David Hall Trophy 
Cambridgeshire V Essex
Sunday 5th March 2017 Saffron Walden Golf Club

Essex Professionals V Essex Amateurs 

Frinton Golf Club
Thursday 6th April

The day started early with clear blue skies and a surprising absence of the usual strong breeze  associated with this annual fixture.

Frinton golf club looked immaculate in the spring sunshine as the cream of Essex golfers both Pro and Amateur prepared to do battle.

The Professionals fielded a very strong team in an effort to reverse previous year’s fortunes, demonstrated by the inclusion of European Tour player Matthew Southgate.

The Amateur line up was a mix of youth and experience with 5 players from the County side and 5 from the under 18’s

The morning foursomes produced some superb golf aided by greens that wouldn’t have been out of place in any tour event, hard, fast and true with puts rolling in from everywhere. The amateurs edging the morning with a 3 to 2 advantage. Special praise to the young pairing of Joshua Read and Cai James taking Matt Southgate and Rhys Piper to the 17th in a ding dong battle.

With amateur expectations high the afternoons singles again produced some spectacular scoring with a glut birdies and eagles highlighted in the Southgate/May match with Matt being 4 up after 9 and 4 under par.

The Pro’s were not for lying down and ran out winners of the singles by 7 points to 3, however credit to the Amateurs for taking 6 of these matches to the 18th.

The Pro’s winning back the trophy with an overall match score of 9 to 6.

A super day on a course in top condition. Thanks given by county catain Jay Beisser to both Frinton for their hospitality and to the Professionals for giving up their time to teach the Am’s a thing or two. Roll on next year!

Thanks to Frinton Club Captain David Joshua for presenting the trophy to winning Pro Captain Mark Talbott

Phil Hulse
County Team Manager

Mark Talbott (Thorpe Hall P.G.A. Professional) with the Trophy.

Essex County Team
Eastern Counties Foursomes Championship
Seacroft Golf Club, Skegness 20th & 21st May

Nine Counties competed in this annual event of 4 rounds of Foursomes matchplay over the superb Links at Seacroft Golf Club, each County being represented by 5 pairs in each of the rounds.

The Essex squad selected for this event comprised; Jay Beisser, County Captain, (The Rayleigh Club), Curtis Knipes & Jamie Richards (Abridge), Andy May (Boyce Hill), Ali Plumb, Brandon Meads, Michael Gilbert & Arron Edwards-Hill (Chelmsford), Callum Pipe (Braintree), Taylor Carter (The Rayleigh Club), Will Percival (Orsett).

The Saturday morning draw paired Essex with the 2016 winners Leicestershire & Rutland, who were most onlooker’s favourites again this year, and BB&O who had mastered the Essex team in the foursomes section of the South East League encounter a week earlier. The Essex team were quickly on top in these matches, and by lunchtime had beaten both opponents 4.5 to 0.5, giving a 9 point total and a 1 point lead over home county Lincolnshire.

In the afternoon matches Essex played Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire, and again a very good performance saw a 4 – 1 victory and a 3 – 2 victory respectively. Overnight Essex held a 2 point lead over Lincolnshire at the head of the field.

On the Sunday morning the Essex team faced their nearest challengers, Lincolnshire, and Suffolk. Some outstanding golf resulted in Essex demolishing Lincolnshire 5 – 0, and beating Suffolk 4 – 1, giving the Essex team another 9 points and a commanding 6.5 point lead with the final round to play.

The Essex team made a nervous start to the final round, needing only 4 points to ensure the trophy was secured. Jay Beisser and Curtis Knipes secured 1 point from the first match out, but the following two matches were very close with Essex finally losing out by narrow margins. However, Andy May and Taylor Carter played excellent golf comfortably winning both their matches, so it was left to Ali Plumb and Brandon Meads to ensure the celebrations could start, this they did with a win in the match against Cambridgeshire.

So Essex lifted the shield for only the third time since its inception in 1954, County Captain, Jay Beisser, thanked Seacroft Golf Club for the well presented course, their organisation and hospitality. Proceedings were rounded off by a packed Clubhouse singing ‘Happy Birthday’ to Jay, who had lifted the trophy for Essex on his own birthday.

Phil Hulse
County Team Manager