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Romford page 12


with Richard Miller & Steve Palmer page 30


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3 Mike Spall Welcome

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

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Contents 12

Presidents welcome Mike Spall


Our history


On the Greens at Romford


PGA Round Up 18





Essex Golf Union Contact Us


The Brigadier Says...


In The Clubhouse North Weald


What’s in the Bag? Dale Whitnell


Coaches Corner Richard Miller


On the greens at Romford




Chi Power Golf Jayne Storey


Amatuer Interview Bobby Keeble


Essex Venues


Champions role of Honour



Team Competitions 62 25 Under 25 66

THE 2012


The Black Book Directory 118


46 25 under 25 25 top amateurs of 2011

adam moRRis Benton hall

Golf Lessons Steve Palmer

County News 44





25 Under 25

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JoRdan WallaCe Maylands

danny CaRRoll essex g&cc

JoRdan slateR harWich & dovercourt

Joe Kelly Woolston Manor

bobby Keeble West essex

alasdaiR plumb chelMsford

ben HeRbeRt clacton-on-sea

geoRge evans Benton hall

ReeCe FRanCis loughton

HugH Campbell West essex

mason papple stock Brook Manor

RiCKy bRaCKenbuRy orsett

dan gaRneR roMford

mitCHell saRling rochford hundred

JaCK Heasman West essex

JaKe bond Wanstead

Jame allan chelMsford

luKe RiCHaRdson Braintree

sam Wilding roMford

leWis adaiR orsett

JaCK Hiluta chelMsford

ReeCe pHillips West essex

aRtHuR leonaRd rochford hundred




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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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12 on the greens ROMFORD GOLF CLUB

On the greens at Romford Golf Club Carlo Navato interviews Ian Wood

Romford Golf Club was originally designed by Open Champion James Braid and in more recent years has been used as a Qualifying venue for ‘The Open’ Situated just a couple of miles from junction 29 on the M25 and only 18 miles from the centre of London. The course measures 6405 yards Par71, Tree lined with beautiful Greens and lush fairways, and with its gently rolling terrain it suits young and old alike especially if you’re playing 27 or 36 holes.

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Ian Wood


Romford Golf Course


Course manager

Ian has been the head greenkeeper at Romford Golf Club for the past 10 years. Prior to that, Ian was an assistant greenkeeper at Romford, but worked hard and worked well to secure the job of head greenkeeper, and has been running the course management side of things very successfully since his inception.


hank you for agreeing to share your thoughts with Essex 25 under 25. Clearly the function of maintaining any golf course is critical to the success of a club, and to the enjoyment of those who play it. Unfortunately many see the role of the green-keeping team simply as “cutting the grass” but there is so much more to it than that. Can you tell us what a typical day involves for you and your team? A typical day just involves preparing the course for play; cutting all areas that need cutting such as the greens, the approaches, the tees, the fairways, the semi-rough, and the rough. We then change all the pin positions and carry out some cultural, mechanical and chemical turf maintenance procedures such as applying granular and sprayed fertilizer. Maintenance of our machinery is also a very important part of our day.

 What topography, soils and sub-soils typify your course, and what are the specific challenges that they pose you and your team? We have clay sub-soil over the majority of our course with 3 holes on ballast soil. Generally it’s quite flat but severely undulating with ridges and furrows. We have push-up clay based greens, and typically, clay soils can be quick to become wet and smear on the surface but also quick to bake hard in dry conditions. There are very narrow windows of time when our soil is friable for aeration and other maintenance operations. We have a large number of trees in a confined space which means a high workload on my team clearing leaves in the autumn.

 What are other ecology and biodiversity will a player enjoy at Romford Golf Club? We have very mature areas of indigenous woodland and several ponds that attract varied wildlife. We have some well established hedgerows

that provide natural wildlife corridors, as well as a wide range of flora & fauna. We often see a number of green and greater spotted woodpeckers, and also kestrels, Muntjack deer, mallard and mandarin ducks, moorhens, damselflys, and dragonflys.

 How does the course play during the more difficult periods of weather we experience in the UK – heavy rain, winter months, long dry spells? Generally the course plays well in all seasons. Being flat the course drains in a uniform fashion mainly through natural runoff and infiltration. Cold and dry conditions are good at keeping disease at bay and favouring our finer grasses. Long dry spells bring out the old heathland characteristics of the site as grasses go dormant and fairways run fast. Snow closes anywhere but even after 20 days of lying snow you start to see, at minimum, some pink snow mould.

 What does your routine greens management regime involve such as scarifying, hollow-tining, verti-draining and top dressing? Many golfers are frustrated when the greens are being worked on – can you explain why it is necessary? The key to success on any course is carrying out the procedures you just mentioned and also having a well implemented IPM – Integrated Pest Management programme. This will involve a full gamut of cultural, mechanical, biological and chemical based operations. Management of thatch levels and maintaining good soil structure with a balanced air/ water ratio within the soil and relieving of compaction are all part of this. Targetted use of appropriate chemicals to ensure efficacy is maintained with a broad spectrum of active ingredient allows us to avoid resistance. Selecting good cultivars and turf synergy to prevent susceptibility to one pest or disease is vital.


14 on the greens ROMFORD GOLF CLUB

 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 ratios is about 60:40 poa annua to bent in general. Old colonial Highland bent grass is at present currently looking overseeded with pure bent grasses exhibiting much finer leaf characteristics. It ranges from 5.5mm in the winter to 4mm for the summer general play and we get it down to 3.75mm for competition. We use a turf iron which allows us to achieve increased pace whilst maintaining a higher cut. We achieve a stimp reading of 7 – 9 for general play and up to 12 in good conditions for competitions.

 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? Over a period of 10 years inputs have dropped from 150kg per annum to around 90kg with a corresponding drop in the number of fungicide applications. Some biological breakdown of thatch coupled with aeration has allowed less fertiliser input. Our up-to-date irrigation system and use of wetting agents is what allows reduction in overall water consumption.

 Do you have any particular advice for your members or visitors as to how best to score at Romford? What should they specifically avoid in your opinion? More a question for the golf Pro, but I would certainly say that accuracy is more of a premium than length on the tight tree lined holes around Romford.

 How is smart technology impacting on the job? Is it helping productivity in any way? Radio communication allows more efficient delegation of staff. The remote control of the irrigation system is invaluable, and being able to respond to requests promptly improves our reputation. However, social media being available at all times to all, can slow work considerably.

 Are there any plans to further invest in technology or machinery at Romford Golf Club over the next 12 months? Yes – We are investing £100k in new machinery this year that we feel will be really beneficial to our course.

 What training and development do you and your team benefit from? Is the focus on learning “on the job” or externally? We have all types of training available. Some do day release/study days/ distance learning and others have their training on-site by visiting demonstrations.

 What advice would you give to somebody considering a career as a green-keeper? Greenkeeping is a vocation - the more dedicated to the job you are the more rewarding it can be. I’d say that in order to be a successful greenkeeper you need to be flexible with your time, hard working and have a particular keen eye for detail.

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18 ESSEX PGA Round-up secretary suzy garland-collins

Jason Levermore

Essex PGA Round-up Our Essex Professionals continue to play full time in an array of National and Regional Competitions and have featured strongly in many events. There have been two further important Order of Merit events in the region and Jason Levermore from Clacton continues to dominant. The second OoM was at Knebworth in June - with Jason taking first place with rounds of 66 and 71 winning the event by 1 shot. Swiftly following this, came the East Herts Order of Merit. It was a great event for Essex PGA Professionals with Jason taking first place with rounds of 66 and 70 winning the event by 2 shots from Mark Hooper (Rayleigh DR) in 2nd, in third place was Andy Pestell (Chelmsford). All three guys have had a very good summer so far. There are two Order of Merits to go, the next one being at Stockbrook Manor in August. After three events, Jason Levermore leads the PGA Order of Merit by nearly 400 points from his nearest rival. Mark Hooper is currently in 4th place. There have been numerous other Pro/Am’s around the Region: On June 22nd at Knebworth, Andy Pestell’s -4 67 took 1st spot, one ahead of Mark Talbott on -3. At The Hertfordshire on June 27th Jason Levermore had an amazing -6 score of 64 to take pole position at this event. The East Herts Pro/am following the Order of Merit saw Trainee

Chris Cutchie from Colchester with his -4 67 – it was enough to win. At West Essex on July 7th, Thorpe Hall Trainee Mark Talbott took tied 1st place with a -4 score of 67. The 2 day Summer Classic played on Royal Cromer and Sherringham saw Mark Baker and his partner Steve Wynne take the first day lead on 41 points. After the 2nd day, Jason Levermore and Murray Rose came in tied 2nd and the first day leaders Mark and Steve finished 4th . Steve Cipa who obtained his full card for the Seniors Tour has been travelling around Europe playing in the Van Lanschot Senior Open in the Netherlands in June, the Berenberg Bank Masters at Worthsee in Munich at the end of June, and the Bad Ragaz Seniors Open in Switzerland. On the European Tour, Simon Khan has made the cut in four consecutive events with his best performance at Wentworth in the PGA Championship where he finished 27th. Robbie Coles had an 18th finish in the ISPA Handa Wales Open in June and finished in 31st position in the Alstom Open de France in July. Matthew Southgate and Lloyd Kennedy have been playing in both European Tour and Challenge events. The Europro Tour is also underway and Jason Levermore has been playing these events too - he is currently 18th in their Order of Merit. The July Jamega Tour event at The Shire saw Mark Hooper shot a stunning –3 67 first round but his second round 75 gave him in 18th spot for the event.

