England Golf has named four strong teams, each comprising two boys and a girl, including internationals, to compete for the Nations Cup at the Fairhaven Trophies at Fairhaven Golf Club, Lancashire, on 2nd – 4th May.
Team One will include Sophie Keech (Parkstone, Dorset), Marco Penge (Goodwood, Sussex) and Bradley Moore (Kedleston Park, Derbyshire). Team Two will be Sophie Lamb (Clitheroe, Lancashire), Matty Lamb (Hexham, Northumberland) and Jack Storey (Alnmouth, Northumberland). Team Three will comprise Eloise Healey (West Lancs, Lancashire), Jonathan Thomson (Lindrick, Yorkshire) and Billy Spooner (Boston, Lincolnshire) while Team Four will combine Hollie Muse (West Lancs, Lancashire), Jamie Li (Bath, Somerset) and Oliver Farrell (Evesham, Worcestershire).
In Team One: Sophie Keech, 17, (image © Leaderboard Photography) won the 2013 English girls’ championship, to add to her English schools' and South West girls’ titles. She was a member of England’s winning team at the Girls’ Home Internationals. Penge, 15, will be the defending champion at Fairhaven after beating Scotland’s Bradley Neil in a four-hole playoff for the title last year. So far this year Penge has finished runner-up in the Darwin Salver and tied third in the McEvoy Trophy while he is the reigning English under 15 and under 16 champion. Moore, 16, finished runner-up in the recent McEvoy Trophy while in 2013 he won the European Young Masters, was runner-up to Penge in the under 16 championship and reached the semi-finals of the British Boys.
In Team Two: Sophie Lamb, 16, is the defending girls’ champion at Fairhaven. She was leading points scorer in England’s winning team at the 2013 Girls’ Home Internationals and represented GB&I in the junior Vagliano Trophy. Matty Lamb, 16, is an under 16 international who won the Scottish under 14 title in 2012 and finished runner-up in the English version. He won the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters last year and finished fifth in the recent McEvoy Trophy. Storey, 18, another under 16 cap, was England under 16 champion in 2012 and stepped up to boy international last year. Finished equal sixth in this year’s McEvoy Trophy.
In Team Three: Eloise Healey, 16, won the 2013 English schools’ U16 girls’ title and had top five finishes in last season’s Scottish U16 girls’ and the Fairhaven Trophies. Thomson, 18, has also been capped at under 16 level and finished third in last year’s Fairhaven Trophy. He is a past North of England under 16 champion and tied third in the recent Darwin Salver. Spooner, 16, is also an under 16 cap, having finished tied second to Penge in last year’s English Under 16 Championship, runner-up in the Canadian Junior Challenge and fourth in the North of England Under 16 Championship.
In Team Four: Hollie Muse, 14, won the 2013 Royal Birkdale ladies’ scratch trophy and the girls’ U14 title at the North of England U16 championship. She was the 2012 English U13 girls’ champion. Li, 17, who lost a playoff for last year’s English Under 18 Championship, is also an under 16 cap. He finished equal fourth in the 2013 Daily Telegraph Junior Championship and tied sixth in the recent McEvoy Trophy. Farrell, 17, has finished fifth and third in the past two Junior County Champions Tournament and was tied eighth in this year’s McEvoy Trophy.
The Nations Cup is contested over the first two rounds of the 72-hole Fairhaven Trophies with all three scores to count on each day. England are past winners of the Nations Cup but finished third behind winners Scotland last year.