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Tactical Win in Norman Plumb Trophy against Thorndon Park

This event is often down to tactical acumen of HOME and AWAY players. The favoured option is to try and ensure a home win and grab something away. This worked well in our victory over Thorndon Park in Round 1 of this Essex GU event.

The home side battled hard against determined visitors who would not give up. This was clear as all games went to at least the 16th. The amazing putting of Steve Tall certainly deflated the opposition with countless saves and winning puts. Dogged performances by all gave us a 2-1 lead. The away team grafted hard for their points. Steve Marshall and Menashi Cohen gaining the invaluable ‘away win’ with the steady pairing of Adam Nossek/Adam Durrant gaining a ‘match securing’ half point.

Norman Plum Round 1 result

The overall result of 3½ to 2½ reflected excellent work from all players. Captain David Phillips was rightly proud of the team’s excellent result. We now head to Round 2 with a match up v Woodford.

IT’S AIR TIME

Good morning all hope you are enjoying the Golf course. Easter was amazing weekend for weather but temperatures have dropped back and rather stunted things growing.

As I put on Teamup last week we will be doing some work on the greens this week. Firstly they will get some vital aeration, click on the link below .

Aeration on Abridge greens

Hope you enjoyed that. After this we will verti-cut the greens which will help cut some of the longer grasses that are laying down.

A cut , an iron and a nice feed to the greens finally followed by a top dressing and our greens work will be done.

Hopefully all by Tuesday, weather permitting. Please be patient with us while we do this essential work. We cannot cut the greens for a couple of days after so they may be a little slow until the weekend.

On the subject of Air, Marc ( our House Manager ) and myself were asked to feature on a radio show all about Abridge Village and surrounding areas, namely the Golf Club. It’s a really interesting programme to listen to . It’s a 3 hour listen and we are approximately on about 2 hours 10 minutes into the programme. If you want to listen click on the link below, hope you enjoy it.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p074lzbn

Hopefully you will have noticed a lot of seed ‘popping’ on the areas we have overseeded, especially the fairways 11,12,13, and 14.

You may have noticed that we top dressed the Tees last week and there was a slight ‘smell’ to the soil we used to do this? This is because we mixed our normal sand/soil dressing mix with something called Humus.

Humus

Humus is the organic material in soil. Humus is not a form of soil, rather it is the broken down composted remains of leaves, grass, and other organic matter contained within the soil. Humus is highly nutritious and rich in minerals and microbes vital for healthy plant growth. Humus also is able to hold 80-90 per cent of its own weight in moisture.

It’s a brilliant thing to use but does have a bit of an odour. It helps to stimulate growth. In fact these two below have been washing there hair in it , let’s hope it works on humans too!

green keepers at abridge
Don’t think Humus will work on these two, somethings are beyond help !!
Though Paul’s beard seems to be coming on well !

Thank you to all of you for keeping out of the Irrigation lake area while we continue to trap and move the wildlife. We have approximately 25-30 more days of doing this.

Now that we have dried out to allow Buggy’s and Trolley’s on we will no longer be updating the course condition link every day. We will now do this on a weekly basis, ideally on a Friday, letting you know what is going on the Golf Course the coming week.

Finally a 4th green update. It’s coming back nicely but we need to give it a few more weeks to let the new seed establish. PLEASE KEEP OFF it to let nature do what nature does best ….repair and recovery !

That’s it for this update . Regards Geoff

ENJOY YOUR COURSE, ENJOY YOUR CLUB……. IT’S YOUR’S REMEMBER !

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