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Junior Organisers Meeting - March 2024

On 13th  March, Thorndon Park Golf Club hosted the Junior Organisers meeting on behalf of the

Essex Golf Union. Minutes from the meeting are attached  here

Both of the presentations shown on the night can be viewed using the links below.

Golf Foundation 'Unleash Your Drive'

England Golf  initiaitves March 2024

County News


120 Guests attended the Centenary Summer Ball at Stockbrook Manor Golf Club on Saturday the 22nd June. 
The evening was a success despite one of our honoured guests unable to make it. Mr Peter Dawson did however provide the following statement which our President read to the guests on the evening.

'Dear Nick

I am very sorry to be missing your Centenary Summer Ball, here are a few words to use as you wish in my absence.

“Good evening everyone. I’m really sorry that I’m unable to be with you tonight but I hope you’re all having a great time. 

I have nothing but fond memories of my time in Essex. My family moved to Southend in 1962 when I was 14 and I was fortunate to be able to join Thorpe Hall as a cadet member. 

This was when Michael Bonallack, Britain’s greatest ever amateur golfer, was at the peak of his powers and it was a great privilege to play at Thorpe Hall with him and his wife Angela all those years ago. Now sadly we have lost them both and they are sorely missed. 

By an amazing coincidence I succeeded Michael as Secretary of The R&A in 1999 and although we hadn’t seen each other some years we instantly gelled and I couldn’t have had a finer mentor or closer friend. 

I think our common background in Essex golf played a large part in this smooth transition. It was here that we both came to appreciate golf’s strengths and values and to love the game we all play. 

In my own case I will be forever grateful for everything playing golf in Essex taught me about our sport. 

Many congratulations to the Essex Golf Union on reaching your centenary and I hope golf in Essex continues to go from strength to strength in the years ahead.”

I hope you have an evening to remember.

All the best,


England Golf President Presented Essex Golf Union President with a glass plaque commemorating 100 years of the Essex Golf Union. (Pictured)

93rd AGM

The 93rd Annual General Meeting of the Essex Golf Union saw a change of venue for 2024. It was one hundred years ago to the day that the Union was inaugurated at a meeting held at Romford Golf Club on 27th February 1924, where representatives from sixteen clubs* attended. So, it was only right to return to the club for the 2024 AGM. Complimented by the fact that outgoing County President Lawrence Kingsnorth is a member of Romford too.

Lawrence welcomed everyone to this special evening and congratulated Mark Sapsford (Woolston Manor Golf & Country Club), on his election to his newly appointed role as a Director of the Essex Golf Union. Unfortunately, due to previously arranged holiday plans, Mark was not in attendance.

Lawrence thanked everyone involved with the County for their help in making his two-year tenure as County President a very enjoyable experience. One of his final duties was to welcome the incoming County President, Nick McEvoy and present him with his blazer, pin badge and ceremonial chain of office.

Incoming County President Nick McEvoy (left) being congratulated by outgoing County President Lawrence Kingsnorth.

The AGM saw 75 people attend, representing 24 Essex clubs. The meeting was followed by the customary ‘AGM Supper’ meal, which gave all in attendance a chance to renew acquaintances and make new contacts, whilst reminiscing over golf stories and discussing the future of the game of golf. Thanks to Romford Golf Club for laying on such an enjoyable meal.     

*The sixteen clubs in attendance at the 1924 meeting were: -

Bowers Gifford, Frinton, Monkhams, Thorpe Hall, Boyce Hill, Grays & Orsett , Rochford 100 , Wanstead, Chelmsford,
Hainault Forest, Romford, West Essex, Clacton-on-Sea, Ilford, Theydon Bois & Woodford.

AGM Minutes are available Here

County Delegates Meeting at Chelmsford Golf Club- November 2023


Lawrence Kingsnorth (EGU President), James Gurry (County Secretary), Nick McEvoy (President-Elect), 3 EGU officials

23 people attended, representing the following 18 Clubs:

Abridge, Boyce Hill, Chigwell, Crondon Park, Frinton, Garon Park, Hainault Forest, Langdon Hills, Orsett, Rochford Hundred, Romford, Royal Epping Forest, Stapleford Abbotts, Stock Brook Manor, Stoke by Nayland, Three Rivers, Wanstead, Warley Park.

Healthy debate on a variety of agenda points was had.

Thorndon Park wanted to extend their thanks to the Essex Golf Union office staff and volunteers for their efforts in organising County events in 2023, for affiliated clubs and their members.

The County Secretary ended by thanking all the volunteers for the tremendous amount of work they completed on behalf of their club’s members this year. Lawrence Kingsnorth (EGU President) thanked all Essex Golf Union officials, volunteers and office staff for their work in 2023 and concluded by thanking everyone for attending this evening.

Minutes from the meeting can be found HERE

Junior Organisers Meeting - October 2023

On 18th  October, Bentley Golf Club hosted the Junior Organisers meeting on behalf of the

Essex Golf Union. Minutes from the meeting are attached  here

Style Partitions - New U18s Squad Sponsorship

Style becomes a sponsor of the Essex Golf Union Under 18s team

Style has become a sponsor of the Essex Golf Union U18s Team squad clothing as part of a commitment to support young people.

The Essex Golf Union was founded in 1924 by sixteen Golf Clubs and the number of affiliated Clubs now stands at 71.

It administers county-wide golf competitions for individuals and Club teams in a wide range of age groups and standards, and through its player development programs its aim is to progress the next generation of golfers to represent the County of Essex and up to national level. 

Michael Porter, Style’s group sales director, said, “We are delighted to have become a key sponsor for the U18 elite squad, and it’s exciting to be supporting some of the county’s finest young golfers.

“As the UK’s market leader in moveable, folding and partitioning walls, we have always helped develop talented young people through our apprenticeship schemes, and we believe it is also important to support young people in other areas too.

“The Union has been doing some fantastic work growing the game of golf by encouraging more young people to take up the sport, and this was a key reason for Style wishing to become involved as they are doing such great work in this area.

“We very much look forward to a long relationship and are excited to be involved.”

James Gurry, the County Secretary and a P.G.A. Professional, added, “The support we receive from businesses like Style is vital to the long-term development of our County teams, and helps encourage more young people to take up golf. As a result, we are seeing numbers grow and have many success stories of where our young players have gone on to compete both nationally and across the world.”

“We are very grateful for Style’s support and look forward to a great partnership.” 

Junior Organisers Meeting - March 2023
On 15th March, Thorndon Park Golf Club hosted the Junior Organisers meeting on behalf of the Essex Golf Union.
Minutes from the meeting are attached here.

92nd AGM

The 92nd Annual General Meeting of the Essex Golf Union took place at Upminster Golf Club on Thursday 26th January 2023.

County President, Lawrence Kingsnorth (Romford Golf Club), below right, congratulated Jeff Mathewson (Orsett Golf Club) on his election to his newly appointed role as a Director of the Essex Golf Union.

Lawrence went on to thank Nick McEvoy & announce his retirement as County Secretary, he thanked him for his seven years of service. Those in attendance agreed and after a round of applause, Lawrence introduced Nick’s successor and new County Secretary, James Gurry.