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ESSEX GOLF

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THE OFFICIAL MAGAZINE OF THE OCTOBER 2012 ISSUE 6

MATTHEW SOUTHGATE What’s in the Bag? page 14

ON THE GREENS

CHI POWER GOLF

Forrester Park page 8

with Jayne Storey page 36

COUNTY NEWS

COACH’S CORNER

and round up page 42

with Craig Lockwood 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


Contents 8

Presidents Welcome Mike Spall

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On the Greens Forrester Park

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What’s in the Bag? Matthew Southgate

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Golf Tutorials- Busting Common Golf Myths with Steven Palmer

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Essex Golf Union Contact Us

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Coaches Corner Craig Lockwood

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Chi Power Golf Jayne Storey

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On the Greens at Forrester Park County News

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Order of Merit

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Leslie F Wood Championship

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Final Results Thornton Challenge Cup

Final Results

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Union

THE 2012

Team Competitions

52

Our History

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Mike Spall

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Essex Venues

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The Black Book Directory

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25 Under 25

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BLACKBOOK DIRECTORY 46 25 UNDER 25 25 TOP AMATEURS OF 2011

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25 Under 25 ADAM MORRIS BENTON HALL

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 S SARLING ARLING LING ROCHFORD HUNDRED

JACK CK HEASMAN WEST ESSEX

JJAKE AKE BOND OND WANSTEAD

J JAME ALLAN CHELMSFORD

LUKE RICHARDSON BRAINTREE

SAM WILDING ROMFORD

LEWIS ADAIR ORSETT

JACK HILUTA CHELMSFORD

REECE PHILLIPS WEST ESSEX

ARTHUR LEONARD ROCHFORD HUNDRED

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8 ON THE GREENS FORRESTER PARK

On the greens at Forrester Park Marcus Bain interviews Roland Hughes

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HISTORY I started greenkeeping when I was 16 at Whittington Barracks, and did five years at college, getting a City & Guilds in Botany. I became Head Greenkeeper at the age of 23 at Dudley Golf Club, and since then have held Head Greenkeeper positions all over the country, gaining a wide range of experience. I joined Forrester Park as Head Greenkeeper in April 1993 and decided to settle. I have found it the friendliest club, with the most dedicated greenkeeping staff, that I have ever worked with.

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? We arrive in the mornings in the summer around 6am. The first job every day is to check the machines, followed by mowing the greens and raking bunkers. We then check the ponds around the course and maintain fairways and raking the bunkers. We go over to the reservoir to check the pump house and do general maintenance around the golf course and clubhouse, including the tennis courts. At the end of our day we meet up for a chat over a coffee or beer – often accompanied by a Full English or even ‘Roland’s Brunch’ off the clubhouse menu. There are other works that a head green keeper gets involved in from meetings to planning works for the following week to the following 6 months and any major works that can disrupt our members and paying guests as it has an effect on them the most.


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P What topography, soils and sub-soils typify your course, and what are the specific challenges that they pose you and your team?

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?

We are a clay-based course so we mole-plough and verti-drain every year. Fairways are verti-drained once a year to a depth of 10 inches and we spend two weeks in December mole-ploughing the whole course, the idea being to remove surface water as quickly as possible.

We are a course that we feel should be open to members 12 months of the year, which is why we do so much drainage work to the land.

P What ecology and biodiversity will a player enjoy at Forrester Park? At the moment we have one of the largest stands of elms still in existence in Essex. We have many old field hedges that have been allowed to grow since the 30s which consist of oak, hawthorn, blackthorn, field maple and ash. Over the years we have planted cherry, lime, bullus plum, willow, a few memorial plane trees and we still have a number of Lombardy and Matchstick poplars which are a hangover from the orchards.

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? It is necessary to have greens of the highest standard and allow roots to go down deeply to prevent disease and remove surface water. The greens get pencil-tined from April to October, and from November to April they are verti-drained with half-inch tines set 10 inches deep.


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

Being a parkland course there isn’t much forgiveness when driving as the trees are now established and you can be blocked out. When you get to ‘Amen Corner’, as we call it, from the 10th to the 13th, that can destroy your card completely.


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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 seed I use in the greens is Fescue and Bents and every other year I overseed with straight Bents. We try to remove as much Poa as we can. Our greens at the moment are running at around 10.8. In the summer we achieve around 11.5. Length of cut is 4mm in the summer, 5mm in the winter.

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? I decided a long time ago that it is more beneficial to spray feed to the greens than having fertilizer sitting on the greens when you tend, at times, to pick it up.

P Are there any plans to further invest in technology or machinery at Forrester Park over the next 12 months? The technology has altered dramatically since I started at 16 with the old hand-mowing with Auto Certes! Now we use triple machines for cutting greens which is labour-saving, but I feel at times that cutting by hand on special days is a nice idea.

P What training and development do you and your team benefit from? Is the focus on learning “on the job” or externally? The training is done on-site where we spend time going over machines and what to do and not to do.

P What advice would you give to somebody considering a career as a green-keeper? It’s a rewarding job if you don’t mind the early mornings and late finishes and plenty of fresh air in all weathers.

P Lastly, what are your other interests, and what do you enjoy outside work? I spend more time at work than I do at home as I enjoy what I do, any time of the day. If I have time, I do like to fish and play golf!

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14 WHAT’S IN THE BAG MATTHEW SOUTHGATE

What’s in the bag? Matthew Southgate, 24 from Essex I played for all of the Essex teams from boys through colts and Men’s teams.

I turned pro at the end of the 2010 season after I played through all three

I won the Eastern county foursomes with Essex at Seacroft and more

stages of tour school as an amateur and missed out on a full European tour

historically, was a member of the winning men’s county final team in 2010

card by 2 shots. I took up my membership on the Challenge tour for the

at Chipping Sodbury. Individually I have won multiple times in the Essex

2011 season where I finished 26th on the order of merit. I returned to the

amateur events including two Essex Amateur Championships at Clacton

tour school at the end of 2011 and obtained my European tour card for the

and the Warren, two Sir Michael Bonallack trophies and one Romford

2012 season. Due to a lot of players wanting to play on the tour this year

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my starts on the tour have been limited, therefore I have spent the season split between playing challenge tour and main tour. It hasn’t gone quite as

I represented England men’s team twice in 2010, once at Costa Bellena

planned, however my game has still improved a lot and I have gained a

in a quadrangular match against Germany, Spain and Finland. I was also a

lot of good experience. I will be returning to the tour school in a couple of

member of the 2010 men’s home internationals team that set a new scoring

weeks, where I hope to perform just as I have in the past. Fingers crossed

record with the most points ever scored by a team for the week.

that the 2013 season has some progression in store for me!


