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The latter part of 2011 was an exciting one for the University of Essex Golf Club. An influx of new members, regular training schedule and a vibrant social scene has seen the golf club’s stock rise within the university community. Go back 12 months and ask a random person on the squares if they knew Essex had a golf team, the answer would have probably been no. Well this year the tables have turned, the club is ‘kind of a big deal’ and most of you will no doubt have friends and lovers within the team. Some have even been saying that golf is the new rugby!

Onto on-course matters then and President Emily Irons has been quoted as saying she has been ‘delighted and excited’ at her clubs BUCS performances so far this season. Indeed, the first term’s matches have been very promising. The 1st team have continued to make steady progress in their outside bid for promotion. Always the underdogs, the experienced 1st side have been kicking at the heels of the league leaders since the opening fixture. Since that disappointing opening draw, the Blades have won 5 out of 6 matches, with that unfortunate loss being against the high-flying Hertfordshire side. Fresher Sam Mason, though inconsistent, has added a raw and talented edge to the side, exhibiting some huge hitting off the tee. While PHD student Christian Macmillan has been an assured presence, remaining unbeaten all year.

The 2nd team have also been putting in strong showings.  Under the captaincy of the ‘ice-man’ Jin Yoon, the inexperienced side have put in some valiant performances against some tough opposition. Despite only recording one victory (walkover), many of these new players should take heart from their offerings. Fresher’s Marius Thorvildesen, Sam Wells and Sophie Roberts have been excellent additions to the side, all three having registered a win apiece. This in a league where the opposition on paper, is considerably stronger.

With the prospect of promotion and Derby Day just around the corner, the Blades golfers are understandably chomping at the bit to get 2012 off to a flyer. The 2nd’s will be looking to avoid the dreaded wooden spoon and the 1st side will require many things to go their way of they are to make the jump up to next division.  But in a club where the mantra is ‘never give up’, nothing is impossible, that’s for sure.

If you want to come and try golf then you’d be more than welcome. Get in touch via email with either Emily Irons (eirons) or Thomas Rutherford (tpruth), failing that, log on to the SU website for more details.

Words by Thomas Rutherford