslin, Jon Janes

 

June 1st 37 players played in a pairs better ball :

 

1st Dennis Evans and David Chalk 48 points 22 back 9

 

2nd place Peter Flack and Jim Guard 48 points 19 points back 9

 

3rd Richard Yeo and Alan Atkins 46 points 22 points back 9

 

Friendlies

 

The reason we had so few playing in the above 2 Thursdays was down to having friendlies booked on the same day. Going forward we will endeavour to change this and ensure that no friendly matches will be played on Seniors day.

 

25th May away to Broke Hill

 

This was a very close match with everyone playing their part and we managed to achieve a 4-4 draw. The team once again looked resplendent in the team outfit and it was a credit to the club.

 

June 1st away to East Sussex National

 

This was not a very close match! We were lucky enough to play the West course,  where the European Open was played among other tour event and we really enjoyed it. However the result of a loss 6-2 was not so enjoyable. There were some great performances through the team but home advantage on the greens proved to be the decider. Mike Gibson had an eagle and two birdies on the front 9 and was 3 down at the turn!

 

June 5th Home to Westerham

 

Playing at home the day after the Kent Amateur Championships was a real bonus and the course was in great nick. Another good turnout from the seniors and some constructive pairing by

Vice- Captain John Moss ensured a very convincing 7-1 win, with no matches lost. The highlight was Messrs Moss and Tester, with a better ball of level par gross, secured an 8 & 7 win.

 

Our next match is at home to Lamberhurst on June 15th (yes, another Thursday)

 

Kent League

 

26th May away to Gillingham

 

Following the revelation that Bearsted had fielded an ineligible player in all its matches so far this year, the league table is a looking a little better for us. It meant that our home loss to them has now become a home draw. Add to that a significant draw away to Gillingham boosted our chances of another good finish in this year’s campaign.

 

Upcoming events

 

The next few weeks will see a flurry of events for us starting with the Open on June 19th. We have 68 players for this revamped event.

This will swiftly be followed by the Regional Challenge on June 22nd.

The Seniors Championship will be played on June 29th and July 6th. All rules and details are on the noticeboard and on the website. Just in case I have also attached them here.

The club Summer Party is on June 24th with lots of fun and some Aussie style food. Tickets are now available at the bar.

Finally we end up with the Seniors 2017 tour at Belton Woods. I might have a breather after all of that!

 

As ever I look forward to seeing you all on the course.

 

Best Regards

 

Larry Davis

Senior’s Captain

 

 

May 24th

Hi chaps, sorry it is a bit late but I have been in the Wiltshire countryside with the Seniors mixed tour.

It was a very successful trip superbly organised by Graham Bentham and his wife Jo. 2 nights and 3 rounds of golf in splendid surroundings and company. It will run again next year and no doubt Graham will be putting it together at another pucker venue.

 

Last week was our May Stableford and again some great scores returned with 56 players in attendance.

The spoils go to:

1st Jim Davies 41 pts

2nd Keith Fisher 39 pts

3rd Michael Corbett 39 pts

4th Jim Guard 37 pts

5th Brian Duffy 36 pts

35th Larry Davis

 

Tomorrow we have a match away to Broke Hill and hopefully we will get a nice result. This is the first of several matches coming up in June and John Moss will be glad to hear from you if you would like to play in any of them. He emailed the details out yesterday.

 

The Regional Challenge is looming and the 4 Captains, Messrs O’Connell, Hook, Bentham and Lennon are rallying their troops already for the annual “Ryder Cup” day.

 

See you on the course soon.

 

Best Regards

 

Larry Davis

Senior’s Captain

 

 

May 11th

 

Hi chaps, just a quickie this week.

 

The club Cecil Leach was won by Andy Sale with 41 pts on April 30th which means the seniors have two representatives in the final next month. Good luck to Andy and Alex Parietti in the final.

 

Memorial Trophy

 

Sadly there will be 3 more names on the trophy this year. As well as the winner we lost Robin Sleight and Tony Hesford.

 

This event was well supported by the section with 47 players taking part in the Bogey competition. I enjoyed this format a lot and would like to play it again on one of our fun days.

