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May 2012 ISSUE 1

On the greens

at Chelmsford Golf Club page 14

See our top


Coaches Corner

Interview with Scott Rushbridge page 18

amateurs of 2011


jack hiluta

Wins in Spain Page 42


Mike Spall, President of Essex Golf Union page 8


Hospitality at Crondon Park page 36


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03 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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Contents Presidents welcome Mike Spall







Our history


Captains log Andy May


On the Greens at Chelmsford GC


Coaches Corner Scott Rusbridge


Future’s bright Keith Mitchell


Back to their roots Our Euro Pros


Essex county contacts


Tournament venues


Individual role of honour


On the greens at Chelsmford Team honours The Brigadier says…



42 46 25 under 25 25 top amateurs of 2011

adam moRRis Benton hall


25 Under 25

oWen peaRl Play golf colchester

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

leWis adaiR orsett

JaCK Hiluta chelMsford

ReeCe pHillips West essex

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The 19th Hole at Crondon Park


What’s in the bag Lloyd Kennedy


Hiluta reigns in Spain


U14’s order of merit


Essex 25 under 25 Ones to watch


Amateur Interview Jordan Wallace

aRtHuR leonaRd rochford hundred




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The County Black Book Directory 103-109




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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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Captain's Log Marcus Bain interviews Andy May – Essex County Club Captain


ach month we at the Union Magazine attempt to track down that most 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 Andy May, Captain of Essex County, and ask him a few questions.

Boyce Hill is a very demanding golf course and through it I learnt the skills required to play on tricky slopes and fairways. I would say that it has benefitted me hugely since joining and has given me the confidence to play on anything that is thrown at me.

 Of all the great and wonderful sports in the world, what was it about golf that attracted you to the game? It was never a sport that I ever set out to play. I was a huge rugby fan and played for the school but then one afternoon I went out with my dad for a spot of golf and loved it. Since then I haven’t looked back and now after 16 years of playing it across the globe on some of the best courses I cannot imagine playing any other sport.

 How long have you been Captain of the County? And what extra duties and responsibilities does your role entail? I have been captain since January 2010 when my predecessor David Miller asked me to fill his very honoured boots. My role is to be a direct liaison with the players and the manager. I help with the team decisions and generally organise the daily running of the team.

 What would you say was the high point or greatest achievement for the County since your tenure as Captain, what are you most proud of? Apart from being asked to be captain – which is a huge honour, I would have to say getting the team together. It is great to gather together the best of the best, those capable of competing and winning the trophies and medals that we all aim for. 2012 will be a good year for us – the squad that we have now are brilliant and so far we have already won 2 trophies.

 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? Originally I was a member at Burnham on Crouch where I played a lot with my dad but it was quite a lengthy journey and was just not viable, especially as I live practically on Boyce Hill.

 As Captain, you set an example for younger local golfers, 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? There are so many different things to say in the right scenario. The best advise that I offer is to practice hard, keep your head and never give up on your dreams. However, on the flip side of that I would always say that it’s not for everyone. I have lived, breathed and worked in the industry and I have seen that it’s not for everyone.

 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? I have been in the County set up for nearly 10 years so I roughly know what is the daily routine, however there is so much more behind the scenes that no one knows.

 As County Captain, who is the most indispensable member of your club, is there anyone you couldn’t do without? We have a fantastic squad and I deem them all indispensable.

andy's stats Age: 27 Home club: Boyce Hill Handicap: +1 University: BCUC - 2:1 Sports & Golf Industry  Management

notable acheivements and tournaments:

Open regional qualifier 2008 & 11 Chigwell Bowl Treadgill Championship Thornton Cup Runner Up South East Division winner (ESSEX) South East Division Colts Winner Essex Foresomes Champion 2009 & 10 Eastern Counties Foresomes (ESSEX) 2007 & 09

“If you watch a game, it’s fun. If you play at it, it’s recreation. If you work at it, it’s golf”

Bob Hope

On the greens at Chelmsford Carlo Navato interviews Andrew Pledger, Course Manager

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Andrew Pledger


Chelmsford Golf Club

position Course manager history I had a successful career in Retail Management with J.Sainsburys for 12 years and in 1999 decided I wanted a career change and started greenkeeping. I gained employment at The Hertfordshire Golf & Country Club as a trainee greenkeeper and attended Oaklands Collage 1 day a week to gain NVQ 2 qualification.

After completing the NVQ I was awarded a City & Guilds Gold Medal for my work and also won the Toro Student Greenkeeper of the Year award. The prize for this was to go to the USA and attend Massachusetts University to study, all paid for by Toro. In 2002 I moved golf clubs to become Deputy Course Manager at The Wildernesse Club in Kent, here I gained experience in managing the golf course for prestigious competitions. In 2005 I moved clubs once again, this time to become Course Manager at Frinton Golf Club and it was here that I learnt how to manage a golf course on limited resources and within strict environmental constraints. After many happy years at Frinton, in 2011 I moved once again, and hopefully for the last time in my career, to Chelmsford Golf Club.

