When faced with playing an experienced Devon side at one of their “Home” courses is always going to be difficult; then add the weather which made the course close to unplayable in the afternoon with high winds and driving rain, the odds were certainly against us.
I very much admired the commitment and effort made by the team, which was excellent, indeed with some small shifts in results things would have been much closer.
The morning Greensomes put Somerset behind, garnering only a ½ point from 2nd out James Ward & Simon Rudd (Both Oake Manor) with teams 3, 4 & 5 losing 1 down was disappointing for all concerned. After lunch, with the weather closing in, we soldiered on and by the halfway point in the singles the wind was gusting badly, and the forecast was beginning to prove true.
Our lead out man Andy Harriot (B&B) was certainly up to the challenge of Devon’s top player Tim Aggett taking him to the 18th but narrowly losing out led the way for the rest of the team. Fellow Burnham man Adrian Deakins who can now claim to have represented Somerset at every level, gained a well fought point in match 2. Neil Folland (B&B) and Simon Rudd were unable to match their opponents, however a close fought match with Paul Vicary of Devon gave debutant Andy Fisher (B&B) a well-earned ½ as did James Ward with another Devon Stalwart Tony Alsopp. With Steve Francis (Bath) unable to overcome his man, the next 3 matches from then on were nail biting with the weather getting worse; Kelvin Green (Bath) and debutant Tim Jones (Enmore Park) both won through and Frank Ward (B&B) narrowly missed out with a ½ to settle the match with Graham Ruth
10 points for Devon and 5 for Somerset.
A somewhat disappointing result but I am certain that the team will recover and not dwell on this result and be ready for the next challenge. Competition will be keen over the season with new players joining us and I am sure the squad of some 32 players will support each other and give their very best for Somerset when selected.
My thanks to my fellow team selectors Barry Simpson (T&P) & Jerry Hodge (B&B) for their support on the day.
Seniors County Captain
On Tuesday the 12th of January 2021, the Channel League committee met and discussed the 2021 season. In anticipation of early season disruption due to Covid-19 restrictions that for this season alone the Channel League structure required change.
Early season fixtures were taken out of the diary and the league split in to two mini leagues North and South. The restructured leagues will minimise travel and reduce the need for overnight accommodation wherever possible.
Somerset will play in the South mini-league along with Devon and Cornwall whilst Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Gwent and Glamorgan will form the North mini-league.
The mini leagues will see each county play each other home and away with the winning county from each league playing a final to determine the overall Channel League winners 2021.
It was also decided that the 9 hole mornng foursomes be played as a 9 hole greensome.
County Secretaries are in the process of arranging fixtures and the Channel League Chairman will be drawing up new rules, both will be available soon.
Please keep an eye on the SGU home page diary for up to date fixture conformation.
County Seniors 2021
A Message from the new Seniors County Captain Paddy Maclennan (Minehead & West Somerset GC
Paddy (centre) and his selectors, Barry Simpson (left) Taunton & Pickeridge, Jerry Hodge of Burnham & Berrow, contact all affiliated clubs to identify low handicap seniors who would be interested in competing for a place in the County Senior Team.
"We are in a highly competitive league with other counties being able to field players of low handicaps which has always put us in the position of having to punch above our weight, not that it frightens us (quite the contrary!) nevertheless we must build on the fine results of the 2019 season in beating both Devon and Wiltshire as the Seniors Channel league will become more and more competitive”.
This year (2021) we will be drawing on some 32 players who are available to represent the County with some new faces who I am certain will be valuable additions, but we will always be on the lookout for talented golfers as the year progresses.
Competing for a place will be from: Bath; Burnham & Berrow; Cricket St Thomas; Enmore Park; Mendip Spring; Minehead & West Somerset, Oake Manor; Taunton & Pickeridge; The Mendip ; Wells; Weston-super-Mare; Stockwood Vale and Wheathill”.
NB* Any golfer currently over 55 years (or approaching this milestone in 2021) with a handicap of 5 or less should consider finding out more about what’s involved in playing representative team golf at County level. Read the Factsheet (click the button on the right) and contact either Paddy, Barry or Jerry for any further guidance.
Paddy Maclennan, Email: email@example.com Tel No: 07824 617658
Barry Simpson, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel No: 07710 719584
Jerry Hodge, Email: email@example.com Tel No: 07736 235830
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