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"Bruno" by knockout

Frank Baptiste

masters Moor Park for his maiden Major win 

 

- Event report to follow...-

 Remaining 2019 events

 

20th-22nd September Major 6  Ashbury Park

11th October Captain’s Day – Major 7   Brookmans Park GC

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SAustrie

Ladies and Gentlemen of the ACGA family welcome to the 2019 season. Firstly, may I take this opportunity to thank the outgoing committee for all their hard work over the past two years. Secondly,I would like to say how truly humbled I am to be asked to be Captain again for a second time. I really look forward to working with the members of the new committee. Looking forward to the up coming season, we have a variety of courses to test all standards and skill levels of golf, which hopefully will make everybody happy.

Wishing you all the very best in golf this season. I hope to see as many of you as possible on our golf days.

Kind regards

Stuart Austrie

ACGA Captain 2019

 

 

The 2018/19 Committee

The team of individuals responsible for the management of season's events and activities for the association are nominated and elected by members at the Annual General Meeting with each officer required to serve for a two year term. The committee team work collectively to serve and develop the asssociation during their tenure, with an emphasis on continuing the aims and ethos of the association as a whole.

Captain - Stuart Austrie

Vice Captain - Phil Nugent

Secretary - Frank Skinner

Treasurer - Sophia Lodge

Handicap Secretary - Tyrone Carter

Social Secretary - Jacqui Harbour

 

 

Semi-Final Draw

 

Frank Baptiste v Keith Murray

Andy Ferdinand v Stuart Austrie

 

Dates and venues to be confirmed

 

  

 

1 Raf Roberts 60 100 60 95 90     5 405
2 Frank Baptiste 90 80 70 42 100     5 382
3 Stuart Austrie 100   95 50 55     4 300
4 Colin Parson 95   75 80 44     4 294
5 Steve Garner 85 60 55 32 46     5 278
6 Mickey Griffin 70 40 12 48 95     5 265
7 Lynette Mapp 44 85 80 22 30     5 261
8 Mayhe Bernard 48 55 44 75 34     5 256
9 Cassius Browne 80   90   75     3 245
10 Ingrid Clarke 30 65 50 44 42     5 231
11 Richard Payne   95 28 65 36     4 224
12 Phil Nugent 42 44 36 34 60     5 216
13 Tony Johnson     42 100 65     3 207
14 Andy Ferdinand 50 50 10 12 80     5 202
15 Roger Goddard   70 65 24 38     4 197
16 Keith Murray 32   32 60 70     4 194
17 Greg Worrell 38   18 46 85     4 187
18 Micke Woodstock 55 46   85       3 186
19 Malcom O'Garro   48 100 28       3 176
20 Tyrone Carter 65   40 70       3 175
21 Franks Skinner 40   38 40 50     5 168
22 Sophia Lodge   90     48     2 138
23 Terry Morris     85 26 20     3 131
24 Mark Henry 75     55       2 130
25 Louis Harrison   75   36       2 111
26 Jacqui Harbor 46   26 20 16     4 108
27 Bose Sreederhan       90       1 90
28 Ernie Owusu     48   26     2 74
29 Cora Edwards     34 14 24     3 72
30 Chris Thomas     30   40     2 70
31 Karen Dorato       38 32     2 70
32 Austin Simmonds     24 30       2 54
33 Cedi Frederick   42     12     2 54
34 Del Manderson     16   28     2 44
35 Ray Johnson     22 16       2 38
36 Alistair Phillips       18 18     2 36
37 Zac Sargusingh     14   22     2 36
38 Patrick Clarke     20 10       2 30
39 Yvonne Brown         14     1 14
40 John Kaseke         10     1 10
41 Larry Jones         8     1 8

 

colinbwTraditionally the first ACGA Major of the season coincides with that other small event held in the U.S. – The Masters. However, this year, due to a scheduling change our first event of the season was held on the same weekend as the Grand National in Aintree, so by the end of Sunday we were to see who the thoroughbreds were and who would be ready for the knackers’ yard….

Twenty runners and riders were gathered for the event, including two new faces. Lynette Mapp, the Lady Captain at Wanstead Golf Club and Marcus Bernard, the son of longstanding member Mayhe “Mayhem” Bernard, who was a guest for the event. There was also a change of runner with Kevin Thomas pulling up lame and being replaced by Colin Parson.

