Boy champion Fitzpatrick in England training squad

Matt Fitzpatrick

Matthew Fitzpatrick, the British Boys champion, has been named among 15 players to form the England training squad for the 2012 and 2013 coaching programme.

Fitzpatrick, 18, has made rapid progress over the past four years, being capped at under 16 and boys levels, and is now on the verge of a full England cap.

The full England squad is: Matthew Fitzpatrick (Hallamshire, Yorkshire), Jack Hiluta (Chelmsford, Essex), Craig Hinton (The Oxfordshire, BB&O), Nathan Kimsey (Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire), Max Orrin (North Foreland, Kent), Garrick Porteous (Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland), Neil Raymond (Corhampton, Hampshire, IoW & CI), Jamie Rutherford (Knebworth, Hertfordshire), Callum Shinkwin (Moor Park, Hertfordshire), Jordan Smith (Bowood G&CC, Wiltshire), Toby Tree (Worthing, Sussex), Josh White (Chipstead).

Also part of the squad but at college in the United States: Seb Crookall-Nixon (Workington, Cumbria), Ben Stow (Rushmore, Wiltshire), and Ben Taylor (Walton Heath, Surrey).

Ten members of the home-based squad are full internationals while Fitzpatrick and Orrin are boy caps.
Fitzpatrick won the British Boys Championship at Notts (Hollinwell) in August and finished third on the Titleist/FootJoy England Golf Boys Order of Merit. His other successes this season include victory in the Selborne Salver, runner-up in the Hampshire Salver and Berkshire Trophy and third in the Carris Trophy.

Orrin, 18, has won the Titleist/FootJoy England Golf Boys Order of Merit after a successful season in which he won the Kent Championship and the Malcolm Reid Salver for the best aggregate from the McEvoy and Carris Trophies, finished second in the Darwin Salver, McEvoy Trophy, the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters and the Duke of York Young Champions event.

Hiluta, 23, is the Spanish Amateur champion, who made his full England debut against France in May, while Hinton, 24, the Welsh Open Stroke Play champion, gained his first full cap in last year’s Home Internationals.

Kimsey, 19, a semi-finalist in the English Amateur Championship, debuted in the recent Home Internationals, while Porteous, 22, became a full England cap in last year’s Home Internationals and helped England win the European Challenge Trophy in Iceland in July.

Raymond, 26, has been the English Stroke Play champion for the past two years, having made his full England debut against Spain last year, and also represented GB&I in this year’s St Andrews Trophy, while Rutherford, 20, was capped for the first time in the recent Home Internationals having been the Men’s County Champion of Champions in 2011.

Shinkwin, 19, the English Boy champion in 2010 when he became a boy international, won all four of his games on his full England debut against France in May while Smith, 19, debuted in the recent Home Internationals having reached the English Amateur semi-finals and been a member of the victorious Wiltshire team in the past two English Men’s County Championships.

Tree, 18, was the English under 14 champion in 2008 and has been capped at every level, making his full England debut against France in May. A quarter finalist in this year’s English Amateur, he represented GB&I in the Jacques Leglise Trophy and Europe in the recent Junior Ryder Cup, while White also debuted against France, won the Berkshire Trophy and was joint winner of the West of England Stroke Play.

Of the players currently based in America, Crookall-Nixon, 19, was the English under 16 champion in 2008 and 2009 and made his full England debut in this year’s Home Internationals, Stow, 20, made his full England debut in last year’s Home Internationals and was the top individual in the European Challenge Trophy, while Taylor, 20, also debuted in last year’s Home Internationals and represented GB&I in the St Andrews Trophy.

There are 13 players in the ‘A’ squad including boy champion Patrick Kelly and Edward Richardson, an England international in 2005 and 2006.

The full ‘A’ squad is: Jack Bartlett (Worthing, Sussex), Oliver Carr (Heswall, Cheshire), Harry Casey (Enfield, Middlesex), Joe Dean (Lindrick, Yorkshire), Ryan Evans (Wellingborough, Northamptonshire), Paul Howard (Southport & Ainsdale, Lancashire), Patrick Kelly (Boston West, Lincolnshire), Nick Marsh (Huddersfield, Yorkshire), Edward Richardson (Hemsted Forest, Kent), Michael Saunders (Dartford, Kent), Darren Timms (Mid Kent, Kent), Jerome Titlow (Knole Park, Kent), Dan Wasteney (Bondhay, Yorkshire).

Bartlett, 23, has won the Berkhamsted Trophy and the Hampshire Salver this year and was fourth in the Brabazon Trophy, Carr, 19, is an England boy cap who won the South East of England Links Championship this year, while Casey, 19, was English boy champion last year when he also won the Duke of York Young Champions title.

Dean, 18, won the Dutch Junior Open this year when representing England Golf, debuted in the Boys Home Internationals and won five of his six games in helping Yorkshire win this year’s Boys County Championship, Evans, 25, won the South of England Amateur, while Howard, 22, is a regular member of the Lancashire county team and played in the recent County Finals at Beau Desert.

Kelly, 18, won the English boys title this year after a four hole playoff as well as the Fairhaven Trophy and scored 5½ points from his six games in the Boys Home Internationals, while Marsh, 18, won five of his six games in helping Yorkshire to the County Boys title and was unbeaten in his six games in the Boys Home Internationals.

Richardson, 44, has returned to tournament golf this year with considerable success after a long battle with illness. A former Kent champion, this season he has finished runner-up in the Midland Open, third in the Lagonda and Waterford Trophies and fifth in the Berkshire Trophy.

His Kent colleague Saunders, 22, won the Lagonda Trophy and finished sixth in the Berkhamsted Trophy, while Timms, 22, another Kent man, won the Lee Westwood Trophy in a playoff, and finished runner-up in the Lagonda Trophy and the BUCS Student Tour Finals.

Titlow, 20, finished joint second in the Hampshire Hog, equal fourth in the Waterford Trophy, sixth in the Tillman Trophy, while Wasteney, 20, a former winner of the Yorkshire Open, was an invitee to the 2011/12 England squad and finished equal sixth in the Lagonda Trophy.

Image Matthew Fitzpatrick copyright Tom Ward.