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How do I enter competitions

How to obtain your handicap

New members who join the Club without an active handicap need to hand in three cards before they can enter any Club competitions.  Should your handicap become inactive you are requested to speak to members of staff in the Pro-shop prior to starting your round and tell them that you would like to put a card in for handicap purposes.They will enter you in the book and charge a minimal fee.  You are required to hand in three cards in this way to gain an active handicap.

How to Enter Competitions

To enter Club competitions you will need to swipe your Abridge card on the computer in the Spike Bar, or Pro Shop, and, on certain occasions,you will be requested to pay the Pro-shop. Sometimes other arrangements are made and are explained on the days of the competition.  Please ensure that your Club Card is in credit by topping this up, if necessary, behind the bar or in the restaurant.

Ladies have their own separate competitions, which are organised and arranged by the Ladies’ Section.

Inter-Club Competitions

The Club enters a number of competitions and is always looking for members that wish to be considered for selection. The competitions are:-

Thornton Cup (Scratch Competition)

Thornton Cup Plate

Leslie Wood (Handicap 8 and over and Scratch Competition)

Essex Seniors (+55)

The AJGCS Metropolitan

The AJGCS Southern Provincial

The Ladies’ National

Norman Plum

Jubilee Cup

London League arranged by the Vice Captain

Glancy            

History of the Club

The First Board of Directors 22nd September 1963

In the late 1950’s and early 1960’s a nucleus of Jewish golfers formed the South Essex Jewish Golfers Society (SEJGS) as they were being refused membership to local clubs on religious grounds.  Because of the situation they decided to setup their own golf club.  The founding members agreed to invest, and with the help of a wealthy benefactor, JohnRubens, purchased the farm land where we are today.  The Club was finally opened in 1964.  Abridge accordingly respects its Jewish heritage and is closed on theJewish Holy Day of Atonement, as well as Christmas Day.  In the constitution of the Club, we are proud to state that not only do we welcome members of the Jewish faith, but all creeds and faiths have and will always be welcome.

Captains “roll-up” (swindle) on Saturday 1st December

Friday 26 October 2018

Club Calendar
This Sunday 28 October, we have the GOLD MEDAL event  and a regular monthly medal for people that didn’t qualify for the GOLD MEDAL. All events from next weeks Club Calendar can be viewed here.

Captains Roll-up
As an experiment, we will be having Captains “roll-up” (swindle) on Saturday 1st December. The 1st tee will be reserved  between 8:00 – 9:30 am.
To cater for people that like to play at different times, there will be 3 draws as follows:- 

  • Tee off 8:00 – 8:30 am (draw to be made at 7:40 am) 
  • Tee off 8:30 – 9:00 am (draw to be made at 8:10 am) 
  • Tee off 9:00 – 9:30 am (draw to be made at 8:40 am) 

Format will be Individual and Pairs stableford (with a twist). No need to book, just turn up on the day!

New Mobile App
Great news! We will soon be releasing a new Members app for your iPhone and Android devices. You will be receiving details of how to install and register within the next week. This will allow you to :-

  • Check your handicap and handicap record 
  • Check competition results and history 
  • View your catering card account details and top up your account from your phone 
  • View members details and create “friends” lists 
  • View Club news 

In the near future, we will also be implementing a new modernised club website, but more about that later!

Ladies London League
Great news! Our ladies section finished top of the London League this season – which is a fantastic achievement considering the size of our ladies section. 

Past Captains v Chigwell
On Thursday a team of Abridge Past Captains (and some future past captains!) was victorious against a Past Captains team from Chigwell Golf club by 3 – 1. 

Members Guests
I am asked to remind members that  the same guest can only play at Abridge six times a year in total.  A record of such is kept in the Pro Shop. 

Car Park
Please note that when areas of the car park are roped off, this has been done for a reason and you are kindly requested not to park in roped off areas.

Correction
A prize for the person who spotted the deliberate mistake in last weeks bulletin! The Festive Lunch for members and guests will be  Sunday 16th December (not the 15th) !

That’s all for this week’s bulletin.

Best wishes and happy golfing!

Gary Bronziet
Captain

How do I book a tee time?

Click on the Members Online Booking button in the Book Now part of the website. you will be presented with a page similar to the one shown below.

A dedicated app is also available to members:

To go to the login screen click on Book a Tee Time

Enter your username and password and click Login to proceed. If you do not know your username and password please contact the office club at [email protected] 

Displayed on this screen are the rules for Casual Booking and Competitions that are available to book online. Competitions in Green are live and available to book online. Competitions in red are not live yet.

  • To book casual golf click Book at Tee Time
  • For a competition, click on the name of the competition you wish to enter

You will now see a table which gives an overview of availability for the current month. To select a day that you want to book, click on the date on the left hand column.