The results for the day were:

1st Brian Rayner +5

2nd DPJ Welch +4 (back 3)

3rd Peter Bryant +4

4th Cavan Breslin +4 (back 9)

5th Steve Faulkner +3

 

Seniors Open June 19th

 

We are now looking at 16 teams so I need another 3 hosts. Currently I have:

Alistair Byron

Brian Tucker

Chris Broughton

Graham Bentham

Ian Butler

Jim Davies

John Holt

John Moss

John Parry

John Thornewell

Ken Copleston

Larry Davis

Steve Hook

 

Stableford qualifier next week so see you then.

Best Regards

 

Larry Davis

Senior’s Captain

 

 

May 6th

 

Afternoon chaps, another busy week for the seniors and some more great golf played by some.

 

Some notes for everyone before I do the results for this week.

 

Seniors Open June 19th

We are expecting between 14 and 18 teams for this and already have a number of confirmations. We will need a number of seniors to act as hosts and play with each 3 ball. The cost for them will be £20 which includes prizes and a 2 course meal. If you are interested in being one of the hosts please let me know as soon as possible and we will allocate teams .

 

Regional Challenge June 22nd

The sign-up sheets are on the board and we need a few more to commit to make it a really good day. The event has a real Ryder Cup feel about it with teams playing pairs and singles in a variety of formats. It is always a close event and down to the wire. It is open to everyone and I am sure that if you have never played and come along, you will have fun.

Dave Sealey will be contacting all the team captains to secure their squads and then we can put the pairings and teams together. Everyone should get 2 x 9 hole matches including Singles, Betterball, Greensomes and American Greensomes. The cost is only £7 and includes food. Full details are attached.

 

Summer party 24th June

The club has organised a Summer BBQ and party for June. It will be an Aussie themed BBQ including some exotic items on the menu!. There will also be a DJ to keep the evening going. Tickets are available at the bar at a cost of £15 per head. There will also be some fun and games along the way so please come and have some fun! See the posters and flyers in the club for more information.

Before the party there will be a “Golfer plus Non Golfer” pairs challenge. The golfer gets to the green and the non-golfer putts. Prizes for 1st and 2nd pairs and a cost of only £5 per team

 

So to the results of Thursday Stableford

 

1st Peter Flack 67

2nd Phil Lennon 71

3rd Keith Turnbull 71

4th Graham Bentham 72

5th Dave Sealey 73

 

Full details of handicaps and results are on the board and the website.

 

On Friday we played for the Captains Cup At Nevill GC. This started a couple of years ago and was limited to past Senior Captains. This year we opened it up to Club Captains as well.

We have a reciprocal deal with Nevill so the only cost to us was for catering, which was excellent. The overall winner was past club captain Terry Mitchell with 32pts, closely followed by Alex Parietti and your Captain both on 31 pts. We hope to return to Nevill again next year on May 18th.

 

 

Coming up this week we have the Memorial Trophy which sadly will have 2 new names added. We lost both Robin Sleight and Tony Hesford this year. The cost of this has been changed to reflect the recent passing of Tony. The match cost is £ with an option to donate a further £1 to the other donations we have received for the Heart of Kent Hospice, who cared for Tony.

This is a bogey competition which some of you may not have played before. You will be playing only against the course with your full handicap. On each hole you will get 1 point for beating net par, 0 points for matching net par and -1 point for being over net par. I hope you enjoy the format and that you can all contribute to our overall donation to Tony’s charity.

 

That’s it for now, have a good week and see you on the course.

 

 

 

Best Regards

 

Larry Davis

Senior’s Captain

 

 

May 1st

Morning everyone, here is the latest news from Planet Kings Hill.

 

On Monday we played a home friendly against Dale Hill. I am not sure what everyone was doing on the Sunday because we got hammered 6 ½ to 1 ½. Luckily the Captain remains unbeaten and resolute. Our next friendly is away to Broke Hill on Thursday 25th May. Please sign up and join the team as we strive towards an away win! (Much like Burnley, from which my family and I are still smarting as long suffering Palace supporters).

