Men’s European Nations Cup – 2018 Preview, Reports & Results

21st April 2018

The 2018 European Nations Cup competition at RCG Sotogrande proved to be a memorable one for England, who largely dominated from start to finish.

The England Team, consisting of Todd Clements, David Hague, Matthew Jordan and Gian-Marco Petrozzi, won the Team competition by an impressive 20 shots with a 853 -11 total.

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The England Team (Photo: Graham Walker)

Of the other competing home nations Ireland finished second on 873 (+9) and Wales 11th on 910 +46.

Click here to view the full ENC – Team Results

Todd Clements secured the Individual title with rounds of 69 73 71 and 70 for a 283 total (-5).

Five shots back Ireland’s Alex Gleeson (76 74 69 69 / Ev), Denmark’s Rasmus Neergaard-Petersen (72 75 72 69 / Ev) and Gian-Marco Petrozzi (69 71 76 72 / Ev) all tied for second place.

Matthew Jordan (71 76 76 68 / +3) finished tied 5th and David Hague (79 73 74 68 / +6) 11th. Ireland’s Caolan Rafferty (72 79 74 71 / +8) was tied 12th and compatriot Jonathan Yates (77 74 72 75 / +10) tied 20th.

Ben Chamberlain (77 76 76 72 / +13) and Thomas Williams (79 75 74 74 / +14) were the best Welsh players, finishing tied 27th and tied 30th respectively.

Click here to view the full ENC – Individual Results

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16th April 2018

The Men’s European Nations Cup (ENC) starts on Wednesday 18th April at Real Club de Golf Sotogrande in Southern Spain.

RCG Sotogrande is the permanent home of the ENC and this will be the 12th playing of the event.

It is a 72 hole stroke play Team and Individual competition.

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Real Club de Golf Sotogrande

Field
This year 16 four-man teams (64) will play for a Team prize whilst a total of 72 players will contest the Individual competition. 8 players have been invited by RCG Sotogrande and the Spanish Golf Federation to complete the field.

This year the following players have been selected to represent the three competing home nations: –

England – David HAGUE, Matthew JORDAN, Gian-Marco PETROZZI, Todd CLEMENTS

Ireland – Robin DAWSON, Alex GLEESON, Caolan RAFFERTY, Jonathan YATES

Wales – Ben CHAMBERLAIN, Jake HAPGOOD, Tim HARRY, Thomas WILLIAMS

Of these just Robin Dawson and Alex Gleeson played in the event in 2017. Alex also played in 2016.

Scotland have historically entered a team but with the event being played a little later this year, and therefore clashing with both the Craigmillar Park Open and Battle Trophy, they have chosen not to do so in 2018.

A Women’s ENC takes place alongside the Men’s competition. England and Scotland both competed in this in 2017. However, with this year’s date falling against the Helen Holm Scottish Women’s Open Championship no home nations are participating in 2018.

Format and Prizes
72 holes of stroke play, with 18 holes played daily, will be contested by all of the players. There is no cut.

In the Team event the best three 18-hole scores from the four players count towards the overall total.

In the case of a tie for 1st place a team member will be nominated and a sudden death play-off will be contested on the 9th hole. Other ties will be determined by a count back of the team score for the last 18, 27, 36, etc. holes.

The Individual prize is awarded to the lowest scoring player. Ties will be broken in line with the Team approach outlined above.

Winning Team members each receive a replica of the Nations Trophy. The Individual champion receives a trophy and a fetching yellow jacket.

Weather Forecast
The forecast looks fine for golf albeit strong easterly winds are forecast throughout the four days. This is likely to cause problems given the numerous water hazards on the course.

Wednesday 18th – Sunny Max. 19°C / Min. 15°C; E 18mph
Thursday 19th – Sunny Max. 19°C / Min. 15°C; E 20mph
Friday 20th – Sunny Max. 18°C / Min. 15°C; E 25mph
Saturday 21st – Sunny with PM Thunderstorms Max. 18°C / Min. 15°C; E 20mph

Venue and Course
Real Club de Golf Sotogrande was opened in 1964 and was originally designed by Robert Trent Jones. One of the best courses in Continental Europe it first held the Spanish Open in 1966, won that year by Roberto de Vicenzo.

In 1970 The Sherry Cup, the precursor of the European Nations Cup, was established. Former Individual winners of this include Padraig Harrington and Sergio Garcia. (see below for the full list of past Individual winners).

In 1973 a Women’s event started to be played alongside the Men’s.

In 1983 Sotogrande hosted the Spanish Amateur Championship with Jose Maria Olazabel victorious.

Sotogrande was awarded royal patronage by HM King Juan Carlos I in 1994.

Between 1996 and 2001, in tandem with nearby San Roque GC, the course hosted the European Tour’s Qualifying School.

In 2006 The Sherry Cup was rebranded as the European Nations Cup and more recently has become the European Nations Championship played for the Sotogrande Cup.

In 2011, ahead of it’s 50th anniversary, the Club decided to embark upon a major course renovation appointing Roger Rulewich and David Fleury. With the work on greens, bunkering and drainage taking place in 2015 and early 2016 the ENC moved temporarily to the nearby La Reserva Club de Golf for two years. In 2017 the competition returned being played on the renovated course for the first time.

The Black Tee Championship Course at Sotogrande plays 6,492m with a par of 72. The front nine measures 3,163m and the back 3,329m.

Past ENC Winners / 2017 Results

Team Competition

The home nations have an excellent record in the Men’s Team event, both when it was The Sherry Cup and now it’s known as the European Nations Cup.

2017  Wales    2017 ENC Team Results

Wales, represented by David BOOTE, Jack DAVIDSON, Joshua DAVIES and Owen EDWARDS, won the European Nations Cup team competition for the first time in 2017.

Wales’ total of +13 was 11 shots better than second placed Ireland (+24) and 21 shots better than fourth placed Scotland (+34). England (+61) finished a disappointing 12th.

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Wales – l-r Josh Davies, David Boote, Jack Davidson and Owen Edwards (Photo: GUW)

2016  Ireland    2016 ENC Team Results

Ireland European Nations Cup 2016

Ireland – l-r Stuart Grehan, Alex Gleeson, Jack Hume and Dermot McElroy (Photo: GUI)

2015  England
2014  Scotland
2013  England
2012  France
2011  England
2010  England
2009  England
2008  Scotland
2007  Denmark

Past Sherry Cup Team Winners (started 1998)

2006  Spain
2005  Spain
2004  England
2003  England
2002  Wales
2001  England
2000  England
1999  Germany
1998  Spain

Individual Competition

2017  Jack DAVIDSON (Wales)    2017 ENC Individual Results
Jack Davidson won the Individual European Nations Cup title by 4-shots last year. Rounds of 70, 70, 70 and 73 (-5), which included 20 birdies and 2 eagles, gave him his second major title in less than a month. He had won the Spanish International Amateur a few weeks before.

2016  Jack HUME (Ireland)    2016 ENC Individual Results
In winning the Individual Jack Hume played one of the best rounds of amateur golf in the world in 2016 at La Reserva. His 64 in Round 2 was an astonishing 8 shots better than any other player in the field.

2015  Mario Galliano (Spain)
2014  Guido Migliori (Italy)
2013  Adrien Saddier (France)
2012  Robin Kind (The Netherlands)
2011  Julien Brun (France)
2010  Nino Bertasio (Italy)
2009  Sam Hutsby (England)
2008  Shane Lowry (Ireland)
2007  Rory McIlroy (Ireland)

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Rory McIlroy (Photo: RCG Sotogrande)

Past Sherry Cup Individual Winners

2006  Nigel Edwards (Wales)
2005  Gary Wolstenholme (England)
2004  Francesco Molinari (Italy)
2003  Gary Wolstenholme (England)
2002  Lee Harpin (Wales)
2001  Gary Wolstenholme (England)
2000  Gary Wolstenholme (England)
1999  Marcel Siem (Germany)
1998  Sergio Garcia (Spain)
1997  Sergio Garcia (Spain)

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Sergio Gracia (Photo: RCG Sotogrande)

1996  Alvaro Salto (Spain)
1995  José María Zamora (Spain)
1994  Francisco Cea (Spain)
1993  Francisco Valera (Spain)
1992  Frederic Cupillar (France)
1991  Padraig Harrington (Ireland)
1990  Alvaro Prat (Spain)
1989  Diego Borrego (Spain)
1988  Yago Beamonte (Spain)
1987  Yago Beamonte (Spain)
1986  Borja Queipo de Llano (Spain)
1985  José L. Padila (Spain)
1984  John Marks (England)
1983  José L. de Bernardo (Spain)
1982  Borja Queipo de Llano (Spain)
1981  Veit Pagel (Germany)
1980  Jesús López (Spain)
1979  Veit Pagel (Germany)
1978  José L. de Bernardo (Spain)
1977  F. Jiménez (Spain)
1976  Alberto Croze (Italy)
1975  Veit Pagel (Germany)
1974  Veit Pagel (Germany)
1973  Alberto Croze (Italy)
1972  E. de la Riva and J. Gancedo (Spain)
1971  Alberto Croze (Italy)
1970  Henric Adam (England)

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March 2018 Men’s Amateur Rankings

8th April 2018

Throughout the year I analyse the two main amateur golf rankings to help us assess the performances of Great Britain and Ireland’s leading players.

This information has always been shown on the Rankings page of the GolfBible website and is updated quarterly.

