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Ladies Golf at Enmore Park
When you join the Ladies section at Enmore Park you can be assured of a warm welcome whether you are an experienced golfer or a novice. The Ladies Section is a very well supported part of the Golf Club.
We have over 90 lady members ranging from novice golfers to scratch golfers. We play our competitions on Wednesdays and at the weekend. There is a full calendar of events throughout the year comprising of competitions for Trophies, medals, stablefords and fun team competitions. Something for everyone.
Our more competitive ladies play in Interclub League matches and we also play friendly matches against our neighbouring golf clubs. It is good to report that Enmore Ladies have a reputation for being successful.
Visiting Ladies are always welcome with several Lady Captains organising their away days here. We offer a wonderful golf course maintained to the highest standards by our professional green keepers. Our Pro shop is full of wonderful golf attire and equipment that is hard to ignore!
We hold two Bowmaker Opens each year which are always very popular. For many of the entrants these events are part of their annual golfing calendar and places fill up very quickly.
Nigel and David Wixon, our golf professionals, are always on hand to help and advise on all aspects of the game. They provide group and individual coaching throughout the year. During the playing season, Nigel offers group coaching to ladies on Tuesdays from 10am to 11am for a nominal charge.
Throughout the year the Ladies are very active with various fund raising events and manage to make donations to a variety of causes. The Lady Captain's Charities this year are Breast Cancer Now and S.U.R.E. (Somerset Unit for Radiotherapy Equipment)
2018 Lady Captain - Jackie Bull
Welcome to the Junior Section of the club's website. The junior page will inform you about all of the activities that are on offer for its members together with information about competitions, results and playing opportunities.
We cater for boys and girls of all levels of ability, from absolute beginners, improving golfers to advanced junior players who have official handicaps and are able to play in club competitions.
We have a dedicated group of organisers who via the Junior Committee ensure the smooth running of the Junior Section, organising competitions and coaching sessions and other activities for all junior members in a safe environment. We are generously sponorored by Atlas Safety Managment Limited which allows us to grow and develop our Section for the benefit of all our junior members.
There is a full and varied programme of golf for all ages and abilities, from our Academy sessions for the younger or less experienced players, intermediate improving golfers going out onto the course for the first time, through to team players representing the club in team events and competitions.
Enmore Park Golf Club has a long history of developing junior golfers, with boys and girls going on to represent Somerset Golf Union at all junior age groups and with many of the juniors becoming club champions and representing England.
The relaxed, fun atmosphere, the fantastic practice facilities and coaching available makes Enmore a great place to play and learn golf whatever your age or ability.
Further information can be found on our twitter page @enmorejuniors
Child protection and standards
The safety of junior players whilst at the golf club is our number one priority. The link below to the Junior Handbook (provided to each junior member) includes our Child Protection policies as well as guidance to young players on golf etiquette whilst playing on the course. Finally the Handbook also outlines the behaviour expected from our juniors.
For those juniors who want to improve their game and lower their handicap there are many coaching opportunities offered by our Professional, Dave Wixon. Regular sessions run on Saturday mornings from 10.00- 11.00. These group sessions cost £3.00 and are an excellent way of getting into the game as well as improving.
An annual Talent Spotting Day is also held every year in March, where we actively encourage boys and girls between the ages of 9 and 16 to come along and try golf. We do this by directly contacting a number of schools and clubs in the Bridgwater and Taunton area. We offer up to ten Academy places each year, which provide regular free coaching and playing opportunities over the next 12 months.
Our Academy system exists primarily for the younger (must be a minimum of 6 years old) and/or less experienced junior members.
The Academy is designed to provide a fun way to learn, that provides the juniors with a clear pathway into gaining a formal handicap (54), to improve to a 36 handicap, learn the rules and etiquette as well as being able to play in 18 hole junior competitions.
Specific Junior Club events are held normally at the weekend, where Academy members (alongside more experienced juniors) can play a stableford competition with a 72 introductory handicap. A trophy is presented at our annual prize giving in December for the player with the most points over the season.
On course play is normally restricted to a maximum of 9 holes, with play initially encouraged from the blue 150 yard makers. Parents and or more experienced junior players must accompany the Academy players.
