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Seniors Golf Season starts with a visit to Stapleford Abbotts

We are pleased to have started yet another Seniors Golf Season with a visit to Stapleford Abbotts on Thursday 21 March. Despite having what we felt was a powerful team the result didn’t quite live up to our expectations, and as our Captain for the day, Roger, stated in his speech, we are still a ‘work in progress’. Bit like the redevelopment of Abridge which we are sure will bring a much better result than we achieved.

We sincerely hope that this season brings further tales of gallantry in battle against tremendous odds, while fighting for Abridges’ good name around the area.

We are very happy to confirm that our match at Stapleford Abbotts did not start like last year, with our Seniors colleague severely injuring his finger while putting up his trolley.  Despite the medical ministrations of Vince Allen, who produced Black Duck Tape to staunch the blood flow in ‘VEIN’. In true tradition though, Barry played stoically in his match. 

As usual we can’t remember whether he won or lost, but as all losers say, ‘it is the taking part which matters, not the result’.

Unfortunately we will never get a repeat of Menashy Cohen heroically flying in from India, with his trolley battery in his luggage, and explaining why to the Indian Customs Authorities. Despite this he came straight to the course, to play in an away match at Potters Bar. In pouring rain he played so well that we won the match well before the end of the 18 holes, and were fortunate enough to be able to walk in saving us from further drowning.

This will never happen again because, not long after our teams’ heroics, Potters Bar sadly closed down, so there will be no repeat this year. Despite this, our hero’s efforts will never be forgotten.

We have not yet replaced Potters Bar on our schedule, so there will be two less games this season, unless we can find another venue suitable to us all. This clearly does not mean the most difficult course we can find, and, in fact the easier the better would be great.

It seems to us that every match is just a fun day, particularly as we never note down the results. Even if we had written them down we probably would have lost them by now, and we certainly can’t remember them.

So we welcome our regulars and new participants to take part by either informing Barry or putting their names on the list in the changing room, presuming that you can still find the changing room?

Abridge Seniors Golf Team
Abridge Golf Senior Team 2019

We also look forward to guests enjoying our new clubhouse and playing on our excellent golf course.

The Seniors Organisors.

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We are going a little Crazy!

Well despite the awful weather the last few weeks, the Greenstaff have been very busy. Working with MJ Abbots we have installed Perrot Irrigation into the 11th fairway, a few extra sprinklers in places. The new water main pipe and electric has been installed across the Driving Range, the 1st Hole and the 2nd Hole and we have also created a ditch to catch run off water from the 1st hole and the Driving Range!

Ben and Jamie having fun with the new ditch


Apologies for the mess but these are essential jobs. Take a look at the video below to show a little bit of what we have been doing.

Busy Busy Busy

Sorry there was no music on that video , I had put ‘Let’s go Crazy !’ by Prince on it , but I had a few copyright issues !!! So watch it again and either sing the song or play it on your phone alongside the video!!

We have also started work today on the 4th Green to repairt he issues we have with it.

These last few days there has been no rain and the grasses are beginning to wake up for spring. Slowly and carefully we are starting to get a few things cut and shaped . Please be patient with us on this one as you as golfers and us all have been so careful not to leave too much mess anywhere so we don’t want to get out there with big machines too soon ! Though by next week if it stays dry I will be letting the boys with their toys loose!

All the Tee markers and Tee stones have been painted for a fresh feel. And we have started overseeding the Tees and Topdressing them and this work will continue over the next couple of weeks. The approaches have also had a feed this week.

So, what busy times lie ahead next week? On Monday and Tuesday next week we will complete our 2nd Spring Green’s Renovations . This will include a further deep Verti-drain going down 11-12 inches followed by some overseeding and a nice bit of feed for the plant. If conditions stay good we may apply some topdressing. This feed will cause the greens to go a little black in places owing to the Iron content in the feed, but that will soon disappear. Have a click on the video below to see the great verti-drain on the greens at work

Also we should be turfing the 13th Bunker complex on Thursday and I will release a report on that hopefully next week.

The work on the 4th Green will continue and this will be on a temporary Green all of next week as we need to give it time to recover.

Finally the Irrigation work continues with sprinkler installation on the 14th Fairway and the starting of the Pumps by the new water tank . Please be aware that the 14th hole will be closed from Today until we anticipated Monday/Tuesday

Phew!! I think that’s all next week!!

Enjoy your Golf. Enjoy your course. Enjoy your Club, remember it’s yours!

Masters Draw is Now Open

It’s that time of year again where the Majors start our golfing season, and what with the new schedule changing for 2019. All four Majors will be held inside a 4 month window. Making golf very exciting leading us into summer.

MASTERS – Apr 11 – 14th (AUGUSTA)

US PGA CHAMPIONSHIP – May 16 – 19th (BETHPAGE BLACK )

US OPEN – Jun 13 – 16th (PEBBLE BEACH)

148th OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP – Jul 18 – 21st (ROYAL PORTRUSH)

Can the man they called Captain America in last years Ryder Cup be the first player since Tiger in 2002 to win back 2 back Green Jackets.

