A dozen leading golfers will represent England in championships on three continents in the New Year.
Four players will tour Australia in January and early February: Adam Chapman of Cumbria (pictured top), Bradley Moore of Derbyshire, Jonathan Thomson of Yorkshire and Ashton Turner of Lincolnshire.
Four will play in the South American Amateur in January: Bronte Law of Cheshire, Meghan MacLaren of Northamptonshire, James Allan of Essex and Marco Penge of Sussex.
Four will tour South Africa in late January and February: Jamie Bower of Yorkshire, Paul Kinnear of Lancashire, Alfie Plant of Kent and Sean Towndrow of Lancashire.
The players will take part in four events, with the exception of Moore, who misses the first championship due to prior commitments. These are:
Australian Master of the Amateurs Championship, 6-9 January at Royal Melbourne Golf Club.
Australian Men’s Amateur, 12-17 January at the Metropolitan and Kingswood Golf Clubs, Victoria.
Lake Macquarie Amateur, 21-24 January at Belmont Golf Club, New South Wales. The 2014 title was won by Northamptonshire’s Ryan Evans.
New South Wales Amateur, Riverside Oaks and Lynwood Golf Clubs, strokeplay 27-29 January; matchplay 31 Jan-2 Feb. This year’s championship was won by Lancashire’s Paul Howard.
The players are all members of the England Golf men’s squad. Adam Chapman (Windermere) is the North of England champion; Bradley Moore (Kedleston Park) won the English U18 boys’ championship for the Carris Trophy; Jonathan Thomson (Lindrick) tied fourth in the European Amateur; Ashton Turner (Kenwick Park) won the Darwin Salver.
South American Amateur
The 72-hole championship takes place at Lima Golf Club, Peru, from 21-24 January. England has a good record in this event with wins by Callum Shinkwin from Hertfordshire in 2013 and Lancashire’s Paul Howard in 2014.
The players are: Bronte Law, pictured, (Bramhall), the world’s fifth ranked woman amateur and the English champion; Meghan MacLaren (Wellingborough), the 2014 British stroke play champion; James Allan (Chelmsford), the runner-up on the 2015 England men’s Order of Merit; Marco Penge (Golf at Goodwood), winner of the England boys’ Order of Merit having won two junior titles and the Scottish men’s stroke play championship.
South Africa Tour
The quartet will contest six championships:
Gauteng North Stroke Play, 28-30 January at Irene Golf Club. Toby Tree of Sussex won this title in 2012 and 2013.
South African Stroke Play, 2-5 February at Blue Valley Golf Club.
African Open, 10-13 February at Leopard Creek Golf Club.
Southern Cape Open Stroke Play, 18-20 February at Mossel Bay Golf Club.
Cape Province Open, 23-25 February at Kingswood Golf Estate.
South African Amateur, 28 Feb-4 Mar at George Golf Club.
The players, all England internationals, are: Jamie Bower, pictured, (Meltham), a semi-finalist in the English amateur who tied sixth in the European amateur; Paul Kinnear (Formby), who played in The Open at St Andrews and was third in the Brabazon Trophy; Alfie Plant (Sundridge Park), who was runner-up in the English amateur and the Grand Prix de Chiberta in France; Sean Towndrow (Southport & Ainsdale), who helped England beat Spain in the 2015 international and was 10th in the Brabazon Trophy.
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