Henry Hayward has an empty space on his trophy shelf and he’d love to fill it again with the Carris Trophy.
The Kedleston Park golfer won the championship last year at a rain-hit event at Broadstone Golf Club.
It was a huge moment for the Derbyshire teenager as it gave him the belief he could not only compete at national level, but also win.
His victory propelled him into the England boys’ squad for 2021 and he’s eagerly anticipating a great week when the under 18 boys’ event gets underway tomorrow at Bristol and Clifton Golf Club.
Past champions of the English Boys’ Open Amateur Stroke Play for the Carris Trophy include major winners Sandy Lyle and Justin Rose, Ryder Cup winner and current BBC commentator Ken Brown and European Tour players Callum Shinkwin, Tom Lewis and Graeme Storm.
Hayward said: “It was amazing to win this last year. It was a big moment for me and I took great pride in winning the event given the list of previous winners.
“Going back I have to try and not think too much about it, treat it as a new event and try to defend it.
“I polished the trophy the other day – I thought I’d better before I handed it back.
“I got a new shelf put up last year to hold the trophy.
“I’ve said to my mum that I’ll need to win it again or there will be a gap left on the shelf!
“It gave me a big boost to know I could win. I knew I could compete, but to win was a big achievement.
“You can then take that into other events and be more confident.”
Also in the field for this championship is the winner of last week’s McGregor Trophy, Harley Smith (pictured above)
He is joined by top five finishers from the McGregor including Josh Berry, Hugh Adams, Freddie Turnell and Sebastian Desoisa.
New English Under 18 champion Jenson Forrester is also in the field hoping to win the boys’ crown after his success at the mixed gender tournament last month at Farnham.
The 144 boys in the field will play 18 holes of stroke play on each of the first two days. A cut will then be made allowing the top 60 and ties to progress to the final two rounds with a re-draw on both final days.