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Welcome to the 2018 Season. 2018 is a very important year because it marks the association's 25th year.

his year we have selected some very challenging but good golf courses for you to test your skill and enjoy the company of fellow members and guests. In September we will be visiting Portugal to play the annual Champion of Champions tournament, our 6th major and celebrate 25 years of the ACGA.

I commend the hard working and diligent committee members who over the 25 years of this association's existence have freely given their time efforts and best intentions to ensure that the association has a history of which it can be proud.

This year's committee will continue to develop its focus so that we can provide and stage events to a high standard.

With an eye on our future, I remind you that this year will also mark the end of this current committee's tenure, so I look forward to a new committee taking over the reigns and continuing the good work and reputation of our golf society/association in 2019/20.

Yours in golf

Regards

Roger Goddard

ACGA Captain

The 2017 - 2018 Committee Team ↓ 

The 2017/18 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 - Roger Goddard

Vice Captain - Frank Skinner

Secretary - Colin Parson

Treasurer - Sophia Lodge

Handicap Secretary - Tyrone Carter

Social Secretary - Jacqui Harbour

Webmaster - Cassius Browne

2018 Singles Competition - 2017 Champion Jacqui Harbor

Eleven original entrants for the 2018 Singles competition met at Radlett Park GC on Saturday 26th May for the qualification round. Seven golfers would be successful and go through to the quarter final draw with the defending champion Jacqui Harbor. After a hard fought battle we had our top seven qualifiers and the following draw came out of the hat:

Jacqueline Harbor v Mark Henry

Tye Carter v Micky Griffin

Frank Baptiste v Rafael Roberts

Ricky Coward v Keith Murray

Top scores on the day were Big Frank Baptiste with a nett 70, Ricky Cane Coward with a nett 72 and Tye Coach Carter with a nett 76.

The next round to be played at Mill Hill GC on Sunday 24th June.

Results from Mill Hill quarter final round:

Jacqueline Harbor v Mark Henry -  Mark Henry won 4&3

Tye Carter v Micky Griffin - Micky Griffiths prevailed at the 3rd extra hole

Frank Baptiste v Rafael Roberts - Frank Baptiste won on last hole

Ricky Coward v Keith Murray - Keith Murray won 4&3

Semi-Final Draw

Keith Murray v Frank Baptiste

Mark Henry v Mickey Griffin

Congratulations to all the semi-finalists. Dates for semi-finals to be confirmed

2018 Order of Merit standings

 

Player Events played Points Total
Frank Skinner 4 469
Tyrone Carter 4 426
Keith Murray 4 361
Tony Johnson 4 356
Cassius Browne 3 326
Ricky Coward 4 322
Austin   Simmonds 3 319
Gary Hobbs 3 312
Del Manderson 4 311
Roger Goddard 3 254
Don McLeod 3 241
Frank   Baptistse 4 238
Terry Morris 4 238
Steve Garner 4 215
Colin Parson 2 203
Mickey Griffin 4 193
Andy Ferdinand 3 181
Daniel Jones 2 179
Sophia Lodge 3 172
Stuart Austrie 3 170
Cora Edwards 2 170
Mark Henry 2 170
Jacqui Harbor 4 163
Dean Witter 3 161
Mayhe Bernard 2 155
Mike Woodstock 2 155
Yvonne Brown 2 152
Greg Worrell 3 137
Patrick Winkle 3 124
Phil Nugent 2 104
Willimam Burnett 2 83
Raf Roberts 3 69
Malcolm   O'Garro 2 59
Richard Payne 2 59
Ernie Owusu 1 54
Bose Sreedham 2 41
Chris Thomas 1 35
Wayne   Callender 1 33
Wilf Solomon 1 12
Ray Johnson 1 2

2018 ACGA vs Cypriot GS Match

Major 1 - The Oxfordshire 7/8th April

Del earns his Masters at Oxford!!

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Traditionally, the first ACGA major of the year is a weekender and coincides with the first PGA major, the Masters. It was difficult to distinguish between the two stellar international fields assembled either side of the Atlantic. Would the golfing public concentrate on Jordan, Patrick,, Rory and the returning Tiger? or would the presence of Raf, Phillo, Tye, Tezza and TJ prove too strong a draw? Ultimately, the weather in Augusta drew most of the crowd, but all the excitement was present at the Oxfordshire Golf Club. Now back to reality……..

Twenty six golfers assembled on a mild, cloudy day, and once we’d had all the greetings, introductions, betting and general complaints about who hasn’t been playing and who needs “cutting”, it was down to business. Vice Captain Frank Skinner opened proceedings and then off all the competitors went to warm up and carry out last minute tune ups.

