BOYS UNDER 16 TEAM
Essex under 16’s Bedfordshire under 16’s
This year’s match was played at Dunstable Downs GC in Bedfordshire a new venue for all of our team and one that is infrequently used by our hosts.
As the title suggests the course rolls through the Bedfordshire Downs, making it susceptible to strong wind at high points. For the time of year the course was in generally good condition and provided a fair challenge in dry, gusty conditions.
The match was played over 5 x 10 holes foursomes (the course is unbalanced thus the 10th is a natural finishing hole) followed by 10 singles after quick light lunch.
Bedfordshire field fielded a side which contained six strong low handicappers and four players up to low double digits however all were very competitive.
The morning foursomes very much went the way of Essex and at lunch we enjoyed a healthy 3.5 to 1.5 lead.
At the request of our hosts the afternoon singles was played in handicap order the result being we lost three of the first four matches admittedly to some inspired putting on early season greens but still very much ‘lessons learnt’.
The result however was never in doubt as there were strong performances at the top of the order from James Butler and Jake wells. As expected we took care of the lower order the stand out win being by Matt O’Connor (7&5) in our 5.5 to 4.5 winning total.
Final match score; Bedfordshire 6 – 9 Essex
Our thanks go to Dunstable Downs for hosting the match and the excellent Bedfordshire officials.
Essex v Norfolk v Suffolk
The first of this years SEG U16 league matches between Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk was played over the Barnham Broom Valley Course in Norfolk on Sunday 21st May.
After a torturous journey of nearly three hours due to road works on the M11 and closures on the A12 we finally arrived with 20 minutes to spare before the first tee time of 2pm.
Conditions for golf were good it being pleasantly warm and dry with a light breeze.
The course was in lush early season condition with very penal rough, water in play on a number of holes and medium to slow paced greens which although having good surfaces were difficult to adjust too.
The format of the match was 8 x 18 holes three way singles matchplay i.e one player from each County in 3 balls, two results from each group.
Admittedly Essex were a little disadvantaged in the early matches our late arrival meaning our leading two players had very little preparation time.
All matches were extremely well contested with Suffolk proving tough opposition at the top of the order, however at the same time we were more than holding our own against Norfolk.
As the games progressed we pulled away from Norfolk our top order closed to small margins against Suffolk with victory being delivered by an emphatic performance from our bottom half which included double wins from Charlie Dodds and Kieren Gravely both debuting for the U16's.
Final match scores
Norfolk 1.5 - Essex 6.5
Essex 4.5 - Suffolk 3.5
Our thanks go to Barnham Broom for hosting the match plus the Norfolk and Suffolk officials.
Essex v Norfolk v Suffolk
The second of this years SEG U16 league matches between Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk was at Frinton Golf Club in Essex on Sunday 2nd July.
Conditions for golf were good it being warm and dry with a light to firm sea breeze.
The course was in fast running condition reflective of the recent dry weather with penal rough awaiting off line shots and good medium to fast putting surfaces.
The format of the match was the usual 8 x 18 holes three way singles matchplay i.e one player from each County in 3 balls, two results from each group.
All teams arrived in good time and we therefore got underway at the scheduled time of 11.00am
Norfolk unfortunately fielded a weakened side due to non availability and late withdrawals however they competed well but were no match for the generally much lower handicap Essex side.
Suffolk however were a different matter with some quality golf being played and an abundance of putts being holed.
The top matches very much went the way of Essex which included some inspired play from Harvey Sullivan (-5 par) and a gutsy half from Jake Wells he and his opponent both being under par. In the previous match Essex prevailed by taking care of the bottom half of the matches this time Suffolk turned the table on us taking three from the last four leading to their eventual victory.
Final match scores
Our thanks go to Frinton for hosting the match, Club Pro Peter Taggart for all his help plus the Norfolk and Suffolk officials.
Lee Shaw, Team Manager
U16 Quadrangular Match
The annual 27 hole singles medal for the Skevington Trophy incorporating the Bob Bagshaw team event was played this year at Colne Valley GC between the usual eight man teams from Bedfordshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk.
Conditions were some of the worst in memory for July there being frequent heavy rain showers, almost constant drizzle and cold strong swirling winds which made practically every hole on the course appear to play into the prevailing weather.
Despite the weather the course was in very good condition, the greens took the amount of excess water very well and putted truly.
The morning round produced an excellent nine holes of 34, 1 under par from Jake Wells of Essex giving him a 3 shot lead over Teddy Papple also from Essex and 4 shots over JR Ellis and Matthew Green of Bedfordshire and Harvey Sullivan from Essex.
The afternoon 18 holes also produced some outstanding golf in the conditions notably from Harvey Sullivan of Essex the eventual winner who carded a 1 over par 71 which eventually gave him a 2 shot victory over a strong finishing JR Ellis and by 3 from Jake Wells.
The Bob Bagshaw team trophy which comprises the best 3 gross added to the best 3 nett scores from the eight man team was also won by Essex who on the day were too strong through the team for the visiting Counties.
Our thanks go to Colne Valley for all of their help in the staging of the event, the use of their course and facilities and to the visiting officials and teams, we look forward to visiting Norfolk who host the event next year.