Somerset Golf Union

10th May 2024 Seniors County Championship

Oake Manor GC

Holder Steve Francis Bath



Winner pictured alongside Charles St George (Captain Oake Manor GC, & Ian Poole SGU President)





The Championship shall be stroke play over 18 holes

The winner shall be the player who returns the lowest scratch score

 A prize will be awarded to the player with the best nett score

A maximum of 63 players will be eligible to compete. Maximum handicap index of 24.4 or below which is valid at the point at which the start sheet is published

Players may withdraw from the competition before the closing date

After the closing date entry fees will not be refunded unless a replacement is found

If scores are tied the Championship will be decided by playoff, providing conditions allow, if not by countback. The Championship Committee's decision is final

The Champion golfer (Gross) can go forward to represent Somerset in the EG National Seniors Champion on Champions Tournament

An entrant for the Somerset Seniors Amateur Golf Championship must be:

a) A member of a club affiliated to the Somerset Golf Union

 b) Born in Somerset and is a member of an affiliated club in another County

c) must not have taken part in a golf Championship of another County or have played for another County in representative matches, including friendly matches, during the calendar year

d) If a member of 2 or more Somerset Golf Clubs, you may only represent 1 club during the calendar year in any Somerset Golf Union Championship or Somerset Golf Union Inter-Club Knockout

 e) must be aged 55 or over on January 1st, the year of the Championship.

Entrance Fee £30.00

The Championship will be played in accordance with the R&A Rules of Golf. The attention of all competitors is drawn the General Conditions relating to all Somerset Golf Union Championships. No Member is eligible who has competed in any other County Championship during the previous twelve months.

All enquiries please contact: tel 07476319281

Practice Rounds may bebooked via the club direct on: 01823461993 (Option 1)


12th May 2023 at Minehead & West Somerset GC

Mother nature is a force to be reckoned with!

The Championship was due to be played with OAKE MANOR until biblical rainstorms on the Tuesday 9th May washed out any chance of play Friday. A venue change to MINEHEAD & WEST SOMERSET GC was cobbled together thanks to the club and its members. 

On Friday 12th we were blessed with fine weather and sunshine prevailed throughout the day. The course was in excellent condition providing the competitors remained on the cut bits! Many returned high scores and complained about not being able to get out the rough. Those that remained on the cut bits competed for the prestigious Somerset Golf Union Seniors County Championship gross and nett trophies.

As scores came in the lower handicappers began to post targets. It was obvious the 74 gross posted by Stephen Francis (Bath GC) was going to difficult to better but shortly after Stevens return Kevin Taylor (Saltford GC) equalled Stephen 74 having 3 putted the last. The next man to return a competitive score was John Vickerstaff (Clevedon GC) A 75 Gross, taking double bogey 5 at the last! 

No one in the final few groups can better 74 so with the clock ticking, Steve Francis and Kevin Taylor set off for 3 extra the hole play-off, medal. Playing 1,2 and 18, scores were again level as both returned to the 18th tee for their 1st hole of sudden death.  Kevin pulled his tee shot to the difficult par 3 18's, his ball coming to rest on the pathway adjacent to the club house. The ball remained in play but the local rules state, play it as it lies! Steve came up short and chipped up to 5 feet. Keven's approach went by and cost him a bogey leaving Steve a difficult and slightly downhill putt to win the event.

The rest is history, Steve Francis is the 2023 Somerset Golf Union, Senior's County Champion

The nett prizes went to  Danny Dowell (Cricket-St-Thomas GC) 

A massive thank you to Minehead & West Somerset Golf Club for a wonderful day, and thankfully we will return to Oake Manor in 2024, hopefully the weather is kinder on Friday May 10th 2024.




Pictured with Ian Poole County Presidemnt

C2022 Seniors County Championship 

Seniors' County Championship 2022  13th May
Long Sutton GC 

Gross Results

1st Alan Todd (2) 73
2nd Frank Ward (4) 76
3rd Adrian Deakins (4) 77

Nett Results

1st Alan Todd (2) 71
2nd Kevin Blakeley (8) 72
3rd Mark Hewlett (8) 72

On Friday 13th May 45 seniors gathered at Long Sutton GC for this years Somerset County Seniors Championship. (18 hole scratch medal)

The seniors are a keen bunch whose golf is often of the highest standard as it was at the West of England Seniors in April.

Our Somerset County team didn’t start off well this year, suffering a heavy defeat at the hands of Devon in the season’s opening Channel League match. So today was a golden opportunity for some to impress the Senior’s captain Paddy Maclennan and for others to cement their position in the team

Upon arrival at Long Sutton, it was obvious that low scores would be few and far between as a keen and swirling breeze grew in strength and temperatures remained low.

Long Sutton is a tough test of golf and thanks to the efforts of the head greenkeeper and his team the course was presented and played well.

The early returns were testament to the playing conditions with high scores common.  Not until Frank Ward and Adrian Deakins (Burnham & Berrow) came in did the scoreboard record any scores under 80 gross. Franks 76 just pipped Adrian’s 77 and for many 76 looked capable of winning the day.

As more and more scores were submitted it remained highly lightly that 76 would claim the title. Gordon Archer and Frank Ellis (Burnham & Berrow) came close with 79’s and defending champion James Word (Oake Manor split up the Burnham domination, also carding 79 to finish joint 4th.

