SOMERSETS SQUAD FOR THE SWCGA U16/U14 CHAMPIONSHIP at TRURO GC 31ST MAY
SOUTH WESTERN COUNTIES BOYS’ U16 / U14 CHAMPIONSHIP For THE EIC SCOTT – COOPER COTSWOLD RAM TROPHY, THE RAY LAWFORD TROPHY and THE DAVID KING SALVER;The winner of the Under 14’s will qualify for the Reid Trophy to be held at Trentham Golf Club on 6th – 8th August 2019The winner of the Under 16’s will qualify for the McGregor Trophy to be played at Radcliffe-on-Trent from 16th – 18th July 2019
Jackson CAREY Farrington Park
Bailey LANGFORD Taunton and Pickeridge
Harry SELWYN Clevedon
Dewi JOHN Saltford
Stanley RICHARDSON Isle of Wedmore
Joshua OWEN Clevedon
Freddie TURNELL Burnham and Berrow
Alex MARSHALL Farrington Park
Dylan JOHN Saltford
Somerset Under 14s - 5 1/2 Gloucestershire Under 14s - 6 1/2
A sublime day greeted the County players and with it being our first match of the season everyone was primed after Winter training and ready for action against Gloucestershire who always provide stiff opposition.
The Channel course at Burnham and Berrow is always a stiff test and the players were challenged throughout the day. We started with four matches of foursomes and Gloucestershire were quick out of the blocks taking the first match 5&3, the other 3 matches were much closer and all of them went down the last, with neither County being able to secure a full point. It was tense watching and the lunchtime score of 1 1/2 - 2 1/2 ensured a tight afternoon singles session.
Time for lunch and some excellent pasta supplied by the Burnham & Berrow catering team fuelled the young players.
First up for Somerset,Tom, and on paper it looked as though it was going be some match and so it proved with his opponent securing victory on the 17th. Dylan turned the tables in the second match and got a point on the board with a right to left eight footer also on the very tricky par 3 17th. Third and fourth out were Theo and Freddie and it was a case of honours even with the former winning convincingly and the latter finding it tough against a strong opponent. Next up Cameron F who was followed immediately by Cameron S, both matches ended in a result of 5&4, with the former securing a solid victory and the later never being able to peg back a very quick start by his opponent, all credit to him for hanging in there. Onto our last two players, Thomas and Lowen, the latter was up against it on paper and so it proved on the course, however Thomas who was making his County debut romped home with a 6&5 win. Honours even in the afternoon 4 points a piece.
It was a very tight match, with all of the boys behaving impeccably and enjoying the challenge and competition. I would like to thank Gloucester for being such sporting opponents, Burnham & Berrow for use of the course and their excellent hospitality and also the parents for their support.
It was a very encouraging start and onwards and upwards for the season ahead..
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, either those new to the game or who move into the area. The matches we play are:
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.