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County Squad
Eastern Counties foursomes
19/21 May
Friday 19th May 2017
Jay Beisser 
The Rayleigh Club
& Curtis Knipes 
Chelmsford Golf Club
Andy May 
Boyce Hill Golf & Country Club
& Taylor Carter 
The Rayleigh Club
Callum Pipe 
& William Percival 
Orsett Golf Club
Alasdair Plumb 
Chelmsford Golf Club
& Brandon Meads 
Brentwood Golf Club
Michael Gilbert 
Chelmsford Golf Club
& Jamie Richards 
Abridge Golf & Country Club
Reserve 1
Arron Edwards-Hill 
Chelmsford Golf Club
Foursomes Total 0 0

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

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