Somerset Golf Union



05.05.24 JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP at TheMendip

19.05.24 COUNTY JUNIOR TEAM CHAMP at Saltford

14th & 15th Sept 5 COUNTIES at Burnham Channel Course

01.08.24 Gloucestershire at idney

21.08.24 Devon & Cornwall  Away Cornwall


squad announcement 2023-24.pdf

7th April 2024

It was great to see the boys today at Farrington Park. Despite the strong winds today it didn’t seem to affect the boys attitude and commitment.

We started in the driving range where we looked at how we can control our ball flights. The shots we looked at was fade, draw, high and low which is great for them all to understand how to play the different shots. It’s all in set up to help produce the desired ball flight and the boys really got the hang of it by the end.

After the range we went over to the short game area and looked at a bunker shot and a chip and run shot. It was great to see the boys understand how to correctly execute the shots and improve their techniques. We finished on the short game area with par 18 which I set out over 9 stations. It certainly wasn’t an easy course but all the boys scored very well with Ollie having the lowest score of 20.

We finished off the session with the Par 3 course in very testing conditions. It was important for the boys to put some of their techniques learnt from the range into practice out on the course especially the low shot into the wind. The boys have to remember to take more club and swing easy to help control the ball better in the wind. Overall it was a great session and looking forward to seeing the boys in 2 weeks time at the Mendip golf club.

Chris Coles
Somerset Under 12’s County Coach


Sunday 1st ctober at The Mendip GC

1. Under 14’s Player’s player of the year 2023 - Tate Sinfield-Day 2. Under 14’s Coach’s player of the year 2023 - Finley Pyke 3. Under 14’s Most improved player 2023 - Alec Roberts 4. Under 14’s Development Player’s player of the year 2023 - Harley Wickham 5. Under 14’s Development Coach’s player of the year 2023 - Alvin Fan 6. Under 14’s Development Most improved player 2023 - Sonny Larcombe 7. Under 12’s Player’s player of the year 2023 - Ollie Roach 8. Under 12’s Most dedicated player 2023 - Toby Gooding 9. Under 12’s Most improved player 2023 - George Marshall


Sunday 17th September at Yelverton GC Devon

The Tournament format is medal play with the best 5 nett scores from a team of six. Somerset arrived with a strong squad and a quiet confidence of regaining the trophy that was won the previous year, with an official practice day played on the Saturday, the squad met up afterwards and went through their game plan for the following day which entailed being patient, not getting upset over dropped shots and always playing with a smile. Overnight though, Mother Nature decided that she would test the ‘play with a smile’ plan as she hit Yelverton with driving rain, gusts of 20-30mph winds and the odd rumble of thunder, with play delayed for waterlogged greens, it looked like we might follow the 1st team and have to go home without hitting a golf ball, fortunately the rain eased enough for the greens to drain and the 1st tee time got underway albeit 30 mins late, for anyone that has been to Yelverton Golf Club, you’ll know that it’s an amazing course with numerous farm animals roaming freely around the course, so to try and lighten the mood, Under 12’s manager Chris Roach reminded the boys that if they happened to hit any sheep, that would be a baaaaa’d shot, and if they needed any help counting up their shots, they should use a ‘cow’culator.

Although the weather throughout the day was pretty atrocious, the scoring didn’t show it with lots of great scores being returned with Somerset returning 3 of the top 4 gross scores, unfortunately one of the Somerset squad had a unintentional misunderstanding and signed for a wrong score which led to him being DQ’d from the event, this left the team with an uphill task of having all five scores to count, even so they only eventually lost out by one shot which goes to show how good the whole team played, on a side note, if the tournament had of been off gross, Somerset would have been winners by 25 shots which goes to show, the futures bright, the futures Somerset.

Under 12 Futures Squad

Friendlies 2023

03.08.23 Glocucestershire Home Channel Course Result Sheet


21.08.23 Devon & Cornwall  Away Stover

5 Counties 2023

17.09.23 Yelverton

Subject: SGU Dev Squad update 2023

Just thought I’d share a few paragraphs of what what Matt Shapcott has been achieving with the lads over the last few coaching sessions. 



Session 1 - was aimed to get as much relevant date & stats from the lads as possible. This included, what their ambitions were, what their  current Golf situation looks like (whether they have regular coaching if they are interested and how much of a priority golf is for them).

As expected with them at this age, they were a mix of results with some playing golf causally, with little help from home club pros, and some going through structured 1-1 & group coaching. 

Sessions 2-4 were targeted to give some good fundamental coaching (being careful not to treat on toes), and making it relevant to the weakness’s I saw; 

Putting - Basic set up points, distance control and direction practice, as well as good practice drills / tests they can use to work on. 