Once a junior has established a handicap of 36, there are around twenty junior competitions held between March and October, involving stableford, medal, team and match play format, including a junior open held in August. Throughout the summer a fortnightly stableford is held on a Friday night.
The Junior Section has a team that plays in the Somerset Junior League. This has been a very successful venture over the years and the team was runner-up this year.
At Enmore we are always encouraging our juniors to improve and reach their full potential. The selection criteria for our junior team is as follows: firstly players must be available and committed to playing for the club team; secondly we select the squad in handicap order, with the lowest handicappers being nominated for the team. This we believe is the fairest way to encourage our juniors to progress and earn their right to play in the club team.
Our younger juniors, and those less experienced with higher handicaps, will still have opportunities to compete in internal and external competitions. There are also team matches against the club’s ladies and senior teams, which will enable our juniors to benefit from playing with some of our more experienced golfers in a relaxed but competitive atmosphere.
Results and presentation of trophies
Each year we celebrate the success and improvement of all of our juniors and encourage everyone to attend a junior meal with prize giving for those who have won trophies, including a cup for the most improved junior.
interested in joining the enmore juniors?
Enmore Park Golf Club Junior Section offers boys and girls under the age of 18 the opportunity to develop their game in a friendly, supportive and safe environment.
If you are interested in your child joining the junior section, or would like them to take part in the Academy group coaching sessions, we would be delighted to talk to you. For more details please contact our Junior Organiser Sean Canavan on 01823 451564 or Club Professional, Dave Wixon on 01934 623932 or visit him in the club shop to find out more.
The Seniors section at Enmore Park Golf Club is a friendly and active part of the Club and in 2015 comprised almost 200 members which is approximately a third of the Club’s male membership.
Senior members regularly meet on Tuesday and Thursday mornings throughout the year and will be found on the course and in the Clubhouse – rain or shine! Approximately once a month on a Tuesday morning, the section runs a qualifying competition to enable members to keep their handicaps active and enjoy a competitive round of golf with fellow seniors.
There is an extensive fixture list of seniors ‘friendly matches’ against other clubs that range from Saunton in the West, The Mendip and Sherborne in the East, Lyme Regis and East Devon in the South and Long Ashton, Bristol & Clifton and Henbury in the North. Most of these games are played on a home & away basis and usually comprise 16 players a side.
The Section instigated a programme of winter matches a few years ago. Initially, the Minehead & West Somerset club was invited to participate in two fixtures (home & away) and did so in November and January. The following year Weston super Mare Seniors joined on a similar basis (December and February) and in the winter of 2014/15 both Exeter and Churston Seniors joined the party! These latest arrivals enjoyed playing at Enmore in October & December with visits by Enmore to the Devon clubs in February & April. These eight matches have kept the match interest alive throughout the winter period and generated good support for the hosting clubs’ services.
There are a number of competitions run by the section for section members. In recent years the Committee has responded to requests to manage some of the open competitions for the Club’s 55+ members. Most club competitions are played on a stableford basis. However, a notable exception is the David Monks Cup, which is run as a medal competition. For the first time in 2013, this event – played over 18 holes – was also used for the Seniors Championship, which was contested by the ‘paid up’ senior membership. Paul Waplington was the winner of the trophy in its first year and subsequent winners have been Barry Webster (2014) and Michael Richardson (2015). The trophy, which had been presented by former Seniors Captain Tony Pomeroy, is made of Welsh slate reputed to be at least half a million years old. It had been beautifully carved and is a fine addition to the seniors’ collection of trophies and awards. In 2015 the Seniors Championship was split away from the Monks Cup and in future it will be competed for as a single competition. In 2016, it will take place on Monday June 27. It will still be a medal competition and the member with the best net score will be awarded the Seniors Championship Trophy.
The Section is responsible for the total organisation of the Seniors Open which is played on the first Friday of July each year. The event regularly attracts about 150 visitors from approximately 40 clubs. Places on ‘The Open’ have become eagerly sought after by many returning golfers.
