Pro-Am Report from Phil Barrett
Friday 6th July 2018 was the culmination of many months of endeavour to organise what is the biggest event in the Clubs’ calendar. We have enjoyed a good measure of success over recent years and this year was no exception! Slightly down on team entries this year but without doubt one of our most enjoyable, according to participants, club players and Professionals alike!
Perfect Course Conditions
Given the recent hot weather, and lack of rain, the course was in incredible condition due to some very attentive and knowledgeable management in recent weeks by Jeff and the green staff, Great job lads.
We had great support on the course particularly from the Ladies,most welcome, offerings of delightful snacks and drinks on the 9th tee. Thank you Ladies. The competitors really needed some extra sustenance out there and the sight of the Tolchards/ Taunton Cider bar,on the 14th tee, coming into view down the 13th fairway was a very welcome and popular resting point.
The golf continued onto our testing final few holes with displays of some very special golf being played. Those that did not continue as well as they would have liked were still rewarded, on the 18th tee , with a very appealing Martin Millers gin and tonic!
Food, Drink and the Putting Competition
After the round was completed there was the very popular putting competition taking place in front of the clubhouse . There was a very convivial atmosphere in the clubhouse and on the terrace which was greatly enhanced by the excellent running hot and cold buffet available to all participants and volunteers.
The prize giving was very well attended at our predicted time of 8.00pm. It was really gratifying to note that a team from T&P took the main prize in spite of strong competition from teams outside the Club. It just goes to show that T&P members teams stand a good a chance as any to share in the many prizes on offer!
Raising Funds for Charity
We mustn’t forget that the Captains Charity ,Parkinson’s South-West, will benefit, by several thousand pounds. (Pictured above are Julie Patterson from the charity with Ladie’s Captain Jeanne Leader). The key to the success of the event is undoubtedly the team effect of all sections of the Club working together for the common good.
Thanks to our Sponsors
Without doubt, each year, the willingness and generosity of our sponsors is essential to getting the Pro-Am off the ground and formulating the portrayal of a professional image that reflects our Club.
We are extremely grateful to our main sponsor Eric Gibbs of Gibbs Plumbing Supplies Limited and John Riches of Vale Labels of making it possible for us to achieve our aspirations. This, of course, is supported by the many other sponsors, individuals and suppliers that enable us to create the event as we would want to.
If you didn’t get involved this year, please think about participating in someway next year, it really is a worthwhile and fun event to promote your Club at its best! The date is FRIDAY 12th JULY 2019.
Final Notes from the Club Captain
This year’s Pro-Am has been a huge success and was delivered with the usual professionalism of the organising committee. These events do not run on their own and I would like to personally thank the main lynchpins of the committee for all their hard work. Phil Barrett, Barrie Foster and Angela Hollis strive tirelessly behind the scenes every year to ensure this tournament continues to be a premier event within the South-West.
On behalf of myself and the Ladies’ Captain, Jeanne Leader, I would like to thank everybody for supporting this year’s very worthy charity. I know Parkinson’s South-West will be thrilled by all your efforts.
Congratulations to our finest player, Tom Sloman, who won the South-West Amateur Championship. The competition took place at Cumberwell Park and Tom shot two consecutive rounds of 65 to win by one stroke from Mitch Waite.
Read a little more about the event on the SGU website by following this link.
We’ve launched a 360 degree tour of the entire course, which we think is a first for any English Golf Club. Users can visit 102 different locations on the course, moving from hole to hole and being able to look at a 360 view from a golfer’s viewpoint. To take a look just follow this link to the page on the website, or this link to hop straight to a full screen experience.
On behalf of PARKINSON’S SOUTH WEST, I would like to thank everybody for supporting my Captain’s Day last Saturday. Your generosity has contributed over £800.00 to this year’s charity. It is very much appreciated. Congratulations to winners, John Godley and Ian Sutcliffe.
Well played to the T&P team today, Kyle, Charlie, Freddie, Bailey & Thomas, by winning the home leg of the Somerset Junior League and now in 2nd place after two rounds. All to play for at Enmore next Sunday.
Thanks to Jenny for signing the players in, to Mark for starting and us checking the scores and presenting the prizes.
The club’s two teams in the Avalon league have had a good start to their season. The new look A team had a creditable result away at Minehead on Sunday, halving the match – helped by four late team replacements. All four matches so far have been close affairs; a great 3-2 away win at Oake, 2-3 defeat to vivary and 3-2 win against Stockwood Vale.
The Stags have had a delayed start but opened up their season on Sunday with a 3-2 victory against cricket St Thomas A team.
Any players interested in playing for either team please contact team secretary Keith Wiggins.
On Monday 23rd April both our bronze and silver ladies’ teams played triangular matches against Minehead and Enmore at Enmore. We won both of the Salvers!
The Quantock Salver began in 1982 as a friendly pre-season series of triangular matchplay fixtures for the Ladies’ Silver Division players of T&P, Enmore Park and Minehead. The following year saw the introduction of the MET Salver for Bronze Division players. Having won the Quantock Salver in 2016 and the MET Salver in 2017, both Salvers now proudly sit in the trophy cabinet.
- Quantock Salver: 1st T&P with 14 points, 2nd tied Enmore and Minehead with 9 points
- MET Salver: 1st T&P with 16 points, 2nd tied Enmore and Minehead with 7 points
The last time the Ladies achieved the Double was in 2009. It is quite a major achievement!
Pictured are ladies’ captain Jeanne Leader and Ladies’ Secretary Jill Paul who was Match Captain on the day.
We’ll have a few words about the event soon, and it really was a very successful day. We’d like to thank Michelle Sloman and the mums of the junior golfers for making and selling cakes which raised an additional £50.00 for the junior section.
