Canterbury Golf Club

Notable rounds in the 1930's

1932 – Playing in the Pilgrims’ Cup that year, Douglas Grant marked the occasion with a 69, but his score was eclipsed by the second round 67 of Charles Sweeney, also an American, who won with a two round total of 139 net.  Charles Sweeney later married Margaret Whigham who became the notorious Duchess of Argyll after their divorce.  During the Second World War, Sweeney though an American, was responsible for the formation of the Eagle Squadrons when the R.A.F. desperately needed fighter pilots.

1934 - Sam King, the Knole Park Assistant Professional and future Ryder Cup competitor played at Canterbury for the first time in the Kent Professional Championship.  He equalled the course record with a 67! His figures were: Out - 434433434=32 and In - 534434624=35.

1936 - A new course record was set in the Pilgrims’ Cup by Douglas Grant, Canterbury’s first Captain, who shot a 66!  His outward nine was recorded as 423434534=32 (with birdies at the 1 st , 2 nd , 3 rd and 9 th ).  He came home in 435343444=34 (with birdies at the 10 th , 13 th and 18 th with an eagle 3 at the 15 th !) In those days the course bogey was 534434535:36 534445444:37 =73, par only coming later.

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