(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 U16's IN A NORMAL SEASON
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)
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.
Will done lad for winning this years Ben Enock League.
Wells Golf Club Oon Sunday 1st September
3.5 - 1.5 UP ATER THE MORNINGS FOURSOME MATCHES WILTSHIRE PLAYED WELL IN THE AFTERNOON SINGLES AND A HLF MATCH WAS THE OUTCOME. OUR THANKS TO WELLS GOLF CLUB WHO HOSTED THIS RE-ARRANGED FIXTURE.
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U16's win 8.5- 3.5 against Devon at Stover
Three 1/2 Foursomes and a 4/2 win put the U16's 2.5-1.5 up at lunch. Worthy of note playing in the last foursomes the Somerset pairing of Kyle Miller and Ashton Wylie won the last 4 holes to 1/2 their match. The afternoon singles were well contested but the boys came out on top 6-2 to record a very good win. Everyone complemented the course and our hosts took defeat well especially this was the worst defect the Devon side had suffered in 3 years.
Coed-y=Mwystwr GC on Thursday 1st August
Result Glamorgan win 9.5-5.5
A spirited performance saw Somerset U 16's finish 4 points behind their hosts. Although the result wen't against us the lads represented the County with pride and were well received by the host club whose Secretary took the time to email and wrote "Lovely group of lads......a credit to your Union" The team was managed on the day by Andy Carter Stockwood Vale GC and member of the Executive Committee who also praised the boys in every respect. The County President Geoff Ogden made the long trip to support the team. Well done Glamorgan and thank you for the fine hospitality
The u16’s Boys arrived promptly at Coed y Mwystwr Golf Club, near Bridgend ready to do battle with Glamorgan. Each player was turned out well in the Somerset colours on what was a sunny day and were quick to hit the practice green before the first tee.
Bailey Langford and Harry Selwyn led the way in the morning foursomes followed by Jackson Carey (Captain) and Mathew Wardon. A good battle took place but unfortunately neither pairing managed to post a win. Dewi John and Alex Georgiia headed out as the 3rd paring and came close to posting the first win for Somerset but went down with a closely fought 3 and 1 loss.
The first foursome win came from Ashton Wylie and Kyle Miller with a 4 and 3 win followed by Joshua Owen and James Rew which went to 17 and a Somerset win 2 an 1.
After lunch the team went back out in the singles returning a strong performance but Glamorgan were that little bit stronger. Somerset returned with 3.5 points to Glamorgan’s 6.5. The Coed y Mwystwr Golf Course played a real home advantage which resulted in a final score 9.5 to 5.5 in favour of Glamorgan.
Jackson Carey (Captain) spoke at the after match meal and complemented the green staff on a well presented course, the catering for a nice meal and thanked the opposition for the game wishing them the best for the remaining season.
Worlebury GC on Sunday 7th July
Result; Somerset win 11-4
The U16’s hosted the match against Gloucestershire at Worlebury GC. The course was in great condition, and we were made to feel welcome by staff and members.
The morning foursomes.
The home County started well, with all five of the games being in Somerset’s favour at the turn. This dominance continued into the back nine holes, with all but one match finishing early. The pairings of ‘Bailey & Freddie’, ‘Stanley & Jack’; ‘Dewi & Dylan’; ‘Ashton & Kyle’; all won with at least scores of 5 & 4.
The final match of the morning Foursomes looked to be going the same way with the pairing of team Captain Jackson & Alex being four up with four to play, but a spirited fight back from the Gloucestershire pairing meant the match went down the last hole, but a solid tee shot from Jackson & good approach shot from Alex secured the final point of the morning.
So a great 5 -0 win in the morning.
It has to be said Gloucestershire Squad wasn’t the strongest of teams, but as the saying goes, ‘you can only beat what’s in front of you’.
After the dominant morning, spirts were high for a good win in the afternoon.
Kicking off the afternoon was Bailey Langford, Bailey never really got in his stride in the afternoon losing to his opponent 2 & 1.
Next out was Freddie Turnell, again Freddie struggled against a weaker opponent & lost on the final hole.
Back down the field matches were not going our way, and for Jack and myself panic buttons began to ring, could this be a great come back from the away side.
Stanley steadied the ship with a great 7 & 6 win.
Then our lower handicaps started to show with wins coming from Alex, Kyle, Jackson Dylan & Jack.
These wins gave us a 6 - 4 win in the afternoon, and a great 11 - 4 final result. If I was perfectly honest the afternoon score flattered the home side a little as the Gloucestershire side gave a spirited show in the afternoon.
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..
Under 16 Team
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
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.