The photo shows our Junior Captain Bailey Langford, with Vice-Captain Charlie Hooper, with Junior Organisers Mark Langford and Mike Hooper.
You can view the results on the main results page.
I’m delighted to announce that James Keitch will be joining the T&P Pro-Shop Team as a permanent member of staff from 1st May 2018.
James is currently serving his notice at Wells Golf Club and he previously worked for his father, Martin Keitch at Taunton Vale Golf Club.
James is a fully qualified PGA Professional and I’m very confident that he will prove to be a great asset to our club.
Despite the recent snow and rain, the Drive-In took place and although just three main greens were in play, the day was really well attended and took place in an excellent atmosphere. Over 150 players took part in a "double barrelled" shotgun start, with the four new captains hitting their drives at 12:30. A total of £729.00 was raised for chosen charity Parkinson's UK (South West), which is a great start to the year's fundraising year.
At the 2018 AGM, Andy Willett was elected to the position of Club Captain. Following being presented with a green jacket by outgoing Captain Phil King, Andy gave an excellent speech covering his pride at being elected and regaling the members with tales of golf on seven continents.
He also mentioned that in many years of golf he has never recorded a hole in one. Perhaps his captaincy year will help him tick that box on his “bucket list”.
On Friday 9th March, Club Captain Phil King and Ladies’ Captain Jenny Bevan handed over a cheque for £10,400 to Sian Neville, Community Fundraiser for The Alzheimer’s Society.
The money was raised during the PGC125 anniversary year.
Congratulations to Jeanne Leader who has taken over as captain of the ladies’ section from Jenny Bevan. The club wishes Jeanne every success in her captaincy year.
Due to popular demand we now have Guinness available on draught in the clubhouse. Members pay just £3.76 a pint after their discount, and it’s the ideal pre-round drink. “Have a stout, before you go out”
From Junior Organiser Mike Hooper
England Golf selected The Somerset Golf Union to pilot a project to encourage more juniors to get involved with golf. The first event took place on 31st January with 60+ members of various golf clubs from the county with 23 different clubs present on the night.
We had a presentations from Emily ( England golf Ambassador) and also young peoples manager Lee Dolby, Martin Higgs England golf clubs representative.
England golf and the SGU selected 2 clubs to present on the night as case studies for the work they do as Junior sections, T&P Junior section were chosen as one of those and were asked to outline with regards to The Saturday Academy groups through to the Weekly Monday night sessions and the support needed to run all of those. And also the impact that social media is having and the work required to look after the dedicated Junior Website, Facebook Page and Twitter account.
The junior section were very proud to have been selected and felt it was an endorsement of the work and dedication being carried out by the current Junior section and Academy teams and also reflected all of the progress made in previous years to support Junior golfers at T&P from the members and the Golf club.
The pilot project continues and the next meeting will be on March 7th 2018.
The club is pleased to announced that John Godley has been appointed as Andy Willett’s Vice-Captain for the 2018/19 season.
Club Professional and PGA Fellow Simon Stevenson has been nominated in the TGI Golf Partner of the Year Award. Over 470 other professionals were potential winners and now Simon will join just four other PGA Pro’s at the TGI annual business awards where the winner will be announced. Here’s what TGI golf said about Simon:
“The highly coveted TGI Golf Partner of the Year award is presented to PGA Professionals who go above and beyond to provide a first-class environment for their members, guests and visitors. Nominees have also demonstrated a strong commitment to the TGI Golf Partnership activities and professional development.
The winner of this award is seen as the benchmark in golf retail excellence – an outstanding Pro Shop, consistent marketing, exceptional customer service, high levels of customer engagement and adding real value to the membership experience.
Simon Stevenson has been nominated for this award due to his tireless work to ensure the Pro Shop at Taunton & Pickeridge Golf Club is a sanctuary for golfers looking to improve their game and enhance the enjoyment of it.
Simon’s social media support of his club, the sport and the TGI Golf Partnership is valued by all and is a perfect example of the thought and planning that goes into running his successful business.
The TGI Golf Partnership is a network of more than 470 high quality PGA Professionals across the UK and Ireland. The group is held in extremely high regard within the golf industry, with leading suppliers all keen to work with TGI Golf.
More than 50 of golf’s leading suppliers such as PING, Callaway, Titleist, FootJoy and TaylorMade Golf are all an integral part of the group and work closely to ensure all Partners receive the best deals and first-class assistance with competition prizes and promotional material”.
Ali Williams who recently joined the team at Taunton & Pickeridge Golf Club has been announced as the new Junior Academy golf coach. Ali came through the junior section playing alongside very good young golfers who have gone onto become England players and Assistant professionals at other clubs.
Having recently returned to Taunton following his successful time from 2014 as Assistant Professional at Tiverton with former T&P Assistant Alistair Welsher, Ali is really looking forward to supporting the 40+ young golfers during the sessions that take place from 13th January on a Saturday at the golf club over 2 daily sessions.
Ali will have great support from willing volunteers including previous Ladies’ Captain Jacky Ford, Somerset Ladies Golfer Helen Hayward, and Val Hayward who has been a major supporter of junior golf for many years.
The 2017 Captain’s Drive in was a huge success. Around 150 golfers took part in a “double-barrelled” shotgun, and they were treated to unbroken sunshine throughout the day.
Something approaching £1000 was raised for the captains’ chosen charity, The Alzheimer’s Society.
At the presentation the captain thanked the clubhouse and greenkeeping staff,and the large number of volunteers who helped the day run flawlessly.
To view some pictures please visit our gallery pages.
Phil King has taken over from John Snell as Taunton & Pickeridge Club Captain. Phil’s post will see him at the helm during the club’s 125th anniversary year.
Club President Maurice Baigent is looking on as a rather splendid striped jacket is presented.