Somerset Junior Championship Isle of Wedmore GC 28/04/2019
The Championship was played on a well prepared course which was remarkable following the gale force winds experienced on Saturday. Huge thanks to the green keeping staff at Wedmore for their considerable efforts. The weather was kinder for the players but a strongish wind and chilly conditions contributed to make the course a challenge over the 36 hole medal off the back tees. In round 1 Ollie Brimﬁeld and Dylan Xanh from Mendip Spring led the way for most of the round. Ollie found trouble on the 17th resulting in a triple bogie 7. Dylan struggled over the last three holes and recorded a quad on the ﬁnal hole to close on an 8 over par score of 78. Ollie posted the best ﬁrst round score of +4 (74) he was closely followed by U16 Bailey Langford from Taunton & Pickeridge on 75. The scores indicated that the boys found the back nine a stern test with shots being dropped over the Par 5’s in particular. Huxley Howell from Saltford recorded the same score as Dylan Xanh one shot ahead of Stanley Richardson from Wedmore. Round 2 got underway 45 minutes ahead of schedule. In the ﬁnal 3 ball Huxley Howell made an impressive start with 4 birdies in the ﬁrst 6 holes. He was 3 under par at the turn , Dylan was 1 under and Ollie 2 over. So the overall position put Huxley in the lead by 1 from Ollie and 2 from Dylan. The ﬁnal group battled against each other and the course and demonstrated some good powers of recovery. On the 17th tee Huxley and Dylan were tied for the lead with Ollie 2 shots back. Huxley missed the par 3 green left leaving a tricky up and down. Dylan and Ollie found the green. Huxley played a majestic chip and tapped in for a par. Ollie miss his birdie put and holed out for a par. Dylan 3 putted for a bogie. Huxley took a one shot lead to the 17th. The wind was gusting across the fairway and contributed to both Huxley and Ollie ﬁnding the out of bounds. Dylan’s drive found the left hand side of the fairway opening up the green. Huxley and Ollie walked off the green having both recorded triple bogies. Dylan missed a birdie chance but recorded a par 4 to take a two shot lead to the last. Dylan found the green on the Par 3 last but ﬁnished a good 25ft from the hole. Huxley played a great shot to 4ft. Dylan ended any chance of a come back from Huxley with a lagged put just under the hole and a certain 3. Huxley lipped out for a birdie resulting in a 2 shot win for Dylan and a closing round of -1 (69) In the Under 16 championship Stanley Richardson recored an excellent second round 3 over par 73 to overtake Bailey Langford and take the title. In the Net competition it was a close battle between Joshua Owen of Long Ashton and Dylan John of Saltford. Joshua took the hours with a combined net score of 140. SGU President Geoff Ogden Presented the winners with their prizes and trophies.Thanks to SGU Secretary Rob Davis and Exec member Jim Skinner for running the event, to Wedmore Golf Club for looking after all of us so well , to the parents for their continued support and to the Team managers and the boys coaches including the County coaches. There were some impressive performances on the day which will hopefully translate into a successful season for the County teams at U14s, U16s and U18’s.
Somerset's Under 18 side play a series of competitive matches throughout the season against our neighbouring counties. The squad is generally selected in the autumn in order to participate in the winter training and coaching programmes established by the Manager and Performance Coach. However, they will always be looking out for emerging talent identified by the Develeopment Group that run alongside, as well as keeping an eye out for newcomers to either those new to the game or who move into the area. The matches we play are:
South West Junior 4 Counties Tournament. This is our traditional curtain raiser for the season, when we play individually and as a team against Cornwall, Devon and Dorset. This yar, the competition will be over 3 days atWeston-super-Mare Golf Club, beginning on Tuesday 9th April
Under 18 Channel League. We play one match a season against teams from Glamorgan, Gloucestershire, Gwent and Wiltshire. The fixture will alternate between home and away each year. At the end of the season, we will join with the Under 16 squad to compete both as a team and individuals in the League Finals Day
Roy Greenaway Trophy. This is a trianguar trophy played between Cornwall, Devon and Somerset. The memorial trophy was donated bythe Devon Golf Captains in 1989. His contribution to golf in both Devon and the South West was very significant over many years.
South West Counties Golf Association (SWCGA) Boys Championship. We take a team of 8 boys to represent Somerset in this annual competition. The boys will compete individually for the SWCGA Championship. Collectively they will compete for the Inter-Counties Boys Team Championship which acts as the Qualifying Round of the English Boys County Championshop. Six of the eight players selected by the county are nominated to compete, with the best five scores taken from each round. The lowest aggregate score will determine the winners. We play against Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire.
The team is managed by the County Junior Organiser Ian Poole and Perfomance Coach Paul Mitchell