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June 2012 ISSUE 2

What’s In The bag

Simon Khan?

On the greens

Thorndon Park page 14

Chi power golf

Coaches Corner

with Jayne Storey Page 36

Interview with Brett Taylor page 30

County News

Hospitality at Channells page 24

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3 Mike Spall Welcome

Welcome If truth be told, my first association with golf was in the mid 1950’s when a friend told me I could earn as much as five shillings (that’s 25p for our younger readers) for one round of caddying, the same as I was earning for a whole week’s paper round! So the following week I went along to the West Essex Golf Club and got a job caddying for a member in a Thornton Cup match. That member turned out to be the very well-known Dingy Bell, and I soon became his regular caddy. I had a very enjoyable time as the regular caddy of one of the best young golfers in the club, and together we travelled all over the south of England to major clubs and tournaments. I was so inspired by these early impression that, after spending 40 years in the property business, I sold my firm and retired early to devote more of my time to the county and the sport that I love. During my 22 years on the Essex Golf Union, I have seen the county go from strength to strength. We have more promising new talent than ever before. And in 2009 of course, came our first ever English County Championship win. We truly do have much to be proud of. It is therefore my sincere pleasure to introduce you, dear reader, to the official Essex Golf Union magazine, which we hope will enable us to inspire and inform you, and whip up some Essex spirit. Within this magazine we will regularly provide top interviews and probing features on the great and good of Essex golfing past and present. We will encourage local golfers and golf enthusiasts of all ages and abilities by providing information on scholarships and coaching programmes. This, dear readers, is not my magazine, it is our magazine. You may write or email your thoughts, ideas or suggestions for articles, ensuring this is truly a community magazine. The world has changed a lot since the days that I earned five shillings for a day of caddying. The union aims to move with the times whilst retaining our respect for the game and sense of tradition. The reason we have created this digital magazine, is to get all the information about our favourite game in our favourite county straight to you as efficiently as possible. We hope you are proud of what we are aiming to achieve and showcase, and we urge you to spread the word! Tweet about us, post us on Facebook, or simply tell your friends when you next see them for an ale. Go forth proudly, and together, with the right amount of enthusiasm, we can make Essex the greatest golfing county in the land. Mike Spall President Essex Golf Union

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Presidents welcome Mike Spall


Our history


Captains log Greg Barrett


On the Greens at Thordon Park


PGA Round Up at Thordon Park


Essex Golf Union Contact Us


The Brigadier Says...


In The Clubhouse Channells


What’s in the Bag? Simon Khan


Coaches Corner Brett Taylor


On the greens at Thorndon



Chi Power Golf Jayne Storey


Amatuer Interview Mason Papple


County News 38



Essex Venues


Champions role of Honour



Team Competitions 64


25 Under 25 68

46 25 under 25 25 top amateurs of 2011

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Under 14’s Keith Mitchell

25 Under 25

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JoRdan WallaCe Maylands

danny CaRRoll essex g&cc

JoRdan slateR harWich & dovercourt

Joe Kelly Woolston Manor

bobby Keeble West essex

alasdaiR plumb chelMsford

ben HeRbeRt clacton-on-sea

geoRge evans Benton hall

ReeCe FRanCis loughton

HugH Campbell West essex

mason papple stock Brook Manor

RiCKy bRaCKenbuRy orsett

dan gaRneR roMford

mitCHell saRling rochford hundred

JaCK Heasman West essex

JaKe bond Wanstead

Jame allan chelMsford

luKe RiCHaRdson Braintree

sam Wilding roMford

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JaCK Hiluta chelMsford

ReeCe pHillips West essex

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First We Take Romford, Then We Take The World: President Mike Spall talks us through the Proud History of The Essex Golf Union


t was on a blustery late February day in 1924 that amateur golfers from Woodford to Wanstead, from Ilford to Boyce Hill, mustered their forces at Romford Golf Club united in the sole aim of promoting and developing amateur golf in their county. Representatives from no less than sixteen clubs gathered here on this historic day, and, after several ales, The Essex Golf Union was born. Under the watchful eye of First President of The Union and Captain of Wanstead Golf Club, J. J. Esplen, the members set about arranging a competition. The first arranged by the Union was a 36 holes medal, which became the Essex Amateur Championship, and was open to members of all Essex Clubs with a handicap of 12 or under. In 1924 Mr.C.Law (club unknown) was the first ever Essex Amateur Champion. The Championship continued to be played over 36 holes until 1955 when it was expanded to its current format of 72 holes. Early Minutes of the Union Committee Meetings reveal that

a number of notable people including Sir Winston Churchill, T. A. Torrance (Captain Walker Cup Team), Bernard Darwin and the Lord Chief Justice were all invited to the Union’s Annual Dinners on various occasions. We can only assume Churchill himself was more interested in the ale than the golf, given he once described his experience of playing the game as “Like chasing a quinine pill around a cow pasture.” The Essex Golf Union has gone from strength to strength over the years, never faltering in its aim to promote, encourage and inspire Essex amateur golfers. The creation of many more competitions and trophies is testament to this- The Veterans Trophy (Est. 1927), The Boys Championship (Est. 1932), and The Youth Shield (Est. 1951) to name but a few. This patronage and local encouragement has led to notable successes with Essex at a national level. (See subsection 1. Notable Firsts)

“[Playing golf] is like chasing a quinine pill around a cow pasture� Winston Churchill


10 ESSEX GOLF UNION history Throughout the years we have produced many outstanding players. In the 1950/60’s there was Ken Budd of West Essex and Sir Michael Bonallack of Thorpe Hall. The record of Sir Michael was quite outstanding and he was perhaps the greatest amateur of modern times winning the Essex County Championship 9 times from 1954, and a multitude of regional and national accolades culminating in his tenure as President of the English Golf Union and rightfully inducted into The World Golf Hall of Fame in 2001. In recent years we have continued to help, encourage and develop many golfers that have fared well both in amateur ranks and, later, professionally. (See Subsection 2. Current Successful Players) In line with its objectives, The Essex Golf Union is proud to promote Golf at its highest level. We currently run Teams at under 14, under 16, under 18, colts (under 21), full County Team and Seniors (over 55’s.) In addition we have a wide range of coaching programmes to suit all levels, ages and abilities. We also arrange a number of County Competitions, including The Keating Trophy, The Cliffords Trophy and The Chigwel Bowl, and organise various Club Team Events. (See Subsection 3. Tournaments) With an extremely talented team and incredible amounts of dedication and hard work, golf in our county has gone from strength to strength, and in 2009 we saw the most well deserved success when we were crowned the English County Champions for the first time. Though we have a long and distinguished history, there has never been a more promising and exciting time in Essex Golf, and in conjunction with our global media partners Think Sports Media Ltd, we are putting every resource into ensuring further success in the future.

Notable county firsts 1971- For the first time since the competition was inaugurated in 1928 the Essex County Team gained first place in the S.E. Group qualifying competition for the English County Championship, defeating Surrey,

One of the key people who over the years has helped define our history Michael Bonallack

1982 President English Golf Union 1983/89 Secretary, Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews 1991 The Gerald Micklem Award Presented for his outstanding contribution to the interests of Amateur Golf in England 1999/2000 Captain, Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews 2001 Inducted into the World Of Golf Hall Of Fame Appointed President of The Golf Foundation

Sussex, Hampshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, Middlesex, Kent and B.B. & O. in a tremendously exciting finish at Northwood G. C. on 31st July 1971. In the final Staffordshire only narrowly beat Essex.

1997 – For the second time in its history the County team gained first place in the S.E group qualifying competition for the English County Championship.

1997 – For the first time in the history of ECAGU the boys won the English Boys County Championship. The Boys Team also won the S.E. Foursomes Championship.


– For the first time in our history the County Team won the English Men’s County Championship. The Team was Matt Southgate, Jack Winer, James Webber, Andy Shakespeare, Ross Dee, Ross Spurgeon and Jay Beiser. In addition Dale Whitnell played in the qualifying event but had turned professional before the final.

Current success Notable examples are the Walker Cup Players Richard McEvoy, Oliver Fisher and Dale Whitnell. We currently have Simon Khan, Lloyd Kennedy, Richard McEvoy, Matt Southgate , Oliver Fisher and Robbie Coles on the European Tour, Dale Whitnell and Dan Brooks on the Challenge Tour and many promising players who are progressing through the lower ranked professional tours. In addition we have Geoff King of West Essex who won the English Seniors Championship and who represents England Internationally, Jack Heasman who has represented England at Junior level and Jack Hiluta who has also represented England.

Tournaments County Tournaments – The Keating Trophy, The Cliffords Trophy, The Chigwell Bowl, The Romford Trophy, and The Upminster Bowl. Club Team events – The Thorton Cup, an interclub knockout played off scratch. There is also the Leslie Wood Trophy an interclub knockout for players with handicaps of 7.5 or over, The Seniors Knockout for players over the age of 55, the Youth Sheild – a competition for under 18’s, the initial rounds of which are played on a zonal basis, the Norman Plum Trophy – a knockout competition for category 3 and 4 players. The Essex Match Play Championship (Allan Lockwood Trophy) a knockout competition which is open to players over 18 with a handicap of less than 28 and is played off handicap. We also run The Essex Foursomes Championships and the Boys Foursomes Championship which are played off scratch, and not forgetting the Mullis Foursomes which is open to all handicaps.

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The surroundings alone make Ashwells the perfect spot for that special celebration–whether it’s a wedding, anniversary or company reception they are all given that extra touch of class. The friendly staff are available to offer advice on every aspect of your wedding day from local register offices to assistance with creating a personalised wedding menu for you and your guests. Also available are Weekday and Weekend Special and De-Luxe packages to suit all budgets. . Feel free to call on 01277 373828 to book your personal viewing. Weekday Weddings 50 daytime guests 100 evening guests Wedding Packages From £3,895* Inc VAT

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12 CAPTAIN'S LOG Greg barrett

Captain’s Log Marcus Bain interviews Greg Barrett Club Captain at Five Lakes


ach month we at the union attempt to track down that vital of Golf Club members-The Club Captain. Often busy with rigorous training, they can be tricky to pin down. We were lucky enough to catch Greg Barrett, Captain of Five Lakes, and ask him a few questions.

 Of all the great and wonderful sports in the world,what was it about golf that attracted you to the game? I started golf late in life having played football when I was younger, it is a sport where you are really only playing yourself and it brings out the competitor in you.

 How long have you been Captain at the club? And what extra duties and responsibilities does your role entail? I took up the captaincy in November 2011 after serving 12 months as Vice Captain. And feel that being a role model in etiquette for the juniors and members to follow.

 What would you say was the high point or greatest achievement for the club since your tenure as Captain, what are you most proud of? As I only took up office in November2011 it is early days in my year as Captain,however the development of our junior section, processing the club to the GolfMark status will be of considerable benefit.

 There are a wide range of great golf facilities in Essex,what makes your club special enough for you to choose it as your home club? It was the local club,but also the friendliest club to a rooky when looking to join. Also having two 18 hole courses, 8 bay driving range extensive practise facilities with practice bunker and chipping green,aswell as putting greens might have had some bearing. Also a good mens calendar and successful Leslie F Wood, Thornton Cup, Essex seniors, Curry and Jubilee Cup teams.

 As Captain, you set an example for younger local players,I`m sure you must often be asked questions and advice by less experienced players. What do you think is the best advice one could give to a young golfer today? To enjoy your golf and the company of likeminded golfers. Observe the etiquette and rules of golf and play with a smile on your face.

 Is the role of Captain what you expected, how does the reality of it compare to the expectations you had of the role when you were younger? Yes the role of Captain is what I expected, but when I was younger it seemed to be in another world. The way this club is run by the committee is a great training ground.

 As Club Captain,who is the most indispensable member of your club,is there anyone you could’t do without? All the officers of the committee are indispensable in there own way`s, but I would not want to lose any of the committee

 What is your relationship to the Chairman? Is there much interplay between the higher ups and the players themselves,or do you act very much a middle ground between the two? The relationship between myself, the President, Secretary,Committee and competition organisers have the strong support of the Chairman and the Crowne Plaza hotel management.

14 on the greens THORNDON PARK

On the greens at Thorndon Park Carlo Navato interviews Robert George

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history It seems like such a long time ago when I trained as a Greenkeeper in Australia. I did my apprenticeship at Woollahara Golf Club in Sydney just not far from Bondi. Upon completing my training I was very lucky to be able to work at Royal Sydney Golf Club where I learnt many skills that have helped in my career right up to this present day. After some good years at Royal Sydney I followed the Assistant Super Intendant to another private members club called Pennant Hills golf. It wasn’t long before I got itchy feet and decided to go travelling around the world and my famous last words to my parents were don’t worry I’ll be back soon still echo some 15years later and I am still in the UK. The biggest hurdle was getting recognition for the qualifications I had achieved in Aus. So to cut a long story short pretty much every qualification had to be re-done, spraying, chainsaw, tractor driving, all-

terrain fork lift and the list goes on. My first job in the UK was working at two clubs, Kingswood Golf club and Surrey Downs in Reigate in Surrey then still working for the same company I was promoted to 1st Assistant and moved to Silvermere Golf Club. Still eager to move forward in my career I soon got the Deputy Head Green Keeper’s job at Coombe hill Golf where I was very fortunate do so many training courses and also complete my NVQ level 3 where I was also put forward for the Toro student of the year award where I unfortunately did not win but was lucky enough to be in the final 6. By the time I left Coombe in 2006 to take on the challenging role of Head Greenkeeper at Thorndon Park in Essex my CV was looking pretty full and I was ready for this role. Still keen to improve myself and my career prospect I have continued to update my gained qualifications and at present I am about to enter my second year of doing a foundation degree in sports turf management. Being Head Greenkeeper at Thorndon Park which is one of Harry Colt’s best kept secret Essex gems has been very rewarding to work on and the course, with full support and investment from members and officials has moved from strength to strength to represent a truly stunning golf course that is a pleasure to play and look at any time of the year.


hank you for agreeing to share your thoughts with the official Essex Golf Union Magazine. Clearly the function of maintaining any golf course is critical to the success of a club, and to the enjoyment of those who play it. Unfortunately many see the role of the green-keeping team simply as “cutting the grass� but there is so much more to it than that. Can you tell us what a typical day involves for you and your team? For me the day generally starts about an hour before the rest of my team. An early morning course inspection will assist in implementing planned work for the day and also allow me to record an informed telephone message which members can access to find out the current course conditions. It is hard to describe a typical day for myself as there are so many roles to fill, leading by example to set standards for work, supervising and overseeing current work, report writing, meetings, planning works, budget management, dealing with health and safety issues, tutoring and mentoring staff, talking with members and even putting on my mechanical hat, can be part of any day and being a highly conscious Head Greenkeeper, work more than often spills over into time at home. Staff numbers are boosted by 2 over the summer months to enable the team to produce the best possible playing conditions. Presentation is the highest priority and all the staff takes great pride in producing conditions that are very aesthetically pleasing to the eye and making the experience of playing Thorndon Park a very memorable occasion.

ďƒŽ What topography, soils and sub-soils typify your course, and what are the specific challenges that they pose to you and your team? Thorndon Park covers a vast area of land which over the years has been transformed from a typical park land to a heavily tree lined course with a large water feature that comes into play on the 3rd hole and continues through the course in a series of ditches and smaller ponds that help form the attractive landscape of the course. The course is by no means flat and the clubhouse is situated at the highest point of the land. From the highest points there are some magnificent views over Kent. Soils and sub-soils are very typical for this part of Essex with a mixture of brown, stony clay loams and sandy loams over more clay loams. These soils are not always ideal to work with but they suit this site. The associated problem of seasonal water logging is solved through good drainage and aeration programs, and the soil properties also state good nutrient retention to support the turf grown on site. As clay changes over the season, this can prove for some very testing golf at any level. Obviously the wet conditions over winter can provide an arduous slog around the course but when it dries out and firms up the golfing challenge is very demanding. The main challenge for the team are dealing with the wet conditions but with a good drainage and aeration program in place the course is more than playable almost every day of the year.


16 on the greens THORNDON PARK

 What are other ecology and biodiversity will a player enjoy at Thorndon Park? Thorndon Park is steeped in history and there are many aspects of the course that many visitors will enjoy. Besides the vast array of wildlife that is evident around the course and the countless hectares of woodland, players will enjoy lovely views across the hills of Kent; vistas that meander through woodland and across the course and many other conservation areas that are home to native grasses and wildflowers that grow naturally in and around the course.

 How does the course play during the more difficult periods of weather we experience in the UK – heavy rain, winter months, long dry spells? In the wetter months of the year it is amazing to see just how firm and dry the course remains. There are always going to be areas of concern but for a course that is on top of the London Basin with clay soils, the course copes very well and this is only helped through our drainage and maintenance programs. Summer can provide some very tough conditions not only for the players but from a maintenance point of view as well. Once the Essex clay has dried out and most of the grass species has decided to go dormant through summer drought stress, the Essex clay turns to Essex concrete and playing conditions are more difficult. Even though the course dries out and the turf suffers, definition of fairways, semi-rough and rough still remain. Greens, tees and greens surrounds have irrigation to help maintain the health of the sward but it never fails to amaze just how the presentation and beauty of the course remain in place in just about all extremities.