However, as this analysis has not been communicated via the Blog previously I am conscious some subscribers may have missed out on this interesting data. Hence this short note to flag up the latest update covering the March 2018 Quarter.

I also select a Player of the Quarter. For Quarter 1 2018 I have selected England’s Billy McKenzie. Billy won the Spanish International Amateur at La Manga in early March.

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Billy McKenzie (Photo: Adolfo Luna)

Please click this link to be redirected to the relevant page – GolfBible Rankings

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The Georgia Cup – 2018 Preview & Results

25th March 2018

Harry Ellis, the Amateur Champion, beat Doc Redman, the U.S. Amateur champion 6&5 to claim the 2018 Georgia Cup.

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Harry Ellis Receives The Georgia Cup (Photo: Harry Ellis)

Ellis took the lead on the 2nd hole when Redman three putted for bogey. The Englishman then extended his lead on the 5th hole before a sequence of birdies around the turn effectively ended the match. 6Up after 11 Ellis pared the 12th and 13th to comfortably see out a one sided match.

This was the 5th time in the last 6 years that the Amateur champion has come out on top. The Amateur champions now lead the U.S. Amateur champions 12 – 9 in the Georgia Cup series.

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21st March 2018

The Georgia Cup is an 18-hole match play event played between the reigning United States and (British) Amateur champions.

This year’s match, the 21st, will be contested by Doc Redman (USA) and Harry Ellis (ENG).

The two reigning Amateur champions are always in town in late March ahead of The Masters for which their respective wins gained them honorary invitations, albeit only one year competing (2018).

The Georgia Cup (Photo: The Golf Club of Georgia)

The match was established by The Golf Club of Georgia (GCOG) and was first contested in 1998. Craig Watson was the Amateur Championship representative in that first match. He lost to Matt Kutcher, obviously now a well known PGA Tour pro, 3 & 1.

Located in Alpharetta the GCOG has two Arthur Hills-designed courses, the Lakeside (L) and the Creekside (C). Both have hosted the event in the past but since 2006 the Lakeside has taken precedence when it comes to hosting the Georgia Cup match.

The 2018 Georgia Cup is being played at 12.30pm (5.30pm GMT) on Sunday 25th March. It is a charitable event with funds this year being raised for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Following last year’s win for Scott Gregory (ENG) over Curtis Luck (AUS) the Amateur champions lead the United States champions 11 – 9. Gregory’s win made it five wins out of the last six for the Amateur champion. All of the previous results can be seen in the Appendix below.

Doc Redman won the U.S. Amateur in Los Angeles last August beating Doug Ghim on the 37th hole of the final after some stunning play over the closing holes. From Raleigh in North Carolina he is a sophomore at Clemson. He comes into the match having made the cut at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando last weekend. Current world rankings: SPWAR #12 / WAGR #35.

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Doc Redman – 2017 US Amateur champion (Photo: USGA)

Harry Ellis won the Amateur in equally dramatic fashion coming from four down with five holes to play to overcome Australian Dylan Perry on the 38th hole of the final. Ellis, from Southampton in Hampshire, is a Redshirt Senior at Florida State. He has played 8 events for the Seminoles this year winning two of them. He is expected to turn pro in early June once the U.S. College season has ended. Current world rankings: SPWAR #36 / WAGR #38.

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Harry Ellis – 2017 Amateur champion (Photo: The R&A / Getty Images)

With both Redman and Ellis at College in the U.S. and having also played in the 2017 Walker Cup match they should be pretty familiar with each other. A good match can be expected with two of the most competitive and mentally strong amateurs in the world on show.

As always it will be interesting to see which player wins and gains a small confidence boost ahead of the main event – The 2018 Masters at Augusta National.

Appendix

The previous results are shown below (with the Amateur titles won shown in brackets): –
1998 (L) – Matt Kuchar (US) def. Craig Watson (British) – 3 & 1
1999 (L) – Sergio Garcia (British) def. Hank Kuehne (US) – 5 & 4
2000 (L) – David Gossett (US) def. Graeme Storm (British) – 3 & 2
2001 (C) – Mikko Ilonen (British) def. Jeff Quinney (US) – 6 & 4
2002 (C) – Michael Hoey (British) def. Bubba Dickerson (US) – 4 & 2
2003 (L) – Ricky Barnes (US) def. Alejandro Larrazabal (British) – 4 & 2
2004 (C) – Gary Wolstenholme (British) def. Nick Flanagan (US) – 4 & 2
2005 (C) – Ryan Moore (US) def. Stuart Wilson (British) – 2 & 1
2006 (L) – Brian McElhinney (British) def. Edoardo Molinari (US) – 3 & 2
2007 (L) – Richie Ramsay (US) def. Julien Guerrier (British) – 2 & 1
2008 (L) – Colt Knost (US) def. Drew Weaver (British) – 2 & 1
2009 (L) – Danny Lee (US) def. Reinier Saxton (British) – 2&1
2010 (L) – Matteo Manassero (British) def. Byeong-hun An (US) – 5&4
2011 (L) – Peter Uihlein (US) def. Jin Jeong (British) – 4&2
2012 (L) – Brydon Macpherson (British) def. Kelly Kraft (US) – 2&1
2013 (L) – Alan Dunbar (British) def. Steven Fox (US) – 1Up
2014 (L) – Garrick Porteus (British) def. Matthew Fitzpatrick (US) – 3&2
2015 (L) – Gunn Yang (US) def. Bradley Neil (British) – 3&2
2016 (L) – Romain Langsaque (FRA) def. Bryson DeChambeau – 4&3
2017 (L) – Scott Gregory (ENG) def. Curtis Luck – 19th hole

Scott Gregory and The Georgia Cup (Photo: Georgia State Golf Association)

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The Peter McEvoy Trophy – 2018 Preview, Reports & Results

12th April 2018

Harrison Arnold turns 18 next week. Today he started the celebrations early by adding his name to the prestigious Peter McEvoy Trophy at Copt Heath G.C.

Harrison shot an impressive final round of 67 (-4) for a 139 (-3) total and a fully deserved win. His 67 was 2 shots better than any other player and was recorded on a day when the average score was 74.1 by the 72 strong field.

Josh Turnock (Prestbury G.C.) and Aaron Marshall (Lisburn G.C.) came 2nd and 3rd respectively on -2 with count back rules separating them.

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Peter McEvoy with Harrison Arnold (Photo: GolfBible)

Harrison came out on top after heavy rain saw the organisers cancel yesterday’s second round and reduce the normally 72 hole event to just 36 for the first time in it’s 38 year history.

This decision seemed fully justified when rain started to fall heavily this morning and mist drifted in on the north easterly wind. Ultimately, a one hour suspension in play was required at 11.20am, 30 minutes before the leaders were due to start today’s final round.

When play re-started the rain had passed and the remainder of the day was dry, albeit cold and still misty.

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18th hole, Copt Heath G.C. 11.00 am 12/4/18 (Photo: GolfBible)

Harrison, from Castle Royle G. & C.C., started the day in tied 15th place after recording a 72 (+1) in Round 1. As this was his first McEvoy and as no practice rounds had been possible on Tuesday this was a credible effort for his first ever round at Copt Heath.

However, few if any of the spectators considered him a likely winner as play got underway on Day 2.

He was after all 5 shots back of the overnight leader Aaron Marshall (-4) and had a total of 21 players on the same or a better opening score than him.

If that wasn’t enough he had not received any England Golf recognition to date, has no World Amateur Golf Ranking and was placed a lowly 2,516th in the Scratch Players World Amateur Ranking. Despite an encouraging tied 7th place finish at last week’s Scottish Boys’ Open Championship he was surely not the man to come through the field on what was clearly going to be a difficult playing day.

We let Harrison set off with playing partners Barclay Brown and Jensen Hull in relative solitude as the ‘gallery’ waited for the final pairings, who were teeing off an hour later, and from whom we thought the winner must surely come.

Harrison made a good start to his round negotiating Copt Heath’s difficult opening holes safely. Late birdies on the front nine saw him move into the top 10 on -1. However, it wasn’t until we saw his birdies on 13 and 15, and that he had moved to -3, that we realised he could be a factor in the outcome of the tournament.

Subsequent reports suggested that he had left himself a 6 footer for par on the last after a poor first putt and that he had bravely holed it to finish with a 34 (-2) on the back nine.

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Harrison Arnold’s Round 2 Scorecard (Photo: CoptHeath GC)

Meanwhile most eyes during the round were focussed on Ulster’s Aaron Marshall and playing partners Harry Goddard (Hanbury Manor G.C.) and Allan Hill (Athenry G.C.). Aaron dropped two early shots before quickly recovering them. He then settled down and played error free golf for the next 10 holes.

He missed good birdie opportunities at 14 and 15 but with a 1 shot lead the expectation of the watching crowd was that he would calmly par in and collect the trophy; he was playing so nicely at this point.

The 16th is one of Copt Heath’s tougher holes, a long right to left dog leg to a small green in the corner of the property. Aaron quickly dispelled any thoughts we had that this may be the hole where his run of pars could come to an end. A beautiful tee shot drew round the corner finding the middle of the fairway and shortly afterwards a mid-iron safely found the front right portion of the green. Job done. His first putt was well struck coming up no more than two feet before the hole. Then the first sign of nerves or perhaps simply bad luck – remember the whole field had walked around this wet green and hole during the day. The short par putt lipped out. It was now game on.

News quickly filtered back to the clubhouse and Harrison was persuaded that there may be some merit in warming himself back up in the practice net behind the 18th green. With others having by this time fallen by the wayside it was increasingly clear that the winner would be one of these two players.

