Dale gets one over fel­low leg­ends

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Golf -

Chris Dale had his ri­vals in a spin in the third Leg­ends of Kent Cricket golf tour­na­ment at Can­ter­bury on Thurs­day, win­ning the com­pe­ti­tion by four points. Fif­teen-hand­i­cap Dale, a slow left-armer with Kent and Glouces­ter­shire in the 1980s, ran up 40 points to fin­ish well clear of run­nerup Julian Thomp­son, with Dar­ren Stevens and John Shep­herd shar­ing third place, a point fur­ther back. So good was Dale’s per­for­mance – he made 11 pars – that he was able to en­joy the lux­ury of two no-score holes. Thomp­son, mean­while, had two birdies in his 36 points, as did Stevens and Shep­herd. The fin­ish­ing or­der in the team event was much closer, with only two points sep­a­rat­ing the lead­ing three teams. Twenty-one past or present Kent crick­eters took part and it was young fast bowl­ing prospect Matt Hunn who fea­tured at the head of the leader­board in the team event, along with Dave Tottman, Sam Plews and Paul Blake. They to­talled 93 points in the best two-from-four for­mat to just gain the edge over Stevens, Ali­son Kingston, David Kingston and Tony Bax­ter, who fin­ished a point be­hind. In third place, one point in ar­rears, were last year’s in­di­vid­ual cham­pion, Matt Coles and his team­mates Nigel Steven­son, Alex Mcbeth and Dave Gre­gory. The Leg­ends tro­phy was pre­sented by for­mer Kent and Eng­land pace­man Alan Ig­gles­den, whose brain tu­mour char­ity was the day’s ben­e­fi­ciary. Ig­gles­den had made the jour­ney from York­shire, where he now lives, to take part in the day.

From left, team win­ners Matt Hunn, Sam Plews, Paul Blake and Dave Tottman with, cen­tre, Alan Ig­gles­den

Chris Dale re­ceives his win­ner’s tro­phy from Alan Ig­gles­den

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