England boys seek to extend winning run in Canada

Ben Amor

English boy champion Ben Amor (Marlborough, Wiltshire) has been selected in a team of four to represent England Golf in the Canadian International Junior Challenge at Oslerbrook Golf and Country Club in Ontario on 9th – 12th September.

He will be accompanied by Haydn McCullen (Delamere Forest, Cheshire), Billy Spooner (Boston, Lincolnshire) and Jonathan Thomson (Lindrick, Yorkshire).

England has won this team event for the past five years, while Yorkshire’s Nick Marsh won the individual medal in the event a year ago. 

Amor (image copyright Leaderboard Photography) won the English Boys title for the Carris Trophy last month at West Lancashire after a three-way sudden death playoff against Italy’s Renato Paratore and fellow West Countryman Jamie Li (Bath, Somerset). The former Filton College student also made his England debut in the Boys Home Internationals at Forest Pines when he won all six of his games and he is currently third on the Titleist/FootJoy England Golf Boys Order of Merit.

McCullen, the Lancashire champion and boy champion, also made his debut in the Boys Home Internationals having been an under 16 cap. He finished tied sixth in the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters and equal 12th in the Fairhaven Trophy.

Spooner, capped at under 16 level last year, is enjoying a successful season having finished joint runner-up in the Boys under 16 Championship for the McGregor Trophy and fifth in the Carris Trophy.

Thomson is another former under 16 cap who helped Yorkshire finish runners-up in the recent Boys County Championship at Kedleston Park. The Lindrick lad has also finished third in the Fairhaven Trophy and reached the last 32 of the English Amateur at Frilford Heath.

The Canadian International Junior Challenge, now in its 7th year, is one of the leading events conducted by the Canadian Junior Golf Association.  It is a team event played over 54 holes of stroke play with the three best scores each day to count. There is also an individual prize.