Coach Carter delivers!!


Tyrone Carter

Our esteemed Handicap Secretary was crowned

Hertfordshire County Seniors Champion


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..


MC Tezza hits the high notes!!!!

Terry Morris

enters the winner's circle again after a long absence

at beautiful KNOLE PARK GC

Full write follow below:



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.


Singles Competition



Yes for the first time in ACGA history, there are not one, but TWO ladies through to the final of this year's Singles Comp.

Both came through tough matches and prevailed at the first extra hole.

Congratulations to both Proud Lady members. Keep flying the flag. Date and venue of the final to be arranged.



ACGA 3 1/2 - Cypriot GS 8 1/2

A disappointing result but as usual very enjoyable day for all involved.

Full write-up below.


Major 6 - Bowood Golf & Country Club

Sat/Sun 16/17th Sept

Booking information to follow below:

cut-off date Tue 5th Sept



I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all good golfing and a prosperous new year.

This year the new committee will work to represent and instil the values upon which the ACGA was founded.

 It is important to remember that this great association was started by 4 men - Frank Skinner, Tony Johnson, Tony Irish and Daryl Oxley. From their foresight and commitment the ACGA has grown to have a far reaching network of friends, business partners and golf buddies. 

The values for the association are clearly set out within our constitution and a few key points are - competitive golf, good golf courses and to tirelessly seek to improve as golfers and people. 

The association is in a very healthy position and I/we are very fortunate to have a very capable committee to help us achieve those goals and I’m sure that you will join me in showing your appreciation to those committee members who voluntarily give their time, skills and continued dedication to what can be a very difficult task.

We the committee intend to aspire towards excellence on our golf days. We expect that each member or guest of the ACGA will arrive at an ACGA golf event, safe in the knowledge that it will be properly organised and that everyone will conduct themselves in a respectful and considerate manner. As is the tradition at our events the competition will be fair but fierce, and the banter will be acerbic but with good intentions.

We have some excellent golf venues for the 2017 season and I know that most of you will be looking forward to the challenge ahead. Please remember that guests are welcome to attend any society day, just contact our secretary to provide the details of your guest. Please check the website for the incentives scheme we have put together to encourage increased attendances at our golf days.

The committee has also agreed to contact and re-integrate some of our old members, with this in mind, an open letter of invitation has been sent out to all of the old members who for a variety of reasons have not been able to attend.

I look forward to seeing you all over the golfing season.


Roger Goddard

ACGA Captain


 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

Quote for 2017 Membership renewal: “Money is not the only answer, but it makes a difference” Barack Obama

The committee wishes to notify the membership that the annual membership fee has been reduced to £68 which equates to an overall saving of £7 per member. However, in order to take into consideration the demands of running the association, the committee has also taken the decision to limit the number of trophies at each society day to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. There will also be the introduction of an additional nearest the pin prize and a removal of the longest drive trophy. The overall savings in costs will be put towards replacing annual trophies that have been lost or not returned eg DeCosta Edwards and Q-MATIC trophies. This action is taken in line with membership requests at the recent AGM. 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 2017; 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.”


The Committee


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)


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  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.


ACGA 2017 Singles Matchplay



  Seeded Players    Match

Round of 16

Hoebridge GC


Brookmans Park GC

Semi-Finals Finals  
1st Donald Mcleod   1 Donald Mcleod        
2nd Roger Goddard       Frank Skinner - bye      
3rd Cassius Browne   1 Frank Skinner        
4th Wayne Callander         Frank Skinner    
5th Tyrone Carter   2 Andy Ferdinand        
6th Greg Worrall      

Andy Ferdinand - 1st extra hole

7th Steve Garner   2 Ricky Coward        
8th Andy Ferdinand          

Sophia Lodge

9th Ricky Coward   3 Tye Carter        
10th Raph Roberts       Tye Carter - 2&1      
11th Jacqui Harbor   3 Richard Payne        
12th Richard Payne         Sophia Lodge    
13th Mark Henry   4 Cassius Browne        
14th Sophia Lodge       Sophia Lodge - 1 up      
15th Terry Morris   4 Sophia Lodge        
16th Frank Skinner            
      5 Wayne Callender        
          Mark Henry - 5&3      
      5 Mark Henry        
            Jaqui Harbor    
      6 Greg Worrall        
          Jacqui Harbor - 6&5      
      6 Jacqui Harbor        
              Jacqui Harbor  
      7 Steve Garner        
          Steve Garner - 1up      
      7 Raph Roberts        
            Steve Garner    
      8 Roger Goddard        
          Terry Morris - bye      
      8 Terry Morris        




The committee, having sent out a call to the members got an excellent response and we managed to field a team of 12 with 3 reserves if we needed any last minute backup.

