England quartet target South African titles

Max Orrin

Max Orrin, who topped the Titleist/FootJoy England Golf Boys Order of Merit in 2012, has been named with three other members of the England squad to compete in two major tournaments at George in South Africa next month.

Orrin (North Foreland, Kent) will be joined by Jamie Rutherford (Knebworth, Hertfordshire), Toby Tree (Worthing, Sussex) and Josh White (The Wisley, Surrey) for the Ten Nations Cup at Kingswood Golf Club on 6th – 9th February and for the South African Stroke Play Championship at Oubaai Golf Club on 12th – 15th February.

The Ten Nations Cup involves four-man teams representing Argentina, Australia, Colombia, France, Ireland, New Zealand and Scotland as well as England and South Africa. Wales were scheduled to play in the event but have withdrawn. The competition will be decided on the aggregate score over 72 holes of stroke play with the best three scores in each round to count.

The South African Stroke Play Championship will involve 144 players with a cut after 36 holes, the leading 65 players and ties completing the final two rounds.

Orrin (image Copyright Tom Ward) 18, the reigning Kent champion, hit top form last year, winning the Thunderbird International Junior Tournament in Arizona, while at home he finished runner-up in the Darwin Salver, McEvoy Trophy, the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters and the Duke of York Young Champions Tournament, third in the Carris Trophy and reached the last 16 of the British Boys. He also won five and halved the other of his six matches for England in the Boys Home Internationals and represented GB&I against Europe in the Jacques Leglise Trophy.

Rutherford, 20, the English County Champion of Champions in 2011, finished seventh on the Titleist/FootJoy England Golf Men’s Order of Merit in 2012 after a highly successful year, capped by his full England debut in the Home Internationals. He also finished third in the Brabazon Trophy in which he won the Henriques Salver for the best performance by a British player aged under 20, and joint fourth in the South of England Amateur Championship, a repeat of his finish in 2011.

Tree, 18, has been capped at every level since winning the English Boys Under 14 Championship in 2008. He made his full England debut against France at Rochester & Cobham last May and also represented his country in the European Boys Team Championships and the Boys Home Internationals in 2012. The Sussex teenager won the Gauteng North Open in South Africa last winter, finished fifth in the Carris Trophy and reached the Amateur Championship quarter finals. Also last year, he represented GB&I in the Jacques Leglise Trophy and was England’s representative in the Junior Ryder Cup.

White, 21, finished fourth in last year’s Titleist/FootJoy England Golf Order of Merit after sharing top spot in the West of England Stroke Play Championship and winning the Berkshire Trophy for the second successive year. The former Surrey champion also won the Philip Scrutton Jug for the best aggregate from the Berkshire and Brabazon Trophies. Like Tree, he made his full England debut against the French and also played in the Home Internationals. He made a fast start to 2013 by finishing runner-up in the New Year Invitational in St Petersburg, Florida.