Somerset Golf Union's Qualification for the 2019 National Finals



27th -29th September

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 Second 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 to be played at Huddersfield Golf Clubin 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 fourth 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 Lambden  have helped and guided the team throughout the year and both deserve credit as does Team Somerset’s Captain

Team Score; 

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




Northumberland won the Northern Counties team championship at Alnmouth by 8 shots from Cheshire, with a total score of 872. The 36 hole event was played on Wednesday 7th August at Alnmouth (Foxton) golf club. The team of:- Matty Lamb, Sean Heads, Mark Wharton, Christian Brown, Gary Donnison and Andrew Minnikin.

Northumberland winning side

It has been 40 years at least since the men last qualified and despite several close finishes over the years we have not managed to get over the line..

 Mark Porter (Sherwood Forest) Jordon Boulton (Notts)  Darren Kirton (College Pines) Cole Betteridge (Sherwood Forest) Adam Dorricott (Chilwell Manor) Ross Overton.

2nd place at the halfway stage on +5, trailing Lincolnshire by 5 shots the afternoon round saw a change of fortune  and an 8 shot advantage with only one man to finish. Cometh the hour, cometh the man, Ross Overton produced one of his great finishes of a stellar career, 1 over par with 4 holes to play having struggled on the greens all day to hole anything, produced birdies at the 15th, 17th and then a stupendous drive on the par 5 18th hole and a stunning 9 iron to 12th feet was stuff of legends and despite holing nothing all day calmly rolled it in for an eagle 3, what a fitting way to end a very special day in our county's history.


Kent 1st Team

Kent win the England Golf South East Group Men’s Qualifying - Ashford (Kent) Golf Club – 13th July 
Kent win the England Golf South East Group Men’s Qualifying - Ashford (Kent) Golf Club – 13th July 
Kent led the morning round at 1 under par, just two shots ahead of Surrey and after some superb afternoon Golf including a 5 under par 66 from Kent Under 18’s Captain Jacob Kelso Kent managed to extend the lead to 4 shots and a total of 7 under par. 


Kent winning side