2019 SOUTH WEST WEEK AT PARKSTONE GOLF CLUB
Somerset came away from the magnificent Parkstone Golf Club as this years South Western Counties representatives in the National Final to be play at Huddersfield Golf Club in late September.
The 36 hole medal saw the 6 man Team Somerset romp to victory by 11 shots from last year’s winners Gloucestershire. Somerset combined total of 14 under par included two outstanding rounds of 66 by Tom Plumb which left him 6 shots clear of Tom Sloman in Secord place. With two quality internationals making their way from competition in Scotland to represent their County the stage was set and Team Somerset did not disappoint. Phil White, Tom Trowbridge, Johnny Grace and Craig Adams all played well and without a single poor round the other 5 Counties were left trailing.
The National Finals in late September gives Captain James Ward a selection headache as the above 6 are by no means sure of their inclusion. Availability of players may also play a part especially if Plumb and or Sloman achieve Walker Cup selection. Everyone would love to see both available for the Huddersfield finals but we all wish the lads every success in their pursuit of Walker Cup honours and their future professional careers .
Defending the Team Match Play Championship did not go as planned. Defeat to Gloucestershire on day one and Devon day two left the County facing a battle for the lower placings. Our match against Dorset who were two wins from two ended in a draw but left Team Somerset bottom of the table. Our forth opponents Cornwall played their best golf of the week which left Wiltshire and Somerset to fight it out on the last day to avoid the wooded spoon. A very strong singles showing resulted in a commanding lunch time lead before match one in the pm foursomes secured a much needed win.
The team have come home once again with a clutch of trophies and the honour of representing the South West Counties, for the third time in the past five years! Maybe this time we can go one step further and become National Champion County a title that has just escaped our grasp in the past.
County President Geoff Ogdon, Chairman Tommy Tulk, Vice President Tony Mason, Vice-Captain Olly Worts, Executive Committee Members past and present have all played their part throughout the week. Russell Covey PGA and James Lamdon have helped and guided the team throughout the year and both deserve credit as does Team Somerset’s Captain James Ward, a very proud man indeed.
Craig Adams Farrington Park 74 -75- 149
Johnny Grace Saltford 75- 72- 147
Thomas Plumb Yeovil 66- 66 -132
Tom Sloman Taunton and Pickeridge 70- 68 -138
Tom Trowbridge Burnham and Berrow 70- 73- 143
Phil White Burnham and Berrow 70- 71- 141
SOMERSET CONTINUE THEIR WINNING START TO THE 2019 SEASON
Having travelled to High Post Wiltshire in the opening Channel League match of the season and come away with a hard fault victory Somerset hosted Devon at The Mendip on Sunday 28th April. Pratice rounds where blown away as storm Hanna caused havoc throughout the Southwest. Thankfully calmer conditions were the order of the day on Sunday and the morning foursomes result was assisted by a Devon player turning up at Mendip Spring Golf Club and missing his tee off time at The Mendip! The morning saw Somerset take a good lead at lunch 3.5 to 1.5. However after Sam Fernley playing top extended the lead the rest of the openers failed to register any points and the game became closer than expected. Thankfully the lower order came good with Somerset winning the last 5 games to record a 9.5 to 5.5 victory. Somerset played two won two. Keep it up boys and well done
After an incredibly successful period under Justin Lane, Team Somerset will be led by Jamie Ward for the next two years. James has been influential during his term as Vice-Captain, combining his duties as Manager of the Development Team as well as assisting Justin throughout the season. He has also found the time to assist Seniors Captain Alex Kidd as well as turning out regularly for the Seniors side.
The team will continue to be mentored by Performance Manager and Coach Russell Covey who has provided inspirational guidance and mentoring over the recent years. The new Vice-Captain will be elected at the Annual General Meeting of the Union on February 19th.
The squad looks to be in excellent shape with the vast majority of last seasons star performers still available for selection, in addition to new recruits coming through the system and joining Somerset Clubs. Two of the squad, Tom Sloman and Tom Plumb have also been called up into the full England team, so the in-depth strength of Team Somerset will be tested- and will not be found wanting.
Preparations for the season are well underway, with practice and training sessions being held at Burnham & Berrow and Weston-super-Mare. Our thanks go to all clubs who offer their facilities to help prepare our teams. Individually, players are seeking support from the specialist coaches funded by the County. James Lambdon and Will Poole will be continuing in their roles as Sports Psychologist and Strengthening and Conditioning coaches.
The competitive seasons kicks off with a Channel League match away to Wiltshire, before home fixtures against Devon and Gloucestershire. The team should be battle-hardened before the start of South West Week at Parkstone Golf Club beginning on June 9th. 10 members of the squad will be teeing off in the Wimborne Cup at Parkstone on May 11th. This will give an ideal opportunity to practice on the course and to impress the Selectors.