England quartet chase South American hat-trick

Ashley Chesters

Double European Amateur champion Ashley Chesters (Hawkstone Park, Shropshire & Herefordshire) and three more internationals will aim to complete an England hat-trick of victories when they compete in the South American Amateur Championship in Lima, Peru on 22nd – 25th January.

Callum Shinkwin from Hertfordshire won the title in Colombia in 2013 while Lancashire’s Paul Howard triumphed, again in Colombia, a year ago.

Now Chesters, Joe Dean (Lindrick, Yorkshire), Luke Johnson (King’s Lynn, Norfolk) and Michael Saunders (Dartford, Kent) have the chance of making it three-in-a-row by lifting the Arturo Calle Cup.

Chesters, 25, (Image © Leaderboard Photography) won his first European Amateur title at El Prat in Spain in 2013 and successfully defended it at St Andrews last year, becoming the first player to win in successive years. It enabled him to top the Titleist/FootJoy England Golf Men’s 2014 Order of Merit having also finished runner-up in the Brabazon Trophy.

Dean, 20, an England boy cap, has won the Lee Westwood Trophy for the past two years and also reached the quarter finals of the English Amateur Championship last summer.

Johnson, 22, won the Berkhamsted Trophy and the West of England Stroke Play Championship last year and reached the last 16 of the English Amateur before making his full England debut in last September’s Home Internationals in Wales.

Saunders, 24, made his full England debut in the 2013 Home Internationals at Ganton. A former winner of the Lagonda Trophy, last year he tied second in the same event while also finishing joint third in the Welsh Open Stroke Play.

The South American Amateur Championship is a 72-hole stroke play event.