Dean seeks a happy return when he defends Dutch title

Harry Casey

Joe Dean (Lindrick, Yorkshire) will be the defending champion of the Poncat Dutch Junior Open. This year the championship will take place at Toxandria Golf Club, near Breda, in the Netherlands on 17th – 20th July.

The 19 year old boy international won the title on his maiden overseas event representing England Golf last July, prevailing at the second hole of a sudden death playoff with Dutch youngster Lars van Meijel after the pair had tied on 286, two under par.

Dean will be joined this year by Harry Casey (Enfield, Middlesex), English champion Harry Ellis (Meon Valley, Hampshire, IoW & CI) and Bobby Keeble (Crowlands Heath, Essex).

The Poncat Dutch Junior Open is a 72-hole stroke play competition for boys and girls under 21 years of age. It is also a counting event on the R&A’s World Amateur Ranking.

Dean’s victory last July followed his second place in the Fairhaven Trophy and preceded his England debut in the Boys Home Internationals and his five wins from six games in helping Yorkshire to the Boys County Championship.

This year, he has finished third in the Selborne Salver, fifth in the Hampshire Salver and equal sixth in the Bernard Darwin Salver.

Casey, 20, was the English boy champion in 2011 when he also won the Duke of York Young Champions title and finish third on the Titleist/FootJoy England Golf Boys Order of Merit. This year, he has won the Selborne Salver, finished tied third in the Portuguese Amateur Championship and Hampshire Salver and made his full England debut against Spain in April.

Ellis, 17, became English champion at Silloth-on-Solway a year ago and was called up by England for the Home Internationals in Scotland. He was a member of England’s winning team in the Canadian International Junior Challenge and is enjoying a successful 2013.

He has won the Hampshire Junior Championship, finished first in the individual standings in the South East Boys Qualifying, runner-up in the Hampshire Hog and the Michel Carlhian Trophy in France and third in the McEvoy Trophy, while he was capped for the European Boys Team Championships.

Keeble, 18, made his England debut in last year’s Boys Home Internationals after losing a playoff for the England under 18 Championship at Deal. He followed that with a joint second place in the South of England Boys Championship and third place in the Daily Telegraph Junior Championship.

He also finished runner-up in the Western Province under 23 Stroke Play Championship in South Africa earlier this year and recently won the Essex Championship.

The winners of the Poncat receive an entry into the KLM Dutch Open on the European Tour in September and the Dutch Ladies Open on the Ladies European Tour in 2014.

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