Next year 2020 being our 25th anniversary year I am honoured to be your captain and some of you will know me as your secretary, a position I have enjoyed carrying out these past four years. However, I now feel the time is right to hand over the role, so I am pleased that I have a worthy successor in Nigel Courtney.
I will be 73 in 2020 and like Brian I have 3 daughters and 7 grandchildren with ages 19 to 1 year which keeps me busy. I took up golf some 32years ago and started playing at Darenth Valley golf club but then I joined the Metropolitan Police and the nature of my job prevented me from playing. On my retirement 13 years ago, I joined Fawkham G.C now Corinthians and have been playing regularly since then.
My chosen charity for 2020 will be the Alzheimer’s society. Research shows there are 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK. The society provides information and support for people with all forms of dementia and for those who care for them, so I feel this is a worthy charity to support.
Special thanks to Brian for the past year with all the interesting facts about the courses and his support whilst I was secretary.
My vice-captain will be Martyn Dines and I look forward to working with him in 2020 also with all the officers and committee of the AKVG.
All that remains is to wish you all good luck and health for the coming season and I hope to see you all on my captain’s day.
Dave Parker MBE
2019: Brian Rayner, Kings Hill GC
2018: Nigel Courtney, Westerham GC
2017: Eddie Ruff, Chestfield GC
2016: Bill Piper, Wrotham Heath GC
2015: Reg Greenwood, Bearsted GC
2014: Bert Bowen, Faversham GC
2013: Ian McInnis, Park Wood GC.
2012: Ian Fright; Prince’s G.C.
2011: Jim Silvester; Redlibbets G.C.
2010: Richard Hedley; Broome Park G.C.
2009: Terry Jones; Shortlands G.C.
2008: J. Clark Button; Cobtree Manor Park G.C.
2007: Norman Fisher; Hemsted Forest G.C