Last Sunday (29th September) we were crowned Kent Amateur Foursomes Champions for the first time, after a hard fought contest with Wrotham Heath Golf club at Sittingbourne. For much of the morning it looked as if the final wouldn’t take place, with many of the greens flooded from prolonged heavy rain. But after a short delay we were sent out to play.
Match 1, consisting of Nick Panting and Ricky Hall, took control of the game right from the off and, by the time they reached the 10th tee they were 6 up. Match 2, with Mike Bush and Sam Shearer, had a much closer contest and finished the front 9 all square.
Bush and Shearer looked like they would take a hold at the start of the back nine but, after a huge save by the opposition at the 12th, and then a couple of errors by our team on holes 14-16, we were suddenly 3 down on the 17th tee, and that's how the match finished.
But Hall and Panting held their nerve up front and finished their match 6 up, and so the contest was over, with R&CPGC winning by 3 holes overall. A tremendous achievement by our team, many congratulations to all who played throughout the season!
The victorious team (from left: Ricky Hall, Nick Panting, Mike Bush and Sam Shearer) celebrate with Club Vice-Captain Mark Riddick.