Carris champion Amor gets Boys Home Internationals call

Ben Amor

Ben Amor, the newly-crowned English Boys champion, is among three new caps named in the England team that will defend the Boys Home Internationals at Forest Pines, Lincolnshire, on 6th – 8th August.

Amor (Marlborough, Wiltshire) won the Boys under 18 Championship for the Carris Trophy at the second extra hole of a three-way playoff at West Lancashire Golf Club last week and will be joined in England colours by fellow new caps Haydn McCullen (Delamere Forest, Cheshire) and Jake Storey (Alnmouth, Northumberland).

The rest of the team is: Robert Burlison (Oxley Park, Staffordshire), Adam Chapman (Windermere, Cumbria), Harry Ellis (Meon Valley, Hampshire, IoW & CI), Bobby Keeble (Crowlands Heath, Essex), Bradley Moore (Kedleston Park, Derbyshire), Marco Penge (Worthing, Sussex), Jack Singh Brar (Brokenhurst Manor, Hampshire, IoW &CI) and Ashton Turner (Kenwick Park, Lincolnshire).

Amor, 18 (image copyright Leaderboard Photography), who attended Filton College in Bristol, has come through this season, finishing equal seventh in the McEvoy Trophy and second in the individual ranking in the South West Group Boys Qualifying. After his win in the Carris Trophy he leads the Titleist/FootJoy England Golf Boys Order of Merit.

McCullen, who will turn 17 on the final day of the Boys Home Internationals, was an under 16 cap over the past two years. He is the Lancashire champion and boys champion and finished sixth in the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Master.

Storey, 17, was the English under 16 champion last year when he was capped at that level against Scotland and Ireland. He finished equal 11th in last week’s Carris Trophy after closing with a two-under-par 70.

Burlison, 18, a former under 16 cap, made his debut at boys level in last year’s Boys Home Internationals and lost a playoff for the Kenako South African World Juniors in George earlier this year, while Chapman, 18, earned his first boys cap in the recent European Boys Team Championships having finished runner-up in the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters and tied third in the McEvoy Trophy.

Ellis, 17, was English champion last year after which he donned England colours for the Home Internationals and made his debut as a boy cap in last month’s European Boys Team Championships in Scotland. He also finished joint third in the McEvoy Trophy and is the Hampshire junior champion.

Keeble, 18, finished runner-up in last year’s Carris Trophy which prompted his debut in the Boys Home Internationals and he was also second in the South of England Boys Championship, This year, he finished runner-up in the Western Province under 23 Stroke Play Championship in South Africa and is the Essex champion.

Moore, 15, has enjoyed victories this year in the McEvoy Trophy, the Midland Schools Championship and the European Young Masters and was runner-up in the Boys under 16 Championship. A former under 16 cap, he is stepped up to boys level in the European Boys Team Championships and is currently third on the Boys Order of Merit.

Penge, 15, is the English under 15 and under 16 champion following his victory in the McGregor Trophy at Seacroft last month. Another former under v16 cap, he made his debut as a boy in the European Boys Team Championships having won the Fairhaven Trophy, the South Region Schools Championship and lost a playoff for the Irish Boys Open. He is currently second on the Boys Order of Merit.

Singh Brar, 16, stepped up from an under 16 cap to the Boys Home Internationals last year while he also played in the recent European Boys Team Championships. He won the Berkhamsted Trophy in a playoff this year, runner-up in the Hampshire Junior Championship and third in the McEvoy Trophy, Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters and the Irish Boys Open.

Last week, he finished joint 60th in the M2M Russian Open on the European Tour, caring a 66 in round two.

Turner, 17, became a boy cap in last year’s European Boys Team Championships, won five of his six games in the Boys Home Internationals and won the Junior Champion of Champions tournament. This year, he has won the Bernard Darwin Salver, finished second in the McEvoy Trophy and the Australian Youth Olympic Festival and was a semi-finalist in the Michel Carlhian Trophy in France.

England has won the Boys Home Internationals for the past two years and overall has 18 victories in the event.