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ESSEX GOLF

Union

THE OFFICIAL MAGAZINE OF THE

AUGUST 2012 ISSUE 4

ON THE GREENS Bentley GC page 8

WHAT’S IN THE BAG STEVEN PALMER? page 14

COACHES CORNER

PUTTING, THE EASIEST WAY TO LOWER SCORES

with Chris Wood page 38

Steven Palmer Videos page 24

COUNTY NEWS THE 19TH HOLE

and round up page 42

Hospitality at Colne Valley page 34

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3 MIKE SPALL WELCOME

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


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Presidents Welcome Mike Spall

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On the Greens with Mark Stoops, Bentley GC

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What’s in the Bag? Steven Palmer

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Golf Lessons - Putting Videos Steven Palmer

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Essex Golf Union Contact Us

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The Brigadier Says... Looks back at Muhammad Ali

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In The Clubhouse Colne Valley

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Coaches Corner Chris Wood

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On the Greens at Bentley GC

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ESSEX GOLF

Union

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THE 2012

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BLACKBOOK DIRECTORY 46 25 UNDER 25 25 TOP AMATEURS OF 2011

ADAM MORRIS BENTON HALL

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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 MITCH CHELL SARLING SARLING LING ROCHFORD HUNDRED

JACK CK HEASMAN WEST ESSEX

JAKE JAKE BOND OND WANSTEAD

JAME J ALLAN CHELMSFORD

LUKE RICHARDSON BRAINTREE

SAM WILDING ROMFORD

LEWIS ADAIR ORSETT

JACK HILUTA CHELMSFORD

REECE PHILLIPS WEST ESSEX

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Chi Power Golf Jayne Storey

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Amatuer interview Joe Kelley

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County News Allan Lockwood

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Boys Championships Winner Mitchell Sarling

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Our History Mike Spall

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Essex Venues

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Champions Roll of Honour

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Team Competitions

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The Black Book Directory

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25 Under 25

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ARTHUR LEONARD ROCHFORD HUNDRED

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8 ON THE GREENS BENTLEY GOLF CLUB

On the greens at Bentley Golf Club Carlo Navato interviews Mark Stopps Bentley Golf Club was established in 1972 designed by the Swan Family who have worked on a number of outstanding courses in the eastern region. The Club, purchased by the Members in 2004, is now ranked as one of the premier Clubs in the County. Bentley continues to host a number of county events including the Essex County Championship and is also a regular venue for the Essex Captains.

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The Course has attained a silver ranking in the HSBC Regional Course Rankings. The course is laid out over an undulating terrain that has a wealth of mature, mixed species trees with many water features. The golf course extends to 6,703 yards (par 72) from the white tees and comprises four par 3’s, ten par 4’s and four par 5’s. There is also a practice ground, clubhouse and professional shop facilities.

At 16 my headmaster at school, who was a member at Thorndon Park Golf Club invited me to attend an interview for the position of trainee Greenkeeper, I was given the post and stayed at the club for 11 years, the last 5 as Deputy Head. During my time their I gained all the required qualifications to progress further into course management. In 2000 I moved to Three Rivers Golf Club as Deputy Course Manager, being a 36 hole complex I thought this would be a good experience. It proved to be a good move as 12months later I was appointed Course Manager at Bentley Golf Club where I have now been for 11 very enjoyable years. I am also the Chairman of the Essex section of BIGGA, which encourages education, networking and looks after the welfare of all its members.

Hole 16 is our signature hole and is a par 4 with an acute dogleg to the right. The golfer has two options for his shot to the green, either the long carry across the lake that fully protects the green or a lay up and rely on a pitch and putt to achieve his par.

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Bentley Golf Club

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hank you for agreeing to share your thoughts with the official Essex Golf Union Magazine. Clearly the function of maintaining any golf course is critical to the success of a club, and to the enjoyment of those who play it. Unfortunately many see the role of the green-keeping team simply as “cutting the grass” but there is so much more to it than that. Can you tell us what a typical day involves for you and your team?

off, however we do have a series of ponds which collect excess moisture and then it is moved off the course very quickly. On the bonus side, as I said we do not have many peaks so we tend not to dry out excessively during hot periods. (whatever they are!)v

P What are other ecology and biodiversity will a player enjoy at Bentley Golf Club?

Our day starts at 5:30am during the summer months and 6.30am during the remainder of the year. Course set up is always first on the agenda and this can differ depending on competitions and weather. Once set up is complete a huge majority of our time is spent manicuring the turf to the desired height of cut; however there are many other tasks that are carried out day after day that most golfers do not see. • • • • • • • • • • •

The application of fertilisers, wetting agents, pesticides and growth retardants. Course development projects, planning and implementing. Maintaining Health and Safety records. Maintaining water usage records. Managing staff. Maintaining a 40 year old irrigation system. Purchasing of materials. Machinery maintenance. Budget control. Aeration work throughout the course. Woodland management.

P What topography, soils and sub-soils typify your course, and what are the specific challenges that they pose to you and your team? We sit on good old Essex clay as do many of the courses in our county. The topography is typical of many other Essex courses as being extremely flat, a very easy walking course. This does give us issues during heavy rainfall as the course does not have peaks and troughs to encourage run-

Bentley is only 40 years old, so very young as golf courses go, however the course is maturing nicely with many semi mature trees dotted around the course and in some places extremely good habitats for a diverse wildlife to exist. We are in the process of installing over 25 bird boxes around the course and some bat homes are next on the list.

P How does the course play during the more difficult periods of weather we experience in the UK – heavy rain, winter months, long dry spells? In the past 11 years we have invested heavily in drainage projects throughout the course to achieve a more playable course during the winter months. All of the clay based greens have had drainage systems installed and unless any construction work is being carried out then temporary greens do not exist. All of the fairways that used to lay wet have also been dealt with; the course now drains pretty quickly, so we do not lose many days to closures.

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10 ON THE GREENS BENTLEY GOLF CLUB

P What does your routine greens management regime involve such as scarifying, hollow-tining, verti-draining and top dressing? Many golfers are frustrated when the greens are being worked on – can you explain why it is necessary? The past week has just seen all the greens at Bentley scarified to a depth of 15mm, this operation is normally carried out in August every year. This removes any excess thatch build up throughout the year and also creates the perfect seed bed for overseeding to take place. October will see the greens verti-drained to a depth of 8 inches this is to help relieve compaction, allow air into the rootzone and help water percolate through the soil profile. We tend not to do any aeration through the winter months, so the next disruption is usually in march when the greens are hollow cored overseeded and top dressed. The greens are then pencil tined throughout the summer and verti-cut every 2-3 weeks. We try and lightly top dress the greens every 3 weeks during the summer depending on weather conditions. .

P 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 species on our greens is split 50/50 with poa annua and the more desired species of agrostis tenius(browntop bent). 11 years ago the greens were 100% poa annua and were only playable for 7-8 months of the year. With the support of the membership we have been able to gradually increase the agrostis population within the putting surfaces and temporary greens are a thing of the past. The height of cut ranges from 3.5mm to 5mm during the winter months. I very rarely stimpmeter read the greens as I do not believe that speed is the most important part of producing a good surface, it’s all about smoothness and with smoothness comes speed.

P 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? At Bentley we need to run a sustainable golf course as our tight budgets would not allow anything different. Since I started at the club the vision was to gradually lower nutrient inputs and water applications on the greens to allow the agrostis species to thrive. It has paid off dramatically with fertilizer for our greens costing roughly £150.00 a year and we have only applied 3 applications of fungicide in the past 5 years. A huge saving on past expenditure. The turf gets exactly what is required to keep it healthy and nothing else. Not only are we saving money there is less impact on the environment.

P Do you have any particular advice for your members or visitors as to how best to score at Thorndon Park? What should they specifically avoid in your opinion? At just over 6700 yards Bentley is a fairly long course and provides an extremely good test of golf for all standards of golfer. With many strategic ponds and ditches around the course it is very important that your game consists of good course management as correct club selection is crucial.

P How is smart technology impacting on the job? Is it helping productivity in any way? I do not use any of the software products that are available to the Course Manager today, however machinery technology has moved on leaps and bounds. With hybrid and electric mowers now a common sight at most golf courses. I run a greens triple that has absolutely no hydraulic oil running through it and that is heaven in most course managers eyes. The re-introduction of the turf iron has also made a huge difference with regards to quality of putting surface that is produced. My latest purchase has been a Trilo leaf collector which is going to save me many hours collecting leaves.

P Are there any plans to further invest in technology or machinery at Thorndon Park over the next 12 months? We have a machinery renewal programme in place which runs to 2035 at present and this is pretty much adhered to. Any piece of kit that has a lifespan of more than 5 years the club purchase and all the turf cutting machinery is leased and replaced every 3-5 years. This gives us the most up to date machinery and reduces down time on repairs.

P What training and development do you and your team benefit from? Is the focus on learning “on the job” or externally? All of the greenkeeping team at Bentley are fully qualified. We carry out in-house training on any new equipment or working practices and also


use college training for courses that we cannot cater for in-house. We also use the BIGGA Essex section who run various courses throughout the year and are heavily subsidized. With 58 years service between our existing team of 5 at Bentley, we must be doing something right. Focus is also high when it comes to on the job training. Creating job diversification is important to me as it not only enables the men to do almost any job on the course but it also takes away the monotony of the job and helps keep the team interested in what they are doing.

P What advice would you give to somebody considering a career as a green-keeper? Go for it! I have had a fantastic 25 years in the game and still get up every morning looking forward to the day ahead. Find a golf club that is willing to invest in your future, join BIGGA and network with as many people as possible as these could be future employers. Most importantly of all, work hard and enjoy what you do.

P Lastly, what are your other interests, and what do you enjoy outside work? Away from the club I try and find as much time as possible to spend with my wife and 2 year old daughter. I enjoy playing golf whenever possible; I follow West ham United and enjoy watching rugby union. My wife also plays rugby for Thurrock Ladies who this year are competing in the Ladies Premiership for the first time and with away games at places like Darlington, that’s my weekends taken care of.

BENTLEY GOLF CLUB ONGAR ROAD, BRENTWOOD, ESSEX CM15 9SS TELEPHONE 01277 373179 EMAIL SECRETARY@BENTLEYGOLFCLUB.COM www.bentleygolfclub.com

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14 WHAT’S IN THE BAG STEVEN PALMER

What’s in the bag? Steven Palmer had a successful junior career, representing Essex from the age of 13 up until he turned professional with a +1 handicap. He played the EuroPro Tour and the PGA East Region with some success before he moved to Southern Spain to form the Palmer Williams Golf Academy with fellow PGA Professional Daniel Williams. Despite being a prominent coach, Steven loves to compete and continues to do so on the Spanish PGA circuit.

Titleist 910 D2 Driver I played the Titleist 905R for a long time before I found a driver that looked and felt as good. The 910 D2 naturally sits square and feels very solid, not too “springy”. I set my 9.5-degree D2 to 8.5, slight fade and play with an extra-stiff Project X shaft. My swing speed with the driver at impact is around 120mph, so this head and shaft combination gives me consistency and stability. The reason I set my driver one degree lower is to help me with one of my swing faults, which is to de-loft my driver too much and become “disconnected” through impact. The low loft and low launching shaft encourages me to release the club a little earlier to fly it on my desired trajectory. Many golfers are encouraged to adapt their equipment to counteract their faults, but if you’re trying to improve your technique, think about the equipment changes you can make to encourage the development of your swing.


15 STEVEN PALMER WHAT’S IN THE BAG

Titleist 910F 3 Wood I had a similar situation with my fairway woods in that I played with my old Titleist PT 3 wood for 10 years before I found one to replace it. I’d been looking for 5 years before I found a suitable replacement. The Titleist 910F 3 wood sits very squarely and has a shallow profile which suits my eye from the fairway and the tee. As with any Titleist club I’ve ever had it feels very solid and, with a Project X extra-stiff fairway wood shaft, it’s very stable and consistent.

Titleist 910F 5 Wood This is set up the same way as my 3 wood. I often swap my 5 wood for a 2 iron, particularly when a course is running fast and has a few tight holes. I’ll keep the 5 wood in the bag if I have any par 5’s that I can’t reach with a driver and an iron, as it gives me a little extra height and distance than a 2 iron, and it’s also easier to stop it on a green.


16 WHAT’S IN THE BAG STEVEN PALMER

Titleist 710MB Irons I usually carry 3-PW in these, depending on whether I have the 2 iron or 5 wood in the bag. The Titleist 710MB’s are muscle-backed blades and feel great. Many players are reluctant to carry blades now due to new equipment designs being easier to use and more playable. The truth is, bladed clubs are also now far better designed, balanced and easier to use than they used to be. I have always used blades so they really suit my eye and, to me, look more inviting to hit than bigger headed clubs. I play with Dynamic Gold X100 shafts that are splined (meaning the shafts are glued into the heads with the spines running down the back of each club), giving a more consistent feel, strike and trajectory. Although I’m 6’3” I have pretty long arms, so I can get away with standard length clubs as long as my lie angles are correct, which is 1 degree upright. The swingweights in my clubs are D4, which is quite heavy due to the heavy shafts.