Once all the friendly chat and banter was completed, and the betting slips filled in, the new Captain for the next two years – Stuart Austrie – opened proceedings with a welcome speech, followed by informing everyone of the running order for the weekend. With the formalities over, it was down to business. The groups made their way out of the stables bar and made their way to the driving range to warm up before heading to the first tee.

The first round was played on the more difficult Lakes Course. As the name suggests, there was water a plenty, and many a golfer found their shots coming up short like an old nag at Beecher’s Brook. Despite the carnage, a few of the old names found their way to the top of the field at the end of the round. Steve “Controversy” Garner led the way with 33 points, closely followed by Tye “Coach” Carter on 32 points. In 3rd and 4th places were Cass “Santiguan” Browne (30pts) and Colin “Dark Lord” Parson (29pts). There were a couple of surprising names trailing by a couple of furlongs after the first round – Keith Murray had an unusually frustrating day coming in with 21 points. He had good company with Andy Ferdinand (21pts).

Dinner Saturday evening was the usual enjoyable event, with plenty of drink, laughter and banter. Captain Austrie brought the formal part of the evening to an end by reading out the groupings for the 2nd day. This included calling out an unofficial pairs event in the last group where Keith Murray and Andy Ferdinand would lock horns with Lynette Mapp and Ingrid Clarke – More on that later…frankbw

Sunday morning came around a lot sooner than some would have wanted, and after breakfast, it was out for a lap of Belton Woods’ 2nd Course – The Woods. As usual, the leading group were the last out, with everyone waiting to see who out of Steve, Tye, Cass and Colin would bring home the spoils. As would become evident from the overall scores, the Woods Course played a lot easier than the Lakes, with the eventual winner being decided by who could most take advantage of the friendlier scoring conditions. Some notable scores from the day were Captain Stuart Austrie and Frank “Burger” Baptiste with 41 points and Colin Parson with 38 points. This all meant that just like the story of the two dogs fighting over a bone and a third running off with it, Stuart (67pts) came through from the penultimate group to pip Colin (67pts) to 1st place on countback. Frank (65pts) stormed through from an earlier group to take 3rd by a nose, leaving Steve (63pts) in Arsenal 4th and Cass (62pts) in 5th. Congratulations Stuart on an excellent victory.

At the presentation ceremony, Stuart also claimed both nearest the pin prizes and Keith “Teeeeeth” Murray made up for his poor showing over the weekend by winning the Longest drive. In the impromptu pairs competition, the ladies – Lynette and Ingrid – took the spoils, despite Andy winning the group (no thanks to his partner). Frank Baptiste also presented Tye with a pair of scissors to help in “adjusting” his handicap. We fear that something more akin to an Axe will be utilised, and Frank can kiss goodbye to his lucky number 24.

The blob money was collected on both days of the event which will be donated to Prostate Cancer UK, and as usual, we all gave generously (some a lot more than others), and in total £130 was collected for the very worthy cause. I’m still not sure whether to praise our collective generosity or lament at our poor golfing.

Stuart brought the event to a close and it’s onwards and upwards to Aspley Guise and Woburn on the 10th May.

Total Member R1 R2
67 Stuart Austrie   26 41
67 Colin Parson   29 38
66 Frank BAPTISTE   25 41
63 Steve Garner   33 30
62 Cassius Browne   30 32
60 Mark Henry   27 33
59 Mickey Griffin   24 35
58 Tyrone Carter   32 26
56 Raf Roberts   25 31
55 Mike Woodstock   25 30
54 Andy Ferdinand   21 33
53 Mayhe Bernard   23 30
53 Jacqui Harbor   26 27
52 Lynette Mapp   20 32
49 Phil Nugent   22 27
49 Frank SKINNER HLM   23 26
49 Greg Worrell   26 23
47 Keith Murray   21 26
46 Ingrid Clarke   17 29

 

 

 

Our 2nd Major for 2019 was scheduled to be played at Aspley Guise & Woburn Sands which we last visited back in 2010 according to our records.

This proved to be a challenging date because most of our regulars were away on golf trips abroad but true to form the committee and those of us who were available rolled up our sleeves and got on with the job in hand.

SANDWICH      

Mainly our esteemed Treasurer Sophia Lodge, who coordinated things from the ground so to speak supported by the Secretary, Captain and Vice Captain, which highlighted what being on the committee is all about -  to be supportive and willing to get things done no matter what obstacles are put in our way.