We were geared up to play a pairs match, but the Cypriots wanted to play singles, and as it was their call we went along with that decision.

The ACGA ladies have stepped up to the plate this year. And once again, that was the case in the form of Cora Edwards who is our lowest lady handicap player. Cora played some excellent golf, which began with a birdie on the first. Unfortunately, she came up against an opponent who was a member of Essendon and an excellent putter and reader of the greens. This proved to be the difference in their match up, and after battling hard she finally went down 2&1.

The outstanding performances from the men were Colin Parson, Malcolm O'Garro and Frank Skinner (no not Baptiste :-) ), who won their matches quite comfortably. Richard (Course Record) Payne managed a half after discovering a new toy, (see video on members forum) with his opponent having to birdie the last 2 holes to tie the match.

That is where the good news from an ACGA point of view ended I'm afraid, as we went down 3 1/2 to 8 1/2, but the usual banter and frivolity was in evidence as per usual in this annual event.

The committee would like to thank all the members for their support once more and there is a 4 ball voucher from Essendon which we will raffle on Captain's Day, with the proceeds going to our chosen charity Prostate Cancer UK.


The Terminator is back!

The opening weekender of the ACGA 2017 season was held at what can only be described as a high quality venue in South Wales – The Vale of Glamorgan. Eighteen of the ACGA’s finest made their way to this corner of the Principality (after having to pay £6.40 toll for the privilege!!), in fine sunny weather and in boisterous and confident mood. This was evidenced by the usual banter and predictions of other people’s games not travelling etc etc…

Round One played on the gentler Lakes course produced a few notable scores. Leading at the end of the day was the returning Machine, Tyrone Carter with 36 points. In 2nd place was our Captain Roger Goddard and 3rd Del Manderson with 33 and 32 points respectively. The only other notable scores were Stuart and Cassius on 29 points and Keith and Andy on 28. At this point it would be remiss of me to mention the two teenagers in the round. Steve Garner and Cora Edwards returned with a miserly score of 19 points to prop up the field on day one. More on this later….

Saturday evening’s meal in the Vale Hotel was extremely enjoyable and everyone was on top form with the “entertainment” of the high standard. Everyone then got their minds focused on the next day’s challenges…

The National course at the Vale definitely made use of the word “challenging”, as demonstrated by the average scores on the day. Following a long and difficult round for some, Tye Carter led the field home with 31 points to secure his comeback victory. Captain Roger came in 2nd on the day and overall with 30 points. Stuart returned a steady 24 points which brought him through in 3rd place.

Other scores of note, Steve and Cora finished with 28 points on the day, which was enough to send Steve home with a smile on his face after winning all his side bets (the queue following his day one score was unusually long…..). Del Manderson had what can only be described as very difficult day and trailed home with 17 points after featuring so strongly on Saturday.

Congratulations to Tye on a deserved victory and in his speech he reflected on the importance of the society and his own personal battle to get back to form to match his undoubted class.



The Big OG returns to Rock them

They say that class is permanent while form is temporary, well on this fascinating day at South Herts golf club, an old and very successful member returned to the ACGA community and reminded us of his class.

To set the scene, this was the second ACGA major of the year, South Herts Golf course was immaculately presented with the greens running at 10.5 on the stimp, the fairways cut tight and the weather set cloudy, windy but fair. This was a 27 hole stableford event , 9 holes in the morning followed by  a 2 course lunch, then 18 holes followed by sandwiches and the presentation.

As is typical for all ACGA events there was laughter and competition in equal measure. It was very pleasing to see some old faces return to the ACGA and immediately immerse themselves in the banter that is synonymous with ACGA events.

A good turnout of members and guests saw play commence at 10:06am with the annual captains opening drive which found the fairway bunker just short of the green.

There were some very respectable morning 9 hole scores which saw the leading total being 20 stableford points by Del Manderson, 18 points by our treasurer (Sophia Lodge) and 17 points by the captain.

