Casey and Crookall-Nixon off to Sage Valley

Harry Casey

Harry Casey (Enfield, Middlesex) and Seb Crookall-Nixon (Workington, Cumbria), current and former national junior champions, will represent England Golf in the annual junior Invitational at Sage Valley in Georgia on 20th – 22nd April.

Casey, 18,  (pictured) is the reigning English boy champion following his victory in the Carris Trophy at Broadstone last year. He also won the Duke of York Young Champions tournament and finished tied third on the Lagonda Trophy, and fourth in the Hampshire Hog and the Fairhaven Trophy.

These fine performances helped him finish third on the 2011 Titleist/FootJoy EGU Boys Order of Merit for the second successive year, having finished runner-up in the Carris Trophy in 2010. A boy international, Casey is a member of the England A squad for 2012.

Crookall-Nixon, 18, has enjoyed some remarkable successes since landing the McGregor Trophy, the English Boys under 16 Championship at High Post in 2008 as a 14 year old. He retained the title the following year at Radcliffe on Trent after which he was capped at boys level, having already represented England in under 16 matches.

He helped Workington to win the Champion Club Tournament in 2009 and was a member of the Cumbria team in the Boys County Finals at Goswick the following year. In 2011, he won the Henriques Salver as the best under 20 player in the Brabazon Trophy, when he finished fourth overall, and this year was an England team member in the Costa Ballena Tournament.

Last year was the first time the governing body of English amateur golf sent players to the United States’ event, which is played over 54 holes of stroke play and attracts an international field of players under 19 years of age.

The 7,344-yard Tom Fazio-designed Sage Valley course lies a few miles from Augusta National, home of the Masters Tournament, and is constructed through 10,000 acres of forest.