Three members of the England team that beat France earlier this month, Jack Hiluta (Chelmsford, Essex), Neil Raymond (Corhampton, Hampshire, IoW & CI) and Toby Tree (Worthing, Sussex), plus Ben Taylor (Walton Heath, Surrey), another international, will represent England Golf in the Turkish Open Amateur Championship at Antalya on 31st May – 3rd June.
The 72-hole stroke play event is being played over two courses on the Turkish Riviera, at Antalya in Serik and over the Cornelia course in Belek. The event is normally staged in September but has been brought forward because the region’s courses will be the venue for this year’s World Golf Championships for the Eisenhower Trophy in October.
Hiluta, (picture © Tom Ward) who will celebrate his 23rd birthday on 28th May, is the newly-crowned Spanish Amateur champion, having won the title at Alcanada in March. A graduate of the University of South Alabama, Hiluta made his full England debut against the French having been England boys’ captain in 2007.
The former boy cap reached the quarter finals of the British Boys that year; in 2011 he finished tied third in the Berkshire Trophy.
Raymond, 26, enjoyed a successful 2011 in which he won the Brabazon Trophy at Burnham & Berrow and became a full England international. He also played in the victorious Home Internationals team and followed up with inclusion in the European Nations Championship and against France recently.
He was also successful in Australia over the winter, winning the New South Wales Medal in a playoff while enjoying several other high finishes.
Taylor, 19, made his full England debut in last year’s Home Internationals and is a member of the current England squad. In 2010 he won the South East Junior Championship, the South of England Boys Championship and the Daily Telegraph Junior Championship.
He also enjoyed a successful 2011, finishing second in the South East of England Links Championship, third in the Lagonda Trophy and reaching the last 16 of the English Amateur. He recently finished third in the Jones Cup in the United States when representing England Golf.
Tree, who will turn 18 on 3rd June, is a former England under 14 and under 16 champion. He has also been capped at under 16 and boys levels before become the youngest member of England’s team against France.
A consistent performer at national and international level, he won the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters in 2011 and earlier this year won the Gauteng North Open in South Africa. He was also a member of England’s European Nations Championship squad.