Winners and whitewashes

words: Brian Hart, SAIFInsure
Gordon Kee Cup

The rescheduled Kee Cup took place at the end of August. This was the event’s 26th unbroken year. The Cup was re-named in 2004, in memory of the late Gorden Kee, founder of Golden Charter.

The match is between funeral directors and the trade suppliers and is played over two days. This year the venue was the famous Prince’s Links Golf Club in Sandwich, Kent.

Before play started the players had a minute’s silence, with the top off the cup, in memory of those who had played in, or had been connected to this event, Paul Bysouth, Jamie Hawes, Gordon Ferguson, Matthew Gallagher, Susan Edwards and Welsh king, Gwilym Price.

The first day’s play saw a whitewash as the SAIF team won the Pairs, 5-0. Augustus Gloop and Snoop Bobby Dog rallied their team in the bar and prepared for the second day’s Singles play. Unfortunately the SAIF team won the Singles 7-3, making the final result 12-3 – there were several very big wins, with some dog licences being handed out: 7/6 (in old money).

The presentation ceremony saw over £1,500 in fines being collected by the Fine-Master, Augustus Gloop, with a further £1,500 being raised by Pope Gazza 1st when he auctioned the ‘soon to be famous’ Bradnams ‘bare all’ nude calendar 2021. (These can be purchased online via the fundraising page: www.justgiving. com/fundraising/davidspittle).

The money raised for charity will be divided between the SAIF President’s charity, Winston’s Wish and Hillside Special School for Autism.

The usual traditions took place, with the virgin newbies singing songs including Sweet Caroline from Cool Hand Luke (Allum), Sweet Chariot from Heston Blumenthal (Alex from Westerleigh) and a rousing rendition of La Bamba sung in Spanish by Chris from Comtecs!

Tribute was once again paid to those lost with a group performance of the Icelandic clap and roar. Once again the clear winner was golf and those fantastic charities.

Next year the event will be held at The Belfry on May 11. Any funeral director or trade supplier who would like to play or offer sponsorship should please contact either Gary Neill or Brian Hart.

Grateful thanks to our sponsors this year, Open pre-need plans, Bradnam Joinery, Coleman Milne, Daniel Robinson & Sons, Donatis, Westerleigh, SAIFInsure, RNS Publications, Funeralzone and Legacy Expressions.

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