These extra responsibilities seems to have suited our Treasurer because she was in the hunt to take the top prize until she got derailed in a deep bunker on the 8th which stalled her progress, but recovered to finish a creditable 3rd overall playing off 19.

The ACGA ladies in attendance held their own with Lynette beating Big Frank Baptiste into 4th place on countback with 30 points off 24 handicap and Ingrid Clarke scoring a credible 27 off 25 handicap pushing Andy Ferdinand into the drinks position in their group - payback for Belton Woods me thinks....

On the day we welcomed two guests - Cedi Frederick playing off 22 who was marshalled by Phil on the day as to what playing with the ACGA is all about. The other guest, Louis Harrison playing off scratch was paired with Boom Boom Goddard and the Big OG ,who reported back that Louis has game and will be one to watch going forward.

Lynette4thThese two guests came courtesy of Big Frank Baptiste who having returned from the Sir Garry Sobers tournament in Barbados drove the green on the 1st hole and fired 19 points on the front nine,  but then ran out of gas on the back nine.RICHARD2ND

Raphael Roberts was our champion on the day with 36 points playing off 15 (yes you heard it right FIFTEEN) closely followed in 2nd place by Course Record himself Richard Payne with 35 points playing off 5.

The spirit of the day was emphasized by our Captain Stuart Austrie leaving a funeral to drive up to Aspley Guise to deliver and present the prizes,. Thanks goes to all the ACGA members who supported this event and to the Committee members involved for going that extra mile to make sure that the event was a success. 

sophia3rdWe look forward to seeing you all at Wanstead on June 7th for our golf open day.

  

1

Raf Roberts

36 pts (15)

     
     

2

Richard Payne

35 pts (04)

     
     

3

Sophia Lodge

31 pts (19)

     
     

4

Lynette Mapp

30 pts (24)

     
     

5

Frank BAPTISTE

30 pts (21)

     
     

6

Louis Harrison

29 pts (00)

     
     

7

Frank SKINNER HLM

28 pts (11)

     
     

8

Roger Goddard

28 pts (05)

     
     

9

Ingrid Clarke

27 pts (25)

     
     

10

Steve Garner

27 pts (06)

     
     

11

Mayhe Bernard

27 pts (15)

     
     

12

Andy Ferdinand

23 pts (23)

     
     

13

Malcolm O'Garro

22 pts (05)

     
     

14

Mike Woodstock

21 pts (20)

     
     

15

Phil Nugent

21 pts (23)

     
     

16

Cedi Frederick

17 pts (21)

     
     

17

Mickey Griffin

16 pts (18)

 

 

 

1

Malcolm O'Garro

37 pts (05)

     
     

2

Stuart Austrie

35 pts (10)

     
     

3

Cassius Browne

34 pts (09)

     
     

4

Terry Morris

34 pts (15)

     
     

5

Lynette Mapp

34 pts (24)

     
     

6

Colin Parson

33 pts (07)

     
     

7

Frank BAPTISTE

32 pts (21)

     
     

8

Roger Goddard

32 pts (05)

     
     

9

Raf Roberts

32 pts (12)

     
     

10

Steve Garner

30 pts (06)

     
     

11

Ingrid Clarke

30 pts (26)

     
     

12

Ernie Owusu

30 pts (16)

     
     

13

Mayhe Bernard

29 pts (15)

     
     

14

Tony Johnson HLM

29 pts (15)

     
     

15

Tyrone Carter

29 pts (02)

     
     

16

Frank SKINNER HLM

29 pts (11)

     
     

17

Phil Nugent

29 pts (23)

     
     

18

Cora Edwards

29 pts (12)

     
     

19

Keith Murray

28 pts (11)

     
     

20

Chris Thomas

28 pts (12)

     
     

21

Richard Payne

27 pts (04)

     
     

22

Jacqui Harbor

27 pts (28)

     
     

23

Austin Simmonds

27 pts (12)

     
     

24

Ray Johnson

27 pts (24)

     
     

25

Patrick Clarke

26 pts (15)

     
     

26

Greg Worrell

25 pts (24)

     
     

27

Del Manderson

23 pts (13)

     
     

28

Zac Sargusingh

21 pts (24)

     
     

28

Zac Sargusingh

21 pts (24)

     
     

30

Mickey Griffin

18 pts (18)

     
     

31

alister phillips

16 pts (18)

     
     

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Andy Ferdinand

No Return

     
     

 

Our 4th Major was played at Toot Hill GC - a first for the ACGA, on what would be one of the hottest days of the year so far and on some of the slickest greens we’ve played on to date.