 What does your routine greens management regime involve such as scarifying, hollow-tining, verti-draining and top dressing? Many golfers are frustrated when the greens are being worked on – can you explain why it is necessary? The tendency to over complicate greens maintenance is very easy to do these days. For me keeping a simple rolling program of fertilizer, wetting agents, amendments and aeration makes maintenance easy. Of course there are bound to be issues that arise but my motto is that if there was something wrong with the maintenance program then the results would be very evident. The Club has a good relationship with our visiting agronomist David Stansfeild who is always at hand for advice and help. Maintenance programs such as top-dressing and aeration are always going to frustrate members but over time I believe that the results speak for themselves. Our greens are in excellent condition as a result of all of our combined maintenance programs but the other key to this success is communication. Being able to illustrate and communicate to the members the benefits and reasons for doing the work goes a long way.

 What grasses are used in your greens and what length of cut do you implement? Does this change throughout the year or for specific tournaments? What speeds do you achieve? Our greens are quite typical of most greens with a mixture of fine grass ranging from poa’s, fescues and bent grasses. These are native to the course and even the fairways support a good fine turf culture with little to rye grasses.

enjoy the round. Golf is a game of mind over matter (if only!) and playing percentage golf, not being too greedy and attacking the pin on every occasion should help any score.

 How is smart technology impacting on the job? Is it helping productivity in any way? Smart technology is just a sign of the times. Unfortunately time does not stand still and whether or not it is your opinion that mod cons help or hinder, is going to be insignificant as the march forward into modern advancement is not going to stop. For me the advancement in communication, computing and machinery electronics is amazing. At times it takes me away or distracts from what I am doing but it helps in so many aspects. Communication and computing enables me to give good evidence for what we are doing or trying to do; record keeping is accurate and legible and machinery advancement will continue to improve reliability, maintenance and operator friendliness will also continue to advance.

 Are there any plans to further invest in technology or machinery at Thorndon Park over the next 12 months? When I first took over as Head Greenkeeper the machinery was poor and this reflected in the way the course was presented. Since this time the club has entered an agreement with Toro and we now lease almost all of our equipment. This enables us to have up to date and very reliable machinery that produces stunning conditions on the course. This year will see one of new leases for fairway mowers, top dresser and utility vehicles renewed to enable us to continue the good work we do.

 What training and development do you and your team benefit from? Is the focus on learning “on the job” or externally?

Cutting heights on the greens will range from 3mm to 5.5mm depending on the time of the year and the pace is usually determined by the firmness of the greens. In recent times the Club has invested in a greens iron that helps maintain a consistent and good pace through regular rolling. This enables us to achieve good pace from 9ft to 12ft without sacrificing height or cover all year round.

 With such an important focus now on environmental stewardship can you tell me what you are doing about sustainable methods of course management? Are you reducing fertilizer and water use? Sustainable golf course management is about maintaining the course to the highest possible standard and at the same time reducing adverse impact and maintaining the environment. Modern technology enables accurate and effective record keeping that shows how, when and why products and programs are used or implemented, and these records can be utilised to improve, reduce and show a commitment to improving techniques and management standards. Obviously sustainable management goes a lot further and other areas that I concentrate on are water management, waste management, recycling and communication.

 Do you have any particular advice for your members or visitors as to how best to score at Thorndon Park? What should they specifically avoid in your opinion?

Training and development is very important when it comes to developing a good team of green keepers. Knowledge, understanding and diversification are vital if you are to produce high standards that suit a course such as Thorndon. All our staff are encouraged to train through the NVQ system and they all do a large variety of other training courses held at the club such as spraying, chainsaws, wood chippers, stump grinders, tractor and loaders, abrasive wheel, first aid, manual handling and so on. Health and safety is always the highest priority and through training many if not all potential risks are reduced to nothing through training. Focus is also high when it comes to on the job training. Creating job diversification is important to me as it not only enables the men to do almost any job on the course but it also takes away the monotony of the job and helps keep the team interested in what they are doing.

 What advice would you give to somebody considering a career as a green-keeper? If you enjoy getting up early almost every day of the year, are broad shouldered and thick skinned and enjoy the outdoors then you will be in for one of the most rewarding and satisfying outdoor jobs going.

Thorndon Park Golf Club Ingrave, Brentwood, Essex CM13 3RH Telephone 01277 810345

Golf is a funny game that is rarely rewarding and highly frustrating and for any visitor and members alike the key to a good round here is enjoying the experience. Take in the beauty of the course, relax and



18 ESSEX PGA REPORT thorndon park golf club

The Essex PGA Open Championship which was held at Thorndon Park Golf Club

Essex PGA Round Up Although Essex PGA is taking a Summer Break, we must mention our last and most important event in our calendar - The Essex PGA Open Championship which was held at Thorndon Park Golf Club. Sadly the weather was dreadful and our 36 holes event had to be cut to just 18. Nonetheless, it was exciting enough with sub par scoring in the most trying of conditions. The Winner of the Championship Trophy for 2012 was Thorndon Park Amateur – Ben Horton. Ben’s –4 score of 67 took the Championship by 2 shots from Mark Hooper of Rayleigh DR on 69, closely followed by Jason Levermore and Johnnie Fryatt on –1 70’s. It was a fantastic effort by the young amateur Ben. Ben Horton is pictured right with Ian Plunkett from our sponsor Bird Luckin (Charted Accountants)

The Open Pro/Am held the day before the Championship had a record number of teams playing all generated by Thorndon Park Golf Club. 45 professionals played including Simon Khan, Robbie Coles and former Ryder Cup Star Paul Way. Winners in the Professional Tournament were James Webber and James Scade with a score of 67. In third place was Robbie Coles on 69 and Paul Barham on 70. In the team competition, winning professional Darren Parker and his Chelsea supporting team of Sean Norris, Tony Dines and Tony Burton had 85 points, followed by James Scade with James Perry, Joe Fanning and Dennis LeFort on 82. Our next event is a Junior Pro/Am at Frinton Golf Club on Sunday July 29th and there will be two competitions. A professional and two juniors to play in a pro/am format and for those youngsters who do not have a handicap there will be a 9 hole event on the Havers Academy Course. The cost is £100 for the main event (to include a pro and two juniors) and £35 per pair on the 9 hole course). There will be a BBQ after play plus prizes of course for both professionals and juniors. Our Essex Professionals are now fully committed to The PGA East Region and other National Events.

Steve Cipa who obtained his full playing card on the Seniors Tour had a impressive tied 5th finish in the IPIS Handa PGA Seniors Championship at Slaley Hall. Steve had a three round total of 215 and was 5 shots off the leader Paul Wesselburgh. Steve Cipa is hoping bigger things lie ahead for him after claiming his best finish to date on the European Senior Tour. In a recent interview Steve reported: “I have spent the winter working hard on all aspects of the game,” he said. “This is the first time I’ve had a full card so I’ve got every event bar the Senior Open so it is a really good opportunity for me to bed in and see how I perform.

“As much as I love coaching I want to focus on the Senior Tour this year and I’ve done a lot of work on mental preparations and routines with a good friend of mine Allan Bignell. “He has been instrumental in moving me in a new direction over the last three or four years and he is the reason I am still playing golf I would say. “For me it was a matter of approaching 50, looking back at my career and realising I had to do things differently otherwise I was going to get the same results and that’s when I met Allan. “It’s really been a three to five year process. It’s difficult to change habits when they are ingrained, whether technical or mental, and it takes a lot of time and patience hopefully we see some fruits this year.” Mark Stokes has also been playing in senior events and at the Senior PGA Professional Championship at Northamptonshire County, having led the field for the first two rounds, Mark finished in tied 3rd position with a level par round of 210. It has been a good year for amateur performances in professional events and at The first PGA Order of Merit Event at Orsett Golf Club, Alex Woodward won this 36 hole event with a –6 two round total 138, 1 shot ahead of Jason Levermore. Trainees Mark Talbott, Chris Cutchie, James Smith, James Scade and Andrew Morris all qualified for the Powerade PGA Assistants Championship at East Sussex National. – this event will be held on June 13th – 15th. Other notable performances at recent PGA East Region events include a 1st place for Mark Stokes (Rayleigh DR) at the West Middlesex Pro/Am with a level par round. At Nazeing Golf Club on May 25th JasonLevermore

(Clacton) took 1st place with a –3 score of 69. Trainee John Judd (Hartswood) tied 1st with and Andy Pestell (Chelmsford) Mark Baker (Colchester) at The Chigwell Invitational Charity Pro/Am on May 28th. And finally, at the Maylands Pro/Am on June 6th James Scade took 1st place with a –5 score of 66. Jason Levermore is currently leading the East Region Order of Merit closely followed by Brett Taylor. To close our report, coming up, we have two trips abroad. We are back to France in October for the French Pro/Am. The dates of the trip are Tuesday October 16th – Thursday October 18th. We are staying at The Westminster Hotel and can look forward to the 54 hole championship on Le Touquet La Mer, Wimereux and Hardelot Pins. There are limited spaces left for this very popular event. Also recently launched is our three day trip to Montecastillo near Jerez, Spain next February. We are staying at the 5 Star Resort Hotel, the dates of the trip are Friday February 8th through to Monday February 11th. The trip includes 3 nights, 3 rounds of golf and it is on an all-inclusive basis. Please check our website for results, forthcoming events and general news.


20 essex golf union contact us

President Michael R Spall (Royal Epping Forest) 18 Tudor Way, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1PX 01992 760191

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County Team Captain Andy May (Boyce Hill) 56 Clarence Road North South Benfleet SS7 1HT 01268 757961

Robert Paton (Ballards Gore) 37 Glenmere Park Avenue Thundersley SS7 1SS 01702 559008

Neil Poulson (Colne Valley) 147 Francis Way Silver End Witham, CM8 3QT 01376 584190

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Life Vice-Presidents Sir Michael F Bonallack OBE (Thorpe Hall) R B Fuller (Braintree) C Inskip (Chelmsford)

Tom Whyte (Channels) 5 Forsythia Close Springfield, Chelmsford CM1 6XW 01245 466384

H E Gaffney (Wanstead)

A T Lockwood (Braintree)

A J Harrison (Warley Park)

D H Robson (Chigwell)

G G Shenstone (Rochford Hundred)

C Inskip (Chelmsford)

A T Lockwood (Braintree)

M Thirkettle (The Warren)

PAST PRESIDENTS J Barbour (Romford) C Crook (Basildon) D Cule Smith (Thorpe Hall)

life vice PRESIDENTS Sir Michael F Bonallack OBE (Thorpe Hall) RB Fuller (Braintree) C Inskip (Chelmsford)


22 ESSEX GOLF UNION the brigadier

The Brigadier says...

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In his second exclusive piece for the Essex Golf Union magazine, Brigadier Sir Henry Balderdash II O.B.E, ponders on Webb Simpson’s recent success in the US Open, and shares his thoughts on belly putters, and what inspired him to eventual leadership with the Royal Fusiliers.


reetings all you greens loving bounders and cads. So we have our second Major winner of the year. Whilst I was supping furiously on a kummel or two young Webb Simpson brought home the bacon at Olympic eh. I remember back in ’49 enjoying the company of a nubile young thing up at Olympic in ‘Frisco – bloody marvellous posture she had, and pretty good at getting it in the hole too, what. Not convinced of that thing Simpson calls a putter mind you – dashed thing stuck in one’s stomach just isn’t cricket. Now then whilst I might be fond of a drink, in my sober moments I do enjoy reflecting on the wise characters of the past, the leaders and those who were born to inspire. Father used to witter on about a speech made by old boy Roosevelt, said that one needed to get stuck in to achieve anything notable. Hell he went on about it, and on and on. But he was right, old papa, it was a belter. So for all you hungry young competitors remember this: “It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out where the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes up short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the

triumph of high achievement, and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat” Theodore Roosevelt – Sorbonne, 23rdApril 1910 Enjoy the weeks ahead chaps and chapesses, and remember play hard but fair, and always make time for a kummel or two before you head out to the 1st. Tally ho” Sincerely, Brigadier Sir Henry Balderdash II, O.B.E Do YOU have any county golfing memories or stories from days past? Why not write in to our managing editor: Or via letter at our postal address on the back page of this magazine and we will try and include them in the next issue.


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24 in the clubhouse channels

Centuries in the Making Rob Jarvis takes a look at what Channels has to offer


e at The Essex Golf Union caught up with Michelle Webber – PA to the Secretary and Manager at Channels Golf Club, one of Essex’s premier golf clubs, to find out about the running of the club house, and talk about the inner workings of the local golf industry and what goes on behind the scenes.

 A golf club may seemlike quite an odd place for a wedding reception. Is it common? Do many people choose to have their wedding reception at your club, and if so what sort of things might differ from a more standard wedding reception? Yes it is common and we have weddings at our venue every weekend all tailor made to the individuals.

 We all know a lot of business is conducted over a round of golf, in what ways do you cater especially for corporate or business clients, and what additional facilities are available for conferences and business meetings? We can cater for large corporate events where the golf and the food are tailor made to the individual organising the day. We also have conference facilities available.

 After a long game of golf, I’m sure many find themselves rather peckish. What does your club offer in the way of sustenance, do you use any home grown produce? And what is the most common drink for a player after a game? All of our food is homemade, but I’m not sure I could pick the most common drink. Beers, wines, and orange and lemonades are always up there though.

 Tell me about the hotel aspect of your club, what sort of people stay there? Is it just golfers, or do people that perhaps have no interest in playing golf and are more interested in the grounds stay? We have a separate housing facility that we hire out called the Lodge that can be found on our website, but it’s mainly just golfers that stay.

 How long have you been in your position and what roles does your position entail? 11 years and I am the PA to the Secretary and Manager.

 Golf clubs tend to evoke a family atmosphere; do you have special facilities for children and young people? And are there any offers available to families? Regiment Way, our sister 9 hole course and driving range across the road, has kids clubs and we both have very active junior sections.

 Do you find there has been more interest or more members at your club in the last few years, given the renewed popularity of the game? And what requirements do you need to become a member? We have had several new members this year and do not have any special requirements for new members.

 And finally, is there ever any confusion between the Tea boys and the Tee boys? Yep!

CHANNELS For conference and corporate facilities, weddings and 27 excellent golf holes. The Channels Complex is located just north of Chelmsford, Essex. Founded in 1974, it is the ideal setting to host conferences, corporate entertainment, weddings and golfing events; the facilities that are on offer are numerous. Set in over 300 acres of undulating parkland, with stunning views of the Essex countryside, is the 14th Century Clubhouse, incorporating our Brasserie restaurant and two meeting rooms. Alongside the clubhouse is our main function suite, the 18th Century thatched Essex Barn. With our dedicated function coordinators on hand, you can be assured your day will be unsurpassed. That’s what makes Channels one of the premier locations in Essex.

26 in the clubhouse channels

The Channels Complex is set in 300 acres of beautiful mature Essex parkland. Founded in 1974 and starting life as a nine hole course on flat farm land. Over the years sand and gravel has been extracted from surrounding land, landscaped and restored to further golf holes. On 1st April, 1994 27 holes were complete and the Belsteads Course was opened. In years to come more holes will be added and eventually there will be two eighteen hole courses.

Channels Course - Par 71 SSS 71 Channels is our main eighteen hole course and mixes some of the old holes with some of the new. A magnificent course, boasting some of the finest greens in the county, superbly managed and kept in peak condition. Being mainly on restored land, it is quite unique to Essex with its numerous lakes and undulating fairways. There are places where the lower handicapper may wish to test his prowess and “go for the carry” over the lakes, or mere mortals can take the safe route down the fairway. Watch out for the 17th, it’s a real card wrecker!!

contact info Channels Golf Club, Belsteads Farm Lane, Little Waltham, Chelmsford, Essex CM3 3PT Telephone 01245 440005 EMAIL

“Belsteads Course ... A good test for the accomplished golfer!!!”

Belsteads Course - Par 67 SSS 63 Belsteads is our nine hole course which has two different tees for both men and Ladies, so you can in fact play it as a full 18 holes. Although it is not that long at 4779 yards it has three holes where water has to be negotiated and whilst it is an ideal course for golfers new to the game, it is still a good challenge for the more accomplished player.

Golf Society Days Combine the excellence of the golf courses and the superb hospitality. Channels is well equipped for both private and corporate golfing events. No matter how large or small your golf society, you are made very welcome as tailor-made packages can be arranged to suit all requirements. The use of both courses provides the golfing challenge, whilst the delightful clubhouse accommodates friendly service and culinary delights for which the club is renowned.

