Good start for Avalon League teams!

Good start for Avalon League teams!

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.

Ladies Achieve Double Win

Ladies Achieve Double Win

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.

Results

  • 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.

The Junior Captain’s Texas Scramble

The Junior Captain’s Texas Scramble

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.

James Keitch Joining the Pro-Shop Team

James Keitch Joining the Pro-Shop Team

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.

Simon Stevenson

Drive-In Raises £729 for Captains’ Charity

Drive-In Raises £729 for Captains’ Charity

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.

Andy Willett – New Club Captain

Andy Willett – New Club Captain

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”.

England Golf – SGU Pilot Project for Junior Golf

England Golf – SGU Pilot Project for Junior Golf

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.

Simon Stevenson nominated for TGI Golf Partnership “Partner of the Year” Award

Simon Stevenson nominated for TGI Golf Partnership “Partner of the Year” Award

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 announced as Junior Academy Coach

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.

Drive-In Saturday

Drive-In Saturday

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.

New Club Captain

New Club Captain

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.

Committee Dinner and Cheque Presentation

Committee Dinner and Cheque Presentation

The annual committee dinner was a wonderful event, with guests from the various sections of the club enjoying a very fine meal. Also in attendance were representatives from Children’s Hospice South West to receive a cheque for £9367.30, raised during the captain’s year in office. Pictured are Eddie Farwell, Co-founder and CEO, Club Captain John Snell and Community Fundraiser Paula Garrett.

125th Anniversary Launch

125th Anniversary Launch

Taunton & Pickeridge is celebrating 125 years of golf. There are a lot of special events taking place throughout the year and you’ll find a diary of them all in the clubhouse.

To get things started a special lunch and raising of our 125 flag took place on Sunday 19th February. You can click here to view some photos of the event.

Also shown in the photo gallery is a presentation to Judy McKerracher and Ray Oaten, each of whom has been a club member for over 50 years.