15 MATTHEW SOUTHGATE WHAT’S IN THE BAG

Why I use... Titleist 913 D3. 9.5 Degree Loft. Project X 6.5 shaft. My driving is the most solid part of my game, I love hitting drivers on tight holes and really try to utilise my ability to find the fairways with my longest club. I have used a 905R Titleist driver during my whole amateur career, it was by far the best club in the bag and famous on the amateur scene and even named ‘Johnny Parrot’ due to the colourful parrot head cover I had. Other players would say ‘forget how the crow flies, nothing flies straighter than JP’. However after several years of service, JP decided to retire at the end of 2011 (the face cracked). The staff at Titleist had a serious job on their hands. They analysed JP and recreated me my current driver which is like a modern, new and improved JP. The weight is identical, the length is millimetre perfect, and the shaft is a perfect match as well. The staff at Titleist saved my accurate driving with the efforts they put in to building the new 913 D3 driver for me and I love every aspect from the feel to the sound of Titleist’s most modern technology.

Titleist 910 FD 3 Wood. 13.5 Degrees Loft I carry the 910 FD 3 Wood with 13.5 degrees of loft. It has a pro launch ‘x flex’ shaft in it. For years I struggled to find a 3 wood that I was confident with from both the tee and the fairway, however the 910FD is designed to be like a mini driver. FD stands for fairway driver and I find it very suitable for me to hit from a tee peg and for long approaches to the long challenging par 5s on the tour courses. The technology of the Titleist fairway woods is rated and recognised by hundreds of tour players worldwide and the performance of this club can be clearly seen especially in the hands of world number 1 Rory McIlroy.

Titleist 910 H. 19 Degrees Loft I carry the Titleist 910H in my bag with 19 degrees of loft and the project X shaft. During my amateur career I always carried a 2 iron, playing links courses nearly every week, the 2 iron was most suitable when playing on hard fast running courses and great in the wind. However as soon as I turned pro and was playing longer and softer parkland courses, it became clear that the 2 iron was too hard for me to use to my advantage and the Titleist 910 Hybrid has been superb for me on the courses I am currently playing.


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Titleist 712CB Irons, Dynamic Gold s300 Shafts, Golf Pride Midsize Grips As an amateur I played with bladed clubs. Playing off super tight lies on the links courses I found the bladed clubs offered me superb control in the wind and gave me the best distance control and consistency with my ball striking. Again when I turned pro this changed, I found that the slightly wider sole on the cavity back irons gave me all the attributes the blades did on tight lies on the parkland courses with softer more spongey fairways. I find the design of the CB irons very slick and great to look down at. They have great feel and sound through impact and are very well designed golf clubs.

Wedges, Titleist Bob Vokey Design. 54 Degrees and 58 Degrees These clubs have been in my bag for the longest. I never change lofts, I never change design. The entire time I have played golf full time I have always stood by the Bob Vokey designed wedges. In my opinion the groove technology, the spin milled face, and the shape of the head are better than any other wedge on the market. The Vokey wedge for me is versatile and elegant, its performance around the greens and for bunker play and pitching are outstanding. It’s a part of the game where I have never questioned my equipment, I would recommend the Titleist Vokey wedge to any player of any standard. The short game in my mind is the most important part of golf and the equipment a player chooses is vital.

FootJoy StaSof Glove I use the FootJoy StaSof glove. I love the classic design of this glove. The quality of leather used for the StaSof is superb and very comfy. I also carry the FootJoy rain gloves for bad wet weather.


17 MATTHEW SOUTHGATE WHAT’S IN THE BAG

Scotty Cameron Milled Face Putters I have never stuck with the same putter for more than a few weeks! I am a ‘feel’ putter and I am always switching and changing between mallets blades and even belly putters. I think the problem that causes my indecisiveness with putters is that Scotty Cameron designs so many good ones! It is incredible that anything from the Santa Fe of the 90s to the modern day fast and squareback putters all just look great. The new Scotty Cameron milled face putters seem to perform the best for me. With a sexy black head and deep milled face, the putters I use all just look and feel amazing.

Titleist 2012 Pro V1 Golf Balls I use the Titleist 2012 Pro V1 and have done for years. I’ve always upgraded to the latest ProV1 that Titleist have on the market and I just love the performance, The ProV1x would probably help me get some more distance but I choose the ProV1 for its superb control and feel on and around the greens. The soft feel for putting is nice and the extra spin for short pitching and chipping is unbeatable.


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20 GOLF TUTORIALS STEVEN PALMER

Golf Tutorials with Steven Palmer

P Monthly Schedule August 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.

September 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.

October 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 12 monthly issues of The Essex Golf Union Magazine, we are very happy to bring you exclusive advice and pointers 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).

November 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 >> Full swing – The things you must know to be a good ball striker

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

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

Now the season (and the weather!) has drawn in now it’s delayed to December, 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.

January 30th- Issue 6 Fixing common faults

May 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.

February 28th - 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!

March 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.

June 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.

July 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.


22 GOLF TUTORIALS STEVEN PALMER

Busting common golfing myths 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! Hi Guys and Girls, I hope by now you’re all enjoying better putting and short games from the advice in the previous two editions. Starting from the smallest swings and building up to the bigger ones is a great way to easily learn correct, consistent technique as opposed to diving straight into the big swings. This session is designed to help clear your mind of all the bad advice that is far too often passed on from golfer to golfer. I’m going to address the most common golfing myths and also give you a better thought for each that will help you play better golf, and maybe help you pass on better advice yourselves!


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Ô Myth 1 – You must keep your head down I thought I’d start with my favourite piece of bad advice. I say favourite with a sarcastic tone; it makes me cringe when I hear people saying this to their kids, partners and fellow players. During the golf swing, from impact to finish, every good golfer will stand up to a degree to allow themselves to freely rotate into a full finish. This standing up action, coupled with a terrible shot, for some reason causes onlookers to jump up and say, “You lifted your head, keep your head down!” The truth is, most good players do keep their heads down through impact. There are, however, some that do not, and have had very successful playing careers not looking at the ball at impact. Once the club is approaching impact, with the velocity and weight of the clubhead, there’s really very little a player can do to alter its path towards the ball regardless of whether they look away or not.

:: Why is it such bad advice? There are so many residual problems associated with a player trying to keep their head down. These are the main ones: Poor body movement When a player thinks about keeping their head down, the first thing that usually happens is they don’t rotate into a full finish. This means the brakes are being applied before impact, costing the player a lot of clubhead speed. Also, when the player thinks about keeping their head still, everything else also stays still! This means very little body rotation and weight shift during the swing, costing the player their clubhead speed and quality of strike. Neck, shoulder and elbow injuries The average golfer swings their clubhead at somewhere around 80mph. If a player restricts the natural rotation of their head into their finish, they are effectively wringing their own neck! The force of the body rotating against a still head at this speed puts tremendous strain on the joints and muscles in the neck. For those golfers who are trying to keep their head down to the extent that their body isn’t rotating properly, this stress occurs at the shoulders and the elbows.

:: A better swing thought… TAKE A DIVOT AFTER THE BALL

Next time you play, rather than trying to keep your head down, focus on taking a slight divot after the ball instead. If you take a slight divot after the ball, you have stayed down plenty long enough. Not only this, taking a slight divot after the ball promotes good weight transfer onto the forward foot in the finish, better body rotation, a well-timed release of the club and allround better ball striking.