Open to members, visitor and guests their are some amazing prizes this year. New Epic Flash Drivers to Ping Umbrellas

Come in to the Professional Shop to pick your raffle tickets today and have a chance to win these incredible prizes.

SIMPLY LOVELY !!!

“This is where God hangs out.” Mac O’ Grady

“Every shot is within a fraction of disaster – that’s what makes it so great.” Gary Player

“If the Masters offered no money at all, I would be here trying just as hard.” Ben Hogan

MASTERS RAFFLE

£5 PER TICKET OR £20 FOR 5

1ST PRIZE CALLAWAY NEW EPIC FLASH DRIVER    
2ND PRIZE – OGIO GOLF BAG  
3RD PRIZE – 1 DOZEN TITLEIST GOLF BALLS  
4TH PRIZE – PING UMBRELLA  
5TH PRIZE – PING BAG TOWEL    

THE PRIZE DRAW WILL TAKE PLACE ON SUNDAY 14TH AT 5PM

Ballards Gore Golf Club Jubilee Cup Report

Ballards Gore Golf Club travelled to us for an early start to the season saw the Teams play in all four seasons! Two evenly matched sides battled hard and had to dig deep in difficult conditions. At the turn, the singles matches looked to be evenly balanced at 3 games up & 3 down. These matches finished 2 wins, 2 loses and 2 halved. Some tremendous finishes down the last from the top two matches with Adam Nossek & Lewis Shurlin producing battling halves. Darren May and Warren Whiteman were beaten by opponents who took a liking to our course. Andrew Durrant & skipper David Phillips then added strong wins to help the “goal difference” with 2&1 and 8&6 respectively.

Over to the pairs who were naturally some way back in the timescale of the afternoon! Abridge maintained dominance through these games with early leads that were built upon gradually. ‘Birthday Boy’ Spencer Fenton & Eitan Fox opened with a 3&2 win, followed by Menashy Cohen & Jonathan Lewis who secured the winning point with a convincing 4&2 victory. With the light dwindling rapidly, the two Stephens…..Golding & Tall closed out for a half point on 18th.

Abridge Golf Club V Ballards Gore Golf Club – Jubilee Cup 2019

Final Score 5 ⅟2 -3 ⅟2. A valuable home win, always essential in Jubilee Cup. Next up AWAY to Crondon Park, a tough challenge against a seasoned & experienced Jubilee side. By then it may have warmed up, but in the mean time we can bask in current success and reflect upon a good job done in the right spirit.

Congratulations to our new President, Steve Action

It is with great pleasure that I can announce that the Board have unanimously decided to honour Stephen Acton with the title of President of Abridge Golf Club. This position is in recognition of all the hours and days of voluntary hard work he has performed for decades for the benefit of Abridge.

I probably know more than most how much work he has done. Having been a member of Abridge for 55 years and served with him on the Board over 17 years ago, I have seen first-hand his tireless efforts. Most of you are probably aware of his recent help with the sale and leaseback deal. That is just one of the many mammoth tasks he has undertaken, along with writing and re-writing the constitution and always being on hand to answer any legally related questions for the Club.

We hope this title brings Stephen gratification and kudos, and we also intend to provide him with a coveted parking space.

With the probable demise of the London League in its current format Abridge intends to host a day for our sister clubs and we will play for the Stephen Acton Trophy.

I am sure you will agree this is a much-deserved honour and please join with me and the Board in wishing him many years of happiness, joy and success as President of Abridge.

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Whoosh

A wee bit windy !! Should be dry today but we had over 10mm of rain in about 2 hours yesterday. There will be a few temporary greens and also the 1st hole is shut for irrigation work . Buggy’s are allowed only on the front 9 and must stick to the paths. Trolleys are on but must stick to the paths on the front 9 please.

Lady Captains Blog (stardate 11th March 2019)

The weather has mostly been very kind to the Abridge Ladies in February and we have enjoyed some inventive fun team games and competitions. With the arrival of March our true golfing season is about to start with some competitions already beginning.

On Sunday in extremely windy and rainy competitions our winning pair of Carol Gray and Paula Wendleken set off for their Daily Mail Foursomes competition away in West Essex Golf Club. (They qualified for this by being the winning pair of our summer Greensomes competition). So representing Abridge Golf club in the most unfavourable conditions that I would not let my dog (if I had one) out on our adventurers battled forth. The brave battle went on for 19 holes but unfortunately our worthy Abridge ladies succumbed to defeat after a tremendous effort.

Well done Carol and Paula for your supreme effort in horrendous conditions. Now you will have to champion your way in the summer Greensomes competition again this year.

Talking of summer competitions this is now the time to sign up to play the Midsummer cup and the Summer Greensomes. Please put your names down so that we can make the draw at the beginning of April.