03 Andrew pledger on the greens

Chelmsford Golf Course Club House


hank you for agreeing to share your thoughts with [Essex 25 under 25]. 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? We start the day by completing the course set up, this involves going around the course to ensure that it is ready for the days play. There is a lot of grass cutting to do, however there is an awful lot more work that goes on that golfers might not see, these being; - Applying plant protection products, wetting agents, fertilisers and soil amendments to maintain healthy plant growth - Servicing and repairing turfgrass machinery - Maintaining Health and Safety records - Personnel issues - Plumbing and irrigation maintenance - Course development planning and implementation - Controlling costs - Turf maintenance procedures such as aeration, scarifying, top dressing, brushing, overseeding, etc. - Tree management - Communication

 What topography, soils and sub-soils typify your course, and what are the specific challenges that they pose to you and your team? The soil that we have to deal with is typical for many Essex courses, which is a stony/clay sub-soil with a heavy clay loam above. The topography is not typical of many other Essex courses as we are blessed with some lovely hills which produce some fantastic vista views of the course itself and the surrounding area. The two challenges that soil type and topography poses is getting water away quickly during the winter months and keeping water available to the grass plants through the summer months. With the course being so hilly lower parts of the course get quite a lot of run-off water from rainfall so these areas tend to get wetter quicker and stay wet for longer periods than other parts of the course.

 What other ecology and biodiversity will a player enjoy at Chelmsford? As anybody that has played Chelmsford before can vouch we have a number of trees lining many of our holes and we have quite an extensive woodland habitat. Because of this we have a large wildlife population, both birds and animals.

 How does the course play during the more difficult periods of weather we experience in the UK – heavy rain, winter months, long dry spells? The course on the whole drains pretty quickly, so we don’t lose many, if any days from course closures.


16 on the greens Andrew pledger

Chelmsford Greens

The main problem during the winter months is managing disease pressures on the playing surfaces and controlling worm casting. Worm control will become a big problem in future years for almost every golf course as the only chemical control available is being taken off the market as it is to lose it’s EU approval fairly soon.

 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? At the moment we deep scarify the greens in the spring and again in the autumn, we hollow core in the autumn, we light scarify/groom once a month from May through to August and we solid tine once a month going deep early spring and late autumn. Whenever we aerate during the spring/summer/autumn we will topdress afterwards, we are aiming to dress 120 tons of sand on our greens per year. We aerate the soil for many reasons, but the main reasons are for improved drainage and to keep air space available for grass roots to grow in. If the soil was compact percolation rates would be very slow causing soft wet greens in the winter and concrete hard ones in the summer. Also, if the roots of the grass cannot grow healthily then we would lose our desirable grasses and get shallow rooting grasses and weeds growing instead.

 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? The grass plant population on our greens is made up of a mixture of species, but our main species is poa annua. We are currently trying to change the population of our greens to be predominately agrostis tenius (Browntop Bent). The height of cut changes throughout the year from 5½mm in the winter to 4¼mm in the summer; this can also change depending on environmental stresses that might be around. Green speeds vary from around 7ft in the winter to 9½-10½ft in the summer, but there is such a big hang-up about green speeds in our industry; we should be concentrating on consistency and smoothness of ball roll rather than speed.

 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? Let’s get one thing straight on sustainability; What is sustainable for Chelmsford Golf Club might not be sustainable for another golf club and vise-versa! Each golf club and their courses are different. We are always trying to lower our inputs of plant protection products, fertilisers and water and have been for many years. We need to ensure that we only apply what is absolutely necessary to help keep the grass plant healthy, this helps to keep costs to a minimum and also keeps our environmental impact to a minimum.

Some of the beautiful greens that make up Chelmsford Golf Club  Do you have any particular advice for your members or visitors as to how best to score at Chelmsford? What should they specifically avoid in your opinion?

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

Chelmsford isn’t very long by today’s standards but each hole is very different and requires precise positional tee shots because you can be blocked out very easily by the numerous trees that are about.

Training is provided, both in-house and from collage/specialists. Having a fully trained greenkeeping team helps keep morale and motivation high. You are also able to keep costs down as less contractor work is needed.

 How is smart technology impacting on the job? Is it helping productivity in any way?

 What advice would you give to somebody considering a career as a green-keeper?

Turfgrass machinery innovations and technology is changing every year. Modern machinery has helped free up time so we are able to achieve higher standards without incurring higher staff costs.

Find a golf club that is willing to invest in your future via education and then repay that club by giving 110% commitment back.

 What are your other interests, and what do you enjoy outside work? The one piece of equipment that saves a mammoth amount of time for tree lined courses is the trilo leaf collectors.

 Some of the newer irrigation controllers out on the market can be controlled via the latest smart phones, this is very useful as you are able to make adjustments to cycles even if you are away from the course. Are there any plans to further invest in technology or machinery at Chelmsford over the next 12 months?

What with working as a Course Manager and having a young family, that doesn’t leave much spare time! However I enjoy playing golf and love watching football and cricket, I follow Arsenal FC and Essex CCC. I also enjoy spending quality time with my wife and children and also enjoy the odd glass of wine!

We are always looking at investing in new equipment, this helps keep repair costs to a minimum. It also increases reliability which reduces down-time of machines and helps us to stay abreast of the latest innovations.


18 Coaches corner SCOTT RUSBRIDGE

Coaches Corner with Coastal Golf Academy (Harwich & Dovercourt GC). Interview by Rob Jarvis

scott’s history Scott turned professional in 2000 and completed his PGA training in December 2003. He worked as an assistant professional under Peter Taggart at Frinton Golf Club from 1996 to 2008. He has worked as a full time coach for Coastal Golf Academy since late 2008. In 2010 he became a lead coach for the County Academy Programme, which involves coaching talented juniors from around the county. He continually attends PGA seminars improving his coaching knowledge. He not only has a sound knowledge of the golf swing and short game shots but also an understanding of what is required to become mentally and physically fit for golf. Scott is also a Level 1 Qualified Plane Truth Golf Instructor. He uses the "+ and -" Impact System, which helps in understanding a players impact and ball flight. This helps when choosing which part of the swing to fix to give the most positive effect on the golfers ball flight. The MyProfile system is an amazing online tool that allows golfers to view their swings from their lessons with Scott, to see a detailed explanation of diagnosed faults within the set-up and swing, and recommends personalised drills, practice planning and goal setting.


i Scott, thank you very much for taking the time to do this interview with us today. How long have you been a qualified PGA Professional for now and what drew you to Harwich?

