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2016 County Champ
2016 Essex Ladies County Champion Bella Jay (Chelmsford), with Ashley Powell, Higgins Group PLC sponsors of the Essex Ladies Championship, and Harriet Lynch (Thorndon Park) Top Qualifier and Championship Runner Up.

Congratulations to Bella Jay, 2016 Essex Ladies Champion. Bella (Chelmsford GC) began the first day of the Championship with a gross score of 159 after 36 holes strokeplay. She went on to successfully win through matches against Chloe Thackeray (Stock Brook Manor), and Megan Henry (Chigwell) before playing Harriet Lynch (Thorndon Park) in the final. Harriet was top qualifier on the first day of the Championship with a gross score of 157. See under Competitions section for a full report.

2016 County Champ SeniorsCongratulations also to Jo Rumsey (Rochford Hundred GC) who has claimed the title of Senior Champion for the fourth successive year! She began the Championship with a top qualifying gross score of 84 before successfully winning her matches against Philippa Deman (Colchester), Maria Williams (Rochford Hundred), and Louella Hitchcock (Chigwell). See under Competitions section for a full report.

Ashley Powell, Higgins Group PLC, sponsors of the Essex Ladies Championship, with Jo Rumsey (Rochford Hundred) Essex Ladies’ Senior Champion 2016 and Louella Hitchcock.


English U14 girls’ champion Lily May Humphreys has scored her biggest win to date with an eight-shot victory in the girls’ event at the Fairhaven Trophies.

Lily May, from Channels in Essex, was one-under par in the 72-hole international championship for U18s at Fairhaven in Lancashire.

The runner-up was Amelia Williamson (Royal Cromer) with Ireland’s Annabel Wilson in third place. The championship was played in challenging weather conditions with much rain and wind on the first and last days.

“It was really special to win, it’s a really big tournament and I would never have thought I would win it,” said Lily May, who celebrated her 14th birthday last month and trains with an England Golf U16 regional squad.

“I just wanted to do well, but when I saw where I was after the first round, I thought I could try and win it. I was really happy with the way I played, I thought I was consistent and that my strategy worked.”

She opened with two-over 77 – three off the lead – and went on to play the remaining three rounds in three-under par: 75 73 74. She shared the lead after the second round and was one clear of the field after the third, when her score included a magical spell of birdie, par, birdie, eagle.

Her plan was to stay out of the fairway bunkers and go for the greens whenever possible and her tee shots served her well. “You couldn’t go forward from the fairway bunkers, you had to take your punishment and it was a guaranteed bogey. The greenside bunkers weren’t so punishing,” added Lily May.

Lily May played for England in last season’s U16 girls’ match against Switzerland and already this season she’s been third in the U16 spring championship at Hawkstone Park and had top tens in two prestigious scratch women’s scratch events. Her next big target is the English U16 girls’ open championship at The Nottinghamshire in July.

She is also an Essex ambassador for Girls Golf Rocks, the campaign jointly run by England Golf and the Golf Foundation to attract more girls into golf. The newcomers receive coaching opportunities and are encouraged and mentored by girls from county squads.

German players filled the first three places in the boys’ event at the Fairhaven Trophies but five English players were in the top 10: Dan O’Loughlin (Ruddington Grange), Oliver Clarke (Hillside), Toby Briggs (Dunston Hall), Harrison Ottley-Woodd (Cotswold Hills) and Harry Goddard (Hanbury Manor).

Essex drew first League match with Surrey in The Mulligan Larsen Bowl (see report in senior section)


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The 2016 Essex Ladies Championship, sponsored by Higgins Group PLC, will be held at Braintree Golf Club on Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd May.  Entries are invited from any lady with a maximum handicap of 13.  Entry to the Seniors’ Championship is for ladies of 50+ years of age.  All competitors must be full members of ELCGA. 

Entry Form

Essex County Seniors forthcoming fixture availability form is now on the website, please go to the seniors section for more details.

If you are interested in playing for the County seniors and have a handicap under 14 please complete the availability form and send it to Toni Brockwell brockers666@gmail.com

This form will also be given to County delegates to give out within their Clubs.

 2016 fixture list    
Coming up......
2 Jun Girls’ Championship & 18 Hole Competition for H/Caps 30‐36
2~3 Jun South East Regional Schools Championship
6 Jun County Delegates Meeting
6 Jun Competitions Sub Committee Meeting
6 Jun Munro Foursomes 3rd Round
10~12 Jun Curtis Cup



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