Somerset Golf Union


Somerset Golf Union Announcement

Somerset Golf Union are pleased to announce that Bradley Whittock will be managing the Under 16’s squad.

Bradley is no stranger to the SGU having played county 1st team golf over many seasons. Brad has also captained the SGU and won the men's county championship.

His credentials strongly suggest the U16 squad are in good hands and along with Sam Hughes, professional, the back room staff are looking very strong indeed.

Brad will be available throughout the remainder of this season and hopes to meet and greet as many squad members and parents as possible.

He will take full control in the latter half of the year when a busy calendar can be accommodated.

Congratulations from all at the SGU and welcome aboard.

Pictured (right to left) Bradley Whittock - Ian Poole Vice President SGU - Sam Hughes PGA Pofessional



Result Sheet 

31st May at Cumberwell Park

2nd Match of the season ends in defeat away at Dudsbury  v  Dorset

The U 16s played their Ben Enoch match v Dorset on the 22nd May at a well presented Dudsbury golf course . The weather was glorious with fine sunshine and a gentle breeze.
The Morning foursomes were very tight with all matches going to the 17th or 18th.
The Worlebury pairing of Troy Young and Ollie Tripp were the only Somerset pair to record a win but there were good performances from all including a well deserved half from Cameron Stevenson (Bath) and Thomas Rew (Taunton & Pickeridge). We took a 2.5 - 1.5 deficit into the afternoon singles.
The singles started well and after 10 holes we were up in 6 games and down in two , the margins were small apart from the 7th game where Tom Wring (Mendip Spring ) had a commanding 5 shot lead. He concluded his match and the first point for us on the 14th 6 + 5.
In the top match some good golf was on show from both players. Thomas 
Richardson (Burnham & Berrow) coming out on top 3 + 1
The 2nd and 3rd games determined the match result. Freddie Eglin (Taunton & Pickeridge) had a putt on the 16th to claim the match which just slid past the hole. All credit to the Dorset player who then played some impressive golf to take a victory on the 18th.
Thomas Rew won the 16th to tie his match but lost his ball off the 17th tee to go 1 down. He had a putt on the 18th to half which just missed.
Cameron Stevenson was on the receiving end of a 70yrd hole out by the Dorset player on the 16th securing a 3 + 2 win for Dorset.  The margin of victory didn't reflect how tight the game was.
Lowen Stephens (Wells) came up against an in form Dorset player who gave him few chances before closing his game out on the 16th with a birdie 3.
The last game on the course was a close affair with Ollie Tripp holding his nerve to take a point on the 17th.
My thanks go to the parents who transported and supported the players , to Sam Hughes (U16 coach)  , Dudsbury Golf Club for looking after us and to Dorset and their team for taking part in a very good days golf played in a true spotting manor.
The SWCGA U16s/U14s Championship takes place at Cumberwell GC on the 31st May which will provide a good test for the players in the 18 hole stroke play event.
Ian Poole  SGU Junior Organiser


1st Match of the season ends in narrow defeat away at Honiton  v   Devon

Down 3-1 after the morning foursomes Somerset U16s bettled all afternoon and almost halved the game. In the end after a long day in windy conditions the final score was Devon 7 Somerset 5.

Good start and much promice going forward. Well done boys, keep up thye progress.


Ten U16s turned up for The County training day at Stockwood Vale 

Sunday 27th Febuary 2022

U16 Coach Sam Hughes assisted by putting coach Joe Bray and short game coach Matt Shapcott put the  boys through a series of tests :

Matt provided the boys with a Pitching control challenge on the short game area. The boys had 5 attempts at 5 different targets using 5 different clubs. The distances varied from 50 - 70 yrds with the greatest challenge being the position of the ball. Scoring for holing out or keeping the ball within a target area. The boys did well and the challenge should assist them with being more creative and considering options form varied positions.

Following a Pizza lunch the boys played 9 holes in testing windy conditions. They were required to score on a performance basis recording fairways hit, approach shot distances, greens in regulation and up and downs. Some good scores were recorded despite the conditions.


Pictures from Stockwood Vale

Applications are invited if you would like the chace to manage the Somerset Golf Union U16's. Please contact the county chairman Tommy Tulk or the Secretary at; 07476319281

The SGU also wish to thank the U16 teaching professional Jack Higginbotham who also left us during 2021 and are pleased to announce that as of January 2022 the teams new coach is Sam Hughes.

Sam has experience working with elite golfers who have won on the European Tour, Seniors Tour, International and National amateur titles.  Sam's players have also represented their club, county and country as well as competing in the Walker Cup, the Curtis Cup and the Ryder Cup.  Throughout Sam's career he has always enjoyed teaching and mentoring golfers from the grass roots through to reaching their full potential on the golf course. 