Corporate days “A great way of marketing your brand while entertaining” Probably one of the most effective ways of developing and encouraging your business growth is to invite customers, colleagues, and suppliers on a well orchestrated and enjoyable golf day. The wealth of experience at Channels is second to none at holding such events, where the key goal is to ensure your company name and product is well marketed. Tailor made days are created with assistance from our golf co-ordinator, to ensure your day is a success from the moment your guests arrive.

Membership Channels Golf Club boasts one of the most active social calendars in the country, with a friendly atmosphere all other golf clubs are envious of. All categories of golf membership are accommodated. For information on membership subscriptions please contact our Secretary Manager.


28 what’s in the bag Simon Khan

What’s in the bag? An insight to the chosen equipment of Simon Khan - European Tour pro

Captured the biggest title of his career in May 2010 when he became the first sponsor’s invitation to win the BMW PGA Championship, The European Tour’s flagship event. His one stroke win, courtesy of a closing round of 66 over the remodelled West Course at Wentworth Club, earned him a cheque for €750,000 and a five-year exemption. First made his winning breakthrough on The European Tour International Schedule in June 2004 when he came back from four shots behind with seven holes to play to defeat Paul Casey at the second hole of a sudden-death play-off for the Celtic Manor Wales Open. It was just reward having started the week with a stunning course

record 61 at The Celtic Manor Resort. Cited the victory of his close friend Scott Drummond in the PGA Championship at Wentworth Club the previous week as the inspiration for his own win in Wales. Had to go to the Qualifying School to earn his card for the 2010 season and did so in emphatic fashion, winning the six-round Final Stage at PGA Catalunya Resort in Spain. Inspired to take up golf as a 12 year old after watching Seve Ballesteros win The Open Championship at St Andrews in 1984. Introduced to the game by his grandfather. Played golf for Essex before turning professional at the age of 18. A keen Arsenal FC fan.

Why I use...

29 Simon Khan what’s in the bag

Driver: Taylor Made R11, 9°, with a Fubuki 73g X-Stiff shaft

Wedge 2: 59° Titleist Vokey TDV M Wedge

This has been a good driver for me as I feel I can shape the ball really well with it.

I love the sole on this club; it helps me a lot with both rough and tight lies.

3 wood: Taylor Made Rocketballz, 15°, Ahina shaft

Putter: Odyssey Two Ball

This is a really long 3 wood with a very strong ball flight and good into the wind.

I’m back to this putter now, I won the 2004 Wales Open with it.

Hybrid: Taylor Made Rescue, 19°, Aldila 105g X-Stiff shaft

Golf Ball: Taylor Made Penta TP

This is a trusty old favourite of mine that I can hit high and low.

This ball delivers everything I need from good distance off the tee to a soft feel around the green.

Irons: Taylor Made TP Forged, 3-PW

Glove: Taylor Made R11

Great soft feel about them, I will certainly find it very hard to change these!

Good soft leather with plenty of feel.

Wedge 1: 54° Taylor Made TP XFT Wedge

Clothing: J Lindeberg

I’ve had it bent to 53° and it fills the gaps just nicely.

Great line of fashionable clothing and very comfortable to play golf in.

30 Coaches corner brett taylor

Brett Taylor Operating out of Chelmsford Golf Club with his academy Short Game

Brett’s history Brett represented Essex and England as an Amateur golfer turning professional in 1999. As a professional his experience covers all levels, from winning several mini tour events, playing the Challenge Tour and also several European tour events. Brett completed his PGA training in 2008 at Chelmsford Golf Club. Since then as well as playing regional golf, has worked hard to share and grow his knowledge of the game.

Specialising in short game and performance coaching, Brett is gaining a reputation as one of the up and coming coaches in the region. Over 65% of the game is played within 70 yards of the hole. Gaining knowledge and improving this area of the game is essential to any players improvement.

Questions for Coaches Corner:  How long have you been a qualified PGA Professional and what drew you towards Chelmsford Golf Club? I have been fully qualified for 4 years and was lucky enough to start my PGA training here at Chelmsford Golf Club. I have always liked playing here and then Mark Welch the Head Professional needed an assistant.

 There has been, and still is, some fantastic talent floating around the Essex golf scene, who are some of the better players that you have taught in the past and is there anyone you recommend we should look out for in the future? There are several really good young players from Chelmsford Golf Club that I coach. Jack Hiluta is definitely one to watch having recently won the Spanish Amateur and performing well in the Spanish Open on the European Tour. Another is Chelsea Mae-Launden who is part of the England girls coaching.

 Golf is a great sport to be involved with from a young age as it teaches us manners, etiquette, and quality social skills. What age would you recommend that parents get their children started up with the game? As long as they are safe and having fun then I think it is a great sport to get into at any age. Golf is becoming much easier for children to start as well, with many schools coaching tri golf.

 Many of the counties PGA pro’s still play in tournaments such as the East Region PGA events. Do you participate in such events, and if so how did you get on last year? I had a successful year playing consistently throughout, winning the regional Order of Merit. I enjoy playing and play most regional pro-ams and events but teaching is becoming more of a priority.

 Golf comes with a lot of ups and downs. What would you say is the highlight of your career so far, either teaching or playing? Playing in the Open Championship at Royal Troon in 2004 was a fantastic moment for me. You dream to tee it up on the world’s greatest stage but to get to do it was brilliant. I struggled with the pressure on the first day and was well off the cut mark, but it was an incredible experience and one that I won’t forget.

Sometimes something very simple can get your game back on track so stay patient or visit a PGA Professional for a lesson.

 Golfers are always looking to get ahead of their competitors. Do you have anything in your arsenal of teaching methods, whether that is some new technology or general knowledge about the golf swing that is unique to you, and that you’d be willing to share with us? Over 65% of a round of golf is played within 70 yards of the green, yet when golfers are not scoring as well as they would, they, like most, head straight for the driving range. Try to work as much on your short game as on the driving range.

 There are so many leading golf brands on the market today that it can often get very difficult to choose which driver or which set of irons is best to buy. What piece of advice would you give to someone looking to buy a new club or a new set, and is having them custom fitted that important? Golf equipment is very important and custom fitting is a must. Most PGA professionals will have fitting available or can organize for you to go to the manufacturers fitting centre.

 Along with all the brands to choose from, there are also a lot of shops to choose to buy them from. What brands do you stock in your shop, what made you choose them, and do you have any great offers available at the moment? Chelmsford GC stock many premium brands such as Titleist, Cobra and Callaway and we always have various promotions and deals. Buying the correct equipment is really important - be cautious that you know exactly what you are buying from the internet. PGA professionals can give you the advice and fitting to get the right equipment for you.

 There are over 30,000 golfers in the county of all different standards and levels. Now tell us the truth, have you ever had any lessons where you’ve really had to hold the laughter in because the person was just that bad? No, not really! I once played with Ryder cup player Eamon Darcy and I was amazed by how bad his swing looked and then watched in awe as he never missed a shot, making birdies everywhere. There is always a way.

 Everyone has days where nothing is going right for them on the golf course and they feel like just giving up and walking in. What would be the best piece of advice that you could give to someone in this situation? Golf is a funny game in the fact that you have to deal with failure much more than you do success. So as long as you can battle on and give each shot your best there is always next week.


32 Chi Power Golf Jayne Storey

Bringing Mind & Body Together for the Perfect Shot If you’re looking for a fresh approach to improving your game and enjoying more of those pure shots every golfer craves, we’ve got the perfect solution. Think Sports Media are proud

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to introduce a unique series of articles by Jayne Storey, creator of chi-power GOLF, to help you bring mind and body together for more consistency, enjoyment and the happiness of hitting it pure.

25 years’ experience practicing and teaching the ancient art of Tai Chi <> . Long-term Member of the Tai Chi Union for Great Britain <http://www.> . Founder and Director of Coaching, chi-power GOLF (Est. 2002)

chi-power GOLF is a unique, holistic coaching method designed with just one thing in in mind – to help you experience the rush of better connection with the ball for more pure golf-shots every game. It has been created and developed by Jayne Storey whose unique expertise and experience coaching hundreds of golfers and other athletes around the world, can help you achieve the most valued prize <> in the game – the happiness of a well-struck golf shot, time after time.

Seminar Leader for the PGA’s Professional Development Programme (2004-present). Feature Writer for Golf International, Lady Golfer, National Club Golfer (2008-present). Founder and Director of Coaching, chi-power SPORTS (Est. 2000). Mental-Game Coach to Olympic, Masters and World-Champion Athletes.

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 chi-power GOLF sounds very dynamic. What are its influences?> Academy sports-science and coaching staff. It is one of a number of innovative approaches that currently forms part of the PGA’s Professional Development Programme.

One of my biggest influences is Jack Nicklaus, who said that “golf is played with the feet” and indeed he was famous for leaving his footprints in the dirt after teeing-off.

It is also approved as a coaching resource for the World Golf Teacher’s Federation, European Senior Tour and Ladies European Tour and was a featured coaching method in the recent Golfers’ World Summit.

Also of course the late, great Ben Hogan said that the golf swing comes from “the ground upwards”.

chi-power GOLF events have been held at a number of prestigious golf clubs <> in the UK including the Belfry, the K Club, the Portal, Sutton Green, The Oxfordshire and Blue Mountain (part of Crown Golf Academies). chi-power GOLF has also been taught in clubs across Europe including Spain, Germany and Holland. Read on to discover how the Eastern approach to player performance is quietly changing the way golf is taught and learned…

 Can you tell us a little bit about your background, and how you came to develop chi-power GOLF? I’ve been practising an Eastern art called T’ai Chi for the past 25 years. T’ai Chi is a martial art and form of ‘moving meditation’ which has many advantages for the committed golfer. Around 2002, I turned my attention towards working full-time with golfers and I’m pleased to say that chipower GOLF – which is based on fundamental principles of T’ai Chi - is now one of a number of innovative approaches that forms part of the PGA’s Professional Development Programme. T’ai Chi is an art which is based on the philosophy that stillness is the master of motion. In T’ai Chi the mind sets the intention for the movement and the body responds to the mind’s intent. We call this the Yi (intent) moving the Chi (energy). Also, in T’ai Chi we use our body in a particular way, as the practitioner seeks to empty the upper body, relaxing and releasing muscular tension, thus develop a strong root in the feet and legs. We say, “Stand like a mountain, move like a flowing river”. In effect, this is what all golf coaches are implying, when they say that a good swing is the result of the bigger muscles of the lower body powering the motion of the downswing, with the upper body following. David Leadbetter expressed it best as “The dog wagging the tail, not the tail wagging the dog!” I got more and more interested in golf as I realised that everything we’re trying to do in the martial arts and all the ways we have of developing our mind~body connection can be applied immediately to help the golfer develop a more fluid, powerful and effortless swing.

This immediately struck a chord with me as Yang Chen Fu, one of the most famous of all T’ai Chi masters, actually wrote that “T’ai Chi is rooted in the feet, moves through the waist and is expressed in the hands”. So immediately, you can see the parallels between the two arts.

Hogan’s archetypal swing clearly comes from the ground upwards In T’ai Chi we use this groundforce energy developed through the legs and feet as our power-source to throw a punch or kick. In golf, the more a golfer can relax and get rooted in their feet at address, the more potential energy they have to power through the ball so you’re right to say that chipower GOLF is a very dynamic system, as this ground force energy (“golf is played with the feet”) results in an extraordinary and effortless amount of power.

 What aspects of a golfer’s game do your methods benefit? There are two main areas in which chi-power GOLF can benefit golfers the most, and they are the mental game and the ability to produce a fluid, natural swing when the pressure is on (like on the first tee or holing-out to win a round). We’ve touched a little on the use of the body in T’ai Chi and it’s definitely this whole area of stillness and grounding that is the most important in terms of the golfer using their body more efficiently and developing a more natural, consistent swing.


34 Chi Power Golf Jayne Storey

 What are the similarities and differences between your methods and, say, more traditional methods?

 What about the mental aspect of your teaching? How similar is it to sports psychology?

The biggest difference is that I ask golfers to put away their clubs when they first start training with me. Only after they have mastered some basic principles of chi-power GOLF can they then apply it, first to short strokes like putting and chipping and later to the full swing. My whole methodology is about working with the golfer’s mind, body and breathing, so they learn to stay relax and be centred, even under pressure – if they can do this, their swing will be natural and easy and be endlessly repeatable.

chi-power GOLF is a much simpler and more direct approach to helping the golfer master key mental game skills. I’m not against sports psychology at all but even positive thoughts are still thoughts and leave the golfer in the realm of the mind, when it’s really best to be centred in the body. Martial artists take the view that the mind, body and breath are one entity, so in chi-power GOLF, when we train the body, for instance to gain rooting power through standing meditation, we are simultaneously training the mind to acknowledge distractions (like the internal dialogue) without giving them energy or attention. It’s a sorry fact that golf has pretty much plateaued as a sport, where the 18-hole score for the average player remains at 99.6 after many decades. Another worrying statistic shows that the vast majority of golfers – some 98% - stop improving after their first 3 years of playing, at which point an all too familiar plateau is reached which only 2% of people manage to break through.

 Do you have to be an elite player to perform the exercises? No, they are simple principles that can be learned and practised by anybody, and the benefits are pretty much instantaneous, but of course you need to put some effort in yourself - so for the committed golfer, it’s a definite path to improvement. You can practise the principles two or three times a week, for just 20 minutes per session and gain notable improvements in a few short weeks or months.

 Can you perform chi-power GOLF exercises just before a game? Absolutely, but you would have to make the drills part of your weekly practice routine first, as the skills need to become ‘second nature’ and can’t just be pulled from the bag along with your clubs on the morning of the game! I take all my clients through a progressive training programme of practising the exercises at home, then applying the principles on the range and putting green, then applying them while preparing to play, and finally while actually playing.

I believe the reasons for golf’s stagnation are simple. Number one: the golf swing is approached as a “technique to get right” and Number two: the swing is viewed and coached as a separate component from the mental game. It’s no wonder the average handicap hasn’t improved!

chi-power GOLF is all about developing awareness of your body, mind and breathing, so you can learn to stay relaxed (both mentally and physically) and take command of your natural swing, reproducing it time and again around the course for more consistency and those pure golf shots every player craves. Reaching your potential as a golfer is about doing less not more and certainly the skills that can be developed from chi-power GOLF give an extra dimension to gaining fundamental skills like attention control, relaxed concentration and the ability to stay calm under pressure.

 Where can we learn more? A unique 2-day chi-power GOLF seminar will be held on 9th/10th Nov 2012 at Blue Mountain Golf Academy in Berkshire. Topics to be covered include Performance Breathing, the Tai Chi Golf Swing and Zen Mind, Golf Mind. For more information and/or to inquire about personal tuition and our coaching video downloads please visit or ring Jayne Storey on +44 (0) 7986 447 250

Amateur Interview

Mason Papple Interviewed by Rob Jarvis

 How did last season go for you and what was your main highlight? My season last year got off to a poor start, shooting a few high scores from March -June, and not putting in the amount of practice I wanted to due to my GCSE exams. However after these were out of the way I started playing far better golf and began to compete again. It got off to a good start by winning the Club Championship at Stock Brook and winning the Three Rivers Junior Open and Stock Brook Junior Open and over the last 5 months of the year lowering my handicap from 2.5 to +0.5. My highlight of last year was shooting the amateur course record at Stock Brook in a club competition 66 (-6).

 Based on your performance last season, how do you aim to better that and what are your goals for the 2012 season? After a positive end to last year my handicap enabled me to build a schedule for 2012 around national events. I feel the only way to make yourself a better golfer is to play around better players and learn things from them and I will be able to do this in national events. This season I aim for some top finishes in the national events, making cuts and getting in to the mix come the final round, and winning a few Essex Order of Merit events would also be nice.

 Which tournament are you looking forward to the most this year in Essex and why? I am really looking forward to the Essex Amateur this year at Cannons Brook. I finished 6th at Crondon Park last year but it should have been better due to a poor last round, however I will be looking to better that finish at this year’s one, after gaining more experience throughout last year.

 Out of all the courses being used for the Order of Merit tournaments this year, which one is your favorite and why? My favourite course is Upminster as they never fail to get their greens in great condition and very quick. We rarely get to play on greens like that throughout Essex but it’s nice to turn up at Upminster when the greens are in immaculate condition.

 Essex is probably one of the most competitive counties for golf in the country, which is great from a player’s perspective with regards to challenge. But will you look elsewhere for tournaments and maybe compete at a more national level? Essex is a great county for golf and there is also great competition throughout every single Order of Merit event with lots of low handicap golfers. However this year I will be looking to play in more national events and fewer Essex events as I feel this is the only way I will improve.

37 Mason Papple Amatuer interview

 Golf can get extremely expensive at times, what kind of support have you had growing up, have you ever worked, and who is your biggest fan?

 Essex boasts a variety of great golf courses. Other than Stock Brook what are your 2 favourite courses to play and why?