Something else I like to do is weaken my short clubs. This allows my wedges to blend in to my short irons well. 40 years ago, a standard 9 iron was around 48 degrees, with a pitching wedge at around 52. Manufacturers promise more distance with each set they bring out. What’s the easiest way to get irons to go further? De-loft them! Now, the standard pitching wedge is around 46-47 degrees, which is the reason for the growth in the “extra wedge” market, necessary for filling the gaps between the 56+ degree sand wedge and the pitching wedge. It’s for this reason that I weaken my short clubs. My 9 iron’s loft is 44 degrees, and my pitching wedge is at 49. This gives me an even distance gap of 12 yards between all my short clubs right down to my lob wedge.


17 STEVEN PALMER WHAT’S IN THE BAG

Vokey Spin Milled Wedges (54 and 60 degrees) Even with the new conforming grooves, these wedges spin so much! Everyone with brand new Vokey wedges will know what I mean about going through golf balls. Their sharp grooves always leave shavings of the cover in the grooves after a shot. A crisply stuck pitch with a soft ball from a Vokey spin milled wedge will spin up on any surface. I play with a 54-degree middle wedge with 11 degrees of bounce. This generous bounce value allows me to hit low wedges into greens without the leading edge digging in too much. My 60-degree lob wedge is great for any short shot I need to hit high and stop quickly. I was using a Vokey spin milled 60 degree lob wedge with 4 degrees of bounce to help me get the clubhead underneath the ball from the hard bare lies you usually get in England at this time of year, but I recently changed to the same wedge with a higher bounce angle. Having recently moved to Spain where the earth and grass is a lot softer and spongier, I changed to give myself a little more room for error.

Scotty Cameron Studio Style Newport 2 I’ve owned 3 putters in my life, a Ping Anser, an original Scotty Cameron Newport 2 and my current Scotty Cameron Studio Style Newport 2. They are all exactly the same shape, and I can’t find anything I can line up easier or prefer looking at. I still use the classic Ping black paddle grip. Most players find it too thin, but I’ve always loved it. I’ve always liked to release the putter head a little on longer putts and I feel more comfortable doing this with a thinner grip. My putter is 35” long and has a lie angle of 71 degrees, perfect for my posture, stature and putting style.


18 WHAT’S IN THE BAG STEVEN PALMER

Titleist Pro V1x The Titleist Pro V1x has a higher compression, spins a bit less and flies slightly lower than the Pro V1, although still feels very soft and spins a lot around the greens. My choice of the Pro V1x over the Pro V1 is again largely to do with encouraging myself to eradicate my swing fault, which is to de-loft the club too much at impact, leaning the shaft towards the target. The same way as my driver setting and low launching shafts do, using a lower flying ball encourages me to release the club earlier, making me more accurate.

Nike DriFit Glove These are the best fitting leather gloves I can find. I love the feeling of the Titleist Players Glove, but they’re too long in the little finger and too short in the palm. Maybe I just have oddshaped hands?!

Grips I use Golf Pride Tour Velvet grips, with a .580 butt thickness and a rib in the back. I didn’t actually realise I preferred ribbed grips until I first felt a round one when I was a teenager. I thought it felt odd without a rib, so I’ve used them ever since. I use 2 extra layers of tape for added grip thickness, with an extra layer under my right hand for comfort. The shafts in my wedges are a little thinner than the rest of my clubs, so I also add an extra layer under my wedge grips to compensate, ensuring consistent grip thickness through the bag.

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Golf Tutorials with Steven Palmer

P Monthly Schedule July 30th - Issue 1 Putting - The fastest way to lower scores This first session is designed to get you scoring better right off the bat. We will discuss the fundamentals of the setup and stroke and also give you some practice techniques that will immediately help you save shots.

August 30th - Issue 2 Short game – Get consistent and add flair This session builds on the putting techniques learned in the previous issue and will help you to build a solid consistent technique. You will then learn some key points on how to make simple adjustments to add a huge range of shots to your short game.

September 30th - Issue 3 Busting common golfing myths So you think you know your stuff? This session is designed to help you filter the sound advice from the most common misconceptions passed on from golfer to golfer every day.

Welcome to the Steven Palmer Golf Tutorial Section Over the course of the next 12th monthly issues of The Essex Golf Union Magazine, we are very happy to bring you exclusive advice and pointer from Essex’s very own Steven Palmer to help improve your game. Each month will feature a different lesson from Steven’s Academy in Spain. We hope you enjoy the first installment of the series which begins on the following page (page 22).

October 30th - Issue 4 Full swing – The things you must know to be a good ball striker Building on the techniques learned in the short game, this session will help you to work on the key elements of the swing that all good ball strikers possess.


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NEXT MONTH’S GOLF TUTORIAL >> Short game – Get consistent and add flair

November 30th - Issue 5 How to assess your season and build an effective improvement plan

March 30th - Issue 9 Golf psychology - Taking your game from the practice tee to the course

Now the season (and the weather!) is drawing in, this is a great time to assess your golfing year. This session is designed to help you effectively analyse your game and build a plan that gets you motivated, focused and working on the right things.

This is one of the most common issues for golfers. This session will address the mental issues that make this particularly difficult for many golfers to do and change a few habits so that the transition from practice ground to golf course becomes seamless.

December 30th - Issue 6 Fixing common faults

April 30th - Issue 10 How to practice effectively

This is the perfect time of year to address any problems with your ball flight that are causing you to drop shots. This issue is designed to help you find the causes of your faults and learn how to fix them so that, by the time the golf season comes around, you’ll be ready to enjoy it!

When it comes to practicing, it seems like there’s never enough time. Whether you have all day or just half an hour after work, this session is designed to help you make the most of the time you have.

January 30th - Issue 7 Physical training to enhance your game During the winter months it can often be very difficult to get out there on the practice ground and be productive. This issue is designed to help you get your body conditioned for golf, eliminate pain and give you something to do out of the cold!

February 30th - Issue 8 Sharpening up your scoring game With the season fast approaching, it’s time to bring your hard work over the winter together so that it’s ready for the course. This session will teach you how to switch your practice habits from focusing on technical development to focusing on shooting low scores.

May 30th - Issue 11 How to hit the ball further Who doesn’t want to hit it further?! Whether you need to be able to get over the lake at the 6th, reach more greens in regulation or have bragging rights in the clubhouse, this issue will address all the factors affecting distance.

June 30th - Issue 12 Fixing common faults Just in case your season isn’t completely going to plan, this issue will help you to improve your strike, fix your ball flight and get you back to winning ways.


24 GOLF TUTORIALS STEVEN PALMER

Putting The fastest way to lower scores STEVEN PALMER’S HISTORY Steven Palmer was 8 years old when he first started playing golf, introduced to the sport by his father at a local pitch and putt course. He began coaching from the age of 17 and at 20 he was coaching at the UK Golf Academy at Epping Golf Range. In 2006 he made the move to West Essex Golf Club and found a great mentor in Robert Joyce who has coached some of the best players in Europe like Bernhard Langer, Mark Davis, and Simon Khan. Steven has recently formed the Palmer Williams Golf Academy at Los Arqueros Golf & Country Club just outside Marbella, Spain with fellow PGA professional Daniel Williams. Steven is currently a coach to some of the top county amateurs and professionals and is a specialist for golfers with injuries and disabilities. His coaching philosophy is to help all his students improve technically, mentally and physically, ensuring that his students improve at a maximised rate. We are proud to have Steven sharing his instruction with us and hope you find his 12 step development program that is going to be featured in here over the next 12 months, of huge value to you.

I’m very proud to be announced as the Head Contributing PGA Professional for Think Sports Media and the Essex Golf Union online magazine. My main goal in this role is to help you play the best golf of your life, so make sure you check in every month! Over the next 12 months I will reveal a complete plan to help you develop your entire game. Not only that, I will educate you on equipment, fitness, psychology and dispel some common myths about the game that cause so much confusion. Seeing as it’s already the middle of the golf season, it makes sense to help you shoot lower scores as quickly as possible, and this is done with the putter. I’m going to cover the important steps in building a great putting stroke and show you how to practice correctly in order to quickly shave strokes off your score.


25 STEVVEN PALMER GOLF TUTORIALS Ô The Setup - This rule applies to every part of the game: you can’t have an effective stroke without a good setup. So, what does having a good setup mean? It doesn’t mean having a set of body angles straight out of the PGA manual! It means being in a position that allows your stroke to work effectively and consistently. Every player sets up somewhat differently, but all good putters have the following traits in their address position:

Eyes over the ball Every good putter has their eyes over the ball, with a margin of difference of no more than a couple of inches. How can you tell if your eyes are over the ball? From your setup position, drop a ball from the bridge of your nose; it should land on or very close to your putter head.

Hands close (but not too close) to the body When your hands are too far away from your body, it’s difficult to move your arms and body in unison during your stroke. If your hands are too close to your body, they wont be able to swing freely through impact. How can you tell if your hands are an ideal distance from your body? You should be able to swing a hand between your body and your putter grip,

but only just.

Pelvis back for room In an ideal setup you will feel contact between your upper arms and the sides of your upper body, but also have a hand-sized space between your hands and body. A major key to a good putting setup is getting a combination of the above two points. If you struggle to get your eyes over the ball and have enough room for your hands to swing, create more room by pushing your pelvis back and bending over a little more to create the room for your hands to swing. This will help you to create your ideal putting posture.


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Ô The Setup [ Continued ]

Ball in front of sternum To give yourself the best chance of starting the ball on line, set up with your putter face square to your intended line and with the sole of your putter flat on the ground, making sure the toe or heel isn’t sticking up in the air. It’s also very important to strike your putts slightly on the upswing. For this reason, you must address the ball slightly in front of your sternum as in the picture. If you’re finding it difficult to achieve all three of these points so far, there’s a good chance your putter doesn’t fit you. If this is the case, take it to your local PGA pro for a putter fitting.

Upper body alignment If your upper body isn’t aligned to the starting line of your putt, you will have to make compensations with your hands and arms during your stroke to swing your putter on the correct line, leading to inconsistency and deteriorating performance under pressure. This is hard to check yourself, so ask a playing or practice partner to check that your shoulders are aligned to the target. It may seem that there’s a lot of information here, but it’s all essential to setting yourself up to be a great putter. Don’t spend time worrying about other areas of your setup. Focus on these points, achieving all of them before you worry about the mechanics of your stroke.

“ It’s also very important to strike your putts slightly on the upswing.”


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Ô The Stroke Now you’re in a good setup position, good putting mechanics will come quickly with a couple of simple drills. A solid, reliable, consistent putting stroke has minimal independent movement from the hands and arms, with the rotation of the body providing the action. I’m going to describe two practice drills that will encompass everything you will need to promote correct technique.

Ô The “Towel” drill S Stage one Grab a medium sized towel and hook it under both arms, across your chest. Now, rest your head gently against a wall. Make some practice swings focusing on holding the towel in place and keeping your head still against the wall. You should feel that all the movement is coming from the rotation of your upper body. Practice this until you can make a stroke without using your hands, wrists and arms or moving your head.

Stage two Still with the towel across your chest, hit some putts on the putting green of approximately 20 feet. As in stage one, you should feel that all the movement is coming from the rotation of your body, not from your hands, wrists and arms. If your head starts to move around, go back to stage one of this drill.

Ô The “Tee Channel” drill Putting inside the channel Find a straight putt on the putting green of approximately 12 feet and address the ball. Leaving your putter behind the ball, place two tees on either side of the heel and toe of your putter, leaving only a couple of millimetres of space on either side. Now, place four more tees in the ground approximately 7 inches apart so that you have a channel between you which you will swing your putter. Ensure that your channel is aiming straight at the hole. Practice hitting putts from inside this channel until you can consistently swing your putter without hitting the tees. If you feel the need, you can combine this drill with the towel drill.


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A summary of putting mechanics

Ô Distance control drill

Ô Setup:

Build a “safe zone”

• • • •

Eyes over the ball Hands the correct distance from the body Ideal putter and ball position Upper body aligned correctly

Place a club 18 inches behind the hole. Now, hit some putts from approximately 20 feet. The aim of this drill is to roll the ball at least to the hole, but not so far past that it hits the club. During practice, focus on:

Ô Swing: • • • •

Head still Minimal movement in the hands, wrists and arms Movement coming from the rotation of the body Consistently straight putter path through impact

How to practice to save shots fast Now you’ve developed sound putting mechanics, it’s time to practice what’s important for saving valuable strokes on the course. This isn’t about holing more putts; it’s about eliminating mistakes. The average 8-handicap golfer averages over two three-putts per round, a number that increases dramatically amongst higher handicappers. More specifically, in approximately 90% of cases, these three-putts occur due to poor distance control. Fortunately, distance control with the putter is the easiest part of the game to improve, and if you practice like this, along with the improvements you’ve made in your setup and stroke, you can’t help but shoot lower scores:

• • •

Keeping the rhythm of your stroke the same. Keeping the length of your stroke the same. Striking the ball consistently.