24 GOLF TUTORIALS STEVEN PALMER Ô Myth 2 – You must swing slowly This is my other main peeve. I see too many players patting their drivers 140 yards down the driving range with lazy, uncommitted swings. This advice is largely born from golfers watching the best players in the world on TV. The best players have such efficient movement that it makes them look like they’re staying very still and swinging slowly, but in reality, the likes of Rory McIlroy and Luke Donald are swinging their club at over 110mph.

:: Why is it such bad advice? Ultimately, speed equals distance, and I’ve never come across a golfer who hits it “too far”! The slower you swing, the shorter you’ll hit it! Not only this, a player who swings slowly will never learn to produce efficient, athletic movement. When the swing becomes too slow and lazy, poor strikes are also magnified as the ball offers more resistance against the clubhead at impact.

:: A better swing thought… PRACTICE THE “SWING FAST” DRILL

Swing fast, but stay loose and in balance. Make some practice swings holding the clubhead end of the club. You’ll notice the “swoosh” sound as the grip of the club cuts through the air. Make some practice swings trying to make this sound as loud as possible whilst keeping your body fairly relaxed and allowing it to move and rotate freely. Now, grip the club the correct way around and try to replicate this sound. The aim here is to swing the club as fast as possible without tensing up or losing your balance. When you get good at this in practice swings, and are able to graze the ground with the clubhead at the same point every time, transfer this into some real shots. Your body movement, distance and quality of strike will be much better after only a little practice.

:: BEFORE WE CONTINUE… I feel I must say this to all the parents and grandparents out there who are starting their children and grandchildren: NEVER TELL YOUR CHILD TO KEEP THEIR HEAD DOWN OR SWING SLOWLY!!! One of the reasons it’s so good for golfers to start playing at a young age is that they have no brute strength to “muscle” the ball down the fairway. Kids are forced to generate their speed through athletic movement, which their flexible, elastic bodies can learn very easily. If you tell your child to keep their head down and swing slow, you will make it extremely likely that they will grow up to be very short hitters of the golf ball, by which time it will be very difficult for them to learn to generate clubhead speed efficiently. Teach your child in much the same way…allow them to swing as fast as they like, as long as they maintain their balance. As they grow up, their athletic movement and golf-specific strength and stability will be far superior to anyone who tried to swing slowly as a child.

Ô Myth 3 – The hands should be pushed ahead of the ball in the setup This is mainly a short game issue, but also applies to the full swing. I often see players pushing their hands unnaturally towards the target in their setup because they’ve heard that the hands need to be ahead of the ball.

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25 STEVEN PALMER GOLF TUTORIALS

:: Why is it such bad advice? Two reasons: 1. When the hands are pushed towards the target ahead of the ball, they are usually in an unnatural position relative to the body. This means that, before the swing even starts, the arms and body are disconnected and not working in unison, making it very difficult to create a consistently effective action. 2. When the hands are too far ahead of the ball, it takes the natural loft (the upward angle of the clubface) and bounce (the back edge of the club which causes it to slide in the turf, not dig in) off the club, which now means that the club is not going to be able to work as it was designed to. The ball will tend to fly too low and the clubhead will tend to dig into the turf, greatly reducing the player’s margin for error.

:: A better swing thought… Allow your hands to hang naturally opposite the centre line of your body in your setup. You will find that, if your body is positioned correctly for each shot, your hands will be slightly ahead of the ball on short shots, slightly behind the ball with your driver, and in line to slightly in front with your irons. If this is not the case, you need to reposition your whole body, not just your hands.

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GOOD SETUP PITCH

Ô Myth 4 – You must “sweep” your fairway woods Whilst there is certainly less ground contact and a shallower angle of approach for the fairway woods compared to the irons, this term is not technically correct and very misleading.

:: Why is it such bad advice? When the ball sits on the ground, even if you have a very good lie, it doesn’t sit right on top of the grass. The weight of the ball will always cause it to sit somewhat in the grass. A well-struck shot comes out of the middle of the clubface. You can see that, in the picture on the right, the ball being struck from the centre of the face means that the sole of the club is very slightly below the bottom of the ball. So, if the sole of the club is below the bottom of the ball on a well-struck shot, and the bottom of the ball is below the top level of the grass, it means that to strike a fairway wood as well as possible, part of the sole needs to be cutting through the turf through impact, meaning there needs to be a very slight divot after the ball. This means that those players trying to sweep the ball off the top of the grass with their fairway woods will hit it thin at best, and top it at worst.

:: A better swing thought… Much like the “keep your head down” alternative, try to take a “very slight” divot after the ball. The emphasis with the fairway woods here are the words “very slight”. A well-struck fairway wood from a good lie will only result in a slight grazing of the turf after impact. This will ensure that you are getting the entire ball when you hit your fairway woods, not just thinning it off the top of the turf. I hope that’s helped to clear your mind of some of the main misconceptions in golf. Maybe between us we can start passing on some better advice and help more people play their best! Until next time, keep working hard.

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28 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

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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

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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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Craig Lockwood answers questions for Coach’s Corner:

Craig Lockwood Forrester Park CRAIG’S HISTORY I have been a Golf Professional for seven years. I have a huge passion for the game of golf as it has been a part of my life since the age of 4. I have had a very exciting amateur career which has seen me playing in county, national and international competitions. I knew it was the right time for me to enter the professional ranks at the age of 19. It was at this point that I chose to acquire a degree in Professional Golf at Birmingham University, which gave me my P.G.A teaching Qualifications. I have since played on the Jamega, Euro Pro and the P.G.A Regional Events, in which I won the Assistant Order of Merit in 2010. I am currently the Head Professional and Manager of Golf at Forrester Park Golf and Country Club based in Great Totham, Near Maldon, Essex. It is here that I am lucky enough to work with all abilities from the complete beginner to the advanced player. To help with coaching, my personal sponsor, Wolfrace Wheels Ltd, are sponsoring my Golf Academy to help with the development of golf at all ages and levels from beginner to touring professional.

Ô Hi Craig, thank you very much for taking the time to do this interview with me today. How long have you been a qualified PGA Professional for now and what drew you to Forrester Park? I have been P.G.A qualified for 2 years and have been a professional for 7 years. Forrester Park is a friendly environment to work in with all members making you feel welcome. Accompanied by an ever growing reputation and high standards keeps me happy to be a part of it.

Ô There has been, and still is, some fantastic talent floating around the Essex golf scene. Who are the better players that you have taught in the past and is there anyone you recommend we should look out for in the future either at your club or within the county? Much of my work is based at grass roots level with many juniors and beginners. I teach in six schools within which all of the children are progressing well. My main goal is to see as many children involved in the sport as possible. Many of my friends still compete at professional level and many of them will soon be in contention on worldwide tours.


35 CRAIG LOCKWOOD COACH’S CORNER

Ô Golf is a great sport to be involved with from a young age as it teaches us manners, etiquette, and good quality social skills. What age would you recommend that parents get their children started in the game? As I mentioned above, much of my coaching revolves around the development of children’s coaching. If a child enjoys the game they are more than welcome to take part in my coaching sessions. I would advise that they are in at least reception or year one at school.