 Golf is a great sport to be involved with from a young age as it teaches manners, etiquette, and good quality social skills. What age would you recommend that parents get their children started in the game?

Nine years as qualified professional, the opportunity came up to make Harwich golf club a venue for Coastal Golf Academy. It is a friendly members club and I was delighted to become part of the coaching team at Harwich.

In my opinion children can start as young as they can hold a club BUT it must be totally for fun and enjoyment with very little emphasis on technique. Fun games with a purpose will give the best chance of the child to learn to love the game and maybe one day become a champion.

 There has been, and still is, some fantastic talent floating around the Essex golf scene. Who are the better players that you have taught in the past and is there anyone you recommend we should look out for in the future? I coach the players from Colne Golf Academy, where Harwich golf club member Jordan Slater was a student. Other good players from the academy I coach include Essex ladies squad player Faye Trigg. My current role within Essex is as a lead coach for the CAP programme where I am coaching 16 girls. One of those girls called Abi Henshall from Harwich Golf Club shows real promise to become a county girls player.

 Many of the counties PGA pros 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? For many years I played a full playing schedule of East Region and Essex PGA events. I currently play a very limited amount of Essex PGA events including Essex Open and Essex PGA championship. Last year’s performance in the Essex Open was very forgettable!

“If you think it’s hard to meet new people, try picking up the wrong golf ball” Jack Lemmon

Scott Rusbridge  Golf is one of the most technically and mentally challenging sports, and we learn to accept a lot of ups and downs. What would you say are the highlights of your career so far, either teaching or playing? The biggest success was winning an East Region Order of Merit event back in 2004 and becoming Essex PGA Captain in 2010.

 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 a golfer in this situation? In a tough situation golfers should remind themselves what brings them to the course to play golf. Part of this must be because they enjoy playing, when the going gets tough they should just remind themselves why they are playing.

 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? Yes many times, strangely very successful business people tend to struggle. I have always wondered why this could be and the best answer I have is that they have been successful in their field and their expectation levels for their golf become too high. This then leads to them becoming frustrated. It could also be the fact they don’t allow enough time to practice!

 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? Last year I became qualified as a Plane Truth Golf instructor. I truly believe that the information I have gained from this is some of the best information available for coaches to learn from. I do not look to teach ‘pretty’ swings; just try to get players to understand their impact and ball flight and then makes fixes in their swing to give a desirable ball flight.

 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? Custom fitting for all keen and serious golfers is essential; always go to a golf club or fitting centre where a PGA professional can give you the best honest advice.

 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? Although our shop is small at Harwich we offer many leading brands including Titleist, Ping and Wilson. In my opinion Titleist are the best because they are the clubs I choose to use.


20 ESSEX GOLF UNION County Coaching Scheme

Under 14 Championship Winner Sam O'Brien (Stoke by Nayland)

Faldo Wedge winners – Bentley GC

The future is bright Keith Mitchell chair of Essex Player Development for the Essex Golf Union introduces our new county coaching scheme


ounty coaching is provided for about twelve boys from each age group from 10 to 15. The boys are selected by the county coaches who look for boys with the ability and attitude to be scratch players by the time they are sixteen years of age. Each age group has five full day sessions with the county professionals, where they are given guidance in putting, chipping, bunker play and ball control. In addition seminars are provided in a variety of subjects that go towards making a successful golfer, including, course management, diet, self discipline etc. Aspects of competitive practice feature strongly in all that we do and we hope that a mentoring scheme where a more individual approach is being introduced will pay dividends in the future.

A major aspect seemingly missing is the full swing, but it is anticipated that each will have employed a home coach that will have dealt with this for them to have attained their already high standard of golf for their age. Home coaches are very welcome to join us on coaching days to discuss progress and future development of their charges.

Creating a team spirit Obviously a major reason for establishing the county coaching squad is to build team spirit that will go towards county success for the teams when facing competition from our neighbouring counties. We achieve considerable success as a result of our programme. So a combination of a desire to win and to produce quality players by the age of sixteen is paramount in our minds.

Practice Makes Perfect Further to the Essex County Golf Coaching Scheme is the County Academy Programme. This is currently a four year series of lessons highly subsidised by England Sport via England Golf. The original concept was to target those boys and girls who couldn’t quite qualify for the county squads and support them in their quest to improve. In practice this has been a trifle difficult to organise and has had to be adapted to try to identify those with talent who might benefit from extra coaching. For the next two years the county has to provide 50% funding for the programme. When this period is over its future will depend on county financial contributions. The county will have to make decisions regarding the future of CAP and its full integration into the county programme will be a challenge in both

attracting finance and organisation. It is unlikely that full funding can be made available, but the obvious benefit of offering support to these youngsters cannot be ignored. The merger into one Golf Union also presents a challenge for the future in deciding the best possible path for boys and girls when considering coaching. The natural progression of this merger is to combine the coaching into ability groupings of boys and girls, possibly therefore settling into a three tier system in years to come where girls, boys and CAP blend into one programme. This is an exciting concept for the future but one that will take time and co-operation between the three groups to establish. Keith Mitchell (Chair of Essex Player Development)


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From left to right: Matthew Southgate, Simon Khan, Lloyd Kennedy, Robert Coles

Back to their roots, our Europe

Keith Mitchell, Chair of Essex player development, reports on our tour players com


ome of our county’s very best golfers who recently graced the European Tour returned to their Essex roots on Sunday March 24th to spend time among our local golfing squads. Robbie Coles, Lloyd Kennedy, Simon Khan and Matthew Southgate gave up one of their precious few days off to return to Essex and put something back into the county in which they learnt their craft.