Aaron, now tied for the lead, composed himself and despite pushing his tee shot on 17 played an excellent recovery over the tall guarding trees to 15 feet. His downhill birdie putt just missed.

The thinking at this time was that Aaron had every chance of still winning in regulation. A birdie being more than possible on the short finishing hole, arguably the easiest on the course. In fact many of the frozen spectators were pulling for him to do so, the thought of a play-off not being overly welcome. When his iron found the centre of the well bunkered fairway his prospects looked good. Unfortunately he mis-clubbed or maybe adrenaline got the better of him. Either way his short iron approach ended up 30 feet over the flag at the back of the green.

It quickly became clear to the 150 or so spectators that a play-off may not be required after all but not for the reasons we were expecting or hoping for. These fears became very real when Aaron gave his first putt an almighty wallop finishing 7 feet past the flag. The par was missed and everyone’s eyes turned to the man behind us hitting balls into the net. Harrison Arnold had quickly gone from play-off hopeful to being our champion.

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Aaron Marshall’s Round 2 Scorecard (Photo: CoptHeath GC)

The old sporting cliche ‘it’s never over until it’s over’ came to mind as I drove away from my home club. Although the late twist increasingly seems to be the norm in amateur golf events nowadays.

It was hard not to feel a little sorry for Aaron who had played well and will surely win elsewhere but no one could argue that Harrison hadn’t earned it with a great final round and strong finish.

The Peter McEvoy Trophy – Final Results

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Harrison Arnold with the Peter McEvoy Trophy (Photo: GolfBible)

The 39th Peter McEvoy Trophy will be held on 17th and 18th April 2019.

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11th April 2018

For the first time in its 38 year history The Peter McEvoy Trophy will be contested over 36 holes.

The decision to reduce the 2018 event from the traditional 72 holes was taken at the conclusion of Round 1. Copt Heath G.C. had given it a go but it had quickly become clear that, with trollies understandably also being allowed, continued intensive play over two full days was not in the best interests of an already saturated course.

The McEvoy has been reduced in length just four times in it’s history. 63 holes were played in 1992, 2008 and 2009 and 54 holes in 1998 when Justin Rose was the winner.

Play started on time at 7.30 am and it was one of the first starters who would record the best round on a cold and drizzly day in the West Midlands.

Starting in the first group off the 1st tee Aaron Marshall from Lisburn GC shot a 67 (-4) and now leads by 1 shot. Marshall had 7 birdies in his round, including four in row between holes 9 and 12. Two late bogeys on 16 and 18, interspersed with a birdie on 17, took a little shine off a round which suggested that conditions were not as bad as some had feared may be the case when the course had been closed yesterday.

In what was generally a good day for the Irish party two of their other players also find themselves within striking distance. Allan Hill 68 (-3) and David Kitt 70 (-1), both from Athenry G.C., enjoyed solid opening rounds and find themselves in the top 6.

Hanbury Manor’s Harry Goddard 68 (-3) sits in tied 2nd place alongside Hill. The highest WAGR ranked player in the field enjoyed birdies at 6, 10, 14 and 18.

Will Hopkins from Belton Park and David Li, the only German entrant, both shot 69 (-2) to finish day 1 tied for 4th.

21 players, including England quartet Conor Gough (70), Callum Macfie (70), Matt Freeman (70) and Barclay Brown (72), are within 5 shots of the overnight leader so an 18 hole shootout is guaranteed for tomorrow.

With light rain forecast overnight play has been scheduled to start at 10.00am tomorrow, with the leaders not teeing off until 11.50am. Here’s a link to the – Rd 2 Draw

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10th April 2018

The 38th Peter McEvoy Trophy will be contested on Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th April at Copt Heath Golf Club in Solihull, England.

Competition Format

The McEvoy Trophy is a 72 hole scratch stroke play medal competition played over two consecutive days by Under 18 Boys (on 1st January 2018).

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The Peter McEvoy Trophy (Photo: GolfBible)

The format, limited daylight and the greater risk of poor weather in April means the field is restricted to 72 players.

All competitors play the first 36 holes on Day 1, playing in groups of three. The leading 40 players (and ties) then return for the final 36-holes on the following day, which is played in two-balls. A two tee start is used on both days.

In the event of a tie the result will be decided by a ‘sudden death’ play-off, utilising holes 18, 1 and 9.

Live Scoring on the Club’s website – updated after each nine on Day 1 and more frequently for the leaders on Day 2 – makes it easy for family, friends and other interested observers to keep up to date with play. I will post a link once it becomes available on the morning of Wednesday 11th April.

2018 Entrants & Draw

The handicap entry ballot fell at +0.3 this year.

Click here to view the successful entrants and McEvoy Trophy Rd 1 Start Times and Rd 2 Start Times.

Aled Greville (WAL) and Gregor McKenzie (ENG) were late withdrawals from the field, replaced by Dani Hoof (ENG) and Harrison King (ENG) respectively.

Many of the players selected for the four home nations boys’ squads will be in action:-

2018 England Boys Squad Members
Barclay Brown, Enrique Dimayuga, Matt Freeman, Harry Goddard, Tom Gregory, Max Hopkins and Ben Pierleoni.

2018 Ireland U18 Panel Members
John Brady, Charlie Denvir, Allan Hill, David Kitt, Odhran Maguire, Aaron Marshall and Luke O’Neill.

2018 Scottish Golf Academy Members
Lewis Irvine, Aidan O’Hagan, Calum Scott, Greg Dalziel and Jack Broun.

2018 Wales U18 National Transition Programme
Tom Matthews and Archie Davies.

Picking out a few of them (in no particular order): –

John Brady (IRE) won the Irish U16 Boys’ Championship in 2016 and comes with experience of Copt Heath. He finished 39th in 2016 and 27th in 2017.

Other Irish entries arriving in form include Luke O’Neill who won the Connacht Golf U18 Boys Open at Carne last week and Charlie Denvir who finished tied 4th at the Duncan Putter at Southerndown G.C. today.

Of the others playing last year, of which there are not many, Barclay Brown (ENG) had the highest finish, 8th. He was also 13th in 2016 so should hopefully go well again.

Greg Dalziel (SCO), winner of the 2017 Scottish U18 Boys’ Amateur Championship and runner up last week at the Scottish U18 Boys’ Open Championship, leads a strong Scottish contingent. No Scottish player has ever won the Peter McEvoy Trophy but 2018 could certainly be their year.

Harry Goddard (ENG) is the highest ranked player in the field – WAGR 487 / SPWAR 535. Having played in 2016 (44th) and 2017 (32nd) he will be looking to record a strong early season result.

Conor Gough (ENG) appears to have stepped away from the England Golf set up but remains one of GB&I’s better juniors. A former U14 Reid Trophy champion he finished tied 12th last year and won 5 of his 6 matches at last year’s Boys’ Home Internationals.

Max Hopkins (ENG) and Calum Scott (SCO) are two of the younger entries worth keeping an eye on. Max won the Telegraph Vitality Junior Golf Championship in November 2017 and finished 2nd in last year’s McGregor Trophy (English U16 Open). Whilst Calum won the Scottish U16 Boys’ Championship in 2017 and also starred for Scotland in last year’s Boys’ Home Internationals.

David Kitt (IRE) was runner up in the 2017 Irish Amateur (Close) which enjoyed a strong field and certainly raised his profile.

Archie Davies (WAL) who is a member of Carlisle G.C. also arrives in good form having finished tied 4th at Montrose in the Scottish U18 Boys’ Open Championship.

In passing I note there are very few entries from the Midlands. I wonder if this is the first McEvoy where there hasn’t been an entry from within c.40 miles of Copt Heath.

Conditions and Weather Forecast

The English Midlands has been badly affected by the snow and rain seen across Britain in the year to date. In March the course received 115mm of rain, with a further 40mm falling over the recent Easter weekend. Despite being sand based the course is inevitably wetter than the Club would like and greens / general presentation understandably behind schedule.

Persistent rain on Monday 8th afternoon and Tuesday 9th morning saw the course closed on Tuesday. Therefore very few competitors will have played a practice round before the competition starts tomorrow. ‘Preferred Lies’ will also be necessary during the event.

The current weather forecast (as at Tuesday 10th April) remains generally unsettled for the two competition days:-

Wed 11th April – Light Rain & Breezy / Wind 10 mph NW / Temp. Min. 7°C, Max. 9°C.
Thur 12th April – Cloudy & Breezy / Wind 12 mph NW / Temp. Min. 7°C / Min. 13°C.

Copt Heath Golf Club

Copt Heath Golf Club is the home of The Peter McEvoy Trophy. The competition is run by the Club and administered by their staff and member volunteers.

Copt Heath, despite its name, is essentially a parkland course. The current course was designed and built in 1913 by Harry Colt, the famous architect, and is predominantly flat but well protected with around 95 deep bunkers.

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Copt Heath Golf Club – 18th hole (Photo: GolfBible)

The course measures 6,541 yards and has a par of 71, made up of 2 par 5’s, 13 par 4’s and 3 par 3’s. The front nine is shorter at 3,216 yards (par 35) but is tighter. The more expansive back nine is played over 3,325 yards (par 36).

Golfing World did a profile piece on Copt Heath in 2016, featuring interviews with honorary members Peter McEvoy and Claire Dowling, which you may like to watch: –

Background

Legendary British Amateur golfer Peter McEvoy OBE has been a member of Copt Heath for 53 years. If you would like to learn more about his career then click this link for my profile – Peter McEvoy.