Ô We have asked you about the youth so as expected; our county seniors are a very important part of the food chain! Are there any ‘characters’ that deserve a special mention for their game or just general presence around the club? A huge part of the club here at Forrester Park is the Vets Section. Each week on average 80 Vets compete and play on Wednesday. I couldn’t possibly single anyone out in particular as they are all a great group and I would like to say thank you to them all for supporting me over my first 18 months here.

Ô Many of the counties PGA pros still play in tournaments such as the East Region PGA events. Do you participate in such events, and if so how did you get on last year? I still do compete in the order of merit events and pro ams, however this season I wasn’t able to play regularly due to work commitments. I will be back out to compete next season.

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 a golfer in this situation? Never walk off the golf course and give in, always carry on no matter what. Everyone has been in the situation when their game isn’t firing on all cylinders and N/R is on the cards, but once you have non returned the next hole is always great. Why? The reason for this is you are no longer trying so hard and you are relaxed and almost have an “I don’t care” attitude. Well it is this relaxed state of mind that is going to help you. Never try too hard. Or if your game is really suffering, contact me for a lesson.

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? Many people are in search of improving and gaining that vital edge. Whether it is playing for the coffees on a Saturday morning or competing in national competitions. I believe that many amateurs do not give enough practice time to vital areas of the game. The short game covers more than 60 percent of the game and putting roughly 45% of the game. I’ll ask you the question… how many of you dedicate 35 minutes to putting in an hour’s practice session? Probably not many, but the majority of your time is taken up booming drives. Practice correctly.

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? I would always say that custom fitting is really important for all aspects of the game. Many of the heads are similar in what they do, however the brand type is what best suits your eye. I personally feel that the shaft type and lie of the club are very important to ensure solid strikes.

Ô Who are your biggest influences in golf, who inspires you and why? I must admit despite all the talk of what has happened with Tiger Woods over the last couple of years, when I was growing up Tiger was a huge part of why I continued playing this game. Pushing his off the course antics aside, he has inspired many people to play the game and helped moved the game forwards to what it is now.

Ô A lot has been made recently of ‘belly putters’ what are your thoughts? OK or KO? Golf is one of the hardest games there is to play, anything that makes it slightly easier is o’kay with me. I personally don’t see any reason why they should be banned, especially as many of the players that are either on tour or breaking onto the tour have only ever used belly putters. I am not sure how the R and A and USGA can now make such a drastic change to the rules.

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? Although I have had a few laughable moments during lessons, I have never laugh at anyone during a lesson as everyone has to start somewhere.

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36 CHI POWER GOLF JAYNE STOREY

Building a Solid Place to Swing From Think Sports Media are proud to present a unique series of articles by Jayne Storey, Founder and Director of chi-power GOLF chi-power GOLF is a performance coaching method based on the timeless wisdom of the East. The methods and practices used are tried, tested and proven to help you play golf ‘in the zone’ and experience greater consistency, enjoyment and the happiness of a well-struck golf shot time after time. Jayne Storey has been practicing and professionally coaching the Eastern arts for the past 25 years. She is a long-term member of the Tai Chi Union for Great Britain, professional development facilitator for the PGA, feature writer for Golf International and Lady Golfer magazines and Director of Training, chi-power PERFORMANCE providing performance coaching services to athletes, artists and business executives.

Readers who have been following this series will know that chi-power GOLF takes its inspiration from the art of Tai Chi, which is becoming ever more popular as a way to help golfers play their best. The recent Annual Review of Golf Coaching – “a peerreviewed publication designed to bridge the gap between scientific and practical knowledge in golf “contains a number of articles in relation to this ancient art and how it serves to improve performance in golf. Peter Lightbrown, author of “The Fairway Within” is a British golf coach now living and teaching in Sydney, Australia. He writes in the Annual Review of a number of alternative methods used in his approach to golf coaching including Tai Chi, Zen, the Alexander Technique and Yoga. Of Tai Chi he writes: “Tai Chi is often referred to as a moving meditation and I feel golf can be seen in the same light. A sport with a static ball lends itself to a meditative approach…Tai Chi helped me understand the vital role of the centre of the body and how we can use breathing to help connect us with our centre.


I was also influenced by the practise in Tai Chi of learning the sequence of movements first and then performing it without thinking about how. This is very important in a golf swing, because the main problem is over-trying or over-thinking which gets us in a cycle of tension and self-doubt. Learning the movement slowly and then teaching the body to act unselfconsciously provides a great antidote, and this became a crucial part of my approach to teaching the swing”. As a Tai Chi practitioner and professional coach for the past 25 years I wholeheartedly agree! Tai Chi teaches the fundamentals of effective motion, which begin with good posture, balance and relaxation, coupled with an internal focus on the body’s centre of gravity (the t’an tien or navel area) 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. It’s easy to get caught-up in the consensus approach to golf improvement (swing ‘tips and tricks’ and psychology) but while Tai Chi-based coaching may not yet be an industry standard method, it does offer proven ways to enhance the mind~body connection for more consistent ball striking and the ability to maintain your performance when under pressure. Tai Chi golf-specific coaching offers you a simple and direct way to make lasting improvements as it develops both your mental game and improves your biomechanics, by inducing a state of relaxed concentration (commonly known as ‘the zone’) and with it, your ability to produce a more consistent swing.

Let’s look now at some fundamental principles of Tai Chi proffered through chi-power GOLF and how they can improve your shot preparation and address position, helping you relax under pressure and build a solid place to swing from. At Address 1. Empty your chest: emptying or hollowing the chest is the

first key to developing better balance at address, as it relaxes the upper body, freeing the neck, releasing the shoulders and emptying the lungs – you’ll find that exhaling deeply is a natural part of this process which releases pent up energy and tension. 2. Breathe into your navel: lowering your centre of awareness, by

concentrating your mind at the navel (t’an tien), is a key focus in T’ai Chi and extremely useful for your golf. As you gently focus on your navel, you will find that you start to breathe more deeply and this in turn sends increased oxygen along with your ‘feel-good’ chemical signals (endorphins) to your brain, helping you to relax and clear your mind of mental interference. 3. Sink into the feet: Eastern philosophy tells us that your energy

(Chi) follows your thinking, so if you focus on your feet you will feel more stable and rooted. Oftentimes when coaching a client, I ask them if they feel balanced while addressing the ball and then give them a little nudge in the sternum, only to watch them fall backwards into the driving bay! With just a few moments practising this set-up drill – empty the chest, mind at the navel, sink into the feet – it becomes impossible for me to uproot them from their stance, which just shows how much more balanced and athletic they are…which in turn accounts for the longer, straighter drives they hit! Awareness of breathing during your swing Focus on breathing-in while you take the club away and move into position at the top of your backswing…then breathe out as you hit down and through the ball at impact. This breathing drill echoes that of Tai Chi where exhaling as the technique is applied delivers 20% more energy through the target! You can get a FREE download on Tai Chi principles to help you build a better swing when you purchase our coaching video download “Breathing to Win!” for £29.99 at chipowergolf.com

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Ben Hogan built his swing from the ground upwards, a key principle of effective motion, echoed in the practice of Tai Chi Hogan also practiced his swing in slow motion, another fundamental skill of Tai Chi proven to enhance the mind~body connection for more consistent, fluid and powerful motion

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38 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 Activeessex 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 8 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 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 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).

