Club teams pursue English title Ð and a date in Portugal

Thirty-three teams from all over the country will tee off in pursuit of the English Champion Club title this weekend – and a date in Portugal.

The 36-hole tournament will be played at Stoke by Nayland Golf Club on the Essex/Suffolk border on Saturday and Sunday, September 17 and 18.

The winning club will represent England in the European Men’s Club Trophy, which will be played at Aroeira Golf Club, Portugal, from 20-22 October.

The field includes Andrew Carman from Coventry in Warwickshire who will be seeking his second title in three years. On this occasion his challenge will be supported by Ben Goodison and Richard Oddy.

Other notable players in the field include Martin Foulkes of Worksop, Nottinghamshire, who is a past winner of the English mid-amateur championship. Justin Phelps (Northwood, Middlesex) and Will Bowe (Workington, Cumbria) have both won the English Men’s County Champion of Champions tournament.

Among the younger players are Callum Farr (Priors Hall, Northamptonshire) who helped England win the Boys’ Home Internationals earlier this summer; and U16 boys’ international Charlie Daughtrey (Rotherham, Yorkshire).

Local Essex hopes will be carried by the team of Arron Edwards-Hill, William Dunn and Lewis Kendall of Chelmsford; while the Suffolk representatives are Chris Duffy, Danny Perring and Danny Western of Gorleston.

One player will be on the other side of the fence this weekend: James Crampton (Spalding, Lincolnshire) is England Golf’s Championship Director and is more usually to be found running events, rather than playing them.

Stoke by Nayland is just outside Colchester and has two 18-hole golf courses. Next month, it will host the WPGA International Challenge on the LET Access Series for the fourth time. Later in October it will be the venue for the Faldo Series Grand Final.

The winning club will be the one with the lowest combined score of all three players over 36 holes.

Caption: Andrew Carman (left) is pictured with Coventry team-mates when winning the English Champion Club title in 2013. (Image © Leaderboard Photography)