 

Thursday saw the April Stableford which again produced some great scoring from a field of nearly 50. The results are as follows and the full results and handicap adjustments are now on the board and the website:

1st John Tester 41 pts

2nd Peter Bryant 39 pts

3rd Pat McGrory 37 pts

4th Paul Edwards 36 pts

5th Phil Lennon 36 pts

 

On Friday Jim Davies played Keith Fisher in the final of the Winter knockout. Jim has had a few trials and tribulations this winter but has still managed to keep his game going. Below is his summary of the match.

 

 “Today I played Keith Fisher in the final and I am pleased to say that I won by 1 hole. It was a tight game with me getting ahead and then Keith pegging me back but fortunately for myself I won the 17th to go 1 up and then we halved the 18. We both played quite good golf and, although it is difficult to be sure because of ‘gimmes’ I had 38 points against Keith’s 37. However, due to the current crappy and inconsistent nature of the greens neither of us gave any putts if we weren’t pretty sure they would be made. I think therefore that our points reasonably reflect that we played some good golf.

David (Lake), can I thank you for your understanding over the past few months while underwent surgery.”

 

 Well done Jim and Keith for getting it done in good spirit and good time, and I would like to add my thanks to David for putting the competition together.

 

This week we have a medal, which will be in 3 balls!

 

Have a good week and see you on the course

 

 

Best Regards

 

Larry Davis

Senior’s Captain

 

 

 

 

April 23rd

Hi Chaps,

 

Well we all had a great day on the beach on Thursday but I’m afraid I have got to disqualify every card that was entered. Apparently everyone grounded their clubs in the sand at some stage during the round. I have kept the prize money and will use it wisely on your behalf.

 

Seriously, the results were as follows:

1st John Andrews and David Hinge 45 pts

2nd Peter Brooks and Fred Hanson 44 pts

3rd Graham Bentham and Steve Jones 43 pts (back 9 countback)

 

The Regional Challenge (22nd June) sign-ups are now on the board. For those of you who do not know what this is, we have a Ryder cup style competition between four teams of 14 or 15 players per team. Your team is determined by your place of birth and all the details are on the board. It is a really fun day with foursomes, Greensomes, 4bbb, and singles between the teams. Please find your team name and sign up to play either just morning, just afternoon or hopefully all day. The team Captains will then select their teams accordingly.

 

The Summer knockout draws are now on the board. Please make sure the dates are adhered to. Extentions will only be granted in exceptional circumstances and the Captains decision is final.

 

On Saturday the 29th April the Lady Captain Judie Leadley-Woods and myself will be helping out one of our charities, Kent Association for the Blind (KAB) by assisting other volunteers collecting at ASDA Kings Hill. Judie and I will be there between 1000 and 1200. If you are not playing why not pop over and find out a little bit more about the charity the club captains are supporting this year.

 

Next week we have a Stableford  and Trevor Robins will be the starter. Please make sure you turn up on time, repair your pitchmarks and any others you might find, and rake the bunkers if you happen to go in one (as if!)

 

Finally we have our next committee meeting Thursday 27th April so if you have any enquiries or questions let myself or one of the other committee members know.

 

That’s all for now

 

 

Best Regards

 

Larry Davis

Senior’s Captain

 

April 16th

Dear chaps, the April medal was, without doubt, a bit of a cock up. I missed the fact that it had been set up as a fourball until it was too late. I tried to make up as many threes as possible but as a result we had a very slow day. However the fact that some were in fours should not have meant large gaps appearing around the course and we can only improve our speed of play as a group if we all considered the other players on the golf course. It is not enough to just “stay in front” of the match behind, the book says “keep up with the match in front”. Ready golf should be the order of the day for all of us. I concede the problems of searching for balls but I also support playing a provisional if there is any doubt that a ball may be lost. The starter on Thursday did his best to remind everyone about speed of play and early groups were timely but towards the end 5 hours plus was recorded. This is not a rant, this is a considered statement for everyone to digest and do their best to play in the spirit of the game by allowing groups through if you have lost a hole in front and to play in a timely fashion.

The results from Thursday are as follows:

 

1st Paul Savastano 63 net (a serious achievement and a serious cut in his handicap!)

2nd Malcolm Honey 68 net

3rd Peter Waters 71 net

4th Mike Kavanagh 71 net

5th Paul Edwards 71 net.

 

We are still looking for 2 players to play in the Dale Hill friendly at home on Monday 24th April. Please contact John Moss if you are available.

