5 Dec 14
The search is on to find golf's unsung heroes who give up their time to inspire others to take up and enjoy golf. England Golf is seeking nominations for its first annual awards, which will recognise, celebrate and reward individuals and groups who have made outstanding contributions to ‘raise our game’ and build a bright future for the sport. The winners will be those who contribute within golf clubs, schools, county golf partnerships, training schemes or many other programmes. To nominate please visit www.englandgolf.org to complete the easy-to-follow nomination form. The closing date is Friday 27 February, 2015. The awards will be presented at a national conference in April 2015. There are seven different award categories which include recognition for lifetime achievers and those who increase participation and club membership.
25 Jul 14
England Golf today launched its new strategy to create a bright future for the sport at Moor Park in Hertfordshire. Raising Our Game: The Strategic Plan for 2014-17 sets out a vision of England Golf at the heart of a network of partners, taking action together to tackle the challenges facing the game. The strategy aims to tackle the decline in golf club membership and participation and create: - More players and more club members - Stronger clubs - Winning golfers - Outstanding championships for golfers of all abilities - Improved image of the game - Excellent governance
12 Jun 14
Essex golfer Jan Tallentire is running a one-woman drive to get new players into the game – and in the space of just six weeks she persuaded 80 ladies to have a go. Jan is ladies’ captain at Warley Park Golf Club, near Brentwood, and she’s run four Get into golf days for women to give them a taste of the game – and share her pleasure in the sport. “She has done a fantastic job,” said Craig Harman, a PGA coach at Warley Park, who has helped teach the women the basics of the game. “It’s a massive achievement,” commented Helen Tarttelin of the Essex Golf Partnership. “We are sure that lots of women would love the chance to play golf – and Jan has proved it.” Jan laid on a great experience. The visitors were greeted with coffee and a goodie bag from the club, containing balls, tees and a ball maker. Next was two hours of coaching with PGA professionals, followed by lunch. Then it was out on the course for a five-hole group competition, encouraged by club members, before time to relax over tea and cakes.
24 Apr 14
We are pleased to announce that on Friday 5th September 2014, we shall be hosting our inaugural golf day at Garon Park Golf Complex, Southend, to raise much needed funds to support the great work we are undertaking across the county to increase golf participation. Teams of four (any combination) are invited to play 18 hole stableford, with best three scores to count. Entry fee is £180 per team and includes coffee on arrival, post match meal and a great selection of prizes.
16 Apr 14
Clubs across Essex are backing National Golf Month with great value activities to support the drive to get more people playing the game. National Golf Month will be held across the UK in May and Essex clubs will offer a wide range of opportunities to attract beginners and returners to the sport, including beginner courses with PGA professionals. Full details about Essex activities, as well as all the other opportunities across England, are available on the Get into golf website www.getintogolf.org/map Get into golf is a campaign which aims to inspire more adults in England to take up the sport, with low-cost structured coaching with PGA professionals.
9 Apr 14
Emma Clifford, West Essex Golf Club, has won Manager of the Year 2014! Along with the five other finalists, Emma, received a Manager of the Year Finalist trophy; her winning prize is a trip for two to Rioja in Spain, which includes visits to vineyards and golf. Emma first played on the driving range at West Essex when her dad joined the club when she was seven. Later, she would join the Ladies’ European Tour, which she played on for nine years, before working in a number of roles, from the PGA professional to membership sales, at various golf clubs, where she helped grow their membership sections by adopting an inclusive and friendly approach. Today, she’s back at West Essex – as the club’s secretary manager.
7 Apr 14
Essex golfer Keith Mitchell, who has encouraged over 2000 boys and girls to take up the sport, was recognised this week as one of England Golf’s top volunteers. Keith, from Rochford Hundred Golf Club, was presented with the 2014 England Golf Men’s Lifetime Achievement Award for services to golf at an annual gala dinner. “I get immense satisfaction from seeing youngsters progress and move through the game of golf,” said Keith, who has been volunteering in golf for almost two decades.
1 Apr 14
THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF THE ESSEX GOLF PARTNERSHIP WILL TAKE PLACE ON MONDAY 12TH MAY 2014 AT 10.00AM AT THE WARREN GOLF CLUB Representative’s of Golf Clubs in Essex may attend the AGM by registering their intent by contacting the Chairman by email email@example.com or by telephone on 01255 850173. Club representatives wishing to ask questions at the AGM are requested to forward the details in writing as above.
10 Mar 14
Five Lakes Golf Club has just celebrated achieving the GolfMark from England Golf at an annual competition for all members. GolfMark is a national award which recognises junior and beginner-friendly facilities and the plaque was presented to Five Lakes by their guest of honour, Stewart White of BBC Look East. Over 90 members celebrated the award by taking part in the Crowne Plaza invitational. The competition was preceded by breakfast and a briefing from PGA professional Gary Carter and followed by lunch provided by the hotel. The trophy was won by Frank Taylor (21) with 39 points, followed by Neil Shinwell (12) with 38 points and Phil Roblin (14), who came third on countback with 37 points. Four other players also had 37 points: Stephen Ward, Jackson Garnett, Phil Robson and Malcolm Pook. Nearest the pins were won by Alan Hayes on the 8th, Jackson Garnett on the 11th, longest and closest to the line on the 13th hole was Nigel Popper.
7 Mar 14
Essex students with learning difficulties have been gaining new skills by ‘getting into golf’. They’ve been learning to play the game and also developing their teamwork, communication and co-ordination skills. The project, which started with one group of 18 teenagers at the Colchester Institute’s Clacton campus, has proved so successful that two other groups have just begun ‘get into golf’ sessions, including one in Colchester. A satellite club has also been set up to offer weekly sessions for those who want to go on playing the game. Golf professional Tom Hide and his colleagues at the Coastal Golf Academy have been coaching the first group at Millers Barn and Frinton Golf Clubs. He said: “It’s been so rewarding to bring people into the sport and to see them enjoy it.”