Battle for Carris Trophy enjoys worldwide appeal

An international field featuring boys from 12 nations across the world will take part in this year’s Carris Trophy at Silloth-on-Solway Golf Club.

As well as the healthy home contingent young golfers from Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Malaysia, Netherlands, Scotland, South Africa and Switzerland will tee it up in Cumbria.

The English Boys’ Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship will be decided by 72 holes of stroke play over four days starting on Tuesday. There are 144 players in the initial field.

After the second round, the top 60 and ties will progress to the final two days. On Thursday, players will tee it up in ascending order and there will be a re-draw after Thursday’s third round.

Last year, Harley Smith from the Rayleigh Club in Essex won the title at Bristol and Clifton. In the process he became only the second golfer in history after Justin Rose in 1995 to win both the McGregor Trophy (under 15 boys) and the Carris (under 18 boys) in the same season.

Smith has chosen not to defend his title this year, but five of his England boys’ squad team-mates – Hugh Adams, Josh Berry, Seb Cave, Sam Easterbrook and Tyler Weaver (pictured above)  – are competing.

Suffolk’s Weaver (pictured above) comes into the event as the current English Under 18 champion having won the mixed event at Woodhall Spa last month.

Also in the field fresh and from his runner up place at last week’s McGregor Trophy is Essex’s Charlie Croker (pictured below).

Another former English Under 18 champion, Jenson Forrester, plays this week as does Tom Addy, runner up in the 2021 English Men’s Amateur Championship.

One interesting name for spectators to look out for this week is Luke Poulter, son of Ryder Cup legend Ian, who is based in Florida and has travelled to play in his first England Golf event.

Previous winners of the Carris Trophy – which dates back to 1935 – include many players who later went on to enjoy successful careers on Tour including Rose, Callum Shinkwin, Graeme Storm, Ian Garbutt, David Gilford, Sandy Lyle and Ken Brown.

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