18th March 2018
The 38th Peter McEvoy Trophy will be contested on Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th April at Copt Heath Golf Club in Solihull, England.
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).
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 group’s 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.
2018 Entrants & Draw
The handicap ballot fell at +0.3 this year.
Many of the players selected for the four home nation’s boys’ squads have entered the competition:-
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 Denver, 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
Aled Greville and Tom Matthews.
Picking out a few of them (in alphabetical order): –
John Brady (IRE) is arguably the best of the Irish entries. He won the Irish U16 Boys’ Championship in 2016 and comes with experience of Copt Heath. He finished 39th in 2016 and 27th in 2017.
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 Scottish U18 Boys’ Championship in 2017, 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.
Aled Greville (WAL) is an improving Welsh junior. He won all three of his singles matches at the 2017 Boys’ Home Internationals.
In passing I note there are very few Midland entries. I wonder if this is the first McEvoy where there hasn’t been an entry from within c.50 miles of Copt Heath. It appears that Charlie Salter (ENG) from Northamptonshire County GC is the most ‘local’.
To be updated nearer the time.
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.
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).
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.
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.
An in form Charlie STRICKLAND from Ham Manor Golf Club, near Littlehampton on the south coast of England, won the 2017 McEvoy Trophy.
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)
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)
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.
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)
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)
Nathan Kimsey (Photo: Tom Ward)
2012 Gavin Moynihan (The Island)
Gavin Moynihan (Photo: GolfBible)
2013 Bradley Moore (Kedleston Park)
2014 Haydn McCullen (Delamere Forest)
Haydn McCullen (Photo: GolfBible)
2015 Marco Penge (Golf at Goodwood)
Marco Penge (Photo: GolfBible)
2016 Mark Power (Kilkenny)
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
2 Wayne Henry (1984 Redbourn / 1987 Porters Bar)
Wayne Henry pictured with Seve Ballesteros at the 1984 Open at St. Andrews
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 – J 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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