 

Our next event is a pairs comp on Thursday which is a Chapman Greensomes Stableford . Handicap is 60% of the lowest plus 40% of the highest. Both drive, play your partners ball for the second shot and then choose the best ball to complete the hole.

 

On Monday May 1st is the Captains Mixed pairs. If anyone would like to play please contact the pro shop and add your name to the list. I do not have any further details as yet, but there will be food following play.

 

Finally can I remind you that the 2017 Tour money is now due.

 

That’s all for now, see you on the course

 

 

Best Regards

 

Larry Davis

 

 

April 10th

Dear all, another week of decent weather and some good golf.

On Thursday we played an interesting format of mixed disciplines which confused some players. You are Seniors, and therefore confusion is part of the membership criteria. Anyway John Holt promises that we will not play that again until we have all forgotten about it and then he will put it back in the calendar!

The Results from last Thursday are as follows:

1st John Tester and Alan Peach

2nd Roger Bennett and Peter Bryant

3rd Brian Duffy and Ken Copleston

The prize money will be put onto their respective bar cards at the beginning of May.

 

Today we also had one of our annual mixed competitions with the Ladies section.

The St Georges Day Waltz, a 4 ball comp off the red tees, brought 16 seniors and 14 ladies together for a really fun day and we were lucky enough to be joined by 2 guests, Katie Parry and Glenda Copleston to balance the teams. They had kept their weekend day wear outfits ready for today and Katie looked resplendent in a belted tee shirt and summer hat.

The day was won by :

Jo Bentham, Graham Bentham, Yvonne Tucker and Peter Norman

Runners up were John Holt, David James, Katie Parry and Glenda Copleston

 

Click here for pictures

 

See you for the Medal on Thursday

Larry Davis

Senior’s Captain

 

April 2nd

Hi chaps. Quite a bit to get through this week and a lot of information.

All the documents can be found by clicking the bold title

Please take time to read all the bits , then have a lie down with a glass of hop based energy drink, fermented grape juice or in Ken’s case some distilled water with healthy grains.

 

First of all the Starters Charter. The committee have given a lot of consideration to this and over the last few weeks it has gradually been introduced. As the diary develops John H will check with those that are next up to do the starters job and this document attached gives a good guide to how we think the days will give us a better experience.

 

Next is a document from the Men’s committee regarding the way they intend to update the club competitions. It is well written and describes how they intend to run from now on. This is a step forward for all of us in the Men’ section.

 

The last document is information about next weekend’s Masters Tournament and how you can all take part in a Fantasy League with some great prizes on offer all organised by Head Professional Mark Peddar.

 

And so onto last week’s golf. On Thursday we had a yellow ball fourball which , using all four scores, brought in some amazing numbers. 12 teams competed which is a great turnout given the friendly match against Ashford ran at the same time. The top three teams were:

1st  David James, Bill Grimley, David Hinge and Murray Tinworth with 190 pts winning £15 each.

2nd Brian Hewitt, Maurice O’Connell, George Stevens, Dave Sealey with 189 pts winning £10 each.

3rd Peter Norman, Dennis Gadd, Fran Reardon, and Ian Cogger with 188 pts winning £5 each.

 

On Thursday we played our 2nd friendly of the season against Ashford and scraped home 3 ½ to 2 ½. A hard fought match with a great reward at the end namely the launch of the club’s new carvery which was raved about by all afterwards. Thanks to John Moss VC for getting this one organised and we look forward to the next one at home to Dale Hill next month. Get your names down early and as ever these matches are open to everyone regardless of handicap. Join in and enjoy some friendly competitive golf.

 

Finally we hosted Wildernesse at home to warm up our league team. Again a great day was had and , despite Keith Fisher going on a very long detour to Kings Hill via Wildernesse, a very successful one for League Captain David Lake and the team. We halved one and won 4 against a very competitive team from a different part of the Kent league structure. The common theme than ran through both matches was the competiveness and friendliness of all concerned and the uplifting experience of having great food on both days supplied by our revitalised catering team.

 

That’s it for now.

 

Best Regards

 

Larry Davis

Senior’s Captain

 

 

28th March

Well it looks like the weather is finally turning and the forecast for the week is improving until Friday.