Adrian’s Deakin’s 77 eventually finished in 3rd place. Frink Ward’s target of 76 was finally beaten by yet another Burnham member, Frank finishing runner up.

Our eventual winner was Alan Todd, a rally good round of gross 73 for a 3 shot winning margin. 8 pars and a dropped shot on the 8th, out in 1 over 37. Birdy 4 at 10 and straight pars until the 14th, a tough par 3. Shot dropped Alan carded par at 15, 16 and 17 before dropping his final shot of the day at the tough par 4 18th.

Alan will go on to represent Somerset Golf Union in this years Senior’s Champion of Champions tournament to be played at Woodhall Spar GC in September. We wish you well.

The nett prizes went to, runner up, Mark Howell (Tall Pines) and winning on the back 6, Kevin Blakelely (Stockwood Vale) nett 72.


                         Thank you  Long Sutton GC for hostingthe 2022 Senior's County Championship 

2021 Senior's County Championship

On Thursday 13th May Tall Pines GC was flooded after torrential rain. On Friday the 14th May forty four competitors played this year’s Seniors County Championship at Tall Pines GC.

Thanks to a complete change in the weather and the efforts of the hard-working greens staff the course was presented in excellent condition. On behalf of the players and Somerset Golf Union thank you Tall Pines GC for hosting this year’s Seniors Championship and for looking after everyone so well throughout the day.

With catering available from 7am and throughout the day players and officials were well fed and nourished and by the close of play the Gross Championships was decided by a single shot and the Nett on countback.

Frank Ward (Burnham & Berrow) 76-5-71, Tim Harris (Isle of Wedmore) 76-5-71 and Richard Macarthur (Isle of Wedmore) 76-5-71 contested 3rd Nett, the place going to Frank but only just.

Michael Metcalfe (Wells) 75-8-67 led Gross and Nett until Neil Holbrook (Mendip Spring) came in with 74-7-67 to take the lead in the Gross and Nett on countback. But with many lower handicappers still to complete would Neil hold on to either lead?

As match after match finished Neil remained sat at the top of both Championships until the final match came to 18. A tough par 3 finishing hole and with only one player still in with a chance of victory in the Gross, James Ward (Oake Manor) needed a par to finish one shot ahead of Neil.

Looking back at James score card a par was to be expected as he had not dropped a single shot on the back nine and had only failed to par 3 holes on the front nine.

And so, it proved, a solid par to finish 73-0-73, a one-shot victory and this years Senior’s County Championship Gross went to James Ward, Neil Holbrook winning the Championship Nett.

Covid-19 social distancing guidelines:  The official presentation will now take place at this years Annual Dinner on Friday 29th October at Long Sutton GC.

The Winner of this event will be invited to represent Somerset at the Senior Champion of Champions Tournament at Woodhall Spa on the 11th September 2021.


Not played 2020


Congratulations Simon Rudd an outstanding score under the conditions. gross 74 on a day when the SSS came in at 74. The 4 handicapper from Oake Manor showed the rest of the field that low scoring was possible. Runner up Simon Harris Bath GC with a score of 77 and on count back from 3 others 3rd place went to Danny Dowell Windwhistle GG followed in by Martin Cashnella  Bath GC The 2018 champion Andy Chambers Weymouth GC didn't go home empty handed winning the best nett on count back from Ron Brown Enmore Park. Club Captain and County President presented the trophies and prizes with much praise  being given to Enmore Park who's greens staff, in house staff and management team presented the venue in first class condition. The Somerset Golf Union wish to thank Enmore Park members and staff for hosting the Seniors County Championship and look forward to returning soon.  

Senior County Champion Simon Rudd pictured with the Nett winner Andy Chambers, Club Captain and County President complete the line up.


Mendip Spring was bathed in sunshine as the players arrived through the gates and surveyed a course looking in excellent condition. Despite a few last minute drop-outs, we had a strong field ready to contest the Seniors' County Championship. Despite the perfect playing conditions (no breeze and fairways and greens in great shape), it was apparent that the course was prepared to present a challenge to the competitors.

Andy Chambers from Weymouth and Enmore Park quickly rose to the top of the leaderboard, returning a card of 77. As they day drew on, no-one was able to match the score untily County stalwart Paddy Maclennan came in. This was matched by Barry Simpson, the 2015 Champion, making a very welcome return to competitive golf. 

Rumours were reaching the clubhouse that the last group out on the course might challenge the leaders, This was not the case though, Danny Dowell missing out on the playoff by just one shot.

For the fourth consecutive year, we needed a play-off to decide the winner, Andy, Paddy and Barry setting off for four extra holes. Barry was the first to drop out as Andy and Paddy could still not be separated, and so back to the first for sudden death. After two booming drives, Paddy appeared to have the advantage as Andy's tee shot missed the fairay to the left and his approach was hampered by trees. Paddy though missed the green left whilst Andy played an excellent recovery shot to the green - advantage Chambers! Coming out of the fringe, Paddy's putt went passed the hole and he needed to putt again, with this effort too sliding by, leaving Andy with two shots to take the title. He only needed one as the putt hit the bottom of the cup - we had found a worthy champion!

An excellent day, good golf played in the right spiirit and one of our most welcoming clubs in the region. We are always grateful to Mendip Spring, both their members and owners,  for the support that they give to the county and the warmth of their hospitality.

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