( Please keep checking the SGU home page diary as this years fintures are confirmed. Due to Covid-19 changes of date and venue are inevitable)
Apart from the Junior Channel Leagues (no change yet) there have been a number of agreed changes made due to Covid-19 restrictions and guidelines.
The changes made cover the Roy Greenaway, Ben Enoch and the Jack Roberts leagues plus all friendlies.
To get play underway and reunite our promising juniors with the benefits of inter-county golf all early season fixtures will be put off until later in the year.
All matches will be played over 18 holes only, the morning foursomes being discarded. Teams of 8 will contest the afternoon singles, but where new dates and or venues are required the 1st tee off time may move dependant on availability.
Host clubs will be asked to provide a packed lunch for the away and home side which will be collected upon arrival at the club and consumed by the player when required. If the host club are unable to provide a packed lunch the player should bring their own with the county paying £5 towards the cost.
Government travel guidelines at the material time will be followed by all.
Overnight accommodation is to be avoided except where necessary.
Players are asked to always maintain social distancing and gatherings are to be avoided on the course, practice areas, in the clubhouse and car parks.
Each child will need to be accompanied by a parent, guardian or appropriate adult who will also be expected to avoid social gatherings with other parents throughout. A player may be accompanied by one other family member forming a travelling party of 3 maximum. (Over 17's may travel without adult support with the permission of the appropriate adult).
Accompanying adults will be able to follow their son on the course whilst maintaining social distancing.
Upon the completion of your individual match, it is advisable to leave the course and begin your journey home, it is totally understandable for the player and adult wanting to wait for the conclusion of the match, but this will encourage social gathering so please use your common sense and maintain a safe environment for all.
The message sounds somewhat blunt, but our overriding responsibility is the health and safety of all and we all agree that we need to get the players out on the course wherever possible. As the year progresses some of the above may become irrelevant but the 18-hole format will be maintained I believe regardless of change until 2022.
No matches played in 2020
THE UNDER 18'S IN A NORMAL SEASON
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.
In 2021 the competition will be held at Exeter Golf and Country Club on Thursday 8th April. A team of 8 will compete in an 18 hole medal with the matchplay element of the tournament being dropped for this year only.
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 SWCGA AGM will be held on the 24th February 2021. At present the Championship will be played at Salisbury and South Wilts GC on Thursday the 8th July.
The team is managed by the County Junior Organiser Ian Poole and Perfomance Coach Paul Mitchell
No matches played in 2020
The U 18s played their final match of the season in the Channel league at home to Gwent at Weston Super mare. Both counties were in the running for the U18 title with two wins and one defeat in their previous matches.
The match was played on a very well presented course with excellent greens on a fabulous mid September day. The wind gradually increased during the day to provide the later matches with some testing conditions.
Both teams showed their fighting spirit early on in the morning foursomes with a hateful of birdies and the occasional eagle.
There was a good win 6 + 4 for the Bath pairing of Adam Jolly and Kieran Bye , despite some good golf from other home players the point proved to be the only point from the morning matches for the home side.
Following an excellent pasta lunch the boys were well prepared for the afternoon singles.
Ollie Brimfield started the top match with a run of birdies . He was 5 up after 12 holes looking for an early finish. All credit to his opponent who fought back arriving at the 17th tee only 1 down. A half at the 17th and a win for Ollie on the 18th resulted in a 2up win in the top match. Dylan and Bailey played some good golf but lost out to excellent golf from the Gwent players. In the fourth singles Huxley Howell won the 18th to secure a good half point. Lewis Coward played well on his return to the team after a lengthy injury , he was 3 up after ten and despite a spirited come back from his opponent he secured a win on the last.
Adam Jolly won the 16th and 17th holes to take his match down the last all square. He lost out to an excellent up and down from Gwent . Jackson Carey battled all the way in his match just loosing out on the 17th to a good birdie. Alfie Jubb playing his last game as a junior secured our final point with a convincing 3 + 1 win.