You will then be presented with the timesheet for that day. Adjacent to the time you wish to play, click the Book Now button to book a tee time.

Enter your booking details (player’s names) by clicking the dropdowns.  Please note that the player making the booking must be Player 1. A ‘Buddy List’ of the players you book regularly will appear at the top of the list of members.

Click on Confirm Booking.  If you have registered an email address, you will be sent a confirmation email after confirming your booking.


How do I Edit or Delete a Tee Time Booking?

You can edit any part of a tee time booking you made. If your tee time was booked by another member you can only edit your own name.  Click on Book a Tee Time and navigate to the timesheet for the day of your booking.  Your booking is highlighted in green with an Edit button to the right.

Click Edit. A screen appears allowing you to change the booking you made but only the players you booked in (in this case Player 1, 2, 3 and 4).

Use the dropdown to select another member or guest.  To remove a player simply tick the check box.  To delete an entire booking, tick the check box beside each name. Click on Confirm Booking.


How do I Change Personal Information?

If you wish to update any of your account information, such as your password or email address, simply click My Account. This button will only be shown once you are logged in.

Change your details and click to save and return to the previous screen. If you have forgotten your password, go to the Login screen and click Forgot Password.

Enter your registered email address, click Send Password and you will receive an email with a password reminder. If you have any questions or problems, please contact the club office.


Always look on the bright side of Golf!

Gary Bronziet Abridge Captain 2018/2019
Gary Bronziet Abridge Captain 2018/2019

Welcome to my first captain’s bulletin. I included my mugshot in case anyone has difficulty differentiating me from our past captain. I know for some people that’s a problem. Firstly, I am sure you will all join me in thanking past captainStuart Disdale for being such a great Captain and setting such a fine example. As I said at the “Drive in” on Sunday, he will be a hard act to follow, but I will do my best!

Thanks to all who attended my “Drive-in” and sharing the day with me. It was a great experience and hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did. And thanks to everyone who helped make it such a great day, in particular to Lol Green for organising the competition and Brian Allsuch for taking the “official” pictures.

You can see the photos by clicking on the link below.

If you are a glutton for punishment, there is also a video – which includes the “song” in its entirety, complete with mistakes! Make sure you learn the words,  as you are all expected to sing it, especially when dunking a ball in the pond on the second!

My Captain’s Away Day is booked for Wednesday, 15th May 2019 at West Herts Golf course. More details to follow, but please save the date in your diaries.

Well, that’s about all for my first bulletin. This weekend we have the Jack Stone Qualifiers. You can enter Saturday or Sunday (not both!). It’s a stableford competition off the white tees.

Gary Bronziet
Captain

Click below for the Video!

And don’t forget to, “Always look on the bright side of Golf!”

Jack Winer Winer Chicken Dinner!

GRANTHAM, ENGLAND – AUGUST 31: Jack Winer of Abridge Golf & Country Club celebrates sinking his putt on the second play off hole to win the Golfbreaks.com PGA Fourball Championship during the final round of the Golfbreaks.com PGA Fourball Championship at Belton Woods – Lakes on August 31, 2018 in Grantham, England. (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)

Winer, from Abridge Golf and Country Club in the village of Stapleford Tawney in Epping Forest, fought off the likes of Jason Levermore and Brett Taylor to claim the victory thanks to a fantastic putt on the first extra hole.

The win is the Essex golfer’s second victory in the space of a week after he triumphed at the PGA Fourball Championship at Belton Woods alongside partner James Watts days earlier.

The 30-year-old had to do it the hard way at the East Region Championship, though, as the tournament went to a play off after Levermore, Taylor and Winer all finished with a five-under par score of 137 after 36 holes.

But unlike his counterparts, the Essex golfer was the only one to find the green on the first extra hole, thanks to a 140-yard effort which flew to within 18 feet.

Taylor didn’t enjoy such good fortunes down the left but Levermore looked like extending the play-off with a deft chip from behind the back of the green.

However, Winer held his nerve to birdie the first extra hole, pulling off a tricky left to right putt to claim the win.

The 30-year-old believes his victory alongside Watts days earlier played an integral role in his performance at Bishop’s Stortford and also paid tribute to Gary McGrath, who was his playing partner in the alliance event that ran alongside the tournament last week.

Winer said: “I’ve been playing well for a good few weeks and then to go away with Wattsy (James Watts) and have the week that we did just spurred me on.

“One thing that I kept from that was when we were under the gun he had my back as in, ‘Stay calm, we’ve got this.’ Then I put that same mentality into playing out here through the second day.

“And it was great to have my partner Gary, an old friend of my dad’s, next to me. Gary has caddied for me before at Tour School and is such a laugh. I think that when you are under pressure you need that – it keeps you relaxed.

“I was unfortunate to miss a five, six-foot putt down the last hole to win it in main time. But to win it in a play-off – and win two play-offs in two weeks – is a dream come true. It’s really good.”

