Briggs and Muse team up again for title defence

Hollie Muse

Teenage internationals Toby Briggs of Norfolk and Hollie Muse of Lancashire will team up again to target a title defence for England in the Nations Cup event at this weekend’s Fairhaven Trophies.

The pair, together with Matty Lamb of Northumberland, make up one of four teams to represent England in the international championship for U18s at Fairhaven Golf Club, Lancashire, from 29 April to 1 May.

Last year, Briggs and Muse won the Nations Cup, together with George Gardner who has moved out of junior ranks. If they are successful in their defence it will mean a third consecutive team win for Muse (Image © Leaderboard Photography).

The other three teams are:

Team Two – Rhys Nevin-Wharton of Cheshire, Oliver Clarke of Lancashire and Amelia Williamson of Norfolk
Team Three – Charlie Strickland of Sussex, Arrun Singh Brar of Surrey and Sharna Dutrieux of Kent
Team Four – Harry Goddard of Hertfordshire, John Gough of Berks, Bucks & Oxon, and Natasha Slater of Cumbria.

The players
Team One

Toby Briggs, 15, (Dunston Hall) is a boy international who was third in this year’s McEvoy Trophy. Last year he tied for the McGregor Trophy, only to lose in a play-off, and was runner-up at the Fairhaven Trophies.

Matty Lamb, 18, (Hexham) tied fourth in the McEvoy Trophy, repeating his result of 2015. During last season he secured a string of top 10 results and represented England in the Boys’ Home Internationals.

Hollie Muse, 16, (West Lancashire) was in England’s winning teams at last year’s match against Spain and at the Girls’ and Women’s Home Internationals. She won the 2015 Scottish U16 championship and was eighth in this year’s new Scottish U18 tournament.

Team Two

Rhys Nevin-Wharton, 18, (Sandiway) is a boy international and last year tied third in the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters, shared fourth place in the Irish boys’ open and reached the match play stages of the English amateur.

Oliver Clarke, 17, (Hillside) was eighth in the recent Hampshire Salver. Last year he won the U17 trophy at the Irish boys’ amateur and was third overall; he also tied third at the Canadian International Junior Challenge.

Amelia Williamson, 15, (Royal Cromer) tied third in the recent Scottish girls’ championship and was sixth in the U16 spring championship at Hawkstone Park. Last year she won three English schools’ titles and the West of England U16 stroke play.

Team Three

Charlie Strickland, 16, (Ham Manor) is a boy international who tied for the McGregor Trophy last year and was beaten in the three-way play-off. He shared fourth place in this season’s Berkhamsted Trophy.

Arrun Singh Brar, 17, (Foxhills) was an U16 boy international and has been the North of England U16 champion. He had a string of top ten finishes last season and this year he reached the matchplay stages of the French boys’ international.

Sharna Dutrieux, 17, (Wrotham Heath) shared eighth place in the Scottish girls’ championship and was leading amateur in the Roehampton Gold Cup where she was fourth overall. She was third in the Hampshire Rose.

Team Four

Harry Goddard, 16, (Hanbury Manor), reached the quarter finals of the French boys’ international. Last season he won the North of England U16 championship and was third in the German Junior Masters. He was an U16 boy international.

John Gough, 17, (Stoke Park) was eighth on the 2015 England boys’ order of merit after a season which included second place in the Telegraph Junior Championship and  fifth in the Carris Trophy. He reached the last 16 of this season’s French boys’ international.

Natasha Slater, 16, (Furness) has been an U16 international, is a past Scottish U14 champion and was 11th in this year’s new Scottish U18 girls’ championship. Last season she was sixth on the North of England U16 stroke play and 22nd in the English women’s stroke play.