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Somerset Golf Development Group has been  formed to facilitate EG  strategic priorities  in Somerset with the help of the Somerset  County Development Officer Martin Higgs and other organisations.


England Golf have moved away from County Academy Programmes and restructured the way funding is allocated for County Coaching programmes.  Somerset Golf Development Group  has formed a Coaching Committee to overview funding for Junior golf in Somerset. This includes a new Player Pathway for boys and girls which incorporates a Development and a Futures squad as well as the existing  Performance squad. The cost for every junior in the county that joins one of these squads will be £50 a year and the rest of the funding comes from England Golf.The Somerset Golf  Coaching Committee has finalised  the new player pathways which  can be seen here                                                          





Somerset Golf Development Group Funding 2017


Below is a summary of grants made available to Clubs in Somerset for individual initiatives. If your Club has an idea and would like to apply please contact Martin Higgs at m.higgs@englandgolf.org or call him on 07736 880913.


Burnham & Berrow – Sarah Burnell :

Burnham & Berrow are running a Ladies & Girls initiative – this will include a Taster session followed by five 1hr sessions allowing the participants to experience all aspects of the game, including playing some holes on the last session. This will be followed up by the opportunity to entered into regular coaching.


Tickenham – Sarah Sutcliffe:

A Ladies coaching/retention program. A regular Ladies only Sunday afternoon session which allows existing members to play some holes with the Professional and also integrate new members/players to join in and create a social group. Funding has been granted to cover the cost of new attendees and also some food & beverage after.


Farrington Park – Jonathan Lawrence:

A member retention program in the way of a regular weekly Drop In Clinic. It will last 10 weeks and a new aspect of the game will be tackled each session. Club Members are welcome to attend free of charge and the Pro will spend time with them on the week's discipline. Funding has been granted to assist this member retention pilot project.


Mendip Golf Club – Open Day:

Funding has been granted to support their Open Day, via marketing, assisting in providing refreshments and coaching on the day. The inflatable Golf net will also be in attendance.


Brean Golf Club – Andrew March:

The group has provided funding to assist in recruiting Ladies members. The 'bring a friend' initiative is being run by the Lady Captain and supported by the Professional.

Also funding has been granted to the Professional to continue his member recruitment program in offering, free coaching to new members of the Club.


Worlebury – Keri Allchurch:

Funding has been granted to assist the Club in running their Annual Open Day


Mendip Spring – Heidi Mikulla:

Funding has been granted to assist the Club in running their Annual Open Day and also a Get Into Golf recruitment program


South West Somerset Golf Club Cluster – ( Taunton & Pickeridge, Minehead, Cannington, Enmore Park, Oake Manor, Vivary Park and Cricket St Thomas) :

Funding has been granted to assist the Clubs in the cluster to build a website and create a Golf Passport scheme within their area.