Trainee Mark Talbott from Thorpe Hall who has some superb scores this year

All of which brings us nicely up to the Open Championship to be held this week. Former Walker Cup player Dale Whitnell battled through Local Final Qualifying at Hillside with a two round total of -9 to make it through to Royal Lytham St. Annes. Other Essex Professionals who made it through to the tough Final Qualifying Stage were Brett Taylor, Chelmsford, James Webber from Regiment Way and Chelmsford amateur Jack Hiluta. To remind you, we have two trips abroad coming up: We are back to France in October for the French Pro/Am. The dates of the trip are Tuesday October 16th – Thursday October 18th. We are staying at The Westminster Hotel and can look forward to the 54 hole championship on Le Touquet La Mer, Wimereux and Hardelot Pins. There are limited spaces left for this very popular event. Also recently launched is our three day trip to Montecastillo near Jerez, Spain next February. We are staying at the 5 Star Resort Hotel, the dates of the trip are Friday February 8th through to Monday February 11th. The trip includes 3 nights, 3 rounds of golf and it is on an all-inclusive basis.

Please check our website for results, forthcoming events and general news suzy garland-collins secretary essex pga T: 01277 223510


20 essex golf union contact us

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

H E Gaffney (Wanstead)

A T Lockwood (Braintree)

A J Harrison (Warley Park)

D H Robson (Chigwell)

G G Shenstone (Rochford Hundred)

C Inskip (Chelmsford)

A T Lockwood (Braintree)

M Thirkettle (The Warren)

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

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


22 ESSEX GOLF UNION the brigadier

The Brigadier says...

“No doubt many of you were, like me, rooted to the TV screen on Sunday

when Ernie Els raised the Claret Jug aloft, 10 years after his last major win at Muirfield. Bloody marvellous effort and a triumph for persistence and self-belief. One has to feel for young Adam Scott of course, though it would seem his time will come, unless of course the R+A and USGA do agree to ban the hideous long putter. I wittered on about it last month so I shan’t do so again, but if I had my way we’d see the back of it sooner rather than later. Damned fine collapse wasn’t it – seen nothing like it since dear old Sir Nick crushed Aussie Greg back in ’96. So for the second year in succession we have an Open Championship winner in his 40’s. This seems to indicate to me that links golf favours the experienced old gun slinger – who can ever forget dear old Tom Watson’s magnificent effort at Turnberry a few years ago, when but for a heavy bounce and a twitchy putter he would have been a winner in his 60’s. Even as I enter my twilight years I like nothing more than a stroll through the dunes at last light, the contours and hollows brought into sharp relief as the sun drops to the horizon. The fine tight turf and hard running greens, the bump and run shot, and always a splendid selection of whiskys in the old clubhouse after. Any of you young chaps that have yet to taste the sweet flavour of links golf I urge you to do so as soon as possible. Nothing quite like it.

All of this reminds me of a game I had many years ago up at old Hunstanton when after a heavy lunch old Jonny Finknottle and I were all square with three to play. After a couple of good glugs from the kummel hipflask I finished birdie, birdie, par to beat the old soak and alleviate him of a rather large bundle of cash. Of course that lead to a long cigar smoke-filled evening of backgammon and single malt, and dear old Smodgkins, the bar steward dragging us up to the dormy as the sun rose the following morning. We were of course, very very drunk.

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In this month’s section, Brigadier Sir Henry Balderdash II O.B.E, raises a glass to Ernie Els after his historic Open Championship win.

So I’ll raise a glass to Ernie, and to all you Essex boys and girls, as I look forward to a couple of weeks respite from the noble game whilst the damned hip sorts it itself out. Happy golfing to one and all. “ Sincerely, Brigadier Sir Henry Balderdash II, O.B.E

Do YOU have any county golfing memories or stories from days past? Why not write in to our managing editor: Or via letter at our postal address on the back page of this magazine and we will try and include them in the next issue.


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24 in the clubhouse North weald

The perfect venue for all occasions Rob Jarvis takes a look at what North Weald has to offer


e at The Essex Golf Union caught up with Tim Lloyd-Skinner – General Manager at North Weald, one of Essex’s premier golf clubs, to find out about the running of the club house, and talk about the inner workings of the local golf industry and what goes on behind the scenes.

 Are you a wedding venue as well as a golf club? If so, do many people choose to have their wedding reception at your club, and what sort of things might differ from a more standard wedding reception? If not, is this something you would like to get more into at the club or do you focus more on other types of events? No. We have run a successful events service in the past but following a large scale renovation of the clubhouse, we no longer offer this facility. This allows us to focus on golf and social events for our members and regular visitors.

 We all know a lot of business is conducted over a round of golf, in what ways do you cater especially for corporate or business clients, and what additional facilities are available for conferences and business meetings? Throughout the year, we are very popular with local businesses and public sector organisations as they organise golf days and conferences/ meetings. Apart from the obvious attraction of holding a meeting in the pleasant surroundings of the rolling Essex countryside, our conference facilities also include up to date multimedia equipment and an area large enough for up to 80 delegates.

 After a long game of golf, I’m sure many find themselves rather peckish. What does your club offer in the way of sustenance, do you use any home grown produce? And what is the most common drink for a player after a game?

After that gruelling round of golf, players are invited to relax in the Hurricane Bar and enjoy the views overlooking the golf course. We offer an extensive bar menu with various specials every day of the week along with a number of draught beers and a guest real ale. As for the most popular post-golf tipple, it has to be one of the two lagers available; Stella Artois or Becks Vier.

ďƒŽ Is there a hotel aspect to your club? At this moment in time, we do not have a hotel onsite but it is something that we have investigated in the past and will continue to ponder over the coming years.

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

26 in the clubhouse north weald

 How long have you been in your position and what roles does your position entail?

At the moment, we do not offer a family membership package but it is something we have recently started investigating.

Anything and everything! I have worked within the family business at North Weald Golf Club for nearly nine years in all sorts of roles while I finished school and university. However, I have been in my current position as Club Manager since October 2008. I particularly enjoy the atmosphere amongst our members and regular visitors and am happy with the continued success in welcoming people of all ages and levels to the sport we love at North Weald Golf Club.

 Do you find there has been more interest or more members at your club in the last few years, given the renewed popularity of the game? And what requirements do you need to become a member?

 Golf clubs tend to evoke a family atmosphere; do you have special facilities for children and young people? And are there any offers available to families for membership? At North Weald Golf Club, we have state of the art practice facilities in the form of a 22 bay floodlit driving range and floodlit short game area allowing golfers to practice all year round. Through the use of these facilities, we place a huge onus on the development of junior golf with our three coaches offering regular junior coaching for children of all levels from the age of 5 and above. We believe it is essential to encourage youngsters in the sport as it helps to secure the future of the game. Our five year plan is to win the Youth Shield and with the quality of some of our younger players, we fully believe this is a realistic possibility.

In the last three years, we have experienced a huge increase in membership numbers and in general footfall. It is my opinion that following on from the success of British golfers such as Lee Westwood, Rory McIlroy and Luke Donald on the Euro and US Tours, the sport has become a much more widely publicised game in all forms of media. As a direct result of this, golf is now seen as a much more accessible and attractive activity. With the increasing numbers, we have set no boundaries in becoming a member at the club and in fact offer three month trial membership packages giving people the opportunity to test the water before jumping straight into an annual subscription. The more the merrier and the increased competition can only be a good thing!

