Euro bronze medallists in England team for Seniors Home Internationals
England has named four of the team that won a bronze medal in last week’s European Seniors Men’s Team Championship in Portugal plus two new caps for the Seniors Home Internationals being played at Southerndown Golf Club in Wales on 18th – 20th September.
The newcomers to the seven-man squad are Les Bruckner (Hindhead, Surrey) and Doug Cameron (Moor Park, Hertfordshire), while the quartet from Portugal is John Ambridge (Moor Park, Hertfordshire), Tyrone Carter (Stevenage, Hertfordshire), Chris Reynolds (Littlestone, Kent) and Andrew Stracey (Denham, BB&O). (Doug Cameron image © Tom Ward)
Completing the line-up is Charles Banks (Stanton-on-the-Wolds, Nottinghamshire), who earns a recall after making his debut in last year’s Seniors Home Internationals.
Bruckner, 55, in his first season as a senior, finished the sixth best English player in the British Seniors in Wales and tied eighth in the English Seniors at Aldeburgh and is a member of the Surrey seniors’ squad.
Cameron is the reigning English Seniors county champion following his victory at Woodhall Spa last September. He finished third in the English Seniors after leading for the first two rounds, helped Hertfordshire win the South East Seniors qualifying and will be in their team for the finals in Durham next month.
Ambridge, who earned his first England seniors cap in Portugal, has been Hertfordshire county champion three times. A long-serving Herts player and a scratch golfer for many years, he has twice played in the Open Championship and reached the Final Qualifying this year.
Carter emerged from his seniors debut in Portugal with a 100% record of three wins from three games. A Barbadian by birth but domiciled in Britain for 45 years, he is the current Herts seniors champion and finished the third best English player in the this year’s Seniors British Amateur.
Banks was an England men’s international in 1983 and England Mid Amateur champion three years in succession, 1995–97. He is proving competitive in the senior ranks, winning the 2011 Scottish Seniors.
Reynolds, English Seniors champion in 2009 and runner-up in the past two years, has played in every Seniors Home Internationals since 2006. He was also a member of England’s winning team in the 2010 European Seniors Team Championships and enjoyed an unbeaten record in this year’s championship.
Stracey is the current leader of the Titleist/FootJoy English Seniors Order or Merit following his victory in the Welsh Seniors after being runner-up last year, joint third place in the English Seniors and equal fifth in the Scottish. He won the Irish Seniors in 2009, finished runner-up to Reynolds in the English Seniors that year and also made his international debut in the European Team Championships. Twice a winner of the Seniors County Championship with Kent but now plays for BB&O.
The other two members of England bronze medal-winning side in Portugal, Martin Galway and Alan Squires were unavailable for business reasons.
England last won the Home Internationals at Caldy in 2007. The Irish have been champions for the past four years.