Boys’ Chairman & Team Manager

Philip J Woodcock

Scarborough NC GC

Boys’ Executive

Cameron Thomson
Frank Greaves
Jonathan Plaxton
Steve Robinson

Beverley & ER GC
Huddersfield GC (Co-opted)
Fulford GC
Lead Coach (Co-opted)

Boys’ Welfare Officer

Cameron Thomson

Beverley & ER GC

Boys’ Captain

Jake Wallis

Garforth GC

Philip Woodcock

Philip started in golf as a junior in 1968 at Scarborough North Cliff GC and played to a good standard achieving a low handicap of 8. He served the committee of North Cliff from 1984 – 1997 during which he was appointed Captain in 1994.

Philip has always strived to improve junior golf not only at his own club, but throughout the East Riding Union and now with Yorkshire. He was appointed junior organiser at his club in the late 1980’s and only in 2020 did he retire from this position. Philip was very instrumental in adopting the Golf Foundation Passport scheme enabling the professional to operate during his academy coaching sessions. Many local juniors have benefited from his dedication including Iain Pyman (YUGC Amateur Champion, British Amateur Champion & Professional golfer) and Michael Petch ( USPGA Seniors Tour Director) to name a couple. In 2014 Philip was awarded the Sir Henry Cotton Award for meritorious service to junior golf from The Golf Foundation.

Philip continues in his role as Chairman with great enthusiasm and relishes in the challenges ahead. He would like to see junior golf numbers increase and appreciates there are many professionals and volunteers who are endeavouring to achieve the same, but understands it is an exceedingly difficult task. He was delighted for the Boys when they were crowned England Golf Boys County Champions in August 2017 & 2018, especially having come second in 2016, then losing out by half a point! In 2021 the Boys failed to qualify for the finals with Northumberland taking the honours of representing the Northern Counties in the final!

2019 saw the Northern Counties competing in the inaugural Boys Junior League, based on the men’s league, but dividing the northern counties into two divisions, North (Cumbria, Durham & Northumberland) and South (Cheshire, Lancashire & Yorkshire). The winners of these two divisions meeting in a final for the title and in 2021 The Northumberland Golf Club hosted the finalists with Yorkshire meeting Northumberland and Northumberland coming out the winners.

He would like to see Yorkshire consistently at the top, continuing in producing some first-class players and assisting in any way possible to promote junior golf. It is a shame that we have lost golf coverage to Sky and professional tournaments abroad, but there is some great golf to be seen at Amateur level. Please come along to spectate, the guys love it! You may even be watching the next Open or Masters Champion in a few years, for example Danny Willett; he was playing for the boys and men’s team less than 10 years ago, and Matty Fitzpatrick, currently in the top 30 of the world rankings. We currently have 16 boys now in the States on the US Golfing Scholarship with many performing exceptionally well in their endeavours to be better players and ultimately achieving their degree.

Jake Wallis

Garforth GC

Q. How old are you?
A. 16

Q. When did you start playing golf?
A. I started playing golf 9 years ago at the age of 7 with my dad at Oulton Hall.

Q. Why did you choose golf above all other sports?
A. When I was younger, I played football and that was always going to be my main sport, however as soon as my dad took me to the golf course for the first time, I instantly loved it and from then on it has become my main passion and focus.

Q. Where do you play your golf?
A. I am a member of Garforth Golf Club; it’s an excellent course and I receive great support from all the members and really enjoy playing there.

Q. Do you receive coaching from Yorkshire Union and if so, for how long?
A. I was 11 when I first got selected for Yorkshire coaching, I have worked my way through the different squads and for the past 2 years I have been part of the England regional squad.

Q. When did you first represent Yorkshire in a team match?
A. I first represented Yorkshire for the U16’s in 2019, progressing to the full boys squad a year later and in 2021 had the opportunity to play for the Men’s team against Northumberland.

Q. Have you any notable achievements?
A. Winning the Yorkshire Boys Championship in 2020 and went on to win the U16 section of the Carris trophy in the same year.
Representing the Yorkshire Men’s squad at 15
Qualifying for the final of the Justin Rose daily telegraph junior championship where I came fourth
The honour of being selected to be Yorkshire Boys Captain is the best of them all

Q. What experience or event represents the worst of last year and why was it a challenge?
A. Last year in the Yorkshire Amateur I played badly in the first round and was miles away from the cut line. All aspects of my game were below weak which meant it was a real struggle but in the second round I managed to keep fighting and came back to miss the cut by just one shot. Even though I missed out I was pleased with my determination and fight.

Q. Who is your personal coach?
A. Lee Morrisroe, I have been with him for over 5 years, in which he has taught me a lot.

Q. What has been your lowest round to par and where and how did you feel?
A. I shot 5 under in the final round of the 2020 Yorkshire Boys Championship, which ended up earning me the victory and it was one of the proudest days of my life so far.

Q. Who is your golfing hero and why?
A. Justin Thomas because I admire how he handles himself on the course whether it is going well or if he is struggling, he always keeps calm.

Q. Which is the best course you have played in Great Britain?
A. Royal Cinque Ports, it was a true test and you had to be playing well to make a good score.

Q. What is your goal in golf?
My goal in golf is to ultimately make it onto one of the pro tours, however short term I would like to represent England and gain a scholarship to a US College.

Q. Finally, as Captain of the Yorkshire Boys’, what would you like to bring and achieve in your year?
A. I would like to take Yorkshire Boys back to the top and win the county championship. I want to be a role model to the younger players and support all my fellow teammates.