OUR EIGHT GET INTO GOLF CENTRES ARE: Playgolf Colchester Every Tuesday evening 6.00-7.00pm Every Saturday morning 9.00-10.00am & afternoon 2.00-3.00pm

TopGolf Chigwell Every Tuesday evening 7.00pm - 8.00pm Every Thursday afternoon 10.30pm - 12.00noon (ladies only) For more information or to book your place, please call PGA Pro, Kenny


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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

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Ingrebourne Links Golf Complex, Rainham Every Monday evening 7.00-8.00pm Every Sunday evening 6.00-7.00pm For more information or to book your place, please contact the Pro Shop on 01708 552054 Rivenhall Oaks Golf Centre, Witham Every Wednesday afternoon 1.30-2.30pm Every Saturday afternoon 12.00-1.00pm For more information or to book your place, please contact the Pro Shop on 01376 510222

Tri-Golf & Golf Xtreme sets 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).

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

WHO TO CONTACT? 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.

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42 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

118

5

4

39

10

11

20

Scott Brace

Stoke by Nayland

107

17

20

28

7

17

6

Jordan Slater

Playgolf Colchester

76

10

16

19

15

Jonathan Hewett

Clacton-on-Sea

72

13

James Allan

Chelmsford

70

2

Andy May

Boyce Hill

69

19

Daniel Rigby

Orsett

61

31

Bobby Keeble

Abridge

59

40

Thorndon Park

58

24

Abridge

58

24

Sam Crampton

Chelmsford

56

Andrew Reynolds

Benton Hall

53

Scott Hudson

Braintree

52

17

17

Orsett

50

19

17

Thomas Watkins

Crondon Park

49

15

4

Danny Carroll

The Essex

48

20

8

Jack Bennewith Reece Francis

Ales Woodward

13

24 33 12

4

31

48 47

Rochford Hundred

47

2

24

Arthur Leonard

Rochford Hundred

43

8

35

Steven Willett

Chelmsford

41

18

Thorndon Park

38

32

Thorndon Park

37

37

Clacton-on-Sea

37

37

West Essex

32

24

Samuel Teer Roy Gillman Liam Baker

7

31

5

Gareth Brown

Benton Hall

28

28

George Evans

Wanstead

28

Austyn Cambden

Stock Brook

26

Channels

25

13

12

Charlie Day

West Essex

25

17

8

Woolston Manor

25

25

Benjamin David

Colchester

21

9

Jake Bond

Wanstead

20

Jason Horne

Orsett

19

19

Tom Wiskin

Theydon Bois

19

16

17

Louis Lazarus

Abridge

17

10

19

15

7

11

4

8

6

2

1

8

1

10 6

10

26

6 20

3 18

14

7

9

18

Thomas Barker

Maylands

1

8 12

Sam Bray

15

6

17

18

10

19

15

15

18

6

17 15

29

Orsett

17

3

29

Stoke by Nayland

5

18

West Essex

Ian Carter

9

8

Chelmsford

Joe Kelly

20

19

Jonathan Christey

Ben Rose

6

11

Bentley

8

18

10

5

West Essex

Ben Horton

15

35

Billy Deville

James Court

11

9

38

Hugh Cambell Mitchell Sarling

7

4 17 7

10

6


Club Order of Merit Events

Order of Merit 2012 [ Continued ] Points available

20

20

40

20

20

20

10

10

10

10

Point

KQ

KF

EAC

CT

RT

UT

TGT

SMBT

RS

OFS

Name

Club

Steve Adkins

Stock Brook

16

Joe Ellis

Thorpe Hall

16

Todd Clements

16 5

Braintree

15

15

Daniel Garner

Romford

15

15

Sonny Martin

Thorndon Park

15

Chay Pratt

Frinton

14

2

Ian Moore

Maylands

13

9

Tony Ames

Maylands

12

Greg Claxton

Lords Rayleigh

12

Nick Elsom

Maylands

12

Barry Medcalf

Crondon Park

12

Channels

12

Josh Tobin

Langdon Hills

12

2

Scott Tuey

Maylands

12

8

Dominic Piccolo

12 4 12

8

4 4

4

10 4

West Essex

11

11

11

11

Lee Boyer

Romford

10

Jack Cook

Upminster

10

Alex Piccolo

Channels

10

9

Canons Brook

9

9

North Weald

9

9

Wanstead

7

Rochford Hundred

7

Ben Franklin Jamie Read

Frinton

7

Thorpe Hall

6

John Moncur

Woolston Manor

6

Lee Beagrie

Colne Valley

5

Christopher Grant

10 10

3

5

5 5

West Essex

3

Romford

3

Chelmsford

3

2

Abridge

3

2

West Essex

3

West Essex

2

Mitchell Wellington George Castle John Hanrahan

Boyce Hill

2

James McGilvray

Thorndon Park

2

Stock Brook

2

Abridge

1

Elliot Fullalove

Braintree

1

Ray Hallett

Langdon Hills

1

Colin Johnson

Hainault Forest

1

Abridge

1

Mason Papple Marc Brenner

Bobby Palmer

2

6

Braintree

Jordan Wallace

1 6

Crondon Park

Alasdair Plumb

4 4

Tom Wade

Steve Hazell

1

7

James Hedger

Ben Hayden

4

12

Burnham on Crouch

Jake Bacon

4

8

Jack Heasman

Tyler Wink

6

15

Tom Howard

Adam Winwood

5

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


44 COUNTY NEWS LESLIE F WOOD CHAMPIONSHIP

Leslie F Wood Championship T

his year’s final was between Braintree and Chelmsford Golf Clubs and was played at the superb Warren Golf Club. It was a glorious summers day and the Chelmsford took full advantage of the conditions and finished the morning foursome leading 4½ - ½. Chelmsford continued there dominance in the afternoon singles and eventually won the final 11½ - 3½. The Essex Golf Union would like to

Foursomes CHELMSFORD Murray Massie

Final Results Played on Sunday 2 September 2012 at The Warren Golf Club Chelmsford

11½

v

Braintree

Singles H’d

Points

Score

Points

7.9 1

1up

7.5 ½

Rhys Dudley

7.6

John Everton

7.9 1

Mark Stellig

7.5

James Reilly

8.6 1

AS

6/5

2/1

H’d

BRAINTREE

1

8/7

0

Andy Golfsmith

8.8

Richard Mithchell

Mark Stellig

0

3/2

1

Angus Nelson

9.8

Andy Golfsmith

Rhys Dudley*

½

AS

½

Terry Fisher*

7.7

John O'Conner

Oscar Yeomans

½

AS

½

Richard Mithchell

9.0

John Lagden

John Everton

1

6/5

0

John O'Conner

9.0

Kevin Thompson

Gianni Munday

1

3/2

0

Steve Hockley

John Taylor

½

AS

½

Gary Law

James Reilly

1

5/4

0

Kevin Thompson

Jason Oliver

1

5/4

0

John Lagden

Murray Massie

½

AS

½

Criss Cooper

½

0

0

Gianni Munday

8.4

7.5

Criss Cooper

Jason Oliver

7.5

7.7

Terry Fisher

0

½

BRAINTREE

Andy Langworthy

Gary Law

Points

Angus Nelson

8.4

TOTAL FOURSOMES

Score

7.5

8.9 2up

Points

Steve Hockley

John Taylor

1

CHELMSFORD

Nominated Singles player for ‘Play Off’ to be shown with * alongside name

8.7 0

Andy Langworthy 8.0 Oscar Yeomans

thank the Warren Golf Club for hosting the event and their wonderful hospitality, as well as the many spectators that came to support both teams.