Our winter knockout is coming to a close and our two finalists are playing their match on 31st March. Good luck to both Mandi Barker and Paula Wendleken.

Our first Bronze Match away at Frinton Golf Club is fast approaching. Karen Rosenbloom will captain the team. Good luck to all the players and caddies.

We have our  eagerly awaited, popular Ladies Quiz with fish and chips supper again this year on Tuesday 7th May at 7.00 for 7.30.

Please ask your friends and make up a table now. If you cant make up a table just bring a couple of friends and we will put you on a table. If you havn’t  got any friends ( then I’m a bit sorry for you) just bring yourself. We need to make the evening a bumper success. Every penny raised goes directly to the home  Beit Uri Home for disabled children and adults to help enable them to has a full and purposeful life.

Also just a reminder that we need your games in for Charity Day plus gifts for the tombola and sponsorship. Alison and her committee are working so hard to enable to make sure the day will be fantastic. I know that many ladies from other golf clubs look forward to our special day that is always run with sparkle and pizzazz.

Well enough rambling from me folks.

See you all soon

Love Deb xx

Wet and wild night

If you have been aware of the last 48 hours of weather you will know we have had almost an inch of rain, wild winds and its a little cold! The course needs to drain down, until it does there will be at least 4 temporary greens today. Buggy’s are on the front 9 only and must stick to the paths. Trolleys are on , if you have winter wheels please use them, if you don’t, please stick to the paths as much as possible with your trolley. Please also be aware the 11th hole is shut for Irrigation work and from approx lunchtime the 1st hole will shut. Please use the replacement hole after the 8th hole

PRO SHOP CREDITS

May we kindly remind all members that shop credits have to be spent by 31st March. As from April 1st there will be a new vouchers system for Competition winnings.

If you are not sure if or how much money you have on your account. Please come in to the shop and ask a member of staff. We’ll be happy to spend it for you.

This is to insure we do not have too much money tied up in our inventory and can be used to purchase new stock and merchandise for the shop in the new membership year.

Our current stock is quiet low but please let us know if there is anything you see online as we would be happy to order it in for you. The professional shop has accounts with virtually all main brands in the golfing market. Please be advised there may be cartridge charges with some manufactures for single item orders but we will certainly let you know if this applys to you.

Although our FootJoy Shoe order may not have landed by the 31st March, their footwear this year is very special and we would advice you to look online at their range.

We have new Greg Norman shirts in stock at a very reasonable price and our FootJoy Sale shirts are STILL here.

RRP @ £50-£60 per top we are selling them at £35 each, 2 for £60

Your credit can also be spent in our Studio having loft and lie checks, fitting with Jason or Bobby, gapping sessions, purchasing putters, wedges, fairway woods, drivers or even shafts to fit your own clubs you like so much.

custom fitting studio at abridge golf club


custom fitting studio at abridge golf club

We do it all !!!!

*please remember to always support your Pro. We will always try our best to price match what you see elsewhere

There coming back

This morning Mj Abbotts return for a few weeks to install further Irrigation and a few other things to our great course. Have a look below.

Their Back at Abridge Golf Club

Between us we will start installing further improvements to our new Perrot Irrigation system.

PERROT IRRIGATION PRODUCTS

The work includes sprinkler installation to the 11th fairway and also parts of the 14th fairway. We will also be adding sprinklers to the 2nd tees, surrounds on holes 7,12,13,14 and further sprinklers to the 10th approach. Please be aware that holes 1,10,11 and 14 will be closed when work is being done but no more than one hole will be closed at a time. The par 3 normally the practice green to the left of the 8th green, will be used as the substitute hole when these holes are shut

Other works to be done will include the new water mains installed from the road across the bottom of the driving range , across the 1st approach , in front of the 2nd tee and then connected to the new Pump House. The new 3 phase electric cable will also be taken across the same route and also join into the new Pump house. The Irrigation holding tank will also be finished, computer software and irrigation programme control system updated and then everything connected up. The new state of the art Perrot Irrigation equipment /Mj Abbot install will be all ready to rock n roll!

No other Golf Course in Essex will have such an efficient modern Irrigation system. We were in great condition last year, and we should be even better this year.

I ask again for all golfers to be patient and understanding while these works take place. I will each day let the pro shop know and update the website and ‘team up’ calendar as to where works are being done.

On a different subject i’m sure you will have noticed we have a problem with the 4th green. Between our agronomists, my own staff and myself we believe we have established a very good theory as what’s wrong with it and are now taking the necessary steps to get it sorted. I will give you the full story on it once we are 100% sure of what has happened.

We had a visit from this man on Tuesday afternoon.

What a very very pleasant man, happy to talk and for me despite being a 125% Gooner was really impressed to hear of his passion for West Ham and his desire to take to take them higher in the league. He asked me for a selfie, which I was happy to give him.

Enjoy your golf . Enjoy your Course . Enjoy your club, remember its yours!

Geoff

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