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Abridge Club Championships 2019

Lee Oliver – Abridge Club Champion 2019 with Club Captain Gary Bronziet and Lol Green

The Abridge Club Championships for 2019 were played on the last weekend in June. The 78 strong field were split into 3 divisions:

Division One : Handicaps 0 – 6

Division Two : Handicaps 7 – 14

Division Three : Handicaps 15-24

Divisions One and Two started their rounds from the 1st tee. Division 3 started their round from the 10th followed by the ladies.

Nothing could be won on Day 1 but those who scored well would put themselves in pole position for Day 2.

On Sunday morning the field played in reverse order after the Day 1 gross score results. The leaders went out in the last groups of their respect divisions.

Mens Champion: Lee Oliver

Congratulations to Lee Oliver (pictured above) who shot a brilliant 2 under par gross 70 on Saturday and then a very steady 76 on Sunday.

Lee ending up winning by 3 shots to become the 2019 Abridge Champion Golfer.

Ladies Club Champion: Fredricka Sebardt

Congratulations also goes to Fredricka Sebardt who held her nerve on Sunday to become our 2019 Abridge Ladies Champion.

The course was in perfect condition and set up to test the field.

A special thank you to our green staff for getting the course into such excellent condition. We had the traditional diamond fairways and greens that were true and really quick.

We would also like to thank Lol Green for all his hard work to organise the event. Lol strategically placing the pins in equally difficult but different positions on both days .

Lol Green stocking the beer buggies
Lol Green stocking up the beer buggy for the club championship

He also made sure that most holes played to their full length from the white tees. Occasionally he pushed them forward (7th hole) to tempt the big hitters to attack the green from the tee.

A final thank you must go to all of the kitchen/bar staff, marshalls and the countless other volunteers that helped over the weekend.

Awards and Pro Shop voucher prizes

The overall club champion would be the player with lowest gross score over the 2 rounds. This was always going to come from Division One.

Prizes were awarded for places 1st – 4th in each of the 3 divisions for the lowest gross score over the 2 days.

There were also prizes for places 1st – 4th for the lowest net score on Day 2. This meant that those players that had a bad first round could still end up with honours on the Sunday.

The final leaderboard board :

Abridge Ladies Golf Charity Day

On Tuesday 25th June 2019 Abridge Ladies held their incredible Ladies golfing day in aid of Prostate cancer at Abridge Golf and Country Club. Attended by one hundred ladies playing golf it was a fantastic success. The golfing ladies raised a bumper £24,000 and everyone who attended said it was a fabulous day.

The weather forecast was absolutely dreadful and the Abridge ladies were really worried as thunderstorms were predicted, but although the fear of a storm was announced, other than a deluge on the Monday evening the day miraculously remained dry. The sun shines on the righteous!

This year’s committee was headed by Alison Levy with the charity being close to her heart as she recently lost her father to Prostate cancer. The monies raised by the Abridge Ladies Section will fund specialised equipment to help early diagnosis and treatment of Prostate cancer.

Once again we had our legendary tombola with a prize every time for just £10.00. The Abridge Golfing Ladies work tirelessly to collect these prizes from local shops and businesses who generously donate to this worthy cause. This work takes the whole year to collect but is assembled and dressed beautifully by Austin Posner. The display looked both dazzling and inviting with some very happy golfers who won prizes ranging from golf bags to jewellery and perfumes as well as hair dos and massages.

Lexus of Woodford very kindly sponsored the chance to win a Lexus car if anyone scored a hole in one on the 9th Hole. Unfortunately no one won the car but everyone who entered received a brightly coloured cool bag and if they landed on the green a sleeve of balls.

Our very own professional Reece Francis from Abridge Golf Club challenged all the ladies to ‘beat the pro’. If your shot onto the 17th green was nearer than his you won a sleeve of balls. Thank you Reece for being such a great sport. He was not willing to confess just how many of the ladies beat him… but I don’t think it was that many.

The main competition of the day was a team game with the best two Stableford scores out of the team of four counting. The Abridge golf course looked magnificent and the ladies all agreed the course was beautiful but a fair challenge.  There were prizes for nearest the pins on all the par 3’s and a prize for nearest the line on the 8th hole, as well team prizes for the first four teams , plus best back and front.

Once again we had an amazing half way house with beautiful fresh fruit donated by Gregory and Jake Hart and scrumptious homemade cakes and biscuits kindly baked by the Abridge Golfing ladies. Together with tea coffee and cold drinks it was difficult to get golfing again!

Once the golf was completed the ladies changed into their finery, and after a welcome to Abridge speech from the lady captain Deborah Jacobs, each chose their food from a magnificent buffet. Thanks to Denise and the wonderful Abridge staff for catering the delicious lunch. There was a great buzzy atmosphere and the dining room and prize table looked beautiful with its turquoise colour scheme.