TOTAL SINGLES


45 LESLIE F WOOD PLATE & NORMAN PLUM TROPHY COUNTY NEWS

Leslie F Wood Plate

The final of the Leslie F. Wood Plate competition was played at

themselves. They upheld the best traditions of the game and set a

Crondon Park on Sunday 14th October in bright and sunny but

fine example to other golfers

chilly conditions. These two trophies were gifted to the County by Crondon Park The Leslie F. Wood Plate was won by Maylands who beat Boyce

Golf Club in 2009. The Club were perfect hosts and did everything

Hill by 6½ games to 3½. Three of the ten games were halved, one

possible to ensure that players, supporters and County officials

went to the 18th and all but one of the others were not decided

enjoyed their day.

until the 16thor 17th holes. The players were complimentary about the course and also about each other I am pleased to report. The games were played in a friendly and sporting spirit with players calling penalties on

Final Results Played on Sunday 14 October 2012 at Crondon Park Golf Club Boyce Hill

v

Maylands

Norman Plum Trophy The Essex Golf and Country Club beat Benton Hall to retain the Norman Plum Trophy by a score of 204 to 193 stablefore points. The trophy will be presented at the Annual County Dinner at Colne Valley Golf Club.

Final Results Played on Sunday 23 September 2012 Benton Hall

193

v

204

The Essex (Earls Colne)


46 COUNTY NEWS THORNTON CHALLENGE CUP

Thornton Challenge Cup

The Thornton Challenge Cup is the blue ribbon event for golf clubs in

match between Louis Lazarus (Abridge) and Sam O’Brien (Stoke by

the Essex Golf Union calendar.

Nayland) went to the 18th hole all square. Louis sank a 6ft putt on the green to win him his game and the overall match.

This year’s final was between Abridge Golf Club and the newest of our affiliated clubs Stoke by Nayland. The promise of a high standard

Congratulations to both teams for the sporting manner in which

of golf with some closely fought contests was realised, when after

the game was player and to Wanstead Golf Club for their excellent

the morning foursomes the match was tied 2½ - 2½ to set up a very

hospitality.

exciting afternoon round. The large contingent of spectators were treated to some wonderful golf in the afternoon singles and with the result finally balanced, the

Final Results Played on Sunday 16 September 2012 at Wanstead Golf Club Abridge

8

v

7

Stoke by Nayland


47 THORNTON CHALLENGE CUP COUNTY NEWS

Singles

Foursomes ABRIDGE

Points Score Points

Ricky Curtis

STOKE BY NAYLAND Gerald Collins

1

6/4

0

Dave Cockell

ABRIDGE

Points

Score

Points

STOKE BY NAYLAND

Nominated Singles player for ‘Play Off’ to be shown with * alongside name

Ian Carter

Dave Cockell

0

1

Ian Carter

Jack Woods

Bobby Keeble

1

0

Louis Freeman

Reece Francis

Paul Chalmers

Jordan Wallace

1

0

Tom Everitt

Louis Lazarus

Scott Brace

Reece Francis

1

0

Jack Woods

Ricky Curtis*

1

0

Paul Chambers

Louis Lazaraus

1

0

Sam O'Brien

Jimmy Hazel

0

1

Scott Brace*

Jordan Wallace 0

1

5/4

1up

1

0

Jimmy Hazel

Loise Freeman

Jamie Palombo

Richard Cross 0

2/1

1

Bobby Keeble

Sam O'Brien

Jamie Palombo

½

½

Richard Cross

Paul Devido

Eamon Gilgar

Paul Devido

0

1

Gerald Collins

Tom Everett

Andy Henderson

0

1

Eamon Gilgar

½

AS

½

Andy Henderson

TOTAL FOURSOMES

TOTAL SINGLES


49 THORNTON CUP PLATE COUNTY NEWS

Thornton Cup Plate

The final of the Thornton Cup Plate competition was played at

in a friendly and sporting spirit with players calling penalties on

Crondon Park on Sunday 14th October in bright and sunny but chilly

themselves. They upheld the best traditions of the game and set a

conditions.

fine example to other golfers

The Thornton Cup Plate was won by Channels who beat East Herts

These trophies were gifted to the County by Crondon Park Golf Club

in a close contest. With nine of the ten games completed, the two

in 2009. The Club were perfect hosts and did everything possible to

teams were level at 4½ games each. In the last game, Alex Picollo

ensure that players, supporters and County officials enjoyed their

of Channels won by the narrow margin of 1 up having been 2 down

day.

earlier in the game. The players were complimentary about the course and also

Final Results Played on Sunday 14 October 2012 at Crondon Park Golf Club

about each other I am pleased to report. The games were played Channels

v

East Herts


C AREER OPPOR TUNITIES

ESSEX GOLF UNION COUNTY GOLF ADMINISTRATOR Due to a restructure in the administration of the Essex Golf Union, applications are invited for the post of full time County Golf Administrator. Essex has 78 affiliated clubs with some 25,000 members. The County Office acts as liaison between the clubs and England Golf. The successful candidate will need to be able to demonstrate good: • • • • •

Office Administrational skills. Computer and IT skills with a sound knowledge of Microsoft Office Awareness of golf and all its traditions. Excellent communication skills. Basic financial awareness.

Salary is negotiable on applicant’s experience. All applications and CV’s will be held in the strictest confidence and should be forwarded to: The Secretary ESSEX GOLF UNION 2d Maldon Road Witham Essex CM8 2AB Closing date for applications: Friday 18th January 2013


52 COUNTY NEWS UNDER 12’S ESSEX V SURREY

UNDER 12’s ESSEX v SURREY Bramley Golf Club 14th October 2012

The match was held at Bramley Golf Club in Guilford, a lovely course set amongst the rolling hills of Surrey. The format of the day was four ball better ball with one point being awarded for front and back nine and 2 points for an overall win, giving a potential total of 4 points. We started the day one down due to a wrist injury to Michael Gilbert but the Surrey manager Steve McNeil lent us one of the Surrey boys to make up the numbers. The boys all took the match in their stride, showing no outward sign of nerves and all having good drives off the 1st tee. Callum Newton played with the guest partner Lorenzo Horwitz with whom he dovetailed very well and combined they were one over par, winning both nines and the match 4 & 3, giving us our only win – well done. Callum for 15 holes was only 4 over par. Harrison Rackliff and Harry Robson secured a half on the front 9 but lost the back and the match.