If your strike doesn’t feel “sweet” every time, go back and check the fundamentals in your setup that we talked about previously and also do some more practice on the stroke drills. When your distance control gets good from 20 feet, hit putts from 5 feet (distance control is vital on short putts too!), 10 feet, 20 feet and 30 feet. Try to keep the rhythm of your stroke the same for each distance. The

only difference between each length of putt should be the length of your stroke. So, there you have a comprehensive guide to improving your putting. I would advise that you don’t try to work on all these points at the same time. You should devote individual practice sessions to different areas. You may spend one practice session working on your setup, the next working on the drills to improve your stroke and the next working on your distance control. If you practice these key points in this way, you will quickly learn to putt better and shoot lower scores. Next month we will move on to the short game. You will learn how to develop the correct technique, become consistent and add flair and variety to your scoring game. – Until then, keep working hard!

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30 ESSEX GOLF UNION CONTACT US

President Michael R Spall (Royal Epping Forest) 18 Tudor Way, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1PX 01992 760191 mike.r.spall@gmail.com

President Elect John Peters (Woodford) 101 Forest Road, Leytonstone, E11 1JS 07824 702703 johne.peters@ymail.com

Barry Boniface (Five Lakes) Fairways, Post Office Lane Little Totham, Maldon CM9 8JL 01621 894165 bwboniface@aol.com

David Edwards (Royal Epping Forest) 14 Hartland Road Epping CM16 4PE 01992 560920 thelma.edwards@ntlworld.com

Steve Golding (Abridge) 34 Deeway Rise Park, Romford RM1 4XB 01708 780287 ruth.golding@ntlworld.com

Mike Hart (Colchester) 8 Newbridge Hill West Bergholt, Colchester CP6 3ER 01206 241117   mandmc.hart@btinternet.com

Robert Holland (Maldon) 15 Hillcrest Mayland, Chelmsford CM3 6AZ 07903 217439 bwhollandlandscapes@gmail.com

John McInerney Upminster 171 Ardleigh Green Road Hornchurch RM11 2LF 01708 620939 jandcmcinerney@hotmail.co.uk

Alan Merrington (Epping) 37 Carlisle Way Basildon, SS13 3RF 01268 453933 07947 255203 alanmerrington@blueyonder.co.uk

Keith Mitchell (Rochford Hundred) 119 Oakfield Road Benfleet SS7 5NW 01268 756806 kumitchell@btinernet.com

Steve Morrison (The Warren) 4 Berewood Terrace Nounsley Road, Hatfield Peverel CM3 2NF 01245 382916 stevemorry@aol.com

www.essexgolfunion.org


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

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

County Team Captain Andy May (Boyce Hill) 56 Clarence Road North South Benfleet SS7 1HT 01268 757961 anders84may@hotmail.com

Robert Paton (Ballards Gore) 37 Glenmere Park Avenue Thundersley SS7 1SS 01702 559008 bobanpen@tiscali.co.uk

Neil Poulson (Colne Valley) 147 Francis Way Silver End Witham, CM8 3QT 01376 584190 neil.poulson1@btopenworld.com

Frank Tomlin (The Burstead) 2 Ruskin Dene Billericay CM12 0AN 01277 625692 f.tomlin1@btinternet.com

Roger Walmsley (Upminster) 7 Grosvenor Gardens 7 Grosvenor Gardens Upminster RM14 1DL 01708 220772 roger.walmsley@btinternet.com

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 thomas.whyte@btinternet.com

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)

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32 ESSEX GOLF UNION THE BRIGADIER

Image: Wisconsin Historical Images

The Brigadier says... M

uhammad Ali is not only recognized as the one of the greatest sportsmen in history, but as one of the greatest entertainers too (just like yours truly). The best way for him to sum up his greatness was by using his very own quotes. Many of these quotes increased his global appeal and unmatched popularity. This month instead of wittering on I have decided to sit back and let this young whipper snapper do the work for me. Why just the other day in 1974 Ali gave a press conference with that wild haired fellow, Don King that produced some of the most famous sayings in sport. It was in the lead up to the big George Foreman fight and Ali wanted to make sure that everyone was paying attention. If you missed it… here it is…

just last week, I murdered a rock,

I had one hell of a rumble.

Injured a stone, Hospitalized a brick.

I had to beat Tarzan’s behind first,

I’m so mean, I make medicine sick.

For claiming to be King of the Jungle.

I’m so fast, man,

For this fight, I’ve wrestled with alligators,

I can run through a hurricane and don’t get wet.

I’ve tussled with a whale.

When George Foreman meets me,He’ll pay his debt.

I done handcuffed lightning

I can drown the drink of water, and kill a dead tree.

And throw thunder in jail.

Wait till you see Muhammad Ali

You know I’m bad.

— Ali, 1974

Last night I had a dream, When I got to Africa,

Do YOU have any county golfing memories or stories from days past? Why not write in to our managing editor: info@thinksportsmedia.com. 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.


I’m the best [at golf]. I just haven’t played yet.


34 IN THE CLUBHOUSE COLNE VALLEY GOLF CLUB

Colne Valley Golf Club Marcus Bain takes a look at what Colne Valley has to offer From the moment you arrive at our stunning course you will know you are in for something special. Just on the edge of the small village of Earls Colne is easy to be away from it all yet you are close enough to the towns to squeeze in a round after work. A picture perfect golf course there’s not a single golf course quite like Colne Valley Golf Club. The view from the first and tenth tee of the North Essex Country side, you know your day of golf will be special. The array of colours is unexpected – startling Greens tees & fairways, seasonal colours of the surrounding fields creates a scene of incomparable beauty. Beautiful North Essex Golf The scenery at Colne Valley is exquisite one of the best in the area. The golf course encompasses 130 beautiful acres of rolling hills and trees very rare for a course so young the undulating fairways that offer a challenge for golfers of all skill levels. You’ll see an occasional deer, and many more fantastic sites a delight of golfers. You’ll often hear the

sound of woodpeckers, and the bird song is a delight for any golfer or caddie as you will find a beautiful setting and natural ambience. From the White tees, the course measures 6,295 yards and plays to a par 70 SSS 71 the course is conceded to be one of the tougher courses in Essex and has hosted many major Essex amateur competitions. But fear not. With two additional tee placements at 5,844 yds. for yellow tees, 5,411 yds. for red(Ladies), Colne Valley can provide as little or as much of a challenge as you want to bite off. Overall, this is a picturesque, playable jewel of a course is a secret to get out. You’ll relish every shot and every hole. And after the last putt has dropped, you’ll appreciate the first-class service and amenities here at Colne Valley Golf Club - including a modern clubhouse, restaurant and lounge, banquet room, full-service golf shop, locker facilities. It’s all here for your golfing experience. Corporate memberships are also available at reasonable rates. They’re great options for business professionals looking for a place to call home for entertaining, meetings, and personal golf.


Colne Valley Golf Club is a licensed venue for civil marriages and partnerships.

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e at The Essex Golf Union caught up Deborah Webb, Club House Manager at Colne Valley Golf Club, one of the most picturesque golf clubs in Essex, 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.

Ô 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?

Ô Firstly, how long have you been in your position and what roles does your position entail?

We often host large corporate conference events at Colne Valley as our facility and hospitality is renowned for this. We are also able to provide ‘break off’ rooms which many larger businesses use. Our Cresswell Room is ideal for smaller meetings and is also often used for training days etc.

I have worked at Colne Valley for ten years and before that I was trained as a baker. I started working as soon as I left school and we used to supply the American Airbases in the UK with all of their bakery produce. What would you say is the best and most satisfying part of your job? I enjoy working with our members and visitors, and ensuring their events run smoothly.

Ô 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?

Ô Are you a wedding venue as well as a golf club? If so, do many people choose to have their wedding reception at your club, and what sort of things might differ from a more standard wedding reception? If not, is this something you would like to get more into at the club or do you focus more on other types of events? We hold 10-12 wedding celebrations a year and Colne Valley Golf Club is a licensed venue for civil marriages and partnerships. We are lucky to have facilities to host weddings of all sizes, from 20 to 250 guests. Our large oval shaped Valley Room overlooks the course and is separate from the golf at the club, so the venue can provide a private facility.

Our Spike Bar is well known for its good food and ‘banter’, and our Members Bar with its large patio area, overlooks the 9th and 18th greens. Our menu includes a wide range of homemade dishes and our Specials Board is continually changing. Due to popular demand, we also plan to start offering Sunday lunches again this Autumn, and during the Winter months we hope to refurbish our bar areas. As for the most common drink for players after their game at Colne Valley, this would be either Carlsberg, our house Rosé Wine or a pot of freshly brewed tea!

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36 IN THE CLUBHOUSE COLNE VALLEY GOLF CLUB

Ô I am a firm believer that if you want to know what is the best thing on the menu at any food serving establishment, the wisest thing to do is ask a member of staff who chooses (or is forced) to eat there! What is your favourite meal/snack at the club? Most golfers start their day’s golf at Colne Valley with a bacon huffer – these have to be our most popular order and must be tried! Our Winter Warmer is also a bit special, but who wants to think about the Winter already.

Ô Keeping on the food theme, What catering facilities do you have or use to cater for your members and visiting groups/special events ? We have a large fully equipped modern kitchen at Colne Valley with two full time chefs, together with additional staff who work with me in the bar.

Ô Is there a hotel aspect to your club? If not, what venues do you recommend in the local area? We do not have a hotel onsite, however we are pleased to be able to recommend accommodation at Drapers Hotel & Brasserie in Earls Colne.

Ô 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 for membership? Our club is a very open and friendly facility. We were one of the first golf clubs to receive the GolfMark accreditation and were proud to be awarded the GolfMark ‘High Achiever’ Award at our last review. We have a joint membership for families wishing to join.


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? North Essex is a very competitive area for golf membership, but we have been consistent with our membership for the last year or two. I have noticed that green fees have been on the rise recently though.

Ô And finally, how would you best sum up the atmosphere that exists within the clubhouse? What would hope someone who has never visited you club might take away with them after their first visit? Colne Valley Golf Club is a very friendly, picturesque golf club and offers good value for money whilst providing golf for everyone.

CONTACT INFO COLNE VALLEY GOLF CLUB STATION ROAD EARLS COLNE ESSEX CO6 2LT TELEPHONE 01787 224343 EMAIL INFOCOLNEVALLEYGOLFCLUB.CO.UK www.colnevalleygolfclub.co.uk


Chris Wood

Crondon Park Golf Club CHRIS’ HISTORY I started my career working in the pro shop at Crondon in 1998 I turned professional in 2002 and completed the PGA training under the guidance of one of essex’s well know professionals Freddie Sunderland, I worked alongside him building up a client base of lessons for the past 10 years at Crondon park golf academy, I was appointed head professional in 2010 and along with my assistants trying to increase the client base and improve the services we offer to make it one of the premier driving ranges in Essex. We offer lessons to all standards of golfer and can accommodate all budgets. In 2011 we archived the. Lib mark award and are one of the Essex golf partnerships get into golf starter centres. For any further information please contact me at Crondon park on 01277 829083.


39 CHRIS WOOD COACHES CORNER

Chris Wood answers questions for Coaches Corner: Ô Chris, thank you very much for taking the time to do this interview. How long have you been a qualified PGA Professional for now and what drew you towards Crondon? I qualified 8 years ago and have been at Crondon for 14 years. I played my amateur golf here so working here was a natural progression.

Ô There has been and still is some fantastic talent floating around the Essex golf scene, who are some of the better players that you have taught in the past and is there anyone you recommend we should look out for in the future? I worked with Jonathan Day when he started out, he is now playing professionally, Steve Willett came through my junior coaching ranks and in the past I have worked with Chelsea Laundon who is now with the England squad. There are some terrific young players at Crondon, and names to watch out for are Tom Wade, Tom Watkins and Emily Turner.

Ô Golf is a great sport to be involved with from a young age as it teaches us manners, etiquette, and quality social skills. What age would you recommend that parents get their children started up with the game? I currently teach players of all ages, however I think that children starting the game should be at least 5-6 before they have regular lessons. Being of school age helps in terms of concentration and their enjoyment of the sport.

Ô Many of the counties PGA pro’s still play in tournaments such as the East Region PGA events. Do you participate in such events, and if so how did you get on last year? I made a decision a few years ago to build up my academy and work closely with the golf club to improve the membership so have spent the majority of my time on these projects. As a result I have not played in many events for a little while, that said, over the next year I may well be entering a few tournaments.

Ô Golf comes with a lot of ups and downs. What would you say is the highlight of your career so far, either teaching or playing?

Ô 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? Having a plan and practicing that plan. The plan is the most important element otherwise bad practice does not make perfect. At Crondon we utilize a smart piece of technology where students can have videos of their lessons sent to them. This is overlaid with hints and tips from the key parts of the lesson that they can get on their smartphone every time they practice.

Ô 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? Buy what you like the look of and what feels best, don’t buy because someone says so, custom fitting is vital to good golf, you always need the right tools to complete any job.

Ô 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? Titleist, Galvin Green and Footjoy are some of the best brands in golf. We stock these brands because of the quality of their products. Of course there are cheaper brands but I believe that buying quality stops you having to buy twice. We always have good offers and try to match internet prices where we can.

Ô 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? I have had a few lessons in the past that made me smile but somehow we manage to improve their swing and get them onto a golf course to enjoy the game.

I can’t say I have any real highs or lows for the time being I’m afraid.

