UPMINSTER TROPHIES 2017
Saturday 9th September
Upminster Golf Club
Victorious, Jay Beisser, Will Percival and Matthew O'Connor.
The Upminster Trophies are played annually at Upminster Golf Club, the Upminster Bowl is for players who are under 25 and the Upminster Trophy is for players that are 25 and over.
The event was the final competition in the race to Essex’s Order of Merit, with three players leading the way in the final group, Jay Beisser from The Rayleigh Club, leading the way, 3 points ahead of Curtis Knipes of Abridge, who was just 3 points ahead of Arron Edwards-Hill from Chelmsford. The morning was bright but brisk, with a cutting wind first thing. The course was in great condition but the early signs suggested scoring was not that easy, as there were some tricky pin positions and the wind was playing havoc on some of the tighter holes.
Just two players broke par in the morning round, Will Percival from Orsett and Callum Newton, also representing Orsett. They both returned scores of 68 (-1) whilst the next best was 70 (+1) by Curtis Knipes. Beisser having started on the 10th, found himself 2 under par having started with a brace of birdies, only to follow it up with a par, then a 10 on a par four. Opening the door to the Championship as well as the OOM, as his two playing partners were chasing him down, he fought his way round to a 75 (+6).
The afternoon round looked like it could present some exciting golf, with it all to play for. Curtis Knipes carded a one under par 68 in the afternoon, which could have been so much better as he double bogeyed the 17th to go back to level par for the afternoon and just 1 over for the tournament. The birdie on 18 meant he was on Level for the day and a score to be proud of in such tricky conditions. Arron Edwards-Hill managed just the one birdie in the afternoon and carded a 74 (+5). This was enough to guarantee he was not going to lift the OOM trophy this year, despite a fantastic season, we are sure it will not be long until Arron wins the Essex OOM. Harry Moncur (Abridge) managed a level par afternoon round to climb the board finishing in 5th position on his own with a +5 total for the day. Callum Newton couldn’t match his morning round of one under but did manage a very steady round of 71 (+2) to secure third place on his own for a one over total of 139. Meanwhile Jay Beisser was fighting hard to regain control of the OOM, carding 6 birdies and an eagle in his afternoon round. Unfortunately, a treble and two bogeys meant the best he could manage was a 66 (-3). The lowest round of the day and sufficient to finish in 4th position on 141 (+3) for the Championship, three shots behind Curtis Knipes.
The consistency of Will Percival, following his one under 68 with a level par 69 in the afternoon was enough to pip Curtis, not only costing Curtis the Upminster Bowl but also denying him the Seasons OOM crown by just one point behind Jay Beisser. Unlucky Curtis, another talented youngster with time on his side, another one that will be an OOM contender in years to come. Congratulations Will Percival on a great performance and winning the Upminster Bowl.
The Upminster Trophy was won by the 3rd time in a row, OOM Champion Jay Beisser. The Net Competition was won by youngster Matthew O’Connor (Abridge) with a fabulous 2 under par 136, which will see his handicap drop considerably. Great golf Matthew.
Our thanks, as always to Upminster Golf Club, for their hospitality and we look forward to returning next year.
2018 Entry Form