Casey steps up to full international against Spain

Harry Casey, the 2011 English boy champion, is the only new cap in the nine-strong England team to face Spain at El Prat on 27th-28th April.

Casey (Enfield, Middlesex) steps up from a boy international while the rest of the squad is: Jack Hiluta (Chelmsford, Essex), Nathan Kimsey (Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire), Garrick Porteous (Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland), Neil Raymond (Corhampton, Hampshire, IoW & CI), Callum Shinkwin (Moor Park, Hertfordshire), Jordan Smith (Bowood G&CC, Wiltshire), Toby Tree (Worthing, Sussex) and Josh White (Chipstead, Surrey).

Casey, 20 (image copyright Tom Ward), won the Carris Trophy at Broadstone and followed that by winning the Duke of York Young Champions tournament at Hoylake that same year, which saw him finish third on the Titleist/FootJoy EGU Boys Order of Merit.

Last year, when he was a member of the England ‘A’ squad, he finished third in the Tillman Trophy and he also secured a third spot in the 2013 Portuguese Amateur Championship.

Hiluta, 23, made his England debut against France last year after winning the Spanish Amateur. The Essex player also pulled on an England shirt for the European Challenge Trophy and the Home Internationals and finished ninth on the 2012 Titleist/FootJoy England Golf Men’s Order of Merit.

Kimsey, 20, has enjoyed an exceptional start to 2013. He secured three runners-up spots in Australia during January and February, was a member of England’s victorious team in the European Nations Championship in Spain and recently won the Terra Cotta Invitational against an international field in Florida.

A former boy international, he has also represented GB&I against Europe in the St Andrews Trophy and the Jacques Leglise Trophy. He won the McEvoy Trophy in 2011, and last year collected the Darwin Salver, finished third in the South East of England Links Championship, reached the semi-finals of the English Amateur and became a full England cap in the Home Internationals.

Porteous, 23, made his full England debut in the 2011 Home Internationals and has played in almost every national team since. He finished third in the individual listings in the European Men’s Challenge Trophy in Iceland last year, was a member of England’s Eisenhower Trophy team in Turkey and represented GB&I in the St Andrews Trophy.

This year in Australia, he finished third in the New South Wales Medal and sixth in the Masters of the Amateurs, while he was also a member of England’s winning team in the European Nations Championship in Spain.

Raymond, 27, has been an England regular since making his debut against Spain in 2011. Winner of the Brabazon Trophy for the past two years, he was a quarter finalist in last year’s English Amateur and was a team-mate of Porteous in the Eisenhower Trophy and the St Andrews Trophy.

He has represented England in Australia for the past two winters, winning the New South Wales Medal last year and reaching the quarter finals of the Australian Amateur Championship in 2013. His successes in 2012 saw him top the Titleist/FootJoy England Golf Men’s Order of Merit.

Shinkwin, 19, made his full England debut against France last spring when he won all four of his games. A former boy cap, he was a semi-finalist in the 2011 English Amateur, while last year he won the Hampshire Hog, finished third in the Berkhamsted Trophy and fifth in the Darwin Salver.

He was also a member of England’s winning squad in the European Men’s Challenge Trophy in Iceland last year and this year visited Colombia where he won the South American Amateur Championship.

Smith, 20, earned his first full England cap in last year’s Home Internationals, having been a semi-finalist in the English Amateur a few weeks earlier. A member of the victorious Wiltshire team in the past two English County Championship finals, he finished runner-up in the Chiberta Grand Prix and fifth in the Biarritz Cup in successive weeks last summer.

This year, he has finished seventh behind Shinkwin in the South American Amateur, seventh in the Portuguese Amateur and reached the quarter finals of the Spanish Amateur.

Tree, 18, was an under 16 and boys international before making his full England debut last year against France.

The English under 14 champion in 2008, he won the under 16 title two years later and has since lifted the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters and the Gauteng North Open in South Africa in 2012 and again this year.

The Sussex teenager also finished fifth in last year’s English under 18 Championship for the Carris Trophy, reached the quarter finals of the British Boys and represented GB&I in the Jacques Leglise Trophy. He was also in England’s winning European Nations Championship team this year.

White, 21, also made his full England debut against France last year having been a boy international. His successes include the Berkshire Trophy for the past two years, a share of the title in last year’s West of England stroke play and the Scrutton Jug for the best aggregate score from the Berkshire and Brabazon Trophies.

Twice Surrey champion, he finished fourth on the Titleist/FootJoy England Golf Men’s Order of Merit for 2012 and this year claimed the runners-up spot in the New Year Invitational at St Petersburg in Florida.

The biannual match with Spain was inaugurated in 1985 and England has lost only once, at Puerta de Hierro in 2005. Two years ago at The Berkshire, England were facing their first home defeat when they finished the first day three points behind. But they hit back on day two to complete a 13½ – 10½ victory.

Play on each day comprises four foursomes and eight singles.