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Friday 17th May 2019
First league match of the season saw the Essex squad head to Letchworth to play Hertfordshire. Normal proceedings kicking off with the foursomes, Andy May & Bailee Curran led the way against Connor O’Brian & Sam Caney, putting their first point on the board for Essex with a 2-1 victory. Second group off saw our England international Zac Chegwidden playing alongside his Orsett teammate Cassidy Steffans, sadly losing a closely fought match against a strong Hertfordshire pairing Joss Gosling & Max Hopkins. Match number 3 Carter Rowe & Ben Humphries bought home a comfortable win 4-2. Match 4 Shaun Mills & Ross Dee was close all the way and thought it might go Essex’s way with a touch of magic from Shaun on the 16th as he chipped in from an almost impossible position, with a little bit of bad luck on the 18th hole meant they managed a half against Reis Suart & George Ackerman.
This gave Essex a 2 ½ to 1 ½ lead going into lunch.
The afternoon singles saw Zac lead off in true captain form playing a strong player in Max Hopkins, Zac managed to triumph on the 18th hole after watching Max chip in to save par which meant Zac was left with an 8-foot put to half the hole and secure the point. Second match Bailee took on Reis Suart with a successful win 3-2. Third match Cassidy played Connor O’Brien which in the beginning looked like it was going to be a comfortable win but, a strong fight back from Connor saw this match go all the way to the 18th where Cassidy held his nerve and sealed the win. Forth match Carter played Sam Caney coming out with a 2-1 win. Match five, Ross playing against Joss Gosling again a very close match which again was decided on the 18th with Ross sitting on the putting surface 20ft away from the hole for birdie and his opponent was off the side of the green with an awkward stance chips in for a birdie, which meant Ross had his 20ft put just shaving the edge and loosing the hole, the outcome ended in a half. Match six, Shaun once again going down eighteen resulting in a half. Match seven Ben, this was a tight match through the front nine, but his opponent George Ackerman started to pull away on the back nine saw Essex lose this match 4-3. Last but not least Andy played Phil Dormer, players traded blows most of the way then Phil found another gear finishing eagle birdie to beat Andy 3-2.
This gave Essex a 5-3 win in the singles with a 7 ½ to 4 ½ overall win.
I would like to thank Jim and his Hertfordshire team for their great sportsmanship, the games were played in great spirits.
Thank you also to Letchworth Golf Club for hosting the match and their hospitality.
Congratulations to the Essex lads, this was a fantastic victory to start the season.
County Team Manager