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Twenty six golfers initially set off to claim the prize and bragging rights, but only twenty five completed the journey on the Saturday. Steve “Controversy” Garner pulling up lame with a touch of back trouble (probably caused by being out-driven by Cora…… or so Cora reliably informs me). The Oxfordshire was playing long and difficult. The wind, course length and difficult to read greens made scoring well a challenging proposition. 29 points was a popular score with four players hitting that mark. However, one or two players rose above the mayhem and pulled clear of the also-rans. Del Manderson, doing his best impersonation of Ray Charles, led the way with 35 points. Tony “TJ” Johnson was well placed with 34 points, closely followed by Ricky Coward (32pts) and Gary Hobbs (31pts).

Dinner and the evening’s entertainment were of a high standard. The meal was well received by all members and their guests. The after dinner presentations and the usual banter that followed were also a highlight. Special mention must go to TJ who gave a heartfelt talk on the life-saving importance of all men being checked for prostate irregularities. This is a charity that is very dear to the ACGA’s heart and the more we can do, the better it will get.

By Sunday morning, the weather had changed and had become dull and misty. Light rain fell for the rest of the day, but at least the wind had died down. Unfortunately, twenty five players were reduced to twenty four, as Raf Roberts also had to pull out with back trouble. This time, Cora’s long driving couldn’t be blamed. Raf was disappointed that he couldn’t pay out all his bets, but rest assured he has asked for them to be rolled over to the next event he attends…. The course played slightly easier, as the scores reflected. Austin “I only ever score 30 points…” Simmonds scored a creditable 36 points. In fact, nearly half the field scored more than 29pts, which was in stark contrast to Saturday.

After all the scores came in there was only ever going to be one winner. Del Manderson followed his 35pt round on Saturday with 38pts, to win by 9 points over Ricky Coward in 2nd place (32 + 32pts). Donald McLeod was 3rd (29 + 35pts). Special mention here to Donald, who was in pain for most of Saturday’s round and all of Sunday’s, with a recurrence of an old injury. However, he soldiered on to produce a great score. Beware the wounded golfer……

In his winner’s speech, Del thanked Tyrone “Coach” Carter for the hours of lessons over the past few months. They obviously paid off, although I'm not sure he'll be thanking him for his new handicap...Frank brought proceedings to an end, and it’s onwards and upwards to Burnham Beeches on the 11th May. Incidentally, for those interested, some guy called Patrick Reed won that other tournament that was going on at the same time as ours….

Major 2 -  Burnham Beeches 11th May

36 golfers arrived at Burnham Beeches golf club to play 27 holes of competitive golf. This was a large field and all the big hitting favourites and recent past winners were in attendance. However the eventual winner was a surprise to everyone. The day started off slightly overcast and cool, slowly rising to 17 degrees. The format was 9 holes in the morning followed by 18 holes stapleford.

The course was playing long and difficult. As the morning nine hole scores came in, there was a good bunching of players between 15 and 17 points, with Keith Murray leading for most of the morning on 18, however a surprising name came in with 22 points and that person was none other than Ricky Coward, a stalwart member of the club with a unique approach to addressing the golf ball before hitting it.

So having been refreshed by lunch time feeding, the players went out to try and catch or overtake Ricky’s 4 point lead. However, many of us found the afternoon conditions more difficult fir scoring, and with Ricky scoring a extremely competitive 32 points, he maintained his lead and became the eventual winner.

As ever the evening meal was filled with the usual banter and fun. Gary Hobbs and Frank Skinner came 2nd and 3rd with Gary closing the gap to 2 points on Ricky. Tye Carter and Ricky Coward (again???) took the nearest the pin prizes.

 

Special mention must go to Burnham Beeches staff and golf course for it’s welcoming atmosphere and pristine course.

Our next event is 27 holes at Alwickbury golf club on 1st June

        

Major 3 - Aldwickbury Park 1st June
Major 4 -  The Nevill 6th July

Without any apologies to Manchester United fans, when we think of Nevill, we do not think well manicured, easy on the eye and charming. We do however think competitive and challenging. Well the ACGA members got all those attributes in equal measure at the Nevill Golf Club in Kent on Friday, at 2018 Major No. 4. That’s enough of the football theme, although Friday was also the day that the World Cup quarter-finals started and in line with all the hype over that, everyone wanted to see who would be singing “it’s coming home” at the end of the day once 27 holes had been negotiated. This was the hottest ACGA event for a number of years in terms of the weather, and the majority were glad this was only a 27 hole event, with no extra time or penalties to worry about…. Anyway, enough about the football…

Captain Roger Goddard initiated proceedings with his welcome speech, which was punctuated by the immortal words of “what’s everyone else having?” when a tray of 14 bacon rolls were put down next to Big Frank Baptiste. Everyone then got down to business, with no need for a toss of a coin or last minute instructions from a referee. Unusually for an ACGA event, the 18 holes were played first, followed by 9 holes in the afternoon. This was definitely the preferred format, as it would have been difficult to play 18 holes in the middle of the afternoon without a drinks break, with the temperature nudging 30 degrees! Not wanting to talk football again, but how on earth will they play the World Cup in Quatar in 2022???

