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 Junior Championship Isle of Wedmore GC 28/04/2019
The Championship was played on a well prepared course which was remarkable following the gale force winds experienced on Saturday. Huge thanks to the green keeping staff at Wedmore for their considerable efforts. The weather was kinder for the players but a strongish wind and chilly conditions contributed to make the course a challenge over the 36 hole medal off the back tees. In round 1 Ollie Brimﬁeld and Dylan Xanh from Mendip Spring led the way for most of the round. Ollie found trouble on the 17th resulting in a triple bogie 7. Dylan struggled over the last three holes and recorded a quad on the ﬁnal hole to close on an 8 over par score of 78. Ollie posted the best ﬁrst round score of +4 (74) he was closely followed by U16 Bailey Langford from Taunton & Pickeridge on 75. The scores indicated that the boys found the back nine a stern test with shots being dropped over the Par 5’s in particular. Huxley Howell from Saltford recorded the same score as Dylan Xanh one shot ahead of Stanley Richardson from Wedmore. Round 2 got underway 45 minutes ahead of schedule. In the ﬁnal 3 ball Huxley Howell made an impressive start with 4 birdies in the ﬁrst 6 holes. He was 3 under par at the turn , Dylan was 1 under and Ollie 2 over. So the overall position put Huxley in the lead by 1 from Ollie and 2 from Dylan. The ﬁnal group battled against each other and the course and demonstrated some good powers of recovery. On the 17th tee Huxley and Dylan were tied for the lead with Ollie 2 shots back. Huxley missed the par 3 green left leaving a tricky up and down. Dylan and Ollie found the green. Huxley played a majestic chip and tapped in for a par. Ollie miss his birdie put and holed out for a par. Dylan 3 putted for a bogie. Huxley took a one shot lead to the 17th. The wind was gusting across the fairway and contributed to both Huxley and Ollie ﬁnding the out of bounds. Dylan’s drive found the left hand side of the fairway opening up the green. Huxley and Ollie walked off the green having both recorded triple bogies. Dylan missed a birdie chance but recorded a par 4 to take a two shot lead to the last. Dylan found the green on the Par 3 last but ﬁnished a good 25ft from the hole. Huxley played a great shot to 4ft. Dylan ended any chance of a come back from Huxley with a lagged put just under the hole and a certain 3. Huxley lipped out for a birdie resulting in a 2 shot win for Dylan and a closing round of -1 (69) In the Under 16 championship Stanley Richardson recored an excellent second round 3 over par 73 to overtake Bailey Langford and take the title. In the Net competition it was a close battle between Joshua Owen of Long Ashton and Dylan John of Saltford. Joshua took the hours with a combined net score of 140. SGU President Geoff Ogden Presented the winners with their prizes and trophies.Thanks to SGU Secretary Rob Davis and Exec member Jim Skinner for running the event, to Wedmore Golf Club for looking after all of us so well , to the parents for their continued support and to the Team managers and the boys coaches including the County coaches. There were some impressive performances on the day which will hopefully translate into a successful season for the County teams at U14s, U16s and U18’s.
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.