A fun Academy Golf session with some of the Taunton and Pickeridge Juniors on the course with
@aliwilliamsgolf More of the same next weekend. @EnglandGolf @engjuniorgolf @GolfRootsHQ @SomersetLadiesG @Tauntongolf
Ali Williams, who recently joined the team at Taunton & Pickeridge Golf Club, is the new Junior Academy Golf Coach. Ali came through the junior section and played alongside very good young golfers who later became England players and Assistant Professionals at other clubs.
Ali is 27 and married to Rosie who he met at T&P when he was 18. Rosie was a waitress there and also a former junior member. Her mum Jill Steels, still works at T&P.
Following three successful years as Tiverton’s Assistant Professional to former T&P Assistant Alistair Welsher, and recently returned to Taunton. On Saturdays, two coaching sessions take place at the golf club. Ali is really looking forward to supporting the 40+ young golfers who regularly attend.
Ali will have great support from willing volunteers including Past 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 older golfers from the junior section often come along to support the sessions. Many of them are Somerset golfers with single figure handicaps and this allows the Academy players to look at them and aspire to be the best they can and also for the older players to get involved and continue to build the team spirit within the juniors at the club.
Ali commented, ”It is so important to have fun, in a safe environment. Golf can boost a child’s health and confidence as well as teaching them personal skills that will last a lifetime. Our juniors are the future of our golf club and I’m very excited to have the opportunity to help them develop as golfers of the future.”
Mike Hooper the Junior Organiser commented, ”Ali is such a positive young man and will prove to be a fantastic coach.”
Ali has replaced Assistant Professional Chris Wyatt who left just before Christmas. The junior section noted that, during his time at the club, Chris made big improvements in not only the Junior Congu golfers but all of the Academy golfers. The section is looking forward to Ali building on the foundations laid and to further develop the Academy golfers.
Should you wish to get involved in the sessions, please call Ali or Simon Stevenson, Director of Golf at T&P, on 01823 421790.
Taunton & Pickeridge junior section Captain & Vice-Captains 2018
Captain Bailey Langford
Vice Captain Charlie Hooper
Vice Captain Kyle Miller
The Taunton & Pickeridge golf club held the annual prize giving presentation evening on Saturday 4th November 2017. The evening was very well supported by the junior section and families along with the Ladies section and Mens section. The prizes were awarded during the evening alongside a 3 three course meal and also a raffle at the end to raise funds to support the juniors with coaching and events, a great amount was raised thanks to the generosity of everyone present.
The image shows some of the junior winners along with the parents with the various trophies awarded.
More images will be added of individual and team winners on the website and also via Twitter & Facebook.
Thanks to all of the juniors for your fantastic golf this year and to the parents for all of your support
Also thanks to all of the members for the support of junior golf at T&P.
Charlie Hooper wins 1up v Tom Buckley over 18 holes to win the 2017 junior knock-out final.
Chris Wyatt will be leaving Pickeridge Golf club tomorrow, we the Taunton & Pickeridge Junior section would like to say a huge thank-you for all of your support and coaching during the last 2 years which has seen the Juniors become further acknowledged as an important part of the golf club. Your skill with coaching has seen big improvements in not only the congu golfers but all of the Academy golfers you look after on a weekly basis with the support of dedicated volunteers. I know you will be missed after being at T&P for 6 years and wish you luck with your change in career, i have no doubt we will cross paths again. All the best from the whole of the Junior section team and juniors and families.
England golfer Tom Sloman kindly agreed to present the prizes for the 2017 Taunton & Pickeridge Junior section 36 hole club championship. Gross winner kyle Miller & Nett winner Charlie Hooper are pictured with (from left to right) Mark Langford ( junior matches co-ordinator), Tom Sloman, Sam Sloman ( mens 36 hole club champion), Bailey Langford, Kyle Miller, Alfie Jubb, Ali Williams ( T&P Professional), Tom Buckley, Charlie Hooper, Mike Hooper ( Junior Organiser). It was a great honour for the juniors to be presented with their prizes from Tom a T&P member who has come through the junior section and now plays off +4, and has just won the Dutch open and also played on the European tour in the KLM open.
Charlie Hooper is the new 36 hole nett junior club champion for 2017
Kyle Miller is the new Taunton & Pickeridge 36 hole gross junior club champion for 2017
1st – Thomas Rew 38 points
2nd – Freddie Eglin 30
3rd – James Pellow 29
4th – Benjamin Newman 18
Played off the yellow tees over 18 holes.