At half time, on what was an interesting layout that favoured the straight hitter, four players were tied for the lead. Frank Skinner, Mickey Griffin, Keith “Birthday Boy” Murray (more on that later), and The Carter. Mickey played well and made the most of his handicap. He also demonstrated his version of the Tiger Woods stinger - which has been christened the Skimmer - to his incredulous playing partners Mark, Colin and Cassius, who could only look across at each other with the look of meerkats who have been taken by surprise. There were also some notable low scores, with Steve Controversy Garner coming in with 20 points. Maybe the pressure of playing with the Mighty Andy Ferdinand, and being a pre-tournament favourite proved too much. Who said the minnows never win matches??

Once everyone had been fed and definitely watered, it was back out for the second half,  to see who could maintain their form and bring it home in the heat, which showed no signs of easing. At full time, Once all the scores were in, gallons of liquid drunk, excuses made and requests for VAR dismissed, there was only one winner. On a day when there was talk of hosepipe bans and a water shortage, it was a plumber who came out on top to lift the Jules Rimet trophy. Mickey “Dancehall” Griffin maintained his form and kept cramp at bay, by following his morning round with 19 points in the afternoon. In 2nd place was Austin Simmonds with 19 points following his earlier 30. In 3rd place was Andy Ferdinand with scores of 31 and 18 points, beating the increasingly consistent Frank Skinner on countback. Mickey is definitely one of our own and a long-time ACGA stalwart. It was also his first ACGA Major win having come agonisingly close a few years ago on an equally hot day at The Drift GC. Much like England’s FIFA ranking, Mickey’s handicap will be coming down appreciably after this result.

Nearest the pins went to Dean Witter and Austin Simmonds.

Prior to the presentation, our usual “blob” money was collected, and the grand total of £94 either shows that our golf is collectively not improving, or we are just a really generous group of golfers. As mentioned briefly earlier, Friday was also Keeeeeeeith Murray’s birthday and in typical flash footballer fashion, he bought several bottles of the finest house Prosecco and shared it amongst all the group. Stuart Austrie somewhat harshly observed that it was probably the thought of buying those drinks that stopped Keith from following up on his morning round score..

This was another highly successful ACGA event, with the great course, friendly staff and blistering weather all contributing to what was a great day.

It is now onwards and upwards to Moor Park GC in August, when we can all look forward to the return of the Premier League…..

Major 5 - Moor Park 3rd August

AFRICAN CARIBBEAN GOLF ASSOCIATION

Founded 1993

ACGA – 5th Major Championship

Friday 3rd August 2018

Moor Park Golf Club.

Rickmansworth,

Hertfordshire

WD3 1QN (When using Sat NAV WD3 1QL)

Tel: 01923 721673

All participants must arrive by 7.30 am for coffee bacon/egg rolls, briefing and tee times.

THIS IS A 18 HOLE MEDAL EVENT.

Members: £77.50 - Guests Fee: £85.50

The closing date for entry into this competition is 25/07/18

Early entry is advised to avoid disappointment.

Please note: Golf clubs will likely expect payment of green fees and/or meals for late withdrawals or cancelations.

Members may not receive a refund if the relevant club adopts this policy.

Important notes:

  • A limited number of buggies are available and will be dependent on weather conditions. Please inform the ACGA Secretary of your requirements ASAP.
  • Dress Code for this event is SMART CASUAL, A COLLARED SHIRT, NO JEANS OR TRAINERS, No Flip Flops.
  • Please advise of any dietary requirements i.e., vegetarian, allergies etc., at the time of confirming your booking
 

HOW TO BOOK

No need to complete a booking form. Please pay direct to ACGA Account using the bank details below. 

Remember to include a reference giving your name so that your payment can be identified as yours. 

Then please inform the Treasurer that you have made payment by the ACGA WhatsApp forum, phone, or text on 07702684599

or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Bank Details - Account Name: ACGA; Sort Code: 40-15-05; Account No: 62-27-10-36

Major 6 & Champion of Champions  - Villamoura Portugal 20-23rd September

AFRICAN CARIBBEAN GOLF ASSOCIATION

Founded 1993

Join us on our 25th Anniversary Celebration tour to Portugal.

