Author: Lewis Jacobs

Abridge Senior Golf Report

Pleased to report that we have managed to complete the season with only one postponement, due to work undertaken on our greens. This has resulted in our home match against Stapleford Abbots being played on Monday 7th October.

We had a great day on 2nd October when we hosted our End of Year Tournament. All 24 participants threw themselves into the competitive spirit, making up teams of two. The format was better ball, with four nearest the pins on the par 3s and nearest the line on the 8th. The winners on the day were Menashy Cohen and Stan Brattman, with a splendid 43 points. We also gave a special prize to our ‘Hero of the Year’, who this year was Steve Golding for his continued availability for almost every match and outstanding enthusiasm.

Our annual match with the Ladies Section went ahead in July and as last year, was a huge success. It continues to be great working with Carol Gray and Mandi Barker and together we gave everybody a thoroughly enjoyable day.  

We have continued to receive great support from the senior members and even when we are short of our twelve, it only takes a few phone calls and people rally round, and in some circumstances change their arrangements. We thank all concerned very much indeed for participating in the seniors matches.

Our form continues to be somewhat erratic, with some unlucky results as well as some positive results that caught us by surprise! We are starting to believe in ourselves and our expectations for 2020 are now sky high.

The dates for 2020 are in the diary and can be seen on Teamup. We will be sending, via email, the full list of fixtures to the senior members. If you would like to register your interest for specific matches in advance, please email Barry. 

We would like to wish one of our lower handicap players, Geoff Jeffries, a continued recovery. We look forward to him re-joining our ranks in 2020. 

As always, a big thank you to Stanley Brattman for organising the pairings and liaising with the opposition. Also to Stanley Lopata for looking after our treasury function and generally offering a helping hand. 

Also, we wish Stan Brattman every success in his year as Captain and hope his Drive In on Sunday 6th October goes really well.

Barry Brett and Martin Marcus

Abridge Golf Club Ladies Open 7th August 2019

Abridge Golf Club were pleased to host their Ladies Open on a beautiful sunny day at Abridge Golf and Country Club on Wednesday 7th August 2019.  Over 100 golfing ladies from all over Essex and beyond, representing 23 different golf clubs, came to join in the fun. The day was an enormous success enjoyed by all who attended.

On arrival tea coffee and Danish pastries were served to the ladies, after which all prepared for golf. This commenced with a shotgun start at 9.30 am. The event was a pairs better ball competition, with teams of four, setting off from all around the beautiful course.

The weather was kind and the course in magnificent condition, the fairways like carpet and the greens fast and true. This led to high quality golf and good scores. A fantastic time was had by all.

Winners Jeanette and Jenny with Carol Piper Vice Captain

I would like to offer a huge thank you to Our Greenkeeper Geoff Smith together with all of his team of wonderful and helpful greenkeepers for keeping the course in such exceptional condition.

On completion of the round, the ladies entered the clubhouse for a scrumptious buffet, with a truly delicious selection of food and wonderful deserts. Everyone who attended agreed that it was a truly magnificent day and the comments we received in admiration were amazing.

Thank you to our fantastic kitchen staff for providing such a wonderful fare and an excellent halfway house with tea coffee and beautiful cakes.

The only dampener on the day was a rain deluge during the last couple of holes,  but it didn’t spoil the special day.

The prize table of beautiful orchids trimmed in turquoise matching the decor looked stunning and all players were eager to win such lovely prizes. There were prizes for first second and third teams, as well as best back and best front nine hole, also for nearest the pins and longest drive.

The winners were Jeanette Marks and Jenny Charles from Hobbs Cross with an amazing 44 points. The runners up where Shelley Atkins and Wendy Scales from Stockbrook Manor with 41 points.

It was a fantastic event and we look forward to seeing all who attended this year, as well as new teams for next year’s open where we will entertain you in our brand-new clubhouse which as you will have seen is currently under construction.

I would like express my sincere thanks to Pam Levine and Oriol Austin for organising this tournament and ensuring the smooth running of the day

Deborah Jacobs

Lady Captain.