My family has supported my golf since I was 11 years old, and the expense hasn’t really been an issue until the last year or so where I’ve started staying away a lot, paying for hotels and petrol. It becomes extremely expensive but sometimes you have to do what is necessary and make sacrifices to become the best you can be. My biggest fans would be my family who never fail to support me in every event I play in. I used to struggle playing with my dad around, like most of the other lads, but now as I have grown up and matured I take every offer of him caddying and take on board his advice as there’s no better advice than that from your parents. I work for my dad 2 days a week to enable me to pay for the things I need like golf balls, clothes etc.

My 2 favorite golf courses in Essex apart from Stock Brook are Orsett and Thorndon Park. Orsett as it is very different, setting a complete different challenge to most courses in Essex and Thorndon Park as it is always in brilliant condition and is always enjoyable to play.

 You’re a member at Stock Brook Manor, so I’m sure you know it very well. What do you like most about the course and what is the lowest score you’ve ever shot round there? Stock Brook Manor is one of the longer in the county which seems to suit my game better than some of the tighter, shorter courses in Essex. The course is demanding, with lots of long irons into par 4s and 3 par 3’s around the 200 yard mark. The greens are also challenging as they are very big and sloping so in some cases you may be better off missing the greens! The key to a good score around Stock Brook is to take advantage of the par 5’s. My best score at Stock Brook is 6 under par (66) which I achieved last October and it is also the amateur course record.

 Have you ever won the Club Championship at Stock Brook and would you say you were the best player at the club? I won the Club championships at Stock Brook in 2010 and 2011 at the ages of 15 and 16. Technically I am the best player at Stock Brook looking at my handicap, however there is a great group of 5 or 6 guys who are always up there competing with myself, putting me under pressure which is a great thing as it makes me up my game and compete to a higher level.

FACTFILE MASON PAPPLE D.O.B: 14/11/94 From: Billericay Home Club: Stock Brook Manor Handicap: +0.5 Coach: Roddy Douglas ESSEX OOM PLACE: 17

 The Thornton Cup is the most prestigious of the knockout trophies for club teams in the county, how is the Stock Brook team shaping up this year and can you see your team going all the way? In the past few years our team hasn’t had the best Thornton Cup history; however I feel this year we have a good chance. On paper we don’t have a great team compared to some out there but our lads are all great friends, knowing each other well, and each other’s golf games well. The boys also never fail to give 100% in every game they play. I hope the willpower of every player can get them through each game if they come up against a tough opponent. We got off to a good start beating Forrester Park 12-3 which I didn’t play in, but I am looking forward to the next round away at The Burstead.

 Golf is obviously a very difficult sport and we all make our mistakes and hit bad shots from time to time. Can you tell us about your most embarrassing shot or moment on the golf course that you can recall? Well following on from the Thornton cup question; I was picked for the 2nd round of the Thornton cup in 2008 when I was only 13, and I was picked after a big win in the Youth Shield the day before. Stepping on to the 1st tee in the afternoon, I could not hold the club as I was so nervous, and I thinned/topped my driver through the hedge 50 yards on the left in front of the tee. However I made 4 and won the hole and eventually won my match 3&1 and we went on to win the game.

Notable Achievements:

• Club Champion at Stock Brook last 2 years • Amateur course record at Stock Brook of 66 • Essex Amateur 6th place 2011 • Stock Brook Junior Open winner last 3 years • Three Rivers Junior Open winner 2011 • Represented East of England Boys U18 • Essex U14, U16, U18 representative

What are you doing now?

I was in Spain for January at Hacienda for coaching and training. Practicing with the England regional teams, played for the South of England U18 squad against the England A squad.

What are your plans for the future?

I would like to be a full time playing professional on the European tour.

38 County News leslie f wood championship


3rd Round Results

Quarter Final Results

Played on Sunday 10 June 2012

Played on Sunday 1 July 2012

Home Team Away Team Chigwell 6½ v Ilford 8½ Chelmsford 12 v Hainault Forest 3 Harwich & Dovercourt 5 v Colne Valley 10 Braintree 11 v Epping 4 Stoke by Nayland 8½ v Bentley 6½ Colchester 10½ v Top Meadow 4½ The Burstead 9½ v Stock Brook 5½ Woolston Manor 11 v Canons Brook 4

Venue Colne Valley 9½ v The Burstead 5½ Braintree Braintree* 7½ v Stoke by Nayland 7½ Colchester Woolston Manor 7 v Ilford 8 The Burstead Colchester 5 v Chelmsford 10 Woolston Manor *Braintree won after a play-off.

Semi Final To be played on Sunday 5 August 2012

Colne Valley



Venue Ilford

County Officials in attendance - David Edwards & Steve Golding




County Officials in attendance - John Peters & Mike Thirkettle

The Final will be held at The Warren Golf Club on Sunday 2 September 2012

Colne Valley

Essex Seniors Team Championship ESSEX SENIORS CHAMPIONS Played at Chelmsford Golf Club – 14th &15th June 2012 Hat-trick of victories for Geoff King The Essex Seniors Championship, played at Chelmsford on 14th and 15th June, demonstrated that age is no barrier to good golf. There were many good scores returned on a challenging course in less than ideal weather conditions. After the first day Ian Southgate (Southend-on-Sea) had a 5 shot lead after a gross score of 70, from Geoff King of West Essex Golf Club and Ronald Wilkes (Orsett) who both shot 75. The second round was played in strong wind and rain at times and many competitors struggled in the conditions. Ian Southgate could not maintain his first round form and returned a gross 82 to finish in third place with a score of 150 on count back.


Geoff King

John Dornan

Geoff King who previously won the Essex Seniors Championship in 2007 and 2009, returned the best score of the day with a gross 74, and that was enough to win with a total score of 149 from Mike Heiser (The Warren) on 152. In the four age categories, the best handicap scores returned were; Over 70: Maurice Atkin of Three Rivers with 139 Over 65: Mike Heiser of The Warren with 136 Over 60: John Waterson of Colchester with 139 Over 55: John Dornan of Colchester with 140 Our thanks to Chelmsford Golf Club for hosting the event and presenting the course in excellent condition despite the adverse weather in the preceding weeks.

John Waterson

Maurice Atkins

Geoff King

Mike Heiser Runner-up


3rd Round Results

Quarter Final Draw

Played 4- 8 June 2012

to be played 16 - 20 July 2012

Home Team Away Team The Lords Rayleigh 7 v Ilford 4 Chelmsford * 5½ v Channels 5½ Romford 7 v West Essex 4 Colchester P v The Essex (Earls Colne) P Bentley 8 v Five Lakes 3 Warley Park 9 v Thorndon Park 2 Thorpe Hall 6 v Ballards Gore 5 Orsett 6½ v Burnham-on-Crouch 4½

Home Team Away Team Thorpe Hall v Warley Park Colchester or The Essex v Chelmsford The Lords Rayleigh v Romford Bentley v Orsett

* Chelmsford won after a play off


40 County News essex seniors championship

Essex Seniors Championship Played at Chelmsford Golf Club - 14-15 June 2012 Par - 68

SSS - 69

Name Geoff King Mike Heiser Ian Southgate John Dornan Alan MacNaught John Waterson Ronald Wilkes Steven Coventry Robert Barrell Alan Connell Maurice Atkin Peter Millett Michael Toft Peter Sjoberg Fred Selfe Anthony Walker Neil Sjoberg Philip Kirkham Bill Wreathall Chris Cooper Nigel Hilliard Frederick Holmes Brendan Booth Alan Watts Richard Seabright Mark Leckie Kevin Smith Alan Hyde Graham Palmer David Wood Ian Crumpen Geoff Kirwan Tony Jenkins Gerry Overton Frank McGuinness Jim Caulfield David Cope Peter Tourle David Wells Ted Eustace Tony Cornell Samuel McNeice Roy Turnbull Mike Duley Barry Graylin Brian Epsly David Barber Colin Brett Stephen Yates Douglas Mullen

CSS Rd1 - 71

CSS Rd2 - 71

Club Hâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;cap West Essex 2 The Warren 8 Southend-on-Sea 5 Colchester 7 Colchester 5 Colchester 8 Orsett 6 Chelmsford 7 Braintree 5 Chelmsford 5 Three Rivers 9 Thorndon Park 6 Bentley 8 Epping 9 Belhus Park 6 Thorpe Hall 8 Epping 8 The Warren 9 Bunsay Downs 5 Braintree 8 Colchester 5 Hainault Forest 3 Colchester 5 Chelmsford 10 Burnham on Crouch 7 Stapleford Abbots 8 Romford 7 Colchester 8 Chelmsford 8 Hainault Forest 6 Chelmsford 7 Romford 7 Hainault Forest 11 Royal Epping Forest 11 Hainault Forest 6 Thorndon Park 13 Hainault Forest 6 Chelmsford 13 Orsett 9 Orsett 11 Romford 6 Burnham on Crouch 11 Hainault Forest 9 Colchester 7 The Burstead 6 Orsett 11 Orsett 9 Lords Rayleigh 6 Clacton-on-Sea 7 Three Rivers 12

Rd 1 75 77 70 80 76 77 75 81 78 75 78 80 78 84 78 80 79 78 78 77 82 81 80 82 86 81 79 77 84 83 79 83 87 85 85 82 78 87 87 85 86 91 87 85 86 84 84 84 83 92

Gross Rd 2 74 75 82 74 78 78 80 75 78 81 79 78 81 76 82 81 82 83 83 84 80 81 82 81 78 83 85 87 81 82 86 83 81 83 83 86 90 82 82 84 84 80 84 86 86 88 88 88 89 81

Total 149 152 152 154 154 155 155 156 156 156 157 158 159 160 160 161 161 161 161 161 162 162 162 163 164 164 164 164 165 165 165 166 168 168 168 168 168 169 169 169 170 171 171 171 172 172 172 172 172 173

Rd 1 73 69 65 73 71 69 69 74 73 70 69 74 70 75 72 72 71 69 73 69 77 78 75 72 79 73 72 69 76 77 72 76 76 74 79 69 72 74 78 74 80 80 78 78 80 73 75 78 76 80

Nett Rd 2 72 67 77 67 73 70 74 68 73 76 70 72 73 67 76 73 74 74 78 76 75 78 77 71 71 75 78 79 73 76 79 76 70 72 77 73 84 69 73 73 78 69 75 79 80 77 79 82 82 69

Total 145 136 142 140 144 139 143 142 146 146 139 146 143 142 148 145 145 143 151 145 152 156 152 143 150 148 150 148 149 153 151 152 146 146 156 142 156 143 151 147 158 149 153 157 160 150 154 160 158 149

Par - 68

SSS - 69

Name Fred Beaumont Roy Pledger Robert Boom Gerry Keane Philip Newman John Taylor Graham Tansley David Snowdon John Pullen Don Miller Caswell Moseley Brian Collins William Wardle Ernest Luggar Brian Turner Joe Nixon Peter Brockbank Colin Walker Ray Weidner Colin Reynolds Les Moth John Harrison

CSS Rd1 - 71

CSS Rd2 - 71

Club H’cap Hainault Forest 9 The Warren 10 Warley Park 7 Thorndon Park 9 Blakes 9 Chelmsford 9 Toot Hill 7 Belfairs 11 Thorpe Hall 11 Playgolf-Colchester 14 Hainault Forest 12 Three Rivers 8 Stoke-by-Nayland 13 Hainault Forest 11 Belhus Park 14 Stapleford Abbots 6 The Warren 11 Boyce Hill 5 Rochford Hundred 5 Thorndon Park 8 Thorpe Hall 6 Three Rivers 10

Rd 1 89 89 87 85 87 87 86 95 91 93 96 95 94 94 98 DQ 90 80 82 83 84 90

Gross Rd 2 84 85 87 89 88 88 90 85 90 91 89 92 94 97 110 85 NR NS NS NS NS NS

Total 173 174 174 174 175 175 176 180 181 184 185 187 188 191 208 NS NS NS NS NS NS NS

Rd 1 80 79 80 76 78 78 79 84 80 79 84 87 81 83 84 DQ 79 75 77 75 78 80

Nett Rd 2 75 75 80 80 79 79 83 74 79 77 77 84 81 86 96 79 NR NS NS NS NS NS

Total 155 154 160 156 157 157 162 158 159 156 161 171 162 169 180 NS NS NS NS NS NS NS

Essex Seniors Championship 2012 Played at Chelmsford Golf Club - 14-15 June 2012 Nett Scores by Age Group

Gross Scores Nett Scores Name Maurice Atkin Jim Caulfield Brian Epsly Gerry Keane Barry Graylin John Harrison Mike Heiser Peter Tourle Alan Watts Philip Kirkham Geoff King Gerry Overton Robert Barrell Richard Seabright Geoff Kirwan Roy Turnbull David Barber Fred Beaumont Frank McGuinness Mike Duley John Taylor David Snowdon Caswell Moseley Ernest Luggar Brian Collins

Club H’cap 1st Rd 2nd Three Rivers 9 78 Thorndon Park 13 82 Orsett 11 84 Thorndon Park 9 85 The Burstead 6 86 Three Rivers 10 90 The Warren 8 77 Chelmsford 13 87 Chelmsford 10 82 The Warren 9 78 West Essex 2 75 Royal Epping Forest 11 85 Braintree 5 78 Burnham on Crouch 7 86 Romford 7 83 Hainault Forest 9 87 Orsett 9 84 Hainault Forest 9 89 Hainault Forest 6 85 Colchester 7 85 Chelmsford 9 87 Belfairs 11 95 Hainault Forest 12 96 Hainault Forest 11 94 Three Rivers 8 95

Rd Total 79 157 86 168 88 172 89 174 86 172 NS NS 75 152 82 169 81 163 83 161 74 149 83 168 78 156 78 83 166 84 171 88 172 84 173 83 168 86 171 88 175 85 180 89 185 97 191 92 187

1st Rd 2nd Rd 69 70 69 73 73 77 76 80 80 80 80 NS 69 67 74 69 72 71 69 74 73 72 74 72 73 73 164 79 76 76 78 75 75 79 80 75 79 77 78 79 78 79 84 74 84 77 83 86 87 84

Total 139 142 150 156 160 NS 136 143 143 143 145 146 146 71 152 153 154 155 156 157 157 158 161 169 171

D.O.B. 01-Apr-39 27-Mar-34 26-Dec-38 14-Jun-36 13-Oct-40 25-Nov-38 05-Dec-43 11-May-44 12-Dec-46 28-Oct-45 31-Oct-44 26-Aug-45 26-Jan-43 150 29-Nov-45 25-Sep-42 16-Mar-44 06-Nov-42 04-Feb-46 17-May-42 09-Jul-45 30-May-45 29-Sep-43 19-Jul-42 14-Jun-44

Over - 70


42 County News essex seniors championship 2012

Essex Seniors Championship 2012 Played at Chelmsford Golf Club - 14-15 June 2012 Nett Scores by Age Group Gross Scores Nett Scores Name Colin Walker John Waterson Steven Coventry Ronald Wilkes Alan MacNaught Anthony Walker Neil Sjoberg Chris Cooper Tony Jenkins Alan Connell Ted Eustace David Wells Nigel Hilliard David Wood Roy Pledger Don Miller Philip Newman Tony Cornell Robert Boom Joe Nixon Peter Brockbank Colin Reynolds Ray Weidner Les Moth John Dornan Peter Sjoberg Ian Southgate Michael Toft Peter Millett Mark Leckie Fred Selfe Alan Hyde Douglas Mullen Samuel McNeice Graham Palmer Kevin Smith Bill Wreathall Ian Crumpen Brendan Booth Frederick Holmes David Cope Stephen Yates John Pullen Colin Brett William Wardle Graham Tansley Brian Turner Les Moth John Harrison

Club Hâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;cap 1st Rd 2nd Rd Boyce Hill 5 80 NS Colchester 8 77 78 Chelmsford 7 81 75 Orsett 6 75 80 Colchester 5 76 78 Thorpe Hall 8 80 81 Epping 8 79 82 Braintree 8 77 84 Hainault Forest 11 87 81 Chelmsford 5 75 81 Orsett 11 85 84 Orsett 9 87 82 Colchester 5 82 80 Hainault Forest 6 83 82 The Warren 10 89 85 Playgolf-Colchester 14 93 91 Blakes 9 87 88 Romford 6 86 84 Warley Park 7 87 87 Stapleford Abbots 6 DQ 85 The Warren 11 90 NR Thorndon Park 8 83 NS Rochford Hundred 5 82 NS Thorpe Hall 6 84 NS Colchester 7 80 74 Epping 9 84 76 Southend-on-Sea 5 70 82 Bentley 8 78 81 Thorndon Park 6 80 78 Stapleford Abbots 8 81 83 Belhus Park 6 78 82 Colchester 8 77 87 Three Rivers 12 92 81 Burnham on Crouch 11 91 80 Chelmsford 8 84 81 Romford 7 79 85 Bunsay Downs 5 78 83 Chelmsford 7 79 86 Colchester 5 80 82 Hainault Forest 3 81 81 Hainault Forest 6 78 90 Clacton-on-Sea 7 83 89 Thorpe Hall 11 91 90 Lords Rayleigh 6 84 88 Stoke-by-Nayland 13 94 94 Toot Hill 7 86 90 Belhus Park 14 98 110 Thorpe Hall 6 84 NS Three Rivers 10 90 NS