New fleet heralds a new dawn at Abridge

Course manager Geoff Smith welcomes what he also describes as a ‘new dawn’ at the club, with recent developments including a third successive John Deere course maintenance equipment fleet deal with local dealer P Tuckwell Ltd at Ardleigh, near Colchester. This is based on a John Deere Financial operating lease with PowerGard Protection Plus warranty and maintenance cover for the duration of the lease, based on simple monthly payments.

This deal has been complemented by the arrival of a new teaching professional and a new golf club fitting centre installed by Golf Principles of Basingstoke, as well as plans for a redesign of the clubhouse plus an overhaul of the practice facilities and driving range. A new full wall-to-wall Perrot state of the art irrigation system, the first one of its kind in the UK, is also being installed by contractors M J Abbott this winter.

“It’s a really exciting time for the club,” says Geoff Smith. “With this new investment, the first for several years, we are aiming to bring the course back to Open Qualifier standards and keep ahead of the competition. The only real asset we have is the golf course, so it needs to be looked after.

“Members can already see what we’ve achieved, and our board members believe the course is the best it’s ever looked. A neighbouring club’s greens chairman even said that he’d heard Abridge is in absolutely magnificent condition.”

With this third package deal, 100 per cent of the equipment has been leased compared to just 40 per cent with the club’s first agreement. “The terms of the deal and the service package have improved each time, and with this latest investment we know exactly where we are budget wise for the next five years, with no hidden costs,” says Geoff.

The package covers 26 John Deere machines, including PrecisionCut and TerrainCut walk-behind and ride-on mowers for the greens, tees, approaches and rough, compact tractors and a front loader, Gator utility vehicles, an amenity turf sprayer and a bunker rake, plus ancillary equipment.

“We looked at all the main brands and had machines on demonstration – all of my staff get to try them and report back on their likes and dislikes,” says Geoff. “Our mechanic Paul Aylett, deputy course manager Ben Scrivener and I then evaluate the staff’s findings and look at price options and back-up issues.

“For us it all comes back to the dealer and the service we’ve historically had and continue to get from Tuckwell and sales manager Neil Peachey. All the advice, help and extra support really count – it’s a good relationship, and it works well for both sides. Our machines do a lot of work and if Paul cannot solve things, I need to know that someone from the supplier can be with us within 24 hours.”

Geoff Smith also says he’s very impressed with the new John Deere 9009A rough mower, which provides much better definition around the course. “When it was first demonstrated I didn’t want it, I thought it was too big, but Neil said he’d take it back if I really didn’t like it – and it stayed!

“I like the new 220SL walk-behind greens mowers too – we hand cut five out of seven days in high season, using lights and front brushes, and they do a very good job. The new A Model mowers with the TechControl display on the CommandArm are great as well, allowing every machine to achieve the same consistent finish across the course.”

CLASS OF 2018/2019

Board Members                                                                              

Roger Jeffries – Chairman/FinanceDirector         

Geoff Smith – Course Manager

Gary Bronziet – Captain – 2018-19

Stanley Brattman – Vice Captain – 2018-19                                                           

Deborah Jacobs – Lady Captain 2018/19  

Dave Phillips

Laurence Green

Stuart Disdale                                                          

Lewis Jacobs                                                         

David Summers                                                      

Stewart Block                                                         

Simon Levy

Professional Staff

Jason McNiven – Head PGA Professional      

Membership Office                                                                        

Mandi Barker

Tessa Wickings

Sam Chatfield

AngelaParker

Course drainage update


Well what a change in the weather! When I left to go on holiday we were in very dry, hot sunny conditions and I have returned to wet, windy cool conditions! The positive is this rain will set us up nicely for the summer if it returns?

The greens are quite lush and soft owing to the wet conditions and all areas are starting to grow like spring again. When the warmer drier weather returns we will be cutting crazy!

Just a couple of updates on Course work. 9th Bunkers, we had to stop half way through renovating them owing to the manpower required during the very hot spell to keep the water going. It would also have been a little foolish to turf during that period.  Once many of my staff have had their well earned holidays we will get back to finishing them off.

We have started working on a temporary green at the 3rd hole. This is in preparation for when we install some drainage in the 3rd green on the 17th August. We will be using the same drainage system that we used on the 10th Green 2 years ago. If you remember the green was out of play for 2-3 weeks and then fully restored soon after. Hopefully things will go as smoothly as the 10th green did. I appreciate your understanding while we do this improvement works.

Irrigation and reservoir plans are coming along nicely and I hope to be able to update you soon with more details.

Finally , as I said earlier many of my staff are taking holidays the next few weeks, especially next week so please understand if not all jobs are getting done as quick as they should be.

Enjoy your Golf, enjoy your Course.

Regards,

Geoff

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