Overall the boys handled the day well with nearly all of them improving their scores on the back nine, suggesting that once they had overcome the effects of travelling and some over-excitement, they settled down very well. Special mention must go to James Styles (only 10 years old and the youngest player) who played a very mature and controlled game with Harry Noakes who lost the front 9 but won the back 9 and halved their match. This was a game of tenacity with neither boy giving up. This was our “Ryder Cup” match! Overall the boys showed a lack of knowledge on the greens re ball marking, order of play and walking / talking in front of boys yet to play, along with a constant desire to use lob / 56 degree wedges from the wrong places. The match result was Essex 5pts – Surrey 27pts


53 UNDER 13’S MATCH VS SURREY COUNTY NEWS

UNDER 13’s ESSEX v SURREY South Essex Golf Club 23rd August 2012

This is the only match the Essex under 13 team play, and could not be against any tougher opposition. With handicaps a good five shots better than the Essex boys and considerable experience in playing a U13 County level, Surrey were the favourites from the start. The format of the match, however, did give Essex a chance to gain some points and after a front nine disaster which saw Essex only gain half a point the back nine saw some spirited golf from the team where the boys gained 7 points. Unfortunately this was not enough in any shape or form and the County lost 24 ½ points to 7 ½ . Keith Mitchell


54 COUNTY NEWS INTERCLUB YOUTH SHIELD CHELMSFORD V ROCHFORD HUNDRED

INTER-CLUB YOUTH SHIELD CHELMSFORD v ROCHFORD HUNDRED Crondon Park Golf Club - October 14th 2012

CHELMSFORD

H’d

Points

Score

Points

H’d

ROCHFORD HUNDRED

Liam Baker

1.5

0

2/1

1

2.5

Connor Morris

Georgina Blackman

3.1

1

2/1

0

3.7

Paige Kemp

Elliatt Oxlade

4.1

0

2/1

1

3.7

Taylor Carter

Charles Toots

5.2

0

2/1

1

4.2

Bradley Bawden

Oscar Yeomans

7.5

0

4/3

1

4.3

Jack Dyer

TOTAL POINTS

1

4

The Youth Shield Final. This was played at Crondon Park on Sunday 14th October, having been postponed as a result of torrential rain flooding the greens at Nazeing a couple of weeks ago. Rochford Hundred won the Shield by beating Chelmsford. the games were played in an excellent spirit. We offer a big thank you to Crondon Park for hosting this event at short notice.


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56 COUNTY NEWS ENGLAND GOLF SOUTH EAST COLTS LEAGUE FINAL

England Golf South East Colts League Final ESSEX v HAMPSHIRE IOW & CI Royal Blackheath GC - October 14th 2012

On a bright but exceedingly cold October morning the EG South East Group Final was underway at Royal Blackheath GC between Essex and Hampshire. With both sides having had convincing wins in the league phase of the Competition, the final was set to be a tough affair. The morning foursomes began well for Hampshire who quickly went up in three of the matches, with the fourth being all square. As the morning wore on into the back nine a glimmer of hope appeared, but then Wallace & Evans lost their match 4&3 and we were again on the back foot. Finally some good news - Keeble & Slater halved their match against the strong pairing of Ellis & Crenan. This was quickly followed by the Chelmsford pair of Allan & Plumb recording a 2up win. All eyes were

then upon Francis & David who were having a tough time at the back, however another strong finish resulted in a halved match to give Essex the extra half they needed to finish the morning all square at 2 points each. This made lunch all the more palatable, and a little re-jigging of the afternoon order was made. Like the morning, the singles matches did not start favourably for Essex with more downs than ups, the exception being Evans and Francis who were 4 up & 3 up respectively at the turn. Keeble was having a tough time against Ellis and the remaining five matches were between 3 down and all square. Things were not looking good.


57 ENGLAND GOLF SOUTH EAST COLTS LEAGUE FINAL COUNTY NEWS

Foursome ESSEX

Points

Score

Points

HAMPSHIRE IOW & CI

Bobby Keeble & Jordan Slater

½

AS

½

Harry Ellis & Sam Crenan

James Alan & Alasdair Plumb

0

2up

0

Sam Day & Scott Gregory

Jordan Wallace & George Evans

1

4&3

1

Mark Sawford & Jordan Ainley

Reece Francis & Ben David

½

AS

½

Sam Robertshawe & Billy McKenzie

TOTAL FOURSOME

2

2

Singles ESSEX

Points

Score

Points

HAMPSHIRE IOW & CI

Bobby Keeble

0

3&2

1

Harry Ellis

George Evans

1

3&1

0

Sam Crenan

Jordan Slater

1

2&1

0

Sam Day

Jordan Wallace

½

AS

½

Sam Robertshawe

James Allan

½

AS

½

Jordan Ainley

Alasdair Plumb

0

2&1

1

Mark Sawford

Reece Francis

1

6&5

0

Billy McKenzie

Ben David

½

AS

½

Scott Gregory

TOTAL SINGLES

TOTAL FOURSOMES

2

2

MATCH TOTAL

The back nine again seemed to favour Essex. News came in that Francis had finished his match early with a 6&5 win. This was marred by Keeble losing 3&2, but seemed to spur on the others to the degree that the remaining games all went to the 17th or 18th hole. Evans & Slater bought in wins of 3&1 and 2&1 respectively Giving Essex 3 points - only another 1 ½ required. At that point we were down in two and up in one. Wallace and Allan both came to the 18th with their matches all square and both halved the final hole to give Essex a total to date of 4 points. The Cup now was not lost but not yet won. Plumb narrowly lost on the 17th and all attention once again turned to David, one up after the 16th, indifferent tee shots by both men at the 17th and a missed putt put the match at all square.

Layup tee shots at the short dog-leg 18th kept the drama alive. Neither approach shots were in give-able positions and 2 putts each halved the hole giving Essex the half they needed to win the match 6 ½ to 5 ½. Team Captain, Jordan Wallace, made a good acceptance speech as he received the Trophy from David Parrett, Chairman of the South East Group.


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60 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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62 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.


