​Essex Colts v Romford Golf Club
Saturday 18th March Romford Golf Club

Saturday 18th March saw the first fixture of 2017 for Essex Colts. The annual friendly match against Romford Golf Club – teams of 12 with both sides playing prospective players for the forthcoming season.

Changes to the Colts set up as advised last year. Age range 18 to 25, with no player outside of that bracket. It was good to see several new faces. One player had to withdraw at 6am on the morning through illness. Congratulations to the Colts Captain – Brandon Meads, who successfully found a replacement in the short time allowed, and thanks to Jack Brown (Chelmsford) who was contacted at 6.40 and was on the tee at 7.20!!

Romford Golf Club, as always, the perfect hosts. The course was in good condition, and although cold and windy there was no rain. The games were all played in a great spirit of camaraderie.

The morning foursomes went very much in the Colts’ favour. The first match was halved and they then won the following five.  5½ to ½.  

Afternoon singles was an entirely new ball game. Romford started strongly. Again the first match was halved, but the second - a decisive win of 6/5 for Tony Aimes of Romford. Games three and four were both halved with game five another win for Romford. Of the remaining seven matches the Colts won five, with two more 6/5 wins, this time from Ben Horton and George Leversuch. 

Singles result 7 to 5. Making the final result for the day   Colts 12½   Romford 5½

The twelve man Colts team were as follow:- Brandon Meads Capt. Alex Bradley and Jack Brown(Chelmsford): George Gennings, Ben Horton and Lukas Warren (Thorndon Park): Josh Cardy (Three Rivers): Dominic Piccolo (Benton Hall): George Leversuch (Wanstead): Josh Tobin (Basildon): Ben Wyatt (Raleigh): Callum Hilton (The Warren).

Thanks to Grant Glover and the Romford team. Twelve good men and true!!
We wish them every success for the 2017 season

Dave Edwards
​Colts Manager

Essex Colts v Orsett Golf Club.
2nd April 2107.

The second fixture of 2017 for Essex Colts was against Orsett Golf Club, the winners of the 1916 Thornton Cup. This annual friendly match, with 12 players on each team gives both sides the opportunity to try new players and pairings for the forthcoming season.

Regrettably one Colt member had to pull out at short notice due to illness and even more regrettably one was a “no show” on the morning. The first space was admirably filled by Ben Humphrey (Chelmsford) who is only four days short of being a Colt and will prove a great asset to the 2017 under 18’s team. Orsett players came to the assistance of the missing twelfth man by phoning around, and Orsett member, Kane Lynn-Jones arrived on the tee in time to tee off in the final match.

The morning foursomes started in the Colts’ favour. After six holes they were up in four and all square in two. Orsett then made it a great reversal finishing 4/2.  There were several very good scores from both teams. Colts Callum Piper & Ben Horton won their match 5/3, and George Leversuch &Josh Cardy won 4/3. However Orsett won the remaining four matches with excellent wins of 5/4 from Chris Dreher & Darren Spencer, and 5/3 from Paul King and Cassidy Steffens.

The afternoon singles started in a similar fashion. Orsett won the first four matches with strong wins from Will Percival 7/5 and Dan Vaughan 5/4.  The following seven matches were won by Colts. Notable Brendan Meads 6/4, Josh Cardy 4/3 and Jordan Slater 4/2. The final match of the afternoon was halved. Giving an afternoon result of Colts 7½ Orsett 4½.

Total for the day:- Colts 9½ Orsett 8½. But since Orsett loaned us our twelfth man and he won his singles giving us one point the match should surely be considered a draw!

Orsett Golf Club were perfect hosts. The course in excellent condition, the catering could not be faulted and the sun shone. What organisation? Our grateful thanks to Orsett Club Members for giving up their Sunday tee times.

The twelve man Colts team were as follow:- Brandon Meads Capt, Ben Humphrey and Jack Brown(Chelmsford): Ben Horton and Lukas Warren (Thorndon Park): Josh Cardy (Three Rivers): George Leversuch (Wanstead): Jordan Slater (Harwich & Dovercourt): Ben Wyatt (Raleigh): Callum Pipe (The Warren). and Joe Tatam (Brentwood)

Thanks to Orsett Captain – Andy Lee and Steve Rooney – team Captain.

Dave Edwards, Colts Manager

East Berkshire Stag
Wednesday 21st June 2017

Six players from Essex played in this annual event at East Berkshire Golf Club.