Ô Everyone has days where nothing is going right for them on the golf course and they feel like just giving up and walking in. What would be the best piece of advice that you could give to someone in this situation? Never give up as there is no such thing in golf as can’t; that is the beauty of this game it’s all about you.

CONTACT INFO TELEPHONE 01277 829083. WWW.CHRISWOODGOLFACADEMY.CO.UK WWW.JUNIORGOLFERS.CO.UK


40 CHI POWER GOLF JAYNE STOREY

Tai Chi Golf Swing Think Sports Media are proud to present a unique series of articles by Jayne Storey, Director of Training, chi-power GOLF. chi-power GOLF is an holistic coaching method based on the timeless wisdom of Tai Chi, a martial art and form of ‘moving meditation’ that can help enhance the performance zone for committed players, by bringing mind and body together for more consistency, enjoyment and the happiness of a well struck golf shot. Jayne Storey has been practicing and teaching Tai Chi for the past 25 years and is a long-term member of the Tai Chi Union for Great Britain. She is a seminar leader for the PGA, feature writer for Golf International and Lady Golfer magazines, Director of Training, chi-power SPORTS and mental game coach to Olympic, masters and other elite athletes. chi-power GOLF is one of a number of complementary coaching methods that currently forms part of the PGA’s Professional Development Programme. chi-power GOLF brings you the fundamentals of effective motion, which begin with good posture, balance and relaxation,

coupled with an internal focus which allows for deep and rhythmical breathing. The difference this awareness can create in your golf swing and general performance around the course is subtle but immensely powerful. Let’s look at what are called the Fundamental Actions of Tai Chi and how they can improve your set-up, and then we’ll take a look at some unique swing drills which will help you improve your ball-striking and game consistency. P Setting-Up for Balance and Power 1. Empty your chest: emptying or hollowing the chest is the key to being more balanced at address, as it relaxes the upper body, freeing the neck and shoulders and emptying the lungs – you’ll find that exhaling deeply is a natural part of this process which releases pent up anxiety and tension. 2. Focus on your navel area: lowering your centre of awareness, by concentrating your mind at the navel, is a key principle of Tai Chi and extremely useful for your golf. As you focus on your navel, you will find that you start to feel more balanced and relaxed, as your mind connects with your natural centre of gravity and you start to breathe more deeply.


3. Sink into your footprints: Eastern wisdom tells us that your energy (Chi) follows your thinking, so if you focus on filling up your whole footprint, you will avoid the common problem of rocking back on the heels, thus creating a more stable platform from which to swing.

and to your finish position. Focusing on your breathing like this will keep your mind quiet and stops any nervousness or anxiety and this in turn helps your swing to flow.

Drill # 2 Wu Chi Swing With just a few moments practising this set-up drill – empty your chest, focus on your navel, sink into your footprints - you will feel much more balanced and relaxed before starting your swing and will in turn hit longer, straighter drives! You can get a FREE download on these Tai Chi principles “Building a Better Swing” - when you purchase the coaching video download “Breathing to Win!” available now on the chi-power GOLF website. Please click here for more information. P SwingDrills

“Stand like a mountain, move like a river”

(Holding the posture)

Find a ‘problem’ area in your swing; something you are striving to perfect. It could be making sure your hands are ahead of the club-head at impact or getting your right elbow into position at the top of your back-swing. Hold the correct posture and be still for at least 30 seconds, focusing on your breathing and allowing your mind and body to memorize how this correct position feels. When you can manage 30 seconds comfortably, try for 60 seconds, 90 seconds and so on. The emphasis should be on relaxed strength, meaning you can comfortably hold the position for the allotted time, without being tense.

Drill # 3 T’ai Chi Golf Swing (Slow motion drill)

I’m sure you’ve noticed how professional tour players make the golf swing look so easy and effortless? Yet, when you try to re-create this in your own game, the results are far from satisfactory? The reason is probably that like most recreational players, you’re spending too much of your mental energy on ‘getting your technique right’ rather than being relaxed enough to allow your movement to flow naturally.

Set-up to the ball and take a few deep breaths, relaxing your body and sinking into your footprints. Start and complete your swing as slowly as possible, breathing normally and staying relaxed throughout the motion. Take at least one minute to complete your swing, without resisting the slowness or anticipating the finish. The average golf swing usually takes just 1.8 seconds to complete, which hardly gives you time to really feel what’s going on. Swinging in slow motion develops an acute level of awareness and control over your body, most noticeably in the area of balance.

Let me now share with you a few swing drills which I’ve developed, based on the art of T’ai Chi, to help you take the emphasis off swing thoughts and start the transformational process of becoming more relaxed both mentally and physically – a much better platform from which to produce a rhythmic, powerful and consistent swing.

Try each of these 3 drills “empty-handed” to start with, just using the motion of your body, without a club in your hands, and then take a few swings with a club, but without attempting to hit any balls. Once you have done this, start to hit some balls, staying focused on the internal processes and letting the outcome of each shot take care of itself.

Drill # 1 Chi Kung Swing

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— Yang Chen Fu, Essential Points of T’ai Chi

(Breathing into your centre)

Set up to the ball and take a few deep breaths. Loosen your shoulders, empty your chest, and relax your jaw. Now focus on your feet, aiming to fill up your footprints and really connect to the ground. From this balanced and relaxed start position, simply breathe-in while you move to the top of your back-swing, and then breathe-out all the way through impact

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


42 ESSEX GOLF PARTNERSHIP

Essex Golf Introducing the

Crondon Park Golf Club one of our Six Centres

Funded by Sport England, The Partnership’s objective is to introduce the game of golf to beginners and encourage people to play golf more often. The Partnership works very closely with The Golf Foundation and Sportessex to assist in the delivery of strong county-wide support to clubs, golfers, schools and individuals looking to take up the game.

It has never been easier to get started... Our major new initiative for 2012 is the introduction of ‘official’ Get into Golf Centres. We currently have 6 centres although we have plans to expand. If you’re aged 16 or over and want to learn how to play golf or you want to brush down your clubs and start again. Now is your chance, all beginner adults are welcome. We are setting up a number of “official” Get into Golf Centres around the county. Throughout this year, each centre will be running 4 x 1 hour weekly group coaching sessions covering the basics of the game. You will be able choose between a mid-week or weekend session...and there’ll be plenty of space for everyone as there are two new groups every month to join. The Centres all have excellent beginner facilities including a driving range which is open for public/general use. • All equipment will be provided, just wear something comfortable. • Quality PGA Professional Tuition • Maximum Group size 8-10 • For just £12 for the 4 week course, how could you not give it a go. • New courses every month during 2012.

For further information or to book your place, please contact Playgolf Reception on 01206 843333 and quote “Get into Golf for £12” or Colchester@playgolfworld.com Crondon Park Golf Club, Stock, Ingatestone Every Thursday evening 7.00-8.00pm Every Saturday morning 10.00-11.00am For further information or to book your place, please call Chris Wood 07779 210375 or Patrick Griffiths 07932 067970 or the driving range 01277 829083 North Weald Golf Club, nr Epping Every Thursday evening 8.00 - 9.00pm Every Saturday morning 9.00 - 10.00am For more information or to book your place please call Paul Sullivan 07768 698699 or email paulsullivan319@aol.com

OUR SIX GET INTO GOLF CENTRES ARE:

Garon Park Golf Complex, Southend-on-Sea Every Saturday morning 11.00am - 12.00 noon Every Sunday morning 11.00am - 12.00 noon Every Wednesday evening 7.00pm - 8.00pm For more information or to book your place, please call the Pro Shop on 01702 601701 (option1).

Playgolf Colchester Every Thursday afternoon 2.00-3.00pm Every Saturday morning 9.00-10.00am

TopGolf Chigwell Every Tuesday evening 7.00pm - 8.00pm Every Sunday afternoon 1.00pm - 2.00pm


Partnership an alliance between the Essex County Golf Union, The Essex Ladies County Golf Association and the Essex Professional Golfers’ Association.

For more information or to book your place, please call PGA Pro, Kenny Banks 07894 110185 or kenny.banks@topgolf.com Cranfield Golf Centre, Chadwell Heath Every Wednesday morning 11.45am - 12.45pm Every Sunday afternoon 2.15pm - 3.15pm For more information or to book your place, please call PGA Pro Adam Davison 07429 811528 ad@cga-golf.com or call 0208 5971220 FREE EQUIPMENT HIRE Introduction Golf equipment is expensive and not always available, so to help clubs and schools be able to offer golf, we are pleased to make this equipment available for short-term loan. Organisers can borrow the equipment FREE of CHARGE. Please tell your friends and colleagues.

How Does it Work? All you need to do is contact our County Development Officer, Helen Tarttelin, who can offer you advice if required and arrange for local collection and return. Whilst this service is FREE, we will ask for a refundable deposit to ensure that the equipment is both returned in good condition and on time to allow for others to use. We also ask that a simple monitoring form is completed in order that we can measure how many and who are participating. (If you tell us in advance of your activity we can also promote it on our website).

WHO TO CONTACT?

What’s Available for Hire? For convenience, we have four equipment stores based around the county, with the following equipment available:

Please feel free to contact Helen Tarttelin, County Development Officer if you have any questions relating to these pages or any other golf development queries.

Large inflatable golf net (Southend)

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Half sets of men’s, ladies & Junior clubs, left and right handed (bag, irons, woods, putter) Tri-Golf sets (primary school aged juniors) Golf Xtreme sets (secondary school aged juniors)

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AMATEUR INTERVIEW

Joe Kelley CliямАords Trophy Winner 2011 Interviewed by Marcus Bain


45 JOE KELLY AMATUER INTERVIEW Ô Hi Joe, thank you for taking the time to do this interview today. How did last season go for you and what was your main highlight?

Ô You were a member at Woolston Manor last season, so I’m sure you know it very well. What do you like most about the course and what is the lowest score you’ve ever shot round there?

Last season was a good one for me. I came in the top 10 in most of the competitions and won the Cliffords Trophy at Channels.

The course is quite challenging and is always windy. My lowest ever score there was 63 and I have also had a hole in one.

Ô Based on your performance last season, how do you aim to better that and what are your goals for the 2012 season? I have just started working as the assistant professional at Orsett Golf Club. I will be doing my PGA this October and turning professional in June. I am hoping to improve my game by practicing as much as I can and competing with the other professionals in the region

Ô Which tournament are you looking forward to the most this year in Essex and why?

Ô Have you ever won the Club Championship at Woolston Manor and would you say you were the best player at the club? I have never won the Club Championship but I have come close. I have won the Junior Club Championship. There were a lot of very good golfers at Woolston Manor, Ross Dee, Ryan Adair, John Moncur to name a few, so no I wouldn’t say I was the best. We, as a team, won the Thornton Cup in 2010.

As I am turning professional, I will unfortunately be unable to compete in most of the Essex competitions this year.

Ô Essex boasts a variety of great golf courses. Other than Woolston Manor what are your 2 favourite courses to play and why?

Ô Out of all the courses being used for the Order of Merit tournaments this year, which one is your favorite and why?

Orsett, as I am now working there and it is a great course, and Abridge golf course because I notched up my first win at the Abridge Scratch 2009 so that is special to me.

Abridge where they play the Abridge Scratch. I won my first tournament there as an amateur and the course is always in pristine condition.

Ô Essex is probably one of the most competitive counties for golf in the country, which is great from a player’s perspective with regards to challenge. But will you look elsewhere for tournaments and maybe compete at a more national level? I have competed at a national level as a junior, playing in the Carris Trophy and Henry Cooper Junior Masters. When I was in America as a 16 year old for warm weather training I competed in one of the Northern Trust Open qualifiers in California, which was a great experience. As I am turning professional I am hoping to compete in the Eastern Region PGA competitions and actually win some money!

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

Ô The Thornton Cup is the most prestigious of the knockout trophies for club teams in the county, how is the Orsett team shaping up this year and can you see your team going all the way? Orsett have always had a strong team, having played against them a couple of times. We are through the first round beating Braintree. We have a strong side but unfortunately I am ineligible to play but I will be supporting the guys and fingers crossed they can bring it home.

Ô Golf is obviously a very difficult sport and we all make our mistakes and hit bad shots from time to time. Can you tell us about your most embarrassing shot or moment on the golf course that you can recall? Where do I start? My most embarrassing moment was in Texas at my first team qualifying round when I shanked it off the first tee with a 9 iron and made a triple bogey 6 but fortunately enough I did go on to shoot 3 under par.

All of my support has come from my family and a close family friend who sponsored me for a year. My biggest fan is my mum who entered me in for competitions and kept track of all the events and my biggest critic is my dad who is also a very good golfer and has been my caddy at numerous Essex events.

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.


