Champions selected for England senior campaign

Ian Attoe

Three champions are among the players selected for the England senior men’s campaign for international team honours.

Surrey’s Ian Attoe, the English senior champion, and Kent’s Richard Partridge, the Scottish and Irish titleholder, will represent England in the European senior men’s team championship at Pravets, Bulgaria, from 1-5 September.

They’ll be joined in the team by Stephen East of Yorkshire, Alan Mew of Hampshire, David Niven of Berkshire, and Mark Stones of Essex.

All six players, together with double European senior champion, Clive Jones, have also been selected for the Senior Men’s Home Internationals. The championship will be played on home ground at Crowborough Beacon in Sussex from 15-17 September.

The England team has twice won the European title, in 2009 and 2010, and has had six Home International successes, most recently in 2012 and ’13.

The players:

Ian Attoe (Worplesdon) won the English senior championship at his home club and was also runner-up in the Scottish seniors and has had top ten finishes in the Welsh and Irish events. (Image © Leaderboard Photography)

Stephen East (Moortown) topped the 2014 England senior order of merit at the end of his first senior season. He has followed this year up by winning the Portuguese title and tying second in the European seniors. He was also third in the English mid-amateur.

Clive Jones (Toulouse), who is based in France, has won the European senior championship in both 2014 and 2015

Alan Mew (Stoneham) was third in the Welsh seniors and tied fourth in the Senior Amateur championship. He also had high finishes in the Irish and Scottish championships.

David Niven (Newbury & Crookham) also shared fourth place in the Senior Amateur and tied third in the English senior championship.

Richard Partridge (Wildernesse) has won both the Irish and Scottish senior championships this season and was runner-up in the Welsh.

Mark Stones (Boyce Hill) has had top four finishes in the Welsh, Irish and Scottish seniors this season.

The England senior order of merit is used to select the teams with the top four players qualifying automatically for the European team and the top five for the Home Internationals. Two further players are selected for each team.