Following Peter’s Amateur Championship victories in 1977 and 1978 Copt Heath made him an honorary life member. He was also invited to suggest a way in which the Club could commemorate his achievements. His response was a 72 hole boys competition to be held annually at Copt Heath.

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Peter McEvoy – 1977 Amateur Champion at Ganton GC

Starting in 1981, The Peter McEvoy Trophy was originally held during August. In 1985, at the request of the English Golf Union, it was moved to April, where it has stayed ever since. This request was prompted by a need for an early season national competition to assist the home nations with the selection of their teams ahead of the Boys Home Internationals and European Championships held later in the year.

As Peter McEvoy’s playing achievements and influence grew, culminating with him becoming a Great Britain and Ireland (GB&I) Men’s selector and Walker Cup captain, so has the prestige of the competition. Of course having a stellar past winner’s list also adds to the gravitas. The McEvoy is without question one of the “must enter” British Junior golf events.

Past Winners

An in form Charlie STRICKLAND from Ham Manor Golf Club, near Littlehampton on the south coast of England, won the 2017 McEvoy Trophy.

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Charlie Strickland with Peter McEvoy (Photo: GolfBible)

His rounds of 70 72 68 and 66 gave him a -8 total on the par 71 Copt Heath course. Having won the Duncan Putter at Southerndown GC the week before, the McEvoy represented a second big win for Charlie in the space of just a few days.

Click here to view the full – 2017 McEvoy Trophy Results

Here is the Golfing World video covering the 2017 Peter McEvoy Trophy: –

The Peter McEvoy Trophy has an enviable list of former winners, reflecting both the quality of the annual entry but also the fair challenge presented by the course for players of this age.

A number of the players in the full list of past winners below have gone on to play in the Walker Cup and many more have enjoyed successful professional careers: –

1981  Rob Sallis (Wollaton Park)
1982  Jeremy Robinson (Woodhall Spa)
1983  Peter Baker (Lilleshall)
1984  Wayne Henry (Redbourn)
1985  A Morley (Belton Park)
1986  Cameron Mitchell (Copt Heath)
1987  Wayne Henry (Porters Park)
1988  Peter Sefton (Camberley Heath)
1989  David Bathgate (Sandiway)
1990  Paul Sherman (Ashford)
1991  Lee Westwood (Worksop)

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Lee Westwood with the McEvoy Trophy in 1991 (Photo: Copt Heath GC)

1992  Brian Davis (East Herts)
1993  Steve Webster (Atherstone)
1994  Jamie Harris (Nevill)
1995  Carl Duke (Porters Park)
1996  Mark Pilkington (Nefyn & District)
1997  Philip Rowe (West Cornwall)
1998  Justin Rose (North Hants)

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Justin Rose with the McEvoy Trophy (Photo: Copt Heath GC)

In 2013 Justin Rose became the first McEvoy Trophy winner to win a Major Championship, when he won the U.S. Open at Merion GC. He of course went on to also win Gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

1999  David Porter (Stoneham)
2000  Zane Scotland (Woodcote Park)
2001  Ben Harvey (Dudsbury)
2002  Matthew Richardson (Pinner Hill)
2003  Tommy Hunter (Ilford)
2004  John Parry (Harrogate)
2005  Tom Sherreard (The Ridge)
2006  Luke Goddard (Hendon)

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Luke Goddard (Photo: Tom Ward)

2007  Matt Haines (Rochester & Cobham Park)
2008  Stiggy Hodgson (Sunningdale)

Stiggy Hodgson (Photo: Tom Ward)

2009  Max Smith (Newbury Racecourse)

Max Smith (Photo: Tom Ward)

2010  Rhys Pugh (Vale of Glamorgan)

Rhys Pugh (Photo: Tom Ward)

2011  Nathan Kimsey (Woodhall Spa)

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Nathan Kimsey (Photo: Tom Ward)

2012  Gavin Moynihan (The Island)

Gavin Moynihan (Photo: GolfBible)

2013  Bradley Moore (Kedleston Park)

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Bradley Moore (Photo: GolfBible)

2014  Haydn McCullen (Delamere Forest)

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Haydn McCullen (Photo: GolfBible)

2015  Marco Penge (Golf at Goodwood)

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Marco Penge (Photo: GolfBible)

2016  Mark Power (Kilkenny)

Mark Power McEvoy Trophy 2016

Mark Power (Photo: GolfBible)

2017 Charlie Strickland (Ham Manor)

The Winner receives a small replica salver and a voucher for £250. A total prize fund of around £1,000 is shared out amongst those players finishing in the Top 8 places (and ties).

Peter McEvoy Trophy Records

Most Wins
2 Wayne Henry (1984 Redbourn / 1987 Porters Bar)

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Wayne Henry pictured with Seve Ballesteros at the 1984 Open at St. Andrews

Youngest Winners
Wayne Henry 15 years [exact birthday not known] (1984)
Bradley Moore 15 years, 7 months and 15 days (2013)
Mark Power 15 years, 10 months and 6 days (2015)

Lowest 72-hole winning score
272 (-12) – John Parry 2004 (68, 68, 68, 68)
272 (-12) – Nathan Kimsey 2011 (69, 67, 69, 67)
272 (-12) – Marco Penge 2015 (65, 71, 70, 66)

Highest 72-hole winning score
300 – Jamie Harris 1994 (73, 75, 75, 77)

Lowest 18 hole score
61 – Dermot McElroy 2011 (Course Record)

Best McEvoy Trophy Record
Bradley Moore – 4th (283 -1, 2012), 1st (287 +3, 2013), 2nd (281 -3, 2014), 2nd (280 -4, 2015).

Notable Former Competitors

In addition to the winners listed above many other notable amateur and now professional golfers have competed over the years.

These include (in alphabetical order): – David Boote, Jamie Bower, James Byrne, Stuart Cage, Paul Casey, Ashley Chesters, Lee Corfield, Mark Crossfield (@4golfonline), Paul Cutler, Jack Davidson, Joe Dean, Nick Dougherty, Luke Donald, Bradley Dredge, Scott Drummond, Paul Dunne, Simon Dyson, Greg Eason, Jamie Elson, Harry Ellis, Oliver Farr, Kenneth Ferrie, Oliver Fisher, Tommy Fleetwood, Mark Foster, Ewen Ferguson, Grant Forrest, Scott Gregory, Tyrrell Hatton, David Horsey, David Howell, Jack Hume, Simon Hurd, Andrew Johnston, Simon Khan, Nathan Kimsey, Tom Lewis, David Lynn, Nick Marsh, Jack McDonald, Dermot McElroy, Ross McGowan, Robert MacIntyre, John Morgan, James Morrison, Jimmy Mullen, Bradley Neil, Max Orrin, John Parry, Jim Payne, Eddie Pepperell, Van Phillips, Alfie Plant, Garrick Porteous, Iain Pyman, Robert Rock, Philip Rowe, Jamie Savage, Chris Selfridge, Jack Senior, Callum Shinkwin, Jack Singh Bear, Lee Slattery, Jordan Smith, Michael Stewart, Andy Sullivan, Graeme Storm, Connor Syme, Ben Taylor, Jonathan Thomson, Ashton Turner, Sam Walker, Anthony Wall, Danny Willett, Oliver Wilson, Tom Whitehouse and Chris Wood.

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Copyright © 2018, Mark Eley. All rights reserved.

The Bonallack Trophy – 2018 Preview, Reports & Results

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The Winning 2018 Asia-Pacific Team (Photo: Jayaram)

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Asia-Pacific Captain Matt Cutler With The Bonallack Trophy (Photo: Matt Cutler)

10th March 2018

Asia-Pacific won the 2018 Bonallack Trophy match 16.5 – 15.5 at Doha GC in Qatar.

This was just the third time Asia-Pacific had prevailed. Their previous wins coming in 2002 and 2004.

The home team overturned a two point deficit at the start of play by winning the day 3 Singles series 7.5 – 4.5.

Europe’s four Singles wins came from Todd Clements (ENG), Sami Valimaki (FIN), Kristoffer Reitan (NOR) and Oliver Gilbert (SWE). Angel Hidalgo Portillo (ESP) halved his game.

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Click here to view the – 2018 Bonallack Trophy Final Results

Looking at the individual player performances Daniel Hillier (NZ) was the star performer for the winning Asia-Pacific team. He recorded 3 wins and two draws and as such was the only unbeaten player in the event. He has moved up 10 places to No. 57 in the SPWAR.

Kristoffer Reitan (NOR) made the best contribution for Europe. He delivered three wins in his four games. He has moved up 21 places to No. 158 in the SPWAR.

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Finally here is the updated Great Britain & Ireland Bonallack Trophy playing records data.

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9th March 2018

Europe turned the match around on Day 2. They now lead Asia-Pacific 11 – 9 with just tomorrow’s 12 Singles to be played.

Afternoon

In what could prove to be the critical session of the 2018 Bonallack Trophy match Europe secured 3.5 points in the Day 2 Foursomes.

Frederic Lacroix (FRA) / Edgar Catherine (FRA), Robin Dawson (IRE) / Marc Hammer (GER) and Matthew Jordan (ENG) / Todd Clements (ENG) all delivered victories for Europe.

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Morning

The Day 2 Fourballs were again very competitive with two of the games halved. Europe won the series 3-2 to draw level with Asia-Pacific in the match 7.5 – 7.5.