 And finally, is there ever any confusion between the Tea boys and the Tee boys? Ha! Not really. Most of the ‘tea boys’ are much better golfers than the regular ‘tee boys’ anyway!

Society Days We always do our utmost to ensure your golf society has a thoroughly enjoyable visit from the moment you walk in through the door. And we are very competitive on price too! For Society bookings, you can play 18 holes and have a full English breakfast or lunch from just £25 per person • • •

Plus a free 2 for 1 voucher for every player and a Four Ball voucher for you to use as a prize. We are a very popular Society day venue so book quickly! For more details and availability please call 01992 522118.

The course provides a good challenge to all levels of golfer, we are regularly asked to hold events on behalf of the Essex Golf Union.

contact info North Weald Golf Club, Rayley Lane North Weald, Essex CM16 6AR Telephone 01992 522118

Academy / Range

Download our society information, including menus and costs, by clicking the ‘Society Packages’ button on the right.

North Weald Golf Academy welcomes golfers of all levels. Boasting some of the best practice facilities in the South-East, with a 22 bay floodlit driving range and floodlit chipping and putting greens, there is no better place to hone your golf game.

The practice facilities are excellent and include a brand new 22-bay driving range with target greens and chipping nets, so you can prepare for your round or have your own pitching / putting competitions between rounds. Meals are prepared and cooked in our kitchens. The Hurricane Bar with adjoining Bassett Suite can comfortably seat 100 people.

The Driving Range and Academy opened in early 2010 and there is continuing investment to ensure the best possible equipment is available so that you get the most from your practice. Raised targets and exact yardages are measured so you always have something to aim for.


28 what’s in the bag DALE WHITnell

What’s in the bag? An insight to the chosen equipment of Dale Whitnell European Challenge Tour player and former Essex county player Dale represented Great Britain and Ireland in the Walker Cup in 2009 shortly before turning professional. He was ranked the Number One amateur in England that year and won the English Golf Union Order of Merit convincingly. He made his professional debut on The European Tour at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in October 2009, finishing 36th, then bettered that by coming fourth at the Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek in South Africa, the first event of The 2010 Race to Dubai. Dale has qualified for this year’s British Open Championship and we wish him all the very best!

Why I use...

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Driver: Callaway Razr Hawk 8.5° with a Diamana shaft.

Wedge 3: 60° Callaway X-Series Jaws

“I find it very consistent and easy to hit a stock shot with this club.”

“To get the right yardages they are spot on, 8 to 10 yards between each wedge which is perfect.”

3 wood: Diablo Octane 15° with an RIP shaft

Putter: Odyssey Tri Hot #1

“This is the only 3 wood I’ve found at 15 degrees that will allow me to reach the par 5’s in two and land softly, but also allowing me to go far enough off the tee.”

“I’ve had it for years and don’t think I’ll find another putter like it so it will probably be in the bag forever!”

Irons: Callaway Razr 4-PW with X100 shafts

Golf Ball: Callaway Tour iZ

“I find them easy to manoeuvre and they are really good in the wind.”

“It is very good in the wind as it doesn’t spin as much and although it has a firmer feel, I like that and it suits my game around the greens.”

Wedge 1: 54° Callaway X-Series Jaws

Glove: Callaway Tour Glove

“To get the right yardages they are spot on, 8 to 10 yards between each wedge which is perfect.”

“Great soft feel from the leather.”

Wedge 2: 58° Callaway X-Series Jaws

Clothing: Callaway Shoes, Calvin Klein Shirts, Abacus and Callaway waterproofs.

“To get the right yardages they are spot on, 8 to 10 yards between each wedge which is perfect.”

“The Callaway shoes are really comfortable and almost like a trainer, ideal for long days out on the course!”

30 Coaches corner Richard Miller

Richard Miller

Thorndon Park Golf Club Richard’s history Richard turned pro in 2002 at South Essex Golf centre, where he won 3 club championships as an amateur. After turning professional, Richard had to leave the PGA in 2007 due to an injury but he returned to golf in 2010 at Thorndon Park Golf Club. He is currently re-doing his PGA training under Brian White (a director of the PGA) who has over 40 years teaching experience. Richard coaches all standards of golfers and is dedicated to improve his pupils. His goal is to become a great coach and improve his knowledge in all areas of the game.

Questions for Coaches Corner:  Hi Richard, thank you very much for taking the time to do this interview. How long have you been a qualified PGA Professional for and what drew you towards Thorndon Park? I’m not qualified yet, I was in training at South Essex Golf Centre until I broke my leg and tore ligaments which kept me out of the game for 3 years. I am now back in training at Thorndon Park under 2 of the most experienced golf coaches in the country, Brian White and Keith Potter. It is a wonderful place to learn.

 There has been, and still is, some fantastic talent floating around the Essex golf scene; who are some of the better players that you have taught in the past and is there anyone you recommend we should look out for in the future?

 Golfers are always looking to get ahead of their competitors. Do you have anything in your arsenal of teaching methods, whether that is a new technology or general knowledge about the golf swing that is unique to you, and that you’d be willing to share with us? I have spent 8 years studying in-depth the golf swing and I can assure you that there are no quick fixes. Training and trusting your golf swing is essential for improved performance. Although technology has helped with distance, the average club handicap has actually risen in the past 20 years proving that it is how you swing not what you swing. Stack and tilt has had some bad press in recent times, some of which I agree with, however the stacking element of the technique can hugely improve the accuracy of players who slice the ball.

The best player I have taught is the current Essex open champion Ben Horton. Although his technique is good there is still room for improvement. He is capable of some seriously good golf. I believe that he can go far in the game.

 Golf is a great sport to be involved with from a young age as it teaches us manners, etiquette, and quality social skills. What age would you recommend that parents get their children started up with the game? Parents should involve their kids in physical activity such as throwing, catching and running to develop spatial awareness and hand-eye co-ordination at the earliest possible age. This will give the child a good starting point for any sport that they take part in. Playing golf, football and cricket from the age of 6 or 7 is fine. The key is for the child is not to lose interest from burnout or being made to play by pushy parents. The child must want to play before any significant improvement will take place.

 Many of the counties PGA pro’s still play in tournaments such as the East Region PGA events. Do you participate in such events, and if so how did you get on last year? Yes I still play a few events each year but since my ankle injury, my performances have been distinctly average. I did win 3 club championships as an amateur and I have had a few top 3 finishes in Pro events.

 Golf comes with a lot of ups and downs. What would you say is the highlight of your career so far, either teaching or playing? Definitely when Ben won the Essex open this year (although it would have been nice if I had won!), I think I was happier than he was. Playingwise, winning my first club championship aged 16.

 There are so many leading golf brands on the market today that it can often get very difficult to choose which driver or which set of irons is best to buy. What piece of advice would you give to someone looking to buy a new club or a new set, and is having them custom fitted that important? Custom fitting is imperative for all golfers; a basic static fit for beginners and an in depth dynamic fit for golfers with a handicap. The length, lie, loft and the shaft of the club all have a significant influence on where the ball goes and how it gets there. Golf is a hard enough game without leaving all that to chance. Buying over the internet is asking for trouble; if in any doubt speak to your local PGA pro.

 Along with all the brands to choose from, there are also a lot of shops to choose to buy them from. What brands do you stock in your shop, what made you choose them, and do you have any great offers available at the moment? We mainly stock Titleist, Footjoy and Ping, although other brands are available. The reason we stock these brands is that they offer top quality products at competitive prices. We have D2 & D3 Titleist drivers for only £245 with custom fitted included, you won’t find that much cheaper elsewhere.

 Everyone has days where nothing is going right for them on the golf course and they feel like just giving up and walking in. What would be the best piece of advice that you could give to someone in this situation?

 There are over 30,000 golfers in the county of all different standards and levels. Now tell us the truth, have you ever had any lessons where you’ve really had to hold the laughter in because the person was just that bad?

I know how this feels, it has taken a long time for me to get over the anger and frustration I felt on the golf course. It would be easy to say it is just a game but for some of us it is more. Mental strength comes through practice, reading golf-specific psychology has really helped me.

Any professional would be lying if they said no. However with laughing out of the question (unless they laugh first!), we must continue to encourage and give positive feedback. After all golf is a hard game, we all hit bad shots; the challenge is to make your bad shot better.


