Dartford Valley RFC triumphant at West Kent Golf Day

After Wooden Spoon Kent had to cancel their West Kent Golf Day at Knole Park Golf Club on the 12th of June due to Covid-19, the event managed to be successfully rescheduled for the day of the 23rd October.

Due to social distancing requirements, the format was changed from a shotgun start at 09.00hrs followed by lunch in the clubhouse to individual tee times starting at 08.00hrs with the last of the 29 4ball teams starting at 12.40hrs. Fortunately everyone played at a very good speed so that we had no problems with fading light for the last teams off.

Event Organiser, Peter Johnston said “Adger Brown, our MC/Auctioneer spent the whole day with us keeping everyone amused on the 1st tee and afterwards, both outside and inside the clubhouse. Joan Wells, our photographer also spent the day with us. A special mention too for Carolyn, who spent most of day on the first tee handing out snacks and a cans of drink to the players and also ran the raffle.

We played a Stableford competition with the best two scores to count on each hole. Golf was extremely competitive with five teams scoring in the nineties. 1st with 94 points was the Dartford Valley RFC ‘Handsome Blokes’ team, 2nd with 93 points was Wet Golfers team, 3rd with 92 points was the Dartford Valley RFC ‘Professionals’ team, 4th with 90 points was the Carpenters Arms team scoring 47 points on the back nine and 5th, also with 90 points, was the Libbets Misfits team scoring 46 points on the back 9.

Knole Park Golf Club looked after us extremely well, presenting their course in excellent condition so a big thanks to the head greenskeeper and his staff. Food was more basic that past year’s with a bacon roll/coffee before play followed by a sausage baguette when play had finished. All teams were asked to vacate Knole park 60 minutes after playing so that we good stick to current social distancing requirements.

Everyone supported the raffle very generously and also our silent auction, meaning that we were able to raise in excess of £6,900.00. A superb outcome for our projects for disadvantaged children in Kent considering the current circumstances.

Finally, a very big thank you to all the team captains and their team members for supporting the day so brilliantly.”

For your diaries, please note that we’ll be back at Knole Park Golf Club next year on Friday 11th June, when hopefully we can get back to the usual format of a shotgun start followed by lunch.

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