Sam Valimaki (FIN) / Matias Honkala (FIN) and Kristoffer Reitan (NOR) / Rasmus Hojgaard (DEN) were the two European pairs to deliver wins.

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8th March 2018

Asia-Pacific lead the Bonallack Trophy 5.5 – 4.5 in Qatar after the conclusion of play on Day 1.

Afternoon

The Day 1 Foursomes proved to be more successful for Europe who won the series 3 – 2.

The Robin Dawson (IRE) / Marc Hammer (GER), Kristoffer Reitan (NOR) / Rasmus Hojgaard (DEN) and Frederic Lacroix (FRA) / Edgar Catherine (FRA) pairs secured the three wins for Europe.

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Morning

Asia-Pacific won the Day 1 Fourball session 3.5 – 1.5, coming out on top in games 2 and 3, both of which were tight affairs.

Oliver Gilbert (SWE) and Angel Hidalgo Portillo (ESP) secured Europe’s only win in Game 5.

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(Scoreboard Photos: Qatar Golf Association / European Golf Association / Golfbox)

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6th March 2018

The Bonallack Trophy is a 3-day biennial amateur match played between 12-man teams representing Europe and Asia-Pacific.

It is named in honour of Sir Michael Bonallack, one of Great Britain and Ireland’s (GB&I) greatest ever amateur golfers and formerly Secretary of The Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews (1984-99).

The 2018 match will take place between 8th-10th March at Doha GC in Qatar.

Europe, led by an unbeaten Jack HUME (IRE / W4) and Mario Galiano (ESP / W4 L1), won the Trophy in 2016 beating Asia-Pacific 21.5 – 10.5 at Vidago Palace in Portugal. Full Results

The match was first played in 1998 and Europe now lead Asia-Pacific 7 – 2 in the history of the event.

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The Winning 2016 Europe Team (Photo: Hugo Ribeiro / FPG)

Players and Teams

The European Golf Association and the Asia-Pacific Golf Confederation select the two 12-man teams.

Players are selected with reference to the World Amateur Golf Ranking and guidance from national coaches and officials. The two captains also have an unspecified number of picks to provide flexibility.

No more than two players may be selected from the same country.

Both Captain’s, Alexis Godillot and Matt Cutler, will be reprising their 2016 roles in Qatar.

Gregory Foo (SGP) and Takumi Kanaya (JAP) are the only players returning to the match. All of the other players will be making their debuts in 2018.

Three GB&I players have been selected for the European team. There were six in Europe’s 2016 team. Matthew JORDAN (ENG) represented GB&I in the 2017 Walker Cup match in Los Angeles last September.

Europe

Alexis GODILLOT (FRA) – Non-Playing Captain

Edgar CATHERINE (FRA)                       – SPWAR 63               
Todd CLEMENTS (ENG)                       – SPWAR 75
Robin DAWSON (IRE)                           – SPWAR 92
Oliver GILLBERG (SWE)                        –  SPWAR 44
Marc HAMMER (GER)                            – SPWAR 536
Angel HIDALGO PORTILLO (ESP)         – SPWAR 70
Rasmus HOJGAARD (DEN)                   – SPWAR 201
Matias HONKALA (FIN)                         – SPWAR 430
Matthew JORDAN (ENG)                     – SPWAR 28
Frédéric LACROIX (FRA)                       – SPWAR 74
Kristoffer REITAN (NOR)                        – SPWAR 179
Sami VALIMAKI (FIN)                             – SPWAR 76

Asia-Pacific

Matt CUTLER (AUS) – Non-Playing Captain
Andy YAMANAKA (JAP) – Vice captain

Gregory FOO (SGP)                                – SPWAR 119
Lloyd Jefferson GO (PHI)                        – SPWAR 24
Jaemin HAN (KOR)                                 – SPWAR 1,505
Daniel HILLIER (NZ)                               – SPWAR 67
Takumi KANAYA (JAP)                           – SPWAR 21
Sadom KEAWKANJANA (THA)              – SPWAR 62
Dong-Min KIM (KOR)                             – SPWAR 333
Min Woo LEE (AUS)                                – SPWAR 5
Kammalas NAMUANGRUK (THA)         – SPWAR 122
Kazuya OSAWA (JAP)                             – SPWAR 316
Rayhan THOMAS (IND)                          – SPWAR 208
Shae WOOLS-COBB (AUS)                     – SPWAR 43

The current Scratch Players World Amateur Rankings (SPWAR) suggest Europe have the strongest team on paper. Europe’s total team SPWAR being 1,868 versus Asia-Pacific’s 2,825.

However, Asia-Pacific have 6 players in the top 100 to Europe’s 8 so are certainly not without some real quality. In Min Woo Lee, US Junior Amateur champion in 2016, Asia-Pacific also have the best player on paper.

I expect a tighter match than last time where poor weather arguably didn’t help the visitors.

Match Play Format

On the first two days five fourball matches will be played in the morning (starting at 7.00am) and five foursome matches in the afternoon (starting at 12 noon).

On the final day all 12 team members will compete in singles (starting at 10.00am).

The times quoted above are local. Doha, Qatar is 3 hours ahead of the UK.

As is normal practice a win will deliver a point, a half half a point and a loss no points.

There are 32 points to play for with the winning team requiring 16.5 to claim the Trophy.  In the event of a tie, the trophy is retained by the holders.  Europe won the last match in Portugal in 2016.

Venue

This year the host course is Doha GC in Qatar.

The Doha Club is well known to followers of the European Tour as it has staged the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters on many occasions. Eddie Pepperell won the Mother of Pearl Trophy in 2018 with a 270 (-18) score just a few weeks ago.

The Qatar Masters was played over a course measuring 7,400 yards and a par of 72.

The Bonallack Trophy is supposedly being played off the White Tees over 6,640 yards. The front nine is 3,512 yards and the back 3,128 yards, both with pars of 36. If this proves to be correct low scoring can be expected.

It is a typical Middle East desert course; designed by Peter Harradine, flat with plenty of water.

Rahan Thomas (IND) is Dubai-based and won the Qatar Open Amateur Championship at Doha in 2016 so will return with positive memories.

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Doha Golf Club (Photo: Ping Golf Europe)

Past Results

Europe lead Asia-Pacific 7 – 2 in the Bonallack Trophy series.

2016  Vidago Palace, Portugal                   Europe              21.5 – 10.5

2014  Karnataka Golf, Bangalore, India     Europe              17.5 – 14.5

2012  Monte Rei G&CC, Portugal               Europe             21.5 – 10.5

2010  Karnataka Golf, Bangalore, India     Cancelled *

2008  Valderrama, Spain                            Europe               20 – 12

2006  Auckland GC, New Zealand            Europe                18 – 14

2004  Circolo Golf, Roma, Italy                  Asia-Pacific      16.5 – 15.5

2002  Hirono GC, Japan                            Asia-Pacific        18 – 14

2000  Puerta De Hierro, Madrid, Spain      Europe               20 – 12

1998  Lake Karrinyup CC, Australia           Europe               18 – 14

* Cancelled following the Eyjafjallajökull volcanic eruption in Iceland which restricted air travel for the participants.

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The Winning 2014 Europe Team (Photo: EGA)

Former Players

Notable GB&I

To date 99 different players have represented Europe in The Bonallack Trophy.

41 GB&I golfers have competed; 15 from England, 10 from Ireland, 10 from Scotland and 6 from Wales.

Career amateurs Nigel EDWARDS (WAL) and Gary WOLSTENHOLME (ENG) both played in four Bonallack Trophy matches.

Other GB&I players to compete include: –

Jamie DONALDSON (WAL) – 1998
Oliver FISHER (ENG) – 2006
Shane LOWRY (IRE) – 2008
Rory MCILROY (IRE) – 2006
Richie RAMSAY (SCO) – 2006
Justin ROSE (ENG) – 1998
Danny WILLETT (ENG) – 2008
Chris WOOD (ENG) – 2008

Notable Mainland Europeans

Of the 58 players from mainland Europe to play in the Bonallack Trophy the most notable have been: –

Nicolas COLSAERTS (BEL) – 2000
Gonzalo FERNANDEZ CASTRAÑO – 2004
Anders HANSEN (DEN) – 2002
Peter HANSON (SWE) – 1998
Mikko ILONEN (FIN) – 2000
Joost LUITEN (NED) – 2006
Edoardo MOLINARI (ITA) – 2002-04
Francesco MOLINARI (ITA) – 2004
Renato PARATORE (ITA) – 2014

Notable Asia-Pacific

Notable former players from Asia-Pacific include: –

Marcus FRASER (AUS) – 2002
Shiv KAPUR (IND) – 2002
Hideki MATSUYAMA (JPN) – 2012
Geoff OGILVY (AUS) – 1998
Angelo QUE (PHI) – 2000
Brett RUMFORD (AUS) – 1998
Cameron SMITH (AUS) – 2012

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My Review Of GB&I Men’s Amateur Golf In 2017

24th December 2017

As we come to the end of 2017 I thought I would record the more memorable performances that we have seen from Great British and Irish (GB&I) amateur golfers throughout the year.

When one reads through the months below it’s hard not to conclude that the year has generally been another successful one, with many highs and just a few lows.

An unusually large number of players have turned professional in the last 3 months (‘Amexit’) but I think we can take comfort from the positive signs already emanating from the next generation of players coming through.

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JANUARY

The year started with various touring parties heading off to events in the Southern Hemisphere.

Evan GRIFFITH (quarter finals) and Robert MACINTYRE (semi-finals) enjoyed good runs in the Australian Men’s Amateur.