32 GOLF LESSONS steve palmer

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

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

The Setup This rule applies to every part of the game: you can’t have an effective

stroke without a good setup.

So, what does having a good setup mean? It doesn’t mean having a set of body angles straight out of the PGA manual! It means being in a position that allows your stroke to work effectively and consistently. Every player sets up somewhat differently, but all good putters have the following traits in their address position:

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

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

but only just.

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

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

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

 Putter and ball position To give yourself the best chance of starting the ball on line, set up with your putter face square to your intended line and with the sole of your putter flat on the ground, making sure the toe or heel isn’t sticking up in the air. It’s also very important to strike your putts slightly on the upswing. For this reason, you must address the ball slightly in front of your sternum as in the picture. (BALL IN FRONT OF

 Stage two If you’re finding it difficult to achieve all three of these points so far, there’s a good chance your putter doesn’t fit you. If this is the case, take it to your local PGA pro for a putter fitting.

 Upper body alignment

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

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


34 GOLF LESSONS steve palmer The “tee channel” drill

Distance control drill

Find a straight putt on the putting green of approximately 12 feet and address the ball. Leaving your putter behind the ball, place two tees on either side of the heel and toe of your putter, leaving only a couple of millimetres of space on either side. Now, place four more tees in the ground approximately 7 inches apart so that you have a channel between you which you will swing your putter. Ensure that your channel is aiming straight at the hole.

 (SAFE ZONE PIC) Build a “safe zone”

Practice hitting putts from inside this channel until you can consistently swing your putter without hitting the tees. If you feel the need, you can combine this drill with the towel drill.

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

A summary of putting mechanics

During practice, focus on:

 Setup:

• • • •

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

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

If your strike doesn’t feel “sweet” every time, go back and check the fundamentals in your setup that we talked about previously and also do some more practice on the stroke drills.

 Swing:

• • • •

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

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

When your distance control gets good from 20 feet, hit putts from 5 feet (distance control is vital on short putts too!), 10 feet, 20 feet and 30 feet. Try to keep the rhythm of your stroke the same for each distance. The

only difference between each length of putt should be the length of your stroke.

So, there you have a comprehensive guide to improving your putting. I would advise that you don’t try to work on all these points at the same time. You should devote individual practice sessions to different areas. You may spend one practice session working on your setup, the next working on the drills to improve your stroke and the next working on your distance control. If you practice these key points in this way, you will quickly learn to putt better and shoot lower scores. Next month we will move on to the short game. You will learn how to develop the correct technique, become consistent and add flair and variety to your scoring game. – Until then, keep working hard! Tel 1: 07894 953364 Tel 2: 07581 008842

36 Chi Power Performance Jayne Storey

Breathing to Win!

Think Sports Media are proud

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

25 years’ experience practicing and teaching the ancient art of Tai Chi <> .

chi-power PERFORMANCE is a

Seminar Leader for the PGA’s Professional Development Programme (2004-present).

unique, holistic coaching method designed with just one thing in in mind – to help you experience the rush of better connection with the ball for more pure golf-shots every game.

Long-term Member of the Tai Chi Union for Great Britain <http://www.> . Founder and Director of Coaching, chi-power GOLF (Est. 2002)

Feature Writer for Golf International, Lady Golfer, National Club Golfer (2008-present).

It has been created and developed by Jayne Storey whose unique expertise and experience coaching hundreds of golfers and other athletes around the world, can help you achieve the most valued prize <> in the game – the happiness of a well-struck golf shot, time after time.

Founder and Director of Coaching, chi-power SPORTS (Est. 2000).

Learning more about golf swing technique won’t help your game, but understanding and applying what’s necessary to improve your performance will. A fluid, powerful and above all consistent swing depends on you keeping your mind as quiet as possible and this can easily be achieved by focusing on your breathing, a skill you can practice at home and on the driving range and then take to the course.

focusing on your breathing.

Jayne Storey, Director of Training chi-power PERFORMANCE explains. The great Tom Watson once said “When I learned how to breathe, I learned how to win”, and many golfers overlook this fundamental skill, which leaves them prey to the emotional highs and lows of the game. Mental toughness and emotional control can be achieved most effectively through the simple practise of Meditation (Zen) or as I choose to call it PERFORMANCE BREATHING as it is simply the art of sitting quietly, focusing on your breathing.

Watson wins The Open Championship 1983 This ancient exercise which can be practised and utilised by any golfer in order to improve their current level of performance, produces a state of calm yet focused awareness (often called “the zone”), and is the ideal performance state for playing your best golf, and one that can be easily maintained during pressure situations such as walking out to the first tee and holing-out around the greens.

Mental-Game Coach to Olympic, Masters and World-Champion Athletes.

Getting started Sit upright on a hard-backed chair, with your feet firmly on the ground. Place your hands at the navel, your left hand cupped inside the right (palms-upwards) or you can rest your hands (palms-downwards) on your knees. Tuck your chin under and hold the crown of your head up, as if it were held by an invisible thread. Keep your eyes open and simply gaze straight ahead or look down towards the tip of your nose. Relax your shoulders and empty your chest. Allow your awareness to drop to your navel area (t’an tien) as you become aware of the sensation of breathing in and breathing out. Do not force your breathing, just relax and breathe naturally while focusing on the navel. Notice that your breathing becomes slower and deeper. As you continue sitting, thoughts will come into your mind and soon you’ll forget all about focusing on your breathing. This may take just a few moments! Gently but firmly bring your mind back to the task at hand, which is to focus on your breathing. Do this each time you get distracted and realise that the more difficult you find this exercise, the more you need to do it!

Sounds simple, right? I’m sure many of you have read about the value of breathing-awareness and you may even have touched on it at some brain-training seminars, or when reading books about the “inner game”, but the simple truth is, unless you actually practise on a regular basis, you will never gain the many benefits it can bring to your game. If you choose to make the practise of PERFORMANCE BREATHING part of your weekly schedule, it can help you in ways that golf psychology, mental game training and focusing on swing technique simply can’t – i.e. this simple exercise will help you master your mental and emotional states on the course, reduce anxiety, control nervousness and quieten the inner dialogue (80% of which tends to be negative in nature) – all by

Continue sitting like this, bringing your thoughts continually back to your breathing, each and every time you get distracted and your mind wanders. Aim to sit quietly like this for 20 minutes, 3 times per week. Many clients like to arrive early at the club ahead of their next game and sit quietly in their car or the locker room and practice this exercise before walking out to the first tee. The expletives used to express how much more confident they are and how much further they hit the ball, can’t be printed here…but give it a try and you may be making some colourful outbursts yourself!


38 Chi Power Performance Jayne Storey

Incorporating it into your game Golfers who’ve made a commitment to this simple practise of PERFORMANCE BREATHING have reported many benefits, including feeling a greater sense of freedom during their swing, being more relaxed around the course, stopping negative thought-chains, and reducing self-interference, along with greater powers of visualization.

Try this drill at least 6 times without striking a ball so you get used to the new sense of rhythm. For many golfers it helps them to slow down a little so their swing tempo becomes more of a 2:1 or even 3:1 ratio, similar to the elite players on tour.

Score 1 -10 for the following levels of awareness: (1 = poor/ 10 = excellent) Bringing your attention to your breath also helps to increase concentration during your pre-shot routine. Focusing on the t’an tien is ideal for helping you feel relaxed yet strongly rooted into the ground at address, as it encourages a lowering of your centre of gravity. You can also use short bursts of PERFROMANCE BREATHING any time you need to let go of poor shots. Here are a couple of real-life examples from clients who’ve successfully used PERFORMANCE BREATHING during a game: Nicholas (11 handicap) was playing a decent round until taking 8 shots on the 13th when he started to get agitated and thought about going home – but by taking himself off to one side while his buddies were putting and focusing on his breathing, he returned to a calm and neutral state and went on to par the remaining 5 holes.

#1 How focused were you on your breathing? #2 How smoothly were you able to swing? #3 How rooted/balanced did you feel? Now keeping the focuses in mind, set-up to the ball and hit some great shots! For more on Performance Breathing please visit

 Autumn Seminar Friday 9th & Saturday 10th November Blue Mountain Golf Academy

Diane (32 handicap) was playing in her first club tournament and had to par the final hole to win. Instead of filling her head with negative selftalk, she focused on her breathing while her playing partners teed-off, hit a terrific drive down the fairway, pared the hole and won the trophy.