The day got off to a sluggish start for our Captain, who decided to party on a school night and turn up late. He was rightly heckled by Members and Guests alike, but he like to extend his thanks to the members of the committee who held the fort. With a large field of some 40+ players, and with Societies in front and behind us, it wasn’t going to be the quickest of rounds. However, in true ACGA fashion we got on with the task at hand and some great golf was played.

As usual, our Ladies section turned up ready for action with Ingrid Clarke proving to be the best of the bunch on 30pts. Tony Johnson took top prize with 41pts, followed by Raf Roberts, Bose Sreedham, Mike Woodstock and Colin Parson all with 36pts on countback. Arran Usmani took the guest prize with 39pts and Bernard McColin took the prize for the most Blobs - 10 in total.

The day was partly spoiled by 2 ACGA vehicles being broken into in the car park. Unfortunately, the culprits were not caught on CCTV but in true ACGA spirit we all rallied round to assist the injured parties.

As always, the Committee would like to thank you all for your continued support and we shall see you all at the next Major (Moor Park).

1

Tony Johnson HLM

41 pts (15)

     
     

2

Raf Roberts

36 pts (13)

     
     

3

Bose Sreedham

36 pts (11)

     
     

4

Mike Woodstock

36 pts (20)

     
     

5

Colin Parson

36 pts (07)

     
     

6

Mayhe Bernard

33 pts (15)

     
     

7

Tyrone Carter

32 pts (02)

     
     

8

Richard Payne

32 pts (04)

     
     

9

Keith Murray

31 pts (11)

     
     

10

Mark Henry

31 pts (14)

     
     

11

Stuart Austrie

31 pts (10)

     
     

12

Mickey Griffin

31 pts (18)

     
     

13

Greg Worrell

30 pts (24)

     
     

14

Ingrid Clarke

30 pts (26)

     
     

14

ingrid clarke(1)

30 pts (26)

     
     

16

Frank BAPTISTE

29 pts (21)

     
     

17

Frank SKINNER HLM

29 pts (11)

     
     

18

Karen Darato

28 pts (22)

     
     

19

Louis Harrison

28 pts (00)

     
     

20

Phil Nugent

28 pts (24)

     
     

21

Steve Garner

27 pts (05)

     
     

22

Del Manderson

26 pts (14)

     
     

23

Austin Simmonds

26 pts (12)

     
     

24

Malcolm O'Garro

26 pts (03)

     
     

25

Terry Morris

25 pts (15)

     
     

26

Roger Goddard

25 pts (05)

     
     

27

Lynette Mapp

24 pts (24)

     
     

28

Jacqui Harbor

24 pts (28)

     
     

29

alister phillips

24 pts (18)

     
     

30

Ray Johnson

23 pts (24)

     
     

31

Cora Edwards

23 pts (12)

     
     

32

Andy Ferdinand

23 pts (24)

     
     

33

Patrick Clarke

21 pts (15)

     

The ACGA’s mid-summer major is usually the least populated due to holidays and other seasonal events. However this year, the ACGA took to Moor Park with a full field of 40 competitors, comprising of 32 members and 8 guests (including a few old faces making a return). This follows the recent trend of vastly improved numbers supporting the ACGA this year. Moor Park is an elite golf course, which is always immaculately presented, and for the 2nd year running it did not disappoint. Once the usual Captain’s greetings, sweep collection and bookie’s duties were completed, the field took to the course for what turned out to be a stiff examination of our collective golfing skills. At most events, there will be a standout player who scores well and comfortably beats the field. However, on this occasion, almost half the field were separated by no more than seven points. This was testament to the level of challenge Moor Park presented to all areas of your game, from off the tee to putting. With over half the field in, Andy Ferdinand led the way with 32 points, and seemingly on his was to his first major win. Fortunately…….. I mean unfortunately, the heavy hitters were all contained within the later groups, and Andy’s lead was slowly overtaken, leaving him still stuck on that “nearly won a major” pedestal. Once all the scores were in, bets settled and scores checked, a recent heavy scoring ultra-heavyweight  delivered the knockout punch. Frank Baptiste was the proud winner of his first seasonal major with a score of 36 points, which he can add to his first singles title last season. If he carries on like this, his dream of being a greatly improved golfer with a single figure handicap will come true (maybe sooner than he thinks). In 2nd place was Mickey Griffin with 34pts, Raf Roberts continued his recent good form in 3rd place (33pts). Greg Worrell placed 4th with a long overdue top 5 placing (also 33pts), and in 5th place, the early leader Andy Ferdinand (32pts). It should be noted at this point that the combined height of the runners up still didn’t add up to the height of our eventual winner. Here’s to the Little Man…

