Senior Golf Tour
This year’s Senior Golf Tour saw the first team squad travel to Kent where they would experience two of the top Links courses in Britain and another “Open Qualifier” over the course of four days.
The tour started at Littlestone GC, ranked in the top fifty courses in the UK. The weather was calm making the course more playable than it can be in the wind. RGS ran out winners by four games to one, only losing the top match against their England international girl.
Day two saw RGS at Rye GC, the home of the Oxford & Cambridge President’s Putter and a real test of a player’s game. Rye did not have a junior side so we played our own competition. Everyone played solidly, but Sam Dukes and Cian Clancey won the morning round with 34 points. After a magnificent lunch we played their second course and over nine holes Sam came out top again with 18 points.
The third day saw RGS driving to the far eastern edge of Kent to play North Foreland, another course used as an open qualifier. Beautiful sunshine and very little wind made for five very close matches with all games going to the 17th hole, before the home side triumphed 3-2.
Our final day took us to the inland course of Ashford GC, a really lovely parkland course near the M20. Again they had struggled to get a junior side out so we played our own tournament. Sam continued his rich vein of form and scored 41 points in partnership with Tom Riddick, with Cian and Alex Skinner close behind.
The squad were a pleasure to take away and were impeccably behaved everywhere that we went. The Brill cup was predictably won by Sam Dukes for an outstanding weeks golf, but all players performed well. Roll on 2018 and the West Country Tour!