Somerset Golf Union

SGU Development Team 


County Development Team v Glamorganshire

26th April 2020; Mendip Spring  would have welcomed our Neighbours from over the bridge and put on this challenging match with a course that looks in perfect condition if Scott Thompson's drone photo has not been airbrushed! Let’s look to assemble next year and find out if Mendip Spring would have been a winning home venue. OK for same time same place in 2021 Scott?

Development Squad 2020

2020 Matches & Venues will roll over to next year as a result of Covid-19.... We expect to have further updates on this by mid- May. If no such competitive golf is possible later in the season, the prospect of playing a few friendly matches against other SCL counties during Sept / Oct will be considered. With planning hampered by the unknown timescales of the current crisis and clubs having great difficulty in arranging their fixture list there may be a delay in conformation of venues for the above matches 2021. Every effort will be made by the channel league to stick with the corresponding dates and chosen venues wherever possible

The development squad continues to flourish with new player additions providing further competition for places , the squad will be playing once again in the Wessex League which consists of 4 teams this year .

There are a number of changes in 2020 with all matches being played at the start of the season and a finals (2 day) fixture in August where the team will play a round robin against Gloucestershire, Glamoegan and Gwent.

Olly Worts has stood down due to family and work commitments, so next seasons team will be managed by the County Chairman Tommy Tulk with the assistance of the County Secretary and others whilst the vacent 1st team/Development team Captain is role is filled.

The squad wil soon be selected and announced for the 2020 season.

The development squad is the pathway for those players who have committed to the County throughout their teenage years and wish to continue their progression, recent 1st team representation for a number of these players provides evidence of a successful structure.

Any players interested in future involvement  enquiry through the SGU County Secretary Rob Davis , it is with the development squad should 

2019 Season Review

Development Team v Glamorgan Match Drawn 6-6


Southerndown GC

The match played away at Southerndown on Sunday resulted in an exciting climax for all involved. Mike Evans Glamorgan President was singing the praises of his strong side at the start of the day. But the Somerset  lads were not daunted by the course or the opposition.

Lead of group of Kobe Adams and Jamie Short were in a seesaw battle with Welsh no 1 pairing but finally came out on top winning on the last. Jack Vowlee and Louis Archer were in and even fought battle finish all square in their match and Taylor Lloyd and Josh Butterfield brought home another point in their match again winning on the eighteenth. Not so good for the last pairing Wes Allen and Luke Appleton who found themselves 5 down after seven against another strong Welsh pairing but they hung on in there losing eventually 3 and 2. Lunch time score Glamorgan 1.5 Somerset 2.5.

The afternoon singles started in bright sunshine but very windy conditions and Kobe Adams again brought home a point for Somerset winning again on the 18th green. Things didn’t go well from there on in with losses for Jamie Short Louis Archer Jack Vowlee and Josh Butterfield, but Taylor Lloyd manage to stop the rot bringing home a half in his match.  In dimming conditions Luke Appleton brought some brightness to the match winning his match on the 18th. All to play for in the last match Wes Allen was 1up on the 18th tee only having to reload , but eagle eyed Wes found his first and was left with a 12ft putt on the last to win his game and halve the match he duly did this and contributed his success after the game to the new wedge he had purchase in the Pros Shop between rounds.

A good result for Somerset well done lads

SGU Development Team win 8-4 v Gwent


Isle of Wedmore

3-1 up after the morning foursomes is a good start and with 8 afternoon single to come the odds on a home win were good. The singles started well with Kobe Adams 5/4 and Jamie Short 6/5 winning well. In match 3 Will Parkman recorded a half whilst match 4 saw Paul Wills go all the way only to lose at 18. Taylor Lloyd had to withdraw before the team Captain Olly Worts put the game beyond the reach of Gwent winning 3/2. Kieran Bye 1/2 and Andrew Isaac's 2 up completed the afternoon

Development Team come second against Gloucestershire

at Clevedon

Somerset Captain Ollie Words was full of hope and expectation after the morning foursomes ended 2 - 2. Two of the morning matches ended all square with the home teams pairing  of Andrew Isaacs Long Sutton and Dylan Xhan Mendip Spring winning 2/1. The afternoon saw a comprehensive performance from the visitors resulting in a 6 - 2 singles tally. Somerset's morning winners were again on the scoreboard as both halved whist Josh Martin Vivary Park enjoyed our only pm win with a resounding 5/4 victory. 8 - 4 Gloucestershire win on a day blessed with sunshine. Our thanks to Clevedon Club and its members for hosting the fixture.   

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