Kent named as County of the Year at 2022 England Golf Awards

Kent Golf’s successes on and off the course in the last year has won them the title of ‘County of the Year’ for 2022 sponsored by Your Golf Travel.

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Following the merger of the men’s union and ladies’ association in 2020, the unified body has gone from strength to strength and the award reflects their efforts to develop the game across the county.

The county prides itself on its open communication with its clubs and golfers with 1300 subscribers to its newsletters and a growing following on its active social media accounts bringing their community of golfers together.

A heavy emphasis on junior golf has paid dividends with Kent’s activities for young golfers impressing the England Golf Awards judges.

Two new junior academies for golfers with a disability have recently been set up at Kings Hill and Stonelees golf clubs.

In total, six junior academies in the county are helping boys and girls reach their potential.

During the pandemic, a junior development support grant of £1,000 was offered to clubs looking to implement creative ideas.

A new ‘Invicta 10s’ Tour (pictured above) has also encouraged those young golfers with a handicap index greater than 40 to enjoy competitions and develop their confidence on the course.

An early signatory to The R&A’s Women in Golf Charter, Kent has also prioritised SafeGolf accreditation among its clubs and facilities.

By September 2021, all 82 clubs and two golf facilities in the county had achieved SafeGolf accreditation.

On behalf of Kent, chairman Peter Long accepted the award and promised to continue the county’s good work.

He said: “We’re doing further launches of junior academies and will take our women and girls programme forward. We will invest in our clubs and we have issued grants to develop golf. All our efforts are going into grassroots golf.”