In keeping with recent events, and due to the increased guest numbers, it was decided to award a prize to the overall highest placed guest. This was taken by Gerry Anderson who scored a creditable 36 points. Apparently he gave his group a masterclass in how to get up and down from bunkers, which he did on at least half a dozen occasions. Well played Gerry.

The nearest the pin prizes were taken by Andy Ferdinand and Frank Skinner

As usual the blob money was collected for donation to our long-time chosen charity, Prostate Cancer UK. Despite all the practicing and big chat, we never fail to give generously, and a total of £116 was collected on the day. It’s getting to the point where if we decided to donate £1 for each hole we SCORED on, I doubt more money would be collected………..#givingtoofreely.

Onwards and upwards to the September major at Ashbury Park on 20-20 September.

1 Frank Baptist 36
2 Mickey Griffin 34
3 Raf Roberts 33
4 Greg Worrell 33
5 Andy Ferdinand 32
6 Cassius Browne 31
7 Keith Murray 30
8 Tony Johnson 30
9 Karen Dorato 30
10 Phil Nugent 30
11 Stuart Austrie 30
12 Franks Skinner 29
13 Sophia Lodge 29
14 Steve Garner 28
15 Colin Parson 28
16 Ingrid Clarke 27
17 Chris Thomas 27
18 Roger Goddard 27
19 Richard Payne 27
20 Lynette Mapp  26
21 Del Manderson 26
22 Mayhe Bernard 25
23 Ernie Owusu 25
24 Cora Edwards 23
25 Zac Sargusingh 22
26 Terry Morris 22
27 Alistair Phillips 22
28 Jacqui Harbor 20
29 Yvonne Brown 16
30 Cedi Frederick 16

The 2019 membership fee has been reduced to £60. Could all members please remember to update their contact details (email addresses and telephone numbers) when they re-register.

All renewals must be received by 31st March 2019; failing to renew memberships by the aforementioned date, you will automatically become an associate member and will not qualify to win any MAJORSuntil you re-qualify by playing 2 MAJORS as a guest. All queries are to be addressed to the ACGA Treasurer.

All payments must be notified to email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone to 07702 684 599; Bank transfers are to be sent to Bank Ac 62271036 and Sort Code 401505, all cheques are to

be addressed to “Treasurer, 12 Valley Walk, Croxley Green. Hertfordshire. WD3 3SY.”

Thanks

The Committee

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Founders

Frank Skinner and Tony (TJ) Johnson 

Two of the founders of the ACGA were recognised and awarded Honorary Life Membership (HLM)

of the ACGA during the presentation ceremony at Harpenden GC. Wilf Solomon was also recognised

and awarded Honorary Life Membership for his contribution to setting up the financial management

of the society that has been instrumental in it running successfully to this day.

Congratulations, huge gratitude and respect from all the past, present and future members.

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PositionPlayerPointsNo. of
Comp's
Best Scores (Ascending)
123456
1 Goddard, Roger 495 6 75 80 80 80 90 90
2 Skinner, Frank 384 6 24 50 65 65 80 100
3 Carter, Tyrone 377 5 32 75 85 85 100  
4 Austrie, Stuart 363 6 30 38 40 85 85 85
5 Garner, Steve 358 6 38 45 50 60 80 85

Overall Position

Player

No of Majors

Total

1st

Colin Parson

6 439

2nd

Frank Skinner

433 

3rd

Terry Morris

6 400

4th

Don McLeod

6 379

5th

Keith Murray

6

372

Overall Position

Player

No of Majors

Total

1st

Keith Murray

6 372

2nd

George Grant

365 

3rd

Gary Cameron

5 365

4th

Randy Plowright

4 345

5th

Raf Roberts

4

320