Jamie Dick (Forest Hills, Gloucestershire) is the only new cap in the six-strong England team for the European Boys Team Championships at Oslo Golf Club in Norway on 8th – 12th July. But four of last year’s squad have again been selected as England seeks to win the title for the first time in ten years.
Bradley Moore (Kedleson Park, Derbyshire), Marco Penge (Worthing, Sussex), Jack Singh Brar (Remedy Oak, Dorset) and Ashton Turner (Kenwick Park, Lincolnshire) played in last year’s championships in Scotland, while Haydn McCullen (Delamere Forest, Cheshire) completes this year’s line-up.
Dick, 18, (Image © Leaderboard Photography) won the Darwin Salver but lost a sudden death playoff for the Welsh Open Stroke Play Championship and tied fourth in the Welsh Youth Championship, all this year. The 2013 South West Boys champion recently represented England Golf in the German Boys Championship.
McCullen, 17, a former under 16 international, made his debut as a boy cap in last year’s Boys Home Internationals. He helped Lancashire win the County Championship last year after becoming Lancashire boy champion and this year he won the McEvoy Trophy, reached the last 32 of the Amateur Championship and is currently equal third on the Titleist/FootJoy England Golf Boys Order of Merit.
Moore, 16, another former under 16 international, won the Irish Boys Open Championship recently after finishing runner-up to McCullen in the McEvoy Trophy having won it the previous year. In 2013, he won the European Young Masters in Germany, reached the semi-finals of the British Boys and was runner-up to Penge in the English Boys under 16 Championship.
Penge, 16, became a boy international in last year’s European Boys Team Championships having been capped at under 16 level. The winner of the Fairhaven Trophy for the past two years, he defends the English Boys under 16 title later this month. Currently No.1 on the Boys Order of Merit, the Sussex lad has also finished runner-up in the Darwin Salver, third in the McEvoy Trophy and equal eighth in the Irish Open Amateur.
Singh Brar, 17, was also capped at under 16 level before making his debut in the Boys Home Internationals in 2012. He enjoyed two victories last year, the Berkhamsted Trophy and the South of England Boys Championship while he finished runner-up in the Duke of York Young Champions tournament, the Daily Telegraph Junior Championship and the Hampshire Boys. Finished fourth in defence of the Berkhamsted Trophy this year.
Turner, 18, became a boy cap in these championships in 2012 in Sweden and has been a regular pick since then. A former Lincolnshire boy champion, last year he won the Darwin Salver and the Daily Telegraph Junior Championship, finished second in the McEvoy Trophy and represented GB&I in the Jacques Leglise Trophy.
England has not won the Boys European title since 2004 in Finland. A runners-up spot was achieved in 2007 in Denmark while England has finished fourth in the past two years.