Ben and Sammy looking to end year on a high note

Ben Amor

English boy champion Ben Amor (Marlborough, Wiltshire) and girl international Sammy Fuller (Roehampton, Surrey) will seek to add to England’s past successes in the event when they compete in the Junior Orange Bowl at Biltmore Golf Club, Florida, on 27th – 30th December.

Amor (image © Leaderboard Photography), 18, won the English boys title for the Carris Trophy after a three-way playoff at West Lancashire Golf Club in July. He finished tied with on 286, two under par, with Italy’s Renato Paratore and Jamie Li from Bath but won with a par at the second extra hole.

Amor, a member of the re-constituted England ‘A’ squad, also finished third in the Welsh Open Youths Championship, fourth in the Canadian Junior Challenge and won all six of his games on his England debut in the Boys Home Internationals.

Fuller, 14, was in England’s winning team at the Girls’ Home Internationals and represented GB&I in the Junior Vagliano Trophy. This year, she also had top-ten finishes in the women’s Welsh Open, Irish Open and English Close Championships, she won the Bridget Jackson Bowl and was third on the 2013 Lorrin Golf England girls’ Order of Merit. She is a past English under 13 girls’ champion.

Sammy has enjoyed much success in the US. Last winter, she set a transatlantic record with her sixth consecutive win in the Pars Florida International Junior Championship. She has won her way through the age groups every year since 2006 and in 2012 won both the under 14 division and the overall girls’ prize.

On the same visit to the States she won her age group in the Honda Junior Classic for the third straight time. The prestigious Junior Orange Bowl is an under 18 event and has separate boys and girls tournaments over 72 holes of stroke play. Two

English boys have won the title. Ben Parker, now a professional, won over the Biltmore course in 2005 while Patrick Kelly triumphed by 13 strokes a year ago. Stiggy Hodgson, who has also turned professional, finished runner-up in 2008.