SOMERSET TEAM TRIAMPH AT TRURO
9 boys travelled to Truro Golf Club to represent Somerset in the Under 16 and Under 14 South West Regional Championships. The team was managed by Kevin Purdy with Jackson Carey as their inspirational Captain. During the practice round, it soon became apparent that, whilst not long, Truro would present a strong challenge in course management. This was reinforced by Kevin in the team meeting where he also reminded the boys that they not just competing individually but as a part of Team Somerset. Every stroke on the course would have a bearing on the overall result and that everyone should persevere until the final putt was holed. Jackson added some words of encouragement and wished everyone well for the day.
What a day it turned out to be for Somerset, winning the overall team competition and dominating the individual Under 14 Championship. Freddie Turnell won the gross competition and entry to England Golf’s Carriss Trophy with Alex Marshall as the runner-up. Alex chose though to take the trophy for the best nett score on the day.
The team was supported over the two days by Chairman Tommy Tulk and Richard Dix as well as the families of the team members who were all enthusiastic supporters. It was a great shame that, due to their other commitments, coaches Ian Vibert and Jack Heginbotham were not there to share in the joy of the day. This was a magnificent tribute to the commitment they have brought to their roles and shows the depth of talent that has flourished from their input..
This week the youngest members of the Red Army ventured South to take on Dorset Under 14s. Ashley Wood Golf Club was the venue and with Summer disappearing for 24 hours, layers were the order of the day.
The day started with nine holes of Foursomes and Dylan and Theo headed out and led from the front with a solid 4&3 win. Next up was Freddie and Ryan and it was very much the power match of the morning, with some awesome driving and Dorset just edging it 2&1. It was then down to Lowen and Troy, who found their opponents in superlative form and were beaten 5&3. The anchor match involved Cameron and Toby who took the match down the last only for their opponents to birdie the hole and secure a 1up victory.
Time for a re-group, an excellent lunch and bring on the afternoon. The weather worsened and after the mid-day team talk and re-fuel, courtesy of a well known brand of sweet, the team took to the course. First up Dylan who had a right tussle eventually losing on the last. He was followed by Ryan and Freddie who battled well only to both lose on the 15th. The performance of the day came from Theo who backed up his morning victory with a 6&5 success in the afternoon, first point of the afternoon on the board for the Red Army. The next match involved Cameron who fought dourly to take his match to the Par 3 last, only for his opponent to knock it to 8ft and seal victory. Following him were Lowen, Toby and Troy who were all against strong opponents and although they persevered admirably succumbed in the last few holes.
It was a tough day for the lads and the final score of 10-2 does not do them justice, as the matches were close, they all behaved impeccably, tried their hardest and were a credit to their County. Onwards and upwards from now on an we look forward to our next match.
May I take the opportunity to the Thank Dorset for their hospitality, Ashley Wood Golf Club for looking after us so well and the parents for their support.
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.