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48 COUNTY NEWS ESSEX GOLF UNION

Order of Merit 2012 Up to and including the Oliver Fisher Shield Club Order of Merit Events Name

Club

Points available

20

20

40

20

20

20

10

10

10

10

Points

KQ

KF

EAC

CT

RT

UT

TGT

SMBT

RS

OFS

9

10

10

5

7

Owen Pearl

Playgolf Colchester

87

5

4

39

10

Scott Brace

Stoke by Nayland

84

17

20

28

7

Jordan Slater

Playgolf Colchester

76

10

16

19

15

7

9

Andy May

Boyce Hill

69

19

12

38 31

10

9

5

4

31

8 15

Daniel Rigby

Orsett

61

Chelmsford

56

13

James Allan

Chelmsford

50

2

33

Jonathan Hewett

Clacton-on-Sea

43

13

24

Sam Crampton

6

Arthur Leonard

Rochford Hundred

43

8

Steven Willett

Chelmsford

41

18

Bobby Keeble

Abridge

40

40

Thorndon Park

38

32

Danny Carroll

The Essex

37

James Court

Thorndon Park

37

37

Clacton-on-Sea

37

37

Rochford Hundred

36

Andrew Reynolds

Benton Hall

35

Scott Hudson

Chelmsford

34

17

Orsett

33

19

Hugh Cambell

West Essex

32

15

Roy Gillman

West Essex

32

24

Ben Horton

Samuel Teer Mitchell Sarling

Ales Woodward

Jack Bennewith

20

35 8

15

6

8

2

8

24

4

31

24

Bentley

31

31

Liam Baker

Chelmsford

29

17

12

Jonathan Christey

West Essex

29

15

5

28

Benton Hall

28

Wanstead

28

Thomas Watkins

Crondon Park

27

Austyn Cambden

Stock Brook

26

15

4

5

Channels

25

13

12

West Essex

25

17

8

Ben Rose

Woolston Manor

25

25

Reece Francis

Abridge

24

24

Jake Bond

Wanstead

20

Jason Horne

Orsett

19

Joe Kelly

Orsett

18

Sam Bray

Maylands

17

Theydon Bois

16

16

Braintree

15

15

Colchester

15

9

Romford

15

15

Benjamin David Daniel Garner

8

10

9

10 2

20 19 14

7

6

7

26

Charlie Day

Tom Wiskin

10

7

18

Thomas Barker

Todd Clements

6

8

Thorndon Park

Gareth Brown

1

35

Billy Deville

George Evans

6

4 17

6

1


Club Order of Merit Events

Order of Merit 2012 [ Continued ] Name

Points available

20

20

40

20

20

20

10

10

10

10

Point

KQ

KF

EAC

CT

RT

UT

TGT

SMBT

RS

OFS

Frinton

14

2

Club

Chay Pratt

12

Ian Moore

Maylands

13

9

4

Greg Claxton

Lords Rayleigh

12

8

4

Nick Elsom

Maylands

12

Barry Medcalf

Crondon Park

12

4

8

Scott Tuffey

Maylands

12

8

4

Joe Ellis

Thorpe Hall

11

Jack Heasman

West Essex

11

11

Tom Howard

Burnham on Crouch

11

11

Lee Boyer

Romford

10

Alex Piccolo

Channels

10

9

Canons Brook

9

9

Adam Winwood

North Weald

9

9

Ben Franklin

Rochford Hundred

7

Frinton

7

John Moncur

Woolston Manor

6

Lee Beagrie

Colne Valley

5

Tom Wade

Crondon Park

5

West Essex

3

Chelmsford

3

2

Abridge

3

2

Tyler Wink

Jamie Read

Ben Hayden Alasdair Plumb Jordan Wallace George Castle

West Essex

2

John Hanrahan

Boyce Hill

2

James McGilvray

Thorndon Park

2

Mason Papple

Stock Brook

2

Josh Tobin

Langdon Hills

2

Elliot Fullalove

Braintree

1

Colin Johnson

Hainault Forest

1

4

4

4

5

6

10

3

1

4 4

1

2 6

5 5 3 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 1 1

Essex Seniors Team Championship Quarter-Final Results Played 16 - 20 July 2012 Home Team 5

v

6

Warley Park

v

4

v

7

Romford

10½

v

½

Orsett

The Lords Rayleigh Bentley

Venue Romford

Away Team

Thorpe Hall Colchester *

Semi-Final Results Played Monday 6 August 2012

*Colchester win after a play-off

Chelmsford

Warley Park

v

Bentley

County Officials in attendance - Roger Walmsley & John McInernery

Venue Warley Park

v

Romford

*Colchester win after a play-off- Philip Kirkham & Steve Golding

Final to be played at The Essex on Tuesday 11 September 2012 Bentley

v

Romford


50 COUNTY NEWS LESLIE F WOOD CHAMPIONSHIP

Leslie F Wood Championship 3rd Round Results

Quarter Final Results

Played on Sunday 10 June 2012

Played on Sunday 1 July 2012

Home Team Chigwell Chelmsford Harwich & Dovercourt Braintree Stoke by Nayland Colchester The Burstead Woolston Manor

6½ 12 5 11 8½ 10½ 9½ 11

v v v v v v v v

Away Team Ilford Hainault Forest Colne Valley Epping Bentley Top Meadow Stock Brook Canons Brook

8½ 3 10 4 6½ 4½ 5½ 4

Colne Valley Braintree* Woolston Manor Colchester

9½ 7½ 7 5

v The Burstead 5½ v Stoke by Nayland 7½ v Ilford 8 v Chelmsford 10

*Braintree won after a play-off.

Semi Final

Played on Sunday 5 August 2012 at Ilford Colne Valley 5

v

Braintree 10

County Officials in attendance - David Edwards & Steve Golding

Played on Sunday 5 August 2012 at Colne Valley Chelmsford 9

v

Ilford 6

County Officials in attendance - John Peters & Mike Thirkettle

The Final To be played on Sunday 2 September 2012 at The Warren Golf Club Braintree

v

Ilford

Venue Braintree Colchester The Burstead Woolston Manor


51 LESLIE F WOOD PLATE & NORMAN PLUM TROPHY COUNTY NEWS

Leslie F Wood Plate Semi Final Played on Sunday 5 August 2012 Channels 3

v

Boyce Hill 7

Maylands 5½

v

Langdon Hill 4½

Final

To be played on Sunday 14 October 2012 at Crondon Park Golf Club Boyce Hill

v

Maylands

Norman Plum Trophy Quarter-Final Results

Semi-Final

Played on 16 - 22 July 2012

Played on Monday 6 - 12 August 2012

Clacton on Sea The Essex (Earls Colne) Abridge The Warren

198 217 200 208

v v v v

Benton Hall Garon Park Bentley Thorndon Park

203 183 194 193

The Warren

215

v

216

The Essex (Earls Colne)

223

v

196

Final To be played home & away on Sunday 23 September 2012 Benton Hall

v

The Essex (Earls Colne)

Benton Hall Abridge


52 COUNTY NEWS ESSEX GOLF UNION

Thornton Challenge Cup Quarter-Final Results

Semi-Final

Played on Sunday 22 July 2012

Played Sunday 12 August 2012

Home Team Stoke by Nayland 9½ Clacton on Sea Crondon Park 6½ Abridge 11 Chelmsford 10

v

Away Team Bentley

Venue 5½

v v v

Clacton on Sea Colchester Woolston Manor

8½ 4 5

Bentley Chelmsford Crondon Park

Abridge 10.5

v

Clacton on Sea 4.5

Stoke by Nayland 8 v

Venue Colchester

Chelmsford 7

Abridge

The Final To be played played on Sunday 16 Sept 2012 at Wanstead Abridge

v

Stoke by Nayland

Thornton Cup Plate Braintree Langdon Hills Burnham-on-Crouch East Herts

Quarter-Final Results

Semi-Final

Played on Sunday 22 July 2012

Played Sunday 12 August 2012

6½ 3½ 4 6

v v v v

Playgolf Colchester Channels The Essex (Earls Colne) Theydon Bois

3½ 6½ 6 4

The Essex (Earls Colne) Channels

The Final To be played on Sunday 14 October 2012 at Crondon Park Golf Club East Herts

v

Channels

3.5 v 6.5

East Herts

5.5 v

Braintree

4.5


54 COUNTY NEWS THE KEITH BASS TROPHY

The Keith Bass Trophy The Under 14 Eastern Regional Championship Tuesday 31st July – Bawburgh Golf Club Norfolk

T

his competition is arranged to include the best eight boys from the Under 14 age groups of Bedfordshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex and takes place in a different county each year.

We normally expect to do well in this competition and this year was no exception, but I’m sad to report that aparvvt from two of the boys the team gave a rather lacklustre display. Watching all the boys tee off, I felt that their ball striking was not up to the usual standard and was not at all surprised that after the morning 9 holes only Jack Dyer 39 (Rochford Hundred) and Dylan Mahmut 39 (Romford) had played to their handicaps. The leader after 9 holes was Josh Driver 37 from Suffolk with Will Bond from Bedfordshire sharing joint second place with the Essex boys. At this stage all was not lost with 9 of the Essex boys no more than four over their handicaps. We were still in the frame. The afternoon saw us pressing for a result, the boys starting the nine holes they had played already in confident style and by the end of this nine holes it seemed that we had turned the corner. Unfortunately it was not to be and some dramatic bogies and double bogies saw at least two of the Essex squad give up on their chances, seemingly forgetting all about the Team prize!

lesson to all to ensure that cards are correct before you sign and hand in. Second place went to Essex lad Dylan Mahmut 39+76 who played below his handicap and might have pressed for a winners spot if he had not three putted three holes in the morning session. Oscar Yeomans (Chelmsford) 43+77 recovered from a weak morning to score under his handicap for the afternoon round. The Team prize was very close with only four shots between the top three teams. Essex were the third but looking back over the day I saw several places where these four shots could have been saved, with better club selection particularly around the greens. (Too many wedges out of short rough, hit high (occasionally thinned) and left short on wet greens!) From a couple of players a better attitude when playing badly might have won us the Team Prize. But I am very aware how difficult this is when things are going badly. A quick mention for Oli Blackman (Thorpe Hall) who felt most unwell during his afternoon round, but would not give up and let his team down. He had a miserable round, but stuck to the task. Well done Oli!

In the end there would have been little that the Essex boys could have done to deny Will Bond 39+72 (Bedfordshire) from winning. Playing off 4, his afternoon round playing to par, showed all the boys that the course could be tamed. He was a well-deserved winner.

Essex Team - Callum Hilton (The Warren), Ryan Cox (Warley Park), Dylan Mahmut (Romford), Jack Dyer (Rochford Hundred), Andrew Vagisi ( Epping), Oscar Yeomans (Clacton), Oliver Blackman (Thorpe Hall), Ben Rendall (Clacton).

Josh Driver from Suffolk also had a good afternoon round but signed for a wrong score and his Suffolk manager insisted that he be disqualified. A

The Bedfordshire team were the team winners and Finlay Heywood (Norfolk), playing off 18 took the Handicap prize.va


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57 THE REID TROPHY COUNTY NEWS

The Reid Trophy Blackwell Golf Club 7th-9th August 2012

T

he trophy is organised by England Golf and takes place annually at different quality courses across the country. It is limited to boys under 14 years old on January the 1st of each year. This year 111 boys from all over the world took part with a handicap limit of 6 and below. Consequently the standard is always high, and the golf course selected reflects this. This year four Essex boys qualified, all with 5 handicaps which made them some of the highest handicappers in the field. Undaunted, they approached the task with confidence.

First off and playing with one of the already highly regarded Billy Spooner was Callum Hilton from the Warren Golf Club. He approached the first day with a steady head and a consequently fine performance, playing to his handicap on a very difficult course and matching Billy Spooners first round effort. The next off was Dylan Mahmut (Romford) who is lacks height and was always going to find this course difficult. But a 1 over his handicap score of 77 showed that length of drive was not everything but the need to be accurate hitting greens from a distance paid dividends. Jack Dyer (Rochford Hundred) started later in the day and played steady golf throughout the day to be the second Essex boy to play to his handicap. Ryan Cox from Warley Park had probably the game most suited to this course, but failed to do this justice with some poor decisions and lack of concentration as the rub of the green went against him. The best score from the first round was from Louis Perrard who scored a magnificent one under par. The second day reversed our boys starting times and Jack Dyer started early. A magnificent 2 under par for the first nine put him as the early leader at this stage, but unfortunately he could not sustain this standard and the second nine saw all the hard work ebb away for him to finish again on his handicap for the round. Although disappointing for him, this was a great result for Jack, to be playing to his handicap on such a demanding course. Ryan Cox was next off determined to make up for his mistakes from the day before and for 9 holes it looked as though he had got things under control, but again the course bit back and, reflecting on the game, it looked as though one shot to the green made the difference. Ryan’s ball landed 6 feet from the pin and rolled back off to the fairway, he then chipped, and hit the pin, only for the ball to end up 4ft from the hole, whereupon he missed the putt back. Only one over, but his next shot to a par 3 was woefully wide, he played too quickly for his chip onto the green and found a bunker and ended with a card wrecking 7. Ryan’s concentration had gone.