6th Major (incorporating Champion of Champions)

September 20th – 23rd 2018

Quinta Da Ria, Portugal.

The tour incorporates a 3 night all-inclusive stay at

the 4 star Robinson Club hotel.

1 round of golf will be played at Quinta da Ria.

http://quintadaria.com/golf-courses/quinta-da-ria-golf-course

1 round of golf will be played at Quinta de Cima.

http://quintadaria.com/golf-courses/quinta-de-cima-golf-course         

Facilities at this hotel include the following:

2 x restaurants with the main restaurant incorporating an outside terrace.

A “Pousada” gourmet restaurant.

Well Fit gym with on site spa offering sauna and steam room facilities.

Massages and treatments are available for booking at an additional cost.

3 x swimming pools, main, indoor and children’s, Towels, sunbeds & parasol included.

Ball sports include: Beach volleyball, water polo, football.

Tennis courts are available with an additional charge for racquets and balls.

5 x bars including main, beach, sports, pool and a premium bar.

Further information regarding the hotel facilities can be obtained from its website:

https://www.robinson.com/en/en/resort-holiday/portugal/quinta-da-ria/club-details/

Further details to follow.

The following prices do not include flights.

Two payment plans have been devised:

Option 1

   

Members

Guests

31st May   2018

Non-refundable   deposit

£49.00

£50.00

31st   August 2018

Final payment

£450.00

£550.00

Option 2

   

Members

Guests

31st May 2018

Non-refundable deposit

£49.00

£50.00

30th June 2018

1st Instalment

£150.00

£184.00

31st July 2018

2nd Instalment

£150.00

£183.00

31st August   2018

Final Payment

£150.00

£183.00

   

£490.00

£600.00

Non Golfers cost: TBC

Please note: cancellations will no doubt incur a financial loss.

This is dependent on the tour operator/ golf club policy. 

HOW TO BOOK

No need to complete a booking form. Please pay direct to ACGA Account using the bank details below.

Remember to include a reference giving your name so that your payment can be identified as yours.

Then please inform the Treasurer that you have made payment by phone, ACGA Group Whatsapp, or text on 07702684599

or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you wish to pay by cheque, please send your payment, payable to the ACGA, to the Treasurer for the relevant amount.

Send a cheque to ACGA Treasurer12 Valley Walk, Croxley Green, Hertfordshire, WD3 3SY

  • Please leave enough time for your cheque to be received and your cheque to clear by the closing date.
  • All payments will be acknowledged and your entry confirmed
  • Bank Details - Account Name: ACGA; Sort Code: 40-15-05; Account No: 62-27-10-36

 

Major 7 & Captain's Day - Knole Park 5th October

Membership fees  -  subscription renewal

The 2018 membership fee has been reduced to £65. 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 2018; failing to renew memberships by the aforementioned date, you will automatically become an associate member and will not qualify to win any MAJORS

until 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

Membership growth incentives

                               

Quote for the 2017 Golfing season: “Success is no accident; it is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are learning to do” Pele

Quote for 2017 Growth initiative: “A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes, It is a catalyst and it sparks extraordinary results”

Wade Boggs (Baseball player; Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees)

2017 ACGA MEMBERSHIP GROWTH

In order, to assist with the much needed growth of the ACGA, it has been agreed by the 2017 Committee to offer the current membership an incentive(s) for introducing new members:

Members who invite a guest to a society day; who then subsequently becomes a full member;

  1. Where the new member is younger than 40 years old, the membership renewal the following year for the introducing member is reduced by £40; or
  2. Where the new member is female, their membership renewal the following year for the introducing member is reduced by £40; and
  3. Where the new member falls outside the categories above, the membership renewal the following year for the introducing member is reduced by £30.

All existing members should let the Vice-Captain at email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. know of any intention in relation to the above;

all potential new members should download the ACGA application form from the website www.acga.com  and forward to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   for membership consideration in the usual way.

Honorary Life Membership

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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.

Tyrone Carter wins the Hertfordshire County Seniors - 2017

Coach Carter delivers!!

tye

Tyrone Carter

Our esteemed Handicap Secretary was crowned

Hertfordshire County Seniors Champion

2017

The competition took place at Sandy Lodge GC this week, with Tye coming

out on top after scores of 74 and 71 for an overall total of 145 (3 over)

Congratulations Tyrone, the whole Society is proud of you..

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PositionPlayerPointsNo. of
Comp's
Best Scores (Ascending)
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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

6  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

6  365 

3rd

Gary Cameron

5 365

4th

Randy Plowright

4 345

5th

Raf Roberts

4

320