Brabazon top three carry England hopes in Eisenhower Trophy

Ryan Evans

England will seek to win the World Team Championship for the Eisenhower Trophy for the first time with the experienced trio of Ashley Chesters (Hawkstone Park, Shropshire & Herefordshire), Ryan Evans (Wellingborough, Northamptonshire) and Ben Stow (Rushmore, Dorset), the leading trio in this year’s Brabazon Trophy.

The biennial stroke play event will take place at Karuizawa Golf Club in Japan on 10th – 14th September.

Chesters became the first player of any nation to win back-to-back European Amateur Championships when he successfully defended the title over the Duke’s Course at St Andrews recently having won it for the first time at El Prat in Spain 12 months ago.

The 24 year old currently leads of the Titleist/FootJoy England Golf Men’s Order of Merit in a highly successful season in which he has also finished joint runner-up in the Brabazon Trophy, third in the Hampshire Salver and fifth in the Welsh Open Stroke Play and the Portuguese Amateur.

He also won all four of his games for England in the international with France and won five of six games in the recent Home Internationals in Wales.

Evans, 27 (image copyright Leaderboard Photography), currently fifth on the Order of Merit, has been an England regular since last year’s Home Internationals. Having won two events in Australia earlier this year, Evans has finished runner-up with Chesters in the Brabazon Trophy, tied fifth in the Scottish Open Stroke Play and reached the last 32 of the English Amateur Championship.

In 2013, he won the Berkshire Trophy and the Biarritz Cup and finished joint second in the South of England Amateur Championship and the St Andrews Links Trophy and equal third in the French Open Amateur Championship.

Stow, 22, is currently a student at the University of Kentucky where he has won at least one event. He has been a full England international for the past four years and beat his two team-mates to the Brabazon Trophy at Seaton Carew in June.

He also helped Wiltshire win the County Championship in 2011 and won the individual title in the European Men’s Challenge Trophy in Iceland in the following year.

England has not won the Eisenhower Trophy since the Home Countries fielded separate teams in 2002. GB&I won in 1998 and finished second in 2000.