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PLAYOFF DRAMA IN CLUB CHAMPS

The 2024 West Essex Club Championships came down to the wire as cousins Timmy and Harry Moncur duelled in an enthralling three-hole playoff.
But let’s go back to the start. It was a brutal day weather-wise for all 67 contestants with wind and rain proving a menace all day long. There were sunny spells in parts, but it was a slog throughout.

After the first 18 holes, Timmy and Charles Peck were tied at the top with two superb rounds of level par. After starting off with a bogey on 10, Timmy then made 11 consecutive pars before making two birdies and one more bogey coming in. Charles was one under with two holes to play in the first round but made a disappointing bogey on the par-five 8th to drop back to level par.
Harry Moncur was three behind after a morning 74, but the conditions meant that scoring was tough, so he knew a solid afternoon round would still give him a chance.

Charles and Timmy were in the last group together so they knew what each other was doing score-wise. But Harry was a group ahead so had to post a number and wait and see when they got in behind him. Of course, whispers were filtering through the groups of what score all the contenders were on.
Charles was still within a shout standing on the 17 tee, but a poor drive resulted in a double bogey and all but ended his chances. So, with a par up the last, it meant that the Moncurs were tied at five-over-par through 36 holes. No under-par scores by anyone all day is a testament to how tough the course was playing, aided by the not-so- summery weather.

So, it was a playoff, with the format being the best aggregate score through two holes (17 and 18), and if they were still tied, then sudden death, playing the same two holes over and over until someone came out victorious.

The pair both sent their drives off 17 tee onto 18 fairway, a typical play by many members, intentional or unintentional. Timmy was rather unfortunate with his second shot to be right up against the lip of the side of the bunker short-sided and could only splash out to 20 feet or so. But he then drained a clutch putt for par, before Harry missed a mid-range putt for birdie. It was a true match-play situation, and so the two made their fours and walked to the 18 tee. Two blistering drives saw them both with short irons into the par-five last. Timmy hit a wonderful low bullet to the back of the green. However, Harry was stuck in between clubs after (accidentally) snapping his 8 iron earlier in the day. He ended up in the left bunker and was unable to get up and down for birdie. This left Timmy with a four-footer back up the hill for the win. But he could not convert, and Harry holed out for par which meant it was SUDDEN DEATH.
Harry again played down 18 from the elevated 17th tee whilst Timmy found the correct fairway. Harry then produced the shot of the championship, stiffing it to two feet behind the pin. Timmy hit a good shot to the centre of the small green, knowing he would probably have to hole that to continue the playoff. Unfortunately for him, it lipped out on the low side. So up stepped Harry with a putt to win, but it was by no means a gimme. A tickler down the hill went in the side door on the right half and he let out a sigh of relief. No back-to-back club championships for Timmy, but he congratulated his cousin like the sportsman he is and the watching members congratulated the 2024 Club Champion Harry Moncur. It was a palpable ending to a magnificent day, despite the weather, and it is always mesmerising to watch the best players battle in the moment. Well done, Harry! Hopefully next year we can finally get some nice weather, considering it is the middle of summer…

Also, a massive congratulations to one Paul Bentley who was 4-under nett through both rounds, which was good enough to claim the Herbert Chappell Bowl. A cut is incoming for you I think Paul.

Thanks to all the staff at West and the greenkeepers as always for displaying our course in its best condition.
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Apologies for the wordy recap for those who saw it with their own eyes, but the tension had to be conveyed for those who weren’t there to witness it. Here are some photos taken from Saturday courtesy of Thomas Peck.

The McGregor Trophy 2024

This summer, West Essex are hosting the prestigious McGregor Trophy. One of the biggest junior competitions in the country. It is a great privilege for our club to be hosting this year, and we need our members to show their support for both our club and the future generations of the sport. England golf expects entries from over 35 countries, with last year’s handicap cut-off being +2 or better. Past winners include our very own Oliver Fisher back in 2004, as well as Rasmus Hojgaard, Edoardo Molinari and Justin Rose!

Please contact Megan@westessexgolfclub.co.uk if you are interested in helping out. The dates are the 15th-18th of July and there are a plethora of jobs that are required for this event to run smoothly.

COMING UP AT THE WEST

Attention all members: Make sure you sign up for Captain’s Day on Saturday the 29th June. It is one of the most important dates in the calendar and it is essential that we show our support for this year’s captain Benjamin Picking. It promises to be a great day with food, prizes and entertainment as well as the usual 4BBB
stableford shotgun start.

Course Maintenance

Absolutely perfect weather for some course conditioning. The fairways have been groomed, cut and blown, while the greens have had a verticut and a light topdressing. Stay up to date by following the club’s Instagram @west_essex_golf_club

PRO SHOP PARAPHERNALIA

NEW IN
Brand new West Essex poker chip ball markers are now in stock for just £4. As well as the usual West Essex logo headcovers, scorecard holders
etc.

Rules Controversy and Bent Flagstick

I was made aware post-round on Saturday, whilst enjoying a pint and a sandwich, that there was an unusual ruling during club champs. Part-time photographer and accountant, full-time teetotaller Steve Gleave accidentally played the wrong ball during his round on the weekend. He watched his ball go over the back of the green on the 9th only to then play the incorrect ball, despite it being the same brand with weirdly similar markings before finding his original ball afterwards. Just like the gent he is, Steve called the two-shot penalty on himself and went back to
play his original ball. Unlucky Steve but well done on the self-proclamation.
Any juicy news or events that occur on the course are always welcome in my inbox for public debate.
As you also may have seen from the pictures above, the flagstick on the 7th green was bent but not snapped on Saturday. Some have claimed it was the gusting wind but the mystery remains unsolved. I can confirm, however, that a new flagstick was procured almost immediately and
normality has resumed.

Sunday Results

Graham Tansley (12) won the Sunday Stableford with 36 points. As there were only ten people mad enough to play the day after the club champs, there is no payout for the winner. There were two verified twos also. This Saturday there is a Stableford with no comp on Sunday but the boys in blue have a Leslie Wood match away at Woodford so good luck to them! There will be a report of that match in next week’s newsletter so stay
tuned to find out how they get on.