Yet the spirits of the lads and their coaches were not dampened and the day progressed promisingly with a session where the pros’ discussed practice, play and fitness. Questions and answers flowed freely with Matt, Simon, Robbie and Lloyd taking care to answer every question the younger boys had.

The pros hit the green One hundred and twenty Essex squad golfers aged 11 and up met at The Warren Golf Club and were treated to a very personal insight into life on tour and what it takes to get there. The young hopefuls were treated to a Q & A, and given useful tips about the variety of shot alternatives the pros employ to maintain a high standard. Unfortunately the weather was not at all kind. The days leading up to the event had been some of the warmest this year, but Sunday dawned with heavy clouds and threatening rain causing a scramble for space to eat packed lunches in the clubhouse.

To round up the day the pros hit the green for a demonstration practise round. Somehow the result failed to matter, but what did was the spirit in which the whole event was conducted and the enjoyment that everyone, including the professionals had from the day. Once again we were made extremely welcome at The Warren Golf Club. We really appreciate all that The Warren and its staff does for us, particularly on special days like this, and our thanks goes out to all the staff, as well as the pros, who together orchestrated the day so well.

ean Tour Players come home

ming home to work with our youths

Steve Cardy

Chris Jenkins

David Brooks

David March

Gary Pike

26 essex golf union contact us

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

President Elect John Peters (Woodford) 101 Forest Road, Leytonstone, E11 1JS 07824 702703

Barry Boniface (Five Lakes) Fairways, Post Office Lane Little Totham, Maldon CM9 8JL 01621 894165

David Edwards (Royal Epping Forest) 14 Hartland Road Epping CM16 4PE 01992 560920

Steve Golding (Abridge) 34 Deeway Rise Park, Romford RM1 4XB 01708 780287

Mike Hart (Colchester) 8 Newbridge Hill West Bergholt, Colchester CP6 3ER 01206 241117

Robert Holland (Maldon) 15 Hillcrest Mayland, Chelmsford CM3 6AZ 07903 217439

John McInerney Upminster 171 Ardleigh Green Road Hornchurch RM11 2LF 01708 620939

Alan Merrington (Epping) 37 Carlisle Way Basildon, SS13 3RF 01268 453933 07947 255203

Keith Mitchell (Rochford Hundred) 119 Oakfield Road Benfleet SS7 5NW 01268 756806

Steve Morrison (The Warren) 4 Berewood Terrace Nounsley Road, Hatfield Peverel CM3 2NF 01245 382916

Company Secretary / Honorary Treasurer Philip Kirkham (The Warren) 11 Littlefields, Danbury, CM3 4UR 01245 222248

County Secretary Allan Lockwood County Office 2d Maldon Road Witham, CM8 2AB 01376 500998 07860 678202 (Mobile)

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

Frank Tomlin (The Burstead) 2 Ruskin Dene Billericay CM12 0AN 01277 625692

Roger Walmsley (Upminster) 7 Grosvenor Gardens 7 Grosvenor Gardens Upminster RM14 1DL 01708 220772

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)



Tournament venues

Chelmsford - Essex Seniors Championship Chelmsford – Senior Trophy

Upminster – Upminster Trophies

Chigwell – Chigwell Bowl & Colt’s Championship

Crondon Park – Keating Trophy

Colne Valey – Essex Boys Championship

Romford – Romford Trophy

Canons Brook – Essex Amateur Championship

30 ESSEX GOLF UNION champions

Champion’s role of ho Essex Senior’s Champion 2011 Ian Southgate

Faldo Wedge Girls Individual Prize Winner Mille Martin

Allan Lockwood Trophy Winner Ben Morris (Burnham on Crouch)

VT2011 winner Ron Dent Order of Merit Winner Adam Morris (Benton Hall)

CT2011 Winner - J Kelly

Upminster Bowl Winner Ben Herbert (Clacton-On-Sea)

Essex Under 12 2011 Winner - Ben Rendell


Fred Stllwell Trophy Winner Michael Gilbert (Woolston Manor)

Chigwell Bowl winner and Colts Champion 2011 - George Evans (Wanston)

Upminster Trophy Winner - John Moncur (Woolston Manor)

Essex Boys Chapion - Hugh Campbell

VT2011 Over 70s Winner John Finn (St Cleres Hall)

EAC 2011 Winner Essex Amatuer Champion Ross Dee (West Essex)

Romford Trophy Winner Jordan Slater (Harwich & Dovercourt

Essex Under 16 Champion - Bobby Keeble Winner of the Jubilee Trophy and runner up in the EAC

32 ESSEX GOLF UNION winning teams

Team competitions Thornton Plate Winners 2011 Orsett Golf Club

Mullis Trophy Winners Colne Valley Essex Youth Shield Winners West Essex Golf Club

Esplen Winners 2011 Bobby Keeble (left) & Reece Francis (right) (West Essex)

Esplen Trophy Winners Bobby Keeble & Reece Philips

Essex Under 18 Team

Leslie F Wood Plate 2011 Wanstead Golf Club

Norman Plum Trophy Winners The Essex

The Warren Golf Club Winners of the Leslie F Wood Championship

Essex Foursomes Championships Winners Alex Woodward & Mark Whiten (Orsett)

HBV Winners Stapleford Abbotts Essex Junior Team Campions Hugh Campbell (left) & Charlie Day (right)

Faldo Wedge Winners - Bentley GC

Thornton Cup Winners Wanstead Golf Club


34 ESSEX GOLF UNION the brigadier

The Brigadier says...