This unique seminar focuses on the Eastern approach to performance which brings mind and body together, for better consistency, notable improvement and the joy of hitting more pure golf shots. Learn new skills and techniques to enhance your pre-shot routine, set-up, swing and putting – all of which can improve your golf practice routine and playing abilities.

Try this swing drill • Stand at address and focus your mind on your navel/t’an tien (your body’s natural centre of gravity). • Take a few moments to relax fully while maintaining awareness of your breathing. Keep your shoulders down, your chest empty and sink into your feet. • Breathe in while you move to the top of your back-swing, and then exhale all the way through to your finish position. Focus entirely on your breathing and trust your swing.

The learning will be conducted in the classroom each morning and then on the driving range, putting green and around the beautiful 18 hole course in the afternoons. Topics covered include: Performance Breathing, Tai Chi Golf Swing and Zen Mind – Golf Mind      Please visit the website or ring Jayne Storey on +44 (0) 7986 447 250 for more information

40 essex golf partnership

Essex Golf Introducing the

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

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

Our six Ge t into Golf Centres are:

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

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

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

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

For more information or to book your place, please call PGA Pro, Kenny Banks 07894 110185 or 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 or call 0208 5971220 Free equipment hire Introduction Golf equipment is expensive and not always available, so to help clubs and schools be able to offer golf, we are pleased to make this equipment available for short-term loan. Organisers can borrow the equipment FREE of CHARGE. Please tell your friends and colleagues.

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

Who to Contact?

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

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

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Amateur Interview

Bobby Keeble 2012 Essex County Amateur Champion Interviewed by Rob Jarvis Interview conducted prior to County Championship

43 Bobby keeble Amatuer interview

 Hi Bobby, thank you for taking the time to do this interview today. How did last season go for you and what was your main highlight? It went pretty well, I performed consistently throughout the year reducing my handicap from 2 to +1. The highlight of my season was getting picked to represent England at the end of the year in Minorca.

 Based on your performance last season, how do you aim to better that and what are your goals for the 2012 season?

work part time at the UK Golf Academy golf range in Thornwood, which helps put a little extra money in my pocket.

 You’re a member at Abridge golf club, so I’m sure you know it very well. What do you like most about the course and what is the lowest score you’ve ever shot round there? The course provides a great test, challenging every part of my game. My best round of golf around Abridge is 8 under (64).

I prefer to keep the goals to myself.

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

 Have you ever won the Club Championship at Abridge golf club and would you say you were the best player at the club?

Essex Amateur Championship – because it’s the most prestigious tournament.

No I haven’t won the club championship because I only joined at the end of last year so have not yet had the chance to play in it. I am the lowest at the club, but wouldn’t like to say who the best is.

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

 Essex boasts a variety of great golf courses. Other than Abridge golf club what are your 2 favourite courses to play?

Upminster, because I equaled the amateur course record in 2010 in the Upminster Bowl.

Thorndon park golf club and Chelmsford golf club.

 Essex is probably one of the most competitive counties for golf in the country, which is great from a player’s perspective with regards to challenge. But will you look elsewhere for tournaments and maybe compete at a more national level? Yes, I try to play in a lot of the national events, whatever my handicap allows me to.

 Golf can get extremely expensive at times, what kind of support have you had growing up, have you ever worked, and who is your biggest fan? My parents have supported me fully up until now. However, this year I have received a bursary from the Sir Henry Cooper charitable trust. I also

FACTFILE Bobby keeble D.O.B: 21/08/95 From: HAINAULT Home Club: ABRIDGE Handicap: +2 Coach: Chris Jenkins ESSEX OOM PLACE: 7

 The Thornton Cup is the most prestigious of the knockout trophies for club teams in the county, how is the team shaping up this year and can you see your team going all the way? I have not been involved that much with the Thornton Cup because the first few dates clash with other events that I have on my calendar, but I think the team is pretty solid.

 Golf is obviously a very difficult sport and we all make our mistakes and hit bad shots from time to time. Can you tell us about your most embarrassing shot or moment on the golf course that you can recall? I can’t recall anything specific at this time.

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.


Essex Amateur Championship Played at Canons Brook Golf Club 7-8 July 2012 Despite a rainy weekend with thanks to the fantastic efforts from the Canons Brook Green staff we were able to get 3 rounds of golf played in the Essex Amateur Championship. The competition was played on the 7th and 8th of July at Canons Brook Golf Club with 84 of the best golfers in Essex with handicaps of 4 or better. 16 year old Bobby Kebble of Abridge Golf Club set the pace after the first round with a 4 under par round of 69, with Arthur Leonard 3 shots adrift on 72. Bobby also set the pace in the 2nd round when his score of 71 left him leading the field with a 6 under par total of 140. Owen Pearl of Playgolf, Colchester, was closely on his heels on 144, with James Allan (Chelmsford) on 146 and Andy May (Boyce Hill) on 147.

The top 42 scores and tied made it through to the 3rd round on Sunday. Sunday came and an overnight deluge of rain delayed the start of play, but after some fantastic work by the green staff, play was able to commence. Surprisingly the golf played by the remaining competitors in the wet conditions was excellent, the best of the round was Gareth Brown (Benton Hall) who set the early pace with a 5 under par round of 68. Andy May was also playing well and finished with a 1 under par score of 72 for total score of 219 to finish in 3rd place. As the round unfolded Oven Pearl was making a late charge and upon reaching the 18th hole was just 1 stroke behind Bobby Keeble. Both reached the par 5 in 3 shots, Bobby putted first and left his attempt a nervous 5ft short which left Owen a 10ft put to take the championship to a play-off, unfortunately he missed, his score of 72 gave him a 2 under par total of 217 and the runner-up prize. Bobby went on to sink his putt

Leading Scores Winner: Bobby Keeble


(Abridge) and win the championship with a 3 under par score of 216. Bobby will now represent Essex in the English Champion of Champions tournament later in the year. The Esplen Trophy which is the Essex Club Championship is played in conjunction with the County Championship. The winning club being that which has the lowest gross aggregate of their best two players, in both the 1st and 2nd rounds of the championship. In 1st Place were Bobby Keeble and Louis Lazarus from Abridge Golf Club. Second Place were James Allan and George Edmonston of Chelmsford Golf Club. (Abridge will now go on to represent Essex in the English Champion Club Tournament). The Essex Golf Union would like to thank the members, and all of the staff of Canons Brook for all their help in making the event a success.

Runner-up: Owen Pearl


(Playgolf Colchester)

3rd place: Andy May

(Boyce Hill)

4th place:

Samuel Teer

(Clacton on Sea)

5th place:

James Court

(Thorndon Park)


221 (CB)



Essex Amateur Par-73 SSS-74 CSS Rd1-74, CSS Rd2-74, Rd 3 - Non Qualifying Name Bobby Keeble Owen Pearl Andy May Samuel Teer James Court Arthur Leonard Andrew Reynolds James Allan Ben Horton Sam Crampton Billy Deville Daniel Rigby Gareth Brown Scott Brace Austyn Cambden Ben Rose Jonathan Hewitt Mitchell Sarling Reece Francis Jack Bennewith Roy Gillman Jordan Slater Jason Horne Liam Baker Tom Wiskin Steven Willett Jonathan Christey Todd Clements Daniel Garner Tom Howard Jack Heasman Tyler Wink Adam Winwood Alex Piccolo Benjamin David Tom Wade Nick Elsom Jamie Read Mason Papple Ray Hallett Hugh Campbell Louis Lazarus Tony Ames Daniel Vaughan John Wright Danny Carroll

Club Abridge Playgolf Colchester Boyce Hill Clacton-on-Sea Thorndon Park Rochford Hundred Benton Hall Chelmsford Thorndon Park Chelmsford Bentley Orsett Benton Hall Stoke-by-Nayland Stock Brook Woolston Manor Clacton-on-Sea Rochford Hundred Abridge Thorndon Park West Essex Playgolf Colchester Orsett Chelmsford Theydon Bois Chelmsford West Essex Braintree Romford Burnham-on-Crouch West Essex Canons Brook North Weald Channels Colchester Crondon Park Maylands Frinton Stock Brook Langdon Hills West Essex Abridge Maylands Orsett Orsett Five Lakes

Hâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;cap R-1 R-2 R-3 -1 69 71 76 1 74 71 72 -2 74 73 72 2 79 71 71 2 73 76 72 -2 72 78 72 1 74 74 74 -1 75 71 77 -1 78 71 75 0 75 77 73 2 73 79 73 2 81 69 75 0 77 81 68 -2 80 72 74 3 78 77 72 3 76 78 75 1 79 79 72 0 77 80 73 -1 75 81 74 3 77 77 76 3 77 76 77 0 76 77 78 4 74 77 80 2 76 79 77 2 75 79 79 2 81 76 77 1 79 77 78 5 75 79 80 2 80 73 81 1 75 83 77 -1 78 79 78 3 81 77 78 0 76 82 78 1 80 76 80 1 80 76 80 4 81 76 80 2 82 75 81 2 78 77 83 -1 80 77 83 3 77 78 NR -1 81 74 NS 0 78 75 NS 0 77 78 NS -1 81 76 NS 3 77 80 NS -1 79 79 NS

Total 216 217 219 221 221 222 222 223 224 225 225 225 226 226 227 229 230 230 230 230 230 231 231 232 233 234 234 234 234 235 235 236 236 236 236 237 238 238 240 NS NS NS NS NS NS NS

Championship Par-73 SSS-74 CSS Rd1-74, CSS Rd2-74, Rd 3 - Non Qualifying Name Club H’cap R-1 R-2 Missed cut John Bradford Braintree 1 80 79 Elliott Fullalove Braintree 4 79 80 Thomas Prewer Three Rivers 2 78 81 Alasdair Plumb Chelmsford 0 77 82 Ian Carter Stoke-by-Nayland 1 77 83 Ewan McFarlane Thorndon Park 3 76 84 John Withington Canons Brook 1 84 77 Sam O’Brien Stoke-by-Nayland 3 83 78 James Webster Woolston Manor 2 80 81 Dominic Petch Colchester 1 78 83 Sam Wilding Romford 2 83 79 Rory Dixon Three Rivers 0 83 79 Ross Dee Stock Brook -2 82 80 Edward Malone The Warren 3 81 81 Sean Kennedy Maylands 4 79 83 Scott Hudson Braintree 2 86 77 Thomas Barker Channels 0 80 83 David Holyoak Channels 4 80 84 Jake Bond Wanstead 1 77 87 Nick Tedder-Ward Clacton-on-Sea 3 84 81 Mitchell Wellington West Essex 5 83 83 Scott Tuffey Maylands 4 81 85 Will Bryan West Essex 4 87 80 Michael Lane Abridge 3 86 81 Mark Phillips Abridge 4 86 81 George Castle West Essex 3 85 82 Jack Raynor Gosfield Lake 4 85 82 Daniel Goddard Canons Brook 5 83 85 Jason Spurr Woolston Manor 2 81 88 Bradley Bawden Rochford Hundred 5 82 89 Freddie Lawrence Garon Park 4 92 80 Toby Gibbons Thorpe Hall 4 86 90 Dominic Piccolo Channels 2 87 91 Jamie Gogay Crowlands Heath 4 89 NR John Moncur Woolston Manor 1 91 NR Adam Morris Benton Hall -1 87 NR Charlie Day West Essex 1 NR NS George Evans Wanstead -1 85 NS

R-3 159 159 159 159 160 160 161 161 161 161 162 162 162 162 162 163 163 164 164 165 166 166 167 167 167 167 167 168 169 171 172 176 178 NS NS NS NS NS



Cliffords Trophy Played at Channels Golf Club on Thursday 18 July 2012 It went pretty well, I performed consistently throughout the year In 2008 Channels Golf Club very generously donated the Clifford Trophy to the County Golf Union and the competition has become a very popular event in the Order of Merit calendar. The course was in fantastic condition for the event and the competitor was blessed with some fine weather for the day. Jake Bond from Wanstead Golf Club set the pace with a 3 under first round score of 69, he was closely followed by his club mate George Evans on 70 and Scott Hudson (Braintree) who also had a 70. The afternoon round produced some more excellent golf, notably from Sam Bray a 4 handicapper from Maylands Golf Club, Liam Baker (Chelmsford), Liam Brace (Stoke by Nayland) and Alex Woodward (Orsett) who all carded 1 under par rounds of 71.

The winner of the event was Jake Bond who also returned an afternoon score of 71 for a 4 under par championship total of 140. Runner-up was Alex Woodward on 142. In third place was George Evans on 143 and in fourth play was Sam Bray on 144 on count back. Sam also won the handicap prize with a net 136 and Jake Bond was runner-up in the handicap prizes. Congratulations to Chay Pratt of Frinton Golf Club, who holed in one at the par 3, 140 yard 8th hole. On presenting the prizes Mike Spall the President of the Essex Golf Union thanked Channels Golf Club and Tony Stubbings and his family for their continued sponsorship of the event.

Par - 71 SSS - 72 CSS Rd1 - 72 CSS Rd2 - 72 Gross Scores Nett Scores Name Jake Bond Alex Woodward George Evans Samuel Bray Scott Hudson Jordan Slater Hugh Campbell James Allan Liam Baker Chay Pratt Daniel Rigby Owen Pearl Sam Crampton Jack Bennewith

Club Hâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;cap Wanstead 1 Orsett -1 Wanstead -1 Maylands 4 Braintree 3 Playgolf-Colchester 1 West Essex -1 Chelmsford -1 Chelmsford 2 Frinton 1 Orsett 1 Playgolf-Colchester 0 Chelmsford 0 Thorndon Park 3

Rd 1 69 71 70 73 70 73 73 72 75 73 75 73 76 75

Rd 2 71 71 73 71 74 72 72 73 71 73 72 74 72 74

Total 140 142 143 144 144 145 145 145 146 146 147 147 148 149

Rd 1 68 72 71 69 67 72 74 73 73 72 74 73 76 72

Rd 2 70 72 74 67 71 71 73 74 69 72 71 74 72 71

Total OMP 138 20 144 19 145 18 136 17 138 17 143 15 147 15 147 15 142 12 144 12 145 10 147 10 148 8 143 7

Par - 71 SSS - 72 CSS Rd1 - 72 CSS Rd2 - 72 Gross Scores Nett Scores Name Club Hâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;cap Rd 1 Rd 2 Total Scott Brace Stoke-by-Nayland -2 73 76 149 Joe Ellis Thorpe Hall 5 78 72 150 Jordan Wallace Abridge 0 74 76 150 Lee Beagrie Colne Valley 5 73 77 150 Jonathan Christey West Essex 1 71 79 150 Jamie Read Frinton 3 76 75 151 Elliott Fullalove Braintree 4 73 78 151 Alex Gocking Braintree 5 77 75 152 Billy Deville Bentley 2 80 73 153 Daniel Vaughan Orsett 0 79 76 155 Andrew White Thorndon Park 3 78 77 155 Tom Neale Harwich & Dovercourt 5 77 78 155 Danny Carroll Five Lakes -1 76 79 155 Liam Brace Stoke-by-Nayland 0 85 71 156 John Bradford Braintree 0 82 74 156 David Holyoak Channels 4 81 75 156 Freddie Lawrence Garon Park 5 79 77 156 Andrew Reynolds Benton Hall 1 78 78 156 Alasdair Plumb Chelmsford 1 77 79 156 Joshua Cardy Channels 5 83 74 157 Tom Howard Burnham-on-Crouch 1 77 80 157 James Webster Woolston Manor 2 76 81 157 Thomas Barker Channels 0 80 78 158 Alex Piccolo Channels 2 77 81 158 James Edwards Chigwell 5 84 75 159 Sean Kennedy Maylands 4 80 79 159 Marc Brenner Abridge 5 79 80 159 John Moncur Woolston Manor 2 79 80 159 Jonathan Hewett Clacton-on-Sea 1 85 75 160 Tom Wiskin Theydon Bois 2 80 80 160 Tommy Lodge Boyce Hill 5 78 82 160 Daniel Garner Romford 2 77 83 160 Bailey Bryan Maylands 5 85 76 161 Alex Duke Orsett 5 79 82 161 Taylor Carter Rochford Hundred 5 78 83 161 Joshua Hickling Rochford Hundred 5 86 76 162 Charles Nibbs Chelmsford 5 81 81 162 Dominic Piccolo Channels 2 88 75 163 Keith Buxton Clacton 6 80 83 163 George Lester Garon Park 6 80 84 164 Craig Paton Rochford Hundred 4 85 80 165 George Castle West Essex 3 85 80 165 Jack Rayner Gosfield Lake 4 81 84 165 Jamie Bowron Nazeing 6 83 83 166 Kane Lynn-Jones Orsett 5 82 85 167 Jason Evans Channels 5 84 85 169 Todd Clements Braintree 4 82 87 169 George Tunbridge Bentley 5 91 82 173 Adam Peaker Forrester Park 5 84 89 73 Nick Gooderham Burnham-on-Crouch 5 86 NR NR Barry Piddington Orsett 6 DQ NR NR Rory Dixon Three Rivers 0 75 NR NR Ray Hallett Langdon Hills 4 NR NS NR Bradley Clarke Nazeing 1 NR NS NR Bobby Parmar Abridge 6 NR 83 NS Olly Franklin Chelmsford 6 76 NR NS Billy Davis Ballards Gore 5 NS NS NS Mitchell Wellington West Essex 4 NS NS NS

