Somerset's Under 14 side play a series of competitive matches throughout the season against our neighbouring counties. The squad is generally selected in the autumn in order to participate in the winter training and coaching programmes established by the Manager and Performance Coach. However, they will always be looking out for emerging talent identified by the Develeopment Group that run alongside, as well as keeping an eye out for newcomers to either those new to the game or who move into the area. The matches we play are:
Under 14 Team Manager
I have managed the County Under 14's since 2007. Prior to that I had been running the junior section at Farrington Park GC with my wife Nikki and Steve Cole from 2002 -07. We ran many competition's on both courses and introducing our first open on the par 3 course which brought in juniors from many countiess far and wide. Over the following years we had one of the most successful junior sections in the area.
After my son turned 18 and moved out of the junior ranks, I felt it was time to hand over the reins to my Saturday morning golfing partners Steve & Mandy Hobbs. They have continued the success that we enjoyed.
We had many juniors in our squad which went onto to become amateur & professional golfers – Will Hobbs - Pro at Mendip Spring, Alex Todd - Pro at Farrington Park, Chris Coles - Pro at Saltford, Tom Maggs - Pro at Wells and Josh Hilliard who has become one of our best golfers on the amateur circuit, representing England at home and abroad..
I believe that the under 14 section is one of the most important as it gives the boys the ground work to become great golfers for the future and with the help of my colleges we have a great team in place to continue the success we’ve enjoyed in previous years.
Having turned professional at Oake Manor Golf Club in 2005 I split my time between coaching all levels of golfer and playing regional events. I enjoyed developing a large client base, building up the junior section and working to introduce golf to local schools. I then looked abroad to develop my coaching further. After coaching in America and Australia I returned in 2013 to Somerset to take on my current role as Director of Golf at Millfield Prep school. The program at Millfield Prep has grown to include young golfers competing at national, regional and county level.
I am proud to be the Under 14s Performance coach and have introduced the two Somerset Futures squads that sit below the main under 14s squad. The Futures squads act as a great way to get the best golfers at younger ages together and help them be prepared for representing Somerset in the near future.
Geoff and Martin complete the under 14s team and share my dedication in helping all the boys realise their golfing potential. I look forward to seeing the under 14s progress through the age groups with the other coaches to the Somerset first team and beyond.