Eight England caps in GB&I teams for Sweden

Jamie Dick

Eight English players have been selected in the nine-man GB&I teams that will face the Continent of Europe in the Jacques Leglise Trophy and the St Andrews Trophy at Barseback in Sweden on 29th – 30th August.

GB&I will be defending the Jacques Leglise Trophy following its 15-9 victory in Wales last year while it will seek to regain the St Andrews Trophy it lost to Europe two years ago.

The England five for the Jacques Leglise Trophy are Jamie Dick (Forest Hill, Gloucestershire), Haydn McCullen (Delamere Forest, Cheshire), Bradley Moore (Kedleston Park, Derbyshire), Marco Penge (Golf at Goodwood, Sussex) and Ashton Turner (Kenwick Park, Lincolnshire).

All five were members of England’s victorious team in the Boys Home Internationals while Moore, Penge and Turner were members of the GB&I team that won the trophy 15-9 in Wales a year ago, bringing GB&I’s total of victories to 36 against ten for the Continent of Europe.

Dick, 18, (Image © Leaderboard Photography) won this year’s Darwin Salver and finished runner-up in the Welsh Open Stroke Play. He also finished fourth in the Welsh Open Youths Championship and in the Carris Trophy, the English Boys Championship.

McCullen, 18, is the English boys champion following his playoff victory over Moore at Moor Park recently. McCullen helped Lancashire win the English County Championship last year and he also won this year’s McEvoy Trophy and reached the last 32 of the Amateur Championship.

Moore, 16, a former England under 14 champion, was a semi-finalist in last year’s British Boys and reached the quarter finals this year. He finished runner-up to McCullen in the McEvoy Trophy as well as the Carris but won the Irish Boys Open and claimed five wins from his six games in the Boys Home Internationals.

Penge, 16, last year’s English under 15 and under 16 champion, finished tied fourth in the latter this year and has won the Fairhaven Trophy for the past two years. He finished runner-up to Dick in the Darwin Salver and also won five of his six games in the Boys Home Internationals.

Turner, 18, a former winner of the Darwin Salver, won the Daily Telegraph Junior Championship in 2013 and reached the last 32 of the Amateur Championship and the English Amateur. He won four of his six games in the Boys Home Internationals.

The others selected are the Scottish pair of George Burns and Ewen Ferguson, Tim Harry from Wales and Ireland’s Rowan Lester.

England also supplies three internationals for the GB&I team that will attempt to regain the St Andrews Trophy from the Continent of Europe also at Barseback on the same dates.

The trio are Ashley Chesters (Hawkstone Park, Shropshire & Herefordshire), Ryan Evans (Wellingborough, Northamptonshire) and Nick Marsh (Huddersfield, Yorkshire).

Chesters, who will celebrate his 25th birthday on August 25, is the double European Amateur champion following his successful defence of the title over the Duke’s Course at St Andrews. The current leader of the Titleist/FootJoy England Golf Men’s Order of Merit has also finished joint runner-up in the Brabazon Trophy while he was England’s most successful player in the recent Home Internationals.

Evans, 27, has won a string of titles in the past year. In 2013 he won the Berkshire Trophy and the Biarritz Cup, lifted two titles in Australia over the winter and finished runner-up with Chesters in this year’s Brabazon Trophy. He also represented GB&I along with Chesters in the Sir Michael Bonallack Trophy in India and reached the last 16 of the English Amateur Championship.

Marsh, 19, is the English champion following his victory at Saunton earlier this month. A quarter finalist in last year’s Amateur Championship, he also finished runner-up in the North of England Youths and Welsh Open Youths Championships. Second place finishes also followed this year in the Portuguese Amateur and the Scottish Open Stroke Play.

The other members of the GB&I team are: Paul Dunne and Gary Hurley (Ireland) and Grant Forrest, Bradley Neil, Graeme Robertson and Jamie Savage (Scotland).