Rd 1 Rd 2 Total OMP 75 78 153 7 73 67 140 5 74 76 150 5 68 72 140 5 70 78 148 5 73 72 145 1 69 74 143 1 72 70 142 78 71 149 79 76 155 75 74 149 72 73 145 77 80 157 85 71 156 82 74 156 77 71 148 74 72 146 77 77 154 76 78 154 78 69 147 76 79 155 74 79 153 80 78 158 75 79 154 79 70 149 76 75 151 74 75 149 77 78 155 84 74 158 78 78 156 73 77 150 75 81 156 80 71 151 74 77 151 73 78 151 81 71 152 76 76 152 86 73 159 74 77 151 74 78 152 81 76 157 82 77 159 77 80 157 77 77 154 77 80 157 79 80 159 78 83 161 86 77 63 79 84 163 81 NR NR DQ NR NR 75 NR NR NR NS NR NR NS NR NR 77 NS 70 NR NS NS NS NS NS NS NS


Colts South East League Match Essex vs Bedfordshire, Theydon Bois GC, 21st July 2012 Foursomes ESSEX Points Score Points Arthur Leonard 1 6 & 4 0 & Jordan Wallace Adam Morris 1 8 & 7 0 & Bobby Keeble Alasdair Plumb 1 6 & 5 0 & James Allan Jordan Slater 1 6 & 5 0 & Ben Horton Total Foursomes 4 0 Singles Arthur Leonard Bobby Keeble James Allan Jordan Slater Jordan Wallace Adam Morris Ben Horton Alasdair Plumb Total Singles Total Foursomes MATCH TOTAL

Match Report MIDDLESEX Connor Boyle & Nick Cunningham Harry Norton & Tom Edmunds Bradley Finch & Ryan Stamp Alex Bithrey & Sam Flannery

After the wettest June/July period on record the Theydon Bois green keepers had worked extremely hard to provide a course that was playable with greens running true. Following a downpour that curtailed both teams Friday practice round the match, Saturday got underway in bright sunshine. The morning foursomes went well for Essex with all games finishing with convincing wins. In the afternoon singles Essex again proved to be too strong for a relatively young and new Bedfordshire team.

0 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 6 4 10

2 & 1 8 & 6 7 & 6 5 & 4 3 & 1 4 & 2 3 & 2 2 Up    

1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 2

Connor Boyle Nick Cunningham Ryan Stamp Bradley Finch Harry Norton Tom Edmunds Alex Bithrey Sam Flannery

Bobby Keeble, Jordan Slater and new Colt, James Allan, all achieved early and convincing wins. The other new Colt, Ben Horton also went on to gain maximum points with a 3 & 2 win. Jordan Wallace and Alasdair Plumb won on the 17th and 18th holes respectively. The final score being 10 - 2. With Essex having won all three of their league matches they will now play in the South East Area finals at Royal Blackheath Golf Club on October 14th

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Order of Merit 2012 Up to and including the Clifford Trophy Club Order of Merit Points available Name Scott Brace Andy May Owen Pearl Jordan Slater Sam Crampton James Allan Daniel Rigby Arthur Leonard Steven Willett Bobby Keeble James Court Jonathan Hewett Samuel Teer Andrew Reynolds Ben Horton Jack Bennewith Billy Deville Mitchell Sarling Liam Baker Gareth Brown Danny Carroll George Evans Austyn Cambden Thomas Barker Charlie Day Ben Rose Reece Francis Roy Gilman Thomas Watkins Hugh Cambell Jake Bond Jonathan Christey Jason Horne Ales Woodward Joe Kelly Sam Bray Scott Hudson Tom Wiskin Todd Clements Daniel Garner Chay Pratt Ian Moore Greg Claxton Barry Medcalf Scott Tuffey Jack Heasman Tom Howard Benjamin David Alex Piccolo Tyler Wink Adam Winwood Nick Elsom Ben Franklin

Events 20 Club Stoke by Nayland Boyce Hill Playgolf Colchester Playgolf Colchester Chelmsford Chelmsford Orsett Rochford Hundred Chelmsford Abridge Thorndon Park Clacton-on-Sea Clacton-on-Sea Benton Hall Thorndon Park Thorndon Park Bentley Rochford Hundred Chelmsford Benton Hall The Essex Wanstead Stock Brook Channels West Essex Woolston Manor Abridge West Essex Crondon Park West Essex Wanstead West Essex Orsett Orsett Orsett Maylands Chelmsford Theydon Bois Braintree Romford Frinton Maylands Lords Rayleigh Crondon Park Maylands West Essex Burnham on Crouch Colchester Channels Canons Brook North Weald Maylands Rochford Hundred

20 40 20 20 20 10 10 10 10 Points KQ KF EAC CT RT UT TGT SMBT RS OFS 72 17 20 28 7 69 19 12 38 67 5 4 39 10 9 67 10 16 19 15 7 56 13 4 31 8 50 2 33 15 50 31 10 9 43 8 35 41 18 8 15 40 40 37 37 37 13 24 37 37 35 35 32 32 31 24 7 31 31 30 2 24 4 29 17 12 28 28 28 20 8 28 18 10 26 26 25 13 12 25 17 8 25 25 24 24 24 24 24 15 4 5 22 15 7 20 20 20 15 5 19 19 19 19 18 14 4 17 17 17 17 16 16 15 15 15 15 14 2 12 13 9 4 12 8 4 12 4 8 12 8 4 11 11 11 11 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 8 4 4 7 3 4

Club Order of Merit Points available Name Jamie Read Lee Beagrie Joe Ellis Tom Wade Jordan Wallace John Hanrahan James McGilvray Mason Papple Alasdair Plumb Josh Tobin Elliot Fullalove

Events 20 Club Frinton Colne Valley Thorpe Hall Crondon Park Abridge Boyce Hill Thorndon Park Stock Brook Chelmsford Langdon Hills Braintree

20 40 20 20 20 10 10 10 10 Points KQ KF EAC CT RT UT TGT SMBT RS OFS 7 4 1 2 5 5 5 5 5 5 3 2 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1

Essex Seniors v Bedfordshire Seniors South East Seniors – League. Played at The Essex Golf Club on Monday 23rd July 2012 Result: Essex 8 – Bedfordshire 2 A much improved result in, for a change, very good weather. With a strong team the result was very pleasing. With Jeff Woolgrove winning 8/7 and Geoff King 6/5 it was a quick start which continued, with only the Team Captain John McInernery going to the 18th. He was a last minute substitute and went out with borrowed clubs. 4 down with 8 to play he managed to win on the last hole, much to his delight. The course was in excellent condition, considering the rain we had had, and it played to its full length of 7000 yards. Representing Essex were: Geoff King (West Essex); Ian Southgate [Southend]; Ray Weidner (Rochford); Brendon Booth [Colchester]; Alan Golbourn [Chelmsford]; Alan MacNaught (Colchester); Chris Herrington (Upminster); Robert Barrell (Braintree) Jeff Woolgrove [Orsett]; John McInerney [Upminster].

