After the playing season has ended, players have the opportunity to be selected for Men's Winter Training. Potential Men's 1st Team players will combine with potential Men's Colt's team players and they will all benefit from 'away days' together during the winter and other experiences that the County will provide. As well as providing a fun social atmosphere, this combined training gives the Team Managers the opportunity to monitor all potential players and see who is performing well and improving before a decision is made about which players should go into the Men's 1st Team and Colt's Team Squads in spring. The criteria for selection for Winter Training are:
A more detailed Selection Criteria Document can be viewed HERE.
The overall aim of Winter Training is to improve upon the already considerable abilities of the high-performance players and assist them towards excelling in national amateur golf while representing Middlesex. Players who are selected will be invited to join the squad in late 2020. They will be provided with a schedule of events for the next 12 months, a Welcome Pack and some information about what will be expected of them.
A squad of 10-12 players that will make up the Men's 1st Team will be selected for matches, as well as the county initial 6 man team squad, will be selected after Winter Training has finished and before the playing season begins. Generally, the criteria for selection are:
We like to begin the year with trips to play golf at away courses for team bonding as well as viewing early year performances to select our initial squads of players. We also base the previous year's efforts and successes on those who aim to maintain their 1st team selection.
Though we have early team gatherings in the year, this does not mean players who begin to meet the criteria after the team has been chosen are excluded from matches. Players that show mid-season form and improvement are welcomed into the team.
We play Ryder Cup-style competitive matches against four other neighbouring counties; Hertfordshire, Essex, Bedfordshire and BB&O. Two matches are played at home courses and two are played away, alternating every year which counties we play home and away.
The format is four foursome matches in the morning followed by eight singles matches in the afternoon. With 12 points in total to play for, 6.5 points on the day guarantee a county a win. This then equates to a league table against the other four counties with the winning county selected for the national finals.
We also play the England South East Group 6 man team event. This is a one-off 36 hole medal event, with all 6 scores counting. It truly separates the county's elite players and it is hoped, with the right effort and commitment from future golfers, Middlesex can be again fighting for the top spot in the South East England region and heading back to national finals.
|Middlesex Men's County Championship||Finchley GC||10-12th June|
|SE Men's Qualifier (Six-Man Team)||Bury St Edmunds GC||9th July|
|Men's County League Final||Letchworth Golf Club||2nd October|