Total NS 155 156 155 154 161 161 161 168 156 169 169 162 165 174 184 175 170 174 NS NS NS NS NS 154 160 152 159 158 164 160 164 173 171 165 164 161 165 162 162 168 172 181 172 188 176 208 NS NS

1st Rd 2nd Rd 75 NS 69 70 74 68 69 74 71 73 72 73 71 74 69 76 76 70 70 76 74 73 78 73 77 75 77 76 79 75 79 77 78 79 80 78 80 80 DQ 79 79 NR 75 NS 77 NS 78 NS 73 67 75 67 65 77 70 73 74 72 73 75 72 76 69 79 80 69 80 69 76 73 72 78 73 78 72 79 75 77 78 78 72 84 76 82 80 79 78 82 81 81 79 83 84 96 78 NS 80 NS

Total NS 139 142 143 144 145 145 145 146 146 147 151 152 153 154 156 157 158 160 NS NS NS NS NS 140 142 142 143 146 148 148 148 149 149 149 150 151 151 152 156 156 158 159 160 162 162 180 NS NS

D.O.B. 17-Feb-46 13-Jul-48 10-Nov-51 18-Aug-51 20-May-47 01-Jul-51 01-Jan-48 23-Dec-49 19-Sep-49 07-May-48 20-Aug-49 24-Jul-49 07-Mar-51 29-Jan-49 11-Nov-47 19-Jul-51 06-Aug-48 20-Jan-49 08-May-51 02-Nov-51 13-May-49 21-Apr-49 17-Nov-49 18-Dec-50 01-Feb-55 02-Jun-54 06-Jan-55 10-Oct-56 04-Feb-53 21-Aug-56 10-Oct-54 23-Jul-54 02-Aug-53 16-Jan-55 16-May-52 05-Dec-52 14-Feb-56 02-Feb-55 02-Oct-56 23-Apr-56 14-Oct-55 21-Mar-56 05-May-54 21-Jun-54 23-Jun-54 23-Feb-56 19-Mar-52

Over - 65

Over - 60

Over - 55

Veterans Trophies Played at North Weald Golf Club Monday 25 June 2012

Five Lakes Golf Club take the honours at the North Weald. Jim Fern of Five Lakes Golf Club won the Essex Veterans Trophy and his club mate Barry Turner also from Five Lakes won the over 70’s Trophy. The event took place at North Weald Golf Club on Monday 25th of July, the course was in excellent condition and the competitors enjoyed some excellent sunny weather. Winner: VETERANS TROPHY: Winner – Jim Fern (Five Lakes) Runner-up – Barry Turner (Five Lakes) 3rd place – Robert Quick (Orsett) 4th place – David Sole (The Warren) 5th place – Norris Silk (Colne Valley)

40 points on Count Back. 40 points. 37 points. 36 points C/B. 36 points C/B.

Over 70’s Trophy: Winner – Barry Turner (Five Lakes) Runner-up David Sole (The Warren)

40 points. 36 points.

Barry Turner

Jim Fern

44 County News the allan lockwood trophy

The Allan Lockwood Trophy Round 1 Result Round 2 Result Round 3 Ron Gilzean Lexden Wood BYE Andrew Hicks Rob Hayne Channels W/O BYE Jeff Hannam Langdon Hills BYE Adam Hoskins David Roth Stapleford Abbotts Terry Tennens BYE Dominic Piccolo Channels DQ U18 BYE Steve Brewington Alexander Piccolo Channels John Robertson BYE Jason Hilliard Thorndon Park BYE David Roth Terry Tennens Colne Valley Tony Allum BYE Andy Jefferson Ballards Gore BYE Graham Bowers John Corrigan Chelmsford Kevin Tibble BYE Andy Hobbs Clacton 1 UP Gary Bishop Frinton Andrew Wright Gregory Barrett Five Lakes W/O Kenny Thompson Paul Davies Colne Valley Tom Baker North Weald W/O Michael Harding Three Rivers Jason Hilliard Steve Brewington Forrester Park 2 & 1 David Crown Peter Duley Colchester Andrew Wright Upminster 19th Graham Lock Stapleford Abbotts Rob Gimes Steve Singleton Clacton David Remington Dominic Adams Top Meadow 6&5 Terry Hewitt Clacton Jeff Ball Ilford 5 & 4 Phillip Weekes Leigh Tupper Benton Hall 2 UP Andy Higginson Derek Salmon Colne Valley Martin Watson Stock Brook Manor Andy Higginson Stoke by Nayland 3 & 2 Colin Leybourn Mark Durrant Ilford Grant Cairnie John Nolan Wanstead W/O Grant Glover Romford James Bussell Colne Valley 2 & 1 Ben Morris Scott Aitchison Romford W/O Steve May Ian Nicholson The Burstead Paul Willson Hainault Forest 8&7 Michael Brewer Wanstead Paul Lankester Rob Gimes Benton Hall 3 & 2 Martin Hicks Alan Sharrocks Colchester


Round 4


The Allan Lockwood Trophy Round 1 Result Round 2 Result Round 3 Nick Rose Epping 1 UP Gurmit Chana Thorpe Hall Paul Willson Russell Bell Colne Valley Tom Baker Kenny Thompson Hainault Forest 23rd Malcolm Dellar Stock Brook Manor Anthony Martin Crondon Park I UP Ron Gilzean Terry Insole Woodford Anthony Mann Jamie Read Frinton 2&1 John Bantick Bentley John Robertson Orsett 3 & 2 Tony Craven Ray Watkinson Wanstead Thomas Wiskin Adam Hoskins Loughton W/O Thomas Wiskin Theydon Bois W/O Paul Wrench The Warren Nick Rose Martin Hicks Epping 4 & 3 Leigh Tupper Alan Oldaker Colne Valley Mike Latta Colne Valley W/O Joe Bradley Stapleford Abbotts Andy Jefferson Andrew Hicks Epping 2 & 1 Glen Coleman Stephen Wood Stoke by Nayland Lee Tanner North Weald W/O Reece Phillips West Essex James Bussell Paul Lankester Stoke by Nayland W/O Paul Messenger Stephen Bonnington South Essex Nigel Popper Five Lakes 2 UP Peter Ekers Weald Park Rob Hayne Simon Betteridge Lexden Wood 5 & 4 Robert Turner Brian Roche Burnham on Crouch Tony Allum Thorpe Hall 20th Liam Gray Rochford Hundred Dominic Adams Steve May Colne Valley W/O Andy Wheeler David Williams Top Meadow Sean Deavin Clacton Robert Turner Stock Brook Manor 3 & 2 Gary Fleming Gary Downes Chelmsford Vince McAuley Glen Coleman Channels 2&1 James Court Thorndon Park Kevin Tibble Lords Rayleigh 1 UP Anthony Martin Jason Hall West Essex Peter Robinson Phillip Weekes Stapleford Abbotts W/O Greg Claxton Lords Rayleigh David Remington Three Rivers 6& 4 John Nolan Peter Tuck Romford I UP Andy Hobbs Chris Hughman Theydon Bois Graham Bowers Burnham on Crouch 2 UP Bernard Tucker Langdon Hills John Corrigan Greg Erskine The Burstead Jamie Read Anthony Mann Bentley 20th


Round 4



46 County News the allan lockwood trophy

The Allan Lockwood Trophy Round 1 Result Round 2 Result Round 3 Mark Walden Rochford Hundred 2&1 Tim Pearson Boyce Hill Lee Tanner Lee Capon Langdon Hills 20th Terry Tyson Adam Miles Frinton Tony Craven Colne Valley 1 UP Daniel Theobalds Loughton Gary Toomey Jonathan Watson Belfairs Peter Tuck Andy Wheeler Top Meadow 3&2 David Crown Lords Rayleigh I UP Darrel James Woodford Scott Aitchison Grant Cairnie Langdon Hills 1 UP Mike Latta Glynn Williams Crondon Park Vince McAuley Frinton BYE Nigel Popper Paul Messenger Forrester Park Simon Betteridge BYE Richard Hardy-King Five Lakes BYE Jeff Ball Peter Robinson Colchester Richard Hardy-King BYE Gary Fleming Langdon Hills BYE Jeff Hannam Terry Tyson The Warren Mark Gregory BYE Mark Gregory Stock Brook Manor BYE Alexander Piccolo Gary Toomey Ballards Gore Lee Capon BYE Colin Leybourn Canons Brook BYE Mark Walden Ben Morris Burnham on Crouch Gregory Barrett BYE Rounds are individually draw


Round 4



18 and 9 hole golf courses plus floodlit driving range bar, brasserie and alfresco dining Weddings, private functions and conference facilities All available at Channels and Regiment Way Golf Club Luxury on-site accommodation at â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Channels Lodgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;

Channels Golf Club t: 01245 440 005 e: Belsteads Farm Lane, Little Waltham, Chemlsford, Essex CM3 3PT

48 County News essex youth shield

Essex Youth Shield League Positions

ZONE ‘A’ Club PL W Colchester 3 3 Burnham-on-Crouch 4 2 Gosfield Lake 3 1 Frinton 3 1 Stoke by Nayland 3 1

L F A Pts 0 11 4 6 2 7 13 4 2 8 7 2 2 8 7 2 2 6 9 2

Club Thorpe Hall Orsett Ballards Gore Upminster Crowlands Heath

ZONE ‘E’ PL W 4 4 3 2 3 1 3 1 3 0

L F A Pts 0 17 3 8 2 9 6 4 2 6 9 2 2 4 11 2 3 4 11 0

ZONE ‘B’ Club PL W Braintree 3 3 Clacton-on-Sea 3 2 Rivenhall Oaks 3 1 Five Lakes 4 1 Harwich & Dovercourt 3 1

L F A Pts 0 14 1 6 1 10 5 4 2 6 9 2 3 5 15 2 2 5 10 2

Club Rochford Hundred Garon Park Boyce Hill Stock Brook Castle Point Lords Rayleigh

ZONE ‘F’ PL W 4 4 4 4 4 2 4 2 4 0 4 0

L 0 0 2 4 4 4

Club Chelmsford Channels Benton Hall Three Rivers Crondon Park The Warren

ZONE ‘C’ PL W 4 4 4 3 4 2 4 1 4 1 4 1

L F A Pts 0 16 4 8 1 13 7 6 2 11 9 4 3 8 12 2 3 7 13 2 3 5 15 2

ZONE ‘G’ Club PL W L F A Pts Wanstead 3 3 0 13 2 6 Epping 3 2 1 11 4 4 North Weald 4 1 0 7 13 2 Chigwell 3 1 2 5 10 2 Royal Epping Forest 3 1 2 4 11 2 Romford (Withdrawn from competitions)

Club Maylands Bentley Warley Park Thorndon Park The Burstead Langdon Hills

ZONE ‘D’ PL W 4 4 4 4 3 1 4 1 4 1 3 0

L F A Pts 0 18 2 8 0 17 3 8 2 7 8 2 3 7 13 2 3 6 14 2 3 0 15 0

Club West Essex Abridge Woolston Manor Hainault Forest Cannons Brook Loughton

ZONE ‘H’ PL W 4 4 4 3 4 2 4 2 4 1 4 0

F A Pts 17 3 8 16 4 8 13 7 4 12 8 4 2 18 0 0 20 0

L F A Pts 0 19 1 8 0 15 5 6 2 9 6 4 2 9 7 4 3 6 9 2 4 2 18 0

Leagues that finish in a tie, are decided by the result of the match between the teams involved.

EGU South East Group (North) Seniors League Hertfordshire Seniors v Essex Seniors, Letchworth Golf Club – Monday 25th June 2012 HERTS Points Score Points ESSEX Martin McKenna 0 1up 1 Geoff King David Dannhauser 1 4/2 0 Alan MacNaught Gaius Potton 1 3/2 0 Robert Barrell Tom McAvoy ½ A/S ½ Brendon Booth Robert Head 0 3/2 1 Jeff Woolgrove Norman Cameron 0 4/3 1 Chris Herrington Ben Brown 0 3/2 1 Alan Connell Colin Hardman 1 3/2 0 Alan Golbourn Ian Foster 1 3/1 0 Mike Copping Peter Bax 1 3/1 0 Clive Pemberton Total Singles 5½ 4½

The conditions for this Seniors League match against Hertfordshire were ideal. After nine holes Essex were up in 2 matches and down in 8. However, after the completion of the first 7 games the score now read Essex 4½ – Herts 2½ - and the winners of the South East Group qualifier (Herts) just 4 days ago realised that they has a fight on their hands. With 3 games remaining Essex only needed 1 point to complete a fine come back and take the Match. Alas, it was not to be, with Herts taking the last 3 games to pinch the match 5½ to 4½. Wins by Geoff King, Jeff Woolgrove, Chris Herrington, Alan Connell and a half by Brendon Booth had given Essex the opportunity, but not taken. However, well done to the whole team.

Colts South East League Match Essex vs Middlesex, Stapleford Abbotts Golf Club, 1st July 2012 Foursomes ESSEX Points Score Points Danny Carroll & 1 2&1 0 Alasdair Plumb Adam Morris & 1 1Up 0 Bobby Keeble Hugh Campbell & 1 5&3 0 Ben Franklin Arthur Leonard & ½ AS ½ Jordan Wallace Total Foursomes 3 ½ ½ Singles Danny Carroll ½ AS ½ Bobby Keeble 1 5&4 0 Ben Franklin 1 2&1 0 Adam Morris 1 1Up 0 Hugh Campbell 1 6&5 0 Alasdair Plumb 0 3&2 1 Jordan Wallace 1 1Up 0 Arthur Leonard 1 1Up 0 Total Singles 6 ½ 1 ½ Total Foursomes 3 ½   ½ MATCH TOTAL 10   2

Match Report MIDDLESEX Ross Dickson & Charlie Rudge Max Mc Grail & Harry Maher Kieron O’Connor & Robbie Johnson Jake Mildenhall & Pavan Sagoo

Ross Dickson Robbie Johson Max McCrail Jake Mildenhall Pavan Sagoo Kieron O’Connor Charlie Rudge Harry Maher

The Colt second league match was played on a blustery 1st of July against Middlesex at Stapleford Abbott Golf Club. Once again the need to find the fairway was paramount, as venturing into the rough invariably meant a lost ball. The morning foursomes were generally tightly fought with two of the games going to the last hole. The Campbell/Franklin pair was the exception – a 5&3 win. With an eventual 3½/½ lead lunch spirits were high. The afternoon singles began to look a different affair. After nine holes only Bobby Keeble and Hugh Campbell seemed to have the measure of their opponents. Two of the other games were all square and four were firmly in Middlesex hands. With Bobby and Hugh recording early wins of 5&4 and 6&5 respectively word went round to the rest of the team galvanising them into action. Ben Franklin then achieved a 2&1 win and four other games went to the last hole. A fine team effort resulted in a 10/2 win. Our final league match will be against Bedfordshire on 21st July at Theydon Bois Golf Club.

50 County News colts south east league match

Colts South East League Match Essex vs Hertfordshire, Brookmans Park GC, 17th June 2012 Foursomes ESSEX Points Score Points HERTS Jordan Wallace & 1 4/3 0 Daniel Ellis Banbury & Danny Carroll Marcus Fox Jordan Slater & 1 3/1 0 Luke Colgate & Alasdair Plumb Ben Smith Reece Francis & 1 3/2 0 Jos Gosling & Adam Morris Robert Daw George Evans & 1 4/2 0 Luke Groves & Hugh Campbell William Symonds Total Foursomes 4 0 Singles Danny Carroll ½ AS ½ Ross Dickson Bobby Keeble 1 5&4 0 Robbie Johson Ben Franklin 1 2&1 0 Max McCrail Adam Morris 1 1Up 0 Jake Mildenhall Hugh Campbell 1 6&5 0 Pavan Sagoo Alasdair Plumb 0 3&2 1 Kieron O’Connor Jordan Wallace 1 1Up 0 Charlie Rudge Arthur Leonard 1 1Up 0 Harry Maher Total Singles 6 ½ 1 ½ Total Foursomes 3 ½   ½ MATCH TOTAL 10   2

Match Report With the match at Brookmans Park Golf Club the Colts began the season against Hertfordshire. Having a fifty percent new team we were off to a flying start with Wallace/Carroll and Evans/Campbell bringing in 4/3 and 4/2 wins respectively. The Francis/Morris and Slater/Plumb combinations followed up with 3/2 and 3/1 results. With a four nil sheet going in to lunch, spirits were high. The afternoon singles quickly proved to be a much harder affair. Over the front nine there was nothing between the teams, both up in three games and two games halved. An early 4/2 win by Danny Carroll boosted our morale, though this was tempered by an early lost game. George Evans won 2/1 and Reece Francis went down the 18th one up, so we would creep over the line. At this point the remaining games could go either way. Alasdair Plumb headed down the last hole one and gained an additional half point. The remaining matches going to Herts. An honest but tough course brought home the need to find the fairways off the tee as the rough was very punishing.