Brandon Meads (Chelmsford), George Leversuch (Wanstead), Will Percival and Zach Chegwidden (Orsett), George Gennings (Thorndon Park) and Callum Pipe (Braintree)

A 36 hole individual stroke play competition plus a three man team trophy. First played in 1976 and won then by Sandy Lyle.  Essex has had a couple of winners in the last few years  and hopes were high after a very good practice round on Tuesday.   

The June 2017 heat wave continued. The course, although somewhat dry, was in beautiful condition.

With a field of 74 players the leading score in the morning was from George Gennings. 65 – 3 shots clear of the field. Hopes were high but regrettably the heat got to many in the afternoon, including George.

The eventual winner was home player Ben Platt 70.67.137. The best three scores from Essex were George Gennings & Brandon 142 and Will 144.

With six players Essex had two teams in the team event but lost out to BB&O who had a total team score of 432 to Essex’s best of 438. Teams have to be declared before start of play – unfortunately our 3 best scores were not all in the same team. Typical case of “if only”.

However, congratulations to all the Essex players who were a credit to our County.

Dave Edwards
Colts Manager

Colts South East League North Match
Essex v Hertfordshire

The second match of the 2017 season for the Essex Colts was the home fixture against Herts played on Sunday 2nd July at Abridge Golf Club. The away match had been drawn 6-6 only two weeks ago.  The course was in excellent condition and the Club made everyone feel most welcome.

The full team: Brandon Meads (Capt), Jack Brown and Shay McQueen (Chelmsford). Zach Chegwidden & Cassidy Steffens (Orsett). Jordon Slater (Harwich & Dovercourt). Ben Wyatt (Rayleigh) and Josh Cardy (Three Rivers).

The County Team also had a match against Herts on the same day, with a couple of regular Colts selected for that team. Consequently there were some changes and the opportunity to introduce two rookies Shay and Cassidy who both played extremely well and each won both their foursomes and their singles.

The morning foursomes went well for Essex . Shay & Josh had an early win of 6&5, followed by Zach & Cassidy 4&3 and then Brandon & Jack 3&1. Morning result: Essex 3. Herts 1.

The afternoon Singles were tightly contested. Essex won the first three matches: Zach 4&3, Jordan 2&1 and Cassidy 5&4. Herts then came in with a very strong performance from Laurie Owen to win 7&5. Shay was dormy 4 up against Bobby Bradford and went on to win 3&1. The Colts Captain, Brandon Meads, had a ding dong match with Ryan Hodges, played in excellent golfing spirit and finishing all square on the 18th. Herts then won the last two matches. Singles Result: Essex 4½ to Herts 3½. Final score for the day Essex 7½. Herts 4½.

Congratulations to all the players. A fine representation for both Counties.

We are now half way through the 2017 League Matches. Kent still to play both home and away against Essex and Herts.

Dave Edwards, Colts Manager.

Colts SE League Match: Essex v Kent

Sunday 30th July saw the Essex Colts third League Match home against Kent at Thorpe Hall Golf Club.

Essex team: Brandon Meads (Capt) and  Shay McQueen (Chelmsford). Will Percival, Zach Chegwidden & Cassidy Steffens (Orsett). Jordon Slater and Tom Neale (Harwich & Dovercourt). Ben Horton (Thorndon Park).

Practice round on the previous Saturday was played in cloudy conditions, but the very heavy rain that evening and overnight had Thorpe Hall green keepers worrying about flooded greens and bunkers, as had occurred on the Sir Michael Bonallack competition a few month earlier. The greens crew were out at 5am on Sunday morning and by the time the first match started – 8.30 – the course was ready and waiting.

It was expected that the Kent team would be strong so it came as no surprise that three of the four morning foursomes games went to the 18th and the fourth to the 17th.  Kent won 2 games. Brandon & Will won 2&1. Ben & Shay were all square coming down the 18th. Shay hit an excellent approach shot to the green which Ben sank, giving them the game 1 up.

Morning result: 2 – 2.

Afternoon singles matches were again closely contested. Kent were consistently the better putters but Essex players proved their County selection. Jordan won 4&3, Brendan 3&2 and Shay 3&1. Both Will and Cassidy finished all square. Match now all square with one game to come. Last player out Tom won the 17th to be 1 up coming down the 18th, this meant at least a half and an overall win for Essex. Tom then went on to sink his birdie putt for a 2 up win.

Singles result: 5 – 3 to Essex.

Match result: Essex 7 – Kent 5.

Only one more League Match to play – away to Kent at Sheerness on Sunday 13th August. We wish the team well.

Dave Edwards