Somerset Golf Union

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    County Seniors 2022


Devon 13-2 winners at Teignmouth

On arrival, we were greeted with a course in great condition; The hospitality from the team at the club was excellent and the morning sunshine was very pleasant, the day was set!


We were faced by a highly experienced Devon side as usual with familiar faces and some new. The morning greensomes showed their strength with the first 2 pairings quickly falling to 4&2 and 4&3 respectively; some positive news came from third pair Rob Chandler & Neil Holbrook with a much needed win 2&1. Playing fourth were the Burnham pair of Gordon Archer and Jeremy Parrott who had worked so hard but sadly lost on the last hole. Last out were John Vickerstaff & Frank Ward who also worked hard and ended with a well earned half. Devon went to lunch with a 3.5 to 1.5 lead giving us all to plenty to play for.


The afternoon looked not only cloudy with the sun having gone but also sadly so did our results, going down in the afternoon with a solitary half from Gordon Archer ending our hopes for any sort of turnaround and a match result of 13-2 not the ideal start for us, but with some positives to build on. There were some hard fought matches but the result was disappointing for all concerned. We now head to Filton Golf Club for the challenge of Gloucestershire who we have not seen for a channel league tie since 2019. There is no doubt we need to lift our game and perhaps look to blood some new squad members to try and stem the drought of points, I still believe we have the talent to succeed and we will continue to push as hard as we can.


Paddy Maclennan

County Seniors Captain

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.

Paddy highlighted:

"We are in a very 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!) but the Seniors Channel league continues to be more competitive year on year”.

2021 saw a change in personnel and certainly the talent pool increasing, we hope to build on the experiences gained in the coming season. We have at least 40 willing players to call upon and we continue to look for the new rising stars now reaching 55 and wanting the challenge that the league brings. We have representatives from Bath; Burnham & Berrow; Cricket St Thomas; Enmore Park; The Mendip; Mendip Spring; Clevedon: Minehead & West Somerset, Oake Manor; Taunton & Pickeridge; The Mendip; Stockwood Vale and Wells; Wheathill and Weston-Super-Mare;.

With the help of Barry and Jerry and aided by the WHS system monitoring the players form we will be working to ensure we select the strongest team which will always be a challenge with availability, form and of course the ageing process!

NB* Any golfer currently over 55 years (or approaching this milestone in 2022) with a handicap of 4 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:  Tel No: 07824 617658

Barry Simpson, Email:  Tel No: 07710 719584

Jerry Hodge, Email:  Tel No: 07736 235830


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