This week we have 2 matches. Thursday we are at home to Ashford and on Friday the League team warm up with a friendly against Wildernesse. There has been no agreement as to the number of subs we can play and when we can bring them on but I am sure David has it all in hand.

 

Last week we had the sad news about Tony Hesford’s passing. We would like to recognise his contribution to the section by sending a floral tribute along with a donation. The charity element of the Memorial Trophy income on May 11th will be donated along with a collection from the membership. If you wish to make a donation to the family’s chosen charity, The Heart of Kent Hospice Maidstone, please use the brown envelope system in the proshop and mark it TONY DONATION.

 

So to last week’s medal results. What an interesting day we had with only 3 of 56 players breaking par and a CSS of 75, hence the significant handicap adjustments to Phil, Dennis and Robin. The full list of new handicaps and the results can be found on the board and the website.

 

Finally a plea from the committee regarding score entries. In order to smooth and hasten the closing of competitions could you please ensure that you enter your score into the computer terminal and place your signed scorecards in the box next to the terminal. If you wish to N/R this still has to be done in the same way. These are "no returns" of a score, not a "no return" of a scorecard.

It is extremely time consuming finding out who has not returned a scorecard or failed to enter a score into the computer and following this simple procedure would enable us to publish the results and any handicap adjustments in a timely fashion.

 

Many thanks and see you on the course.

 

 

 

Best Regards

 

Larry Davis

16th March

Well chaps, spring has really sprung this week and the playing conditions on the course have been great (despite the foggy start today!)

 

I have a few bits of news starting with the March Stableford which saw a hotly contested leaderboard and some great scores too:

1st Robin August 39pts

2nd Roger Bennett 38pts

3rd Ken Staerk 38 pts

4th Phil Lennon 37 pts

5th Peter Waters 36 pts

52nd Larry Davis 22pts

As you can see the captaincy is not affecting my game at all.

 

Last week Chris Broughton managed to beat John Holt in the semi-final of the Winter Matchplay and was doubly pleased to achieve his first ever hole in one after 35 years of playing golf. Well done Chris. Sadly the clubhouse was empty when Chris came in so hopefully there will be a celebration soon.(only kidding).

 

The Winter Eclectic finished last Friday. This year we decided to give prizes to two groups based on handicap. The cut was at handicap 18 based on the starting handicaps of all entrants.

After several months of competition the final placings were:

Overall winner Richard Yeo,

Runner up Mike Kavanagh

 

Low handicap winner Chris Broughton

Runner up Roger Bennett

 

Wednesday 15th saw the first friendly of the season with Nizels visiting Kings Hill. A splendid match played in great spirit and a close call for us winning by the slim margin of 3½ to 2½.

 

Finally the fog delayed Cecil Leach competition, which is a charity 4 club and putter competition in aid of the Kent Playing Fields Association.

In the end we had 32 players and much thanks go to David Lake for being on hand to manage the complication of a fog delay. The result was as follows

 

1st Alex Parietti 39pts

2nd Keith Fisher 37 pts

3rd Chris Broughton 35 pts

4th George Stevens 34pts

5th Mike Kavanagh 34 pts.

 

Next week the fun really starts with our first medal so good luck to everyone.

Larry

3rd March

Yesterday we had the first big trophy of the year, The Founders. This is a special competition to recognise the longevity of our membership. The results are as follows:

1st Brian Rayner 43 pts off 21 plus 10 shots

2nd Mike Gibson 43 pts off 7 plus 7 shots

3rd Peter Bryant 42 pts off 11 plus 8 shots

 

A further prize, supplied by Peter Brooks, recognised those that have been a senior for 6 or less years.

The winner was David Kent with a great score of 41 pts off 10 plus only 1 shot .

 

Following the last committee meeting the minutes will be on the website shortly and a copy will be in the book tomorrow.

 

I have sent you all the entry form for the Seniors Open and Invitational to be held on the 19th June. As a section we want this to be a great success and would encourage everyone to think about either entering a team of friends or passing the form to friends from other clubs. It will be a very relaxed day with some good food and good prizes.

 

That’s all for now.