EGU South East Group (North) Essex vs Hertfordshire, Rochford Hundred GC 3rd June 2012 Foursomes ESSEX Points Score Points HERTS Ross Dee / 0 3/2 1 Matt Wallace / Reece Phillips Scott Baily Owen Pearl / 1 6/4 0 Jamie Rutherford / George Evans Tony Wilkins Andy May / 1 3/2 0 Luke Mitterhuber / Gary Oliver Rob Watson Arthur Leonard / ½ A/S ½ Luke Colgate / Jordan Slater Luke Groves Total Foursomes 2½ 1½ Singles Ross Dee 1 2/1 0 Owen Pearl 1 3/2 0 Arthur Leonard ½ A/S ½ Gary Oliver 0 2/1 1 Andy May 1 4/3 0 George Evans ½ A/S ½ Reece Phillips 1 1up 0 Jordan Slater 1 5/3 0 Total Singles 6 2 Total Foursomes 2½ 1½ MATCH TOTAL 8½ 3½

Matt Wallace Scott Bailey Luke Colgate Luke Groves Luke Mitterhuber Jamie Rutherford Tony Wilkins Rob Watson

Match Report On a cold wet and windy day at Rochford Hundred Golf Club, Essex showed once again this year, what a formidable force they are in County golf. Playing against a full strength Hertfordshire team which included two England players, Essex got off to a good start in the morning foursomes with Pearl & Evans paired together for the first time winning 6&4 closely followed by May & Oliver winning 3&2. A half from new cap Jordan Slater and local man Arthur Leonard set us up for the afternoon singles with a one point lead. In the singles Essex showed their quality and perhaps the experience to handle conditions better, and came home with wins from Dee, Pearl, May, Philips, and debutant Jordan Slater who made a fine start to his County career winning 5&3. Halves from Leonard and Evans sealed a good win for the unbeaten Essex side. To emphasise the quality of the play, Hertfordshire player Scott Bailey was 5 under par and lost 3&2. While we congratulate Jordan on his debut, we are sad to lose Reece Phillips who joins the professional ranks following this game. Over the years Reece has been a credit to our County and we wish him every success. The staff at Rochford should also be commended for presenting us with a fine course to play, and also doing running repairs during the day to keep the water at bay. Bob Paton County Team Manager

52 County News egu south eastern group

EGU South Eastern Group Boys Qualifying, Royal Mid Surrey GC 7th June 2012 Essex Boys Runners up in EGU SE Boys Qualifying This event is the most important team event in the English counties junior golfing calendar. The South Eastern Group includes eleven county teams from Norfolk round to Hampshire. The eleven counties selected teams of six under 18 boys making up the cream of English junior golfers. The winning county goes on to represent the SE in a national final later in the year. Representing Essex were; James Allan (capt) of Chelmsford GC, Mason Papple of Stock Brook Manor; Tom Barker of Channels GC; Ben David of Colchester GC; Reece Francis and Bobby Keeble of Abridge GC; and Tom Howard of Burnham on Crouch GC. The competition format is two consecutive scratch medal rounds of 18 holes. The best five from six scores count towards a team score. The Mid Surrey course is rated among the top inland courses in England and is bordered with Kew Gardens, the River Thames and Old Deer Park. The 120 year old course was in excellent condition and proved a very good test of golf, with narrow tree lined fairways and large greens all well protected by bunkers. The weather forecast for the day was wet and windy. The early starters were fortunate to get a dry start, but once the rain came it was torrential for most of the day. The EGU organisers and RMS green staff performed miracles to keep the course open to a final conclusion over 36 holes.

The morning round in easier conditions was not the best of starts for a strong Essex team although Bobby Keeble managed an excellent level par and Mason Papple came in at one over par. Apart from Reece Francis (4 over) the team score left a disappointed Essex team in fifth place behind Herts, Hampshire, Kent and Sussex, with Hertfordshireâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nick Ward leading the field with an incredible six under par. The afternoon round teed off in heavy rain with gusting winds, not ideal conditions for good golf, however it did present an opportunity for those players with the strength of character to deal with such conditions and move up the leader board. The Essex team performance improved in the afternoon, but Hampshire performed better. James Allan the Essex captain from Chelmsford GC performed a heroic round in the trying conditions and finished one over par posting the best individual score of the afternoon. While James was well supported by Reece Francis and Tom Barker both at three over par and Bobby Keeble at five over, the team score was only good enough to earn Essex second place to winners Hampshire. The Essex team had high expectations this year, but should not be too disappointed with second place to an excellent Hampshire team in such difficult conditions. Final team scores. Hampshire +26; Essex +40; Hertfordshire +44; Kent +48; Sussex +53; Surrey +62; BB&O +63; Middlesex +78; Suffolk +82; Bedfordshire +91; Norfolk +108. Match report by Team Manager: Mike Hart

Under 16 League Match Essex v Kent v Surrey, Play at Benton Hall Golf Club, 6th June 2012 The morning round comprised of nine holes of foursomes which started brightly with all the Essex boys finding the fairway, unfortunately after that we lost our way with only Michel Sarling (Team Captain) and Jack Philips recording wins beating both opposing counties. The other success was Marc Brenner and Connor Morris who went on to beat the Kent duo but lost to Surrey. At the end of the morning our total score was 6 points, Surrey with 9 and Kent with a total of 15 points.

The afternoon round was 18 holes of match play where Mitchell Sarling again played a Captain’s round by beating both Counties and in so doing recorded the largest win of the day of 9 & 8. Jack Phillips, David Briffaut, Dominic Piccolo, Connor Morris all won one match each with Marc Brenner being last man out beating both opponents and finishing with a magnificent chip in on the 17th to win his match against Kent. Total points for the afternoon were – Essex 20, Surry 19 and Kent 21 – all very close. Overall winners were Kent.

EGU South East Group (North) Seniors League BB&O Seniors v Essex Seniors, Maidenhead Golf Club, Monday 21 May 2012 Foursomes BB&O Points Score Points ESSEX David Lane 1 1up 0 Geoff king Ashley Brewer 1 5/4 0 David Cook Phil Sewell 1 1up 0 Chris Harrington Bob Lander 1 5/3 0 Geoff Kirwan David Niven 1 5/3 0 Rob Barrell Adrian Donkersley ½ A/S ½ Alan MacNaught Cliff Pearce 0 2/1 1 Clive Pemberton Gilbert Runnicies 1 3/2 0 Alan Goldbourn Rod Crisp 1 3/1 0 Tony Cornell Chris Osborne 1 2/1 0 Tommy Dods Total Singles 8½ 1½

54 under 14s Keith Mitchell

Essex Under 14: Order of Merit Gosfield Lake Report – Sunday 6th May 2012 – The First Round.


n selecting the beginning of May for this first event we thought that we might be blessed with some good weather. Unfortunately leading up to the weekend we had suffered such downpours of rain that the match taking place was put in doubt. However thanks to some hard work by the greens staff, Gosfield Lake were pleased to open their course for play (without trolleys). With some very young players taking part on a long course in difficult conditions we were concerned for all the boys, particularly in carrying their bags. So for one match only (we hope!) we stretched the County rule and permitted dads to be bag carriers. I’m not sure that this was appreciated too much by the Dad’s union who normally take some time out for a cuppa during their son’s round, but it was much appreciated by the organisers and most of the boys. Unfortunately bag carrying was not the only problem, because the rain started as we began the afternoon and stayed with us, and the day got colder and colder. It was to the credit of the boys that not one gave up. All finished the day and handed in cards, although some must have been pretty disheartened by the end of the round. Of course under the conditions, play was slow and the final result therefore much delayed. The result was also hindered by some poor card marking, which, under the conditions was to be expected, but we do feel that we must encourage the boys to take much more care in this aspect. The competition is divided into age groups at each venue, with running totals giving winners at the end of the five events. The winners in each age group at Gosfield Lake were as follows:

Under 13 Scratch Winner Runner Up Handicap Winner

Ben Rendell – Clacton Josh Boxhall – Abridge Ben Franklin – Josh Boxhall

Under 12 Scratch Winner Runner up Handicap Winner

Michael Gilbert – Woolston Manor Finlay Mackay – Thorpe Hall Michael Gilbert – Woolston Manor

Nearest the pin on the 17th

Henry Gibbons – Thorpe Hall.

Josh Boxhall, Ben Franklin and Michael Gilbert all played below their handicaps, but there were some very creditable scores from some of the more senior boys who showed that the conditions could be beaten. In particular, U14 - Jack Dyer 26 pts, Zac Taylor 24 pts and Callum Hilton 25pts off scratch. All boys played off the back tees in very poor conditions. Most club golfers would have had difficulties on the day. My thanks to all parents who supported and helped with the day, in particular Samantha Maynard who did so much of the ground work prior to the day, and also to Jamie Kean who could not make the day but was instrumental in getting the whole idea started. Our thanks to Gosfield Lake and all the staff who helped to make sure the day went ahead and treated the boys so well. Also our thanks to Norman Garon Trust for its support in arranging these events

Under 14 Scratch winner Runner Up Handicap Winner

Jack Dyer – Rochford Hundred Callum Hilton – The Warren Zac Taylor – Braintree

The next round is at North Weald on Tuesday 6th June. Keith Mitchell

Essex Under 14: League Match Surrey vs Kent vs Essex Pyrford Golf Club, Surrey – 20th May 2012


n a cold, windy day when thankfully the clouds that threatened rain decided that we had suffered enough, the Essex boys took the long trip to Woking in Surrey for their second league match of the year. On paper this appeared to be our toughest match of our small league commitments with Kent and Surrey fielding traditionally strong teams.

By the end of the first nine holes things were looking bright for the Essex boys who had nearly all started strongly. Callum Hilton had made an impressive start and was convincingly ahead in both his matches, Ryan Cox (pictured left) played the front nine to par but his opponents were both hanging on to his shirt tails and it was obviously going to be a tough match to win. Jack Dyer, playing steady golf, reported a small lead in both matches and Dylan Mahmut was cheerful about his prospects. Andrew Vagisi was not playing quite up to his usual form and was struggling. Oscar Yeomans reported playing one under par for the nine holes. Understandably our excitement

subsided a little with our back four players struggling against their Kent and Surrey opponents. A tremendous fight back from the Surrey Captain, Max O’Hagan, took a point away from Callum Hilton on the last hole. The next three Essex boys, Ryan Cox, Jack Dyer and Dylan Mahmut, all took maximum points, but in a real battle to halve both his matches Andrew Vagisi displayed character and determination to earn two points for the team. Oscar Yeomans played 3 over par but only managed to hang on to a win over his Kent opposition on the last hole; whilst in the run in for the last four members of the team, having been behind at the turn on, Keiron Whiting failed to score a point. This was a fine win for Essex, but the boys will need to play again to their highest standard in their last match at Ilford if they are to retain the title. Surrey are fierce opponents and Essex beat them in this match by 11-9 – the narrowest of margins. There will be no room for complacency. Our thanks to our hosts at Pyrford Golf Club who made us feel most welcome and provided their picturesque course in superb condition. Keith Mitchell (Essex Under 14 manager)

Under 14 match - SURREY vs KENT vs ESSEX BOYS


DATE: 20TH MAY 2012

v Kent v Essex Kent v Surrey v Essex Essex v Surrey v Kent Surrey 1 MAX O’HAGAN (Capt) 2 2 Taron Donovan (Capt) 0 0 Callum Hilton - The Warren 0 2 2 ALFREDO CURBISHLEY 2 0 Joshua Barley 0 0 Ryan Cox - Warley Park 2 2 3 SCOTT MURRAY 2 0 Barney Foreman 0 0 Jack Dyer - Rochford Hundred 2 2 4 ZAC JENKINS 2 0 Samuel Stedman 0 0 Dylan Mahmut - Romford 2 2 5 HARVEY BYERS 0 1 Archie Edwards 2 1 Andrew Vagisi - Epping 1 1 6 JONATHAN GERRISH 0 0 Richard Cheetham 2 0 Oscar Yeomans - Chelmsford 2 2 7 PATRICK WILLARD 2 2 Jack Holland 0 0 Oliver Blackman - Thorpe Hall 0 2 8 ARCHIE ATKINSON 0 2 Elliott Phillips 2 1 Ben Rendell - Clacton 0 1 9 CALLUM DENHAM 0 0 Harry Knight 2 2 Zac Taylor - Braintree 2 0 10 OWEN KRESSINGER-DUNN 0 2 Joe Harpley 2 2 Keiron Whiting - Braintree 0 0 Totals 10 9 Totals 10 6 Totals 11 14 Foursomes 0 0 0 0 0 0 Singles 10 9 10 6 11 14 Total Points 10 9 10 6 11 14 (Two points for a win, one point for a half) Aggregate Points SURREY 19 KENT 16 Essex 25 1st ESSEX 2nd SURREY 3rd KENT


56 under 14s Keith Mitchell

Essex Boys Under 14 vs Hertfordshire Epping Golf Club – 7th June 2012


he Essex team are beginning to think that the gods are against them. Every meeting, including coaching, matches, Order of Merit and pro demonstrations has been severely affected by the awful weather this year.  The worst of the weather seems to save itself for the Under 14 squad and this match was no exception.  

At this stage some players had not even reached the half way point and it was felt that no real satisfactory result could be obtained from the position of play especially as nearly all matches had no more than a two hole difference between the players with at least 5 holes to play. An honourable draw was recorded with an intention to attempt to find a date where the afternoon match could The morning foursomes saw the Essex boys battling against a be arranged.  However the Essex boys would be upset if I did not strong Hertfordshire side in a determined and ptositive fashion.  record that they held a 2 match lead at this point! Most matches went to the last hole with the Essex boys taking the   honours with a narrow 4-2 lead at the lunchtime break, with two Once again this match was played in tremendous spirit and the halved matches making the difference at the tail of the field. competitors went out of their way to form inter-county friendships   that they expect to last for several years. Having sacrificed an hour to eat some welcome sandwiches all   the boys had to start the afternoon in heavy and persistent rain.  Eventually the rain won the day with all greens sodden and almost unplayable.  There was evidence that just walking on any green was beginning to damage the surface and there were not many complaints when the managers called a halt to proceedings.  

Thanks to Epping Golf Club for hosting the day in such excellent fashion and a course in excellent condition. Keith Mitchell Essex Boys Under 14 Manager

Under 14 COUNTY MATCH ESSEX vs HERTFORDSHIRE Epping Golf Club 7th June 2012

1 2 3 4 5 6 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

Foursomes Points Score Points HERTFORDSHIRE Callum Hilton & Andrew Vagisi 1 1 up Josh Taylor & Karl Vincent Jack Dyer & Dylan Mahmut 3&1 1 Luke Hynes & Jack Slater Ryan Cox & Oscar Yeomans 1 3&2 Charlie Wilkinson & Harry Dickens Oliver Balckman & Ashdon Brown 1 2up Nick Attwood & Callum Walker Zac Taylor & Keiran Whiting 1/2 1/2 Jack Sullivan & Danny Daniels Ben Rendell & Liam Francis 1/2 1/2 Ciaran O’Brien & Louix Monk Total Foursomes 4 2 Singles at curtailment Callum Hilton (The Warren) 2up Josh Taylor Ryan Cox (Warley Park) 1up Luke Hynes Jack Dyer (Rochford Hundred) 2up Karl Vincent Dylan Mahmut (Romford) 2up Jack Slater Andrew Vagisi (Epping) 3up Charlie Wilkinson Oscar Yeomans (Chelmsford) 2up Callum Walker Oliver Blackman(Thorpe Hall) 1up Harry Dickens Ben Rendell (Clacton) 2up Nick Attwood Zac Taylor (Braintree) 1up Jack Sullivan Ashdon Brown (Three Rivers) 1up Louix Monk Liam Francis (Abridge) 1up Danny Daniels Keiran Whiting (Braintree) 1up Ciaran O’Brien Total Singles Total Foursomes MATCH TOTAL


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70 25 under 25 adam morris


FACTFILE adam morris

Notable Achievements:

D.O.B: 29/12/1988

• Keating Trophy winner • Essex Order of Merit winner • Essex representative for 5 years • Played for Buckinghamshire University golf team for 3 years

From: Hatfield Pevril

What are you doing now?

Home Club: Benton Hall Handicap: +1 Coach: Gary Pike ESSEX OOM PLACE: 1

Working full time in advertising

What are your plans for the future?

I would like to continue working full time and not pursue a golf career

“What’s nice about our tour is you can’t remember your bad shots.”