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Brigadier Sir Henry Balderdash II, O.B.E, shares some golfing memories of yesteryear, and raises a glass to the County Colt’s Team ahead of their match against Hertfordshire on Sunday, 17th June


hile it can be said that my skills alone are not sufficient to prop up the county, they are more than sufficient to prop up the bar. I often find, as I recline in the clubhouse, recalling vividly my time in North Africa in the summer of 1927. There was a dire lack of golfing equipment and we had to make-do with the thigh bones of an expired camel for clubs, a scone or teacake usually constituted a reasonable ball providing we could acquire one. I remember distinctly a game I had with the Baron of Romford in which we thwacked the scone and a hungry street urchin gobbled it up, so in lieu of anything else we used a stuffed partridge I had acquired in Clacton-on-Sea for a ball. It worked a treat and was such tremendous fun smacking that partridge across the desert, the Baron laughed so much he gave himself a hernia.

Needless to say, I was incredibly drunk. What was I talking about? Ah yes, I just wanted to raise a glass in toast to the County Colt’s Team ahead of their match against Hertfordshire on Sunday, 17th of June. I will be watching earnestly, from the bushes, and look forward to seeing Captain Andy May command the troops, it should be a wonderful day, assuming I don’t get any flashbacks from the war. Onwards good men of Essex! I’m sure you will make us all proud.” 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.

Come and join us 18 hole Championship Course Willows Edge Par 3 Practise Course PGA run 14 bay floodlit driving range Relaxing clubhouse, bar and restaurant it’s great value being a member Call us for details 01277 841115


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Utilising the 19th hole W

e at The Essex Golf Union caught up with Jason Fox – Managing Director at Crondon Park 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.

 Jason, how long have you been in your position at Crondon and what does your position entail? I have been managing director of Crondon park for 5 years and my job responsibilities cover course management, golf club management. front of house for the clubhouse and functions, kitchens, events booking and management, marketing and all related accounting. We are lucky to have great senior managers in each department dedicated to doing a fantastic job.

 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?

We always encourage juniors to get involved in the game. On site there is a driving range for practice and lessons and a par three course for starters and short game practice. Discounts are available to couples and there are three types of junior and cadet memberships.

 I see you do weddings. To me a golf club seems 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? We do hundreds of weddings. A golf club is a perfect place for weddings as you get the beauty and peaceful setting of the course. If the club has a wedding licence then people can also get married on site so there is no need for transport in between.

 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? Golf clubs are ideal for business entertainment with the facilities already

Sampling the rich spoils of one of Essex's leading golf clubs. Rob Jarvis interviews Jason Fox, managing director at Crondon Park Golf Club

in place to suit. Crondon has a number of different rooms that can be used for private meetings to 200+ people for a conference. Items such as charts and screens are available for these types of events. Business customers can get to play golf and done in great surroundings.

 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?

corporate packages At Crondon Park, mixing business with pleasure is easy. We can cater for your every need and offer a tailor made service. We have a selection of rooms suitable for conferences, meetings and private dining, as well as offering golf days. Entertain your clients and colleagues in great surroundings.

At Crondon there are different types of catering. There is the clubhouse for bar meals and if it’s a conference mass catering can be laid on. The clubhouse food is traditional style meals, perfect for after a round. Also available are a large range of beers, ciders and hot drinks such as tea and coffee.

‘Crondon Park has been the ideal venue and location for our snooker and darts events. We receive a warm welcome, high standards and excellent levels of service. I also get the added bonus of playing golf on a great course when I am there.’

 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?

Barry Hearn – Chairman Matchroom Sport

38 in the clubhouse crondon park

WEDDINGS Conveniently located in central Essex, Crondon Park is set in peaceful and idyllic surroundings and is the perfect place for your wedding, private party or any other special occasion. At Crondon Park we endeavour to make every event special and unique. With our comprehensive experience in entertaining and catering, you can be confident that everything will be organised professionally and with a detailed touch. Our dedicated team work to ensure that your time spent with us is relaxed, happy and memorable.

Crondon is surrounded by hotels of all price ranges, from a 4 star spa to a bed and breakfast. As Crondon is predominately a members club hotels are not generally required but for wedding and other events the hotels are ideal.

 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? Over the last few years the membership has grown greatly with 7 day membership being closed now for over 2 years. Members need only need to adhere to club rules, no interview process is required.

 And finally, is there ever any confusion between the Tea boys and the Tee boys? There’s no confusion on these, the only must is both must be good.

contact info Crondon Park Golf & Country Club Stock Road, Stock, Essex CM4 9DP Telephone 01277 841115 Fax 01277 841356

What’s in the bag?

An insight into the chosen equipment of Lloyd Kennedy - European Tour pro

Why I use...

41 lloyd kennedy what’s in the bag

Taylor Made R11s driver 9 degree with an X stiff shaft – great driver, I

Cleveland 58 degree 588 model wedge with an S 400 shaft – great for

find it spins a lot less than the previous model and it is really easy to shape the ball both ways, a lot of fun to hit.

around the greens, sits really tight to the ground when you open it up for a flop shot and spins a lot from any lie, even with the new grooves.

Taylor Made Rocketballs 14.5 degree 3 wood X Aldila shaft – the longest

Odyssey Metal X putter – new model this season and the insert is a little

3 wood I’ve hit by a mile, it does exactly what it says and goes like a rocket, long off the tee but still manages to get a bit of stop coming into the par 5s.

different to last year’s, still feels soft and rolls the ball really well, Also has a great weight to it which makes it easy to keep the putter on line.