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64 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


Union

ESSEX GOLF

THE 2012

BLACKBOOK DIRECTORY


BLACK BOOK AZ LISTINGS

A ABRIDGE Epping Lane Stapleford Tawney Romford RM4 1ST  Sec:: 01708 688396 Pro: 01708 688333 Email: info@abridgegolf.com Website: www.abridgegolf.com

B BALLARDS GORE Gore Road Canewdon Rochford SS4 2DA Sec: 01702 258917 Pro: 01702 258924 Fax: 01702 258571 Email: info@ballardsgore.com Website: www.ballardsgore.com     BASILDON CLAY HILL Basildon SS16 5JP Hon Secretary: Mr G Eaton   Sec: 01268 533297 Members: 01268 533297 Pro: 01268 533532 Email: basildongc@uk6.net Website: www.basildongolfclub.org.uk       BELFAIRS Eastwood Road North Leigh-on-Sea SS9 4LR Hon Secretary: Mr  H Brown Email: info@belfairsgolfclub.co.uk Sec: 01702 615642 Members: 01702 526911 Pro: 01702 525345 Website: www.belfairsgolfclub.co.uk       BELHUS PARK Belhus Park Municipal Club Golf Course Avely By-pass South Ockendon RM14 4QR Hon Secretary: Mr D.(David) Clifford Club: 01375 411136 Sec: 07765 396903 Pro: 01708 854260 Email: dclifford@blueyonder.co.uk Website: www.belhusparkgc.co.uk

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

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

C CANONS BROOK Elizabeth Way Harlow CM19 5BE Sec: 01279 421482 Pro: 01279 418357 Fax: 01279 626393 Email: sjl.canonsbrook@btconnect.com Website: www.canonsbrook.com    CASTLE POINT Somes Avenue Canvey Island SS8 9FG Sec: 01268 510830 Pro: 01268 510830 Email: belindadekoster@hotmail.com Website: www.castlepointgolfclub.co.uk    


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CHINGFORD GOLF DRIVING RANGE D 293 Waltham Way Chingford E4 8AQ Tel: 0208 5292409

CHANNELS Farm Lane Little Waltham Chelmsford CM3 3PT Sec: 01245 440005 Pro: 01245 441056 Fax: 01245 442032 Email: info@channelsgolf.co.uk Website: www.channelsgolf.co.uk

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

CHELMSFORD Widford Road Chelmsford Essex CM2 9AP Sec: 01245 256483 option 1 Pro: 01245 257079 Email: office@chelmsfordgc.co.uk Website: wwwchelmsfordgc.co.uk

CHIGWELL The Clubhouse High Road Chigwell IG7 5BH Sec: 020 8500 2059 Pro: 020 8500 2384 Fax: 020 8501 3410 Email: info@chigwellgolfclub.co.uk Website: www.chigwellgolfclub.co.uk    CHINGFORD 158 Station Road   Chingford London E4 7RL Sec: Members: 020 8529 2107 Pro Shop: 020 8529 5708 Fax: 020 8529 8878 Email: chingfordgolfclub@yahoo.com

CRONDON PARK Stock Road Stock CM4 9DP Sec: 01277 841115 Pro: 01277 843027 Fax: 01277 841356 Email: info@crondon.com Website: www.crondon.com

CROWLANDS HEATH Wood Lane Dagenham RM8 1JX Sec: 020 8984 7373 Pro: 020 8984 7373 Fax: 020 8984 0505 Email: info@crowlandsheath.co.uk Website: www.crowlandsheath.co.uk

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COLNE VALLEY Station Road Earls Colne Colchester CO6 2LT Sec: 01787 224343 Pro: 01787 224343 Fax: 01787 224126 Email: info@colnevalleygolfclub.co.uk Website: www.colnevalleygolfclub.co.uk CRANFIELD D Whalebone Lane Chadwell Heath Essex RM6 6SB Tel: 020 8597 1120

ELSENHAM Hall Road Elsenham Bishops Stortford CM22 6DH Sec: 01279 812865 Pro: Fax:   Email: info@elsenhamgolfandleisure.co.uk Website: www.egcltd.co.uk    

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EPPING Flux’s Lane Epping CM16 7PE Sec: 01992 572282 Pro: 01992 572282 Fax: 01992 575512 Email: info@eppinggolfcourse.org.uk Website: www.eppinggolfcourse.org.uk EPPING GOLF RANGE D UK GOLF ACADEMY Upland Rd Thornwood Epping CM16 6NL Tel: +44 (0) 1992 570707 Email: enquiries@ukgolfacademy.com Website: www.ukgolfacademy.com

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       

M 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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74 25 UNDER 25 25 TOP AMATEURS OF 2011

25 Under 25 ADAM MORRIS BENTON HALL

OWEN PEARL PLAY GOLF COLCHESTER

JORDAN WALLACE ABRIDGE

DANNY CARROLL ESSEX G&CC

JORDAN SLATER HARWICH & DOVERCOURT

ALASDAIR PLUMB CHELMSFORD

BEN HERBERT CLACTON-ON-SEA

GEORGE EVANS BENTON HALL

REECE FRANCIS LOUGHTON

MITCHEL 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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76 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


78 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


80 25 UNDER 25 JORDAN WALLACE

View my 12 page golfing profile here: http://issuu.com/thinksportsmedia/docs/jordanwallace

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

Image: Wisconsin Historical Images

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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


82 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


84 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.


86 25 UNDER 25 JOE KELLY

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FACTFILE JOE KELLY D.O.B: 25/05/92 FROM: CHIGWELL HOME CLUB: WOOLSTON MANOR

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

HANDICAP: 0 COACH: BRADLEY PRESTON ESSEX OOM PLACE: 6

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


88 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!)


90 25 UNDER 25 REECE PHILIPS

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FACTFILE REECE PHILIPS D.O.B: 21/07/89 FROM: CHESHUNT, HERTFORDSHIRE

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

HOME CLUB: WEST ESSEX

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


92 25 UNDER 25 ARTHUR LEONARD

9

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


94 25 UNDER 25 ALISDAIR PLUMB

10

FACTFILE ALASDAIR PLUMB D.O.B: 21/07/1993 FROM: COGGESHALL

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

HOME CLUB: CHELMSFORD GOLF CLUB HANDICAP: 1 COACH: LEE COCKER ESSEX OOM PLACE: 10

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


96 25 UNDER 25 BEN HERBERT

11

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

23


98 25 UNDER 25 GEORGE EVANS

12

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

What are you doing now? Playing golf full time, working hard on not just my golf but my fitness as well

HOME CLUB: ROMFORD HANDICAP: +1 COACH: PAUL SULLIVAN ESSEX OOM PLACE: 14

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


100 25 UNDER 25 REECE FRANCIS

13 14

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


102 25 UNDER 25 HUGH CAMPBELL

14

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


104 25 UNDER 25 MASON PAPPLE

15

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


106 25 UNDER 25 RICKY BRACKENBURY

16

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


108 25 UNDER 25 DAN GARNER

17

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


110 25 UNDER 25 MITCHEL SARLING

18

FACTFILE

Notable Achievements:

MITCHEL SARLING

• U16 Essex Captain • England Regional Squad

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

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

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


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

Harry Vardon

23


112 25 UNDER 25 JACK HEASMAN

19

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

23


114 25 UNDER 25 JAKE BOND

20

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


116 25 UNDER 25 JAMES ALLAN

21

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


118 25 UNDER 25 LUKE RICHARDSON

Notable Achievements:

22

• 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

23


120 25 UNDER 25 SAM WILDING

Notable Achievements:

23

• 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


122 25 UNDER 25 LEWIS ADAIR

24

FACTFILE LEWIS ADAIR D.O.B: 09/09/1992 FROM: ORSETT HOME CLUB: ORSETT HANDICAP: 1

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

COACH: BRETT TAYLOR ESSEX OOM PLACE: 28

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


124 25 UNDER 25 JACK HILUTA

Notable Achievements:

25

• 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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Essex Golf Union Magazine, Issue 6, October 2012  

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