ESSEX Points Score Points BEDS Ian Southgate 0 2/1 1 Mike Tunnock Geoff King 1 6/5 0 Alan Wright Ray Weidner 0 1down 1 Tim Bevan John McInerney 1 1 up 0 Les Sharman Chris Herrington 1 3/2 0 Harry Williams Jeff Woolgrove 1 8/7 0 Joe Griffiths Robert Barrell 1 2/1 0 Peter Jones Alan McNaught 1 4/2 0 Phil Corke Brendon Booth 1 3/2 0 Steve Montague Alan Golbourn 1 3/1 0 Bill Love 8 2


Quarter-Final Results


Played 16 - 20 July 2012 Home Team Thorpe Hall 5 v Colchester * 5½ v The Lords Rayleigh 4 v Bentley 10½ v *Colchester win after a play-off

Away Team Warley Park 6 Chelmsford 5½ Romford 7 Orsett ½

to be played Monday 6 August 2012 Venue Romford - 1pm start Warley Park v Bentley County Officials in attendance - Roger Walmsley & John McInernery

Colchester v Romford Warley Park - 12 noon start County Officials in attendance - Philip Kirkham & Steve Golding


Norman Plum Trophy Norman Plum Trophy

Quarter-Final Results


Played 16 - 22 July 2012 Clacton on Sea The Essex (Earls Colne) Abridge The Warren

198 217 200 208

v v v v

Benton Hall Garon Park Bentley Thorndon Park

203 183 194 193

to be played Monday 6 - 12 August 2012 The Warren v Benton Hall The Essex (Earls Colne) v Abridge


Quarter-Final Results


Played on Sunday 22 July 2012 Braintree Langdon Hills Burnham-on-Crouch East Herts

6½ 3½ 4 6

v v v v

Playgolf Colchester Channels The Essex (Earls Colne) Theydon Bois

3½ 6½ 6 4

to be played Sunday 12 August 2012 The Essex (Earls Colne) v East Herts Channels v Braintree The Final will be played at Crondon Park Golf Club on Sunday 14 October 2012


Quarter-Final Results


Played on Sunday 22 July 2012

to be played Sunday 12 August 2012

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

Away Team Bentley Clacton on Sea Colchester Woolston Manor

8½ 4 5

Venue 5½ Bentley Chelmsford Crondon Park

Abridge v Clacton on Sea

Venue Colchester

County Officials in attendance - Robert Paton & Neil Poulson

Stoke by Nayland




County Officials in attendance - Philip Kirkham & Steve Golding

The Final will be played at Wanstead on Sunday 16 Sept 2012

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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

60 ESSEX GOLF UNION champions

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

Faldo Wedge Girls Individual Prize Winner Mille Martin

Allan Lockwood Trophy Winner Ben Morris (Burnham on Crouch)

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

CT2011 Winner - J Kelly

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

Essex Under 12 2011 Winner - Ben Rendell


Fred Stllwell Trophy Winner Michael Gilbert (Woolston Manor)

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

Upminster Trophy Winner - John Moncur (Woolston Manor)

Essex Boys Chapion - Hugh Campbell

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

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

Romford Trophy Winner Jordan Slater (Harwich & Dovercourt

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

62 ESSEX GOLF UNION winning teams

Team competitions Thornton Plate Winners 2011 Orsett Golf Club

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

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

Esplen Trophy Winners Bobby Keeble & Reece Philips

Essex Under 18 Team

Leslie F Wood Plate 2011 Wanstead Golf Club

Norman Plum Trophy Winners The Essex

The Warren Golf Club Winners of the Leslie F Wood Championship

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

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

Faldo Wedge Winners - Bentley GC

Thornton Cup Winners Wanstead Golf Club


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Owen Pearl Play Golf Colchester

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Alasdair Plumb Chelmsford

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Reece Francis Loughton

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Jack Heasman West Essex

Jake Bond Wanstead

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Joe Kelly Woolston Manor

Bobby Keeble West Essex

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Mason Papple Stock Brook Manor

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Dan Garner Romford

Luke Richardson Braintree

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Jack Hiluta Chelmsford

Reece Phillips West Essex

Arthur Leonard Rochford Hundred


68 25 under 25 adam morris


FACTFILE adam morris

Notable Achievements:

D.O.B: 29/12/1988

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

From: Hatfield Pevril

What are you doing now?

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

Working full time in advertising

What are your plans for the future?

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

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

Bob Bruce, about the senior tour

70 25 under 25 OWEN PEARL


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

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

Working full time at American Golf

What are your plans for the future?

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

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

P.G. Wodehouse, A Mixed Threesome, 1922

72 25 under 25 Jordan wallace

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Notable Achievements:

D.O.B: 23/06/92

What are you doing now?

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


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

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

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

Sam Snead

74 25 under 25 DANNY CARROLL


Notable Achievements: • Essex Golf and Country Club Championships winner

• Forrester Park Club Championships two time winner

• Represented Essex in the Colts and Men’s teams

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

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

What are you doing now?

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

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

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

Jack Nicklaus, on why he tees his ball high

76 25 under 25 Jordan Slater


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

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

Working and practicing to prepare for the season ahead.

What are your plans for the future?

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


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

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membership, green fees and society days. Enjoy.

78 25 under 25 JOE KELLY


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

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

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

What are your plans for the future?

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

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

Chi Chi Rodriguez

80 25 under 25 BOBBY KEEBLE


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

64 equalling the amateur course record at the age of 15

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


What are you doing now?

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

What are your plans for the future?

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

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

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

82 25 under 25 REECE PHILIPS


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

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

What are you doing now?

Handicap: +1

5 weeks in Spain practicing and going to gym.

Coach: Steven Palmer and Mike Walker

What are your plans for the future?


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

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

Arnold Palmer

84 25 under 25 ARTHUR LEONARD



Notable Achievements:

D.O.B: 28/08/1992

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

From: Hockley

What are you doing now?


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

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

What are your plans for the future?

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

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

Craig Stadler

86 25 under 25 ALISDAIR PLUMB


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

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

What are you doing now?

Studying sports technology at Loughborough University whilst playing golf.

What are your plans for the future?

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

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

88 25 under 25 BEN HERBERT


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

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

What are you doing now?

Home Club: Clacton-on-sea

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

Handicap: +2

What are your plans for the future?

Coach: Paul Ashwell ESSEX OOM PLACE: 12

I would like to be a successful European tour professional.

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

Winston Churchill


90 25 under 25 GEORGE EVANS



Notable Achievements:


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

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

What are you doing now?

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

What are your plans for the future?

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

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

Seve Ballesteros after Europe won the 1995 Ryder Cup

92 25 under 25 REECE FRANCIS

13 14

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

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

What you’re doing now?

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

What are your plans for the future?

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

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

Chi Chi Rodriguez

94 25 under 25 HUGH CAMPBELL


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

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

What are you doing now?

Handicap: +1

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

Coach: Steve Palmer

What are your plans for the future?


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

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

Lee Trevino

96 25 under 25 MASON PAPPLE


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

Notable Achievements:

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

What are you doing now?

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

What are your plans for the future?

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

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

Jim Murray

98 25 under 25 RICKY BRACKENBURY



Notable Achievements:


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

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

What are you doing now?

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

What are your plans for the future?

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

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

Fletcher Knebel

100 25 under 25 dan garner



Notable Achievements:


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

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

What are you doing now?

Home Club: Romford Golf Club

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

Handicap: 1

What are your plans for the future?

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

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

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

Jimmy DeMaret

102 25 under 25 MITCHElL SARLING



Notable Achievements:


• U16 Essex Captain • England Regional Squad

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

What are you doing now?

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

What are your plans for the Future

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

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

Harry Vardon


104 25 under 25 JACK HEASMAN



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

What are you doing now?

D.O.B: 22/09/1992

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

From: Wanstead, London

What are your plans for the future?

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

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

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

Jim Murray


106 25 under 25 jake bond


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

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

What are you doing now?

Playing for Clarendon Junior College in Texas, USA.

What are your plans for the future?

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

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

David Brenner

108 25 under 25 JAmes allAn


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

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

What are you doing now?

Handicap: 0

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

Coach: David March

What are your plans for the future?

Home Club: Chelmsford GC


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

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

Joe E. Lewis

110 25 under 25 luke Richardson


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

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

What are you doing now?

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

What are your goals for the future?

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

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

Percey Boomer


112 25 under 25 Sam Wilding


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


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

D.O.B: 08/04/1991

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

From: Wickford

What are your goals for the future?

Sam Wilding Sam Wilding

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

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

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

Ben Hogan

114 25 under 25 lewis adair


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

Notable achievements:

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

What are you doing now/?

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

What are your goals for the future?

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

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

Ian Baker-Finch, on John Daly

116 25 under 25 JACK HILUTA


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


What are you doing now?

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

What are your plans for the future?

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

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

Nick Faldo, on John Daly

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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Essex Golf Union Magazine, Issue 3, July 2012  

The Official magazine of the Essex Golf Union (UK)

Essex Golf Union Magazine, Issue 3, July 2012  

The Official magazine of the Essex Golf Union (UK)