Somerset's Under 16 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 16 Channel League. We play one match a season against teams from Glamorgan, Gloucestershire, Gwent and Wiltshire. The fixture will alternate between home and away each year. At the end of the season, we will join with the Under 18 squad to compete both as a team and individuals in the League Finals Day
Ben Enoch League. The league is named in memory of Ben Enoch, a highly promising young golfer from Cornwall who also represented Wales on the international stage. Shortly after turning professional, he was tragically killed in a motor accident. In this league we compete with Devon, Dorset and Cornwall.
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.
Team Manager - Kevin Purdy
I have played golf for around 32 years, during this period I have been a Member of the then called, Windwhistle GC, I also had a spell of 2 years at Wells GC. The majority of my golf has been played at Long Sutton GC, where I was Captain in 2002, & a Junior Organizers for around 6 years.
My involvement in Somerset Golf Union Juniors started in 2004 when the SGU wished to fill the gap between U14 & U18 squads, so to do this the SGU introduced the U16 squad, I was asked to manage this squad, which I duly accepted. After 5 years of managing the U16’s, I then moved up to manage the U18 squad, which I did for the remaining 4 years of my previous spell with the County Juniors.
After 9 years I felt it was time to take a sebatical due to work commitments & a wish to resurrect my own golf, This has lasted for 4 years, but i was delighted when Ian Poole asked me if I would take over the U16 squad again, ready for the 2017 season.
Performance Coach - Jack Heginbotham
Since taking the game up at the age of 12 I have always been a passionate golfer and played for Somerset Golf Union at U16 & U18's level. On turning professional in 2011, I focused my career on golf coaching and player development. Having worked as assistant professional at Wells Golf Club for four years, during which time I completed my PGA training degree, I took over as Head Professional in January 2015. Since then I have succeeded in building a golf academy and currently coach players of all ages and abilities from beginners to scratch golfers.
I was very proud to have been awarded as 'Breakthrough Professional of the Year 2015' at the golf industry awards. I enjoy coaching the juniors at Wells Golf Club and we have a structured scholarship programme for their development that has resulted in county selection for numerous Wells junior players.