Titleist 18 degree rescue with an Aldila X shaft – I borrowed this club from Jamie Moul before Tour School and holed out from 226 yards first shot I hit with it in the tournament, he hasn’t got it back yet! Really solid club and very easy to keep it straight.

Srixon Z Star ball – I chose the softer of the two Z Star balls because of

Cleveland CG16 Tour irons with S 400 Dynamic Gold shafts – great looking set of irons, not forged like most irons but still has that soft feel. They are easy to control the flight and spin with and very easy to hit.

Srixon Cabretta Tour glove

Cleveland CG16 52 degree wedge with an S 400 Dynamic Gold shaft, rusty finish – I use this club a lot for chipping and from 80 to 110 yards,

Galvin Green Clothing – I really believe this clothing is the best in golf. Plenty of different styles and colours to choose from and love that they have a few “lairy” patterned trousers out for this season. The quality is second to none.

one of my favourite clubs in the bag, very consistent feel and easy to control the flight and spin with.

the spin and feel around the greens, it also seems to spin less with the driver.

Hiluta reigns in Spain By Rob Jarvis


ur very own Jack Hiluta from Chelmsford, Essex was born in 1989 and has been playing golf since he was 2 years old. He has just completed 4 years of NCAA Division 1 collegiate golf in the U.S.A at South Alabama University and has represented England since he was 16. His current World Amateur Ranking has just moved up to 60th after he won the Spanish Amateur Championship at the beautiful Alcanada Golf Club in Majorca in March. The tournament was held over five days- two days of stroke play qualifying rounds with the top 32 players advancing to the knockout round for the final three days. Hiluta was seeded in 9th place after shooting rounds of 73(+1) and 71(-1) and faced the number twentyfour seed Spaniard Toni Ferrer in the first round of match play, who he comfortably brushed aside with a 3&2 victory. Hiluta then went on to beat England’s Ashley Chesters and Frenchman Kenny Subregis in the 2nd and 3rd rounds respectively before facing the 8th best player in the World Amateur Rankings, Daan Huizing in the semi-final. Hiluta knew this would be a tough test but said that he just wanted to keep calm by enjoying his time on the course and relieve himself of any expectations. This certainly paid off as he managed to pull ahead of the Dutchman in the closing holes to win 2&1 and go on to face the number seven seed from Germany, Marcel Schneider in the final. The final was decided over 36 holes and just like his semi-final round Hiluta was determined to keep up the same attitude. “When it was time to hit a shot I knew I had to focus, but in between shots my caddy and I were laughing and joking with each other, and that really helped me take my mind off things and not worry about what was at stake. It allowed me to shrug off any nerves and keep myself calm and collected which turned out to be key.” Hiluta went into the break with a 2up advantage but knew it wasn’t over yet. He came out firing strong and managed to get to 3up after the 10th hole. A further win on the 14th gave him somewhat of a comfortable margin and then halving the 15th hole saw Hiluta crowned as this year’s International Spanish Amateur Champion; a title that has now been dominated by English players for the past four years. The Spanish title is Hiluta’s biggest victory of his career so far sneaking him well up the World Amateur Golf Rankings to 60th place having previously been hovering around 200th place. However, his amateur record has been far from baron. He has, at some point, held course records at 6 different venues, his deepest score being a 63(-9) at Heron Lakes Country Club in Alabama. He has represented England at under 16, under 18, and Men’s level, as well as captaining the 2007 Great Britain & Ireland winning team against Europe.

He has been a member of Team Faldo since 2006 alongside players such as Rory McIllroy, Oliver Fisher, John Parry, Ben Evans, and James Heath and actually won the Under18 Faldo Series Championship in 2007. For the past four years he’s been attending and playing golf for South Alabama University in America which is an NCAA Division 1 school; the top division for all of amateur golf in the States. He had a very successful time there which was highlighted by back to back wins in 2010 at the Memphis Intercollegiate and Mobil Intercollegiate championships. This young man has the credentials to become one of Europe’s top touring players when he eventually turns professional, but for the time being it’s just a case of “watch this space”. We certainly wish Jack the very best for this coming year in which he plans to play the top ranked amateur events in Europe, and we trust he will do his best to make all fellow Essex golfers proud.

43 jack hiluta essex golf union

currently no 60 in World amateur ranking

44 Under 14s Order of merit keith mitchell

The New Under 14s Order of Merit Why an Order of Merit?


he concept of an Order of Merit for the U14 age group is not new, having been raised by Duncan Woolger at County Academy Programme meetings over the past two years. However the initiative to begin the Order of Merit lapsed when Mr Woolger left the programme. This year, during our coaching squad trials it became very clear that the number of local children taking up the game at younger ages had fallen. Added to that was the lack of competitive golf fixtures for, particularly the Under 12 and 13 age groups. Under 14’s are better served but all have to compete within Junior Opens where Under 18’s are in competition, often not giving the youngsters a fair chance.

competitions taking place throughout the summer at various courses across the county. In 2012, we will be launching a brand new Under 14 Order of Merit created especially for boys under 12s, under 13s and under 14s age categories. Host Clubs: Gosford lake, North Weald, Langdon Hills, Garon Park.