Bob Bruce, about the senior tour

72 25 under 25 OWEN PEARL


FACTFILE OWEN PEARL D.O.B: 13/09/89 From: Bury St. Edmunds Home Club: Play Golf Colchester (formerly Lexden Wood) Handicap: 0 Coach: Nick Arter ESSEX OOM PLACE: 2

Notable Achievements: • Colchester Golf Club’s Club Championship winner • Keating Trophy runner-up • Essex representative for Men’s and Colt’s teams What are you doing now?

Working full time at American Golf

What are your plans for the future?

I would like to turn professional and play provided I can get the necessary funding, but if all else fails I would like to get my PGA qualifications

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Golf, like the measles, should be caught young, for, if postponed to riper years, the results may be seriousâ&#x20AC;?

P.G. Wodehouse, A Mixed Threesome, 1922

74 25 under 25 Jordan wallace

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Notable Achievements:

D.O.B: 23/06/92

What are you doing now?

From: Essex Home Club: Abridge Handicap: +0.3 Coach: Steven Tyson


• Leading Under 20’s Player of Essex County 2011 • Keating Trophy 2011 3rd place Entering and preparing for this year’s UK tournaments.

What are your plans for the future? I would like to pursue a U.S golf scholarship

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“If a lot of people gripped a knife and fork the way they do a golf club, they’d starve to death”

Sam Snead

76 25 under 25 DANNY CARROLL


Notable Achievements: • Essex Golf and Country Club Championships winner

• Forrester Park Club Championships two time winner

• Represented Essex in the Colts and Men’s teams

• Romford Trophy runner up 2011 • Sir Michael Bonallack Trophy runner up 2011 • Keating Trophy semi-finalist 2011

FACTFILE DANNY CARROLL D.O.B: 31/08/90 From: Tiptree Home Club: The Essex Golf and Country Club Handicap: 0 Coach: Gary Carter ESSEX OOM PLACE: 4

What are you doing now?

Working out in the gym and getting fit for the season ahead, and going to Turkey to do some practice in some nice weather in preparation for the season.

What are your plans for the future? I would like to be a successful playing professional on the international tours

“Through years of experience I have found that air offers less resistance than dirt ”

Jack Nicklaus, on why he tees his ball high

78 25 under 25 Jordan Slater


FACTFILE JORDAN SLATER D.O.B: 18/07/93 From: Dovercourt Home Club: Harwich and Dovercourt Handicap: 0 Coach: Nick Arter ESSEX OOM PLACE: 5

Notable Achievements: • Romford Trophy 2011 winner • Club Champion 2011 at Harwich and Dovercourt • Represented England Schools at U21’s level • Current Essex Colts team member • Has represented Essex at U18 level as well What are you doing now?

Working and practicing to prepare for the season ahead.

What are your plans for the future?

I would like to be a playing professional on any of the international tours, but if all else fails I would like to do my PGA qualifications and teach.


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80 25 under 25 JOE KELLY


FACTFILE JOE KELLY D.O.B: 25/05/92 From: Chigwell Home Club: Woolston Manor Handicap: 0 Coach: Bradley Preston ESSEX OOM PLACE: 6

Notable Achievements: • Abridge Scratch winner 2009 • Oliver Fisher Shield winner 2010 • Cliffords Trophy winner 2011 • Top 5 in the Essex Order of Merit 2009 and 2010 • Played at Western Texas College in America What are you doing now?

Looking at turning professional in May and going to be the assistant at Orsett Golf Club.

What are your plans for the future?

I would like to teach and play golf to see where it takes me and one day would like to own my own golf school.

“Trevino is in a league by himself. We don’t even count him.  We figure when you come in second, you’re a winner”

Chi Chi Rodriguez

82 25 under 25 BOBBY KEEBLE


Notable Achievements: • Upminster Bowl winner 2010 with 76 64. The

64 equalling the amateur course record at the age of 15

• Selected to represent the South East regional squad 2010/11

• Captain of the U16 Essex squad 2011 • Winner of the inter-club home nations

championship 2011 and lowest gross score 69 (-2) over all 3 days, also won all 3 games gainst Scotland, Ireland and Wales.

• 9th in the South East Boys qualifier • Selected to represent the mens county team 2011/12

• Essex Amateur Championship 2011 runner up with scores of 75 72 73 73 at the age of 15

• Essex U21 Championship 2011 (T2 in the Essex Boys Championship)

• Essex U16 Championship winner • Essex Boys Foursomes Championship winner • Oliver Fisher Shield Trophy 3rd place • Eastern Counties Championship runner up • 1 of 2 boys to get picked to represent England in the U16 Minorca open 3rd in the U16 Menorca Open

FACTFILE BOBBY KEEBLE D.O.B: 21/08/95 From: HAINAULT Home Club: ABRIDGE Handicap: +2 Coach: Chris Jenkins


What are you doing now?

I have been playing full time golf all winter and am now preparing for the up and coming season.

What are your plans for the future?

My plans for the future are to keep playing in National events, try to represent the main England side, play in the walker cup team and turn pro in later stages.

“If there’s lightning on the golf course hold a one iron above your head. Even God can’t hit a one iron”

Lee Trevino (who incidentally has been struck by lightning twice!)

84 25 under 25 REECE PHILIPS


FACTFILE REECE PHILIPS D.O.B: 21/07/89 From: Cheshunt, Hertfordshire Home Club: West Essex

Notable Achievements: • Chigwell Bowl winner 2010 • County Champs runner up 2011 • Final stage of Open Qualifying • Oliver Fisher Trophy runner up last 2 years • Romford Trophy runner up 2011 • Abridge Scratch runner up 2010 • Represented Essex at U18 U21 and Men’s level

What are you doing now?

Handicap: +1

5 weeks in Spain practicing and going to gym.

Coach: Steven Palmer and Mike Walker

What are your plans for the future?


I would like to turn professional and make a good living out of the game and get on European tour.

“How did I make a twelve on a par five hole? It’s simple. I missed a four-foot putt for an eleven”

Arnold Palmer

86 25 under 25 ARTHUR LEONARD



Notable Achievements:

D.O.B: 28/08/1992

• Keating Trophy winner • Sir Michael Bonalack Trophy winner • Oliver Fisher Shield winner • Wentworth Junior Open winner twice • Finished in top 25 of the McGregor Championship

From: Hockley

What are you doing now?


Home Club: Rochford Hundred Handicap: +1.2 Coach: Gary Carter ESSEX OOM PLACE: 9

Worked for my dad over the winter and played golf to prepare and practice for the season ahead.

What are your plans for the future?

I would like to go to America and play college golf.

“Why am I using a new putter? Because the last one didn’t float too well”

Craig Stadler

88 25 under 25 ALISDAIR PLUMB


FACTFILE ALASDAIR PLUMB D.O.B: 21/07/1993 From: Coggeshall Home Club: Chelmsford Golf Club Handicap: 1 Coach: Lee Cocker ESSEX OOM PLACE: 10

Notable Achievements: • Abridge Scratch winner • 10th in the EGU SE Group Boys Individual Championship • 3rd with Essex in the EGU SE Boys Team Chmapionship • 7th place in Essex Boys Championship • Chelmsford Junior Open winner • Chelmsford Club Championship winner • Course record of 67 (-5) at Abridge • Course record of 65 (-7) at Gosfield Lake

What are you doing now?

Studying sports technology at Loughborough University whilst playing golf.

What are your plans for the future?

I would like to graduate with my degree and then continue to play golf to a high standard increasing my ability to a point where I can turn professional and try to make it a career.

“Golf is the loneliest sport. You’re completely alone with every conceivable opportunity to defeat yourself. Golf brings out your assets and liabilities as a person. The longer you play, the more certain you are that a man’s performance is the outward manifestation of who, in his heart, he really thinks he is” Hale Irwin

90 25 under 25 BEN HERBERT


FACTFILE BEN HERBERT D.O.B: 23/2/1992 From: Clacton-on-sea

Notable Achievements: • England U18 squad representative • Upminster Trophy winner • U16 and U18 Essex Boys Championships winner • Essex U14’s, U16s, U18’s, U21’s and Men’s team representative

What are you doing now?

Home Club: Clacton-on-sea

Been working part time and playing and practicing as much as possible.

Handicap: +2

What are your plans for the future?

Coach: Paul Ashwell ESSEX OOM PLACE: 12

I would like to be a successful European tour professional.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Golf is a game whose aim is to hit a very small ball into an even smaller hole, with weapons singularly ill-designed for the purposeâ&#x20AC;&#x153;

Winston Churchill


92 25 under 25 GEORGE EVANS



Notable Achievements:


• Chigwell Bowl and Colts Championship winner • Romford Scratch 3rd place • South East Group Junior Championship 5th place

D.O.B: 20/04/1993 From: Romford Home Club: Romford Handicap: +1 Coach: Paul Sullivan ESSEX OOM PLACE: 14

What are you doing now?

Playing golf full time, working hard on not just my golf but my fitness as well.

What are your plans for the future?

I would like to eventually turn professional and try to make a career as a touring professional.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I played three matches and hit only three fairways. My biggest contribution was to get the team colours for Sunday changed from green to my lucky blueâ&#x20AC;?

Seve Ballesteros after Europe won the 1995 Ryder Cup

94 25 under 25 REECE FRANCIS

13 14

FACTFILE REECE FRANCIS D.O.B: 27/10/1994 From: Harlow, Essex Home Club: LOUGHTON Handicap: +0.5 Coaches Name: Robert Green ESSEX OOM PLACE: 15

Notable Achievements: • England Regional Team representative • Essex Under 16 Championship winner • Essex Under 18 Team representative

What you’re doing now?

Been playing full time golf in preparation for the season ahead.

What are your plans for the future?

I would like to get into the England A squad for next year.

“Sure, I’m making a lot of money now, but years ago the IRS would send me get-well cards”

Chi Chi Rodriguez

96 25 under 25 HUGH CAMPBELL


FACTFILE HUGH CAMPBELL D.O.B: 24/12/93 From: Woodford Home Club: West Essex

Notable Achievements: • England Schools captain 2011 • Essex Boys and Essex Foursomes winner 2011 • Romford Scratch winner 2011 • U14 SE England Championship winner • Orsett, Channels, Hainault, Abridge Junior Open winner • Junior Team Nations Scratch winner 2010 and 2011

What are you doing now?

Handicap: +1

Working to save up some money for the summer. Starting to prepare for national events.

Coach: Steve Palmer

What are your plans for the future?


The main aim is to be a touring professional but I would like to attend university in America over the next few years.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;My swing is so bad I look like a caveman killing his lunch.â&#x20AC;&#x153;

Lee Trevino

98 25 under 25 MASON PAPPLE


FACTFILE MASON PAPPLE D.O.B: 14/11/94 From: Billericay Home Club: Stock Brook Manor Handicap: +0.5 Coach: Roddy Douglas ESSEX OOM PLACE: 17

Notable Achievements:

• Club Champion at Stock Brook last 2 years • Amateur course record at Stock Brook of 66 • Essex Amateur 6th place 2011 • Stock Brook Junior Open winner last 3 years • Three Rivers Junior Open winner 2011 • Represented East of England Boys U18 • Essex U14, U16, U18 representative

What are you doing now?

I was in Spain for January at Hacienda for coaching and training. Practicing with the England regional teams, played for the South of England U18 squad against the England A squad.

What are your plans for the future?

I would like to be a full time playing professional on the European tour.

“Actually, the only time I ever took out a one-iron was to kill a tarantula. And it took a seven to do that”

Jim Murray

100 25 under 25 RICKY BRACKENBURY



Notable Achievements:


â&#x20AC;˘ Recently won his first pro event in Orlando at the Reunion Resort on the Moonlight Golf tour.

D.O.B: 03/08/1991 From: Purfleet Home Club: Orsett Handicap: Turned Pro Coach: Gary Pike ESSEX OOM PLACE: 18

What are you doing now?

Turned professional and been practicing and playing in Florida from October to February. Playing on the Jamega Tour and TP Tour this season.

What are your plans for the future?

I would like try to get on the European Tour in the next few years.

“Find a man with both feet firmly on the ground and you’ve found a man about to make a difficult putt”

Fletcher Knebel

102 25 under 25 dan garner



Notable Achievements:


• Essex County representative • Romford Junior Open U16 winner • Romford Trophy 3rd place • Finished top 5 in the McGregor Strokepley

D.O.B: 19/07/95 From: Romford

What are you doing now?

Home Club: Romford Golf Club

I am still at college but I have been practicing hard over the winter to try and prepare for the summer season.

Handicap: 1

What are your plans for the future?

Coach: Chris Goddard and Steve Morrison ESSEX OOM PLACE: NA

I would like to be a successful touring professional with high academic achievements to back me up. I would like to achieve that by playing golf at university in America.

“Golf and sex are the only things you can enjoy without being good at them”

Jimmy DeMaret

104 25 under 25 MITCHElL SARLING



Notable Achievements:


• U16 Essex Captain • England Regional Squad

D.O.B. 7/3/96 From: Essex Home Club: Rochford Hundred Handicap: 1 Coach: Chris Jenkins ESSEX OOM PLACE: 20

What are you doing now?

I am preparing for the summer schedule which includes the McGregor, Carris, Essex Order of Merit, Faldo Series and many other competitions.

What are your plans for the Future

I am enrolled in the Dennis Pugh Golf College Sept 12-July 14. Following college I would hopefully like to go to America or get involved with a golf school.

“Don’t play too much golf. Two rounds a day are plenty”

Harry Vardon


106 25 under 25 JACK HEASMAN



Notable Achievements: • Represented England at U16, U18 and men’s level

What are you doing now?

D.O.B: 22/09/1992

I am playing golf at Augusta State University in America and studying finance.

From: Wanstead, London

What are your plans for the future?

Home Club: West Essex Handicap: +1 Coach: Kevin McPherson ESSEX OOM PLACE: 21

I would like to become a NCAA division 1 All-American, continue to represent England, play in the Walker Cup, and eventually make it on to the European tour.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Golf without mistakes is like watching haircuts. A dinner without wineâ&#x20AC;?

Jim Murray


108 25 under 25 jake bond


FACTFILE JAKE BOND D.O.B: 20/3/1993 From: Wanstead Home Club: Wanstead Handicap: 2 Coach: Dennis Pugh and Paul Lyons ESSEX OOM PLACE: 24

Notable Achievements: • Bonmont, Spain March 2011 Sussex Golf College Tour representative • Wanstead Youth Shield runner up • Winning Thornton Cup team member 2011

What are you doing now?

Playing for Clarendon Junior College in Texas, USA.

What are your plans for the future?

I would like to continue out in the States for the next 4 years and get my degree. My long term goals are to hopefully be a playing/touring professional but if all else fails I would like to be involved somehow in the golfing industry.

“I don’t like watching golf on TV. I can’t stand whispering”

David Brenner

110 25 under 25 JAmes allAn


FACTFILE JAMES ALLaN D.O.B: 07/10/1994 From: Chelmsford

Notable Achievements: • Essex Under 18 Captain • Chelmsford Golf Club champion in 2010 • Regional Squad member • Faldo Series Qualifying runner up in 2010 • Essex Boys Championship runner up in 2010

What are you doing now?

Handicap: 0

I have been working hard on my strength and conditioning throughout the winter to build more power as well as working on my impact position in my swing.

Coach: David March

What are your plans for the future?

Home Club: Chelmsford GC


I would like to represent one of the England teams and then become a successful touring professional on the European tour.

“I play in the low 80s. If it’s any hotter than that, I won’t play”

Joe E. Lewis

112 25 under 25 luke Richardson


Notable Achievements: • Two time Club Champion at Braintree Golf Club • Represented Essex • Currently representing Midland College, Texas • As a freshman 2010-2011, gained NJCAA AllState-Honors, Ping-All-District-Honors, WJCAC All-Conference-Honors, All-American-Honors • Ranked 17th in the Nation at NJCAA on Golfstat with a stroke average of 73.40 during freshman year • As a sophomore currently ranked 12th in the Nation at NJCAA on Golfstat with a stroke average of 72.77 as of 04.25.12 • As a sophomore received NJCAA All-StateHonors, Ping-All-District-Honors, WJCAC All-Conference-Honors • During career at Midland College 8 top five finishes and 12 top ten finishes, including 2nd place at the 2012 Omega Treating Chemical Golf Invitational

FACTFILE Luke Richardson DOB: 08.20.87 From: Great Dunmow, Essex Home Club: Braintree Golf Club Handicap: 0 Coach: Duncan Woolger ESSEX OOM PLACE: 27

What are you doing now?

I am currently going to school at NJCAA division one Midland College in Texas, United States, majoring in Business Administration

What are your goals for the future?

I am Iooking to complete my degree, with the view to taking my golf to the next level

“If you wish to hide your character, do not play golf”

Percey Boomer


114 25 under 25 Sam Wilding


Notable Achievements: • Romford Trophy runner up 2011 • Romford Golf Club Scratch Matchplay Championship winner 2010 • Romford Golf Club Player of the Year 2009 • Cadet Captain 2008 • Essex Boys Championship runner up 2008 • Won BUCS Golf Northern Conference league 2A 2010/11 with UCLAN 3rd team • Won BUCS Golf Northern League 1A 2011/12 with UCLAN 2nd team


What are you doing now/have been doing over the winter?

