England pair break new ground in Colombia

Ben Loughrey

England squad members Ben Loughrey (Wrag Barn, Wiltshire) and Josh White (Chipstead, Surrey) will break new ground when they represent England Golf in the South American Amateur Championship at the Club Campestre de Farrallones in Cali, Colombia, on 21st – 24th March.

This will be the first time England has sent players to this 72-hole stroke play event.

Loughrey (picture © Tom Ward),  was a member of the victorious Wiltshire team in last year’s English County Championship at Ganton. A former South West Colts and Wiltshire junior champion, Loughrey won the North of England Youths Championship in 2009 and triumphed in the Lee Westwood Trophy in 2010.

Last year, the 23 year old won the New South Wales Cup in Australia, enjoyed top-five finishes in the Welsh Open Stroke Play, the Brabazon Trophy and the South of England Stroke Play, made his full England debut against Spain at The Berkshire and was also a member of the winning England team in the Home Internationals.

White, 20, won the Surrey Championship in 2009 and 2011 and followed up last year by winning the Berkshire Trophy. A former boy international, he represented the English Golf Union in Spain, Sweden and Finland last year and finished tied fourth in the County Champions Tournament.