Tuesday, 19 August 2014

A Visit from a Long Standing Member

I had the pleasure of playing with Mr Ebenezer Stamps, known affectionately as just “Eb”, on Colin Wyatt’s Captains Day last Saturday.  This was exactly fifty years after Eb had played his first Captains Day at Southend Golf Club when Saul Knight was the Captain in 1964 and it was marvellous to see the day bring back some great memories for him.


Eb was born in 1939 and raised in Jackson, Mississippi when, in his words, “White folks were white and black folks knew it”!  It was a poor family that struggled to make ends meet.  Eb started caddying at the local country club at the age of 14 to help pay the rent and put food on the table.


He quickly became interested in the game of golf and the other caddies taught him how to swing a club.  One of the older caddies lent him a seven iron with which he would practise for hours and hours in the evenings in the family’s “backyard”.


Eb was a bright lad and secured a place at “Howard University” in California.  He had to hitchhike with a friend to make the journey as he could not afford the bus fare and on arrival he very quickly realised that he would never be able to keep up his “grades” when so much of his time had to be spent washing cars to earn enough money for his “keep”.  Reluctantly he left university and found his only option was to sign up for the US Air Force.  His first position saw him stationed in Alaska and after just a few months he had saved enough money to buy a half set of second hand golf clubs.  He played regularly in the Air Force golf competitions.


In 1962 he was transferred to the 20th Tactical Fighter Wing and was stationed with that squadron, based at RAF Wethersfield.  Romance brought him to Southend and golf to Belfairs, where he met the then Chairman of our Club, Norman Markovitch.


When Eb enquired about membership of the newly formed Club he was pleasantly surprised to be accepted with open arms.  After years of “bad treatment and discrimination” the Jewish golfers of Southend had set up their own golf club and were not about to turn away a young black man who was serving his country.


It was a good decision as not only did Eb Stamps turn out to be a gentleman, he was also a very fine golfer.  He quickly reduced his handicap to four and represented the Club in the Kindred Shield and became “one of the boys”. 


He built close relationships with all of the members and the professional, Roger Foreman.  He was very proud to tell me stories of his golfing achievements and of his friendships with “Founder Members” such as Ivor Molson (Vandermolen), the Markovitch family, Sam Witzenfield, Maurie Burns, Ernie Peace, Peter Hawkes, Peter Little, Mike Beasley, Andy Smiley, Bob Hicks, the Leggett Brothers and many more.  His days at Southend Golf Club were obviously very enjoyable and his memory is quite incredible.


At the age of 75 Eb still plays a very tidy game of golf and was an absolute pleasure to play with.  The Club wishes him a very enjoyable holiday in England and we look forward to seeing him return in the not too distant future.

Friday, 30 May 2014

Beer Festival Update:


June 3rd to June 7th
Opens 5.00pm weekdays and 2.30 Saturday 
Closes 11.00pm each night


1 Adnams Ghost Ship 4.5

2 Black Sheep Bitter 3.8 & Velo 4.2

3 Caledonian 80 Shilling 4.1

4 Gadds of Ramsgate Time Ball 3.9 , Dogbolter (Porter) 5.6 & Hop Head 3.8

5 Georges Wallasea Wench 3.6, HMS Leigh 4.0, Cockle Boats 4.0

Shrimpers 4.0, Broadsword 4.7

6 Hopmonster 3 CEES 4.2

7 J Church of Kettering Canon Crisparkle 4.5 & George’s Martyr 4.1

8 Portobello V P A 4.0

9 Red Fox of Coggleshall Wild Fox 4.2 & Wiley Old Fox 5.2

10 S & P of Norwich Darkest Hour (Stout) 4.4 & Nasha IPA 5.0

11 St Austell Spring Brew 4.4

12 Woodfordes Nelson’s Revenge 4.5

13 Westons Cider Old Rosie
 plus 2 others

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

#nomownate for Cancer Research UK

In the lead up to our charity beer and music festival in aid of Cancer Research UK we have launched #nomownate

Following the recent success of similar Facebook campaigns, we have decided to strip down and pose with lawnmowers and then ask our family and friends to donate money. You can join in at any time and nomownate your friends to join us. Many members and even past captains have now joined us and the total is moving up every day.