 

 

Larry

25th February

 

Hi Chaps, thanks for all your birthday wishes and I hope those that stayed on Thursday enjoyed the cake !

Here are the results from the last couple of weeks:

February Stableford 2 16th Feb

1st Mike Kavanagh 44 pts £40

2nd Paul Edwards 41 Pts £30

3rd Peter Bryant 38 pts £20

4th David Hinge 38 pts £10

5th Chris Broughton 37 pts £5

 

The Captain’s Birthday Tee dance was cancelled due to Doris Day still Que Sera Sera.

We played 9 holes for  £1 in the pot.

 

1st Phil Lennon 20pts (£15)

2nd Rob Swainston  20pts (£10) countback back 6

3rd Bill Grimley 18 Pts £5

All monies will go onto the bar cards first week in March.

As I have been away for a couple of comps here is a brief update on what has been happening.

February 9th

Waltz + 1

There was some confusion on Thursday morning and the lack of a starter did not help. Players were moved around and some did not even get a game. The committee have already discussed this and will publish plans for the future organisation of our days after our committee meeting on the 16th February.

The results of this event are:

1st  Len Firestone,John Holt, Phil Lennon, Pat McGrory 118pts

2nd Robin August, Rob Swainson, Alastair Byron, Roger Bennett 113 pts

 

February 2nd

February Stableford.

The weather abated and we were able to field a good number for this. The results are as follows

1st John Jarrett 39 pts

2nd Mike Kavanagh 38 pts

3rd John Thornewell 37pts

4th Andy Sale 37 pts

5th Jon Janes 37 pts

January 27th

Well it was a bit chilly wasn’t it!. 52 paid 42 returned cards. Hopefully the 10 that didn’t return their cards are not bivouacked in the woods waiting for help to arrive.

 

The committee has decided to extend the prize list to 3rd place for pairs comps so the result is as follows:

1st Roy Croucher and John Jarrett 46 pts (£25 each)

2nd Steve Faulkner and Jim Guard 45 pts(£15 each)

3rd Alex Parietti and Chris Broughton 44 pts (£10 each)

The money will be credited to the bar cards on or just after the 1st February.

 

Hopefully next Thursday we can play without a full mountaineering outfit on.

 

Best Regards

 

Larry Davis

Senior’s Captain

January 20th

 The weather has not been too kind to us recently so our efforts have been somewhat curtailed. Two events became "pound in the pot" and only the Stableford on the 12th was completed as planned.

Check out the Eclectic and Grand Prix pages via the button on the right for your up to date positions, and hopefully we will have a full house for next weeks 2 ball Texas.

With 107 members now we are averaging over 50 players per week so there is plenty of competition. The friendlies sign up sheet is now on the board and the committee are gearing up for the Open in June. 

Have a good week.

Larry

Dear chaps, a great thank you to everyone that turned out today in challenging conditions to play this annual event. My thanks also go to Ken Cop for managing the halfway nips and collecting the cards and Mike Gibson for making sure everyone got a game and had correct footwear!

The food offering was very well received with many great comments about the service and quality of the Goulash Soup. So much so that we have asked for it again when we play our Texas Scramble. The Captains Christmas prize draw will happen on the same day (December 15th) so make sure you see Joy Stevens or Judy Leadley Wood to secure your chance to win one of 3 good prizes.

The result of the St Andrews Greensomes was very close with some exceptional scores but:

2nd with 39 pts (16 back 9) Alex Parietti and Steve Lewis who get a £10 credit each on their bar card

1st with 39 pts (17 back 9) Mike Gibson and Paul Savastano who get  £15 each on their bar card and the Ted Peel Quaich.

 

Thanks to John Holt for making sure all sign up sheets for December are on the board and filling up fast.

 

I look forward to seeing you all again soon

 

 

Best Regards

 

Larry Davis

Senior’s Captain

Kings Hill GC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Following the busy Anniversary week and the AGM's it was back to business for the Seniors. 

October 29th saw the re-scheduled Elders v Saplings. David Hinge led the Elders and Paul Saxby the Saplings. At one point it was very close but in the end the Saplings won by 19 points. Maurice O'Connell won nearest the pin and a prize donated by the Saplings Captain. I hope he likes fish!

click here for the pictures.