Callum Hilton played another, good steady round until the last four holes where he, like Ryan, lost concentration after a poor shot and a missed putt. Callum ended 9 over for the day which was not bad, but could have been so much better. Dylan Mahmut, playing with a damaged hand after hitting a root of a tree earlier in the week, played good sensible golf throughout his second round, but faded, like Callum on the run in, carding 8 over for the round. It seems as though the second half of the course was playing much more difficult than the first. At the end of the second day Jack was 19th place with 10 over par. A very creditable performance for the Rochford Hundred boy. The third day was played in the usual manner with the leaders going off last. At this stage Jack Dyer was in 36th place overall, but joint 8th when placed against the British contingent. Ryan Cox was first off and produced a controlled round at 2 over par, showing that when he puts his mind to it he can produce excellent form. This was one of the best rounds of the day and shot him up the leader board. Dylan Mahmut continued to play good golf and finished 8 over par whilst Callum Hilton, after a poor start, built a round to place him just ahead of the previously mentioned Essex boys. The Essex hope lay with Jack Dyer whose level play had stood him in good stead on the previous days, but some missed putts early on put him under pressure and despite a tremendous effort he lost the plot slightly and ended up three over his handicap. For the final day the pin placings were exceedingly difficult and many players suffered, however the Essex lads did themselves and the county credit with final scores as follows: Jack Dyer 18 over, (3 over handicap). 31st (16th placed British boy) Callum Hilton 20 over (5 over handicap). 37th (22nd British) Dylan Mahmut and Ryan Cox 21 over (6 over handicap). 41st (24th British) Upon reflection this was the best set of results Essex Under 14 boys have attained in this great competition for a number of years. Others have finished higher in the rankings, playing off lower handicaps, but as a team the results show an evenly balanced group of players. The overall winner of the Reid Trophy was Inigo Lopez-Pizarro scoring 4 over par for the three rounds Keith Mitchell


58 COUNTY NEWS SE GROUP 2ďšş12 BOYS FOURSOME

Golf England, SE Group 2-12 Boys F Sandford Springs GC Hampshire, 22nd and 23rd August 2012

Team representing Essex were; James Allan (capt) Chelmsford GC; Ben David, Colchester GC; Mason Papple, Stock Brook Manor GC; Tom Barker, Channels GC; Jon Hewett, Clacton GC; Tom Howard, Burnham on Crouch GC; Dan Garner, Romford GC; Scott Hudson, Braintree GC. This competition started in 1952 by England Golf to hone the Foursomes skills of England’s finest junior golfers in readiness for future Walker Cup and Ryder Cup preparation. Many past winners of Walker and Ryder cups have had their hands on this same prestigious Junior Foursomes trophy. Today there are eleven county teams compete, although due to the format of competition only nine counties qualify each year with relegation of two losing counties. The Sandford Springs course was very well prepared and being tight but not long, was a challenging test for the long hitting under 18 boys. The format of competition is two rounds of foursomes each day, playing in three matches of three counties each round, so that each county plays a full round against all other eight opposition counties over the two days.

Essex were drawn to play Suffolk and Sussex in round 1 and lost 3-0 to Sussex and had 2 wins and a half with Suffolk. The difference between Essex and Sussex came down to putting, as Sussex holed putts from everywhere. Essex went into round 2, bringing in the young rooky pairing of Dan Garner/Scott Hudson to replace Jon Hewett/Tom Howard . For the afternoon Round 2 Essex faced Kent and hosts Hampshire with a determination to sink more putts. The change paid dividends as Essex beat both opponents 2-1 to gain maximum points. The rooky pair Garner/Hudson won both matches and played so well, they were kept in for round 3. Essex team returned to their hotel in joint second place with Surrey; and one point behind leaders Hertfordshire. Day 2, Round 3, by coincidence Essex are drawn to play Hertfordshire and Surrey, the leading three teams competing together to gain a lead before the final round. The pairing of Garner/Hudson paid dividends again as they had a double win against their more experienced opponents. Meanwhile the pairing of James Allan/Ben David started with 2 birdies and an eagle in their first five holes, leaving their opponents shell shocked. They finished at the 15th hole; 5 under par and another double match win. Essex beat both Surrey and Hertfordshire


Foursomes

Congratulations to James Allan (capt) Chelmsford GC Ben David, Colchester GC Mason Papple, Stock Brook Manor GC Tom Barker, Channels GC Jon Hewett, Clacton GC Tom Howard, Burnham on Crouch GC Dan Garner, Romford GC Scott Hudson, Braintree GC.

2-1 and so went in to lunch as tournament leaders one point ahead of Hertfordshire. For the final round Essex faced their remaining two opponents Middlesex and BB&O, who were now in 3rd place with a chance to win the trophy if they could gain double wins over Essex and Middlesex. The pairing of Mason Papple/Tom Barker having been rested for the morning round came out ready to battle and their match with both tough opponents went to the 18th hole to gain a very important double win for Essex. Meanwhile behind them, Essex had defeated Middlesex in the two remaining matches, but were still doing battle with BB&O. The pairing Garner/Hudson having beaten Middlesex, lost to BB&O 3&2. The only remaining match of James Allan/Ben David was now level at the 18th green, with captain James Allen needing a 20 foot putt to win outright. The putt lipped out and the next putt conceded for a half. So Essex against BB&O had a win, a halve and a loss to halve the match. This was enough to win the trophy by a good margin as Hertfordshire had lost both matches in the afternoon.

The final result was 3rd place BB&O 10 points; 2nd Hampshire 11 points and winners Essex on 13 points. The trophy was presented by Sandford Springs President Dickie Davis retired TV sports presenter. Report by Mike Hart. Essex Boys Team Manager

25th August 2012

WHO TO CONTACT? MIKE HART ESSEX COUNTY BOYS TEAM MANAGER. 19TH AUGUST 2012 TELEPHONE 01206 241117 EMAIL MIKE.HART41BTINTERNET.COM


60 COUNTY NEWS SE GROUP 212 BOYS FOURSOME


61 SE GROUP 212 BOYS FOURSOME COUNTY NEWS

Under 16 County Match ESSEX v NORFOLK Clacton GOLF CLUB August 13th 2012 Foursome ESSEX

Points

Score

Points

NORFOLK

Mitchel Sarling/ Jack Phillips

1

4/3

0

Harry Brister / Dylan Green

David Briffaut / Taylor Carter

1

2/1

0

Jake Metcalf / Tayloy Davis

Conor Rogers/ Joe Stevens

1

2up

0

Charlie Walsh / William Farley

Bobby Parmar/ Bailee Curran

½

AS

½

Aiden Tanner/ Jaime Bool

Luke Gosling / Josh Hickling

0

3/2

1

Tom Gomer / Chris Hills

TOTAL FOURSOME

Singles ESSEX

Points

Score

Points

NORFOLK

Mitchel Sarling - Captain

1

3/2

0

Harry Brister

Jack Phillips

1

3/2

0

Tom Gomer

David Briffaut

0

2&1

1

Jake Metcalf

Conor Rogers

1

3&2

0

Dylan Green

Taylor Carter

1

7/5

0

Taylor Davis

Joe Stevens

0

3&2

1

Bobby Parmar

1

1up

0

Bailee Curran

0

1up

1

Josh Hickling

1

1up

0

Charlie Walsh

Luke Gosling

½

AS

½

Aiden Tanner

TOTAL SINGLES

TOTAL FOURSOMES

MATCH TOTAL

10

5

On a perfectly presented course at Clacton Golf Club, Essex hosted their penultimate golf match of the year against Norfolk. Essex for once had a surprisingly good morning foursomes, with us winning 3 of the 5 matches, losing one & halving the other. With a good lead it now presented an opportunity for the younger squad members to show their ability in the afternoon singles. Unfortunately of the 5 younger members only 2 won their matches,

Chris Hills Aiden Tanner Jaimie Bool

namely Bobby Parmar & Josh Hickling, both 1 up, with Luke Gosling recording a half. The older boys led by Mitch Sarling all won their matches (bar one) with Taylor Carter recording the largest win of 7/5. Overall result was Essex 10 points, Norfolk 5 points.

Brian Collins County Team Manager


62 COUNTY NEWS BOYS UNDER 12 CHAMPIONSHIP

Boys Under 12 Championship Brian Fuller Trophy (Open to Boys & Girls) Played at Crowlands Heath Golf Club Thursday, 9 August 2012 Name

Club

H'cap

Gross Scores

Nett

Michael Gilbert

Woolston Manor

14

75

61

Harriet Lynch

Thorndon Park

28

78

50

Edward Brown

Warley Park

19

80

61

James Styles

Chigwell

21

82

61

Patrick Arundel

Boyce Hill

18

82

64

Harry Moncur

Langdon Hills

18

82

64

William Bewers

Five Lakes

16

82

66

Finlay Mackay

Thorpe Hall

19

85

66

Jack Fuller

Three Rivers

21

86

65

Callum Newton

St Cleres Hall

15

86

71

Lewis Cookson

Five Lakes

26

87

61

Joshua Coleman

Five Lakes

19

87

68

Carter Rowe

Regiment Way

27

88

61

Harvey Payne

Regiment Way

16

88

72

Joseph Defries

Warley Park

25

95

70

Davis King

Orsett

28

97

69

Crowlands Heath

24

100

76

Stapleford Abbots

26

104

78

Jordan Thompson Sean Curley Tommy King

Orsett

28

105

77

Crowlands Heath

28

105

77

Dominic Hoskin

Benton Hall

28

106

78

Jesse Martin

Upminster

28

107

79

Regiment Way

18

107

89

Billy Gunyon

Harrison Rackli Zak Barrett

Crowlands Heath

27

108

81

Harrison Radden

Crowlands Heath

28

NR

NR

Samuel Havis

Maylands

28

NR

NR

Winner of the Under 12 Championship Michael Gilbert (Woolston Manor) Winner of the Brian Fuller Trophy Harriet Lynch (Thorndon Park)


63 UNDER 14 CHAMPIONSHIP & FRED STILLWELL TROPHY COUNTY NEWS Par - 71 SSS - 71 CSS - 70

Under 14 Championship & Fred Stillwell Trophy Played at Maylands Golf Club on Tuesday 14 August 2012

Name

Club

H'cap

Gross Scores

Nett

Dylan Mahmut

Romford

6

73

67

Calllum Hilton

The Warren

5

74

69

Jack Dyer

Rochford Hundred

5

76

71

Zac Taylor Joshua Read Alfie Buttle Michael Gilbert

9

79

70

13

81

68

Orsett

14

83

69

Woolston Manor

12

84

72

Billy Cooper

West Essex

11

84

73

Oscar Yeomans

Chelmsford

8

84

76

Jack Wilson

Crowlands Heath

15

85

70

Callum Newton

St Cleres Hall

15

85

70

Jack Staines

Maylands

10

85

75

Kieran Whiting

Braintree

11

85

74

Ashdon Brown

Three Rivers

11

86

75

Matthew Channon

Crowlands Heath

13

87

74

Louis Prosser

Garon Park

14

87

73

Cai James

Colchester

10

87

77

Jordan Minot

Chelmsford

11

87

76

Crowlands Heath

12

88

76

Ryan Tattan Arron Edwards-Hill

The Warren

10

88

78

Patrick Arundel

Boyce Hill

18

89

71

Joshua Boxall

Abridge

15

89

74

Liam Francis

Abridge

10

89

79

Ben Rendell

Clacton-on-Sea

10

89

79

Max Maynard

Gosfield Lake

12

90

78

Garon Park

10

90

80

Thorpe Hall

7

90

83

Regiment Way

18

91

73

Abridge

19

91

72

Epping

7

91

84

Hainault Forest

17

92

75

Stoke by Nayland

13

93

80

Ben Franklin

Boyce Hill

18

94

76

Joshua Coleman

Five Lakes

19

96

77

Clacton-on-Sea

16

97

81

Five Lakes

24

98

74

Tom Baker Oliver Blackman Harrison Rackliff Lee Watson Andrew Vagasi Shyam Solanki Alex English Dylan Mahmut of Romford Golf Club won both the Under 14 Championship and the Fred Stillwell Trophy played at Mayland Golf Club with a 2 over par round of round of 73. Runner-up in the Under 14 Championship was Callum Hilton from the Warren Golf Club on 74 and in third place was Jack Dyer (Rochford Hundred) on 76.

The Essex Three Rivers

Riley Faulkner Joe Hart Remi Bowling

Maylands

26

100

74

The Fred Stillwell Trophy is a handicap competition and Dylan won this with a nett score of 67. In second place was Joshua Read from Three River with a nett 68, in third place was Alfie Buttle from Orsett on nett 69.

Lewis Cookson

Five Lakes

26

101

75

Billy Barclay

Warley Park

19

101

82

Che Preston

Five Lakes

27

102

75

The Fred Stillwell Trophy was donated by this Past President of County Union in 1996 for a handicap competition for boys under the age of 14 years. His wife Phyllis was in attendance to present the prizes and give the youngsters drinks and biscuits before they teed off.

Jake Wells

Frinton

28

109

81

Five Lakes

26

112

86

Upminster

28

115

87

Carter Rowe

Channels

28

122

94

Ryan Cox

Warley Park

5

NR

NR

Jay Biagioni Jesse Martin


Mitchell Sarling, Rochford Hundred GC, Winner 2012 Boys Championships


65 BOYS CHAMPIONSHIP COUNTY NEWS

2012 Boys Championship Played at Colne Valley Golf Club This year the Boys Championship was held at Colne Valley Golf Club. The weather was sunny and the course was in excellent condition. Many of the competitors found the course difficult in the morning round, Louis Lazarus from Abridge Golf Club posted the best score with a 2 over par gross 73. As the morning round was designated a qualifying competition for the Telegraph Junior Championships Louis will now go through to the Final stages. The afternoon round produced much better scoring, the pick of the score coming from Jake Bacon (Wanstead) who recorded a 1 over par round of 72, which was enough to give him second place on 147. Liam Baker (Wanstead) was third with a total of 149. Best of the day was Mitchel Sarling from Rochford Hundred Golf Club whose 1 under par round of 70 score gave him a championship winning score of 146.