Norman Garon Trust

It was decided that an evaluation of the idea should be conducted by asking local clubs if they were willing to hold U14 fixtures at less busy times in their golfing schedules. It was both surprising and extremely pleasing that the first four clubs approached offered their courses for this event with enthusiasm and no charge. A great start! Of the four clubs approached, Garon Park manager Alan Walker was most enthusiastic. Garon Park have recently earned Golf Mark status at High Achiever level and should be given a pat on the back for their encouragement of Junior Golf in the county, having increased their section from 9 to over 100 in one year. Mr Walker was instrumental in gaining the interest of the Norman Garon Trust who are now our official sponsors for the event. This scheme will give our Essex youngsters more opportunities to play competitive golf and provide valuable information to the county and its coaches. Thanks to the Norman Garon Trust we are able to offer significant prizes for both the individual matches and the winners of each age group’s Order of Merit.

Under 14s Coaching Squad 2012 Further information and entry forms are available on including:

This being our first year we wish to ensure that we are capable of organising a safe and successful competition for both ourselves and our Sponsor. Therefore both the number of events and the number of participants are limited. We hope, as the scheme establishes itself, to be able to increase numbers of events and participants, maybe even having to divide the Competition into U12 and U14 in the future.

Order of Merit Information Letter Parental Consent Form Entry Form – Gosfield Lake (6th May 2012) Entry Form – North Weald (6th June 2012) Entry Form – Langdon Hills (24th July 2012) Entry Form – Garon Park (31st August 2012)

For this year, we hope to see a significant number of boys entering the competitions, supported by their clubs and their parents, thus raising the playing standard of young golfers across the entire county.

Competition Results and the latest OOM Points Table will appear regularly on our website following each competition.

Sponsored by the Norman Garon Trust, there will be a series of

Keith Mitchell Chair, Essex County Player Development

Four of of this year's hopefuls:

Calum Hilton

Dylan Mahmut

Jack Dyer

Ryan Cox

Many of our Under 14s will be looking to follow last year's Under 14s Champion Sam O'Brien (Stoke by Nayland) . Although this year they will be competing not just for the championship but to be crowned the first Essex Under 14s Order of Merit Champion.

46 25 under 25 25 top amateurs of 2011

Adam Morris Benton Hall

25 Under 25

Owen Pearl Play Golf Colchester

Jordan Wallace Maylands

Danny Carroll Essex G&CC

Jordan Slater Harwich & Dovercourt

Alasdair Plumb Chelmsford

Ben Herbert Clacton-On-Sea

George Evans Benton Hall

Reece Francis Loughton

Mitchell Sarling Rochford Hundred

Jack Heasman West Essex

Jake Bond Wanstead

Jame Allan Chelmsford

Joe Kelly Woolston Manor

Bobby Keeble West Essex

Hugh Campbell West Essex

Mason Papple Stock Brook Manor

Ricky Brackenbury Orsett

Dan Garner Romford

Luke Richardson Braintree

Sam Wilding Romford

Lewis Adair Orsett

Jack Hiluta Chelmsford

Reece Phillips West Essex

Arthur Leonard Rochford Hundred


48 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

“Eighteen holes of match or medal play will teach you more about your foe than will 18 years of dealing with him across a desk.�

Grantland Rice

50 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

“The secret of concentration is the secret of self-discovery. You reach inside yourself to discover your personal resources, and what it takes to match them to the challenge�

Arnold Palmer

52 25 under 25 Jordan wallace

View my 12 page golfing profile here:


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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“Golf is like a love affair. If you don’t take it seriously, it’s no fun; if you do take it seriously, it breaks your heart”

Arthur Daley

54 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

“If you drink, don’t drive. Don’t even putt”

Dean Martin

56 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.


HARWICH & DOVERCOURT GC is situated just a stones throw away from the historical sea town of Harwich in North Essex. A 9-hole course that plays just over 6,000 yards, this a hidden jewel nestling on the River Stour Estuary. It is 17 miles from the Britain’s oldest recorded town of Colchester, and is in close proximity to the beautiful ‘Constable Countryside’ of the Essex and Suffolk border. Formed in 1906, this is a traditional and testing parkland golf course that offers a fantastic days golf for players of all ages. A warm welcome from staff and members is always assured, and hosts a full bar and restaurant facilities using locally sourced fresh food, available at most times. Please visit our website for more information on

“a hidden jewel”

on the River Stour Estuary HARWICH & DOVERCOURT GC STATION ROAD, PARKESTON, HARWICH, ESSEX CO12 4NZ Phone: (01255) 503616 Fax: (01255) 503323 Email: Please Visit our Website:

membership, green fees and society days. Enjoy.

58 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.

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

Bob Bruce, about the senior tour

60 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: 25/05/92 From: Chigwell Home Club: WEST ESSEX Handicap: 0 Coach: Bradley Preston


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.

“One of the most fascinating things about golf is how it reflects the cycle of life. No matter what you shoot – the next day you have to go back to the first tee and begin all over again and make yourself into something”

Peter Jacobsen

62 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.

“The secret of concentration is the secret of selfdiscovery. You reach inside yourself to discover your personal resources, and what it takes to match them to the challenge�

Arnold Palmer

64 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.

“Hockey is a sport for white men. Basketball is a sport for black men. Golf is a sport for white men dressed like black pimps�

Tiger Woods

66 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 so popular simply because it is the best game in the world at which to be bad� A.A. Milne

68 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.

“I guess there is nothing that will get your mind off everything like golf. I have never been depressed enough to take up the game, but they say you get so sore at yourself you forget to hate your enemies“

Will Rogers


70 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.

“One of the most fascinating things about golf is how it reflects the cycle of life. No matter what you shoot – the next day you have to go back to the first tee and begin all over again and make yourself into something”

Peter Jacobsen

72 25 under 25 REECE FRANCIS

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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.

“Columbus went around the world in 1492. That isn’t a lot of strokes when you consider the course”

Lee Trevino

74 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.

