Four members of the England Squad will attempt to create history by winning a US title that has continually eluded English players.
Craig Hinton (The Oxfordshire, BB&O), Garrick Porteous (Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland), Ben Taylor (Walton Heath, Surrey) and Daniel Wasteney (Bondhay, Yorkshire) will fly the flag for England Golf in the Jones Cup Invitational at Ocean Forest Golf Club, Sea Island in Georgia on 3rd – 5th February.
A field of 84 top amateurs from the US and around the world, will compete over 54 holes of stroke play for this prestigious title which was inaugurated in 2001 as a biennial event but which is now played annually.
Hinton, 23 (picture © Tom Ward), is no stranger to America having spent a short spell at college in Kentucky. He enjoyed a successful 2011 season, finishing tied sixth in the Portuguese Amateur, equal fifth in the Brabazon Trophy and joint ninth in the Welsh Open Stroke Play. Those performances helped him finish ninth on the Titleist/FootJoy EGU Order of Merit, while he also made his full England debut in the Home Internationals in Ireland.
Porteous, 22, also made his full England debut in last year’s Home Internationals and there is again an American link as he is studying at the University of Tennessee. A former under 16 and boy cap, he finished runner-up in last year’s Tillman Trophy and tied ninth in the European Amateur Championship.
Taylor, 19, was also a debutant in last year’s Home Internationals and came close to victories in the South East of England Links Championship, finishing second, and tied third in the Lagonda Trophy. In 2010, he was the South East Junior Champion and the South of England Boys Champion. A student at Nova Southeastern University in Florida, he is also studying in America.
Wasteney, 20, is a former Yorkshire Open Champion and National Association of Public Golf Courses Champion. Last year, as Yorkshire Champion, he finished equal sixth in the County Champions Tournament and represented the EGU in the Costa Ballena Tournament and in the Riverswood Junior Open in the Netherlands.