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County Colours Awarded

After our splendid win over Glamorgan,  today,  Vice President Geoff Ogden was charged with presenting half and full colours to three players, Ron Schroder received his half colours and Ian Perkins and Steve Francis were awarded their full colours. Left to right, Geoff Ogden, Steve Francis, Ian Perkins & Ron Schroder.

South West Counties Seniors’ Championships 2017

Orchardleigh GC, Somerset on 27 & 28 July

This event was played in unseasonably cold, blustery, wet conditions over a course which proved to be an exacting test for all competitors most of whom found scoring more difficult on Day 2

Although these championships include individual prizes, it is essentially a team competition with the winning county going forward to national finals.

All county teams comprise eight players from which six are nominated just before the start of play. It is the aggregated scores of those nominated six players which determine overall team performance. Each day, the best five scores from these six players are included in the aggregation

Somerset’s Senior Team comprised:

Ron Schroder, Burnham & Berrow                                             72    77    = 149
James Ward, Oake Manor                                                            75    76    = 151
Simon Harris, Bath                                                                         78    83    = 161
Alistair Johnston, Taunton & Pickeridge                                    84    78    = 162
Danny Dowell, Cricket St Thomas                                                82    80    = 162
Steve Thomas, Weston-super-Mare                                            86    76    = 162


Martin Cashnella, Bath                                                                  75    76    = 151
Peter Davies, The Mendip                                                             76    80    = 156

The aggregated county scores were:

Gloucestershire:               766
Dorset                                  773
Wiltshire                              776
Somerset                            778
Cornwall                              781
Devon                                   782

Performance evaluation

Overall, it was a case of “what if?”

It’s quite clear from the scores of all of Somerset’s team of eight that the inclusion of the scores of Martin Cashnella and Peter Davies might have significantly improved our overall team performance. That, of course, is hindsight and assumes that any such substitution would have had a neutral impact on the performance of the individuals involved. Such post event evaluations are fraught and are normally carried out – through clenched teeth – by all participating teams

Our highlights were the winning of the individual trophy by Ron Schroder and the sound performances of James Ward and Martin Cashnella

SWCGA Seniors' Champion - Ron Schroder

Alex Kidd

SGU Seniors’ Captain

Paddy Maclennan & James Ward have received their County Colours

Having represented Somerset on 10 occasions, Paddy and James were presented with their colours before the home match against Devon. Sadly, the result went against us as we suffered an 8.5-6.5 defeat.

Team to play Devon at Burnham & Berrow

Captain Alex Kidd has named the side who will represent Somerset on 31st May. They will be entertaining a strong Devon side to 9 holes of foursomes on the Channel Course, followed by singles on the Championship course in the afternoon. Devon will be expecting a strong challenge as Somerset will be looking to avenge the heavy defeat they suffered in the 2016 fixture.

Somerset Seniors'

Peter DaviesThe Mendip
Danny DowellCricket St Thomas
Steve FrancisBath
Tim HarrisWells
Alistair JohnstoneTaunton & Pickeridge
Paddy MaclennanEnmore Park
Barry SimpsonTaunton & Pickeridge
Steve ThomasWeston-super-Mare
James WardOake Manor
John WhitcuttBurnham & Berrow


Matt LazenbyEnmore Park
Neil WhislerEnmore Park
Mike MetcalfeWells

Pete Davies is awarded his County colours

After representing Somerset 10 times since 2014, Pete Davies was awarded his clolours after the recent strokeplay trials at Burnham & Berrow . Pete is seen receiving these from County Chairman Tommy Tulk

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