Following the disruption to our plans caused by the COVID pandemic, we are delighted to be able to confirm the resumption of activities for our Under 12 Futures Squad.
Our first coaching date for the year is Sunday 27th June at Mendip Spring Golf Club. We are very grateful to to the Club for their continuing support of County Golf.
We are pleased also to confirm that Chris Coles will continue to coach the squad, even though he has recently been appointed the Head Professional at Saltford Golf Club.
Our squad numbers are a bit short at the moment as several boys have moved up to the Under 14s, and we were not able to hold our Assessment Day last Autumn. We are currently trying to discover the up and coming talent in the County, so if anyone nows of any players interested in bridging the gap from Club to County Golf, please get in touch.
We have a friendly match against Gloucestershire scheduled for 23 June at Wells Golf Club and an inter-county competition at High Post in Wiltshire on 12 September.
One thing we missed out on was the opportunity to identify potential County players at our Assessment Day last Autumn. We will be in touch with those still eligible from the 2020 selections and will be actively seeking new recruits through our contacts at golf clubs. If anyone would like to nominate boys who they consider would be suitable, please contact Team Manager Richard Dix at firstname.lastname@example.org
U12 & U14 Championship 2020
On Friday 17th April 24 boys aged 14 or below from 15 different Clubs across the County were due to play the U14 and U12 Championship at The Isle of Wedmore GC. Our thanks goes to the host club and hopefully we can all meet up this time next year and actually play! ironically the weather on Friday saw the first rain for 4 weeks so at least we all avoided getting wet.
Rich Dix and Ian Vibert had put a lot in to pre season with training days taking place before the lock down. The mini's inter County season was full of promise with added under 12 fixtures arranged and development squads growing our County talent.
There is still hope of competitive golf later in the year and the County will look to challenge the young talent even if the fixtures are friendly matches. Keep your swings going lads and see you all as soon as its safe to do so.
The Futures Squad has been establised in recent years as a bridge between Junior Club Golf and Representative Golf at either School or County Level. This has been a proven success as we have seen players move up through the age groups to represent the full County Teams, and in some cases. onto Regional and International recognition.
Every Autumn we hold an Assessment Day where young golfers can demonstrate their aptitude over a variety of skills such as putting, short game and full swing analysis from our Coaching Team. A number are then selected to takepart in the coaching programme. We like to stress that handicap is not the sole criteria as the coaches will also be looking at the potential for future development. It is also worth noting that will also be monitoring the progress of players throughout the season as their can be rapid progress during the summer.
The emphasis with this squad is more towards friendly than competitive golf. We try to set them on the pathway to represenative golf without being too focussed upon results at this stage - golf is meant to be fun as well!
Having said that, we have lined up two friendly team matches during the couse of the summer against Wiltshire and Gloucestershire. . We also participate in a 5 County tournament at Under 12 level in September - the other counties involoved are Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Wiltshire. The structure of the event is that all players will compete from the same handicap in preparation for representative golf at school and county level. The tourmament will be held at Cumberwell Park in Wiltshire in 2020 with a confirmed date of Sunday 27th September.