After lunch the raffle was drawn. The generosity of our sponsors has been overwhelming and we had some incredible jewellery and prizes worth over £1000 each, donated by Smooch rings, Melvyn Jacobs, The Mayfair Hotel, Stuart Disdale ,Gina Kneifel, Melanie Shlosberg and Mark Koslover.The winner of this fantastic raffle was Mr Hibbert. Golf for four at Fox Hills was won by Gillian Collins.

The overall winners of the day win the Lesley Allsuch Trophy. This cup was presented by Lesley’s family in memory of our dear past captain who had the foresight and inspiration to start this annual charity event some 26 years ago. In that time we have raised close to one million pounds for local and national charities!

The cup was won by Karen Rosenbloom, Karen Posner, Margaret Schwitzer and Elaine Wilson. They also won beautiful glass and silver dishes loaded with chocolate and yogurt covered fruit and nuts. Karen Rosenbloom made a touching thank you speech in which she acknowledged that she was pleased the cup was won by Abridge ladies and that Leslie Allsuch had been a great inspiration to her with help in her golf.

The cheque was presented and the glorious day ended with some very happy ladies who had enjoyed a marvellous day at Abridge golf and country club.

Many thanks to the board and directors of Abridge Golf and Country club who allowed the Abridge Ladies the courtesy of the course for this prestigious day.

Deborah Jacobs (Lady Captain)

Member’s Monthly Golf Competitions

Member’s Monthly Club Competitions

Members are invited to enter as many club competitions as possible. Friendly swindle or society golf is fun where you can relax and just play. However the game of golf is completely different when you have a scorecard in your hand and ever shot counts.

Playing competition golf also helps golfers who wants to improve their overall game. There is nothing more valuable than experience both ‘good and bad’ and this will grow after each monthly competition that you enter.

Playing in the monthly competitions and handing in marked scorecards will also keep your playing handicap current and up to date. You will also have a much better indication of where your game is positioned at that time with an active handicap.


There is no room for error in medal competition golf and it is a real test of both a players golfing ability and their mental strength. It makes you focus more on ever drive, approach shot, chip and puts. It also highlights the importance of on-course management which can save you valuable shots when executed correctly.

In medal competitions everything has to be putted out to finish each hole. Missed puts are extremely costly when every single shot counts especially as the winning margin of the competition is normally only 1 or 2 shots better that the rest of the field.

There is at least one medal competition every month at Abridge .

The medals competitions are played over the whole weekend. Members should note that you can only enter once on either Saturday or Sunday. The medal is always played off white tees and there will be no changes to the tee or the pin positions over the 2 days which should make all things equal.

The only thing we cannot control is the weather so it’s worth checking the conditions for that weekend to ensure you play on the better day and give yourself the best opportunity to score well.

The result of the monthly medal is based on the Net Score ie Gross score less full handicap.

There are 3 divisional winners for low, mid and high handicaps. There are pro shop voucher for places 1, 2 and 3 depending on number of entries on each day. All divisional winners are guaranteed a place in the Gold medal competition.


A monthly stapleford competition gives all members the chance to play competition golf with a scorecard in their hand that will add that extra bit of pressure on each shot.

However Club stableford competitions overall results will normally allow for 1 or 2 bad holes. There may be that pulled or sliced drive which will leave you playing 3 off the tee or that duffed ‘fat’ shot that runs a meter of yards from where you are standing.

In the worst case scenario you end up with a ‘blob’ on your scorecard but this will certainly not damage your chances of getting a winning score as much as a 10 on the medal scorecard.

The rules of the competition mean that players can choose to pick their ball up if they can’t score on that hole but they do have to complete the hole by putting everything out if they want to score any points. Very often these would be straight forward ‘gimme’ puts but they are rarely practiced and certainly become much harder under pressure.

There is always one stableford competition each month and they will often alternate between yellow or blue tee boxes so make sure you know the rules and your ‘non bandito’ current club handicap before you get to the 1st tee.

The medals are played on both Saturday and Sundays. Members can enter once or on both days so a bad Saturday score can be erased with a good round on Sunday.

As with the medals there will be no changes to the selected tees or the pin positions over each day but remember to check the weather.

The 2 days are separate competitions and the result is based on the best stableford score on the Saturday and then again on the Sunday. There are pro shop voucher for places 1, 2 and 3 depending on number of entries on each day.

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


WE ARE !!!

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 !


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! 

Looking Good Houston!

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

May 2019

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 !

The hard work by the greenstaff and new irrigation install on the 11th fairway has brought it back a treat !

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

Our 8th fairway

The exception to this will be the 4th Green.

How the 4th Green looked in March 2019

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

How the 4th Green looks now

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.

Part installation of our new ‘Bad boy’ Pumps

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!

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!

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