The SGU Chairman’s Invitation Day (Wyvern Trophy) is one of the highlights of the County calendar.
All Somerset Affiliated clubs are invited to join the SGU Chairman and enjoy an 18 hole social golf event.
Teams of 4 from each club will compete for the Wyvern Trophy winners 2024 (Presented by Past SGU President, Barrie Lake)
The format of the day will be decided nearer the time and will be chosen by this years SGU Chairman.
Team entrance fee includes Bacon roll & coffee on arrival, 18 holes (am shotgun start) and a light buffet after.
The day will conclude with the presentation and a brief auction where some very good items will be on offer to the highest bidders.
All profits will go towards Junior Golf Development in Somerset, grass roots and beyond.
Andy Carter (Chairman Somerset Golf Union) was there to meet and greet everyone as the day began at 08.15am
It was wet, very wet! Regardless of the weather 21 teams ventured out and all but 1 completed the 18 holes! Thank you so much Clevedon GC, members and all staff for looking after us all day. Special thanks to the Green Staff, the course was in top condition.
Our winners will look back on the day when in golfing terms David beat Goliath, it may not have been single combat but its a small club who on the day had a big attitude. The name Kingweston will be on the Wyvern Trophy (Donated by Barrie Lake Past President of the SGU and a member at Saltford GC)
Congratulations to our winners and all the teams who made the most of the conditions and collectively raised £1000.00 which will go towards Junior Development in Somerset.
Once again our thanks to the members, management, and staff of Long Sutton GC for hosting this year's Chairman’s Invitation Day. Once again blessed with good weather and a little less hot than last year, thankfully!
For the first time the event was played as a Texas Scramble and attracted a host of our counties past players who now enjoy professional status, plus a guest teams from Cornwall captained by Glyn Rowell SWCGA President and England Golf, captained by Graham Yates, immediate past president EG. In all 20 teams played for the Wyvern Trophy this year with 17 of our clubs represented.
Extended thanks go out to all of the counties sponsors and special mention to Golf Tee Times/Brittany Ferries for donating prizes on each of the par 3’s and to the many clubs who kindly gave complementry 4BBB's as auction prizes, some were used on the day, others will be at a later date. We also had a fantastic side of smoked salmon and a huge topside of beef making up the auction list which Tommy Tulk “County Chairman” ran with all profits to be reinvested in Junior Golf Somerset.
Now for the golf, as you will see above the results were very impressive indeed. Our early leaders captained by Stuart Hodder, owner of Long Sutton, Phip White, county champion 2022, Tom Sloman & Tom Plumb (Walker Cup Team 2019) and current tour players returned a Nett 58 - (Gross 56 - 14 under par) However their impressive score was only to finish 6th!
The prizes winners where; 4th Fosseway, 3rd England Golf, 2nd Worlebury, just missing out on winning for a 3rd time running by 2 shots from last year's runners up with a truly magical Nett 54, Vivary Park GC
Pictured receiving the Wyvern Trophy from Barrie Lake (left)
Eddie Cullen, Mark Pavey, Graham Stagg & Steve Wilson
Vivary Park GC
Individual winners of nearest the pin at all par 3’s were Josh Hilliard 7th & 9th , Barrie Buss 12th, Craig Adams 14th & Stuart Hodder 17th
County Chairman Tommy Tulk pictured with 4 of his past county juniors, all now tour professionals
Will Poole - Josh Hilliard - Tom Sloman - Tom Plumb
Good Weather, Long Sutton GC in excellent condition, good food, money raised for junior golf development in Somerset, all in all a very good day.
In 2023 Andy Carter, Stockwood Vale GC will become Somerset County Chairman and will host this event at Tall Pines GC on 11th June