Boys’ Chairman & Team Manager
Philip J Woodcock
Scarborough NC GC
Boys’ Welfare Officer
Crosland Heath GC
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 still runs the section with the help of a few enthusiastic assistants. Philip was very instrumental in adopting the Golf Foundation Passport scheme enabling the professional to operate during his academy coaching sessions. Philip and his team take the more proficient juniors out on the course on a Monday evening starting in late April for 20 weeks. 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 has taken over this 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 a very 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 2019 the Boys failed to qualify for the finals with our rivals from the red rose county, Lancashire 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 splitting 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 at Cleveland Golf Club with Yorkshire beating Durham.
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’s 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.
Q. When did you start playing golf?
A. I started playing golf when I was 7 at Outlane Golf Club. I started playing golf because of my Grandad who had been a member at the club for well over 30 years and he has been the biggest support to me ever since.
Q. Where do you play your golf?
A. I currently play my golf from Crosland Heath Golf Club.
Q. How old are you
A. I am 17.
Q. Do you receive coaching from Yorkshire Union and if so for how long
A. I am in the England Golf Yorkshire Regional U18 Squad, this coming year will be my third year. I have learnt a great deal through being in this system and my golf has benefited as a result of the support and knowledge I have gained from the team coach Steve Robinson and the manager Jim Newton.
Q. When did you first represent Yorkshire?
A. I first represented Yorkshire in 2018 when I played for the U16 (Mixed Ages) Squad at Wakefield against Lancashire.
Q. Have you had any notable achievements?
A. My biggest achievement in my golfing career so far is winning the 2019 Yorkshire Boys Championship. This was the best display of my golfing career so far and it was also extremely helpful to learn about the pressure that is involved with coming out and winning a county championship.
Q. Who is your personal coach?
A. My personal coach is Graham Walker and has been for over 2 years now.
Q. Who is your golfing hero?
A. My golfing hero is Tiger Woods, he is the epitome of golf and in my opinion, this is because of his psychological strength on the golf course and his ability to control a whole field with his calmness and control.
Q. Which is the best course you have played in Great Britain?
A. The best course I have played in Great Britain is Royal Birkdale because it is a real test of your golf game and takes a high level of skill and patience to get around the course under par.
Q. What is your ultimate goal in golf?
A. My end goal in golf is to make it to the PGA tour and make it to the top 100 in world rankings. I would also like to compete at the Masters tournament.
Q. Finally as Captain of the Yorkshire Boys’ what would you like to achieve in your year?
A. As Yorkshire captain in 2020 I would like to guide the team to success in the England Golf Boys County Championships, also have back to back success in the England Golf Northern Counties Boys League.