After the disruption to life caused by the Covid 19 Pandemic, we are pleased to confirm that the resumption of inter-county golf is now beginning. We held our first coaching session for the Under 14 Squad on May 9th at Mendip Spring. Plans are also underway to roll out further coaching sessions for the Under 14 (Development) and Under 12 (Futures) Squads. We will be contacting clubs during the season to identify potential county golfers as we were not able to hold our Assessment Day last Autumn.
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 Performance Coach and Team Manager . However, they will always be looking out for emerging talent identified by the Development Group that run alongside, as well as keeping an eye out for newcomers, either those new to the game or who move into the area. The matches we play are:
Jack Roberts League. We compete with Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Wiltshire for the Jack Roberts Memorial Trophy. This was presented by the Dorset Golf Union in honour of their former Juniors Secretary from Weymouth
Friendly matches are played against Glamorgan and Gloucestershire
South West Counties Golf Association (SWCGA) Under 16/Under 14 Championship. We take a team of 9 boys, 6 Under 16s and 3 Under 14s to represent Somerset in this annual competition. The boys will compete individually for the respective SWCGA Championship. Collectively they will compete for the Inter-Counties Shield with the best 7 scores to count. We play against Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire.
I have heard from Rob Davis, the SGU County Secretary, that provisional agreement has been reached regarding inter-county matches for 2021. Our Under 14 team will play for the Jack Roberts Memorial Trophy, competing against Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Wiltshire. We are also scheduled to play friendly matches with Glamorgan and Gloucestershire.
To get play underway and reunite our promising juniors with the benefits of inter-county golf, all early season fixtures will be put off until later in the year. I will let you know the provisional dates as soon as they are available.
All matches will be played over 18 holes only, the morning foursomes being discarded. Teams of 8 will contest the afternoon singles, but where new dates and or venues are required the 1st tee off time may move dependant on availability.
Host clubs will be asked to provide a packed lunch for the away and home side which will be collected upon arrival at the club and consumed by the player when required. If the host club are unable to provide a packed lunch the player should bring their own with the county paying £5 towards the cost.
Government travel guidelines at the material time will be followed by all. Overnight accommodation will be avoided except where absolutely necessary.
Players will be asked to always maintain social distancing, and gatherings are to be avoided on the course, practice areas, in the clubhouse and car parks.
Each child will need to be accompanied by a parent, guardian or appropriate adult who will also be expected to avoid social gatherings with other parents throughout. A player may be accompanied by one other family member forming a travelling party of 3 maximum. Adults will be able to follow their child son on the course whilst maintaining social distancing.
Upon the completion of your individual match, it is advisable to leave the course and begin your journey home. It is totally understandable for the player and adult wanting to wait for the conclusion of the match, but this will encourage social gathering so please use your common sense and maintain a safe environment for all.
Ian Vibert has selected the following boys to participate in the winter training sessions for the Somerset Under 14 Squad when they are allowed to resume.
Congratulations to all of you, Ian and I will look forward to seeing you in the coming months.
As I have previously indicated, we were unable to proceed with the usual Assessment Day this Autumn. We will be in touch with Clubs and Coaches to try to identify potential candidates to join our Under 14 Development and Under 12 Futures Squads for 2021 to join those who remain eligible from the 2020 squads.
Finally, please click the on the right to see a note from the County Junior Organiser Ian Poole that will, I hope, answer any questions that you may have concerning the COVID 19 situation. Naturally, the welfare of the boys, the members of the SGU and the staff and members of our supporting golf clubs is of paramount importance. I hope this will re-assure you that the necessary steps will be taken to protect us all.
I look forward to seeing you all soon.
Under 14 Team Manager