Gwent took the singles 6.5 - 3.5 and the match 10.5 - 4.5. They now sit at the top of the channel league U18 table. Wiltshire have a match to play and need to win by a reasonable margin to knock Gwent from top spot.
My thanks to Weston Golf club for looking after us well on the day. Also to U18 coach Paul Mitchell for attending in the morning. Special thanks to all the parents who have supported the boys this year and provided taxi services. Finally I wish the boys who are moving on from the juniors every success in the future in whatever direction they take and hope they will continue with their golfing development.
The U18’s Channel league match with Glamorgan was played at Mendip Spring on the 28th August which turned out to be a bright and breezy day. The course was presented in excellent order.
The morning foursomes were hard fought and honours were even with 2 wins and a half per team. Ollie Brimfield and Dylan Xanh took a half in the top game. Bailey Langford and Freddie Turnell played well to secure a 3 +2 win in the second game. The other somerset point came from Archie Walsh and Alfie Jubb who were 3 up with three to play and finally secured the win on the 18th.
With honours even the afternoon singles promised to be a good challenge and so it transpired.
Ollie , Dylan and Bailey secured wins in the top three games with some excellent golf. Freddie played well against a strong opponent and fought back from 3 down after the 14th to have the chance to half the match on the last. He played a good tee shot to the fringe at the back of the green and played an excellent chip which somehow avoided dropping resulting in a 1 up win for Glamorgan.
Sam Floyd and Adam Jolly played well to take two further wins and put the home side in a strong position. Archie Walsh looked to have secured the half in a very tight game but his opponent holed a 30ft put on the last to take the win 1 up.
The home team didn't have to wait very long to secure the win with Alfie Jubb securing a 3 + 1 victory. In the remaining games Kieran Bye played well to be 5 up after 10 holes. He lost the next four but secured a well earned win on the 16th also on a score of 3 + 1. Last man out was Will O’Halloran, he holed out on the 17th to go one up but an excellent up and down from his opponent on the last resulted in the game being halved.
7.5 - 2.5 was an excellent singles result for the home team and resulted in a 10 - 5 victory overall.
My thanks go to Mendip Spring for looking after us so well both on and off the course, to SGU President Geoff Ogden , Cathy Ogden and Eric Porter for their help and support.
The first match in the Greenaway trophy of 2019 took place at Wells Golf Club on Monday 5th August. It was a warm pleasant day and the course was well presented with a few testing pin positions.
Devon arrived with a very strong squad looking to select their side for English County finals later in the month.
The first hole is often a challenge and it was noticeable that in the morning foursomes Devon took driver and got into some tricky positions. The pin on the first was positioned on the far right of the green so a drive right of the green provided a very testing shot over the bunker with no green to play with. If the ball went long it was OB and left was dead. Somerset took irons on the first with a wedge to the green which worked well.
After 3 holes the first pair of Bailey Langford and Tom Hayden were 3 up and looking strong. The Devon pair fought hard and eventually overhauled the lead and ran out winners on the 16th.
The second pairing of Charlie Goss and Will O’Halloran played some solid golf and took a well deserved win on the 17th.
Devon scored well in the next two matches winning convincingly with a string of birdies.
Somerset’s final pairing Kieran Bye and U16 Jackson Carey played well and secured the home sides second point with an impressive 4 + 2 win.
One point down after the morning foursomes meant there was everything to play for in the singles.
Devon’s big guns, James Reed, Craig Passmore and Matt Millar played well in the afternoon and took the first three singles matches. The remaining matches were all tight with all going the distance or to 17th. There were good wins for Ollie Hayden, Alis Kew and Jackson Carey. Alfie Jubb fought back from being four down to secure a half point winning the 18th. Archie Walsh also halved his match with some good iron play and strong putting. Will O’Halloran was unfortunate to loose, he was 2 up with four to play but three birdies in a row from his opponent resulted in a 1 up win for Devon. Kieran Bye played some great golf over the last few holes. He was 3 down with five to play. He won the 14th and 15th and narrowly missed a put to win the 16th. An impressive birdie at the par 3 17th resulted in the score being level going up the 18th. A rescue club off the tee just caught the trees on the right preventing him from going for the green. He found the short grass with his third shot and his 20’ put lipped out. Devon found the back of the green in two. The chip went 10’ past the hole but an impressive put secured the par and a win.