A new inter-club competition, the Seniors Inter Club Championship for the Enmore Park “Quantock Stag Trophy” was inaugurated in September 2014 and contested by 15 club teams comprising 8 members per team. The trophy, a beautifully forged bronze stag was gifted by Past-Past Captain Keith Norcutt and mounted on an oak plinth expertly crafted from the fallen oak on the 10th hole by Past Captain John Newell. Somerset clubs and other clubs on the seniors’ ‘friendly matches’ circuit were invited and Saunton Seniors were the first winners of the trophy. The modified ‘shotgun start’ proved both popular and efficient as most of the 120 golfers completed their rounds within about an hour of the first and last arrivals back at the clubhouse. In 2015 the “Quantock Stag” was brought forward to August 14th but a rain filled day made golf very difficult. The Section will be hoping for better weather this year when the third running of the Quantock Stag will take place on Friday August 19th.
A competition called the ‘MET Shield’, which comprised 16 players a side, was contested for a third year between Minehead, Enmore and Tiverton at Tiverton. Enmore Seniors were the first winners in 2013, but the trophy passed to Tiverton Seniors in 2014 and they successfully defended it on their own course in 2015. The next competition will take place at Minehead on Monday 3rd October when the West Somerset club will host the 2016 SENMETIOR Shield.
Matches against the Ladies (Croad Shield) and the Juniors have engendered healthy club rivalry and proved to be popular internal club events.
Each year, the main function of the Immediate Past Captain – apart from displaying his wisdom and experience during the Committee’s deliberations – is to take total responsibility for the arrangements for the ’Seniors Away Day’. In recent years some Past Captains have tried to visit courses that are not on the annual ‘friendly matches’ circuit, but to venture a little further afield. Launceston, Farrington and Teignmouth, have all been enjoyed by about 35 members in the past. In keeping with this philosophy, Mike Perry has booked Stover Golf Club for the 2016 Seniors Away Day and this trip to the Devonshire club will take place on Thursday July 21st.
The Seniors Ladies Night creates an opportunity for members to bring their partners to the Club and enjoy a very pleasant social event. In 2014, John Newell invited the Cleverly Everly Brothers (alias Clinton & Stan Rogers) to provide the music and entertainment. The evening, which was a complete sell out and an amazing success, proved to be one of the best social functions seen at the Club for a very long time. Fortunately, Past Captain Mike was able to book the group again for 2015 and members enjoyed another very special social event. Not surprisingly, Captain Paul has re-booked the group again in 2016 for Saturday October 15th.
The AGM in late November was well attended by about a third of the seniors’ membership. The assembled company then sat down to a festive Christmas Dinner which was enjoyed by members and their guests from the Club.
Congratulations to David Pascoe and Graham Pain who won the Mike Cavill Cup for the Winter League Competition in 2014/15, while John Taylor won the Tolhurst Trophy, the Section’s summer knockout competition and Barry Clapperton won the Plate Competition for the first round losers. Other competitions during the 2015 season started with the Ron Chamberlain Salver that was won by Gerald Escott in early April and the next event, the Team Challenge a three-man event, was won by Kevin Lewis / David Capron / Terry Hogan. The John Hawthorne Tartan Putter was won by David Maers, while John Newell was successful in retaining the Past Captains' Trophy.
A new competition in 2016 will be the “Jimmy Mc Stableford Qualifier”. Jim McGuckin has kindly donated a superb new trophy that will be played for in the opening qualifier of the season in March. It will no doubt get a lot of support as senior golfers look to start their competitive season. Jim’s trophy would have been used in his year as Seniors Captain at Taunton Vale, but alas TVs loss is Enmore’s gain. Indeed, the Seniors Section at Enmore has welcomed those from the Vale unreservedly and their presence in all aspects of seniors golf at EP has been a huge boost to the Section’s activities throughout the 2015 season.
An innovation in 2015 was the regular Seniors Newsletter. This publication provided a useful mechanism to keep members up to date with recent activities while also informing them of forthcoming events. Feedback from members has been positive and the newsletter will continue in 2016.
The section is well organised and all its matches, events and other activities are run by a very active committee of eight members. The Committee is chaired by the Seniors Captain and meets about 9 times a year, mostly during the spring, summer and autumn seasons.
Meet The Committee
Meet the committee here