Runner up Jake Bacon

The Under 16 Championship was also won by Mitchel Sarling. In second place was George Whitbread (Colchester) with a total score of 150 on count back from Louis Lazarus (Abridge) on 150. The Boys Club Team Championship is played in conjunction with the Boys Championship, with the best 2 aggregate scores from each club counting. This year’s winners were Ben David and George Whitbread from Colchester with a total score of 302. In second place were Mitchel Starling and Connor Morris from Rochford Hundred. Also a special mention for Glen Mann from Ballards Gore Golf Club recorded a Hole in One at the 203 yard par 3 6th hole. Many thanks to Colne Valley for their help and hospitality on the day.


66 COUNTY NEWS FALDO WEDGE

The Faldo Wedge No less than 38 Clubs entered teams for this competition which was played at Nazeing on 26th July. This 18 hole stableford event, played off full handicap, is for teams of three players, boys or girls, who are under 18 years of age at the start of the year. All three scores count.

The best individual score in the girl’s category was Millie Martin from Upminster on 38 points. Thomas Perry a member of the winning Warley Park A team won boy’s individual prize with an amazing 46 points.

The sun shone and the air was still. The players enjoyed the course and the conditions and more than a few took advantage by returning some really spectacular individual scores.

The Trophy itself is a wedge that Nick Faldo used when he won the Open Championship at St Andrews in 1990. The Essex Golf Union acquired it in 1994 when our first “Faldo Wedge” competition was won by Orsett. We are delighted to be able to carry forward Nick Faldo’s original intent which is to inspire and encourage boys and girls to play competitive golf. We are as pleased as punch that so many Essex Clubs rise to the challenge and support this event every year.

Warley Park A returned the winning team score of 118 aggregate stableford points and will go on to compete in the 36 hole England Golf Junior Champion Club competition at Woodhall Spa on 25th/26th August. In second place were Chigwell Golf Club on 112 points, Warley Park B came third with 111 points on county back from Woolston Manor.

Our thanks go to Nazeing Golf Club for hosting the event. We raise our hat to their greens staff.


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70 ESSEX GOLF UNION HISTORY

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

I

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

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72 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,

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.

2009

– 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 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

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.


Ashwells Sports & Country Club

There are certain occasions in life when every possible effort must be made to create the perfect day to look back on. The wedding celebration is one such occasion when attention to detail makes all the difference. Set in the gentle quietness of the Essex countryside yet just two miles from the M25 Brentwood and only seven miles from historic Ongar, Ashwells Country Club is the perfect location for your big day.   Ashwells prides itself on being one of the finest wedding venues in Essex with over 20 years of experience hosting wedding breakfasts and receptions. Ashwells is one of the most idyllic venues for your wedding reception and for civil marriage ceremonies with many bookings coming from personal recommendation. Ashwells has two main areas for wedding celebrations, The Club House which is situated with a poolside terrace on one side and sweeping lawns to the other, and The Willow Room which provides an exquisite setting for both the wedding breakfast and reception party in the evening Ashwells can sit up to 100 guests and 250 guests party buffet style and when the wedding reception does begin what better setting can guests enjoy than taking a breath of fresh air in our beautiful landscaped gardens.

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

Weekday Weddings 50 daytime guests 100 evening guests Wedding Packages From £3,895* Inc VAT

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74 ESSEX GOLF UNION VENUES

2012 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


76 ESSEX GOLF UNION CHAMPIONS

2011 Champions Roll 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


onour 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)

VT2011 Over 70s Winner John Finn (St Cleres Hall) Essex Boys Chapion - Hugh Campbell

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


78 ESSEX GOLF UNION WINNING TEAMS

2011 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

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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: aabel@vision-rcl.org.uk Website: www.fairlopwaters.info FIVE LAKES Colchester Road Tolleshunt Knights Maldon CM9 8HX Sec: 01621 868888 Pro: 01621 862426 Fax: 01621 869696 Email: golfoffice@cpcolchester.co.uk Website: www.cpcolchester.co.uk FORRESTER PARK Beckingham Road Great Totham Maldon CM9 8EA Sec: 01621 891406 Pro: 01621 862326 Fax: 01621 891406 Email: info@forresterparkltd.com Website: www.forresterparkltd.com FRINTON 1 The Esplanade Frinton-on-Sea CO13 9EP Sec: 01255 674618 Pro: 01255 682456 Fax: 01255 682450 Email: thesecretary@frintongolfclub.com Website: www.frintongolfclub.com

G GARON PARK Garon Park Eastern Avenue Southend-on-Sea SS2 4FA Sec: 01702 601701 Pro: 01702 601701 Fax: 01702 601033 Email: debbie@garonparkgolf.co.uk Website: www.garonparkgolf.co.uk

HARWICH & DOVERCOURT Station Road Parkeston Harwich CO12 4NZ Sec: 01255 503616 Pro: Fax: 01255 503323 Email: secretary@harwichanddovercourt golfclub.com Website: www.harwichanddovercourtgolfclub.com

GOSFIELD LAKE Hall Drive Gosfield Halstead CO9 1SE Sec: 01787 474747 Pro: 01878 474488 Fax: 01787 476044 Email: gosfieldlakegc@btconnect.com Website: www.gosfield-lake-golf-club.co.uk

H HAINAULT FOREST Romford Road Chigwell Row IG7 4QW Sec: 020 8500 0385 Pro: 020 8500 2131 Fax: 020 8501 0163 Email: david.cope@hainaultgolf.co.uk Website: www.hainaultgolf.co.uk HAMFORD VIEW D Harwich CO12 5JJ Tel: 01255 886892 HARTSWOOD King George’s Playing Field Ingrave Road Brentwood CM14 5AE Sec: 01277 218850 Pro: 01277 214830 Fax: 01277 218850  

HOCKLEY GOLF RANGE D Aldermans Hill Hockley SS5 4RP Tel: 01702 207 218    HYLANDS Main Road Ingatestone CM4 0ET Sec: 01277 356016 Pro: 01277 356016 Fax: 01277 356056 Email: info@hylands-gc.com Website: www.hylands-gc.com

I ILFORD 291 Wanstead Park Road Ilford IG1 3TR Sec: 020 8554 2930 Pro: 020 8554 0094 Fax 020 8554 0822 Email: info@ilfordgolfclub.com Website: www.ilfordgolfclub.com LANGDON HILLS Lower Dunton Road Bulphan RM14 3TY Club: 01268 548444 Pro: 01268 544300 Fax: 01268 490084 Email: secretary@golflangdon.co.uk Website: www.golflangdon.co.uk D = Driving Range


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L LEIGH D Leigh Marshes Leigh On Sea SS9 2E Tel: 01702 710586    LEXDEN WOOD Bakers Lane Colchester CO3 4AU Sec: 01206 843333 Pro: 01206 843333 Fax 01206 854775 Email: secretary@lexdenwood.com Website: www.lexdenwood.com LORDS RAYLEIGH Hullbridge Road Rayleigh SS6 9QS Sec: 01702 232377 Fax: 01702 233725 Email: reception@lordscountryclub.com Website: www.lordscountryclub.com LOUGHTON Clay Lane Debden Green Loughton Essex     IG10 2RZ Sec: 020 8502 2923 Email: tmarson@loughtongolfclub.co.uk Website: www.loughtongolfclub.co.uk       

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MALDON Beeleigh Langford Maldon CM9 4SS Sec: 01621 853212 Fax: 01621 855232 Email: maldon.golf@virgin.net Website: www.maldon-golf.co.uk MARDYKE VALLEY South Road South Ockendon RM15 6RR Sec: 01708 855011 Fax: 01708 855011 Email: secretary@mardykevalley.co.uk Website: www.mardykevalley.co.uk

MAYLANDS Colchester Road Harold Park Romford RM3 0AZ Sec: 01708 341777 Fax: 01708 343777 Email: maylands@maylandsgolf.com Pro: 01708 346466 Website: www.maylandsgolf.com MILLERS BARN Jaywick Lane Clacton-on-Sea CO15 2PH Sec: 01255 424826 Website: www.millersbarngolf.co.uk

N   NAZEING Middle Street Nazeing EN9 2LW Sec: 01992 893915 Pro: 01992 893798 Fax: 01992 893882 Email: proshop@robgreen.co.uk Website: www.nazeinggolfclub.co.uk NORTH WEALD Rayley Lane North Weald Epping CM16 6AR Sec: 01992 522118 Pro: 01992 522118 Fax: 01992 522881 Email: info@northwealdgolfclub.co.uk Website: www.northwealdgolfclub.co.uk

R RAYLEIGH D London Road Rawreth Wickford Essex SS11 8TZ Tel: 01268 781706 Email: rayleigh @discountgolfstore.co.uk Website: www.discountgolfstore.co.uk REGIMENT WAY Back Lane Little Waltham Chelmsford CM3 3PR Sec: 01245 361100 Fax: 01245 442032 Email: info@regimentway.co.uk Website: www.regimentway.co.uk RISEBRIDGE Risebridge Chase Lower Bedfords Road Romford RM1 4DG Hon-Secretary: Mr P Wells   Club: 01708 727376 Pro: 01708 741429 Website: www.risebridgegolfclub.co.uk    RIVENHALL OAKS Forest Road Witham CM8 2PS Sec: 01376 510222 Fax: 01376 510932 Email: info@rivenhalloaksgolf.co.uk Website: www.rivenhalloaksgolf.co.uk

THE NOTLEYS The Green White Notley Braintree CM8 1RG Sec: 01376 329328 Pro: 01376 329328 Email: info.notleysgolfclub.co.uk Website: www.notleysgolfclub.co.uk

O ORSETT Brentwood Road Orsett RM16 3DR Sec: 01375 891352 Pro: 01375 891797 Fax: 01375 892471 Email: enquiries@orsettgolfclub.co.uk Website: www.orsettgolfclub.com

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

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ROMFORD Heath Drive Gidea Park Romford RM2 5QB Sec: 01708 740986 Pro: 01708 749393 Fax: 01708 752147 Email: info@romfordgolfclub.co.uk Website: www.romfordgolfclub.com ROYAL EPPING Forest Approach Forest Chingford London E4 7AZ Sec: 020 8529 2195 Pro: 020 8529 5708 Fax: 020 8559 4664 Email: office@refgc.co.uk Website: www.refgc.co.uk

S ST CLERES HALL London Road Stanford le Hope SS17 0LX Sec: 01375 673007 Fax: 01375 361565 Email: events.stcleres@hotmail.co.uk Website: www.stcleresgolf.co.uk SOUTHEND-ON-SEA Belfairs Lodge Belfairs Park Leigh-on-sea SS9 4LN Hon. Sec. N Blenkinsop Email: iansouthgate@gmail.com Sec: 01702 473206 Pro Shop: 01702 525345 Website: www.southendgolfclub.co.uk SOUTH ESSEX Brentwood Road Herongate CM13 3LW Sec: 01277 811289 Website: www.southessexgolf.co.uk Email: southessex@crown-golf.co.uk    STAPLEFORD ABBOTTS Horsemans Side Tysea Hill Stapleford Abbotts Romford RM4 1JU Sec: 01708 381108 Pro: 01708 381108 Fax: 01708 386345 Email: staplefordabbotts@crown-golf.co.uk Website: www.staplefordabbottsgolf.co.uk

STOCK BROOK Queens Park Avenue Billericay CM12 OSP Dir.of Golf 01277 653616 Stock Pro: 01277 658181 Fax: 01277 633063 Email: craigl@stockbrook.com Website: www.stockbrook.com STOKE BY NAYLAND Keepers Lane Leavenheath Colchester Essex C06 4PZ Sec: 01206 265815 Pro shop: 01206 265812 Fax: 01206 265840 Email: golfsecretary@stokebynayland.com Website: www.stokebynayland.com 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: info@thebursteadgolfclub.com Website: www.thebursteadgolfclub.com 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: i.cocker@theclubcompany.com Website: www.theclubcompany.com   