The home team played well and made a very strong Devon side work hard for the win.
My thanks go to Wells Golf Club for looking after us on the day. Also thanks to SGU President Geoff Ogden and Secretary Rob Davis for their support.
It was a glorious sunny day at Cumberwell for the U 18 channel league match v Wiltshire. The yellow and red course provided a stiff test for the players with the ball bouncing on the hard ground and travelling a long way.
In the morning foursomes the home team played well and made the most of the conditions keeping the ball straight off the tee and avoiding the thick rough and trouble. Ollie Hayden and Archie Walsh battle hard to secure half a point. They won the 16th and 17th holes to go one up but lost out to a birdie from the Wiltshire pair for the half. The other Somerset players battled but failed to record any scores.
After a good lunch the away side were up for the afternoon singles and in the early play showed some fighting qualities in winning early holes. The majority of matches were very close and it was a shame that on the back nine play caught up with the members four balls which slowed play to a crawl at best. It appeared that some of the away side lost concentration and gifted a few holes to the opposition when they were in a good position. This proved costly as the majority of the matches went to the 17th and 18th and we lost out in every single match.
The team will learn from the experience and hopefully come back fighting in their next fixture v Devon at Wells on the 5th August..
MENDIP SPRING GOLF CLUB
THURSDAY 11TH JULY 2019
DYLAN XANH WIN'S SWCGA U18 CHAMPIONSHIP 36 HOLE GROSS 142.
SOMERSET TEAM FINISHES 2nd BEHIND DEVON
Devon go forward to represent the South West in the National Finals and we wish you well.
A very big thank you to Mendip Spring Golf Club for hosting this event. It is true to say that everything was first class and much appreaciated by all who came.
Sunday 23rd June 2019
Gloucestershire 6.5 Somerset 8.5
This Channel league fixture was held at Tracey Park Golf Club. The club made us very welcome, and I was very impressed to see the Captain of Tracey park do the starting in the morning, then walked around in the afternoon watching the matches, and he even stayed for the evening meal.
In the morning Foursomes the pairings of Bailey & Alfie, Freddie & Will, Stanley & Sam, never every got into to their stride, and soon all lost with heavy defeats, 3 nil down with two matches left out on the course was not looking good, but tail enders Jackson & Archy, gave us an important point. So left out on the course was the pairing of Sam & Stanley, who early on in the game was ahead, but a couple of wayward drives & short putts missed, left the game at 2 down with 2 to play. A solid par on the 17th meant the game was going down the last; Stanley hit one of the best drives of the day leaving only 100 yards to the flag & out driving his opponent by at least 75 yards. Their opponents left their approach at the front of the green, Sam then hit his approach to 3 feet & Stanley holed the putt for a birdie to halve the match. So Somerset had managed to get 1 ½ points from the morning session.
After the disappointment of the morning the team new they had to come out in the afternoon and perform, first out was Bailey up against one of their strongest players, the game was close all the way around but home advantage paid off with his opponent winning on the last.
Freddie was up next against a big hitting player, but Freddie never got phased by his length and gradually edged away to win 3 & 1.
Adam & Stanley continued their poor form from the morning and both got beat 4 & 3, 5 & 3 respectively.
So at this point things didn’t look to promising with the scores standing at 6 ½ to 2 ½ to Gloucestershire. But to say the back end waggled would be an understatement, as the last 6 matches went the way of Somerset, apart from Sam’s match all were pretty close, so it was a nail biting hour or so.
I’m really pleased for the team; they never let the morning score get to them, and following a fantastic team talk at lunch time by the stand in Manager, deserved the Victory.
Somerset Golf Union - Under 18 Team 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.