England quartet target South American titles

Jack Yule

British women’s stroke play champion Sophie Lamb is among four players selected to represent England in next month’s South American Amateur Championship.

The Lancashire player will be joined by India Clyburn of Lincolnshire, Jake Burnage of Devon and Jack Yule of Norfolk (image © Leaderboard Photography).

The 72-hole championship will be played at Martindale Country Club, Buenos Aires, Argentina from 19-22 January 2017.

Thirty players from across the world will take part with the support of The R&A, including 16 golfers from the home nations as well as competitors from Canada, Finland, Portugal and New Zealand.

The South American Amateur Championships were first played in 2006 and are open to men and women. They were won last year by Juan Alvarez of Uruguay and Sofia Garcia from Paraguay – who lifted the title for the second year running in Lima, Peru in 2016.

The R&A’s Duncan Weir, Executive Director – Working for Golf, will travel to the event in January with Charles Harrison, Chairman of the Golf Development Committee, and Mark Lawrie, Director – Latin America and the Caribbean.

“We have supported the South American Amateur Championships since their inception eleven years ago and have been impressed with their growing stature in the game,” said Weir.

“They provide an excellent opportunity for leading men and women from all over the world to compete at this level and we are looking forward to being in Argentina to offer our support.”

For more information visit www.saamateur.org.

The England players:

India Clyburn, 20, (Woodhall Spa) is a student at NC State University and has won on the US women’s college circuit. She’s a past winner of the English girls’ and Scottish U21 girls’ championships, as well as other titles.

Sophie Lamb, 19, (Clitheroe) is the 2016 British women’s stroke play champion. She was also fourth in the English amateur and sixth in the English stroke play and helped England win the Women’s Home Internationals.

Jake Burnage, 21, (Saunton) was joint runner-up in the Midland Open and had top ten finishes in the South of England Open, the Brabazon Trophy and the South West county qualifier.

Jack Yule, 22, (Middleton Hall) won the Biarritz Cup in France, was runner-up in the Italian international, and third in the North of England amateur. He represented England in the Home Internationals.