A big thank you to everyone who has taken part and made a donation. We would love to see this raise lots more vital funds for a cause so close to many of us.

If you are interested in taking part here are the three easy steps:

1. Strip down and pose with a lawnmower
2. Post a cheeky* photo to Facebook and nominate three friends
3. Donate £3 to Cancer Research UK on our JustGiving page or Text NMNT88 £3 to 70070
*NO full frontal nudity or offensive posing. Our intention is simply to be funny.

Please make sure you include some nomownations and the information about how to make donations if you join in! Thank you.


Thursday, 8 May 2014

BEER FESTIVAL 2014: Stud 100 and the Beautiful People June 5th

11-piece soul band featuring the dynamic Bobby McCloud on vocals. The brainchild of keyboard player JB, the Studs have been described as 'the best bar band in the country'.

A great party band the lads have a solid gold repertoire of numbers by Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding etc. Their dynamics set is further complimented by the distinctive wildcat vocals of singer Bobby, and the band's hard-edged backline, fantastic on-stage chemistry and stunning brass arrangements, make them one of the toughest outfits on the circuit.

Stud 100 and the Beautiful People will be performing on Thursday 5th June.

Tickets are £7.50 and can be purchased from Fives Record Store on Leigh Broadway.

This event is part of our annual charity beer festival that runs all week in our marquee.

The charity this year is Cancer Research UK and we would appreciate your support in spreading the word and inviting friends and family.

There will be a BBQ on the night and a great selection of beers as part of the beer festival. The bar will also be open!

Thank you for your continued support. Here's to a great week raising money for a cause close to many of our hearts.  

Wednesday, 7 May 2014


It is four weeks to go until the start of our annual beer festival.

The fantastic ABBAGIRLS will be performing on Wednesday 4th June. As anyone who saw them perform two years ago will tell you, this is a really superb act; the most popular Abba tribute act around. Please help spread the word amongst friends and family as this is a great night out with lots of dancing!

As always there will be a BBQ and the bar will be open as well as our fine selection of beers that will be making a guest appearance for the duration of the beer festival.

Tickets are £7.50 and are available from committee members or from Fives Record Store in Leigh Broadway. Please let non members know they can get their tickets from there to make it easier for them.

This is going to be a great week, a fantastic opportunity to raise lots of money for our charity of the year: Cancer Research.

Please spread the word and make it great success.

Thank you.

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Beer Festival 2014

A request for help. 3 months from today will be the start of the Southend Golf Club Charity Beer & Music Festival. This year's Captain, Colin Wyatt has chosen CANCER RESEARCH as the beneficiary and I'm sure everyone one of us will have our own memories.
I need people to sell tickets, put up posters in local shops, cook B-b-Q food, pour beer and come up with ideas to use the Marquee during the afternoons of June 3rd-6th.
We raised £11,500 last year for John Gosling's Lily Foun...dation which was simply exceptional and I would ask all of you to 'do whatever you can' to make this year another success.
If anyone knows children with Birthdays on these dates it could be a good venue for a party after school. Say between 4.00 and 6.00.
The full programme will be announced soon but I can already tell you that Wed 4th sees the return of the ABBA GIRLS and those that watched them 2 years ago will know what a good night that was.
Thurs 5th we welcome local band STUD 100 who have a good following. I went to see them on New Year's Eve and can assure you they are well worth seeing.
Friday 6th is Jackie Wilson Says who have appeared every year since we started and never fail to put on a 'Great Show'.
Saturday 7th will be a 'Quiz Night' with twenty teams of 10 battling it out to become 'Brains of Leigh 2014' with our very own quizmaster Julio . We already have 11 teams entered so if you're interested let me know .
I look forward to hearing from you, thank you.

Tuesday, 12 November 2013


Dear Member,
I am delighted to tell you that the drainage programme has started. An outside specialist has been contracted to clear 2 1/5 miles of existing ditches to ensure that all water can be carried away from the course as quickly as possible.
This will then enable the greenstaff to construct some new systems in specific areas, like the 17th green, and be confident it will work.
Less course closures means better value for money. It's good to see the Council have listened to your Committee.
kind regards, Ian Southgate.
ps There is still 1 place available for John's day at Abridge this Friday £40.00