(Left to right) Paddy Maclennan, Alex Kidd (Captain) and Barry Simpson
Alex and his selectors, Paddy Maclennan (Enmore Park) and Barry Simpson (Taunton & Pickeridge) work hard over the winter contacting all affiliated clubs to identify low handicap seniors who would be interested in competing for a place in the County Senior Team
"In terms of the number of players available to us, we normallyare are able to punch above our weight in the Channel League by finishing mid-table or better. However, in 2018, the improvement in the calibre of many of our opponents was striking. For example, three of the six opposing counties were able to field teams with handicaps of 2 or less. Proof, if proof were needed, that the Seniors Channel League is in fine fettle and should continue to improve and become even more competitive.
It’s vital that our efforts to broaden our talent pool are on-going because many former low handicap golfers do not necessarily seek out opportunities for representative team golf – outside of their own clubs. They are therefore unaware of the competitive opportunities offered by Somerset’s Senior Team
Over last winter, we identified a total of # eleven new recruits who participated in our pre-season trials. held in March and April"
# included a number of “comeback kids” who were unavailable during 2017
The players competing in our pre-season trials came from the following clubs (alpha order):
Bath; Brean; Burnham & Berrow; Cricket St Thomas; Enmore Park; Mendip Spring; Oake Manor; Taunton & Pickeridge; The Mendip; Wells; Weston-super-Mare
A Seniors Factsheet which illustrates the competitive opportunities provided by SGU Seniors can be accessed elsewhere on this page
Any golfer currently over 55 years (or approaching this milestone in 2019) 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 eithe Alex, Paddy or Barry for any further guidance