Norman Plumb ¼ Final v Chigwell Golf Club

The adventure ends with much gained and valuable experiences established. A close and tight encounter finished 2½ -3½ to our local rivals. Rather like the other sporting events on the day, tie breakers loomed but were not required. It has been clear from team members responses that this event has forged new friendships and opened up the club for different players to compete together. Team selection has often been a challenge with a wealth of players to chose from. However, next year will see a foundation to build upon from the honest toil of this.

Congratulations to all players who have represented the club with aplomb, dignity and of course plenty of heart. The good name of the club has been further enhanced which can only be good for our future. We would like to wish good luck to Chigwell Golf Club in the rest of the competition.

Abridge Ladies visit ELHAP

On Friday 28th June 2019 a group of ladies from Abridge Golf and Country club visited ELHAP for the grand opening of the sensory room. The room has been paid for by the ladies of a bridge raising money from their charity Golf day.


ELHAP stands for every life has a purpose. It provides adventure play for severely disabled children of all ages based in a 5 acre woodland it is the perfect safe area for severely disabled children to get the chance to play outside.



Rob Dighton the director of ELHAP was eager to explain that children live in a very sterile environment and have the need to explore the outdoors and express themselves freely. To this end the activities are child led with staff and volunteers helping the children to reach their full potential



The sensory room is an incredible building built using recycled and local materials including food from the forest area on the property. It has a piece of architectural brilliance being built in the style of an Anglo-Saxon roundhouse with a self supporting roof structure.

The room is like stepping into the story of Alice in Wonderland and the feeling inside is one of wonder to be hold. Most children nowadays spend time in front of a computer or television in the sensory area the children can stretch their imaginations and be at one with nature.


Stretching from a room which is accessible by wheelchair is a trail around the orchard forest area in which there are more sensory objects including an interesting set of mirrors, a spinning and mesmerising black-and-white chequered circle and a fire pit to sit around have stories and games or just gaze into a fire all under strict supervision.



The room has taken two years in the making but the result is exceptional. The Abridge ladies are delighted to be associated with this wonderful cause. There are very few adventure playgrounds safe for disabled children and this purpose-built area is severely lacking in funds. It desperately needs support to help it continue the fantastic work.

The Abridge ladies are pleased and proud to support ELHAP and over the past 26 years the Abridge  golfing ladies have raised over £1 million for local and national charities at their annual ladies golfing day.

Deborah Jacobs, Ladies Captain Abridge Golf Club

Abridge march into Quarter Finals of Norman Plumb Trophy

Abridge Golf Club 4 v 2 Harwich & Dovercourt Golf Club

A dominant home performance and an opportunist point away from home saw the team through to the quarter finals. Three solid wins at home provided the right recipe for success. Opening Pair Tom Goodey and Darren May maintained a lead after an early set back and sealed their win with a birdie at the last. Matt Hillyer and Jonathan lewis kept their opponents at arm’s length and cruised to a 4/3 victory. Final pairing of Peter Wendelken & Stephen ‘The Magic Putter’ Tall put in a determined and dogged performance to earn their point at the 17th.

As play finished, Phones on……A lead off victory from Captain David Phillips and Phil Harris 3/1 effectively dashed Harwich & Dovercourts’s hopes. Big thanks to the rest of the away side who travelled so far for a game of golf: Dave Monk/Mick Collins & Austin Posner/Lewis Jacobs.

A place in the last eight! Perhaps a pipe dream back in March but the basic game plans, selection and execution have all worked well. We have been fortunate to have a wide pool of players to select from. The old adage of one game at a time is true, we now go into the draw and see where we go for our next adventure.

Abridge Senior Golfers

Well here we are half way through our 2019 season. Unlike last year, we have had a full uninterrupted fixture list so far, without the need to cancel or reschedule any matches due to bad weather!

Abridge Seniors Golf Team

The support we have had from the Abridge senior members has been fantastic. In so many matches we have received entries on our availability sheets far in excess of the twelve needed to form a team. We try to be as fair as possible in these circumstances by giving priority, where appropriate, to the first leg players and then choosing the rest by ballot. We are also mindful of members who have not or cannot play many games, so as to give everybody a chance to be involved.