Jack DAVIDSON and Conor O’ROURKE finished 4th and tied 7th at the South American Amateur in Argentina.

Jack SINGH BRAR and Bradley MOORE finished 2nd and 3rd in the Avondale Amateur in Australia.

FEBRUARY

Scott GREGORY delivered GB&I’s first major win of 2017, beating compatriot Marco PENGE by 1 hole in the Final of the New South Wales Amateur.

Robin DAWSON (2nd), Dan BROWN (3rd), Liam JOHNSTON (5th) and Craig HOWIE (7th) made good starts to their seasons with high finishes in the South African Stroke Play Championship.

Back in Europe Josh MCMAHON (2nd), Gian-Marco PETROZZI (T4), David BOOTE (T4) and Bailey GILLGeorge BLOOR and Tiarnan MCLARNON (T7) all showed early season form at the Portuguese International Amateur.

Robin DAWSON (2nd) lost a play-off to South African star Garrick Higgo in the Cape Province Open.  Stuart GREHAN and Alex GLEESON finished T4 in the same event whilst Craig HOWIE was T9.

Dan BROWN (-15) was co-medalist in the South African Amateur. Dan sadly lost the play-off for the Proudfoot Trophy on the 4th extra hole albeit his second round 63 at Humewood GC will no doubt live long in his memory. He was 6-under after his first 5 holes having eagled two par 4’s. Liam JOHNSTON and Joe LONG made the Quarter-Final when the Championship match play got going.

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Liam Johnston (Photo: Ernest Blignault)

Liam JOHNSTON didn’t have to wait much longer to get his name up in lights. The following week he went on to win the African Amateur Stroke Play Championship at Leopard Creek CC. In a good week for Scottish Golf Connor SYME (2nd), Jamie STEWART (3rd) and Craig HOWIE (5th) also finished high up.

Ben AMOR (ENG) turned Pro in February.

MARCH

Jack DAVIDSON got the European season underway by winning the Spanish International Amateur. Interestingly Jack was the final stroke play qualifier after Chris MACLEAN had pipped Stuart GREHAN to medalist honours. Nevertheless he soon got to grips with EL Saler ultimately beating Marco PENGE 4&3 in the 36 hole final.

In an event with little GB&I support David HAGUE popped up with a T7 result at the Italian International Amateur. Even more surprisingly Sean CROCKER the highly rated US College golfer turned up and ended up winning the Championship comfortably by 5 shots.

A superb opening day’s play from Bailey GILL, where he shot two 65’s, helped the Yorkshireman literally blow the field away at the subsequently weather shortened Darwin Salver.

Scott GREGORY re-affirmed his match play credentials with an impressive 1st Extra Hole win over Australia’s 2016 US Amateur champion Curtis LUCK in the pre-Masters Georgia Cup match.

APRIL

WALES, represented by David BOOTEJack DAVIDSONJoshua DAVIES and Owen EDWARDS, won the European Nations Cup Team competition at RCG Sotogrande in Spain. WALES’ total of +13 was 11 shots better than second placed IRELAND (+24) and 21 shots better than fourth placed SCOTLAND (+34). An out of sorts ENGLAND (+61) finished a disappointing 12th.

Jack DAVIDSON won the Individual European Nations Cup title by 4-shots. Rounds of 70, 70, 70 and 73 (-5), which included 20 birdies and 2 eagles, gave him his second major title in less than a month.

Charlie STRICKLAND, who was runner-up to Bailey GILL at the Darwin Salver, then came to the fore, winning two 72 hole events in consecutive weeks. First came the Duncan Putter – which will be moving to three days at Southerndown in 2018 – and quickly following it up with the U18 Peter McEvoy Trophy at my home club, Copt Heath.

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Charlie Strickland with Peter McEvoy (Photo: @GolfBible)

The 2016 US Mid-Amateur champion, Stewart HAGESTAD, won the Silver Cup at The Masters following rounds of 74, 73, 74 and 73 (+6). His tied 36th finish saw him comfortably win low amateur honours. Our Amateur champion, Scott GREGORY, missed the cut after rounds of 82 and 75 (+13).

The Scottish Boys Open Championship, disappointingly scheduled directly against the Peter McEvoy Trophy, was won in style by John PATERSON who came past runner-up Jamie STEWART at Monifieth with an exceptional final round of 67.

The Hampshire Salver again proved a popular weekend for competitors. Jack SINGH BRAR won Saturday’s Selborne Salver and Jake BURNAGE Sunday’s Hampshire Hog at North Hants. Singh Brar beat Burnage by 1shot for the combined 72 hole Hampshire Salver.

Up in Scotland Craig HOWIE, the clear favourite at the start of play, dominated the Craigmillar Park Open shooting rounds of 66, 66, 66 and 67 (-15) and winning by 8 shots.

Barry ANDERSON won the West of Ireland Amateur Open Championship at County Sligo beating Jack PIERSE 3&2 in the Final. Earlier Conor O’ROURKE had edged out fellow Naas member Jonathan YATES to secure medallist honours in the 36 hole stroke play qualifier.

Chile’s Joaquin NIEMANN started his rise to the top of the Men’s World Amateur Golf Ranking by winning the prestigious Junior Invitational at Sage Valley in the United Sates.

Owen EDWARDS (-3) won the West of England Stroke Play after a strong final day’s play at Saunton left him as the only player under par. David HAGUE (+1) was 2nd and Will POOLE (+3) tied 3rd.

On the same weekend Connor SYME won the Battle Trophy at Crail. Despite giving the field a chance with a final round 79 the Drumoig man still won by 5 shots.

Meanwhile in South Wales Matthew HARRIS won the Carmarthenshire Open at Ashburnham and Callum MORRIS the Golden Eagle at Tenby. However, it was Luke HARRIES who won the Trubshaw Cup for the best 72 hole score over the weekend.

MAY

May saw the focus return to Great Britain and Ireland with our leading amateur events now starting to be played.

Jack SINGH BRAR won the Lytham Trophy helped in no small part by a superb first round of 68 achieved in strong winds when the rest of the elite field struggled (CSS 79). Charlie STRICKLAND and Jake BURNAGE finished 2nd and 3rd in what proved to be a very good week for England Golf with 7 of the top 10 coming from the home nation.   

Just down the road George RAITT and Conor GOUGH finished 2nd and tied 3rd respectively in the Boys’ Fairhaven Trophy. However, Sweden’s Ludvig ABERG was in a class of his own that week winning by 9 shots.

Having come close in the West of England a few weeks’ earlier Will POOLE found Kent’s links courses even more to his liking winning the South East of England Links Championship.

Peter O’KEEFFE won the Irish Open Amateur Championship holding off a strong field at Royal County Down GC. A posse of English and Scottish players made Peter work for it with Chris MACLEAN and Tom SLOMAN ultimately finishing 3 shots back in tied 5th.

David HAGUE won the Lagonda Trophy by 12 shots. An astonishing 62 63 final day finish on the 6,367 yards par 70 Old Course blitzing the field.

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David Hague (Photo: Kevin Diss)

Josh HILLEARD won the Murat Cup at the French International Amateur beating the home junior Pierre PINEAU on the second play-off hole. Both players came through the field in the final round of the 72 hole contest at Chantilly; Hilleard shooting 64 and Pineau 66.

In what proved to be a successful weekend for England Golf Gian-Marco PETROZZI secured the Welsh Amateur Open Stroke Play title at The Vale Resort. Gian-Marco (-13) won by 9 shots from fellow Staffordshire player Jack GAUNT (-4) and local favourites Jack DAVIDSON (-3) and Owen EDWARDS (-1).

Woodhall Spa staged the 2017 Brabazon Trophy with South Africa’s Kyle MCCLATCHIE beating Jamie STEWARTJake BURNAGE and Jack SINGH BRAR by 1 shot to secure the prestigious English Men’s Open Amateur Stroke Play title and beautiful gold plated trophy.

In what proved to be a generally disappointing US Collegiate season for GB&I players Braden THORNBERRY won the NCAA Division 1 Individual Stroke Play before OKLAHOMA secured the Team title in the subsequent Match Play stage.

Sam HORSFIELD (ENG) turned Pro in May 2017.

JUNE

June started with England’s Max MARTIN picking up the Welsh Open Youths Championship at Prestatyn.

Liam JOHNSTON won the Scottish Men’s Open Championship at Western Gailes, holding off an in form Matthew JORDAN (2nd) by 2 shots and fellow Scottish Internationals Craig HOWIE (T3) and Connor SYME (5th).

The East of Ireland Amateur went to Reece BLACK whose final round 66 at County Louth was needed to hold off a fast finishing Robbie PIERSE (69).

Matthew JORDAN finally got the win his outstanding play in May and June deserved when he picked up the St. Andrews Links Trophy. Two late bogeys on the Old Course from Matthew enabled Ireland’s John Ross GALBRAITH, who birdied two of his last four, to finish 1 shot back, making the result tighter than it really should have been.

Somewhat ominously, given September’s Walker Cup match, USA ran out easy winners against Europe in the Arnold Palmer Cup played at the Atlanta Athletic Club. Driven on by unbeaten Doug GHIM, with Maverick MCNEALYCollin MORIKAWA and Norman XIONG all featuring, USA won easily 19.5 – 10.5. The Arnold Palmer Cup match moves to a new mixed format in France next July.

