Holder Freddie Turnell, Mens & Colts Champion
Burnham & Berrow
Entries Close 12.00 1st May 2024
The Championship shall be stroke play over 36 holes and be played in accordance with the R&A Rules of Golf.
The winner shall be the player who returns the lowest scratch score over 36 holes. In the event of a tie the Championship will be decided by playoff, unless conditions don't allow, in which case a countback will decide, last 18,9,6 etc.
in all cases the Championship Committee decision is final.
The Champion Golfer will be able to represent Somerset at the EG National County Champion of Champions Tournament.
EG Hard Card will be used.
Individual Entry fee £50.00
The County Club Team Championship
Holders Burnham & Berrow
Phil White Tom Trowbridge Freddie Turnell
Will be played in conjunction with the County Men's Championship (Teams of 3 combined gross 36-hole scores resulting in the team score. If 2 or more teams scores are equal countback will determine the winning team (Last 18 back 9 all 3 player, back 6 all 3 players etc)
The winning team will be eligible to represent club and county at the EG National Team Champion of Champions Tournament.
Team Tenty Fee £50.00 per team
You must be entered into the Men's Championship to play in the Club Team Championship. Team entries can be made in advance or taken on the day BUT must be made prior to the 1st team member starting R1.
All entry fees are to be paid before the player begins his round.
The attention of competitors is drawn to the General Rules in relation to all Union Competitions.
A maximum of 63 players will be eligible to compete.
We anticipate a 2 tee start.
(Must be of Amateur Status as defined by the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrew)
a) A member of a club affiliated to the Somerset Golf Union
b) Born in Somerset and is a member of an affiliated club in another County
c) Must not have taken part in a Golf Championship in another County or have played for another County in representative matches, including friendly matches, during the same calendar year.
d) If a member of 2 or more Somerset Golf Clubs, you may only represent 1 club during the calendar year in any Somerset Golf Union Championship or Somerset Golf Union Inter-Club Knockout
2023 Men’s County Championship at Burnham & Berrow GC
Incorporating the Club/County Team Championship
EG National Champion of Champion’s qualification, Individual & Team.
Freddie Turnell & Phil White on the 1st tee R1
On the 7th of May Freddie Turnell became the SGU Junior County Champion, one week later Freddie has now added the Under 21 Colts Championship and the Men’s County Championship to the collection.
In pulling off this remarkable hattrick of championship victories, Freddie will be a busy young man at the end of the season as he goes forward to represent the County in the Junior and Men’s National Champion of Champions tournament.
As if that wasn’t enough Freddie will also be representing his home club, Burnham & Berrow and the County in the Champion Club Team Finals following the clubs comprehensive defence of the title won in 2022. (Freddie, Phil White and Tom Trowbridge)
Yesterday’s runner up and defending champion, Phil White looked most impressive after a gross 66 round 1. Playing with Freddie and Huxley Howell his nearest challenger was Freddie, 4 shots back.
The course was presented in fine condition, but treacherous if your tee shot didn’t find the fairway! A stiff breeze and considerably colder than many realised, scoring was not easy.
As the afternoon round progressed the scores remained high with the odd exception, until the last few groups began to make their way to the finish. Reports from the course suggested Freddie was back in contention, and so it proved as the young pretender edged out Phil and walked away as Champion Golfer 2023.
Finishing the day -3 par 70-69-139 gave Freddie a 2 shot margin of victory over Phil, 66-75-141. In 3rd place, Craig Adams (Farrington Park )74-70-144, Huxley Howell (Saltford) 74-72-148.
The overall nett prize was picked up by Cameron Fear, another county junior.
Philip White (Burnhan & Berrow GC) 71-68-139 is the 2022 County Men’s Championship and will go forward to represent the county at the National Champion of Champions Tournament at Woodhall Spa GC 11th September.
Its Phil’s 3rd victory in the Championship and continues his rich vain of form following his recent success in the Burnham Salver. It is also good news for Somerset as captain Mark Wait and head coach Simon Shanks put’s the finishing touches to these years South West Week team selection. Phil White in form equals points in the bag at Minchinhampton 4th – 9th June.
It was also pleasing to see Olly Brimfield (Burnham & Berrow) playing well. His runner’s up score 71-70-141 pushed Andrew Isaac’s (Long Sutton) 73-70 into 3rd place with Andy Ferris (Tall Pines in 4th 74-71-145. Olly's 141 won the Colts Championship by 7 shots from clubmate's Dylan John and Huxley Howell.
It was good to see the return of Huxley Howell (Saltford GC) who’s current form and commitment is really promising. His score 72-76-148 took joint 5th with fellow club member and the counties current U18 Champion, Dylan John 74-74-148. Dylan won the overall 36 hole nett playing off 2.
Best am round was returned by Matt Kippen (Enmore Park) his 70 gross could have been so much better had he not taken a triple bogey 7 at the last. Unfortunately, Matt had to retire during the afternoon round.
Our winners score would have also benefited from a couple of pars at the last, Phil double bogeyed the 18th both rounds! A short par four it maybe but its not a hole to be taken lightly!
The Team Championship was won by Phil Whites Burnham & Berrow team. White, Brimfield and Jack Palmer 79-73 for a six round combined total of 432 and a +6 finish. Comfortable winners from the defending Champion club, Tall Pines on 448 AND Saltford b on 451. Burnham will represent club and county at Lilly Brook GC in the Club Team Champion of Champions 17th & 18th September.
Saltford Golf Club was a fantastic venue for this years Championship. Our thanks to club, members, and staff for putting on a great day. A special thanks must go to the head greenkeeper and his staff whose course presentation can only be described as superb and their continued hard work throughout the day as heavy rain delayed the start and threatened to derail proceeding. Your pride in your work was obvious and thoroughly appreciated by every competitor.
Thank you Mark Biddle and Jim Skinner our referee’s and those who contribute so much of their time as volunteers, who’s help and assistance makes day’s like these possible.
Craig Adams (Tall Pines GC) has won the 2021 County Championship and will go forward to represent the county at the National Champion of Champion’s Tournament, to be played at Woodhall Spa GC on September 12th.
Craig has been there or thereabouts so many times and was extremely pleased to have won the coveted trophy.
An opening round of 67 gross gave Craig a 2-shot advantage over Andrew Isaacs (Long Sutton GC) and 3 from Huxley Howell (Saltford GG).
In the nett event Neil Holbrook 74 -7- 67 led the way and Neil’s good form continued in t the afternoon round 75 -7- 68 total 135 winning the overall nett by 5 from fellow (Mendip Spring GC member) Adam Jenkinson.
As scoring generally improved as the afternoon progressed it all came down to the final match and the final green. Craig and Andrew were separated by a single shot playing the last and both made par!
On 139 gross Craigs single shot victory over Andrew who claimed outright runner up by a single shot from Dylan Xanh whose best score of the afternoon, 69 elevated him up the leaderboard to claim the U21 Colts trophy.
Craig will also have the chance to represent club (Tall Pines GC) and county in the team National Finals, Knole Park GC Kent 18th & 19th September along with fellow team members Andrew Ferris & William Mather.