U16 Channel League Fixtures 2022

03.08.22 Glamorgan Away Mountain Ash

                                                11.04.22 Devon Away Honiton

SWCGA U16-U14 Championship  2022

Wednesday 18th August 2021 at Long Sutton GC


A thrilling match against Devon at Long Sutton ended in the narrowest of defeats for a much changed Somerset Under 16 team who lost 4.5-3. There were several new faces in the team, some new recruits and returning players, thanks to the organisational skills of our County Secretary Rob Davis.

In the opening game, our Captain Ashton Wylie was kept at bay by Jack Dart ho closed out the game 3&2. George Geddes came flying out of the traps winning the first 6 holes before his opponent rallied. George won 2&1 to secure our first point. Freddie Lovell followed suit with another 2&1 win for Somerset before Josh Mowat secured a battling half on the 18th green. The next two games ended in favour of the visitors. Lowen Stephens and Morgan Crouch fought all the way but the points went to Devon.  Oliver Tripp then turned  in a composed performance, securing our third game win over Alex Chau. The final game went in favour of Devon as newcomer Daniel Webber was not able to match the firepower  of Dion Page-Dove.

On paper, Devon looked much the stronger side so it was greatly to the credit of our team that the end result was so close. What was also very good to see was the team spirit shown by Somerset, in particular Ashton who went out of his way to look out for the new members of the "Red Army"

Grateful thanks to Long Sutton for their warm welcome and well presented course. The owners and members of the Club are always very supportive of County golf and it is very much appreciated. The Management and Players of Devon were a pleasure to compete with, golf was played in the right way with the desire to win tempered by good sportsmanship all round. A good day at the office!

Somerset v Dorset (Ben Enoch Trophy)

Thursday 5th August at Worlebury


Somerset & Dorset Team Photo

Although the lads lost they tried hard and were a credit to the county. Both Alex and Ashton were up against it all the way round but sadly Tom, from a winning position, lost 4 holes on the trot to lose 2 down. Both Theo and George had very close matches which could have gone either way. Great win by Freddie and Josh tried hard but just lost out (very impressed by his match play nouse - on the 6th his opponent tried for the green but hit it miles left. Very sensibly Josh changed to a 2 iron and knocked it down the middle to set up an easy par to win the hole). The bravest performance was by 13/14 year old Troy Young who played for the Under 14s the day before. Giving away 4 handicap shots to his opponent he was dormy 2 down but won the last 2 holes in pouring rain to gain a valuable half! Lauded as a hero by the rest of the team - a halved match he will remember for a long time!!

A fine bunch of lads with a good team spirit. All look well coached with great swings but they might be a little more accurate if they didn't try to hit the living daylights out of the ball on every shot!! Ashton was a good captain - definitely has leadership qualities.

Wet and Windy as Somerset U16's draw v Glamorganshire U16's in the Channel League



Played at Wells GC on Sunday 11th July the County Junior Championship finally got underway having been postponed due to lockdown at the beginning of the year and cancelled in 2020.

Combining age groups U16’s to U18’s the assembled field competed for 2trophies as competition got underway at 8am.

Our thanks to all at Wells Golf Club for hosting the event espicially members for giving up tee time on a Sunday. The course was in fine condition and catering was available throughout the day.

At 8am the weather was good, by 3pm the rain swept in from the Southwest and by close of play the course was just about under water!

As the morning scores came in the early starters in the upper age groups had played well. Leading the field on level par, Alex Marshall (Farrington Park) an U16 who commanded top spot in the U16 and U18 championships. Dewi John (Saltford) on 72, Jackson Carey (Farrington Park) and Tom Canavan (Enmore Park) all remained in close contention as scoring became more difficult as the weather began to turn.

As the afternoon round got underway the temperature dropped considerably as light rain gave in to persistent rain and eventually torrential rain.

Credit where credit is due as Kyle Miller (Taunton & Pickeridge) Harry Selwyn (Clevedon) and Ashton Wylie (Wells) all improving on am returns. But no one was able to match Alex who commandingly stretched his lead in both age groups, winning by 5 clear shorts from Dewi.

A winning total of 70-74-144, best am and pm rounds, winning both U16 and U18 titles, a fine performance and a rising star!

Result Sheet 

  Alex Marshall pictured with Ian Poole Junior Manager SGU 

Please Note -  No formal Presentation took place due to current restrictions


(Please keep checking the SGU home page diary as this years fintures are confirmed. Due to Covid-19 changes of date and venue are inevitable)

Apart from the Junior Channel Leagues (no change yet) there have been a number of agreed changes made due to Covid-19 restrictions and guidelines.

The changes made cover the Roy Greenaway, Ben Enoch and the Jack Roberts leagues plus all friendlies.

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.

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 is to be avoided except where necessary.

Players are 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.

Accompanying adults will be able to follow their 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.

The message sounds somewhat blunt, but our overriding responsibility is the health and safety of all and we all agree that we need to get the players out on the course wherever possible. As the year progresses some of the above may become irrelevant but the 18-hole format will be maintained I believe regardless of change until 2022.


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.

  • (2021 will be played at Mendip Spring GC on the 4th of June) 

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