England field four new caps for Boys Home Internationals

Jamie Li

England has included four new caps in its squad for the Boys Home Internationals being played at Western Gailes in Scotland on 5th – 7th August.

The newcomers, all having been capped at under 16 level, are Harry Hall (West Cornwall), Matty Lamb (Hexham, Northumberland), Jamie Li (Bath, Somerset) and Jonathan Thomson (Lindrick, Yorkshire).

The members of the six-strong side that finished fourth in the recent European Boys Team Championships in Oslo are also included, Jamie Dick (Forest Hills, Gloucestershire), Haydn McCullen (Delamere Forest, Cheshire), Bradley Moore (Kedleston Park, Derbyshire), Marco Penge (Golf at Goodwood, Sussex), Jack Singh Brar (Remedy Oak, Dorset) and Ashton Turner (Kenwick Park, Lincolnshire) while Jake Storey (Alnmouth, Northumberland) completes the line-up.

McCullen, Moore, Penge and Singh Brar were members of the England side that finished second behind the winners, Ireland, in last year’s event at Forest Pines in Lincolnshire.

Hall, who will celebrate his 17th birthday on 6th August, won the Welsh Youths Open Championship earlier this year. He was also represented England Golf in the Irish Boys Open and the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters, finishing equal eighth in the latter.

Lamb, 16, finished runner-up in this year’s Fairhaven Trophy and equal fourth in the English under 16 Championship for the McGregor Trophy. A former winner of the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters, he also finished fifth in the McEvoy Trophy.

Li (image copyright Leaderboard Phtography), 17, lost a three-way playoff for the Carris Trophy, the English Boys under 18 Championship, last year when he also finished equal fourth in the Daily Telegraph Junior Championship in Portugal. This year, he has finished tied sixth in the McEvoy Trophy and seventh in the Fairhaven Trophy.

Thomson, 18, is a former North of England under 16 champion who helped Yorkshire win the Boys County Finals in 2012, winning four of his five games. He finished third in the 2013 Fairhaven Trophy and third in this year’s Darwin Salver. Also in 2014 he has represented England Golf in the German Boys, Irish Boys and Dutch Junior Opens.

Dick, 18, earned his first boys cap in the recent European Boys Team Championships having won this year’s Darwin Salver and lost a playoff for the Welsh Open Stroke Play Championship. He also finished equal fourth in the Welsh Youths Open Championship and represented England Golf in the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters.

McCullen, who will turn 18 the day after the internationals, is the English boy champion following his playoff victory over Moore in the recent Carris Trophy at Moor Park. Last year’s Lancashire County and boy champion, he was a member of the Lancashire team that won the Men’s County Finals at Minchinhampton, while this year he has also won the McEvoy Trophy.

Moore, 16, has been highly successful in recent years. He won the English Boys under 14 Championship in 2011, finished second in the under 16 championship last year and lost the playoff to McCullen for the 2014 under 18 title. In 2013 he won the McEvoy Trophy and the European Young Masters and was a semi-finalist in the British Boys. This year he has won the Irish Boys Open, finished runner-up in the McEvoy ad well as the Carris Trophy.

Penge, 16, was England under 15 and under 16 champion in 2013 and has won the Fairhaven Trophy for the past two years. He became a boy cap last year when he also won the Douglas Johns Trophy and was fourth in the European Young Masters. This year he has finished runner-up in the Darwin Salver, tied third in the McEvoy Trophy and equal fourth in defending his English under 16 title.

Singh Brar, 17, a boy international for the past three years, enjoyed a successful 2013 in which he won the Berkhamsted Trophy, the South of England Boys and the under 17 title at the Irish Boys Open. He also finished runner-up in the Duke of York Young Champions and the Daily Telegraph Junior Championship. This year he finished tied fourth in defence of the Berkhamsted Trophy and equal eighth in the Darwin Salver.

Storey, 18, the English under 16 champion in 2012, has just won the Northumberland County Championship. Last year, when he earned his first boy cap, he finished third in the South of England Boys while in 2014 he has finished equal sixth in the McEvoy Trophy and was a member of the trio that finished second in the Carris Trophy Nations Cup.

Turner, 18, has also been a boy cap for the past three years. A former Lincolnshire boy champion, in 2013 he won the Bernard Darwin Salver and the Daily Telegraph Junior Championship and finished runner-up in the McEvoy Trophy. This year, he reached the last 32 of the Amateur Championship and finished sixth in the Darwin Salver during which he had a hole-in-one.

England has claimed 18 victories in the Boys Home Internationals, losing the title to Ireland last year having been champions for the previous two years.