We are all ready for this years Club Championships and I hope you appreciate the efforts of my staff. It’s been a tough few weeks preparing, especially with the deluge of rain last week and Monday night but we love it and we are really pleased with the results.
Everything has been cut and trimmed and cut again and greens have been ironed better than your shirts ! Have a look for yourselves below
We still have lots to do over the coming weeks, this will include the draining of the 18th green to help us in the Winter . The green will be closed for up to two weeks if things all go to plan . We will be preparing a temporary green next week ready for it. Apologies for the inconvenience but its for all our benefits
Thats it for now , Good luck to everyone playing at the weekend !
ENJOY YOUR COURSE ,ENJOY YOUR CLUB. REMEMBER……….IT’S YOURS
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.
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!
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.
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!
Hope you are enjoying your Golf Course at the moment. The weather has been quite pleasant. We are really pleased of the condition of our Course considering it’s only the end of May. Click on the link to watch my latest Drone fly bye
We are very much into the busy cutting season now and also lots of Golf days and corporate Golf days. Working around all these Golf events trying to keep every surface at its best can be difficult and sometimes we have to do things at certain times for the good of the Course that make us not the most popular people ! I can assure you everything we do do is for the benefit of your Golf Course !
Over the last couple of weeks all surfaces have been granular ‘fed’ and watered in, which is why last weekend the ball was not running too far on fairways. These past few days all surfaces have also been lowered to ‘summer heights’ so all surfaces will start to roll a bit quicker and further
The exception to this will be the 4th Green.
I am very pleased to announce that the 4th will be back in play from today. Its come back really well, its not perfect but good enough to re-open. What you need to know is that we have not been able to carry out normal routine work whilst waiting for seed to germinate on the green. Please be aware it will putt slower than the rest of the greens
Giving you heads up on next weeks work, we will be starting to prepare for your Annual Club Championships on the 29th/30th June , which I hope you are all signing up for?. I also am very very proud to announce we have been asked to hold the Regional Qualifier of the John Deere World Championships. It’s a World Tournament held every few years with the winning top two teams going to the final in September which will be held this year at Gleneagles.
The work next week will involve the Greens getting a nice bit of air, a verti-cut, a feed, a roll and a topdress to smooth the surfaces out. Because of the corporate commitments this work will be carried out on Wednesday and Thursday and means that the greens maybe a little slower next weekend, but will be lovely and true. From then we start speeding things up bit by bit and taking the rest of the Course up another notch.
Finally by the end of next week we will have our new efficient Irrigation pumps working and controlling our new system. I hope you are all seeing the massive benefits its bringing to our Course
That’s it from me for now. Thank you for all your support
Enjoy your Course, Enjoy your Club. Remember………. It’s yours!
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!
Parents….. Are you currently a full member of our club? Did you know your child is entitled to a totally FREE junior membership if they are under the age of sixteen?
All of our junior members are entitled to play at any time during the week and after 1:00 p.m at the weekend. Unrestricted play at the weekends is available to junior members holding a handicap of 10 or below.
Did you also know that you can introduce your child to golf, or even hone the skills they already have with lessons from our dedicated junior P.G.A qualified professional and multi event winning coach Jack Winer on a Saturday morning for only £6!! Your child can also attend one of our summer camps where they can learn in the morning and then take their new found skills out onto the course in the afternoon for an exciting nine or eighteen hole competition. For those children with a competitive streak is the chance to fight for a place in our Youth Shield team to test their skills against other junior golfers either home or away in fixtures within the county of Essex.
For the next 20 junior members under sixteen years of age who join us at Abridge we have released a full membership for only £100* with £50 of the fee being placed onto a levy card to use for food and drinks at the club.
Regular dedicated junior competitions during the holidays and weekends over the summer will get them away from the games console and out of the house and will take place with the help of our junior organiser. Any junior member with a handicap of 24 or below will also be entitled to play in adult medal (if accompanied by at least one adult member) and knockout competitions. If you hold a handicap of 10 or below you may compete for the much coveted Club Championship. We also look forward to welcoming some of the successful juniors to take a place in our Leslie F Wood and Thornton Cup teams.
Abridge is a friendly, vibrant golf club with a fantastic course that has been on The Open Qualifying rota and has superb practise facilities including a 300 yard driving range, nine hole putting green, small chipping green and a dedicated short game area to the left of our eighth hole.
Abridge are extremely proud to promote and support junior golf and look forward to welcoming young golfers of all abilities into our club.
“Golf is a game for life, give your children the maximum time to enjoy it”
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!!