England men’s squad named for ‘exciting’ 2022 season

England Golf has today named the men’s squad for 2022 featuring an exciting blend of emerging talent and players with existing international experience.

Stepping up to the full men’s squad for the first time are The R&A Boys’ Amateur champion Jack Bigham and English Men’s Amateur winner John Gough, back home after completing his studies at college in North Carolina.

Kent duo Mason Essam and Ben Quinney have earned international recognition on the back of impressive performances in the 2021 season.

Essex’s Zachary Chegwidden, brought into the England Home Internationals team in September, is also called up.

They join seven players who formed the nucleus of the 2021 squad and who have retained their places for the upcoming season.

Included in this group is Brabazon Trophy winner Sam Bairstow (pictured below) and Scottish Open Amateur Stroke Play champion Callan Barrow.

Jack Cope, winner of the 2021 St Andrew Links Trophy, is joined by the runner up in the 2020 R&A Amateur Championship Joe Harvey and this year’s North Of England Open Amateur champion, Jack Brooks.

Consistent performers Arron Edwards-Hill from Essex and Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire’s Olly Huggins, who both played for England at the 2021 Home Internationals, retain their spots.

All 12 home-based golfers involved in the England men’s squad set-up will now train their sights on being selected to wear the rose with pride at prestigious team events at home and abroad next year.

In addition to the players named today, England Golf will also continue to support a number of talented golfers currently completing their studies at college in the United States of America.

Key team events for 2022 include the European Amateur Team Championship at Royal St George’s Golf Club in July followed in August by The R&A Home Internationals (dates and venue yet to be announced) and the World Amateur Team Championship at Le Golf National/Golf de Saint-Nom-Le-Breteche.

For the five newcomers to the squad, 2022 promises to be a year of real opportunity.

Mason Essam said: “It’s been a goal of mine for a long time to make the England squad. I’ve known the boys for a while and great to be a part of the team now and look forward to some exciting times for English amateur golf.

“I’m in as a rookie, but I hope to develop my skills, get to play with some great players, meet great coaches and travel to new courses where I can hopefully help England pick up some silverware.”

Ben Quinney admitted he was pleasantly surprised to get the call from team manager Gareth Jenkins. He said: “I was aware of interest in my play during the season, but it wasn’t something that I thought I’d achieve.

“It’s amazing to be able to represent your country and a real honour.”

Jack Bigham (pictured above) feels his career will benefit from making the move to men’s golf.

He said: “I had two years in the boys’ squad and now I’m excited to progress to the men’s squad and play with the best players in the country.

“It will be good for my game to step up. I was nervous when I got the call-up, but the rest of the squad has made me feel really welcome and the way I played this year in men’s events showed that I’m ready to make this move.”

John Gough spent time in the boys’ squad six years ago but is eager to make the most of new facilities that have been introduced to the National Golf Centre at Woodhall Spa since he was last part of an England group.

He said: “The facilities and resources that are available to us now are amazing and of a standard you’d struggle to match anywhere in the country.

“From the practice facilities to the gym, it’s definitely a place where you can improve your game if you come in with an open mind and are ready to work.”

“To play in the Home Internationals in 2021 and have them call out my name and say ‘on the tee, representing England – Zachary Chegwidden’…. this is so good!”

Zach Chegwidden tasted international golf last year and is eager for more of the same in 2022.

He said: “I’d never had a look-in to be an England player as a kid and only this year has it become a possibility.

“To play in the Home Internationals in 2021 and have them call out my name and say ‘on the tee, representing England – Zachary Chegwidden’…. this is so good!

“I’d love to now go on and represent England in the Eisenhower (World Amateur Team Championship) – that would be the pinnacle.”

Stephen Burnett, performance manager for men’s golf, commented: “Next summer looks very bright for elite men’s amateur golf, culminating in three tournaments in July and August.

“England will be looking to challenge on all three fronts – the European Team Championships, Home Internationals and Eisenhower Trophy (World Amateur Team Championships).

“We have a very talented group of UK and US-based players raring to go, all working hard to improve over the winter coaching programme under the coaching team of Graham Walker, Paul Ashwell and Gareth Jenkins.

“A squad pick at this stage far from guarantees a competitive selection. Competition for England team places will be tough both inside the squad and from those pushing to be noticed from the wider talent pool we have across the country.

“It promises to be a very exciting year!”

 

England Men’s Squad 2022

  • Sam Bairstow – Hallowes GC, Yorkshire
  • Callan Barrow – Royal Lytham and St Annes GC, Lancashire
  • Jack Bigham – Harpenden GC, Hertfordshire
  • Jack Brooks – The Mere Golf Resort, Cheshire
  • Zachary Chegwidden – Orsett GC, Essex
  • Jack Cope – The Players Club, Gloucestershire
  • Arron Edwards-Hill – Chelmsford GC, Essex
  • Mason Essam – Dartford GC, Kent
  • Joe Harvey – The Kendleshire, Gloucestershire
  • Olly Huggins – Frilford Heath GC, BB&O
  • John Gough – Wexham Park GC, BB&O
  • Ben Quinney – Kings Hill GC, Kent