One of the highlights of the year was Harry ELLIS’ magnificent win in The Amateur Championship staged at Royal St. George’s and Princes in Kent. 4 Down with five holes to play Ellis somehow fought back, helped in no small part by Dylan PERRY bogeying four of these remaining holes. The Hampshire man ultimately won on the second extra hole when the Australian could do no better than a 6 on the par 4 2nd hole. The win secured Harry his place in history but also this year’s Open Championship and the GB&I Walker Cup team. With a trip to Augusta National in April 2018 still to come it really is the Championship that keeps on giving. A quick word also for medallist Caolan RAFFERTY whose 62 on Day 2 at Prince’s, even with a bogey on the last, was one of the amateur stroke play rounds of the year.

Ben JONES won the U18 Boys Sir Henry Cooper Masters by 10 shots at Nizels G&CC, separating himself from his peers after a 9-under, bogey free, 63 in round 3. In a stellar year for the competition the outstanding Lily May HUMPHRIES won the Girls event by 12 shots.

The 2017 Berkshire Trophy was won by Adam LUMLEY who finished on -18, 7 shots ahead of JACK CLARKSONDavid HAGUE and Billy MACKENZIE finished tied 3rd.

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Mark Power (Photo: Castleroy GC)

Mark POWER retained his Irish Boys Amateur Open Championship title at Castleroy GC, the first person to do so since Paul Dunne a few years ago. He and England’s Jack COPE finished on -5 before Mark ended a topsy-turvy three hole play off in style by holing a 129 yard wedge on the 18th.

Kevin LE BLANC (IRE) turned Pro in June.

JULY

July 1st saw Alfie PLANT memorably win the European Men’s Amateur at Walton Heath GC. A near tap-in birdie on the 72nd hole helped the man from Kent draw level on -15 with Lorenzo SCALISE and defending Luca CIANCHETTI, helped in no small part by both Italians bogeying the same hole. With a place in The Open Championship on the line Plant went on to birdie the Old Course’s 2nd hole, winning the sudden death play off on the fifth extra hole.

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 Alfie Plant (Photo: GolfBible)

Greg DALZIEL won the Scottish Boys Amateur Championship at Scotscraig, beating Australian-based Josh GREER by 1 hole in the Final.

A week later The Scottish Boys U16 Open Championship at Fairmont Kittocks went to 13 year old Calum SCOTT, younger brother of Scottish Men’s International Sandy.  Josh GREER finished tied 2nd four shots back. Equally of note were the 7th and tied 12th place finishes of Max HOPKINS and Aidan O’HAGAN, new names that would come to mean more as the year unfolded.

The North of Ireland Championship was played at Royal Portrush GC with Caolan RAFFERTY winning the stroke play qualifier on -10. Caolan fell to Colin FAIRWEATHER in the semi-finals before Rowan LESTER beat Colin by 2 holes in the final.

DENMARK won the European Boys Team Championship at La Manga beating SPAIN 4-3 in the Final. ENGLAND (T4) and IRELAND (8th) both qualified for Flight A but found little success in their three matches.

ENGLAND (1st)SCOTLAND (5th) and IRELAND (6th) all made Flight A in the Men’s European Amateur Team Championship which was played concurrently with the Boys’ at Diamond CC in Austria. In a closely fought match SPAIN beat ENGLAND 4-3 in the final.

Estonia’s Joonas TURBA was something of a surprise winner at the MacGregor Trophy (Boys’ U16 Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship). English propsects Max HOPKINS and Robin WILLIAMS were second and third respectively.

Noah GOODWIN (USA) beat Matthew WOLFF (USA) 1Up in the final of the US Junior Amateur at Flint Hills National GC in Kansas.

Alfie PLANT collected the Silver Medal for the low amateur at The Open Championship after rounds of 71, 73, 69 and 73 (+6) secured a T62 at Royal Birkdale GC. Connor SYME (73 76, +9) and Harry ELLIS (77 75, +12) both missed the cut.

Jake BURNAGE beat a fast finishing Jack YULE to win the South East of England Amateur Championship played on the New and Old Courses at Walton Heath GC. The Club have recently announced that the event will be renamed as The Walton Heath Trophy from 2018.

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Andrea ROMANO from Italy beat France’s Jean BEKIRIAN in a play-off to secure the Carris Trophy (Boys’ U18 Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship). English trio Jack COPETaylor STOTE and Robin WILLIAMS all finished in the Top 5 at West Sussex GC.

Conor GOUGH (-5, 7th), Barclay BROWN (+1 T14), Lily May HUMPHRIES (-2, 1st) and Annabell FULLER (Ev, T3) collectively won the Team title at the European Young Masters with a -12 total score in Oslo.

The 2017 South of Ireland Open Championship was won by James SUGRUE at Lahinch. After the North champion Rowan LESTER had won the 36 hole stroke play qualifier James worked his way through a strong field before beating Conor O’ROURKE 3&2 in the final.

AUGUST

Evan GRIFFITH dominated stroke play qualifying in the Wales Amateur Championship at Aberdovey GC with two rounds of 68 and 64 (-10) seeing him achieve medalist honours by an impressive 6 shots. However, Wales’ player of the year Jack DAVIDSON got the better of him in a tight semi-final before going on to beat Tim HARRY in the 36 hole final by 8&7.

The Scottish Amateur was played at Prestwick and was won by Sam LOCKE. Sandy SCOTT and Calum FYFE were the leading qualifiers. LOCKE played superbly in the match play stage ultimately beating Ryan LUMSDEN 9&8 in the 36 hole final.

The English Men’s Amateur was contested at The Berkshire. The story from the stroke play stage was medalist’s David LANGLEY’s superb 61 on the Blue Course on Day 1. However, it was Todd CLEMENTS who prevailed in the match play eventually beating Jack GAUNT 2&1 in the final.

Like the Brabazon Trophy earlier in the year it was a South African who won the Reid Trophy, awarded to the winner of the English Boy’s U14 Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship. Casey JARVIS (-4) held off fast finishing Spaniard Jose BALLESTER at the Manchester GC. For those looking for potential GB&I stars of the future Rory MCDONALD-O’BRIEN (ENG), George DURKAN (ENG), Joshua HILL (IRE), Joseph BYRNE (IRE) and Jack BIGHAM (ENG) all finished in the top 10.

ENGLAND won The Boys’ Home Internationals at St. Anne’s Old Links. Toby BRIGGS, Conor GOUGH, Joe PAGDIN and Robin WILLIAMS all compiled W5 L1 H0 records during the week. Whilst SCOTLAND came last they did provide the highlight of the week; the unbeaten foursomes pairing of 13 year olds Calum SCOTT and Aiden O’HAGEN.

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 Calum Scott and Aiden O’Hagen (Photo: GolfBible)

Andrew WILSON (-4), the only player to finish under par for the 72 holes and helped on his way by a 62 in round 1, won the Lee Westwood Trophy at Rotherham GC. Charlie THORNTON and Olly HUGGINS (Ev) were tied 2nd.

IRELAND continued their superb run at the Men’s Home Internationals winning the Raymond Trophy for a fourth consecutive year at Moortown GC in England. Caolan RAFFERTY (W5 L1 H0), Paul MCBRIDE (W4 L0 H1) and Colin FAIRWEATHER (W4 L1 H0) starred in a strong team performance.

The 2017 Boys’ Amateur Championship was played at Nairn GC and Nairn Dunbar GC. Home player Darren HOWIE (-8) was medallist with Alex FITZPATRICK (-7) tied 2nd and Danny DANIELS (-6) tied 4th. However, it was Portugal’s Pedro LENCART SILVA, who had qualified in tied 6th on -4, who came through the match play stage to win. He beat defending champion Falko HANISCH (GER) 5&4 in the 36 hole final.

Played at the magnificent Riviera CC and Bel-Air CC’s in Los Angeles Doc REDMAN won the U.S. Amateur Championship in stunning fashion. Hayden WOOD (-9) achieved medallist honours in the stroke play qualifying. Jack SINGH BRAR (-2) T8 led the way for GB&I, with Connor SYME and Robert MACINTYRE (both +2) T35 following him into the match play stage. Syme went furthest at Riviera ending up losing 2&1 in the quarter finals to Doug GHIM. Ghim went on to reach the final where he found himself 2Up with two to play and just over the back of the green in two on the par 5 17th. With Redman just on the green in front of him easily 50 yards away from the hole he could be forgiven for thinking the Havemeyer Trophy was his and for allowing his mind to wander to the first tee of Augusta National in April 2018. Unfortunately the golfing gods stepped in. After Ghim had left his chip 6 feet short Redman stepped up and at pace holed the most amazing right to left downhill putt of the year, or for that matter almost any year, for eagle. Redman then followed it up with a superb birdie on the uphill 18th from 6 foot with Ghim only managing a scrambled par. With the match now All Square, Redman hit a perfect drive to the front of Riviera’s short 315 yard par 4 10th, the first extra hole. Visibly shocked at what was happening in front of him Ghim then hooked his drive and having hacked around for a while before securing a 6 conceded Redman the Championship. An unbelievable finish to amateur golf’s premier event.

The North of England U16 Boy’s Championship was won by Callum MACFIE at Pannal GC. Matthew JACKMAN was one back with Max HOPKINS a little further back in 3rd place.

The Irish U16 Boys Amateur Open Championship was played at Rockmount and was won by Mullingar’s Adam SMITH. Odhran MAGUIRE, the younger brother of Leona and Lisa, was 2nd.

Down at Sundridge Park GC Liam BURNS (-5) defenced the Waterford Trophy. A 67 66 final day finish was required by the man from Chiselhurst to hold off Nick PANTING by 1 shot.