The afternoon round proved to be more challenging for the leading players none of whom would end the day in the top 3 places. In fact the morning leader  Del, in keeping with his showing at The Vale, could only have had what can be described as a living nightmare round. Del did not score a point on 9 holes and came in with a total of 18 points. The eventual winner on the day has accumulated an outstanding record of winning over the years and who’s competitive instincts have made him into a formidable golfer, playing off a handicap of 5 and always in the mix. Ladies and gentlemen we should all be upstanding for the winner of the 2nd Major Mr Rock of ages Malcolm O’Garro. In Malcolm’s winning speech he made references to the quality of the field and his love for the ACGA community.

2nd place went to Cora Edwards and third place went to Mark Henry.

This was a very enjoyable day and the ACGA did itself proud with regards to the quality of golf played and the manner in which its members presented themselves. This was most notable in the speed of play, where all players / groups went round within their allotted times.


The captain was contacted by the secretary of South Herts who commended the ACGA and said that all of his staff were very impressed by our conduct and said that we will be welcomed in the event that we choose to revisit the course in the future.

Frankie Fevrier

It is with great sadness that we have been informed of the passing of one of our longest serving members. Frankie was a caring and humorous character and the association is truly saddened in hearing this news. The committee will meet to discuss how the ACGA will show a mark of respect in remembrance of one of the great characters who helped to build this association.




Raf reigns supreme!!

On a day where the sun shone brightly and the temperature averaged around 21-25 degrees, a field of 27 golfers met at Effingham Golf Club in Leatherhead Surrey to commemorate the passing of one of the association's original members. The committee had commissioned a new trophy named the Frank Fevrier Memorial Trophy, which will be played for annually at the 3rd ACGA major.

As has been the constant theme at our golf days, the banter and sense of camaraderie were in full effect. If you followed the sound of laughter you would find where we were. 

The committee had agreed to re-introduce a blast from the past which was the ACGA sweepstake, this provided all attendees the opportunity to place odds based bets on the golfers in the field on a winner takes all basis with a contribution going to the societies charity.

Effingham golf club has been a venue that has welcomed the ACGA in previous years and the fact that we were playing a course familiar to us was even more poignant given the commemorative nature of our return this year.

This was an 18 hole stroke-play event and although attractive in its layout, the course was not easy, with a constant breeze and difficult greens. 

The golf started promptly at 9:30am and some excellent scores were returned with sub-par rounds being the only benchmark for the winner.

As usual the golf machine aka Tyrone Carter returned a commanding and challenging score of 73, this however was only good enough to take 3rd place, with Mark Henry returning a score of 70 and the eventual winner Raf Roberts returning a fantastic score of 69.

The main purpose of this day was for ACGA members both old and new to place a mark of respect for the sad passing of our dear friend Frankie Fevrier. We all were extremely pleased to receive a playing visit from Frankie's partner Ingrid Clarke who not only played well, but also handed over the 1st prize and memorial trophy to Raf. Frank skinner (Vice Captain) captivated the audience with his memories of Frankie and general fun filled address, in his unique Bajan style, and to top it all Ingrid informed us that she enjoyed the day and would re-join the association following an emotional and very touching speech.

Days like today tell you all you need to know about the ACGA and why it is so special. Long may it continue...

The secretary of Effingham spoke with the captain to inform him that the club were very impressed with our conduct throughout the day, in addition the course marshall was very pleased with the fact that all of the groups easily achieved the four hour deadline to complete our rounds of golf with most groups returning to the club house in under three and a half hours.

Our next event is on Friday 7th July at Harpenden, please check the website for details.


‘Marky’ Mark Henry delivers again.

On a hot sunny day the ACGA membership gathered for its 4th Major at Harpenden golf club.

Attendance was high with all players anticipating good scores on a sun baked course. The winner would be the person who was able to control the ball due to the many unexpected bounces and tricky greens. Some players achieved this goal but many didn’t.

9 holes were played in the morning round and as competitors returned to the clubhouse with what they thought were poor scores, many were surprised to see that they still had a faint glimmer of hope.

The clubhouse leaders at this point were Cassius “Spursy” Browne on 18 points (more on that later), Tye (Coach) Carter and Mark (Marky) Henry, both with 17 points for 9 holes. The rest of the field gathered closely behind waiting to pounce on any errors made by the leaders.

The afternoon 18 holes began with Mark Henry revealing that he had been taking lessons as he has be struggling off the tee. After just missing out on birdying the first hole in the morning he made up for it by getting a birdie on the same starting hole.

Although the driver was wayward on occasions and caused him to drop the occasional shot he resorted to using a long iron off the tee and reaped the benefits.