“I have a tip that can take five strokes off anyone’s golf game: it’s called an eraser“

Arnold Palmer

76 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.

“Golf, like the measles, should be caught young, for, if postponed to riper years, the results may be serious�

P.G. Wodehouse

78 25 under 25 RICKY BRACKENBURY



Notable Achievements:


• 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.

“The first time I played the Masters, I was so nervous I drank a bottle of rum before I teed off. I shot the happiest 83 of my life�

Chi Chi Rodriguez

80 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.

“A golfer’s diet: live on greens as much as possible”

Vivian Stanshall

82 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.

“I would like to deny all allegations by Bob Hope that during my last game of golf, I hit an eagle, a birdie, an elk and a moose�

Gerald Ford


84 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.

“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


86 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.

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88 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.

“Golf is a fascinating game. It has taken me nearly forty years to discover that I can’t play it”

Ted Ray

90 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

“The worst club in my bag is my brain”

Chris Perry


92 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.

“The reason the pro tells you to keep your head down is so you can’t see him laughing”

Phyllis Diller

94 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.

“Golf is a game in which you yell “fore,” shoot six, and write down five”

Paul Harvey

96 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.

“I never exaggerate. I just remember big”

Chi Chi Rodriguez

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100 Amateur Interview jordan wallace

Jordan Wallace Top 25 under 25's player interview by Rob Jarvis


ordan Wallace, only 20, is a rising county star. The top ranking Under 20’s Amateur of 2011 and 3rd overall in The Essex Order of Merit the same year, he clearly stands out as one of our brightest future stars. He has his sights firmly set on securing a U.S college scholarship which he hopes will act as a stepping stone to achieving his dream of a professional career in the game. He took time out of his busy training schedule to have a word with us, and answer some of our questions.

 Hi Jordan, thank you for taking the time to talk to us. How did last season go for you and what was your main highlight? Last season went well for me. I had a good start to the season and I was able to continue right through the year. Although I didn’t win I gave myself enough chances and hopefully will be able to this year.

 Based on your performance last season, how do you aim to better that and what are your goals for the 2012 season? To try and keep the same consistency. The scoring last year wasn’t as low as other years so playing steady golf will always keep you in contention.

country, which is great from a player’s perspective in terms of having a decent challenge. But will you start looking elsewhere for tournaments and maybe compete at a more national level? I will try and play as many English Events as possible, like The English Amateur and Brabazon Trophy, although I have also played Faldo Series in early April.

 Golf can get extremely expensive at times, what kind of support have you had growing up, do you work as well, and who is your biggest fan? My parents and grandparents have always helped me out with things like entry fees and travelling, but I have worked at Abridge Golf Club for 2 years so I’m always busy.

 You’re a member at Abridge, and previously Maylands, so I’m sure you know them very well. What do you like most about these courses and have you ever won the Club Championships? I was at Maylands since about 11/12 years old and felt the time was right just before Christmas to move to Abridge. I will always enjoy playing round Maylands because tee to green you’ve got to be straight and the greens are small. Abridge on the other hand is a lot longer than Maylands and the condition is always pretty good. I haven’t won a club championship at either Maylands or Abridge but hopefully this year will be my year.

 Essex boasts a variety of great golf courses. Other than Abridge and Maylands, what are your favourite courses to play and why? I have to say Orsett is up there. I have played very well round there recently and it’s a course I’m familiar with. The other course I enjoy playing is Thorndon Park. It’s a shame I can’t play as well round there!

 The Keating Trophy is the first tournament of the year on April 14th. Have you played in the tournament before, and if so what is your best finish and what is the aim for this year’s event? I qualified for the last 16 last year after a 3rd place qualifying finish. I got to the quarterfinals and got knocked out by County Captain Andy May, hopefully I’ll get there again this year.

 Crondon Park is the venue for the Keating, what are your thoughts on the course? Is it easy to get a score going round there? I like the course a lot. We had the Essex Amateur Championship there last year and you can get going but some of the pin positions can be nasty so hitting the right part of the green is essential.

 Essex is probably one of the most competitive counties for golf in the

 Golf is a sport that requires great skill, many find it very difficult 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? Probably back in 2010 in Spain representing Maylands in the Junior 4 nations trophy. I was one up walking down the last and I ended up snap hooking a rescue wood into a waterfall about 50 yards left of the green. It was torrential rain all day and I said my grips were too wet. We ended up losing the title by half a point!

 The Thornton Cup is the most prestigious of the knockout trophies for club teams in the county, how is the Abridge team shaping up this year and can you see your team going all the way? Abridge have got a lot of young talent and over the last year had a huge influx in members. We’ve got 3 or 4 experienced older members who really know a lot about match play. In terms of handicaps we look very good but as you know that’s not what it’s all about.

Third in 2011 Order of Merit and the highest ranking player under 20 years old

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Notable Achievements: Leading Under 20’s Player of Essex County 2011, 3rd in Essex Order of Merit overall 2011, Quarter Finalist Keating Trophy (3rd place) 2011 D.O.B: 23/06/92 From: Essex Home Club: Abridge Handicap: +0.3 Coach: Steven Tyson

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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:

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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

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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

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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:

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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:

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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:

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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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Woodford 2 Sunset Avenue Woodford Green IG8 0ST Sec: 020 8504 3330 Pro: 020 8504 4254 Fax: 020 8559 0504 Email: Website: Woolston Manor Abridge Road Chigwell IG7 6BX Sec: 020 8500 2549 Pro: 020 8500 2549 Fax: 020 8501 5452 Email: Website: Woodham Mortimer D Burnham Road, Woodham Mortimer CM9 6SR Tel: 01245 222276 Email:             D = Driving Range



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