D.O.B: 08/04/1991

I am just about to finish my second year at University of Central Lancashire (Uclan) studying Golf Performance. Over the winter I mainly worked on my golf game and went to Spain in October to work on the European Tour for a week at the Castello Masters.

From: Wickford

What are your goals for the future?

Sam Wilding Sam Wilding

Home Club: Romford Golf Club Handicap: 3 Coach: Chris Goddard ESSEX OOM PLACE: 27

To get a first in my Golf Performance degree, reduce my handicap to scratch or better over the next few years, become PGA qualified, and ultimately turn pro, teach golf abroad or become a golf specific training and conditioning coach.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Reverse every natural instinct and do the opposite of what you are inclined to do, and you will probably come very close to having a perfect golf swingâ&#x20AC;?

Ben Hogan

116 25 under 25 lewis adair


FACTFILE Lewis Adair D.O.B: 09/09/1992 From: Orsett Home Club: Orsett Handicap: 1 Coach: Brett Taylor ESSEX OOM PLACE: 28

Notable achievements:

• Under 14’s Essex captain • SE England squad U16 • Essex Men’s representative • Canons Brook Junior Open winner • Orsett Junior Open winner • Princes Junior Open winner twice • Gosfield Junior Open winner • Upminster Junior Open winner

What are you doing now/?

I have been practicing and working hard on my game, working on my fitness a lot in the gym, and working at Rayleigh Driving Range.

What are your goals for the future?

I’m looking at going out to America in the near future and hopefully become a successful touring professional off the back of that.

“His driving is unbelievable. I don’t go that far on my holidays”

Ian Baker-Finch, on John Daly

118 25 under 25 JACK HILUTA


Notable Achievements: • Has been the holder of 6 course records at some point in his career • Has represented England at Under 16, Under 18, and men’s level • Faldo Series winner 2007 • Captained the Great Britain and Ireland winning team against Europe • Was awarded as most valuable player in the 2006 and 2007 Boys Home Internationals • Won twice in his time at the University of South Alabama • Spanish Amateur Championship winner 2012 • World Amateur Ranking: 60


What are you doing now?

I am remaining amateur for the time being, with the dream to maybe play Walker Cup next year. I will keep working hard on my game and my fitness in order to play at the highest amateur level and gain some experience before turning professional.

What are your plans for the future?

I would like to be a successful world touring professional and be affiliated with both the European and US PGA tours.

“John certainly gives it a good hit, doesn’t he? My Sunday best is a Wednesday afternoon compared to him”

Nick Faldo, on John Daly

THE 2012





A ABRIDGE Epping Lane Stapleford Tawney Romford RM4 1ST  Sec:: 01708 688396 Pro: 01708 688333 Email: Website:

B BALLARDS GORE Gore Road Canewdon Rochford SS4 2DA Sec: 01702 258917 Pro: 01702 258924 Fax: 01702 258571 Email: Website:     BASILDON CLAY HILL Basildon SS16 5JP Hon Secretary: Mr G Eaton   Sec: 01268 533297 Members: 01268 533297 Pro: 01268 533532 Email: Website:       BELFAIRS Eastwood Road North Leigh-on-Sea SS9 4LR Hon Secretary: Mr  H Brown Email: Sec: 01702 615642 Members: 01702 526911 Pro: 01702 525345 Website:       BELHUS PARK Belhus Park Municipal Club Golf Course Avely By-pass South Ockendon RM14 4QR Hon Secretary: Mr D.(David) Clifford Club: 01375 411136 Sec: 07765 396903 Pro: 01708 854260 Email: Website:

BENTLEY golf club ONGAR ROAD Pilgrims Hatch Brentwood Essex CM15 9SS Sec: 01277 373179 Pro: 01277 372933 Fax: 01277 375097 Email: Website: BENTON HILL Wickham Hill Witham CM8 3LH Sec: 01376 502454 Pro: 01376 502454 Fax: 01376 521050 Email: Website: BIRCH GROVE Layer Road Kingsford Colchester Fax: CO2 OHS Sec: 01206 734276 Pro: 01206 734276 Email: maureen@birchgrove.fsbusiness. Website:     BLAKES Epping Road North Weald Epping CM16 6RZ Sec: 01992 525151 Pro:   Fax: 01992 525153 Email: Website:     BOYCE HILL 125 Vicarage Hill South Benfleet SS7 1PD Sec: 01268 793625 Pro: 01268 752565 Fax: 01268 750497 Email: Website:     BRAINTREE Kings Lane Stisted Braintree CM77 8DD Sec: 01376 346079 Pro: 01376 343465 Fax: 01376 348677 Email: Website:

BRAXTED PARK Braxted Park Witham CM8 3EN Sec: 01376 572372 Pro: 01376 572372 Fax: 01376 572372 Email: Website: BRENTWOOD D Warley Gap Brentwood Essex CM13 3DP Tel: 01277 205809 BUNSAY Downs Little Baddow Road Woodham Walter   Maldon CM9 6RW     Sec: 01245 222648 Pro: Fax:       BURNHAM-ON-CROUCH Ferry Road Creeksea Burnham-on-Crouch CM10 8PQ Sec: 01621 782282 Pro: 01621 782282 Fax: 01621 784489 Email: Website:

C CANONS BROOK Elizabeth Way Harlow CM19 5BE Sec: 01279 421482 Pro: 01279 418357 Fax: 01279 626393 Email: Website:    CASTLE POINT Somes Avenue Canvey Island SS8 9FG Sec: 01268 510830 Pro: 01268 510830 Email: Website: A-C BLACK BOOK

Chingford Golf Driving Range D 293 Waltham Way Chingford E4 8AQ Tel: 0208 5292409

CHANNELS Farm Lane Little Waltham Chelmsford CM3 3PT Sec: 01245 440005 Pro: 01245 441056 Fax: 01245 442032 Email: Website:

CLACTON-ON-SEA West Road Clacton-on-Sea CO15 1AJ Sec: 01255 421919 Pro: 01255 426304 Fax: 01255 424602 Email: Website:    Colchester D Old Ipswich Road Ardleigh Colchester Essex CO7 7QR Tel: 01206 230974 Colchester 21 Braiswick Colchester CO4 5AU Sec: 01206 853396 Pro: 01206 853920 Fax: 01206 852698 Email: Website:

CHELMSFORD Widford Road Chelmsford Essex CM2 9AP Sec: 01245 256483 option 1 Pro: 01245 257079 Email: Website: CHIGWELL The Clubhouse High Road Chigwell IG7 5BH Sec: 020 8500 2059 Pro: 020 8500 2384 Fax: 020 8501 3410 Email: Website:    CHINGFORD 158 Station Road   Chingford London E4 7RL Sec: Members: 020 8529 2107 Pro Shop: 020 8529 5708 Fax: 020 8529 8878 Email:

Colne Valley Station Road Earls Colne Colchester CO6 2LT Sec: 01787 224343 Pro: 01787 224343 Fax: 01787 224126 Email: Website: Cranfield D Whalebone Lane Chadwell Heath Essex RM6 6SB Tel: 020 8597 1120

Crondon Park Stock Road Stock CM4 9DP Sec: 01277 841115 Pro: 01277 843027 Fax: 01277 841356 Email: Website: Crowlands Heath Wood Lane Dagenham RM8 1JX Sec: 020 8984 7373 Pro: 020 8984 7373 Fax: 020 8984 0505 Email: Website:


Elsenham Hall Road Elsenham Bishops Stortford CM22 6DH Sec: 01279 812865 Pro: Fax:   Email: Website:    

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Epping Flux’s Lane Epping CM16 7PE Sec: 01992 572282 Pro: 01992 572282 Fax: 01992 575512 Email: Website: Epping Golf Range D UK Golf Academy Upland Rd Thornwood Epping CM16 6NL Tel: +44 (0) 1992 570707 Email: Website:

F Fairlop Waters Forest Road Barkingside Ilford IG6 3HN Sec: 020 8500 9911 Pro: 020 8501 1881 Fax: 020 8501 4316 Email: Website: Five Lakes Colchester Road Tolleshunt Knights Maldon CM9 8HX Sec: 01621 868888 Pro: 01621 862426 Fax: 01621 869696 Email: Website: Forrester Park Beckingham Road Great Totham Maldon CM9 8EA Sec: 01621 891406 Pro: 01621 862326 Fax: 01621 891406 Email: Website: Frinton 1 The Esplanade Frinton-on-Sea CO13 9EP Sec: 01255 674618 Pro: 01255 682456 Fax: 01255 682450 Email: Website:

G Garon Park Garon Park Eastern Avenue Southend-on-Sea SS2 4FA Sec: 01702 601701 Pro: 01702 601701 Fax: 01702 601033 Email: Website:

Harwich & Dovercourt Station Road Parkeston Harwich CO12 4NZ Sec: 01255 503616 Pro: Fax: 01255 503323 Email: secretary@harwichanddovercourt Website:

Gosfield Lake Hall Drive Gosfield Halstead CO9 1SE Sec: 01787 474747 Pro: 01878 474488 Fax: 01787 476044 Email: Website:

H Hainault Forest Romford Road Chigwell Row IG7 4QW Sec: 020 8500 0385 Pro: 020 8500 2131 Fax: 020 8501 0163 Email: Website: Hamford View D Harwich CO12 5JJ Tel: 01255 886892 Hartswood King George’s Playing Field Ingrave Road Brentwood CM14 5AE Sec: 01277 218850 Pro: 01277 214830 Fax: 01277 218850  

Hockley Golf Range D Aldermans Hill Hockley SS5 4RP Tel: 01702 207 218    Hylands Main Road Ingatestone CM4 0ET Sec: 01277 356016 Pro: 01277 356016 Fax: 01277 356056 Email: Website:

I Ilford 291 Wanstead Park Road Ilford IG1 3TR Sec: 020 8554 2930 Pro: 020 8554 0094 Fax 020 8554 0822 Email: Website: Langdon Hills Lower Dunton Road Bulphan RM14 3TY Club: 01268 548444 Pro: 01268 544300 Fax: 01268 490084 Email: Website: D = Driving Range

L Leigh D Leigh Marshes Leigh On Sea SS9 2E Tel: 01702 710586    Lexden Wood Bakers Lane Colchester CO3 4AU Sec: 01206 843333 Pro: 01206 843333 Fax 01206 854775 Email: Website: Lords Rayleigh Hullbridge Road Rayleigh SS6 9QS Sec: 01702 232377 Fax: 01702 233725 Email: Website: Loughton Clay Lane Debden Green Loughton Essex     IG10 2RZ Sec: 020 8502 2923 Email: Website:   

   M Maldon Beeleigh Langford Maldon CM9 4SS Sec: 01621 853212 Fax: 01621 855232 Email: Website: Mardyke Valley South Road South Ockendon RM15 6RR Sec: 01708 855011 Fax: 01708 855011 Email: Website:

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Maylands Colchester Road Harold Park Romford RM3 0AZ Sec: 01708 341777 Fax: 01708 343777 Email: Pro: 01708 346466 Website: Millers Barn Jaywick Lane Clacton-on-Sea CO15 2PH Sec: 01255 424826 Website:

N   Nazeing Middle Street Nazeing EN9 2LW Sec: 01992 893915 Pro: 01992 893798 Fax: 01992 893882 Email: Website: North Weald Rayley Lane North Weald Epping CM16 6AR Sec: 01992 522118 Pro: 01992 522118 Fax: 01992 522881 Email: Website:

R Rayleigh D London Road Rawreth Wickford Essex SS11 8TZ Tel: 01268 781706 Email: rayleigh Website: Regiment Way Back Lane Little Waltham Chelmsford CM3 3PR Sec: 01245 361100 Fax: 01245 442032 Email: Website: Risebridge Risebridge Chase Lower Bedfords Road Romford RM1 4DG Hon-Secretary: Mr P Wells   Club: 01708 727376 Pro: 01708 741429 Website:    Rivenhall Oaks Forest Road Witham CM8 2PS Sec: 01376 510222 Fax: 01376 510932 Email: Website:

The Notleys The Green White Notley Braintree CM8 1RG Sec: 01376 329328 Pro: 01376 329328 Email: Website:

O Orsett Brentwood Road Orsett RM16 3DR Sec: 01375 891352 Pro: 01375 891797 Fax: 01375 892471 Email: Website:   

Rochford Hundred Rochford Hall Hall Road Rochford SS4 1NW Sec: 01702 544302 Pro: 01702 548968 Fax: 01702 541343 Email: admin@rochfordhundredgolfclub. Website: www.rochfordhundredgolfclub.



Romford Heath Drive Gidea Park Romford RM2 5QB Sec: 01708 740986 Pro: 01708 749393 Fax: 01708 752147 Email: Website: Royal Epping Forest Approach Forest Chingford London E4 7AZ Sec: 020 8529 2195 Pro: 020 8529 5708 Fax: 020 8559 4664 Email: Website:

S St Cleres Hall London Road Stanford le Hope SS17 0LX Sec: 01375 673007 Fax: 01375 361565 Email: Website: Southend-on-Sea Belfairs Lodge Belfairs Park Leigh-on-sea SS9 4LN Hon. Sec. N Blenkinsop Email: Sec: 01702 473206 Pro Shop: 01702 525345 Website: South Essex Brentwood Road Herongate CM13 3LW Sec: 01277 811289 Website: Email:    Stapleford Abbotts Horsemans Side Tysea Hill Stapleford Abbotts Romford RM4 1JU Sec: 01708 381108 Pro: 01708 381108 Fax: 01708 386345 Email: Website:

Stock Brook Queens Park Avenue Billericay CM12 OSP Dir.of Golf 01277 653616 Stock Pro: 01277 658181 Fax: 01277 633063 Email: Website: Stoke by Nayland Keepers Lane Leavenheath Colchester Essex C06 4PZ Sec: 01206 265815 Pro shop: 01206 265812 Fax: 01206 265840 Email: Website: Swingfield Family D Golf Centre Steeple Rd Latchingdon Chelmsford Essex CM3 6LD Tel: 01621 744474

T The Belvedere D Hardings Elms Road Crays Hill Billericay Essex, CM11 2UH Tel: 01268 286612 The Burstead Tye Common Road Little Burstead Billericay CM12 9SS Sec: 01277 631171 Pro: 01277 631171 Fax: 01277 632766 Email: Website: The Essex Golf & Country Club Earls Colne Airfield Earls Colne nr. Colchester Essex C06 2NS Sec: 01787 224466 Pro: 01787 224466 Fax: 01787 224410 Email: Website:   

The Warren Woodham Walter Maldon CM9 6RW Sec: 01245 223258 Pro: 01245 224662 Email: Website: Fax: 01245 223989    Theydon Bois Theydon Road Epping CM16 4EH Sec: 01992 813054 Pro: 01992 812460 Fax: 01992 815602 Email: Website: Thorndon Park Thorndon Park Ingrave Brentwood CM13 3RH Sec: 01277 810345 Pro: 01277 810736 Fax: 01277 810645 Email: Website: Thorpe Hall Thorpe Hall Avenue Thorpe Bay SS1 3AT Sec: 01702 582205 Pro: 01702 588195 Fax: 01702 584498 Email: Website: Three Rivers Stow Road Cold Norton Purleigh Chelmsford CM3 6RR Sec: 01621 828631 Pro: 01621 828631 Fax: 01621 828060 Email: Website: Tiptree D Newbridge Road Tiptree Colchester Essex CO5 0HZ Tel: 01621 819374

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Toot Hill School Road Toot Hill Ongar CM5 9PU Sec: 01277 365523 Pro: 01277 365747 Fax: 01277 364509 Email: Website: Top Golf Game Centre D Abridge Road Chigwell Essex IG7 6BX Tel: +44 (0) 20 8500 2644    Top Meadow Fen Lane North Ockendon Upminster RM14 3PR Pro: 01708 859545 Sec: 01708 852239 Fax: 01708 852598 Email: Website: Towerlands Park Panfield Road Braintree Essex CM7 5BJ Sec: 01376 342681 Club: 01376 326802 Fax: 01376 552487 Email: Website:

U    Upminster 114 Hall Lane Upminster RM14 1AU Pro: 01708 220000 Fax: 01708 222484 Email: Website    W Wanstead Overton Drive Wanstead London E11 2LW Sec: 020 8989 3938 Pro: 020 8989 3938 Fax: 020 8532 9138 Email: Website:    

Warley Park Magpie Lane Little Warley Brentwood CM13 3DX Sec: 01277 224891 Pro: 01277 200441 Fax: 01277 200679 Email: Website:    Weald Park Coxtie Green Road South Weald Brentwood Sec: 01277 375101 Pro:   Fax: 01277 374888 CM14 5RJ Email: Website:     West Essex Bury Road Chingford London E4 7QL Sec: 020 8529 7558 Pro: 020 8529 4367 Fax: 020 8524 7870 Email: Website:

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