Chipping - This consisted of good work technique and trajectory (landing spot control), meaning they are better equipped to chose the best shot choice for a given situation. 

Bunkers - basic fundamentals for set - up and technique were applied here. 

Pitching - Some really good work done here over the past sessions (from what I see). Good data capture of preferred distances where they had more control, (different for each player), over a range of distances; 15-50yards.  The boys made notes on the club and swing length used. 

This is aimed to take the ‘guess work’ away from playing on course, so they are performing the best they can. 

Long game - this was more individually approached as I helped were I could see fit upon each session. Every time we played, they recorded basic stats of scores, greens in reg, putts per hole. 

Will use the 5th session to compare some of the original Stats, and generally see if their golf game is getting stronger. 

I hope this helps give an insight to what we’ve done, and prove that the sessions are a worth while cause to improve that lads that weren’t selected for the main squads.

Matt Shapcott
PGA Golf Coach, Woodspring Golf Club
Somerset Development Coach

   Jack Isaacs U12 County Champion 2023

Result Sheet


Chris Coles, PGA Professional and Squad Coach.

Great to see all the boys who attended the session,  Sunday 5th March on a very cold day at Mendip Spring GC.   

We started off down at the range where we talked about how important it is to warm up before you play or practice. There was some really good suggestions of various stretches from the boys.  

Video analysis with each individual was very beneficial for coach and player.. It was great to hear  that many of the boys were receiving regular coaching back at their home clubs. A  few changes were made with the boys swings but overall the coach was very impressed. We finished off with a driving challenge on the range where fairway targets were set and it was last player standing. Well done to Reece for being the last player standing.  

We then headed over to the chipping green were we looked at 3 chip shots that can be played with 3 different clubs. It was good to hear that the majority used less loft when more green was available to use.  

We then played Par 18 which is a great challenge for the boys to track their short game. We will play par 18 each session and compare the scores each time with the aim to improve everyone’s results.  

Reece 22 -  Jack 23 -  Ollie 23 -  George 24 -  Oscar 24 -  Louie 24 -  Henry 24 -  Toby 26  

We then looked at some putting drills before lunch where I set up a 3 foot circle, lag putt box and ladder to test the boys putting. I would like the boys to repeat this back at their home clubs ready for next session.  

After lunch we headed out onto the golf course where we got the boys to record basic statistics. Fairway in regulation, green in regulation, putts and score. We would like the boys to start getting into the habit of recording stats as it will help highlight strengths and weaknesses. There was 4 boys tied on 4 over after 9 holes but Henry won on fairways and greens in regulation. Well done Henry.


Somerset Under 12 Five Counties Squad

Player Club
Owen Roach (Captain) Cumberwell Park
Theo Jones Oake Manor
Zane Bignell Knowle
Jack Isaacs Ferndown
Reece Tucker Wells
Henry Lewer Wells

Somerset Under 12s finished their competition season by clinching the Five Counties Championship competition at High Post on Sunday 18th September. The competition could not have been closer, as Dorset and Somerset ended with totals of 374 after the best five scores were in. Cornwall finished in third place just one shot behind. That meant that the sixth players score would decide the outcome. For a full report, please click on the link to the right.

Winter Coaching Squad 2022/3

2023 Plans

We are already looking forward now to the new season, with a series of training events and matches for the Under 12 Squad to enjoy. We will hold our Assessment Day at Mendip Spring Golf Club on October 9th. From there we will select a squad of 10 players who will be invited to take part in the Winter Coaching programme. These sessions will be organised and run by our Coach, Chris Coles  In addition to his duties with us, Chris is also Head PGA Professional at Saltford Golf Club as well as providing coaching to the Somerset Girls . The dates of sessions will be advertised as soon as they are known

We will also be doing our best to try to identify potential recruits by engaging with the Junior Organisers and Coaches who will, hopefully, encourage boys to register with us. We will also monitor playing records from the World Handicapping System, and are also very keen for parents to contact us direct. We had several enquiries in 2021 that led to boys that we were not aware of being given the chance to represent their County.

For the playing season in the summer, we have organised two friendly matches against our neighbouring counties of Gloucestershire and Devon. The format will be 18 holes of greensomes to give  the boys the opportunity to play in pairs. We will also be competing in a 5 Counties tournament against Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Wiltshire. This will take place in September

Under 12 Squad players will also be eligible for selection to play in the Under 14 Team during the season

Another very important date for the Squad will be the Under 14 and Under 12 County Championship, The date and venue will be advertised as soon as it is known. We would encourage all aspiring County golfers to take part in the Championship and other Junior Open events in and around Somerset during the season.

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