Escape to the Perfect Town

Filming of this BBC1 programme about a property hunt in Tunbridge Wells took place in July. The programme aired on Monday 14th October and features quite a good four minute segment about croquet at our club (starting at about 37 minutes in).

They also managed to include some views of the backs of players in the GC Worlds too, including the new World Champion!

The programme is available on the BBC iPlayer for the next 30 days and we hope to get a copy of this programme for our own use in due course.

Thanks to Natalya for starring in our bit.

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Simon Manwaring wins our GC New Members Tournament

A bit belated to report: Simon Manwaring won our initial tournament on 28th September in good weather with three straight wins.

Trevor Houghton-Berry won two games and Dave Grimshaw won one, with Philip Osman, despite playing some very good shots, none.

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Finals Day success

We managed to complete seven finals in splendid weather on Finals Day with only the Golf High Bisquers. Golf New Players and Miriam Reader Association Doubles outstanding.

GC Doubles Final

See our 2019 Competitions page for full competition details.

Thanks, as usual, to Kate Sander for providing a delectable lunch and cakes for the players and the spectators.

Alex celebrated his birthday by winning the Spa Salver, but losing the Lustau Cup. Congratulations to him.

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Andy Dibben retains Honeygrove Cup

Just short of a full house of 11 players entered our annual Advanced Tournament, the Honeygrove Cup, with most of the usual suspects.

Our lawns were delightful and the fastest they’ve ever been.  The weather was a little cool with the wind, but held up until a rain shower after most people had finished at the end of Saturday.

Chris Coull seemed to be running away with the tournament, beaten undefeated after 5 games. However it was all up to the final game – Andy v Chris. In the end Andy ran out the easy winner as Chris only managed one hoop and won the tournament on a tie-break since he’d also got 5 wins and had beaten Chris.

Honeygrove Cup

Honeygrove Cup – with 5/6 Chris Coull (left), manager Alex Jardine and Andy Dibben, winner on tie-break (right)

Results are:

Flexible SwissClubHandicapGamesWinsWin %Results
Chris CoullSussex County-0.56583.3%D.H Boyd +8, C.Barham +21, K.Carter +5, J.Diamond +14, B.Havill +25, A.Dibben -25
Andy DibbenSurbiton-0.56583.3%B.Havill -3, J.Lamb +25, P.Castell +17, D.H Boyd +8, J.Diamond +2, C.Coull +25
Brian HavillWatford0.54375.0%C.Martin +26, A.Dibben +3, J.Lamb +21, C.Coull -25
David BoydRother Valley25360.0%C.Coull -8, K.Carter +1, C.Barham +21, A.Dibben -8, P.Castell +11
Jon DiamondTunbridge Wells06350.0%C.Martin -9, J.Lamb +13, P.Castell +17, A.Jardine +11, C.Coull -14, A.Dibben -2
Paul CastellSussex County-0.57342.9%A.Jardine +11, C.Martin +25, J.Diamond -17, A.Dibben -17, C.Barham +24, D.H Boyd -11, K.Carter -21
Chris BarhamTunbridge Wells85240.0%K.Carter +6, C.Coull -21, D.H Boyd -21, P.Castell -24, C.Martin +1
Charlie MartinRamsgate56233.3%J.Diamond +9, P.Castell -25, B.Havill -26, J.Lamb -25, K.Carter +12, C.Barham -1
Kevin CarterSurbiton06233.3%C.Barham -6, D.H Boyd -1, C.Coull -5, C.Martin -12, J.Lamb +12, P.Castell +21
Jonathan LambCanterbury-0.56233.3%J.Diamond -13, A.Dibben -25, C.Martin +25, B.Havill -21, K.Carter -12, A.Jardine +12
Alex JardineTunbridge Wells2300.0%P.Castell -11, J.Diamond -11, J.Lamb -12
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Barney Lewis almost wins!

Barney came second in the Area Final for the CA All England handicap event held at Surbiton last weekend, so qualifies for the Final being held at Hunstanton this weekend. John Knight from Reigate was the winner.

Unfortunately this means he may miss his potential Doubles Final this Sunday!

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SECF A league v Sussex County – lost 3:4

A decent match at last!

We were on average one handicap weaker than them, but came out of the morning session 2:1 up. This is the first time this has happened in an A league match for a long time (for ever?).

Unfortunately neither Jon, nor Jolyon, played at quite the same level in the afternoon as the morning and although Alex won in an exciting 3-ball ending, having pegged out one of Alan’s balls, John lost the final game narrowly to Lizdespite a number of chances and so we lost…

Jon Diamond (0) & Jolyon Creasey (0.5) beat Chris Coull (-0.5) & Paul Castell (-0.5) + 3
John Greenwood (2.5) beat Alan Cottle (-0.5) +2
Alex Jardine (2) lost to Liz Farrow (1.5) – 17
Jon lost to Chris -11
Jolyon lost to Paul -14
Alex beat Alan +2
John lost to Liz by a small amount 

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SECF Golf Level League v Merton – lost 0:7

A bad day at the office, the only saving grace being that we were on average one handicap difference worse off…

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Kent comes 4th in the Golf Intercounties

Having come 2nd last year the addition of Jon Diamond didn’t improve the results and we came 4th! (Not surprisingly, since Notts had a team of four players with handicaps of -4.)

2019 GC Intercounties final results

As can be seen from the results board Notts lost out to Somerset this year, but our downfall was day 1 when we only won three of our six matches. Still we were well above the relegation zone, so look forward to playing at Southwick again next year.

Our Kent team was Tobi Savage from Canterbury, Mark Daley from Dulwich, David Dray (who may join us next year as he lives in Paddock Wood) and Jon Diamond.

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SECF Golf Croquet Teams Day

Not our best performance, but not too badly either!

13th and 17th out of 22 in the Doubles, with 3 wins, 4 losses and one halved. 6th and 20th in the Singles with 9 wins, 12 losses and 3 halved.

Derek Crocombe writes: “Our star performer was newcomer Bruce Edwards who was successful in four out of 5 games. 

Also congratulations Kate & Michael Sander who both won as many as they lost and Nigel Barton and John Allen who were unbeaten as  Doubles combination.

We could, however, have made better use of our extra turns!”

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