THE WARREN Woodham Walter Maldon CM9 6RW Sec: 01245 223258 Pro: 01245 224662 Email: enquiries@warrengolfclub.co.uk Website: www.warrengolfclub.co.uk Fax: 01245 223989    THEYDON BOIS Theydon Road Epping CM16 4EH Sec: 01992 813054 Pro: 01992 812460 Fax: 01992 815602 Email: theydonboisgolf@btconnect.com Website: www.theydongolf.co.uk THORNDON PARK Thorndon Park Ingrave Brentwood CM13 3RH Sec: 01277 810345 Pro: 01277 810736 Fax: 01277 810645 Email: office@thorndonpark.com Website: www.thorndonparkgolfclub.com THORPE HALL Thorpe Hall Avenue Thorpe Bay SS1 3AT Sec: 01702 582205 Pro: 01702 588195 Fax: 01702 584498 Email: fe@thorpehallgc.co.uk Website: www.thorpehallgc.co.uk THREE RIVERS Stow Road Cold Norton Purleigh Chelmsford CM3 6RR Sec: 01621 828631 Pro: 01621 828631 Fax: 01621 828060 Email: info@threeriversclub.com Website: www.threeriversclub.com 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: office@toothillgolfclub.co.uk Website: www.toothillgolfclub.co.uk 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: info@topmeadow.co.uk Website: www.topmeadow.co.uk TOWERLANDS PARK Panfield Road Braintree Essex CM7 5BJ Sec: 01376 342681 Club: 01376 326802 Fax: 01376 552487 Email: info@unextowerlandscentre.com Website: www.unextowerlandscentre.com

U    UPMINSTER 114 Hall Lane Upminster RM14 1AU Pro: 01708 220000 Fax: 01708 222484 Email: secretary@upminstergolfclub.co.uk Website www.upminstergolfclub.co.uk    W WANSTEAD Overton Drive Wanstead London E11 2LW Sec: 020 8989 3938 Pro: 020 8989 3938 Fax: 020 8532 9138 Email: wgclub@aol.com Website: www.wansteadgolf.org.uk    

WARLEY PARK Magpie Lane Little Warley Brentwood CM13 3DX Sec: 01277 224891 Pro: 01277 200441 Fax: 01277 200679 Email: enquiries@warleyparkgc.co.uk Website: www.warleyparkgc.co.uk    WEALD PARK Coxtie Green Road South Weald Brentwood Sec: 01277 375101 Pro:   Fax: 01277 374888 CM14 5RJ Email: info@wealdpark.net Website: www.wealdpark.net     WEST ESSEX Bury Road Chingford London E4 7QL Sec: 020 8529 7558 Pro: 020 8529 4367 Fax: 020 8524 7870 Email: sec@westessexgolfclub.co.uk Website: www.westessexgolfclub.co.uk

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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: office@woodfordgolf.co.uk Website: www.woodfordgolf.co.uk WOOLSTON MANOR Abridge Road Chigwell IG7 6BX Sec: 020 8500 2549 Pro: 020 8500 2549 Fax: 020 8501 5452 Email: bradley@woolstonmanor.com Website: www.woolstonmanor.co.uk WOODHAM MORTIMER D Burnham Road, Woodham Mortimer CM9 6SR Tel: 01245 222276 Email: ian.moss@btconnect.com  

 

 

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90 25 UNDER 25 25 TOP AMATEURS OF 2011

25 Under 25 ADAM MORRIS BENTON HALL

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

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92 25 UNDER 25 ADAM MORRIS

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FACTFILE ADAM MORRIS

Notable Achievements:

D.O.B: 29/12/1988

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

FROM: HATFIELD PEVRIL

What are you doing now?

HOME CLUB: BENTON HALL HANDICAP: +1 COACH: GARY PIKE ESSEX OOM PLACE: 1

Working full time in advertising

What are your plans for the future? I would like to continue working full time and not pursue a golf career


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

Bob Bruce, about the senior tour


94 25 UNDER 25 OWEN PEARL

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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


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

P.G. Wodehouse, A Mixed Threesome, 1922


96 25 UNDER 25 JORDAN WALLACE

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FACTFILE JORDAN WALLACE

Notable Achievements:

D.O.B: 23/06/92

What are you doing now?

FROM: ESSEX HOME CLUB: ABRIDGE HANDICAP: +0.3 COACH: STEVEN TYSON

ESSEX OOM PLACE: 3

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

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

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

Sam Snead


98 25 UNDER 25 DANNY CARROLL

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Notable Achievements: • Essex Golf and Country Club Championships winner

• Forrester Park Club Championships two time winner

• Represented Essex in the Colts and Men’s teams

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

FACTFILE DANNY CARROLL D.O.B: 31/08/90 FROM: TIPTREE HOME CLUB: THE ESSEX GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB HANDICAP: 0 COACH: GARY CARTER ESSEX OOM PLACE: 4

What are you doing now? Working out in the gym and getting fit for the season ahead, and going to Turkey to do some practice in some nice weather in preparation for the season.

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


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

Jack Nicklaus, on why he tees his ball high


100 25 UNDER 25 JORDAN SLATER

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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

www.harwichanddovercourtgolfclub.com

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: secretary@harwichanddovercourtgolfclub.com Please Visit our Website: www.harwichanddovercourtgolfclub.com

membership, green fees and society days. Enjoy.


102 25 UNDER 25 JOE KELLY

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FACTFILE JOE KELLY D.O.B: 25/05/92 FROM: CHIGWELL HOME CLUB: WOOLSTON MANOR HANDICAP: 0 COACH: BRADLEY PRESTON ESSEX OOM PLACE: 6

Notable Achievements: • Abridge Scratch winner 2009 • Oliver Fisher Shield winner 2010 • Cliffords Trophy winner 2011 • Top 5 in the Essex Order of Merit 2009 and 2010 • Played at Western Texas College in America What are you doing now? Looking at turning professional in May and going to be the assistant at Orsett Golf Club.

What are your plans for the future? I would like to teach and play golf to see where it takes me and one day would like to own my own golf school.


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

Chi Chi Rodriguez


104 25 UNDER 25 BOBBY KEEBLE Notable Achievements:

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• Upminster Bowl winner 2010 with 76 64. The 64 equalling the amateur course record at the age of 15

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

• Captain of the U16 Essex squad 2011 • Winner of the inter-club home nations championship 2011 and lowest gross score 69 (-2) over all 3 days, also won all 3 games gainst Scotland, Ireland and Wales.

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

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

• Essex U21 Championship 2011 (T2 in the Essex Boys Championship) • Essex U16 Championship winner • Essex Boys Foursomes Championship winner • Oliver Fisher Shield Trophy 3rd place • Eastern Counties Championship runner up • 1 of 2 boys to get picked to represent England in the U16 Minorca open 3rd in the U16 Menorca Open

FACTFILE BOBBY KEEBLE D.O.B: 21/08/95 FROM: HAINAULT HOME CLUB: ABRIDGE HANDICAP: +2 COACH: CHRIS JENKINS

ESSEX OOM PLACE: 7

What are you doing now? I have been playing full time golf all winter and am now preparing for the up and coming season.

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


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

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


106 25 UNDER 25 REECE PHILIPS

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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?

ESSEX OOM PLACE: 8

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


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

Arnold Palmer


108 25 UNDER 25 ARTHUR LEONARD

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FACTFILE

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

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

ARTHUR LEONARD

HANDICAP: +1.2 COACH: GARY CARTER ESSEX OOM PLACE: 9

What are your plans for the future? I would like to go to America and play college golf.


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

Craig Stadler


110 25 UNDER 25 ALISDAIR PLUMB

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FACTFILE ALASDAIR PLUMB D.O.B: 21/07/1993 FROM: COGGESHALL HOME CLUB: CHELMSFORD GOLF CLUB HANDICAP: 1 COACH: LEE COCKER ESSEX OOM PLACE: 10

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

What are you doing now? Studying sports technology at Loughborough University whilst playing golf.

What are your plans for the future? I would like to graduate with my degree and then continue to play golf to a high standard increasing my ability to a point where I can turn professional and try to make it a career.


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


112 25 UNDER 25 BEN HERBERT

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FACTFILE

Notable Achievements:

BEN HERBERT

• 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

D.O.B: 23/2/1992 FROM: CLACTONONSEA

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.


“Golf is a game whose aim is to hit a very small ball into an even smaller hole, with weapons singularly ill-designed for the purpose“

Winston Churchill

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114 25 UNDER 25 GEORGE EVANS

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FACTFILE

Notable Achievements:

GEORGE EVANS

• 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.


“I played three matches and hit only three fairways. My biggest contribution was to get the team colours for Sunday changed from green to my lucky blue�

Seve Ballesteros after Europe won the 1995 Ryder Cup


116 25 UNDER 25 REECE FRANCIS

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FACTFILE REECE FRANCIS D.O.B: 27/10/1994 FROM: HARLOW, ESSEX

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

What you’re doing now?

HOME CLUB: LOUGHTON

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

HANDICAP: +0.5

What are your plans for the future?

COACHES NAME: ROBERT GREEN ESSEX OOM PLACE: 15

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


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

Chi Chi Rodriguez


118 25 UNDER 25 HUGH CAMPBELL

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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?

ESSEX OOM PLACE: 16

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


“My swing is so bad I look like a caveman killing his lunch.“

Lee Trevino


120 25 UNDER 25 MASON PAPPLE

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FACTFILE MASON PAPPLE D.O.B: 14/11/94 FROM: BILLERICAY HOME CLUB: STOCK BROOK MANOR HANDICAP: +0.5 COACH: RODDY DOUGLAS ESSEX OOM PLACE: 17

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

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

What are your plans for the future? I would like to be a full time playing professional on the European tour.


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

Jim Murray


122 25 UNDER 25 RICKY BRACKENBURY

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FACTFILE

Notable Achievements:

RICKY BRACKENBURY

• Recently won his first pro event in Orlando at the Reunion Resort on the Moonlight Golf tour.

D.O.B: 03/08/1991 FROM: PURFLEET HOME CLUB: ORSETT HANDICAP: TURNED PRO COACH: GARY PIKE ESSEX OOM PLACE: 18

What are you doing now? Turned professional and been practicing and playing in Florida from October to February. Playing on the Jamega Tour and TP Tour this season.

What are your plans for the future? I would like try to get on the European Tour in the next few years.


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

Fletcher Knebel


124 25 UNDER 25 DAN GARNER

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FACTFILE

Notable Achievements:

DAN GARNER

• 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

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.

ESSEX OOM PLACE: NA


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

Jimmy DeMaret


126 25 UNDER 25 MITCHELL SARLING

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FACTFILE MITCHELL SARLING D.O.B. 7/3/96 FROM: ESSEX HOME CLUB: ROCHFORD HUNDRED HANDICAP: 1 COACH: CHRIS JENKINS ESSEX OOM PLACE: 20

Notable Achievements: • U16 Essex Captain • England Regional Squad

What are you doing now? I am preparing for the summer schedule which includes the McGregor, Carris, Essex Order of Merit, Faldo Series and many other competitions.

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


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

Harry Vardon

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128 25 UNDER 25 JACK HEASMAN

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FACTFILE 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

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.

HANDICAP: +1 COACH: KEVIN MCPHERSON ESSEX OOM PLACE: 21


“Golf without mistakes is like watching haircuts. A dinner without wine�

Jim Murray

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130 25 UNDER 25 JAKE BOND

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FACTFILE

Notable Achievements:

JAKE BOND

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

D.O.B: 20/3/1993 FROM: WANSTEAD HOME CLUB: WANSTEAD HANDICAP: 2 COACH: DENNIS PUGH AND PAUL LYONS ESSEX OOM PLACE: 24

What are you doing now? Playing for Clarendon Junior College in Texas, USA.

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


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

David Brenner


132 25 UNDER 25 JAMES ALLAN

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FACTFILE

Notable Achievements:

D.O.B: 07/10/1994

• 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

FROM: CHELMSFORD

What are you doing now?

HOME CLUB: CHELMSFORD GC

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.

JAMES ALLAN

HANDICAP: 0 COACH: DAVID MARCH

What are your plans for the future?

ESSEX OOM PLACE: NA

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


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

Joe E. Lewis


134 25 UNDER 25 LUKE RICHARDSON

Notable Achievements:

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

FACTFILE LUKE RICHARDSON DOB: 08.20.87 FROM: GREAT DUNMOW, ESSEX HOME CLUB: BRAINTREE GOLF CLUB HANDICAP: 0 COACH: DUNCAN WOOLGER ESSEX OOM PLACE: 27

What are you doing now? I am currently going to school at NJCAA division one Midland College in Texas, United States, majoring in Business Administration

What are your goals for the future? I am Iooking to complete my degree, with the view to taking my golf to the next level


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

Percey Boomer

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136 25 UNDER 25 SAM WILDING

Notable Achievements:

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• 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

FACTFILE

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.


“Reverse every natural instinct and do the opposite of what you are inclined to do, and you will probably come very close to having a perfect golf swing�

Ben Hogan


138 25 UNDER 25 LEWIS ADAIR

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FACTFILE LEWIS ADAIR D.O.B: 09/09/1992 FROM: ORSETT HOME CLUB: ORSETT HANDICAP: 1 COACH: BRETT TAYLOR ESSEX OOM PLACE: 28

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

What are you doing now/? I have been practicing and working hard on my game, working on my fitness a lot in the gym, and working at Rayleigh Driving Range.

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


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

Ian Baker-Finch, on John Daly


140 25 UNDER 25 JACK HILUTA

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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

FACTFILE JACK HILUTA D.O.B: 28/05/89 FROM: CHELMSFORD HOME CLUB: CHELMSFORD GOLF CLUB HANDICAP: +3 COACH: BRETT TAYLOR ESSEX OOM PLACE: NA

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

What are your plans for the future? I would like to be a successful world touring professional and be affiliated with both the European and US PGA tours.


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

Nick Faldo, on John Daly


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