We have adopted a ‘nearest the pin’ competition for our home matches, wherein each team compete for a bottle of wine. It just adds a little bit extra to the day.

Our matches are very competitive and played with pride to win. However, the overriding message is to enjoy the day, the company and have a relaxed post-match lunch and drink. We now, via the short speeches, release the overall result of each match rather than call them all an honourable draw!  

We have had a mixed set of results this year having beaten our local friends from Chigwell at home, likewise our sister club Dyrham at home (they got their revenge away) and recently had a 4 – 2 win over Enfield at home last week. Both Chigwell and Enfield will have their chances for revenge in July.

Our annual match with the ladies section is scheduled for 15th July and we are pleased to report that this has been well supported and our team selected. 

It’s always nice to have members with low handicaps within our ranks and urge more to put their names on the availability sheets. Having said that, a big thanks to those low handicap players who help us out on a regular basis.

On 2nd October we will be having our end of season tournament.

As always, a big thank you to Stanley Brattman for organising the pairings and liaising with the opposition. Also to Stanley Lopata for looking after our treasury function and generally offering a helping hand.

Barry Brett and Martin Marcus

Benton Hall Golf Club V Abridge, Jubilee Cup match report.

Our efforts at Benton Hall Golf Club were not quiet enough to avoid defeat & gain qualification (6-3). The ‘Singles’ were in for a tough time with local knowledge key. The hosts were not prolific but kept the ball straight and simple. A great fight back by Darren May was the solitary point won in this section.

The ‘Pairs’ once again continued to demonstrate the strength of our side with two commanding wins from Steve Golding & Austin Posner, Tom Goodey & Phil Harris. Mick Collins and Steve Tall were left to play what was an effective dead rubber with pride at stake.

Dave Phillips, Captain felt that much had been gained from this season, progress and improvement, building of a system that players have ‘bought in to’ and a strengthening team ethic. The depth of selection has been considerable with those selected not letting themselves, the team or club down. A big thanks & well done!  to all for the massive commitment, effort and support over the last few months

Our attention now focuses upon the Norman Plumb Trophy. We play Harwich & Dovercourt, passports at the ready! Always an interesting competition with 3 pairs home and away in two different parts of the county at the same time! 

Mardyke Valley Golf Club V Abridge Golf Club, Match report

This was a match of some significance after our last outing at Crondon Park. It was vital that we gained a result to provide any chance of qualifying for the knockout stages. In a tightly fought encounter, the matches retained interest late into their rounds. The engagement from our players was obvious. It is clear to see that with each round players are more streetwise and understanding of the job required. Sometimes playing well is not the answer! Playing winning golf when you’re not, that is the challenge!

The first sign of what was to come arrived with an uncertain ½ point from Lewis Diamant, who had been down all of the match, seizing a chance on that last hole to grab a half. Darren May and ‘Captain Dave’ also returned strong wins and points for the side.

The focus moved to the pairs, interest was clear by the number of players and officials watching! This group delivered what was hoped from them displaying true battling qualities and bringing home invaluable and match winning points from all 3 games.

The next and final round of games sees the team off to Benton Hall. We will access the position and establish what we need to achieve to progress out of the group stage. In the meantime, may we all bask in the success achieved today and reflect on a job well done!

Abridge Golf Club V Woodford Golf Club Norman Plumb match report

This result was a strong win for Abridge. With many players unavailable for selection due to a range of commitments, it was down to the depth of talent within the club. It is with great pride to know that we can call upon players who can represent the club and themselves with aplomb. The away side had a tricky test at Woodford Golf Club, with its quirks and hard running fairways.

We were up to the exacting challenge!. An “away win” combined with a must have “home win” provides the perfect recipe for success. Confident and reliable home course players set a solid foundation with 2-1 win and the away group yielded a further 2-1 win, giving us a resolute 4-2 overall result.


The Captain was so pleased with the team’s performance it was “drinks all-round” at both venues. A Much appreciated gesture by the boys. Thanks Skipper!!

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