Robert Burlison (Oxley Park, Staffordshire) and Bobby Keeble (Abridge, Essex), who both secured runners-up spots on a recent trip to South Africa, have been named among six England players for the Michel Carlhian Trophy being played at Le Touquet on 27th – 31st March.
The competition is a match play event with the first two days comprising 36-hole stroke play, the best 32 players qualifying for the match play over 18 holes until the final which will be contested over two rounds.
A Nations Cup event will be played over the stroke play rounds, Ellis, Singh Brar and Turner will comprise the England A team while Burlison, Moore and Keeble will make up the B team.
Burlison, (Image Copyright Tom Ward) who will celebrate his 18th birthday on the day of the final, lost a playoff for the Kenako South African World Junior event at Kingswood earlier this month. He also finished second in last year’s South of England Boys Championship and has represented England at under 16 and boys levels in recent years.
Keeble, 18, finished runner-up in the Western Province under 23 Stroke Play Championship, his third second place in less than a year. He was beaten in a playoff in the English under 18 Championship for the Carris Trophy last July then finished tied second in the South of England Boys Championship. He was also third in the Daily Telegraph Junior Championship in Ireland and finished fifth on the Titleist/FootJoy England Golf Boys Order of Merit last year.
Ellis, 17, became the youngest English Champion when he won the title at Silloth-on-Solway last summer at the age of 16. The Hampshire lad then made his full England debut in last year’s Home Internationals and represented GB&I in the Jacques Leglise Trophy. He was also a member of the victorious England team in the Canadian International Junior Challenge and of the England squad that won the Gold Medal in the recent Australian Youth Olympic Festival in Sydney.
Moore, 15, won the English under 14 Championship in 2011 then became an under 16 and Schools international that same year. In 2012, he enjoyed solid performances in the McEvoy Trophy, finishing fourth, fifth in the European Young Masters in Hungary and sixth in the Douglas Johns Trophy. Again capped at under 16 level last year, he was also a member of the winning team in Canada, finishing joint second in the individual rankings.
Singh Brar, 16, has been an under 16 cap for the past two years and became a boy international in 2012. The winner of the Hazards Salver in 2011 for the lowest score by a player aged under 16 at the Carris Trophy, he was a joint winner of the Junior County Champions Tournament that same year, while last year he finished sixth in the McEvoy Trophy and the English Under 16 Championship for the McGregor Trophy and finished sixth on the Boys Order of Merit. He was also a member of the squad at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival. He has just returned from Mission Hills in China where he finished second in the Faldo Series Asian Grand Finals.
Turner, who turns 17 on the eve of the French event, was also involved in the Australian Youth Olympic festival, winning the Silver Medal in the individual rankings and his great start to the 2013 season continued with victory in the Bernard Darwin Salver at Rye, earlier this week. Another under 16 and boy international, in 2012, when he finished seventh on the Order of Merit, Turner won the Boys County Champions title as well as the Lincolnshire Boys Championship, was third in the Fairhaven Trophy, fourth in the McGregor Trophy, fifth in the North of England under 16 Championship and the Daily Telegraph Junior Championship. He also represented GB&I in the Jacques Leglise Trophy.