The U16 Welsh Boys was won by Bryn THOMAS at Cradoc GC. Thomas’ final round of 67 helped him to a 9 shot victory over Tom PEET.

The Irish Amateur Close Championship was won by Jamie FLETCHER at Galway GC. Peter KERR and David BRADY were seeded 1st and 2nd after both recorded 138 (-2) in the stroke play stage. In a tight 18 hole final Fletcher beat David KITT by 1 hole.

Richard MANSELL (ENG), Bradley MOORE (ENG), Marco PENGE (ENG) and Sean TOWNDROW (ENG) all turned Pro in August.

SEPTEMBER

The CONTINENT OF EUROPE won the annual Jacques Léglise Trophy U18 Boys’ match against GB&I at Ballybunion GC by 15.5 – 9.5. Unbeaten pair Pedro LENCART SILVA (W3-L0-H1) and Eduard ROUSARD SABATE (SWE) helped the away side to a second successive win. Ben JONES (W2-L1-H1) and Robin WILLIAMS (W2-L1-H0) put up the best defence for GB&I.

The Walker Cup result was an even more sobering experience for GB&I the following week. Craig WATSON had to step down as GB&I captain on the eve of the match but with Andy INGRAM a very capable deputy I am sure this in no way contributed to what followed at Los Angeles Country Club. Whilst the final result was not unexpected the manner of the 17-9 defeat was. Only Jack SINGH BRAR (W3-L1-H0), Robert MACINTYRE (W1-L1-H1) and Scott GREGORY (W2-L1-H1) really came away with any credit from the match. From the USA side Captain Spider Miller had clearly learned a few lessons from Royal Lytham in 2015 and backed up by superb performances from Doug GHIM, Maverick MCNEALY, Colin MORIKAWA, (all W4-L0-H0) and Norman XIONG (W3-L0-H1) the one sided result felt inevitable as soon as the Day 1 singles were concluded.

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The USA Walker Cup Team (Photo: GolfBible)

Ben JONES won The Duke of York Champions Trophy at Royal Liverpool GC by 8 shots from Sweden’s Oscar TEIFFEL. John PATERSON, who shot a 69 in round 2, the best of the week, finished 7th.

David BOOTE (WAL), Dan BROWN (ENG) Jack DAVIDSON (WAL), Tom GANDY (ENG), Scott GREGORY (ENG), Evan GRIFFITH (WAL), Cameron LONG (ENG), Alfie PLANT (ENG), Craig ROSS (SCO), Conor O’ROURKE (IRE), Jack SINGH BRAR (ENG), Connor SYME (SCO), Will WHITEOAK (ENG) and Jack YULE (ENG) all turned Pro in September.

OCTOBER

David HAGUE (+1) won the North of England Amateur Open Stroke Play Championship at Alwoodley GC. Andrew Wilson (+3) was 2nd with Harry GODDARD and Nick POPPLETON (+4) tied 3rd.

Joshua DAVIES (WAL), Owen EDWARDS (WAL), Colin FAIRWEATHER (IRE), Stuart GREHAN (IRE), Liam JOHNSTON (SCO) and Robert MACINTYRE (SCO) all turned Pro in October.

NOVEMBER

A birdie, eagle finish helped China’s LIN YUXIN to the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship title at Royal Wellington GC in New Zealand. We can therefore look forward to seeing him in action at The Masters in 2018.

14 year old Max HOPKINS (-2) became the youngest ever winner of the Boys’ Telegraph Vitality Junior Golf Championship at Quinta do Lago in Portugal. Ben JONES (+1) was 2nd and Alfie FOX (+3) 3rd.

Jamie CLARE (ENG), John Ross GALBRAITH (IRE) and Chris MACLEAN (SCO) all turned Pro in November.

Sam HORSFIELD won the Final Stage of the European Tour Qualifying School at Lumine Golf & Beach Club in Spain. His final -27 score, with all six rounds in the 60’s and a best of the day final round of 63 (-8), saw him win the 108 hole event by an impressive 8 shots. Amongst the other players to pick up a 2018 Tour card were Connor SYME, who finished tied 9th on -17 and Jonathan THOMSON, who finished tied 18th on -14.

DECEMBER

Ben JONES (-12) finished tied 2nd at the South Beach International Amateur in Miami. In an event which enjoyed the 5th strongest field of the year it was also pleasing to see Harry HALL (-7) and Joe PAGDIN (-4) record impressive results; tied 10th and tied 19th respectively.

Ben JONES finished tied 28th at the Boy’s Junior Orange Bowl Championship in Miami, 22 shots behind runaway winner Jerry JI from The Netherlands. Lily May HUMPHRIES enhanced her growing reputation by winning the Girls event by 9 shots.

Mason OVERSTREET (USA) won The Patriot All-America in Arizona. The six GB&I players struggled to make an impression with George BURNS (T38) recording the best finish.

Josh HILLEARD (ENG) turned Pro earlier in the month.

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If you want to review the detailed results of any of the above competitions then please take a look at the GolfBible Results Page where you will be able to find links to nearly all of those mentioned above.

ME.

Copyright © 2017, Mark Eley. All rights reserved.

The 2018 GB&I Men’s National Squads

12th December 2017

The last few months have seen a relatively large number of Great Britain and Ireland international and other elite amateur players turn professional.

2018 therefore represents a huge opportunity for the next generation of GB&I players coming through the ranks.

As we start to look ahead to next year I thought it may be useful to lay out the 2018 National Squads for each of the four home nations in one place.

You will find these players listed below, along with each player’s current Scratch Players World Amateur Ranking (SPWAR), some other elite players not officially included in the various Panels to show depth (there are others too) and finally a list of all of the recent departures to the ‘dark side’ from each country.

Seeing how this period of transition for both GB&I amateur and professional golf unfolds next year and into 2019 will certainly be interesting.

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ENGLAND

Men’s Squad
Jake Burnage (111)
Todd Clements (56)
Jack Gaunt (188)
David Hague (146)
Matthew Jordan (34)
Gian-Marco Petrozzi (126)
Charlie Strickland (212)
Andrew Wilson (329)

Men’s A Squad
George Bloor (270)
Bailey Gill (378)
Ben Jones (417)
Josh McMahon (431)
Nick Poppleton (260)
Tom Sloman (201)

Other Elite Players
Toby Briggs (902) – U.S. University of San Francisco, Freshman
Harry Ellis (35) – U.S. Florida State University, Redshirt Junior
Alex Fitzpatrick (408) – Committed to Wake Forest University – Summer 2018
Harry Hall (134) – U.S. University of Las Vegas, Junior
Billy McKenzie (247) – U.K. full time amateur.
Daniel O’Loughlin (328) – U.S. University of Colorado, Sophomore
Pavan Sagoo (352) – U.S. St. Mary’s College, Senior
Daniel Sutton (347) – U.S. University of Kansas, Junior
Laird Shepherd (222) – U.K. Stirling University
David Wicks (173) – U.S. Jacksonville, Junior

Players Who Have Recently Turned Pro
Dan Brown, Jamie Clare, Tom Gandy, Scott Gregory, Josh Hilleard, Cameron Long, Richard Mansell, Bradley Moore, Marco Penge, Alfie Plant, Jack Singh Brar, Sean Towndrow, Will Whiteoak and Jack Yule (14).

IRELAND

Men’s Senior Panel
Barry Anderson (1,051)
Colm Campbell (311)
Robin Dawson (68)
Jamie Fletcher (1,425)
Alex Gleeson (212)
Rowan Lester (215)
Paul McBride (43) – U.S. Wake Forest University, Senior
Tiarnan McLarnon (517)
Ronan Mullarney (323)
John Murphy (541)
Peter O’Keeffe (344)
Mark Power (690)
Conor Purcell (291) – U.S. University of North Carolina Charlotte, Sophomore
Caolan Rafferty (103)
James Sugrue (1,028)
Jonathan Yates (579)

Other Elite Players
Thomas Mulligan (1,591) – U.S. University of Oregon, Freshman

5 Players Who Have Recently Turned Pro
Colin Fairweather, John Ross Galbraith, Stuart Grehan, Kevin Le Blanc and Conor O’Rourke (5).

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SCOTLAND

Men’s Squad
Darren Howie (492)
Sam Locke (509)
Jamie Stewart (120) – U.S. Missouri  University, Freshman
Eric McIntosh (404) – U.S. Northwestern University, Freshman
Ryan Lumsden (132) – U.S. Northwestern University, Junior
Matthew Clark (436)
Calum Fyfe (131)
Sandy Scott (110) – U.S. Texas Tech University, Sophomore
Euan Walker (266)

Other Elite Players
Rory Franssen (314) – U.S. Missouri University, Sophomore

Players Who Have Recently Turned Pro
Liam Johnston, Chris Maclean, Robert MacIntyre, Craig Ross and Connor Syme. Craig Howie (49) is also expected to turn Pro shortly (6).

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WALES

National Performance Programme
Ben Chamberlain
Gaelen Trew – U.S. Florida Institute of Technology, Junior
Luke Harries – U.S. Lincoln Memorial University, Freshman
Tim Harry

National Support Programme
Jake Hapgood
Kyle Harman
Matt Harris
Lee Jones
Llew Matthews
Lewys Sanges

Players Who Have Recently Turned Pro
David Boote, Jack Davidson, Joshua Davies, Owen Edwards and Evan Griffith (5).

ME.

Copyright © 2017, Mark Eley. All rights reserved.