Steady play and good course management helped him to amass 35 points in the afternoon. With that kind of scoring Mark, cruelly, snatched away any hope that the field had of catching him. His afternoon score was good enough for him to take the honours and win his 3rd major. Mark has been knocking on the door this season having placed well at Effingham, so the win was not entirely unexpected. Second and third place went to Jacqui “New Terminator” Harbor and Tye “Coach” Carter and respectively. Spursy Browne limped home with 31 points in the afternoon (was it the pressure of expectation??). In his acceptance speech, Mark reiterated the desire for the Society to live long and prosper, and that the “handsome and talented” Handicap Secretary would look kindly on him when reviewing his handicap…..

Only two competitors managed to back the winner and they were Mark Henry and Keith Murray.

The day also saw the attendance of Gary Haines who is a writer for our chosen charity Prostate Cancer UK. He was able to meet with several members and interview them about the effects this illness has had on them and their loved ones. The membership will be notified when the article and photos will published. Gary was moved enough to remark that what the Society have, and what they have done over the years, particularly with regards to Prostate Cancer awareness is very special. A vote to remove the maximum £5 limit for blobs was taken and passed (much to the amusement of most, and the wrecking of bank balances for one or two), so this event and future majors will increase our monthly donation to our chosen charity.

To round off the day, the Committee joined the Captain on stage to honour “Two of our own”, Frank Skinner and Tony Johnson for their long term commitment to and founding of the ACGA. Wilf Solomon was also honoured for his contribution to the sound financial footing the Society has maintained since the early years. All three were awarded Honorary Life Membership of the society. We thank and congratulate them all.

See you all in Knole Park on 4th August.



Founded 1993

ACGA – 5th Major Championship

Knole Park Golf Club

Seal Hollow Road,

Sevenoaks, Kent

TN15 0HJ

Tel:01732 452150

Friday 4th August 2017

All participants must arrive by 8.30 am for briefing and tee times.


Members: £75 - Guests Fee: £80

The closing date for entry into this competition is 28/07/17

Please note: Golf clubs will likely expect payment of green fees and/or meals for late withdrawals or cancelations. Members may not receive a full refund if the relevant club adopts this policy.

Important notes:

  • Dress Code for this event is SMART CASUAL, NO JEANS OR TRAINERS.
  • Please advise of any dietary requirements i.e., vegetarian, allergies etc., at the time of confirming your booking

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 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. uk

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



Founded 1993

ACGA – 6th Major Championship

Bowood Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort

Derry Hill,



SN11 9PQ

Tel: 01249 822228

Saturday & Sunday 16/17th September 2017

Members: £210

Guests: £225

Non Golfers: £185

Non golfers will receive a 1 hr Spa treatment, or 2 x 30 mins.

Complimentary, full use of Spa facilities. Complimentary access to Bowood House and Garden.

Please contact the hotel direct to make your spa appointment prior to arrival.

All prices include dinner, bed and breakfast with lunch on Sunday.

The closing date for entry into this event is 05/09/17


Itinerary For the Weekend

Saturday 16 September 2017

9.30 AM

Arrival - Tea Coffee, Bacon/Egg rolls

10.00 AM

Captain Address, Groupings & Itinerary run-down

11.06 AM

1st Tee time

15.00 PM

Check-In to Hotel

7.00 PM

Pre-Dinner Drinks

8.00 PM

Dinner @ hotel (during dinner results & Day 2 groups & tee   times to be announced)

Sunday 17 September 2017



12.00 PM

1st Tee time

11.00 AM



2 course lunch. Final results/presentation

Leaving drinks



Important notes:

  • Limited numbers of buggies are available so members will need to advise requirements asap
  • Dress Code is smart casual wear for dinner.
  • Please advise of any dietary requirements i.e., vegetarian, allergies etc., at the time of confirming your booking

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 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. uk

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


Overall Position


No of Majors



Colin Parson

6 439


Frank Skinner



Terry Morris

6 400


Don McLeod

6 379


Keith Murray



Overall Position


No of Majors



Keith Murray

6 372


George Grant



Gary Cameron

5 365


Randy Plowright

4 345


Raf Roberts




RP - W2012-1London based Richard Payne produced and impressive Even Par 72 to lift the Senior Division Trophy with a 36-hole gross of 149. That was 7 strokes better than 2nd place Michael Haynes (156) and eight better that Oville Alleyne and Ian Codrington (157).

"Congratulations Richard" a consistent performer in the ACGA ranks.

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